Mid Atlantic .90 Association
Cecil County Dragway – Rising Sun, Md. (September 17th & 18th) – The Mid Atlantic .90 Association closed out its 2016 season at Cecil County Dragway by crowning two new champions and another adding his third straight to his long list of accomplishment. At day’s end Chase Fahnestock (Super Comp), Don Knoblick (Super Gas) and Keith Mayers (Super Street) added championships to their resumes.
Going into the weekend, Super Comp points leader Chase Fahnestock controlled his own fate. With two victories and a runner-up in just five races, Fahnestock had almost a five round lead going into Saturday’s action. As racing got underway, recent Atco winner and third in points Tom Slater was going to make things interesting for Fahnestock as he took his Undercover Dragster to the final round victory over Ash Senft on Saturday. Slater cut into Fahnestock’s lead with a 8.906 to 8.912 victory and knew he needed to win on Sunday to claim the 2016 Championship. As the sun rose on Sunday and the action got underway both drivers proceeded to round #2. With Fahnestock looking on, Slater would match up against Danny “Mr. Happy” Bisbano who drove all night from the Carolina Nationals to attend Sunday’s event. As the excitement built, Fahnestock became Bisbano’s biggest fan as he would take down Slater with a 8.882 to 8.873 victory and clinching the Championship for Chase, his first with the series. With the event victory still on the line both Fahnestock and Bisbano would march all the way to the final round and match up against each other. Danny made the all night trip worth his while as he took his second victory of the year with a 8.899 to 8.889 decision over Fahnestock.
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The Mid Atlantic .90 Association will invade Cecil County Dragway on September 17 & 18th for the 3rd Annual .90 Season Finale. This is the first year that Cecil County Dragway will play host to the season finale which was held at Maple Grove Raceway last season.
Currently, Chase Fahnestock (SC), George Smith (SG) & Keith Mayers(SST) lead their respected divisions but, will have some stiff competition entering this event. Fahnestock, out of Newville, Pa has the biggest lead in all three classes and will be adding points to his total on Saturday and Race # 7 by just breaking the beams for first round of Super Comp. Fahnestock is hoping to wrap up his first MASCA Championship by days end on Saturday but, will be looking over his shoulder at Jack Donnelly & Tom Slater who are sitting right behind him. Turning to the wide-open Super Gas ranks, it is basically anyone’s championship as New York’s Smith has a slight 12 point lead over Bath, Pa’s Don Knoblick. George Donhauser, Jerry Holcomb, Sean Lang & early points leader Don Miller all still have a shot going into the weekend. In Super Street, Keith Mayers will be looking for his third straight championship but, it will not be easy as the red-hot Kelli Barbato is nipping at his heals and will be claiming points all weekend long in quest for her first MASSA Championship. Continue reading “Season Finale on tap @ Cecil County – September 17th & 18th” »
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association continued its 2016 season at Atco Dragway for Race # 5& 6 of the season. With threating forecasts on the horizon the weekend looked to be a complete washout but, perseverance by the Atco staff and series president both events were completed in a timely fashion before any rain hit. Continue reading “Fahnestock, Barbato ride hot hand to victory @ Atco” »
The Mid Atlantic .90 Association invaded Cecil County Dragway in Northeast, Md for the 23rd annual “Uncle Buck” Pig Roast & .90 Race. Local racer George Donhauser & Mike Lang came in on a mission and both left with a special commemorative trophy designed for this event by S&W Race Cars. Donhauser who is from nearby Bel Air, Md calls Cecil County Dragway his home track and added a win at the event that is named after his old Crew Chief Ronnie “Uncle Buck” Harple who passed away in 2012. Lang, on the other hand claimed his first Super Gas win and along with his son Sean dedicated it to his wife, Barb who also passed away suddenly in April of this year.
Temperatures in the mid 90’s greeted racers for Race #3 of the season and it would be a battle of endurance to see who would be holding the trophy at days end. Surrounded by friends and family, Donhauser marched his way through a tough field of Super Gas cars to claim his first victory in a few years. In round 1 his took down Lang who went red, current points leader Don Miller in the 2nd, Marc Marcuso in the 3rd and Mike Lauria in the semis. Awaiting Donhauser was George Smith and his “Livewire” 67 Camaro. In that final, Smith took the jump at the green (.008 to .018) but, pushed his Chevy a little too hard and broke out 9.845 to Donhauser’s winning 9.854. Other winners joining George on Saturday were Danny “Mr. Happy” Bisbano in Super Comp and Kelli Barbato in Super Street.
Once the dust had settled from Race # 3, a special event was held for selected competitors put on by Autometer, ATI Performance, Lantier Constuction & Ed Quay Race Cars. The Top 8 Shootout enabled twenty-four drivers who earned qualifying points through the 2015-16 seasons to battle it out for cash and prizes. In the end three new drivers added their names to the trophy and received an automatic birth to the 2017 event. Winners included Randy Winfelder Jr. (SC), George Stack (SG) & Martie Ganjoin (SST).
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The Mid Atlantic .90 Association finally got its 2016 season underway after weather forced the cancelation of its season opener in May. Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa played host to the series under clear, sunny skies. In the end two new faces graced the winner circle at the end of the weekend.