Variety of cars race
There was a little bit of everythingSunday at Maple Grove Raceway.
The Super Circuit Showdown featured Super Stock/Stock, Naturally Aspirated, Super Gas and Super Comp cars. There were also Super and Pro cars from the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail taking part in a gamblers’ race, the Sponsors Cup Challenge — where MGR sponsors raced each other on the track — and a non-point Junior Dragsters race.
Among the Naturally Aspirated classes, there were two regional winners. In AMI, Dan Walleigh (Reading, Pa.) drove his 1960 Falcon Wagon to Victory Lane by beating Bruce Wilson (Mount Airy, Md.) in the final with a pass of 10.515 at 126.23.
In Pro NA, Merv Moyer (Annville, Pa.) had a superior reaction time (.075 to .398) in the final against Richard Schonberger (Southampton, Pa.) and followed through with a pass of 8.452 at 139.50 in his ‘04 Mustang.
Larry Rhodes (Townsend, Del.) took NA 10.5 in his ‘68 Camaro, beating John Langer (Philadelphia, Pa.) by running 8.579 at 158.89. Bill Perkins (York Springs, Pa.) had the Drag Radial title over Michael Reacock (Chambersburg, Pa.), going 9.118 at 147.37.
A Maple Grove regular won in Super Comp. Kathy Smulligan (Coopersburg, Pa.), who won a Money Trail race two weeks ago, was back in Victory Lane with her Cressman dragster. She won after Bruce Combs (New Windsor, Md.) fouled at the start.
Katie Sepanek (Moosic, Pa.) was the Stock/Super Stock winner, taking the non-points East Coast Super Stock/Stock Association event in her ’72 Chevelle. She went 11.569 at 101.71 to beat David Thomas (West Chester, Pa.).
Bob Henry (Pequannock, N.J.) took the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association race in a ’63 Corvette. He beat Rich Price (Limerick, Pa.), using a .009 reaction time to go 9.950 at 151.00.
The gamblers’ racers were a result of Saturday’s Money Trail race being rained out. Nearly 100 Super and Pro cars took part in non-points race that had a 100 percent payback. Ben Saia (Delran, N.J.) won in Super, taking advantage of a .005 RT to run 9.112 at 146.64 to beat Scott Thompson (Douglassville, Pa.). Paul Thimm Jr. (Mohnton, Pa.) was the Pro winner, beating Kevin Mendenhall (Parkesburg, Pa.) with a pass of 9.184 at 140.11 in his ‘76 Vega.
The Junior Dragsters also had a non-points race after the rainout. Jimmy Fizz (Sanatoga, Pa.) won this one, beating Brittany Hays (York, Pa.) by going 7.959 at 78.20 over the eighth-mile.
A familiar face won the Sponsors Cup. Don Scholl (Eagleville, Pa.), a Money Trail regular, driving for his company, S&W Race Cars, clinched both the individual and team title with a win in the finals over D&W’s Joe McLaughlin.