Courtier stops Scriba in Pro Mod victory
Throughout the day Saturday and well into the evening, it seemed nothing could stop Fredy Scriba’s well-tuned Pro Mod Corvette.
Taking part in the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod race in the Rumble at The Grove presented by Penske Truck Leasing, Scriba kept getting faster and faster every time he made a run during qualifying and eliminations.
However, Gary Courtier and his ’68 Camaro had other plans. In a final that took the breath away from everyone in attendance, the Manorville, N.Y.-based racer put a roadblock in Scriba’s path to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane. He won with a blazing pass of 6.101 seconds at 232.75 mph.
That final capped a long day as fans were treated a wide variety of racing classes, a feature of the Rumble. There were Pro E.T. cars racing for a $1,200 first prize, the Boninfante B1 Index Series, NHRA Top Sportsman, and an Import race serving as a preview for the popular Latin American Sports Compacts II event on Sept. 7-8.
In the NEOPM race, Scriba (Millersville, Md.) and his 1963 ‘Vette were showing plenty of power. Through the bracket, he shoved opponents aside with runs of 6.072, 6.065 and 6.033, respectively. The latter number was a semifinal run against Steve Kramer (Pasadena, Md.) in which Scriba gave his opponent a .094-second head start off the line and was still able to race past him at the finish.
Meanwhile, Courtier overcame a bad reaction time against Mickey Rauff (Dix Hills, N.Y.) in the first round. Things looked grim when David Hanze (Lawrence, N.Y.) had a .001 reaction time in the quarterfinals, but Courtier rallied for a 6.087 pass while Hanze went 6.225. Courtier then received a break in the semis when Jeff Miller (Midland, Va.) broke at the start.
In Pro Eliminator, several members of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series came back to The Grove for the special race. Marty Flegal (Ephrata, Pa.), one of the top drivers in the weekly series, was the winner. He beat close friend Brock Moshier (Lititz, Pa.) in the final, making a pass of 9.430 at 131.37 in his ’98 S-10 that was .01 over his dial. Moshier in a ’71 Vega broke out by .016.
The Import race featured several compact cars with some powerful engines that went from zero to 150 in just 1,320 feet. U.S. Auto Supply of Philadelphia brought in the cars and they put on a great show. Alex Ortiz (Elizabeth, N.J.) and his ’88 Mazda RX7 was the last car standing. He made a pass of 7.414 at 184.70 to beat Henry Montero (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the final.
Steve Carper (Charles Town, W.Va.) was the winner in Top Sportsman. His ’07 GTO beat Ron Riegel (Fairless Hills, Pa.) and his ’68 Camaro in the final with a pass of 7.283 at 198.23 that was .003 over his dial-in. It made a difference as Riegel was .007 over and had a .003 RT advantage.
All three index classes raced in the Boninfante B1 Index Series.
In the quickest of the three – 8.50 Index – Mike Pyott (Holtwood, Pa.) and his ’67 Camaro clinched the win when John Razler Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) fouled at the start. Pyott advanced from the semifinals with a pass of 8.658 at 115.15 that came off a superior .027 reaction time to beat Marc Schankweiler (Douglassville, Pa.).
In the 10.0 class, Keith Reis Jr. (Furlong, Pa.) was the winner with a quick 10.030 second at 132.35 run that was .030 over the index. Bob Romano (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) was the runner-up in a ’95 S-10 that was .033 over the index. Reis used a better reaction time to beat Carl Ungaro (Langhorne, Pa.) in the semis.
Cliff Sebring (Conowingo, Md.) took the 11.50 class in a ’63 Savoy. He was closer to the index in the final, going 11.593 at 115.62 to beat Avril Krieg (Fairless Hills, Pa.). Sebring needed a better reaction time to beat Steve Gurvick (Wilmington, Del.) in the semis as both recorded 11.638 ETs.
Racing returns this weekend with Auto Locator Grudge Racing on Friday night and rounds of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail on Saturday and Sunday. The Boninfante B1 Index Series will also race on Sunday.