Grater wins again at Latin American Sports Compacts
For a second year in a row, Maple Grove regular Jackie Grater was one of the last drivers standing at the end of the Latin American Sports Compacts race.
While billed as an import event, this race also welcomed domestic models. Grater (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and his 1988 Thunderbird made his way to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane after winning the Quick 32 class.
He defeated an ’80 Starlet driven by Jose Diaz (Lancaster, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 8.379 seconds at 137.48 mph that was boosted by a superior reaction time.
The weekend had a definite Latin flavor as a large crowd made its way to Maple Grove to watch seven racing classes and a car show.
Also on hand was the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods that were here for their third race of the season at The Grove. The winner this time was local racer Tyler Hard (Harrisburg, Pa.), who made his way through a very competitive field.
In the final, he beat Gary Courtier (Manorville, N.Y.). Hard, in a ’68 Camaro, made a pass of 6.410 at 217.28, getting a lead on Courtier off the starting line and making it stand.
The Quick 16 class was won by Raul Acevedo (Ewing, N.J.) and his ’74 Mazda. Despite getting a slower start off the line, he raced past Raul Reyes Bauzo (Bayamon, Puerto Rico), with a run of 7.255 at 183.29.
In the bracket classes:
Don Garloff (Lititz, Pa.) took Bracket 1 – cars that go 11.99 seconds and faster – in a ’70 Chevelle. He beat John Grater (Zieglerville, Pa.) with a run of 10.559 at 122.51.
Emmanuel Romero Sanchez (Allentown, Pa.) won Bracket 2 – cars that go 12.00 seconds and slower – with his ’00 Civic. His pass of 12.518 at 108.96 was enough to beat Scott Pocaro (Summit, N.J.), who was racing in a rented ’12 Hyundai.
Diogenes Tellado (Middletown, Pa.) was the winner of the Honda Battle. In a ’97 Civic, he defeated Stephen Lopez (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the final with a run of 10.936 at 105.80.
Tim Castetter (Narvon, Pa.) won Super Pro V8 driving a ’90 Camaro.