Hemi Challenge Winner Announced

Barton is Hemi Challenge Champ at The Pennsylvania Dutch Classic

 

David Barton and his 1968 Dart was the last one standing at the end of the day, winning the Hemi Challenge at the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic presented by Penske Truck Leasing at Maple Grove Raceway.  For his win, Barton drove away with $4,000.00.

 

Barton, a local racer from Robesonia, Pa., beat Stephen Comella in the final with a pass of 8.360 seconds at 157.96 mph.  Comella, a racer from Webster, N.Y., went 8.608 seconds at 154.35 mph in his 1968 Dodge.

 

A “race within a race”, the Hemi Challenge is part of the Dutch Classic weekend at the Grove.  This year’s edition drew racers from as far away as Louisiana and Canada.

 

Barton started his campaign in the first round by receiving the bye.  In the second round he faced Eldon Baum of Dover, Pa.  Barton’s Dart made the pass at 8.330 seconds at 159.55 mph while Baum ran a 8.761 second ET at 149.18 mph.

 

In the semi-finals it was Barton defeating Tyler Hard of Harrisburg, Pa.  Barton was able to post a 8.312 ET at 158.45 mph compared to Hard’s 8.438 ET at 157.14 mph.

 

Results

Hemi Challenge at the Dutch

Round 1

Stephen Hebert (Westlake, La.)                .035 R/T                8.425 ET                159.17 mph

Tom Gordon (Houma, La.)                        foul -.103 R/T       10.513 ET               88.80 mph

 

Doug Fazzolare (Houma, La.)                   .053 R/T                8.488 ET                155.87 mph

Bucky Hess (Bunker Hill, W.V.)                 .026 R/T                33.105 ET              33.04 mph

 

Joe Teuton (Schiever, La.)                        .154 R/T                8.539 ET                157.26 mph

Kyle Kohr (Myerstown, Pa.)                       foul -.017 R/T        9.465 ET                117.14 mph

 

Eldon Baum (Dover, Pa.)                            131 R/T                8.756 ET                149.07 mph

Jim Pancake (Cardington, Oh.)                  .041 R/T                19.715 ET             40.25 mph

 

 

Jim Daniels (Bristol, Pa.)                            -.003 R/T              8.533 ET                158.00 mph

Al Smyth (Uxbridge, Ma.)                            foul -.171 R/T      8.612 ET                156.32 mph

 

Stephen Comella (Webster, N.Y)              .048 R/T               8.460 ET                154.99 mph

Wendell Howes (Rathesay, N.B.)               foul -.139 R/T      8.850 ET                58.78 mph

 

Tyler Hard (Harrisburg, Pa.)                        .031 R/T                8.443 ET                156.08 mph

Gus Mantas (Toronto, On.)                          BROKE

 

David Barton (Robesonia, Pa.)                   .056 R/T                8.348 ET                158.00 mph

 

Round 2

 

Stephen Herbert                                         .045 R/T                8.407 ET                159.40 mph

Doug Fazzolare                                          .007 R/T                8.481 ET                156.25 mph

 

Tyler Hard                                                   .085 R/T                8.477 ET                155.67 mph

Joe Teuton                                                  .089 R/T                8.504 ET                158.02 mph

 

Stephen Comella                                        .050 R/T                8.463 ET                155.02 mph

Jim Daniels                                                 .047 R/T                8.478 ET                158.65 mph

 

David Barton                                               .044 R/T                8.330 ET                159.55 mph

Eldon Baum                                                .058 R/T                8.761 ET                149.18 mph

 

Round 3

 

Stephen Comella                                         .020 R/T                8.854 ET                123.14 mph

Stephen Herbert                                           foul -.244 R/T       9.523 ET                104.16 mph

 

David Barton                                              .080 R/T                 8.312 ET                158.45 mph

Tyler Hard                                                  .037 R/T                 8.438 ET                157.14 mph

 

Finals

 

David Barton                                               .121 R/T                8.360 ET                157.96 mph

Stephen Comella                                         .106 R/T                8.608 ET                154.35 mph

 

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