Fast times at the Dutch Classic
It was a very quick weekend at the NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Weekend.
It’s a four-day event that features nine NHRA Sportsman classes, so it might not seem that way. However with the cool, fall conditions over Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Grove certainly lived up as being the quickest and fastest dragstrip on the planet.
A weekend after three national and seven track records were set at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, more than two dozen marks fell over the course of the Dutch Classic, which is also the NHRA Northeast Division Sony/P.C. Richard National Open.
The exact number of records is not yet known as NHRA still has to certify some of the runs. A total of 436 cars, some from as far away as the Pacific Northwest and Canada were on hand for the event.
It was a very good weekend for some regional drivers, too.
Bobby Fazio (Norristown, Pa.) was the winner in the Super Stock category. In his 1964 Mustang, he beat Joe Teuton (Schriever, La.) in the final with a pass of 10.900 seconds at 113.12 mph.
Jason Hoff came up from Littlestown, Pa. and took his ’12 Miller dragster to Victory Lane with a pass of 8.949 seconds at 172.39 mph to win Super Comp over Warren Ferrese (Moscow, Pa.).
In Super Gas, Darlene Staub (Dover, Pa.) drove a ’27 Roadster to beat Mickey Varner (Sparrows Point, Md.) with a run of 9.925 at 141.79.
Larry Miller Jr. (Gettysburg, Pa.) took Stock Eliminator, defeating Wallace Dent (Charlotte Hall, Md.). In his ’69 Camaro, Miller went 11.643 at 106.81 in the final.
Larry Paden (Chester Springs, Pa.) and his ’68 Camaro won the Super Street category. He defeated Jason Lawrence (Hamilton, N.J.) in the final with a pass of 10.916 at 130.17.
David Barton (Robesonia, Pa.) took the American Muscle class in a ’10 Challenger. He raced past Kenneth Miele (Egg Harbor, N.J.) for the win, going 9.371 at 138.54.
In other classes, Chris Wentzel (Coudersport, Pa.) was the winner in Competition Eliminator. In the final, he defeated Patrick Ross Sr. (Avon Lake, Ohio) in a ’32 Bantam, going 7.323 seconds at 178.66 mph.
Anthony Arcuni (Babylon, N.Y.) got the win in Top Sportsman. Arcuni took his ’95 Cutlass past Jeff Brooks (Fredericksburg, Va.) in the final with a run of 7.6721 at 131.92 mph.
In Top Dragster, Al Staffieri (Tewksbury, Mass.) was the winner, beating Tomas Whitman (Honey Brook, Pa.) with a run of 7.058 at 193.79.
Maple Grove will have racing next Saturday with the annual 10K Footbrake Nationals. Gates open at 8 a.m. with time trials at 9.