Cecil County Dragway – Rising Sun, Md (July 11th & 12th) – The Mid Atlantic .90 Association got back into gear after two months off with race # 3 & 4 of the 2015 season at Cecil County Dragway. On Saturday, Don Bangs (Super Comp), Earl Nichols Jr. (Super Gas) and Marty Ganjoin (Super Street) claimed victory and on Sunday Kevin Scholl (Super Comp), Iggie Boicesco (Super Gas) and Daryl Peters (Super Street) were the last one’s standing.
Saturday featured an action packed day of racing for the .90 Series as not only did competitors have Race number three on tap but, a special Top 8 Shootout sponsored by ATI & Autometer was run for members who earned enough points and qualified over the season. With hot temperatures on tap, it was going to be a will of endurance for those racers who were competing in both events. In Super Comp, 2014 MASCA Champ Don Bangs picked up where he left off last season and claimed his first victory of 2015 with a victory over the Lucas Oil Dragster of Jeff Kundratic. In the finals, both drivers were almost even at the tree (.025 to .033) with Bangs keeping that edge with a 8.928 to 8.934 victory. In other action on Saturday, Earl Nichols Jr. claimed the battle of Corvettes as his 78 Corvette took down Gary Lairds 63 Corvette in Super Gas. Marty Ganjoin took his 68 Camaro to victory in Super Street over Jimmy Stack in the Garbinski & Livezey Challenge to concluded Race # 3.
As the Sun was going down competitors lined up for a special Top 8 shootout event sponsored by ATI & Autometer. In the end Nichols, kept his hot streak going from Race three with a victory over Rich Price. In Super Comp, it was a battle of the first two winners of 2015 as Kevin Scholl took down Jeff Livezey Sr. In an epic battle Scholl turned on the win light with a .012 thousandths package to Livezey’s .013 thousandths package to claim the victory. Rounding out the shootout in Super Street, Jimmy Stack got in as an alternate and used that advantage to run the table and take down 2014 Division 1 All-Star Jason Lawrence in the final.
Turning our attention to Sunday, Daryl Peters out of Toms River, NJ claimed victory in the Super Street. Peters, driving his 1985 Pontiac Trans-Am sliced through the competition to meet up with 2013 Champion Stack in the finals. Peters took the advantage at the tree (.010 to .023) and parlayed that into a nineteen thousandths package with a 10.909 to 10.895 victory over Stack. This would be Peters first win of the season and 2nd overall MASSA victory. Recent LODRS Lebanon Valley winner Iggie Boicesco took his ATI Sponsored Corvette to victory and stopped Nichols from a clean sweep of the weekend when Nichols rolled deep and turned on the red-light on handing the victory to Boicesco. Rounding out the weekend, Scholl continued his hot streak and claimed his second victory of the early season by taking down Tom Oliver in the finals. Scholl used a big advantage at the tree and took his S&W dragster to victory with a 8.921 to Oliver’s breakout of 8.889.
The series now takes a weekend off before heading back to Atco Dragway on July 25th & 26th for Race # 5 & 6 which will be a great warm-up for those planning on attending the LODRS event the weekend following.
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association would like to extend it’s congrats to these following 24 drivers who have qualified for the Autometer / ATI Top 8 Shootout on July 11th at Cecil County. So I’m sure some of you are scratching you head going….what is this all about? Well since last season drivers have been earning points for qualifying positions since Race #8 and beyond. Since we had to postpone the Maple Grove event and move it to September this means the next event on the schedule is the Pig Roast & Top 8 Shootout at Cecil County. So that means that as of today the Top 8 racers who are qualified for the Top 8 Race are now set. Pairing will be determined after the 2nd qualifying shot on Saturday, July 11th and Race # 3. We would like to thank our great sponsors ATI Transmission, Autometer Instruments & S&W Race Cars, Mike’s Auto Service and Silfies Automotive and Race Engines who are helping to put up the purses for these competitors. If you cannot make this event, please let me know so I can let one of the alternates know. These drivers will have a chance at cash prizes for NO ENTRY….just coming and supporting the series. A cool way that the Mid Atlantic .90 Series give back to it’s members. So here is your Top 8 Racers:
1 Don Bangs – 1448
2 Kevin Scholl – 145H
3 Kathy Smulligan – 140C
4 Mike Holland – 1746
5 Mike Cress – 1458
6 Jeff Livezey Sr – 1542
7 Jeff Kundratic
Past Champion: Amanda Boicesco
1 Earl Nichols Jr. – 13
2 Rich Price – 1490
3 Don Knoblick – 1548
4 Paul Schonberger
5 Jay Cepelka – 1867
6 Bob Keister – 1194
7 George Smith – 1727
Past Champion: Iggie Boicesco
1 Martie Ganjoin – 1163
2 Jeff Fisher – 115J
3 Bernie Staub
4 Bill Trum – 109E
5 Jason Lawrence – 14
6 Lyn Haun – L157
7 Kelli Barbato – 1236
Past Champion: Keith Mayers
I guess if there was a version of “Indy” for the Mid Atlantic .90 Association this would be it. What started in 1993 by Ronnie “Uncle Buck” Harple as a way to give back to the racers with a pig roast has now grown into a must attend event. Even after his passing in 2012 the Donhausers have continued the tradition of “Uncle Buck” and the Pig Roast through friends and family helping out.
That tradition will continue once again in 2015 at the Donhausers home track – Cecil County Dragway on July 11th & 12th. A big thanks to Jim Halsey & Cathy Crouse who are always welcoming to this great event and holding it at their track every year.
This event will feature Super Comp (8.90), Super Gas (9.90) & Super Street (10.90) classes on both Saturday & Sunday and on Saturday Night. Remember thanks to sponsorship from VP Race Fuels and Roadrunner Race Fuels all classes are a guaranteed $1,000.00 to win no matter the car counts.
For those wishing to get in and set-up early gates will be open beginning at 5pm on Friday the 10th (weather permitting). There will be a test & tune starting at 6pm till 10:30pm for a small $15.00 fee & $10.00 spectator fee. Gates will then re-open at 8am on both Saturday and Sunday with racing beginning at 9am on Saturday. Gate fee will be $30.00 plus any crew and $75.00 paid to my trailer per day. We start to payback at 3rd round loser. We will be with the All-AMC Day on Saturday the 11th and Cecil County bracket programs on Sunday. On Sunday Junior Dragsters will start at 9am and regular racing should start around 11am.
Below is the parking instructions for July 11th & 12th. I know it sounds silly but, every year I have someone go in the wrong gate, park on the wrong side or park in a reserved spot and the local bracket racers get mad so hopefully this will make things a little bit easier for you all. Any questions feel free to e-mail me at Rekeister@aol.com
As more sponsor news come to light and the contracts are signed we are proud to announce the following renewal for 2015. Autometer products out of Sycamore, IL is stepping up for 2015 and going from a contingency sponsor to a primary sponsor. Autometer is a leader in instrumentation technology, data acquisition systems, and battery system testers and chargers, Auto Meter is committed to advanced product development and superior quality for racers all over the world. Autometer also re-upped to stay on as the primary sponsor of the Top 8 shootout that will be run on July 11th at Cecil County Dragway. Thanks once again to Autometer products for their continued support this season!
It has been decided that in the best interest of all racers that we will postpone next weekends Sportsman Circuit Shootout at Maple Grove till a further date to allow Maple Grove to work on the racing surface and make it 110%. A reschedule date has not been set but, once that is figured out we will let you all know. Thanks for your corporation – Rob Keister