Dissinger gets late night victory
Everyone at Maple Grove Raceway on Saturday worked the late shift. Racing wasn’t completed until curfew was looming, but Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 15 was finished with a few minutes to spare.
For the most part.
Winners were crowned in six of seven eliminators. The only one that didn’t send a victor to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane was Goldrush Trailers Super, which was stopped after three rounds due to track conditions after the air temperature dropped.
Also racers in the Mid-Atlantic Super Gas, Super Street and Super Comp associations postponed their finals until Sunday.
However, it was more than safe enough to get things done in the other classes as the season starts to wind down.
In Ciccarone Racine Products Pro, Dave Dissinger (Landisville, Pa.) won his first race of the season in his 1974 Vega. In the final he beat Gary Simpers (North East, Md.) with a hard-to-beat pass of 10.015 seconds at 128.41 mph that was .005 over his dial-in. Simpers was 10.300 at 128.08 that was .020 over.
To get to the final, Dissinger needed to beat veteran racer Buck Markiewicz (Laureldale, Pa.) in the semifinals, and got it done when Markiewicz broke out. Simpers had a bye.
Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.) helped himself in the standings as he took the P.C. Richard & Son Street category. He now sits in second place behind Paul Werner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) after winning on Saturday night in his ’80 Malibu. In the final, Smith defeated Roy Hall (Emmaus, Pa.) by surviving a double-breakout. Smith was closer to his dial-in as the pass of 11.498 at 111.89 was just .028 under.
In the semis, Smith moved on when Suzanne Feger (Red Lion, Pa.) fouled at the start. Hall had a bye.
One racer who returned to Victory Lane was Ray’s Yamaha Top Biker Cory Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.), who won his fifth race of the season. He clinched it when runner-up Mark Schwalm (New Ringgold, Pa.) broke at the starting line. To get to the final, Stuebner had to run past Danny Boyer (York, Pa.) in the semifinals. He did it with a superior reaction time and followed through with a pass of 8.836 at 144.06 that was .036 over.
In Jr. Dragsters, Jeremy Ketterer (Sellersville, Pa.) took the win light in a double-breakout final against Heather Boyko (Northampton, Pa.). Ketterer was .009 under and Boyko w (as 033 under. Both semifinals were contested as Ketterer beat Jessie Rothenberger (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Boyko took down Chris Smolenski (Perkasie, Pa.).
The ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout entered its second, and final, weekend. Winning the first of two races was Lee Risser (Denver, Pa.) and his ’73 Nova. He defeated Mike Epprecht (Harleysville, Pa.) in the final by getting the better reaction time and making it stand after Epprecht broke out.
Risser made the final after surviving a double-breakout against Roger Reese (Manchester, Md.) and Epprecht had a bye.
Steve Peffer (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) won the Trophy race in an ’05 Escalde. Runner-up Amy Ketterer (Sellersville, Pa.) fouled in the final.