Long weekend winds down
It was a long weekend of racing at Maple Grove Raceway, and when it was over, over a dozen drivers were able to make their way to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane.
The Grove held its annual Super Circuit Shootout, which was moved from its original May weekend by rain, combined with the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail. Along with the bracket classes, there were races each day in Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street and Stock-Super Stock.
In Goldrush Trailers Super, Don Mattson (Mohnton, Pa.) and his 2012 Miller dragster grabbed their first victory of the season. He beat Lanny Werley (Leesport, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 7.748 seconds at 160.88 mph that was .028 over his dial-in.
Both semifinal races were contested. Mattson beat Barry Sauder (Ephrata, Pa.) by using a great reaction time. Sauder was forced to catch up and ended up breaking out. Werley defeated Chris Camplone (West Chester, Pa.) by going .022 over his dial.
In Ciccarone Racing Products Pro, Jeff Allebach (Perkiomenville, Pa.) held off Curt Rubendall (Pottstown, Pa.) in the final. Allebach and his ’73 Camaro went 10.462 at 125.85 that was .012 over while Rubendall broke out.
Allebach had a bye into the finals, while Rubendall also had an easy ride when Preston Snider (Quakertown, Pa.) broke at the starting line.
Mike Tomaszewski (Reading, Pa.) picked up his first win in P.C. Richard & Son Street. In a ’70 Duster he beat Bob Ormsbee (Harrisburg, Pa.) with a pass of 11.768 at 108.84 that was .038 over.
Tomaszewski had a bye into the final, while Ormsbee beat Scott Smith (Birdsboro, Pa.) in the semis when Smith fouled at the start.
Allen Heilner (Birdsboro, Pa.) earned his second win of the season in Ray’s Yamaha Top Bike. Driving an ’06 Harley, Heilner clinched the trip to Victory Lane when runner-up Derek Cesari (Warminster, Pa.) fouled at the start.
In the semifinals, Heilner went head-to-head with Keith Alesin (Mohnton, Pa.), getting closer to the dial (.030 to .058) to make up for a slower reaction time. Cesari advanced when Joe Stuebner (Hamburg, Pa.) fouled.
The Jr. Dragster class featured a first-time winner in Benjamin Spotts (Douglassville, Pa.). In an ’02 Halfscale, Spotts had a hard-to-beat .008 over his dial as runner-up Emily Zartman (Pottstown, Pa.) broke out.
Spotts had a great reaction time in the semifinals against Sean Bailey (Phoenixville, Pa.) and followed through with a 8.967 at 72.85 that was .027 over. Meanwhile, Zartman took care of Kyle Robb (Denver, Pa.), also with a great RT.
Bob Bechtel (Reading, Pa.) won another Trophy race in his ’07 Caravan. He went 18.551 at 74.63 to beat runner-up Phillip Feger (Red Lion, Pa.).
The ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout concluded its 2013 season as Lee Risser (Denver, Pa.) clinched the season championship with his second consecutive win. He clinched the win when Richard Kay (East Meadow, N.Y.) broke at the starting line in the final.
The Mid-Atlantic Super Gas, Super Comp and Super Street associations, along with the East Coast Stock-Super Stock Association held their own races on both days.
Due to curfew issues and track conditions on Saturday night, MASGA, MASCA and MASSTA completed both races on Sunday.
In Super Gas, Paul Schonberger (Birdsboro, Pa.) was the Sunday winner, beating Matt Schurman (Green Brook, N.J.) in the final with pass of 9.899 at 148.62 that was boosted with a .008 reaction time.
Frank Volpe (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) won the conclusion of Saturday’s race when Derek Clark (Maugansville, Md.) fouled at the start.
Jeff Livezey Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) won the MASCA race in a ’12 S&W dragster. His run of 8.933 at 177.25 stood when Mac Dougherty (Havertown, Pa.) broke out.
Maple Grove regular Ashley Senft (Corodus, Pa.) won the Saturday race in a ’10 American dragster. He clinched the win with a pass of 8.920 at 167.12 while Mike Cress (Phoenixville, Pa.) broke out.
Lyn Haun (Woodland Park, N.J.) and her pink ’70 Nova took Super Street on Sunday. She won a tight final against Keith Mayers (Middletown, Del.) with a pass of 10.962 at 149.70.
Frank Quarno Jr. (Morris Plains, N.J.) won Saturday’s MASSTA race with Mayers broke out in the final.