Brock Moshier was literally seeing double on Saturday.
Like many racers who come to Maple Grove Raceway for the Spring 10K Footbrake Nationals, the Lititz, Pa., drag racer bought two entries into the lucrative event that rewards the winner with a guaranteed $10,000 first prize.
At the end of the afternoon, Moshier’s entry – a 1971 Vega – had reached the final round. And on the other side of the bracket for the final was . . . . Moshier’s second entry.
When Jody Sneckenberger (Hagerstown, Md.) fouled in the semifinal, it guaranteed an all-Moshier final and an early ending to the afternoon. Moshier’s other entry had a semifinal bye when he raced past Mike Barber (Douglassville, Pa.) in the quarterfinals.
In all, Moshier had a great payday of $12,000 as he also claimed the runner-up check.
Going into the final rounds there were a few drivers who had a chance to do the double. Sneckenberger and his ’70 Nova were alive, twice, in the fifth of eight rounds, as was Brian Cireddu (Brunswick, Ohio) in a ’67 Camaro. Sneckenberger then had one entry left going into the quarterfinals, but both Cireddu and Moshier advanced with two.
In the quarterfinals, Moshier eliminated Barber with a pass of 9.019 seconds at 132.79 mph that was .029 under his dial-in. However, Barber also broke out and was .028 under. Cireddu fouled twice, allowing Sneckenberger and Moshier to both advance.
Racers will get another chance at 10 grand later in the year with the Fall Footbrake Nationals on Oct. 19.
Local racers will be out in full force next Saturday with the initial race of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series on Saturday. High school racers will then take the track on Sunday for the Universal Technical Institute High School Challenge.