Bits from OUR Pits...... written by: Mike Bassin
Saturday -- April 11th
Though a bit breezy we had clear skies and temps that reached 60 degrees by late afternoon. At 8 am, the Northern Virginia Mustang Club brought 44 members and guests, mostly in later model Mustangs and all made numerous runs. Most all the cars are real fast and many ran 12's and 11's with big mile an hour passes. The fastest car in the house was Keith Elledge's late model blower assisted Mustang running as quick as 8.81 at 156 mph. These were the car"s first runs and there is still more in this car! All the club members had fun and we will have them back later in the year. Now moving over to the Test & Tune part of the day. We started at noon and ran to 5 pm. Plenty of cars, trucks and bikes made a lot of runs and we also had 9 year old Eric Bowles make his license runs in his Junior Dragster, All his runs were good and he is now licensed, good job Eric! Chase Fahnestock drove his Super Comp dragster for some test passes before heading to the LODRS race at Atco. First run a pretty good 8.94 on the 8.90 index, next pass just a bit quick, 8.88 then the last one netted at .007 light with a 8.902 et, a .009 package, with that, Crystal, Joel and Chase loaded up and went home. great runs! We also ran our first Index Class cars. The biggest class was the 6.50 group with 7 cars racing, Tom Fidler took the win when Matt Bowie broke out by .02. The semi racers were Nathan Englar and Tom Bard. Larry Price won the 7.50 group and Paul Hahn won the 5.80 class.
Sunday -- April 12th
Less windy and temps that reached nearly 70 degrees made for nearly perfect racing conditions on the first SBRA points race. In the morning it started with 21 Junior Dragsters and unlike last week it was all about the girls. In the final Bailie Zepp squared off with Sammie Miller. Sammie had the better light and took the win, Brandi Conner was third. Excellent racing by all those in the Junior Dragster group. The big cars took the track at 11:30 am. There was a good field of Super cars with Danny Brown in his Mustang winning over Al Crawford. Bernie Staub took third. It took 7 rounds to win Footbrake and veteran driver Ed Talbert won over Andy Dolan. George Hoff was third. Ed's lights were from .009 to .025, real sharp driving! We had 16 Bikes with Dalton Dickerson from N.J. winning over Boyd Mathias in the final. Kevin Hamilton and Kermit Garnett were semi racers. By the way, Kevin nearly got dropped in round one when niece Gina Hamilton had the starting line advantage but broke out in a close race. Trophy was won by Bruce Foltz over Darius Wenger. We also had a great group of Test & Tune cars and bikes. A big thanks to all that participated, racers, crew members, family members, race fans, sponsors, staff and management!
Next Saturday, Street Nite with Quick 16 paying $1000 to win, runner up $300, semis $100, real good money for a $35 entry fee and Maryland Performance Centers Real Street heads up cars are the featured classes. Check our schedule for all the details! We will run a Test & Tune on Sunday. Are you on the List??? See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Sunday -- March 22nd 1st
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We finally got an opening day in the books. After either cold, snow / rain or wet grounds we got bright sunshine and temps that reached the high 40's today. A nice turn out of over 60 cars and bikes made numerous time runs. We also ran our "First to the Finish Line" race. Eddie Payne's excellent mid 10 second Dodge Dart won over Larry Price's Malibu wagon, semi racers were Darius Wenger and Rick Wenger. Two Jr. Dragsters made runs, Dalyn Palmer made several passes and Jaiman Dietz made several check out runs and on his last couple passes ran low 12's at 54 mph. This was Jaiman's first race and he did an excellent job driving all day long. We had a nice mix of cars, bikes and trucks on the track, several diesel trucks, bikes, full on drag cars, street / strip cars, sport compacts. The track itself worked well from the start, nice track prep from Jake and Bubby. Next weekend we have a test and tune on Sat. March 28th starting at 11 am with an added gamblers race at 3pm, $20 entry fee for the gamblers race. Sun. March 29th we will run all classes, Jr. Dragsters 9:30 am, Big cars and bikes at 11:30 am. The first Summit Points race is set for Sat. April 4th, Easter Sunday, April 5th we will be closed. A big thanks to all who participated today, see you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway! By the way, check this website for any updates in anything pertaining to our race program.
Weather was a bit cool and windy but ok for our Drive-in Drags and test & tune event. In the 11.50 and slower group we had 30 cars. In the final three, Annie Waters beat her husband Chris to then face off with Greg Orris in his 05 GTO. Greg had the better light to take the win. In the fast 11.49 and quicker bracket Justin Crider in his 71 Nova won over Rick Wenger in his 66 Chevelle. We ran each class winner for an overall Drive-in Drags champ. Justin dialed a 10.00 while Greg dialed a 12.00, both were two over with Greg taking the very close win. Cameron Stouffer made her Junior Street licenses runs in a late model Honda Accord with high 10 second at 65 mph runs. Well done. We also ran a test & tune class with many making numerous passes.
Sunday -- November 9th
Temps hit the low 50's with light breezes making it a good day for racing. In the Footbrake class 28 cars entered. In the semis Joe Wetzel beat third place driver Troy Gerhart. In the final Mike Rodgers broke out by one while Joe Wetzel who was good by one. We had a number of test & tune cars and bikes. Of note, Harley Ely made her license runs in the Junior Dragster class, the last one with a 13.50 et. This was her first runs ever, Harley handled the car very well, nice job! Jim Scott's big block Ford powered Bantam altered made 3 fast passes, best one being a 8.36 at 164 mph. Overall a good day.
Next weekend, Sat. Nov. 15 is a test & tune event, 11 am to 4 pm. Sunday Nov. 16 is a test & tune event and a Gambler race will be contested, 11:30 am to 4 pm.
See you at Mason Dixon Dragway this weekend!
Saturday -- Nov. 1st
This was day one for the MD Performance Center Real Street Race and the annual Tri-State Stock/Super Stock Race. About 20 cars battled it in Stock/Super Stock on this cool damp day. Kevin Clark was the winner over John Frech while Larry Jewell took third place. In Real Street we had 14 cars with Ken Tingle running 5.38 At 132 mph in final against Harold Horton. We also ran a Test & Tune event. We finished up the day about 5:30 pm.
Sunday -- Nov. 2nd
Though a bit cool, there was plenty of sunshine as we went into day two. Now we had 48 Stock/Super Stock cars making round one, in the end it was Kyle Huntzberry in his SS/JA 69 Camaro over red lighting Paul Roderick in his AAA/SA Cobra Jet Mustang. Former world champ Tex Miller was third in his F/SA Mustang. Footbrake was won by Eric Campolito in his 94 Chevy Caprice Stocker over Troy Gerhart, Dave Toms was third. Super was won by Bob Jansen in his four second small block dragster. Real Street had 13 cars, low qualifier and now the record holder in the class was Dave Guy of Dillsburg, Pa. in his turbo Mustang, ran a 5.21 at 141 mph. Dave made the finals against Sat. winner Ken Tingle. Dave had the better light was unable to make a clean launch and Ken took the win with a solid 5.36 at 134 mph. Of note, Jack Williamson's Nova ran a personal best of 5.37 at 127 mph. Over in Stock/Super Stock, Paul Roderick's Cobra Jet ran several low 8.80 runs at 154 mph. Many of the Stock/Super Stockers ran hard with wheel standing launches, great show by all. Jordan Miller drove her Dodge Dakota truck to many Jr. Street passes with her dad "Bunk" Miller. We also ran a well attended Test & Tune event. Once again, Jake and Bubby gave a great track both days for our racers to run the big numbers they posted both days. A big thanks to Mike Carr, his mom and dad from the Tri-State Stock/Super Stock Association for their efforts putting this race together. Thanks also goes out to Justin Reggio of MD Performance Center for his work running the Real Street part of the event and lastly to all that participated today as racers, sponsors, crew and family members and track staff.
This Saturday we run our Drive-in Drag race event, tagged, titled and driven in the gate cars, 2 classes, 11.49 and faster, 11.50 and slower. Sunday a Test & Tune race. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Wednesday -- Oct. 22nd
Light rain and damp conditions caused the cancellation of the late afternoon/evening gamblers race on day one of the 2014 SBRA event.
Thursday -- Oct. 23rd
Day 2 -- Weather was great and remained excellent for the rest of the weekend. The feature for the day was a Gamblers race with three classes contested. In Super, Kelly Taylor in her dragster won over Earl Coffee driving a 68 Camaro. Footbrake had Mason Dixon's heavy hitter Chris Crawford over RJ Fitzgerald. Gene Belt won the Bike class over Taylor Dunham. We finished up about 7 pm. Good racing by all and the track was excellent all day long.
Friday -- Oct. 24th
Day 3 -- Now we had nearly a full house as many more racers made the show today. We ran two $5,000 Hi-Roller races. In Super no one had anything for Paul Burruss in his small block Chevy dragster as he won over Ray Ralston in the final. Paul went six rounds to win this one and went four more rounds in the Gamblers for ten straight round wins in one day, that's an accomplishment in this house this weekend! In Footbrake Hi-Roller it was a brothers final, Chris Giles won over Wade Giles. Wonder if they split the money? Another great final. In both Hi-Roller races were there many near perfect packages, run after run, this was the best racing I've seen all year! Jumping over to the Gamblers races in Super it was Delbert Baldwin ($2000) over Jesse Alberts ($1000), Footbrake had Jason Weaver ($2000) over Rufus Hill ($1000), Bike had Joe Devola over our Tom Eaton and the Junior Dragsters had Bobby Minter over Lane Kahley. We finished out the night about 10:40 pm. The track stayed great even as the temps got into the forties.
Saturday -- Oct. 25th
Day 4 -- Saturday kicked off with the Race of Champions-- Super had Jeremy Curry in his high four second Olds over John Rietscha's dragster, Footbrake had Rufus Hill over Mark Romeo, Bike had our own Dale Hamilton taking the win. In the Gambler races in Junior Dragster it was Noah Pollard over Sarah Danner, Super had Randy Krause over Jeremy Price, Footbrake was won by Harley Keys over Billy Stotler and in Bike Dale Hamilton won over Joey Devola. Dale won both the Gamblers and ROC, twelve straight rounds, no losses, great riding! The racing ran til a bit after 11 pm.
Sunday -- Oct.26th
Now for the last day, it's all about the big purse of a total just for today of over $24,000 and the team championships. First we ran the Junior Dragsters, Noah Pollard won over Hayle Lotts, Noah also won on Saturday. Super had a red hot Delante Green in his Arrow winning over Kelly Taylor who was Thurdayís Gamblers winner. Footbrake had Jason Weaver in a dead close race defeating Dickie Bodmer. In the Bike final it was Joey Devola over Nick Hamlet. We finished the racing at about 7 pm.
Here is a general overview of the 2014 SBRA Bracket Finals. I know I'm going to miss a lot of stuff but here it goes.
Number one -- A GIANT thank you to all that participated, racers and their families and crew members, all the track owners and their people from the participating tracks, Gary Gore and Hayne Dominck, the Mason Dixon staff and owners for all their work leading up to and during the event, the sponsors and the race fans that attended the race. This race was a first class event from start to finish.
Number two -- Multiple winners over the weekend were Kelly Taylor in Super with a win and runner-up, Dale Hamilton in Bike with two wins in one day, Noah Pollard in his Junior Dragster with two wins, Joey Devola in Bike with a win and runner-up, Jason Weaver in Footbrake with two wins and Rufus Hill with a win and runner-up. Great racing by these outstanding racers!
Number three -- Now the points, Congrats to team Colonial Beach with 100 points then Mason Dixon 82, Eastside 68, Beaver Spring 63, Old Dominion 52, Natural Bridge 49 and Pittsburg 41. It was close for a while and then Colonial Beach pulled away to take the win. By the way the SBRA 2015 race will again be hosted by Mason Dixon Dragway!
Number Four -- Best appearing cars were picked by Matt Facteau our timing system specialist and myself, this was hard, loads of great cars to choose from but here are the winners, Super, Rick Clay Jr, Footbrake, Jesse Beherton, Bike, Brian Canoles, Junior Dragster, Sammie Miller.
Number five -- Fastest car was Jason Derr's dragster, ran as quick as 4.46 @ 156 mph and 1.00 sixty foot times. Big wheel standers were Kevin Little's 40 Willys with giant long wheelies with sub 1.20 sixty foot times. Gary Simpers Comet wagon is another big wheelstander. By the way the track prep was first class and was performed by Bubby Casto who is also our track photographer and Jake Landes who also handles many duties during race day.
Number six -- I'm sure I've missed stuff here but in the end this was a great race, all that were part of it made it a huge success. Thanks for being a part of the 2014 SBRA Bracket Finals.
We have 8 more races, this weekend Nov. 1st and 2nd the Stock/Super Stock race will be contested both days, also the MD Performance Center Real Street cars run both days. On Sunday we do run the bracket classes also. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday -- Oct. 17th
We ran a Test & Tune starting at 4:30 pm til a bit after 9:00 pm that had 108 racers, mostly the diesel trucks making many runs. A nice turn out of racers and race fans.
Saturday -- Oct 18th
The Truck pull was a rousing success! A huge turn out of contestants and spectators! A BIG thanks to all that participated. We can't thank Antrim Diesel RV Sales/Sam Foley and family enough for their hard work putting this part of the weekend together. Great show! The pulls ran from 2:00 pm til after 10:00 pm. Also many vendors participated along with over 50 trucks joining in on the dyno pulls. Great job everyone!
Sunday -- Oct. 19th
About 166 trucks and big rigs participated in the drag racing part of the Diesel Event. We ran four classes. In the Big Rig Quick 8 the number one qualifier Craig Morris won with runs in the 12.90s with a final 12.87 at 112 mph over runner up Shane Pollock. The Big Rig Bracket class had Andrew Coblentz over Justin Butler in the final. The Quick 8 Pickup class had the number one qualifier Mark House winning over Craig Briggs. Mark ran his fastest pass of the event with a 9.74 at 143 mph. It took a 11.19 et to qualify to get in the field, two other trucks just missed with 11.20 and 11.21 ets. There were many high eleven and twelve second trucks in the house, amazing performances considering the weight of these machines. Susan Stump had one of the most unusual trucks, a rat rod truck powered by a 5.9 Cummins running a personal best 10.87 at 124 mph, She also made numerous 10.90 runs during the weekend. Finally in the Pickup Bracket class Andy Dolan took the win. He had also double entered and went undefeated in both entries and took the runner up spot also. Nearly flawless driving Andy! Again a big thanks to all our sponsors, racers, vendors and race fans for participating, even with a couple of oil downs and a big number of racers we still completed the event by 7:00 pm. Well done! About our scoreboard/lane sponsors -- left lane, Sam Foley and family Antrim Diesel RV Sales -- right lane -- Richard Price and family Antrim Diesel Service, we appreciate all their support of racing at Mason Dixon Dragway.
See you this week at the SBRA Bracket Finals -- Oct 22 thru Oct 26
Saturday -- Oct 11th
All night and morning rains forced a cancellation of the MD Performance Real Street, Slant Six and Test & Tune event.
Sunday -- Oct 12th
Much better weather greeted the 190 race cars and drivers and the big spectator turn out with partly cloudy skies and temps in the high fifties. The Slant Six Mopar Class ran two races in one day, race one had Derrick Sword over Phil Stanback in the final. Race two had last years series champ Ron Hamby over Derrick Sword. Ron was on the tree all day long and Derrick nearly pulled off a double with a win and runner-up finish. Twelve cars ran the Slant Six race. Super Pro had Colby Imes go .000 against Ronnie Horwath in final as he went slightly red. Dennis Hammond and Al Crawford took semi honors. In Footbrake Tim Bard's Nova ran the number round after round taking the win over Mike Rodgers, Joe Wetzel was third. Darius Wenger won Trophy with high 11 sec. runs. We also had a new Jr. Street racer license today, Jordan Miller, daughter of Larry "Bunk" Miller qualified in her Dodge Dakota truck with low 11 second eighth mile passes. Eric Kitchen, the head man in the Pro Stick Class, thought we might have 50 cars, he underestimated a bit as 53 cars made round one. In the end it was Dan Hoyler in his Fox body Mustang over Joe White's 65 Pontiac GTO. The semi racers were Robert Cook and Mike Strickler. Speaking of Mike, he has built a great tribute "Old Reliable" car that is flat fast, the 67 Camaro ran a string of low 9.60 runs at 139 mph. We finished up about 6:15 pm just as the sprinkles began. Overall, a real good day.
Itís all about the Diesels next week. On Friday Oct 17th we have a Test & Tune, open to all, from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The Truck Pull @ 2PM and Dyno testing start at 10 AM. on Saturday Oct. 18th. On Sunday, Oct 19th the Diesel trucks take the track at 11:30 am --Four Classes Quick 8 Big Rigs and Quick 8 Pickup plus big rigs and pick ups bracket racing.
See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- Oct. 4th
Though we had early morning rain showers, we were able to start on time anyway. In the 6.50 Index class it was Nathan Englar over Pat Gordon in the final, Tom Bard took third place. Dennis Hammond won the 5.90 Index class. We also ran our Outlaw 4.40 cars. Number one qualifier was the Corvette of Rich Stine with a quick 4.45 pass at 165 mph. In the final it was Rich Stine over John Moton with Jeremy Curry and Chris Sellers as the semi finalists, there was a full field of eight cars, all were well into the four second zone. We did have several test & tune cars. Jeff Brady had his dragster running as quick as 7.26 @ 183 mph with Nathan Etzler driving, a great looking very fast dragster!
Sunday -- Oct. 5th
The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars put on a good show, 22 cars made round one, in the finals Wayne Garrison's 69 Judge won over Andy Nutt's 67 Lemans. The 1K All-Run class had Mark Gray with the better light winning over Andy Dolan, the semi racers were Jason Deavers and Dahrl Clark. Test & Tune cars ran also, a great mix of cars made many runs in this class. Next week, on Sat. Oct. 11th, Md Performance Center Real Street heads up cars take the track. These are low and mid 5 second eighth mile cars that put on a great show with field of about 20 cars, also the Drive-In drag cars run, two classes, 11.49 or faster and 11.50 and slower cars run. These cars must be street legal, tagged and insured and driven in the gate cars. On Sunday, Oct. 12th Eric Kitchen's Pro Stick cars, usually over 50 strong, will race their hard launching wheel standing machines. This is always a fan favorite race. Also we'll run Super, Footbrake, Trophy along with Test & Tune. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- Sept 27th
This was a big day, we opened at 8 am for the Northern Virginia Mustang Club private rental. The dense fog, you couldn't see the scoreboards til after 9 am, held up the racing for another 1/2 hour. There were about 50 cars and all made plenty of passes til about 1:30 pm or so. Next up were the test and tune cars along with the East Coast Impala Race series cars, a Gamblers race and two qualifying shots for both Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes. Mike Daymude ran several 5.44 passes to win over the Luken Racers Cars Malibu in the Gamblers Race final. Top Sportsman had four cars with Ronnie Proctor leading the way with a 4.40 @ 161 mph pass. Jeremy Curry, John Moton and Jerry Williams were all fast also. In Top Dragster Carlisle, Pa racer Chris Powers laid down a 4.26 @ 165 mph. Bill Russell ran 4.33 twice @ 161 mph. The Daymude family and friends set up two tents at the end of the bleachers and sold baked goods and wearing apparel to benefit the Megan Daymude Fueling Her Dream Foundation, they also sold 50/50 tickets. Jason and Stacey Staub were at the track running the 66 Mustang which ran a strong 9.59 @ 139 mph, good having them with us for this event.
Sunday -- Sept 28
The big day!! The Megan Daymude $5,000 to win Super ET race. Great racing all day long. First off let's go to the Top Sportsman Cars, in the final Jerry Williams won over Ronnie Proctor. Jerry's Monte Carlo is deadly consistent and Jerry can drive it too! Jumping over to the Top Dragster group it was Brian Niedomanski over the Massachusetts racer Bill Russell. Earlier in the day Chris Powers put away his slower dragster brought out the "big hammer", in the semis Chris ran a 4.14 @ 175 mph breakout pass. The car is a rocket! Now for the $5,000 race. Chris Lil put up a $100 for the first .000 light in qualifying, hard to believe but no one got it, four .001s but no perfect light, the money went to the Megan Daymude Fueling Her Dream Foundation, thanks Chris! In round seven it was Jeremy Curry over Nathan Jacobson while Joey Harrison who earned the bye sat out his run. In the final Joey went one over with a .015 light to Jeremy Curry's slightly off .031 light. Great racing all day long by all that participated. I got some help today as Courtney Suders announced some time runs and round two of the Super ET cars, she did an outstanding job too.. The track staff did a great job running the event and track prep was excellent as usual, how about Ronnie Proctor 1.00 sixty, Bill Russell with a .99 and Chris Powers going 1.00. Also, big thanks to all the Daymude family and their friends for all the hard work they did both days, we look forward to this event in 2015! Again a big thanks to all that participated! See you next week at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- Sept 13th
Morning rain showers persisted through the afternoon canceling racing today, everything moved forward to Sunday.
Sunday -- Sept 14th
Great weather, clear skies and temps in the low 60's were about perfect for racing. A huge turnout of 115 test and tune cars plus 20 cars were entered in the Maryland Performance Center Real Street class. We also ran three index 1/8 mile classes, 5.90, 6.50 and 7.90 and we ran the Drive In Drags class.
Real Street had Kevin Tingle with a record run of 5.25 @ 138 mph on the pole, Russ Martin was fast also with a 5.31 @137 mph blast. In the finals of the Quick 8, Jack Williamson won out over the faster but redlighting Chad Helman. In the slower bracket sponsor Terry Holler got the win when Frank Peacock broke.. Great show, Real Street racers!
In the 5.90 Index, Frank Howell ran a 5.92 with a great .009 light to win over Chuck Wishard's 5.91 with a good .043 light, excellent race. Matt Bowie beat Nathan Englar in the 6.50 final, both had good lights but Nathan broke down track, this would no doubt have been a good race. The 7.90 class had Nancy Kovach over Larry Price.
Drive In Drag class had Glen Estelle over Larry Price in the finals. Overall all a very good day at Mason Dixon, plenty of great cars and lots of race fans were in attendance. A big thanks to all that participated today. Thanks also going to Justin Reggio of Maryland Performance Center along with Terry Holler and Custom Towing for their support of the Real Street racers. Don't forget our team is in Delaware at the Bracket Finals this coming weekend. We are closed on Sept 20th and 21st. See you on the following weekend for the Meagan Daymude Super ET. Top Sportsman Top Dragster Race, Sept 27th and 28th.
Saturday -- September 6th
This was to be a Outlaw Cars race with three 1/8 mile index classes, 5.90, 6.50 and 7.90 and a test & tune race. Times runs started at noon and about 2 pm Richie Stine's Outlaw Corvette laid down a 4.46 @ 165 mph and an easy 1.12 60 ft. A very fast shakedown run. About 2:30 pm the rains came and just dumped on us, the race was called off at just after 3 pm.
Sunday -- September 7th
This was the final SBRA points race with a big turnout of all the classes. The Junior Dragsters took the track at 9:30 am. In the end Charlotte Mallow took the win over Eric Swiger, Seth Reed and Dalyn Palmer were the semi racers. There were 27 cars in round one, nice turnout.
The big cars had Wayne Donoho winning Trophy when Rick Wenger's Chevelle broke the rear on the burnout.
Footbrake had the biggest car count, 64 cars, in the end it was Troy Gerhart with .017 light over Mike Hufnagle, Norm Spielman was third.
Super had Mike Hoff over Marcus Henry in the finals, Michael Shoop was third. Mike Hoff was on the tree all day long, nice win for the Hoff's!
Bike had Tom Eaton over Kermit Garnett III in the final, Tom ran as quick as 5.22 @ 129 mph during eliminations.
Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars were with us, 17 cars, Greg Orris won out over Mike Clay.
We had a number of Maryland Performance Center Real Street cars testing today. Jack Wlliamson's Nova did a giant bumber dragging wheel stand and came down hard causing some under carriage damage, hope Jack can make next weeks event. We thank all that participated today, racers and their crew and family members, race fans, staff and sponsors. Great weather and a great day all-around.
Next Saturday, September 13th--- Md Performance Center Real Street, three 1/8 mile index classes, 5.90, 6.50 and 7.90 and the Drive-In Drags. Three classes, 11.50 and slower, 11.49 and faster and a Quick Eight. On Sunday we run a Test & Tune 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. See you next week at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday -- August 29th
100 cars made passes in the test & tune event that went from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. A nice turn out!
Saturday -- August 30th
Day one of the Labor Day Weekend Event: It was Jason Deavers over Dan Roberts in Street, both have been very strong in the last several weeks. Pro was won by Andy Dolan over Greg Ecker, Randy Hess was third. Gene Belt won Bike over Dave Clinedinst. Super Pro was won by Mike Daymude over Mark Gray while Marcus Henry took third spot. There were 24 Junior Dragsters, Joey Maggetti took his first win over Jo Jo Mallow while Mary Elizabeth Bannister was the third place racer.
Sunday -- August 31st
In Street, Dan Roberts won over Garrett Suders. Pro had Kalvin Kline with a big win over Randy Hess. Brian Canoles won over second day in a row runner-up Dave Clinedinst. Super Pro winner was Joey Harrison over Ronnie Horwath, Alan Hess took third. Happy 2nd anniversary to Brittany and Joey Harrison! 27 Junior Dragsters made round one and it was Stevie Dustin getting the big win over Alyssa McFadden in the final, Brandi Connor and Jo Jo Mallow were the semi finishers. Stevie drove nearly flawless all five rounds, great driving!
Monday -- September 1st
Junior Street was won by Tristin Simpkins over Sammie Miller. We now have 13 licensed Junior Street Racers at our track, let's spread the word on this class! High School was won by Steve Gosnell over Sarah Stone. Trophy had Wes Zepp over Ryan Gray. Street winner was Carlos DeJesus over Ryan Gray. In Pro Chris Crawford won out over Mark Harbaugh. Super had Ronnie Horwath over Mike Daymude in a close race. And finally Dave Clinedinst had enough of his two runner-up finishes in Bike and went to the finals and won over Dale Hamilton. 30 Junior Dragsters ran today, Landon Palmer was the big winner over Charlotte Mallow while Brandi Connor and Jo Jo Mallow were semi racers. Landon Palmer and his dad Brian enjoyed their first weekend of racing with us and plan to return soon! A big thanks to all that participated in this weekend's racing, the weather just barely cooperated as rain and downpours went all around us but mostly left us alone. Racers kept the pace moving and the track staff did their usual excellent work, track surface prep was top shelf all four days.
Next Sat. Sept 6th the Outlaw heads up cars will be with us along with three 1/8 mile index classes, 5.90, 6.50 and 7.50 along with test and tune. Sun. Sept 7th we run another 1/8 mile SBRA race. See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- Aug. 23rd
All day rains caused the cancellation of our SBRA points race. The weatherman didn't cooperate on this one!
Sunday -- Aug. 24th
Our 18th annual Mid Maryland Ford meet was a big success! Over 150 show cars and 104 race cars along with many vendors and plenty of Ford Fans made this event a good one. The show car field had all types of Fords, from early trucks to late model cars and everything between. All the show car entries were exceptionally nice this year, we did allow our show cars to make a "cruise" down track just before the drag race eliminations were to get underway.
Now to the racing, in Trophy, Jim Achen won over Jerald Shields, the Mustang class had Darren Kuhn over Devin Holder, Street was won by Annie Waters over Pat Cunningham. Pro had long time racer Jeff McMillen over Tim Hawks and finally in Super Pro Tim Hawks did win this class over Courtney Upole. Of note, Tim Hawks had a win and runner-up in Pro and Super Pro, that's a pretty good day! Courtney Upole had one really impressive car, she ran two classes, made about a dozen passes, all from 12.40 to 12.44. The Maverick works great. Courtney also did all the bodywork and paint work. Just a really nice ride.
This was a fun event from start to finish, a big thanks to everyone in attendance today!!
Can you believe next week is Labor Day Weekend already. Friday nite is a test & tune, 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. We race for real, Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday, All three days are 1/4 mile Summit ET Racing Series points races. See you Labor Day weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- Aug 16th
Nice weather, no rain greeted racers and race fans for this Summit ET Racing series event. Junior Dragsters kicked it off with 24 cars in round one. In the final it was the girls again, Chesney Gosnell winning over Ryan McFadden. Chris Lil of Burdette Bros. added $100.00 to the Juniors today, thanks Chris! By the way, Charlotte Mallow won her class at the Div. One Junior Dragster Championship at Numidia Dragway last weekend, great job Charlotte. In Street it was Dan Roberts over the very tough Lisa Dustin in the final. Trophy had Rodney Eichelberger over Steve McCully for the win. Troy Gerhart won Pro over Dahrl Clark, Mark Harbaugh was third. Troy drove real well at the tree and at the stripe on each run all day long, a real good win today. Super had Mike Daymude over the fast dragster of Alan Hess, both drivers had .035 lights. Mike a bit closer to the dial. Mark Gray was third. Dave Clinedinst was the winner in Bike over Tom Eaton in the final, two Saturdays in row, Dave has taken first place. Lastly in the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series, Michael Koser won over John Gunter while Ronnie Jerrew was third. Michael made two time and five rounds of racing and his worst light was a .039, most were in the teens or better, great driving.
Sunday -- Aug 17th
Today was a Test & Tune day with 100 entries and a good group of race fans spent the day with us. A good mix of fast bracket cars, numerous sport compacts, heads up cars and some real fast street cars and street bikes plus several Junior Dragsters made many runs. A supercharged Cadillac ran as quick as 10.60 @ 137 mph. Ken Mallow tested out a possible new ride running many 8.80 @ 150 mph runs in a Big Block Chevy dragster. A little of everything went down the Mason Dixon quarter mile.
Next Saturday, SBRA points race and on Sunday the big Mid Maryland Ford event, a race, car show, venders and more. See you this weekend!
Saturday -- August 9th
Today we ran a SBRA points race. The weather was humid with temps in the low 80's but not bad for August for sure. Trophy had Wayne Donoho winning out over the break out run of Jeff Heilman. Footbrake had Mark Harbaugh winning over Andy Dolan, Ryan Gray and Chris Crawford were the semi racers. The Bike class had Dave Clinedinst getting the win over Gene Belt who has just starting racing with us this season. Super had Joe Harrison over Ronnie Horwath in the final. Joe and Brittany Harrison's Mustang ran on the number on nearly every run, the car works and Joe was great today also. Junior Street has a new racer, Seth Reed licensed today and ran Sammie Miller in the final, Sammie getting the win. Seth is the ninth racer to join the Junior Street class.
Sunday -- August 10th
Today was a King of the Track race and we had the Race Wars cars on hand also. 40 cars were in this class, a mix of Sport Compacts and V8 cars, newer and older stuff all participated, many were real fast also. 38 cars ran in the Test & Tune class, a nice turn out. Trophy was won by Wes Zepp over Kevin Lusby. Street had Dan Roberts over Kristen Suders. Charles Copeland won over Mark Gray in the finals, Joe Harrison took third. Bike had Brian Canoles over Gene Belt. Kevin Hamilton was third. Gene Belt had a real good weekend, two runner-ups, not bad! Now for King of the Track. Wes Zepp beat Charles Copeland, Brain Canoles took out Dickie Bodmer, Dan Roberts with the bye run. Next round, Dan Roberts beat Wes Zepp, Brain Canoles with the Bye. In the finals Dan Roberts had a .013 light against Brian Canoles .020 light. Brian was only one off the dial and took the "Wally" back to West Virginia, great day for Brain and all the Bike racers too. Thanks to all that participated, we had a very big spectator turn out and lots of race cars, looked like everyone had a fun day!
Next weekend on Sat. Aug. 16th we will run a Summit Points race and also the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars will be in the house, on Sun. August 17th we will conduct a Test & Tune event noon to 5 pm. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway this weekend!
Saturday -- Aug 2nd
Saturday featured three classes, Md. Performance Center Real Street, 4.40 Outlaw cars, and Junior Street. We also had a Test & Tune session from noon to 5 pm. First off the Junior Street class had Sammie Miller winning over first time racer Cameron Stauffer in the final, Logan Mathias and Tristan Simpkins were the semi finishers. Now for the Md. Performance center Real Street class. There were 15 entries everyone hooking hard and running strong. In the final the low qualifier, 5.40, Kevin Tingle took the win over Justin Bowmaker with low ET of the event with a 5.32 @ 134 mph, Justin ran a game 5.45. Russ Martin and Rob Falcone were the semi racers, all four cars that made the semis were Mustangs though Rob Facone's car is Big Block Chevy powered. Good, close racing all night in this class! The 4.40 Outlaw Cars were fast tonight, Low qualifier was Ronnie Proctor with a 4.44 @ 160 mph. Eight cars were in the class, all ran hard. In the final it was Ronnie Proctor taking the win over Jeremy Curry who went red. Semi racers were Lin Bowie and Henry Butler. Ronnie made six passes, the first five had 1.00 sixty ft. times, in the final a 1.01, two runs were 4.43 and one a 4.44, both the car AND the track prep was spot on. A big thanks to all that participated, racers, race fans and Mason Dixon for putting on a great show. We were able to complete the race by 9 pm.
Sunday -- Aug 3rd
Just as we were ready to run our Test and Tune event we sat through a half hour deluge, once the rain stopped we were able to get underway at 1:00 pm, we finished up at 5:00 pm. Many Pro Stick cars were testing with other race cars and street cars and some street bikes making many runs also. Overall a good day.
Next Saturday, Aug 9th we will run a SBRA race, no Jr. Dragsters and then on Sunday, Aug 10th a King of the Track race for a "Wally". No Juniors but all other classes contested. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- July 26th
Decent weather greeted our racers and race fans for the Summit Racing ET Series race. Trophy had veterans Wayne Donoho winning over Bob Sidow in the final. Street had Garret Suders over Jason Deavers with Doug Wetzel as the third place racer. Andy Dolan won Pro over the tough Rodney Eichelberger while Rick Quesenberry took third. A father/son final in Bike, Tom Eaton over his son, John Eaton. Super had Michael Shoop making it two in a row in Super with a win over Mike Daymude, close race, Michael .013 light to Mike's .021. Al Hite and Marcus Henry were the semi-finalists. Charlie Booze made some time runs in his Mustang, a best of 8.26 @ 167 mph.
Sunday -- July 27th
A test & tune day with a good mix of cars and bikes. Keith and Tim Dietz of Hanover, Pa brought their front engine nostalgia dragster. They made several runs, a best of 8.27 @ 160 mph. Some Md Performance Center Real Street cars took the track. Jack Williamson's Nova ran several 5.70 runs @ 125 mph, An overall good day, light rain started right as we were ready to quit for the day, good timing for sure.
Saturday, August 2nd we will run the Md Performance Real Street cars and the 4.40 Outlaw cars, both classes heads up racing at its best, start time noon, qualifing at 4 pm. Test & Tune on Sunday noon to 5 pm. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- July 19th
Saturday the weather nearly got us as we had sprinkles and light showers after round one, they continued on and off til the end but the race was totally completed. This was a Summit points race. Starting with Trophy Kevin Lusby won out over Russell Jenkins. In Street both Jason Deavers and Carlos Dejesus were sharp all day with these two squaring off in the final. Carlos got the win. The third place racer was Garrett Suders. Pro had Mark Harbaugh taking a close win over Troy Gehrhart in the final. Dale Hamilton squared off against his brother Kevin Hamilton in the Bike final. Dale went .012 at the start to take the win, John Eaton was third. Super had a great final, Michael Shoop had a .008 light with a 9.644 on a 9.64 dial to shut out the always tough Andy Dolan who made it close with his .019 light, Paul Burruss was third. Good, close racing by everyone was the order of the day for this event.
Sunday -- July 20th
Much better weather today, a bit muggy but no rain! MANDRA was in the house today. Not a big MANDRA turnout but excellent cars and drivers participated. Long time high level bracket racer Andy Wildasin has joined this group and made it to the final in his 65 Ford Galaxie to pair up with Brian Friels in his Jungle Jim 66 Nova. Andy had the better light and took the win. Bud Paust in his Vega wagon was third. We also ran Junior Street. Taylor Foley against Tristan Simpkins in the final. Close race, Tristan took the win, Taylor was runnerup. Steven Dustin celebrated his 13th birthday today took third spot. Justin Reggio of Maryland Performance Center had some of his Real Street cars making runs. Russ Martin's turbo Mustang made several runs, the last two were a 5.44 and a 5.40 both @ 135 mph. Allen George of 409 fame ran his new COPO Camaro B/SA entry running 10.40s @ 128 mph. Bob Bransford in his early Chevy coupe ran a best of 4.82 @152 in the 1/8 and a 7.55 @ 183 mph. Michael Boyd is still making test passes in his new Street Roadster, 8.40s @ 152 mph. Jason Staub brought out his 65 Mustang to make several 9.70 passes, George Seeger was helping Jason today also, good guys, glad to have them at Mason Dixon. We had a good mix of all kinds of cars and bikes today. Street and Drag Bikes, Street Cars, Bracket Cars, Md Performance Center Real Street Cars, you name it was here. Nearly 100 cars total, a fun day!
Next weekend, Saturday July 26th is a Summit Points Race, no Jr Dragsters [they are in Bristol for the Eastern Regional event] start time 2:30 pm for the time runs to start. On Sunday July 27th is a Test & Tune day stating at Noon til 5:00pm.
July 12th -- Saturday
The Street Nite race featured the Quick 16 door car race, eighth mile, $1,000.00 to the winner, $300.00 to the runner up for a mere $35.00 entry. First off we welcomed the employees and the family members of the Volvo Power Train group as they were our guests for the racing action. We got underway at 1:00 pm with open time runs for all racers, at 1:30 and 3:30 pm we ran the two qualifier runs for the Quick 16 group. Jerry Williams was number one with a 4.93 @ 141 mph while Mike Howell and Tom Morgan were second and third with a 5.14 and 5.16. The bump was a 6.17, only two racers were in the sixes, thirteen in the fives and just Jerry Williams with a four second pass. In the semis, Tom Morgan's big 65 Ply Belvedere ran a one off 5.16 to beat the breaking out by two 4.90 run of Jerry Williams. Mike Daymude got by the tough Chris Shives to make it to the final. It was Mike Daymude's day as he ran a dead on 5.43 to take the win over Tom Morgan. Congrats to the Daymude Family race team!
The Bikes had a father, son final, Paul James, Sr. against Paul James, Jr. Dad won it, good job to the Jamesí team. Pure Street had Tim Hope in his late model Camaro over Annie Waters in her excellent Mustang. Sportsman Street was won by Scott Thomas in his 70 Chevelle, ran low 11.90's all day long, over Gary Staubs stunning 66 Chevelle. Sportsman Pro had Troy Gerhart over Doug Hammill. Troy was great on the tree each round. The day went well, we did have about a 20 minute rain/sprinkle delay but got through that ok, track prep was excellent even with 140 degree track temps most of the day. Good racing!
July 13 -- Sunday
Today was a Test & Tune day, everyone got plenty of runs, the Branford 37 Chevy made license runs, best of 7.90 at 178 mph. Don't forget on Sat. July 19th we have a Summit Points Race, time runs start at 1 pm. On Sunday we will run the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association, MANDRA, cars, Junior Street and a Test & Tune, starts at Noon. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday -- July 4th
The weather for all three days was nearly perfect, temps in 70's on Fri. and Sat. and Sunday it did warm up to the low 80's. Time runs and a Gamblers race was contested on Fri. starting at 4 pm and the action carried to about 8 pm, about 85 cars participated.
Saturday -- July 5th
This was a trying day for sure. We ran a SBRA points race with a big field of cars and the Maryland Performance Real Street class and the Outlaw 4.40 Door Car class. We got underway at 2 pm with time runs and we ran our first qualifier runs at 4 pm. Real Street had 19 cars and the Outlaw cars were 9 strong. We were tested today as we had a major clean up to deal with just off the starting line. The Bittner 57 Chevy lost an engine on the burnout taking nearly an hour to clean up properly. A bit later Eric Vandrew hit the left wall just past the 330' ft. mark which also took time to get racing back underway. We did complete the race but it took til 11:45 pm to finish. A tip of the hat to the Mason Dixon staff for a lot of extra work to get us up and running but even more credit goes to our racers and race fans for their patience throughout all the down time. Also our racers picked up the pace to be ready quickly after their runs so we could finish the show! Now the results, in Junior Dragster class Tristan Simpkins won over Brandi Connor, Chesney Gosnell was third. Rick Wenger was the Trophy class winner. Footbrake had a big field of cars and in the end it was Rodney Eichelberger in his '70 442 Olds winning over Norm Spielman in the final, Rodney had a slightly better light and out nearly at the '330 ft mark, Norm lost his hood. The lights were close, but Norm had to lift, this might have been a real close race. Congrats Rodney! Over in Super, the three drivers in the end decided to split the purse. Laura Foreman, Al Crawford and Ronnie Horwath were still in at the time, all were driving well. The Bikes had Kevin Hamilton over Tom Eaton with Dale Hamilton taking third spot.
Md Performance Real Street, Justin Reggio's group got faster all day as these cars usually do. Kevin Tingle took the win over Justin Bowmaker and set low et and speed for the event and the year with a 5.31 @ 135.80 mph. Frank Peacock took third. The Outlaw cars had Eric Champ in his blower Camaro over Bill Smith's nitrous Camaro while Henry Butler was third. Several runs were in the 4.50's and speeds in the high 150's.
Sunday -- July 6th
The Juniors started at 9:00 am with 22 cars in attendance. The top three spots were taken by the girls, Chesney Gosnell defeated Brandi Connor in the final while Sammie Miller was third. High School had Steve Gosnell beating the red lighting Sarah Stone in the final. Steve dialed a 12.72 and ran it with a zero and had a .000 light, a perfect run for Steve! Trophy had Wayne Donoho over a first time ever racer Heather Bloomfield. Both of these racers had fun today! Nice job by both. The Footbrakers had Mark Harbaugh defeating Newman Sisk in the final while Corey Thompson took third. Bike was won by Dale Hamilton over Dave Clinedinst. Super was won by Mike Daymude in his Demon over Jeremy Price in his Mustang in the final. This one was close and well run by both drivers.
Next week features our "Street Race" on Sat. July 12th with time runs starting at 1 pm. This race has the Quick 16 door car class with the racers gunning for the the first place $1,000 payout. On Sunday July 13th we have a Test & Tune, noon to 5 pm.
See you at Mason Dixon next weekend!
Saturday -- June 28th
Today we ran another SBRA 1/8 mile points race. We started off with our Junior Dragsters with once again the ladies picking up the win. Madeline Culbert won out over Eric Swiger in the final. Madeline drove well all day; she had good lights and ran the number every round, nice job!
Going to the big cars, in Super Chuck Wishard took the win over Laura Foreman's dragster. Joe Wetzel had a big day in Foot Brake defeating Mark Harbaugh in the final; Chris Crawford was the third place racer. John Eaton won over Paul James, Sr. in the Bike class.
Sunday -- June 29th --The Gold Dust Memories / Rocking Chair Nationals
Really not sure where to start here. Let's thank all that participated, the MANY race fans, racers, show car owners, sponsors, Mt. Aetna Fire Company and the entire Mason Dixon staff and owners. Also a big thanks to the Gore's, Gary and Dick and Hane Dominick as well. This event took a lot of planning and work to pull off and it was a rousing success. We opened the gates at 8 am and a steady stream of show cars and race cars arrived in big numbers, over 420 cars participated in the event. At 10 am out at the winner circle we had numerous veteran racers, many in the Eastern Drag Racing Hall of Fame were interviewed over the PA by Gary Gore or myself. The Mori brothers, Roy Chambers and the English brothers, Jim and Allison Lee, all the S & S racing gang, Mousie and Jean Brown, Sam Auxier, Jr. and many more shared stories and memories from back in the early days of drag racing. Many had their restored or "tribute" cars on display. What a great start to the day. Now to the racing, we got underway at 11:30 am. We had so many cars we went with just one time run and right to eliminations. The exhibition cars got two runs, there were several front engine dragsters, blown gassers and a great group of '62 Chevy 409 cars and others that were very entertaining and fast too.
Now for the class results, Top Sportsman, 5.99 et and quicker cars had Mike Howell's 62 Falcon running consistent 5.14 ets winning over George Forster in the final. The Nostalgia class had Larry Miller in his street driven Nova winning over Mike Rudisill in his Corvette. Eric Kitchen's Pro Stick gang put on a great show with 56 entries in round one. In the final, Steve Long's mid 8 second Mustang won over the low 8 second Olds driven by Bill Marks. What a show put on by the Pro Stick racers! And finally in the $2,000 to win Foot Brake class it was Lukas Birks over Greg Ecker in the final. Lukas went seven rounds with all of his lights were either double 00's or teens with a .007 in the final, a well deserved win for the Birks gang.
Again a big thanks to all that participated! Now about this coming 4th of July weekend. On Friday, July 4th we will have open time runs from 4 pm to 6 pm then a two class race, Electronics and Non Electronics will be contested. On Saturday, July 5th, Md. Performance Center Real Street and the Outlaw 4.40 cars along with a SBRA Points Race will be contested. On Sunday, July 6th we again run a SBRA race. See you this coming weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- June 21st
Sadly with rain all around the area many would be racers weren't in attendance for the morning AMC race and the afternoon Street driven car race. At Mason Dixon we only had one rain delay and the race was completed. The fast bracket of street cars had Doug Whipkey over Rick Wenger with Bruce Wilson taking third. The slower bracket had Darius Wenger over Jeremiah Soga with Norman Johnson and Richie Burns taking the semi spots.
Sunday -- June 22nd
We had six Wallys to give away in this Summit Points National Dragster Challenge race. In the Youth Drag Racing League Young Guns class it Samatha "Sammie" Miller over Dylan Dietrick in the final. This was the first EVER Wally to be given to a Youth Drag Racing League driver in the USA. Congrats Sammie! Logan Mathias and Tristan Simpkins were the semi finalists. The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series racers were with us today bringing 23 cars. Cliff Mays won out over Bill Sheffer. In Sportsman Jeff Hielman won over Larry Price. Street had the always tough Carlos Dejesus over John Moser. The biggest class was Pro, Tony Bonanno winning over Terry Erickson, Troy Gerhart and Ronnie Proctor Jr. were the semi racers. Al Crawford took the Wally over Andy Dolan in Super as Archie Davis took third. And finally in Bike, Dale Hamilton won over Kermit Garnett III. A big thanks to all that participated today, on a personal note I'd like to thank the Skelly family, Wayne, Tammy and Brandon and also Bob Carlson who brought my car down from East Berlin, Pa. so I could make a few passes, was definitely fun.
Saturday June 28th we will be running another SBRA event, Jrs. Start at 1 pm, big cars go at 3 pm. Now for the big one, Sunday June 29th we will run our first Gold Dust Memories / Rocking Chair Nationals. We start with a car show that starts when we open at 8 am Celebrity interviews at 10:30 am, then time runs at 11:30 am. Several classes will be contested, Eric Kitchen's Pro Stick gang will probably be 50 strong, a $2000.00 to win Footbrake race, a Top Sportsman 5.99 and quicker class and a Nostalgia class '85 and older cars. There will be some front engine dragsters, gassers 409 Chevys and more. Don't miss this one!
See you next week at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- June 14th
Once again the weather just fine for drag racing, breezy, partly cloudy and temps in the low 70's. Starting the day 25 Junior Dragsters made round one and in the end Alyssa McFadden and Eric Swiger squared off in final, both dialed 7.90. Alyssa caught the better light, .032 to Eric's .053 with Alyssa taking the big win.
Trophy had Russell Jenkins in his 10 flat Capri winning over Darius Wenger in the final. Street was a good one, Lukas Birks squaring off with Richie Burns in his stick Nova. Lukas had the better light but was off his dial a bit giving Rich the win. The Pro class was the biggest with the always tough Andy Dolan winning over Greg Ecker. Of special note though, one of the best races I can recall announcing had to be the round one match-up of Chris Crawford and Bobby Smith. Bobby dialed 11.10 to Chris' 10.42, watching the Compulink screen we could see Bobby's .000 perfect light while Chris was right in the game with a .005 light. At the stripe both ran on the number to the thousandth, 11.100 to a 10.420. Bobby running a perfect run, [ last one was performed by Steven Dustin in 2012], and Chris with a .005 package. What a great race, hard to remember a better one! Moving over to Super we had a father and son final, Joe Henry against his son Marcus Henry. Now what SHOULD have happened would be dad beating son in a great close final, didn't work that way though, Marcus got the win and Joe the runner-up spot, still a nice finish for the father son team. Brian Canoles ran a 8.06 in the final over Kevin Hamilton in the Bike final, as usual the Bikes were fast, three running very low eights at over 165 mph. We also had a number of good running test & tune cars making many runs. We finished up at about 8:45 pm.
Sunday -- June 15th
Today's event was all about our young racers in the Junior Dragsters and the Youth Drag Racing League Young Guns cars. For all those that weren't in attendance you missed a very well run and fun event. The total race purse was $1,900.00. Mason Dixon Dragway / the Wachter Family put up a good cash purse for all the classes and Chris Lil put up an extra $250.00 for the Junior Dragster drivers also. The weather was perfect as we started open time runs at 9:30 am. The first thing we ran was the regular eliminations, in the final, all girls again, Charlotte Mallow beat yesterday's winner Alyssa McFadden in a close race. Of note, Alyssa over the two days won ten straight rounds before losing out in the final. Nice driving Alyssa! We also ran the Youth Drag Racing Young Guns class with Tristan Simpkins winning over Dalyn Palmer in the final. For fun we also ran two extra classes after the regular race run, a 7.90 5 tenths pro tree class and 8.90 5 tenths pro tree class. In the 8.90 class, Jo Jo Mallow won over Mason Golden and in the 7.90 class Jake Bevard won over Stephanie Morgan. This event for our young racers was fun from start to finish, from staff, to racers and their family members and crew members, we all enjoyed the event! Thanks again to all that participated!
All right, next week, Saturday June 21st at 8am to 1pm we will run our annual AMC event, early Jeeps included, then at noon we start with our Street Legal Drags, a quick 16 and two bracket classes for street legal and driven in the gates cars, need registration and proof of insurance. In other words real street cars. On Sunday we run our National Dragster Challenge race for Super, Pro, Street, Bike and we have a Trophy class also. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway.
Saturday -- June 7th
Temps in the low 80's greeted racers and race fans for our second Maryland Performance Center Real Street and 4.40 Index Outlaw Door Cars race. After two qualifier passes we had several Real Street cars running mid fives at over 130 mph. The cars got faster as the track and air temp cooled a bit. In the finals Russ Martin in his Mustang saved his best pass for the finals against Rob Falcone's Fox body Mustang. They left together, Russ ran the best ET of the show, 5.34 at 134 mph against Rob's game 5.44 at 128 mph. Great race! Chad Helman was third. The field had 19 cars to start creating a five round race. A big thanks to Justin and the gang at Maryland Performance Center for helping coordinate the class.
Jumping over to the 4.40 Outlaw Cars we had ten entries, eight ran fours and five of those were in the low 4.50's to as quick as Ronnie Proctor's 4.40 at 160 mph number one qualifying pass. The final round was as good as it gets, long time racer, Ronnie Proctor in his nitrous assisted Mustang squared off with Lin Bowie behind the wheel of his '68 Camaro big block blower car. On the launch Ronnie Proctor cut a .082 light with a hard 1.00 sixty foot time while Lin Bowie had a better .024 light and a 1.06 sixty foot time. At the stripe, Lin turned on the win light with a 4.43 at 164 mph to a quicker 4.40 at 160 mph for Ronnie. Margin of victory about seven feet at the stripe. The semi racers were Bill Smith and Henry Butler. Congrats to Lin Bowie for the big win, nice racing by all in this class!
Our Youth Drag Racing League Young Guns had Dalyn Palmer over Taylor Foley in the final. The semi racers were Dylan Dieterich and Tristan Simpkins. Chris Lil of Burdette Brothers put up $25.00 for each semifinalists. Thanks Chris! We finished this excellent event about 9.45 pm.
We also had a special guest for our racing activities today. Garrett Shover from Greencastle, Pa who is being treated for Lymphoblastic Leukemia was with his mom and and dad and brothers to hang out with us for the day. Garrett got to activate the tree on a couple of runs from inside the tower as he was our "guest starter". Garrett seemed to have a great time. The fifty - fifty drawing raised $292.00 for the Shover family, a big thanks to all that purchased tickets or bought t-shirts. Garrett will turn 4 yrs. old on July 7th. We welcome Garrett and his family to be with us anytime!
Sunday -- June 8th
We were attempting to run two Bike classes today, Street Bike and Pro Bike and a test & tune event for cars and bikes. We were able to get in one round before the earlier than predicted rain showers halted the event. The money was split between all the first round winners.
Just a quick note on track conditions, though track temperatures were a bit over 130 degrees both Real Street and 4.40 Outlaw Cars were able make strong passes especially as the day / evening progressed, again nice work Jake and all the Mason Dixon staff for great track prep!
Next week, on Saturday we have a Summit ET Series race and on Sunday Md. State Junior Dragster race and the Youth Drag Racing League Young Guns class also. See you at Mason Dixon this week!
Saturday -- May 31st
A very nice turnout of test and tune cars and bikes made many runs til 5:00 pm on Saturday. We also ran our Youth Drag Racing cars with "Sammie" Miller winning in the final over Dylan Detrick, Tristin Simpkins took third pace. The track was excellent all day and weather was nearly perfect, breezy and temps. in the low 70's.
Sunday -- June 1st
The feature of our Street Nite race is our $1,000.00 to win Quick 16 door car class, Jerry Williams' Monte Carlo led the field with a 4.86 at 150 mph. Two other cars ran fours, Dan Shaffer in Larry Reeder's Opel GT ran a 4.93 and Jeremy Curry's Olds ran 4.95. In the Semis Mike Daymude held off Jerry Williams and Mike Howell stayed ahead of Dan Shaffer. In the final, Mike Daymude cut a .010 light and ran a 5.43 on a 5.41 dial while Mike Howell went .034 on the tree and ran a 5.12 on his 5.09 dial-in, a good well run race, Mike Daymude the winner. Great show by all the Quick 16 racers. In Pro Gary Kelican won over Terry Putt Jr., Mike Rodgers was third. Sportsman was won by Rick Wenger over Rich Goad while Greg Orris was third. Street Bike was a father son battle, father Joe Stanley beat son George Stanley.
Next week on Saturday June 7th we will run a test and tune event and we have the Maryland Performance Center heads up cars racing, most of these cars will run low 5 second 1/8 mile passes and the racing is usually closely contested. We also are running our 4.40 index cars. On Sunday June 8th we are running an all Bike race, two classes, drag bikes and street bikes. We look forward to seeing everyone next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday -- May 23rd
Friday was an evening test & tune drawing about 110 cars, many racers were arriving for our annual Memorial Day race.
Saturday -- May 24th
Day one -- Just over 200 cars were entered in our first day of 1/8 mile SBRA points racing. The Junior Dragster racers kicked off the racing with 31 cars in round one. It was Tristan Simpkins winning over Tre Brown while the semi racers were points leader Eric Swiger and Charlotte Mallow. The Bikes had Kevin Hamilton over Dave Klinedinst, Kermit Garnett III was third. The huge Footbrake class had Dickie Bodmer winning over Ronnie Proctor Jr. while Chris Crawford was third. Super was won by Brandon Lowe over the hard charging 4.70 et.dragster of Michael Shoop Jr. Scott Bodmer was third. Brandon was sharp all day taking out a couple of dragsters before the final that had 57 cars in the class. The 330' pit vehicle race had Bruce Suders over Jacob Hamilton. With the big car count we still got done just after 7 pm.
Sunday -- May 25th
Day two -- Charlotte Mallow with .002 light won over Eric Swiger in the Junior Dragster final, Chesney Gosnell and Kaylee Henry took the semi spots, Chris Lil of Burdette Brothers kicked in $50.00 for the two semi finalists, thanks Chris! Trophy was won by Wayne Donoho over Darius Wenger. The Bike finals had Dale Hamilton over Brian Canoles Kermit Garnett III was third. We again had a huge field of Footbrake racers while all but one were automatic transmission cars, the one stick car, Richie Burns squared off against Brad Doss, Brad took the win while Dickie Bodmer had another strong outing and made the semis with Michael Boyd. Dickie went 14 rounds in two days before bowing out, think of that one, 14 rounds in our tough house, great driving! In Super, Keith Foreman wheeled his altered to 4.90 runs and defeated Darryl Johnson Jr's dragster for the big win, Ronnie Horwath in Gary Athey's car was a semi finalist with Scott Bodmer. In the second 330' Pit Bike race Kevin Hamilton beat Bruce Suders in the finals.
Monday -- May 26th
Day three -- Austin Hughes won his first Junior Dragster final in a close race over Lacey Dustin, Chesney Gosnell and Kaylee Henry took semi spots and the Burdette Brothers bonus money. High School was won by Eric Swiger of Ryan Gosling. Trophy had David Kline over Wayne Donoho. Bike had the all Hamilton final, Dale won, Kevin runnerup. Paul James was third. Another big field of Footbrake cars took the track, at the end, it was the soon to be wed, Garrett Suders against Nicole Talbert. Nicole was the winner with the better light, Nick Bowman and Ronnie Proctor Jr took the semi positions. Lastly in Super it was Alan Glatt driving his big block Chevy blower motor powered dragster taking out Danny Mattera in a close final, Mike Daymude was third. Alan's car ran deadly consistent run after run with great lights also.
A HUGE thanks to all that participated this weekend, racers, family and team members, race fans, sponsors, track staff and management. A great race from start to finish. 50/50 tickets sold by Trish all three days raised over $1,100 for the racers points fund. The track prep was top notch, all the days the track was "there". We had racers from other tracks such as Cecil Co. MIR and Pittsburgh, many of these racers went into the later rounds, come back and visit often. Congrats also to Garrett Suders and Kristen Warner who will be married on Saturday!
Next week, Sat. May 31st is a test & tune day noon to 5 pm. Sunday June 1st is a Street Nite Event, 16 fastest door cars run for $1,000 with only a $30 entry, check our schedule part of our website for all details of all our upcoming races. See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- May 17th
On Saturday we ran a test & tune event along with the Slant Six cars and the East Coast Impala Racing Series cars. The test & tune portion had many cars with a good group of Mopar machines getting ready for Sunday's racing. We also had some of the Pittsburg Harley bikes making passes and several Stock / Super Stock cars getting some runs before next week's LODRS race in Pennsylvania. Michael Strickler brought his "Old Reliable" stick Camaro from York, Pa to do some testing, he got just one run after a huge wheel stand causes clutch linkage damage when the car landed, yeah there's hook at Mason Dixon. Bill Belden ran his 76 Nova H/Stocker to several mid 11.20 runs at 118 mph. Dan Henderson 63 Max Wedge B/Stock automatic car to several runs at 10.48 at 126 mph. Brad Huntzberry's stunning 69 Camaro SS/J automatic car ran some 10.30 runs. Harry Golliday and Pete Lloyd had their S/SF stick Camaro running 10.20s on a couple of passes. We also ran the Youth Drag Racing class with Dylan Detrick with a .002 light winning over Sammie Miller in the final. The Slant Six cars had Adam Droschak winning over Seymour Pederson in the final. Sadly Will Burns again brought his 68 turbo Cuda to the line, the car left well was going 120 mph at the 1/8 mile then knocked out the head gasket coasting to a 9.50 at 118 mph. An eight second run is in this car, hopefully it'll be at our track in fall. In the final of the gamblers race Tim Vislosky won over Dahryl Clark in the final. All and all, a good warm up day for the Mopar race on Sunday.
Sunday -- May 18th
The 31st Mid-Atlantic Mopar Event at Mason Dixon was a huge success! The weather was like yesterday, low 60's and mostly sunny, great racing conditions. The show car field had many nice cars and trucks along with a lot vendors / flea market spaces filled with all sorts of Mopar parts and related items. Time runs started at 11:30 am, everyone got two time runs. The Slant Six racers ran their second race of the weekend with Justin Ledder winning over Dan Gravatt in the final. In Super Marvin Bauman's son Michael won a close one driving his dragster over the 69 Charger of Tim Vislosky. A close, well run drag race. Pro had Lester Holtzapple of Wellsville Pa taking out the redlighting Andy Watkins in his Valiant, This was a six round race, 46 cars in round one. Trophy had Lance Whitacre over Harry Strack in the final. This was a fun and well attended race, a big thanks to all who took part in this weekends event!
This coming holiday weekend race gets underway with a test & tune from 6pm to 10pm on Friday, then three days of SBRA racing on Sat. Sun and Mon. The Junior Dragsters run all three days also. See you all this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- May 10th -- Sunday -- May 11th
Right away the weather turned uncooperative with rain and thunderstorms in the area by early afternoon, rain showers caused a delay about 2:30 pm then heavier rain caused the Street Nite event to be cancelled by about 4:30 pm.
On Sunday, Mother's Day the Stablemates Mustang Club took over the track for the 2nd annual Cruise for the Cure event. A cruise-in started the day in the morning while many car show entries and a variety of vendors got set up for the day. Drag cars took the track at 11:30 am with about sixty cars grudge racing and getting ready for the one class of drag racing. In the semis, Scott Thomas broke out against the hard charging supercharged Cobra jet of Paul Roderick. In the finals Chris Kellican ran his small block Ford Ranger to the win over Paul Roderick. All three cars ran well, Paul, 9.0's at 151 mph, Chris 9.8's at 135 mph and Scott with 11.7's at 114 mph passes through out the day. Several Pro-Stick cars ran with us, Cody Clites' Olds now has gone to a stick trans. and cracked into the 9.90 range and John Whorton made some 8.60 at 156 mph passes in his Pro-Stick Nova. Again Gina Hamilton ran her bike to her best run so far, 10.19 at 130 mph, there is way more still in this bike, nice riding Gina. Overall a very nice event and well managed by the Stablemates Mustang Club.
Next week, on Sat. May 17th we run a test & tune and the ECIR Impala group will be at the track, racing goes from noon to 5pm. Sunday, May 18th, the big one, our Mopar drag race, big car show and vendors will be at Mason Dixon with racing getting underway at 11:30 am. Get here early for a great day MOPAR action. See you next week!
Saturday -- April 26th -- Sunday -- April 27th
Trophy had Teresa Stone getting the
win in her Mustang over Darius Wenger. Teresa says
she'll try her skills in our Street Class next. Talking
about Street, David Toms won over Rick Shindel of
Mechanicsburg, Pa. while Steve McCulley took third
place. In Pro, Dicky Bodmer beat Jeremy Shoemaker
while Troy Gerhart took third. Tom Eaton beat his son
John Eaton in the Bike final while Brian Fandel was
third. The SuperPro winner was Al Crawford over Al Hite,
Mark Gray and Mark Bender were the semi finalists.
Moving over to Sunday, we ran our SBRA race which started at 9:00 am with 20 Junior Dragsters taking the track. In the final three it was all about the guys. Eric Swiger beat Dylan Moore and then took on Ryan Ely in the final. Eric had the better light won out over Ryan, congrats to the Swiger family. By the way, Dylan Moore has gotten to the semis twice already this season, he is driving well and the car is consistent, a win is a real possibility in near future. Nice driving by everyone in the Junior Dragster class both days!
Foot Brake was the big class today with 54 cars in round one. Ryan Gray beat Bob Weller in semis while Joe Wetzel had the bye. In the final Ryan dialed a 7.53 and ran a 7.532 coupled with a .006 light to lock out Joe Wetzel in the final. Ryan was on all day in his excellent '67 Camaro. Super had 43 cars, in the final it was Mike Daymude in his Dodge powered dragster winning over a tough Josh Johnson in his Camaro. George Milstred in his Nova was third. Again in the Bike Class it was Tom Eaton over son John Eaton while Paul James was third. We also had a number of test & tune cars with Scott Kline in his blower Nova making some partial passes, a pair of 1.11 sixty foot times and just over 3 seconds out at the 330 ft. mark. Once dialed in, this car will be fast. By the way, the track worked great both days, everyone was fast, nice track prep as always.
Next weekend Street Legal Drags, Quick Eight street cars, 4.40 index cars Maryland Performance Heads-up cars and Beat the Heat racers sponsored by Antrim Diesel Service and Antrim RV Sales will run on Saturday. On Sunday we will run another Summit ET Series race. See everyone next week!
Saturday -- April 19th
Very nice weather greeted racers and race fans on our first Street Race event of the 2014 race season. Before we get into the actual class results, le't talk about some individual performances of our racers. Ronnie Proctor Sr. brought out his Top Sportsman Mustang for a pair of test runs. The first run was partial pass, the car left hard, 1.01 sixty ft., 4.57 @ 150mph in the eighth mile. The next pass was an eye opener, 1.00 flat in sixty ft. 4.39 @ 167.05 in the eighth mile and a 6.84 @ 199.94 mph in the quarter. Two nice, straight and fast passes. Well done! Gina Hamilton made her first runs on her bike. After a couple of easy passes, Gina ran several 11.40 passes at 115 mph. hitting the shifts well and cutting good lights also, one run netted a perfect .000 reaction time. For now the bike is de-tuned a good bit, Gina will be another tough racer in our very competitive Bike class. Nice job, Gina! Ronnie Proctor Jr., last weeks Pro winner, made some license runs and drug the rear bumper a couple times with monster wheelstands while running 9.90 passes. Bill Nunemaker's Mustang also went sky high on one of his passes also. The track was excellent today, every one was fast, cars hooked hard, nice job Jake, Bubby and the the rest of the Mason Dixon staff for the great track prep.
On Street Nite, the feature is the Quick 16 class $1,000 to win, $300 runner-up and $100 to the semi racers. The number one qualifier was John Moton in his stunning '63 Vette who ran a 4.76 @ 147, his other run was a 4.78 @ 147. The bump was held by Gary Kellican in his '72 Maverick at 6.39. In the final, Bobby Spielman ran a dead on 5.730 @122 on his 5.73 dial in with his T'bird over George Milstred's stunning '66 Nova who was a mere one off 5.18 on the 5.17 dial, solid lights by both, margin of victory ..0022, as usual, another close well run drag race by both drivers! Gary Kellican and Mike Daymude were the semi finalists. Good show!
Pro class was won by Daryl Clark 2013 track champ, R/U Brian Lind . In Sportsman, Scott Thomas won over Kyle Garber, Scott's first Street Nite win. The Pure Class had Brian Lesher over Time Hope. Jeff Huber was the winner in Street Bike over George Stanley.
Our NHRA Youth drag racers had the first real race with six racers competing and in the final it was Dylan Detrick winning over Samantha "Sammie" Miller in the final. Kyle Sidow was third. You can't help but notice the smiles on the faces of all involved in this class! Come on out and join in with us in our NHRA Youth drag racing class.
Next week on Sat. April 26th, we will run a Summit ET points race and on Sun. April 27th we will run a SBRA points event.
Saturday -- April 12th -- Sunday -- April 13th
Let's start with our Sat. test & tune event. The weather was great, temps. in the 70's a very good turnout. We again had some NHRA Youth Racing program drivers making runs and an excellent mix of street cars and bikes and many full-on drag cars and bikes going down the track. Lin Bowie brought his blown '98 Camaro making three check out passes. The final pass did net a 1.04 sixty foot time but he clicked it early before the 330 ft. mark.
On Sunday we ran our first SBRA points race and a Mazda event that drew a big field of fast and overall very reliable cars. In the morning the Junior Dragsters took the track with Sammie Miller winning over Eric Swiger. Ronnie Webb and Dylan Moore were the semi finalists. It is now two to nothing, girls over the guys in the first two Junior Dragster races. 2013 all over again?
Super Pro had Steve Morgret Jr over a redlighting Dennis Hammond. Bobby Dunn took third place. A side note, all the dragsters were eliminated after round four. Probably won't happen in two weeks when we run points races on Sat and Sun, the last weekend in April.
Foot Brake was won by Ronnie Proctor Jr. who used a .005 light in final against Dover, Pa racer Brad Shipley. Mark Harbaugh was third.
Dale Hamilton won Bike over John Eaton. Tom Eaton was the third place rider.
Finally the Trophy final had Darius Wenger driving his 'Nova winning over Tim Elliot.
Next week we run just one day, Sat. April 19th. This will be our first Street Nite race featuring a Quick 16 for door cars, $1,000.00 to win. Also we run a Pro, Street, Stock and a Street Bike Class. NEW will be our Youth Program also featured on each street race... Gates open Noon, first time runs at 1:00 pm. Many times our Quick 16 will take ET's of 5.80 [ eighth mile ] or faster to qualify. Easter Sunday we are closed. We look forward to this Saturday for our first Street Nite race, see you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- March 22nd -- Sunday -- March 23rd
Saturdays weather was great! Temps hit low 60's with just a moderate breeze. Lots of street cars, bikes, jr. dragsters and race cars made many runs throughout the day. Patrick Nuzzo brought his Fox bodied Mustang and made his necessary license runs with 9.40 ets on many runs. Both Jerry Williams in his Monte Carlo and Jeremy Curry in his Olds ran several runs each. Both cars ran hard and straight with mid 4.60 runs at about 148 to 150 mph in the eighth mile. Jerry ran three straight 1.06 sixty foot times.
Sunday turned way cold, high temp reached just 42 degrees but there was no wind. The track was great and fast. Super had Mark Gray over a redlighting Fred Johns. Footbrake had the father son deal in the final. Bruce Suders couldn't hold off son Garrett who had a .014 light and a two off the dial 11.66. Mike Daymude brought out the Dodge powered Super Pro / Super Comp dragster. Mike ran a 8.16 and then Chuck Wishard climbed in the car and made his first ride in a dragster running, you guessed it, 8.16. Chuck made more runs and completed his license passes, he also had his stunning yellow 69 Camaro and made several 9.20 runs at 145 mph. We had a lot of sport compact racers running a variety of brands, many were fast, lots of 12 and 13 second runs. An excellent turbo Toyota Supra ran several low 9 second passes in the low 140 mile an hour range. It was nice to get in two days of racing! We are back for a test & tune event, 12 to 5 on Sat. and then on Sun. the Junior Dragsters go at 9:30 am while the big cars go at noon. We will again run the Juniors, and a Footbrake and Electronics class on Sunday. See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday -- March 15th
Once again we ran another test & tune event, this time the weather was much better, temps. reached 60 degrees by mid afternoon but the whole day was very windy. We started on time at noon and ran the first half hour with all runs to the eighth mile. Everyone got down the track ok and we then went to the quarter mile the rest of the day. Jo Jo Mallow and Dalyn Palmer had their Jr. Dragsters out, both ran consistent runs all day long. Chase Fahnestock had his Super Comp dragster running two excellent runs, 8.91 and 8.93 @ 168 mph with teen lights. Jeff Heilman and Corey Thompson had their cars out, they ran each other a couple times and ran 9.90's at 138 mph. Michael Boyd's Camaro made everal low 9.50 passes at 141 mph. Overall a good day, there was a good mix of race cars, diesel trucks, street cars and bikes and all made plenty of runs. On Sunday, with temps only to reach 40 degrees and being windy we decided to cancel the racing activities. We will be open with test & tune event on both Sat. and Sun. March 22nd and March 23rd. Also there is NHRA chassis certification for our racers by appointment both days, starting times are noon and we run til 5:00 pm both days. Keep checking our website for news and updates. See you next Sat. and Sun. at Mason Dixon Dragway!
2014 SEASON Begins with a Cool but Fast Track
Sunday -- March 9th
The 2014 racing season is under way! Day one is in the books, a fair number of cars, trucks and bikes took the track for a test and tune event. The weather wasn't a problem as skies were clear and temps hit the low 40's, not bad considering what we all went through this winter. All the track equipment and electronics worked as it should and the track itself was very good. Melvin Armel's new bike ran 8.40s and low 8.50s @ 155 mph while Brian Canoles made a few passes with an 8.12 @ 168 mph best. Everyone got plenty of shots at the Mason Dixon quarter mile and we finally finished up at 5:00 pm. We will be open both Saturday and Sunday, March 15th and 16th, both days starting at noon and running to 5:00 pm. Check our website for any updates in our schedule of our upcoming events. We have a great season planned, come on out and visit us regularly at Mason Dixon Dragway, see you next weekend!
Nov 16th & 17th
The weather cooperated with us on Saturday with temps in the high 50's as we had a great turnout for our Test & Tune / Gamblers Race show. One hundred fifty three cars, bikes and junior dragsters rolled in the gates to participate. What a mix of cars we had from a large group sport compacts, many late model Camaros, Challengers and Mustangs, drag radial cars, full on bracket cars and street bikes. The track was excellent as many cars ran big numbers, one Eagle Talon ran a 9.12 @ 160 mph. We did run a Gamblers Race that had Troy Gehrart winning running his Mustang powered by Joe Wetzel's motor.This race was also well attended by our race fans.
On Sunday the weather nearly got us, rain, fog and drizzle was pretty much everywhere but at the track and it did affect the car count of Footbrake, Super and Test & Tune cars and bikes. To reward those that attended Elmer and Cathy Wachter kept the purse high giving $1,000 to win and $400.00 runnnerup in Footbrake though we had just 29 cars in the class. The same was done in Super, 9 cars entered, $500.00 to win, $250.00 for the runnerup. The racing was close, great lights and near dead on runs. In the end in Footbrake Dave Clinedinst on his bike running Rob Roberts Jr, with dead on his 5.58 dial with a zero and a .017 light while Rob was .029 at the start but went 7.77 on his 7.79 dial. Dave was on the tree and close to the dial on all six rounds of racing. Rob had a solid day also with his worst light all day was a .033. In Super Jerry Williams went .007 with a right on 4.79 to Rusty Blsckford's .014 light and a one off 6.11, great, close well run race. Mark Gray was third. Like many races, most racers ran two time runs with the same e.t. or one off, run to run. Most ran their dials with great lights. Again this takes a good, well set up car, good drivng skills and lastly very good track prep.
Remember, this coming Sat. and Sun.Nov. 23rd and 24th are the final events of the year. Both have the Junior Dragsters running at 9:30 am each day, then the big cars go at noon. All classes are contested with racing being eighth mile racing. On Sunday, winners and runnerups of all classes get turkeys AND Contingency Connection packages and purse money. Come on out and race or hangout with us on the final weekend of the 2013 racing season at Mason Dixon Dragway!
November 10th 20th Anniversary SBRA Finals
Day three -- SBRA Bracket Finals -- We started the day at a bit after 9:00 am with Bill Smith hosting a RFC chapel service. The Juniors then took the track and ran til done. At the end, Sarah Danner beat Kevin Kohr with a slight starting line advantage. Brandi Connor was third. In Footbrake, after 153 cars and nine rounds later it was Eric Day going .007 against Garret Suders to win the huge class. Steve Watts was third. Super had Jeff Krushinskie winning over the -.001 redlighting Joe Mayne III. Al Crawford took third place. After placing second at the NHRA Summit Bracket Finals, Brian Canoles won this big event over Mike Rankin who went red, Brian ran his fastest run of the event with a 5.02 in the final. Clay Davies was the third place rider.
Now for track points, it went like this -- Natural Bridge 73, Mason Dixon 72, Eastside 64, Beaver Springs 62, Colonial Beach 59, Old Dominion 46, Elk Creek 42, nice job all racers especially Natural Bridge. Beaver Springs got the Team Spirit award. This race was completed in a timely manor, the final pair ended the day at 6:50 pm, not bad for a 300 car race!
A big thanks to all that participated, racers and their crew and family members, sponsors, track staff and management. We look forward to this event in 2014.
We are racing next weekend, Sat. a test & tune and maybe a gamblers race and class racing on Sun.
See you at the track! BITS FROM OUR PITS by: Mike Bassin
November 9th 309
Cars in Competition
Day Two -- SBRA Bracket Finals -- On day two we had a lot more cars on the property with Race of Champions and a Gambler Race being contested. The weather was slightly warmer than yesterday, temps in the low 50's but breezy, the track also stayed excellent all the way to 10:30 pm when we finished the day. Let's go with Race of Champions -- Junior Dragsters, Kevin Kohr won over Sarah Danner, Super had Jamie Niedomanski over Ronnie Horwath, Footbrake winner Darhl Clark, over Ralph Martin Bike Tom Dunham over Mike Charcalla. The Gamblers races were big, over 150 cars ran in Footbrake alone, in the final Marty Fleagle Jr. had a .011 light to defeat the breaking out Tom Harhart, Kevin Pollard was third. In Super Mason Dixon's own Al Crawford held off Randy Krause's dragster with a slight .008 to .011 starting line advantage and ran deadon 6.19 to Randy's one off 4.87, great, well run race by both drivers. Taylor Dunham had the better light in the Bike final to win over Brian Canoles as both riders were two over their dials. Finally in the Junior Dragster class, Megan Lotts beat Dylan Wood, Brandi Conner took third. On Sunday it is track against track and racers running for the big money! Let's do it!
Nov 8th, 2013 Day One of a 3 Day Race
Day One -- SBRA Bracket Finals -- Yes, it was a bit cold, temps never got over 45 degrees but racing was excellent. Track prep was top shelf and with good air everybody was real fast. Hi-roller Super was won by Archie Davis who also had two perfect .000 lights back to back. Wayne Rogers was the runner-up, Mike Daymude took third. In Hi-roller Footbrake it was Scott Vaughn over Joe Mayne with Ryan Mayne taking third spot. Gamblers Super was won by Mike Daymude over Kelly Taylor. Gamblers Footbrake had Greg Cash over Brad Doss. Gamblers Bike had father Tom Dunham over son Taylor Dunham. Junior Dragster was won by Sarah Danner over Kevin Kohr. We had great racing today, over 180 cars and more to arrive on Saturday, we started on time at 10:00 am and finished up about 6:30 pm. running six different classes before it got real cold. We look forward to day number two! Time Trials 10 AM Sharp
November 2nd and 3rd
Two days of the Lee Sherman Memorial Stock / Super Stock race is in the books. This was the second biggest turnout of Mike Carr's and family Tri-State Stock / Super Stock race cars at Mason Dixon. Fifty four cars on Sat. and sixty four cars on Sun. On Sat. Bob Fazio in his wheelstanding SS/L Mustang beat Dan Fahey in his G/PS Impala, Bryan Worner took third. Electronics bracket racing cars had Steve Morgret the winner in Electronics and in Footbrake Mike Boyd took the win. The track was fast all day long and everyone got plenty of runs.
On Sunday local Dan Henderson wheeled his B/SA Max-Wedge 63 Dodge to several mid 10.50 passes to face off with Chris Kilraine in his 67 Fairlane 390 powered wagon in the final. Chris won it with a better light, 11.94 to a 10.52. Brad Huntzberry and Tom Losket were the semi racers. In Footbrake Gene Belt in his Suzuki beat Andy Dolan's Malibu in the final. Randy Hess took third place. Electronics class was won by Dennis Hammond over Andy Dolan. Chuck Wishard was third. In the "Wally" race, Gene Belt won over Dennis Hammond. Of note Andy Dolan ran two classes, lost both finals but did win 11 rounds in a row before the final round exits, still a good racing and payday for our 2013 track champ. A very big thanks to all who attended and participated this weekend. Also track prep was again top notch, Stock and Super Stock cars can be tough to hook on a less than perfect track, almost everyone launched hard and ran good numbers both days. Nice job Mason Dixon track staff.
Don't forget, just three more weekends of racing, SBRA event starting Fri. Nov 8th at 10:00 am running all three days, Fri., Sat., and Sun. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway.
DRAGS SHOW AND PULL
SAT Oct 26 & Sun Oct 27th
The Big Rigs invade Mason Dixon
Sunday Oct 20th
Perfect weather and a great, fast race track greeted racers and race fans for our Pro Stick race. All these cars were fast and big wheel stands from many were the norm. A field of fifty five cars made round one. In the final Shannon Wisecarver won out over red lighting Lynn Umberger, 9.97 to a 10.92.
The Footbrake racing was excellent and in the final Richard Parsons drove his Vega to a deadon 6.28 coupled with a .027 light to defeat the one off 6.36 of Mark Harbaugh. This was a close well run final, Michael Boyd was third.
In Super it was Jim Day in his Comet running a one over 6.46 to win over Steve Morgret's breakout run of 5.49.
The Slant Six Mopar racers ran their second race of the weekend with Ron Hamby winning over Phil Stoneback. It was again fun to have this group with us and look forward to the Slant Six racers coming back in 2014. We also ran nearly forty cars and bikes in the test & tune class. Big thanks to Eric Kitchen and all his Pro Stick racers for putting a great show today. Next week, the Diesel Truck racers will be in the house. Test & Tune on Sat., Truck pull on Sat. night and the racing on Sunday, starts at noon, Pickups and Big Rigs have a Quick 8 and bracket classes. See you next week.
Saturday's REAL STREET EVENT
Let's start with a big thanks to all that participated in our Street Legal Quick 8 race today. We also had Justin Reggio from Maryland Performance Center with eight of his Real Street racers competing in a heads up eighth mile race. The presenting sponsor was Chris Kane's Custom Towing of Silver Spring Md. Most of the cars ran mid fives with Charlie Booze Jr. winning over Russ Martin with a great .019 light and a 5.59 @ 123 mph pass. Russ did have low et. and top speed with a 5.49 @ 128 mph run in the semis.
In the Real Street (Street Driven) quick eight it took a 6.63 to get in the field. In the final Donny Nesselrode beat Bryan Anders with a 5.95 against a too quick 6.11 on the 6.17 dial.
The biggest class was the 13.99 and quicker group with Charles Copeland over John Moser. The 14.00 and up class had Kevin Lusby winning over the red lighting Steve McCulley. Ths Slant Six cars were with us today, fourteen cars ran with Ron Hamby winning over Rodney Hargis. Many test & tune cars were on the grounds with many Pro Stick racers getting ready for Sunday Oct. 20th race. We open at 10 am, racing starting with time runs get underway at 12 noon.
A final couple of subjects, the track staff did a GREAT job on track prep, huge wheel stands were the norm and the cars went straight and fast. Sadly Steve Dickey our lead tech man and head of staging lanes hurt his knee a week ago and will be on crutches for a while. Get well quick Steve. Also one of our great racers, Scott Bodmer was injured in a fall, he will face a long recover period. Best wishes to Scotty also.
See you tomorrow for the Pro Stick Race, eighth mile Electronics and Footbrake and test & tune will also be run.
Day one of the 2013 SBRA Bracket Finals is in the books. Time runs started at 1 pm for the two gambler race classes contested, one for electronics cars and one for footbrake / bikes. The track was great and a corrected altitude of around 300 ft had everyone running fast. In footbrake semis Tinka Newton ran Mike Schultz on his bike, Tinka broke out by one giving the win to Mike. In the final it was two bikes, Mike Schultz drawing Mason Dixon's Gene Belt. Mike went red and Gene ran a dead on 5.30 @ 126 mph for the win.
In electronics it was Brian Niedomanski winning over Ronnie Horwath in the semis with a one over 4.75 to Ronnie's 5.90, both drivers with teen lights. In final Brian beat Mike Daymude with a .002 light and a one over 4.76 while Mike was two over at 5.40. Good close runs with most cars running the number or a mere one over. Great track prep and well sorted out race cars make this happen. Good racing everyone. See you tomorrow, time runs for gamblers race start at 1:00 pm!
The last weekend of September we had two very well attended test & tune events. Over 130 cars on Saturday and a good group showed up on Sunday. Max Naylor brought his Top Sportsman Dodge Avenger down from New Buffalo, Pa. to make some test passes, Ray Thurston drove while his wife Sandy was part of the crew. An easy pass first 7.98 @ 172 mph then a harder 330 ft pass of 2.80 and lifting, probably a 6.80 pass full out. On Saturday Oct. 5th we had an excellent turn out of cars and today, Sunday Oct. 6th we ran the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars with Bill Sheffer winning with his low ten second Trans Am over Cliff Mayes Firebird 10.12 to a 11.14. Jeff Raff and Andy Nutt were the semifinalists.
In the all-run gamblers race Dahryl Clark ran Mark Coover in the final, both drivers ran dead on the dials with Dahryl cutting a slightly better light. Lee Chronister in his Comet took third spot. Mark Coover did something extraordinary today, his two time runs were 6.096 and then in round one another 6.096. Three runs all the same to the thousandth of a second. Also Jeff Brady had Nathan Etzler driving his dragster to several high 7.60 runs @ 173 mph. Every run 1.10 sixty foot times too.
This week we host the biggest SBRA bracket finals ever with seven tracks and their racers competing for a $65,000 purse for five days of racing starting with a gamblers race on Wed. Oct. 9th, time trials start a 1:00 pm
Good luck to all participants this week at Mason Dixon! See you at the track.
I will try to post what happens daily in this column!
Crawford won out over Paul
Gene Belt beat Boyd Mathias in a fast field of bikes.
Track champ Ronnie Horwath beat Mark Decker in the Super class.
September 7th and 8th
What a great Street Nite we had on Saturday. We had over 150 cars entered with great racing all evening. The bump spot for our Quick 16 was a record 5.84 with Jerry Williams in his Monte Carlo as the low qualifier at 4.83 @ 144 mph. In the semis Kevin Moore had the better light to win over Jerry Williams while Jeremy Curry won out over Mike Daymude. In the final it was Jeremy Curry with .011 light taking the double break out win over Kevin Moore, 5.09 to a 5.73. In Pro Troy Gerhart won over Gary Kellican. Lisa Dustin picked up a win over Gary Staubs in Street. The Bike class was won by Leslie Thomas over Kermit Garnett III. To give you an idea of the track and the cars racing, John Moton asked for a time run after he lost in round one. He decided to put the "spray" to his '63 Vette and the car handled well and flew, here's the incrementals, 1.06, then 2.99 and then an excellent 4.59 @ 154.50. It takes great track prep and good working cars to have these fast and close runs.
Day Two, SBRA Points Race. The Junior Dragsters took the track first, Madelin Culbert beat Brandi Connor in the final. Of note, Lacey Dustin is now running in the high tens and her lights were excellent, she went all the way to round four before going out, great effort! The Outlaw Pontiacs were in the house, Cliff Mayes beat Billy Farrell while Anne Beard took third. There were 20 entries which was a good turnout for the Pontiacs. Marcus Henry took out Al Hite in the Super final. In Foot Brake, Michael Boyd won over Jody Sneckenberger. Michael was sharp all day long. Dave Clinedinst won over John Eaton in the Bike final.
Bill Smith of Fairfield Pa. performed a church service and the invocation on Sunday, a big thanks to Bill, he will race with us a good bit til the season ends. A big thanks to all who raced or were spectators this weekend, both events were well attended. Next week we have a private track rental on Sat. but on Sunday we run another SBRA Points race [1/8 mile]. See you at Mason Dixon this weekend!
Labor Day Weekend Classic
Labor Day weekend racing started on Friday night with a well attended test & tune event from 6pm to 10pm. On Saturday we attempted to run a 1/4 mile Summit ET Series race. Well, the weather messed with us again, at around 4:30pm rain hit and poured for about a half hour causing a more than two hour rain delay. We cut the race down to a one qualifying run and go and make it an 1/8 mile race. We got it all in but the Super Pro final in by midnight. Here's how it went. Trophy went to Rich Eichelberger. Chris Crawford beat Stephen Dustin in Pro in a close one. In Street Dale Fridley beat Andy Dolan who went red in the finals. In a tough bike field John Eaton beat Boyd Mathias. John was .014 on the tree and dead on his 5.53 dial. In Super the two remaing drivers were Michael Shoop and Ronnie Horwath.
On Sunday, though it was hot and real humid, we got the race in uninterupted by rain. Eric Swiger took the Junior Dragster class winning over Chesney Gosnell. The semi racers were Charlotte Mallow and Steven Henry. Ryan Gray took the Trophy class. In Street Andy Dolan won over red lighting Joe Wetzel. The Pro the winner was Robert Pare with a .001 light over Clayton Garber who went red. Jamie Niedomanski laid down a .009 package to defeat Mike Daymude who barely broke out.
Now Labor Day. In High School Faith Warner was a winner over Sarah Stone. The Trophy final had Gary McDonald over Greg Orris. Street had yesterdays winner Andy Dolan doing it again winning over Scott Thomas. Again a repeat winner in Pro as Jack Pare beat George Hoff. Motorcycle class was tough again today as Kermit Garnett III won over Brian Canoles. Super Pro had a dragster final as Marcus Henry winning over Joe Mayne who went a mere -.002 red.
In conclusion, what a weekend. Some good things, Eric Swiger's grandad added $50.00 cash to the Junior Dragster winner. Eric won it, Chris Lil, Burdette Brothers, put up a $100.00 to the first perfect light and Doug Whipkey claimed it. We did NOT give up on Saturday with the heavy rain, many tracks might have called it a day but with all the staff and equipment out on the track to clean it up, we got the race completed. Andy Dolan and Robert Pare were exceptional in wining twice each in the three day event. The Daymude family raised money for the Megan Daymude Foundation. The goal is to help out a new Junior Dragster racer with some sponsor help in 2014. Also we will put together a Top Dragster race at Mason Dixon in Megan's name in 2014. We also had a very good race surface all four days despite the heat and high humidity. Cars again were mostly running the same each time run to maybe .01 run to run.
Don't forget we have another Street Nite, Sat. Sept 8th and a SBRA 1/8th mile race on Sunday. See you next week!
August 25th, 2013
Great weather this weekend greeted racers and race fans for the Street Nite race on Sat. and the Ford's at Mason Dixon race on Sunday.
A big spectator crowd and lots of race cars were the order of the day on Sat. The quick sixteen was quick alright, the bump was a 5.88 and the pole was a 4.69 @ at 149 mph by Steve Carper. The number two spot, 4.70 run was by John Mohton, third spot was Jerry Williams at 4.82 and Dan Shaffer at 4.90. Twenty six cars tried to qualify and three other 5 second cars didn't make the show. This was the quickest field this year. In the semis John Mohton had to run dead on 4.69 to beat the one off 5.73 of Colton Kerchner. both lights were in the low twenties. The other semi run had Jeremy Curry going .008 at the start to win over Ronnie Horwath. In the final Jeremy Curry had the better light, .019 and ran a one over 5.09 to win out over John Mohton's dead on 4.69.
The other classes had a good turnout also, in Pro Gary Keller took the win, Street had Richie Burns as a winner, in Bike George Stanley took first place and in Trophy Kevin Buhrman took the honors. The next Street Nite is Sat. Sept 7th. I bet the Quick Sixteen bump will be lower yet than the 5.88!
The Ford event also was very well attended, over a hundred twenty cars went racing and over a hundred fifty show cars were on the grounds.
In Diesel Truck Dwayne Davis beat Dwayne Feigley. In Mustang it was Doug Whipkey over Bill Stone, Trophy was won by Sharon Osborne over Richie Perry, the Street winner was Annie Waters beating Frank Gallianardo.
We had a big field of Pro cars and in the final, Ronnie Proctor drew Bill Smith. Bill dialed a 10.37 while Ronnie dialed a 10.20 but ran a one under 10.19. Bill Smith the winner! Great job by both racers in a tough field of racers.
Over in Super Pro, Chris Shives dialed a 8.96 and was .025 at the tree. Jim Day went just barely red to give Chris the win.
A big thanks to all who supported Mason Dixon Dragway this weekend, from racers, spectators, sponsors, vendors and track staff. This weekend was well attended and both races were excellent.
Labor Day weekend is coming fast. On Friday, 6pm to 10pm for test and tune, Sat. and Sun. a Summit Points Race and on Labor Day Mon. a National Dragster Challenge, this is a 1/8 mile race and is a no points race.
See you at Mason Dixon this coming Labor Day Weekend!
Excellent weather greeted racers and race fans on this Summit Racing ET event. Temps in the high seventies and light breezes had cars running strong all evening long. We kicked it off at 3:30 pm with the Junior Dragsters taking the track. In the semis it was Charlotte Mallow beating the red lighting Ryan Ely. Danielle Manilli was also a winner when Steve Gosnell went red. In the all girls final [again!] Charlotte Mallow was slightly closer to her dial to win over Danielle Manilli, both dialed 7.90, Charlotte ran 7.91, Danielle 7.93, the lights were close also. Of note Dylan Moore had a perfect .000 light in qualifying while three other racers had double "0". lights, nice driving.
The big cars hit the track at 5:00 pm and after two time runs we were underway. The Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars had a good turnout with fifteen cars Steve Dress took the win in his '68 Firebird over Cliff Mayes in his '82 Firebird with a better light and a two over the dial 10.47. Bill Scheffer and Randy Peer were the semi racers. Steve Dress was dead on in the first two matchups and was two off lifting a bit in the semis and in the final. The Bird was working!
In Street, Andy Dolan and Jason Deavers squared off in the final. Jason had a bit better light, .030 to a .042 and ran closer to his dial for the win. Andy would pay Jason back later.
Pro had a nice turnout and in the semis Andy Dolan got Jason Deavers with Andy winning out with a dead on 11.04 run while Greg Ecker cut a .008 light to defeat Dahrl Clark in a close one. In the final, Andy Dolan had a .016 light to beat Greg Ecker who broke out by .05. Andy a runnerup in Street and a win in Pro, a good nights work for sure.
The bikes were real fast tonite and put on a show, in the final Dave Clinedinst got by John Eaton in a very close race. Dave was .029 while John was better with a .023 light, the difference was Dave running a 8.91 on a 8.90 dial to John's 8.83 on his 8.80 dial. On a test run later, Brian Canoles ran a 8.05 @ 165 with boost on the turbo cranked up a bit, sevens are next.
Super Pro final had Steve Morgret getting the win over Jason Derr in has low seven second dragster. with a 8.69 to a 7.29. Gary Athey and Mitch Willingham were the semi racers.
Everyone was real fast and consistent from start to finish, excellent track prep by the Mason Dixon staff members contributed to the good performances by all of our racers. Also the corrected altitude was at 1088 ft. at 11:00 pm as racing was winding down, very good air for August.
A big thanks to Joe Hutzler, sports anchor for HMTV channel 6 TV in Hagerstown, for fliming alot of racing action, this footage will be aired on Monday at 8am, 9am and noon on Monday. If you don't live in Washington County you can catch this programming on their website. Joe also did some announcing and he will be back regularly to cover more upcoming events. Having Joe here is another nice addition to racing at Mason Dixon.
On Saturday, Aug 24th we will have another Street Nite Event with the Quck 16. Can Jerry Williams win again? On Sunday Aug. 25th it is Fords at Mason Dixon, gates open at 8am and racing starting at noon.
Sadly we were rained out today but will run the National Dragster Challenge Sept. 2nd. See you next weekenf at Mason Dixon!
Here's what has happened the first two days of the Division One Junior Dragster Event at Mason Dixon Dragway. On Wednesday racers arrived and were teched in during the afternoon. We had times runs and then round one of the scheduled Gamblers Race. Sixty eight entries made round one. In the semis Megan Culbert beat Kyle Tavares in a double break out affair, Kyle out by .05 and Megan out by .02. Steven Knight beat 2012 Eastern Regional champ Thomas Oates in the other semi in a really tight race, both broke out, Thomas out by .003, Steven out by just .002. In the final Megan Culbert had the better light but had engine trouble at about the 330' stripe while Steven Knight took the win. This was a seven round race. By the way there was a number of double "O" lights with Sydney Coleman having a perfect light in round one.
On Thursday we had open time runs at 3:30 pm and as we started qualifying we got light rain, after an hour of cleaning / drying the track sprinkles again wet the track. We then called it a day. We will attempt to run this gamblers race after the racers dinner tomorrow, we will start time runs tomorrow morning at 8:30.
Let's just say Friday was a real struggle, four seperate rain delays / cleanups caused pauses in the racing action. We did finally get the racers two time runs plus the running of the prestgious Race of Champions event. In the semi finals, Mason Dixon's Charlotte Mallow faced off with Brittany Eyers of team Raceway Park. Brittany caught the better light but Charlotte tightened it up at the top end, the result was a double breakout win for Brittany who was out by one, Charlotte out by two. Great race! In the final, Maple Grove's Vince Branca went red by mere -.004 to give Brittany Eyers the Race of Champions win. Nice job Brittany!
On Saturday we thought the weather would be no issue but again showers rolled in twice til it finally cleared for good about noon. Now we're rolling. Everyone got one time / qualifying run and eliminations were under way.
The 8 - 9 year old group had Robert Croce getting the win over Catilyn Hooper.
10 - 11 year old group had Mark Price Jr. barely winning out over Jesse Marshall.
12 - 13 year old group featured Holly Ray Bausher getting a close win over Deja Brown.
14 - 15 year old group had Mason Dixon's own Jake Bevard winning with a .002 light over Ron Klein in a close one. Jake was sharp on the tree all five rounds and was .002 in round one also.
16 - 17 year old group final was real close, Sean Serra went .002 to Vince Testa who went .036 at the
start, it turned out to be a double break out race, Sean out by two and Vince only out by one. Vince
getting the win. A close well run race by both drivers!
We also ran a first roud losers consolation race and in the end it was Julia Sparago over Collin Hoerr. Collin had a slightly better light but Julia drove around at the stripe for the win, there were 75 cars in this race. Around 6:20 pm the racing was completed.
A big thanks to all who participated, racers and their family members and crew members, the Divison One NHRA staff, all the Mason Dixon staff, management and especially track owners Elmer and Cathy Wachter. Lesser people could have given up on the less than ideal weather and the gloom and doom forecasts. About half the hours at the track involved the rain and the cleanup over four days but there was no give up in anyone this weekend. Also a HUGE thanks to our sponsors and vendors and racer family members for their support. All received something for their racing efforts from cases of soda to at all types of gift certificates to cash. Weather aside another excellent event at Mason Dixon Dragway!
This coming weekend features a Summit Points race on Saturday and a National Dragster Challenge 1/8 mile race on Sunday! See you at the track!
Once again a threatening weather forecast of showers and storms for our SBRA 1/8 mile points race Saturday July 27th didn't keep away most of our racers from what turned to be a real good event. We did have two brief rain delays, just sprinkles really, but we managed to keep going and finish the event by about 9:30 pm. The Foot Brake racers had sixty entries and the racing was excellent all day. In the semis, Paul Roderick Jr. in his blower Cobra Jet Mustang beat the barely breaking out Colby Imes with a dead on 5.94 to Colby's 6.14 on his 6.15 dial. In the final Paul went .048 at the tree to Daryl Clark's .025. Daryl got there first but ran out by one thousandth, 7.299 on the 7.30 dial, a heartbreaker for sure. By the way, Paul dialed 5.94 on all seven rounds of racing running either dead on or off by one.
Over in Super in the semis, Ronnie Horwath won out over the red lighting Marcus Henry [-.003] with a right on 5.91. Jody Sneckenberger beat Al Crawford in a double break out affair. Great lights by both drivers .006 for Jody and Al went .027. In the finals it was Ronnie Horwath running a 5.924 0n the 5.92 dial with an .011 light to Jody's two off the dial 6.38 0n the 6.36 dial and .008 at the tree, great race!
Dave Clinedinst ran John Price in the finals, it was a double break out affair, Dave went 5.60 on his 5.61 dial, John was out more, 6.48 on his 6.53. Dave dialed 5.61 on all four rounds, the bike just works!
Sundays racing never got under way, light rain and sprinkles wouldn't quit and we cancelled at about 11:45 am.
Now for other news, the new Dactronics score boards are here and installed on the poles, they weren't operational for for this race but will be next week. We were able to run a "test", they are just plain beautiful! What a great addition to Mason Dixon Dragway!
Don't forget next week on Sat. Aug. 3rd we run our Street Nite event. Quick sixteen is the feature, $30.00 entry fee, $1,000 to win, a Pro, Street, Pure Stock and Street Bike class are also being contested, then we run a Test & Tune on Sunday, Aug. 4th. noon to 5 pm. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Sunday was a Test & Tune / Gambler Race event. In the Foot Brake class, Steve Dustin cut an .032 light and ran dead on his 11.92 dial to defeat George Stanley who ran a 10.00 flat on the 9.95 dial, his light a decent .042.
In the Super final, Joyce Hoff in her high eleven second Camaro ran a best two out of three against track owner, Elmer Wachter in his wife Cathy's VW wagon. Round one, Elmer wins when Joyce had trouble at the starting line. Round two, Elmer goes red -.001, Joyce runs 11.74 on her 11.70 dial for the win. Money round, Elmer late, Joyce not late and flies by at the top end for the win, a dead on 11.70 run. Nice work Joyce and Mike Hoff.
A free lunch went to the best light by anyone from 1 pm to 2 pm, Brandon Taylor in his 11 second, 125 mph street legal and always driven to the track VW turbo hatchback. This car flies! Oh, the light was a .007. Others ran just did the test & tune thing, all types of cars, trucks and bikes participated. We did have a short rain delay for very light showers and then it did rain as we were concluding the racing for the day. Nice event, looking forward to the SBRA 1/8 mile racing this Saturday, July 27th! See you then!
Let us start with our Junior Dragster racing action. The class was smaller today as fourteen of our racers are in Bristol representing Mason Dixon Dragway in the Eastern Regional event. For three weeks now, the boys have been the class winner but not today. In the semis Brandi Connor won out over the breaking out Ryan McFadden while Stephanie Morgan beat Alyssa McFadden. In the final for the Maryland State Championship Plaque Brandie Connor beat the barely redlighting [-.003] Stephanie Morgan. This is Brandie's second win this year, nice work!
In Trophy, the big story is Dave Eriksen who has been fighting health issues taking the win on his first outing this year. Dave hit the tree well on all three rounds, his best light .018, the other two .022 in round one and a .042 in the final. Also in the second chance race Dave finished second to Kevin Hamilton. The lights were close but Dave broke out by .02 in the final. Welcome back Dave!
Andy Dolan was the big winner in Street and as usual was real sharp at the starting line. In the semis Andy went .002 against Dan Roberts while Lisa Dustin drew the bye to the finals. Andy had the better light, .019 against Lisa to take win and the Maryland State Championship plaque.
The last three in Pro were Troy Gehart, who drew the bye and Rocky Moore and Chris Crawford. The starting line advantage went to Chris .008 to an .024 for Rocky. This one was close, Chris getting the win light. In the final Chris again hit the tree well with an .018 light to Troy's .054, Chris taking the win.
Super had Rusty Blackford Jr. winning over Al Hite in a great final. Rusty went .013 to Al's .015. Rusty was dead on his 9.55 dial while Al was one off the 10.90 dial with a 10.91 et. Rusty had great lights on all but one round, this is Rusty's first win for 2013.
Dale Hamilton was the winner in our Bike class with a win over Tom Eaton in a close final. Both riders had close lights, Dale a bit closer to his dial.
The big story could have been the weather, It was real humid with temps in the mid eighties and storms all around us, just as the Pro final was run, it started raining, good job to all as we kept the event rolling which allowed us to finish the racing. See you on Sunday!
Lots of stuff to talk about with the SBRA racing action this past weekend. On Friday we ran a 6 pm to 10 pm test and tune event and it was well attended. Saturday was the big day. First off, the Daymude family with Greg driving the blown alcohol dragster made two passes. The first a check out run netting a 4.17 at 173 mph to the eight mile. The second run looked like this .98 in the 60 ft, 2.65 at 330, 4.04 at 177 mph to the eighth and lifting at 1100 ft. still ran a 6.32 at 191 mph, a nice straight clean pass, nice numbers! The Junior Dragster racing was excellent, Tristan Simpkins beat Chesney Gosnell in the final, Steve Gosnell was third. Also Chris Lill of Burdette Brothers Trailer Sales of Hyattstown Md. gave out $25.00 cash to the best losing package in round one through four, those racers were Niki Bennett, Charlotte and Jo Jo Mallow and Steve Gosnell. Twenty four racers made round one.
Eighty two entries lined up for round one in the Footbrake class, Paul Roderick in his '13 Ford Cobra Jet ran well round after round and in the final went .001 to take out Tim Cramer in his late model Camaro. Troy Gerhart and Ryan Mayne were the semi racers.
Super also had a good mix of racers, fifty two cars, with Pennsylvania's Dale Ressler in his Dodge powered dragster winning out of the red lighting [-.001] Al Crawford.
Seven Bikes competed and all but one ran well into the fives. Brian Canoles had the better light in final defeating Boyd Mathias 5.40 to a 5.59.
Second chance race was won by Todd Welzel in his fast dragster over Kal Kline, Archie Davis and Josh Cramer were the semi drivers.
Though the weather was hot and track temps ran over 140 degrees the track worked well all day and evening, we finished up at 11:20 pm. Yes there were some break out runs as it got cooler but still we had great close racing all day and evening.
Now for Sunday. We started at 9:30 am with the Junior Dragsters. When it was all done it was Eric Swiger beating runnerup [again?] Chesney Gosnell. Steve Gosnell took third spot. High School was won by Faith Warner over Sarah Storm. Trophy was won by Bruce Combs in his new Mustang.
Footbrake again had a big turnout with Dicky Bodmer winning over Mark Harbaugh. Dicky was .032 to Mark's .021, both were close to the dial, Dicky off by one 6.73 to Mark's 6.49 on the 6.47 dial, real close.
Super had three dragsters in the end, Marcus Henry beat Todd Welzel in the semis in close one. Marcus 5.07 on a 5.06 dial .003 light to Todd's dead on 4.74 and .015 light, one thousandth margin of victory!
In the final Mark Decker won with a better light .020, over Marcus Henry.
The Bikes had Dave Clinedinst over Tom Eaton, Brian Fandel took third. All the bikes today dialed 5.74 or quicker.
The second chance race had Chris Crawford over Boyd Mathias. No more than we finished up, a line of storms rolled through the area. With the racers and track staff keeping the action moving we avoided the rains. Good job to all making this a fun event. Next week we run a Test and Tune on Sunday and on Saturday July 20th we run a Summit Points race and the Maryland State Championship race with beautiful Wally / Plaques, this award will be something everyone would like to take home! See you next week at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Starting off on Saturday morning we ran the AMC race / car show event.
Not a lot of race cars but we certainly had some excellent entries. In
the finals it was two Rambler Americans with Bill Ketchum in the sedan
taking out the red lighting wagon of Gary Keller. Also in attendance was
Aris Asdourian in his SS/C AMX running mid nine second passes and Dan
Walleigh driving Aris's D/SA AMX to some good runs. Nice cars and a fun
At 3:30 pm we started our Summit ET Series Event with the Junior
Dragsters , in the fianls, Jake Bevard squared off against Chesney
Gosnell with Jake getting the big win. It seems like it has been a while
since the boys made it to the winners circle. Twenty eight cars
competed in the Junior division, nice tun out! The rest of the racing
had the weather coming in first place. We did get two rounds of Trophy
and Street in the books but Super, Bike and Pro just made round one. The
light rain hit us about 8:00 pm and we gave it about an hour til had to
call it quits. We gave it our best shot, but no luck with the rain.
On Sunday with a less than favorable forecast we had 104 entries and a
lot of spectators for our noon to 5:00 pm test and tune event. There was
everything running, full size gas and diesel trucks, fast sport compacts
and late model muscle cars, Pro Stick racers, several running nines and
eight second passes, bracket cars, one Super Stocker and one Comp
Eliminator car and some quick street and drag bikes. Merv Moyer Jr
driving his Comp Eliminator C/A stick Mustang made two clean runs, a
7.75 and a 7.73 @ 173 mph. Sixty foot times were 1.12 both runs. Overall
a very good day with no rain!
Don't forget the 4th of July event actually kicks off on Friday, July
5th at 6:00 pm til 10:00 pm for a test and tune event. On Saturday, July
6th, SBRA 1/8 mile racing starts at 3:30 with the Juniors and 5:00 for
the big cars and on Sunday, July 7th, Juniors go at 9:30, big cars at
noon. Both days are SBRA points races and are Contingency Connection
races also. Please be safe this week and we WILL see you this weekend!
Let's start with our Street Nite Race on Saturday. In the Street class Glen Holder driving his '88 Mustang won out over Kristina Murphy in her '71 Nova 11.00 to an 11.96 with Glenn having a better light .034 to a 0.54 for Kristina. Of note Kristina was on the tree and out reacted all of her five opponents til the final round. Nice driving by both racers. In the Pro category Dahrl Clark beat a red lighting Jeremy Manford in the final . We know how tough Darhl is but how about Jeremy going to a final in his first race for the 2013 season, he needs to race with us more. Also it was good to see Gary Kellican in action again as he has missed about four weeks of racing with health issues, he's good now, winning two rounds and beating his son Chris in round two with the better light. Welcome Back! Now for the Quick 16-- twenty three cars vied for the field, fourteen cars ran in the fives and the bump was a 6.04 [ 1/8 mile racing]. Low Qualifier was Jerry Williams 5.01 and Jon Mohton also ran a 5.01. In the semis Paul Roderick Jr., who wasn't even going to enter the class, beat the red lighting Bobby Spielman while Jerry Williams hammered a 4.98 on a 4.97 dial as Mike Daymude went red. In the final Jerry Williams ran a two off 5.00 to Paul Roderick Jr. Slowing 6.18 on his 5.99 dial.
Sunday was a test and tune day and we ran the Index classes also, in the 11.50 group Vince Fourcade beat John Moser 11.53 to a 11.64 and in the 10.50 group Kevin Scheer won over Jim Day 10.68 to a 10.60.
FBR racing, Marion Ford and some his bikes tested with one running a 7.92 and a 7.95 et.
This Saturday, June 29th, the AMC group will race in the morning and then we will run a Summit Points Race, Junior Dragsters kick it off at 3:30 PM, big cars take the track at 5:00 PM. This race is a Contingency Connection race and the winners in Super, Pro and Street will receive Contingency Connection Bonuses along with the normal purses. Check out the Contingency Connection website for more info. On Sunday June 30th is a test & tune day noon to 5:00 PM.
Lastly, I'll make this short, please respect our facility when visiting us on race days. Take care of the property and equipment, try to leave it at least as nice as you found it! Thanks!
See you this weekend!
Saturday's racing didn't start quite like we had hoped, the storms that rolled through on Thursday took out some of the Compulink timing system components. After a couple hours of hard work by track owner Elmer Wachter and staff we were back in business. We started with the Junior Dragsters and again like last week Charlotte Mallow reached the finals against the very tough Madeline Culbert. The lights were close, Madeline .022 and Charlotte .039, both were .03 off the dials, Madeline getting the win.
Logan Simpkins took third place. Jumping over to Street Eliminator, long time racer Bruce Suders beat the barely red lighting Kal Kline in final. Andy Dolan took third spot. Now to Pro. In the final, both Jody Sneckenberger and Mark Harbaugh dialed identical 10.02s. Both ended up running 10.05 with Jody taking the starting line advantage, .020 to a .045. for the win. Kevin Moore was third. This week the Bikes showed up with fourteen riders making round one. In the semis, John Eaton won over Brian Canoles while Kermit Garnett III got by Kevin Hamilton. In the final it was John Eaton with .002 light forcing Kermit to break out by .04. Super Pro was full of excellent races. Ronnie Horwath won out over red lighting Mark Decker's dragster in the final, semi racers were Mark Gray and Mitch Willingham. Ronnie Horwath's lights for the five rounds TOTALED .044. The lights were in this order, .007 .007 .015 .011 .004, this averages to just under a .009 light. The car works well to and is very predictable. Lastly in Trophy Ginger Deavers won in her S-10 Chevy truck.
On Sunday we ran our Junior Dragster Challenge with two racers to receive a "Wally". In the eight to eleven year old group Christopher Burch won out over Lacey Dustin and Thomas Oates beat Dylan Moore in the semis. In the finals Thomas went .009 at the start and ran a 8.96 on the 8.93 dial, Christopher was .012 at the tree but broke out by .006, this was a well run race by both drivers! The older driver bracket, twelve to eighteen year olds Tristan Simpkins won over red lighting Noah Lind. Chesney Gosnell took third. We also ran a test & tune event in the afternoon, the rain showers finally arrived right at the end of the day.
This coming Saturday, June 22nd we will run our second Street Nite race featuring the Quick 16 class, On Sunday June 23rd we again run a test & tune with the Index classes, 8.50, 9.50, 10.50 and 11.50 index breaks. See you at Mason Dixon!
P.S. The Scoreboard rumor is TRUE due to be shipped to MD the 2nd Week of July. Plans to install Prior to Jr Dragster Division One Championship Race.
Let's start with Saturday's SBRA 1/8 mile drag racing action. There were seventy six excellent Footbrake cars, thirty Super cars, Bikes, Junior Dragsters and the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series racers on the grounds. What stood out in this race is that nearly half the racers ran an identical e.t in their two time runs and most everyone else was only .01 from run to run. How did so many drivers accomplish this feat? Hers's my answer. First -- the car better be right, the tires need to be very good, worn tread and abused sidewalls won't cut it. The suspension / traction set up has to work well. The tune-up has to be spot on. Second -- the driver has to do the same burn out each time, line up right in the groove at the starting line, stage the same and hit the shift points right on each run, anything done differently will cause the e.t. to vary . Third and last is track prep. Our staff arrives early and most track prep has been performed before most racers arrive. Knowing the correct use of the track equipment and traction compound use must be right on for each event. By the way, both time runs were done between 5 PM and 7 PM, corrected altitude changed very little during that time. Now the racing, In Super Pro it took six rounds of racing, in the semis Michael Shoop went barely red, -.003 against Joey Harrison driving his wife Brittany's Mustang with 6.22 to Michaels 6.43. In the final 2012 track champ Ronnie Horwath ran a dead on 5.87 with an .028 light against Joe Harrison's dead on 6.24 with a slightly better .021 light. Margin of victory was .008, a real close well run drag race. The huge Footbrake class saw Ed Talbert running his daughter Nicole in the semis and barely winning when Nicole broke out be .002. In other semi, Ryan Mayne drove his Malibu wagon over Dahrl Clark with a killer .002 light and a .01 over 6.73 run. In the final, veteran Ed Talbert won as Ryan Mayne barely went red with a -.003 light. In Bike, talk about a heartbreaker, in the final John Eaton left first with .010 light while Canoles was .035 green. John broke out by .001 with 5.519 on the 5.52 dial. That was close! Dave Clinedinst was the semi finalist. Though a small Bike field, all but one ran in the fives. A real fast field! Once again, the girls rule in Junior Dragsters. The semis had Jo Jo Mallow over red lighting Kaylee Henry and Charlotte Mallow over Samantha "Sammy" Miller. Charlotte cut a great.018 light over Jo Jo's close red light effort in the final. The OPDS Pontiacs didn't have a big field as Steve Dress and Troy Tribby had issues with cars and left them at home. Hopefully a bigger event on their next event with us. Also of note, how about Andy Dolan, running two classes ran back to back perfect .000 lights then nearly ran a third one when he went .002. He also had a .004 light earlier in the day. The man can drive!
On Sunday, we ran a test and tune, many real nice race cars and street cars got to make laps down the track today, in the 11.50 Index Class had Richie Burns over Mark Myers 11.83 to 11.84, Richie with the better light. The 10.50 Index Class had Chuck Wishard in his gorgeous '69 Camaro winning over Pat Gordon's Mustang. Pat lost when he went barely red with a -002 foul start. Several othe drivers made license runs, of note, Bruce Coombs had his IROC Camaro running effortless low nine second passes. Top Sportman driver Ray Thurston ran his Max Naylor/George Cramer prepped 2005 Avenger run a short 330 ft run leaving with a 1.06 sixty foot blast.
Don't forget, next Saturday June 15th, Summit ET Series event, Juniors start at 3:30 PM, big cars at 5:00 PM, Sunday June 16th, Junior Dragster Challenge, a test & tune and an 1/8 mile gamblers race, $30.00 entry, starts noon goes til 5:00 PM. See you at Mason Dixon!
Let's talk about our just completed American Motorcycle Racing Association [AMRA] event. First off a big thanks to the promoters Marty and Jayne VandenHeuvel for bringing their event to Mason Dixon Dragway. This was a two day event with Saturday being the qualifying day with all fourteen classes making three runs. The feature class, Pro Fuel had N.C. rider Dale Nilles with the number one spot running a 7.55 at 169 mph. Nine bikes ran for the eight bike field. We had minimal down time considering everyone made three passes and about 175 bikes overall participated. And it was plenty hot, temps hit 90 degrees with high humidity.
Day two brought on some challenges, a fairly high likelyhood of showers / storms were predicted and we wanted to get the race in or at least go to the later rounds. We had some sprinkles around early and once they stopped we went right to eliminations at 11:30 am. Starting with Pro Fuel, low qualifyer Dale Nilles ran a 7.55 at 168 mph to take out Billy Jackson's 8.22 at 162 mph. Kenneth Little Jr. and Walter Halonski were the semi racers. Other class winners were Jeff Workman in Modified, Brian Macallister in V-Mod, Nick Contas Jr. in Outlaw Street, David Dennick in Dresser and Ron Willis in Top Eliminator. Some classes weren't completed as the rains and lightning rolled in about 3:30 pm. the Eliminator class, Street, Pro, Super Pro and Super Gas had four or less bikes in each that didn't get to finish. This was an overall good event as the riders and track staff did their best to run this race safely and quickly, had we had another half hour we'd finished. Again, a big thanks to all the racers, sponsors, track staff and the AMRA for making this race a good one!
This Saturday, June 8th we are running a SBRA 1/8 mile points race and on Sunday June 9th we are running an index class race [ 8.50, 9.50, 10.50 and 11.50 ] and test and tune open to all! See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
First off a big thanks to all who participated in our Memorial Day weekend of racing at Mason Dixon. Also a big thank you to all the genorous racers, race fans, sponsors, track staff and to the Wachter family for all the money raised to help Parker Scott Stephens. His parents Megan Daymude and Mark Stephens sadly died from injures in a May 4th traffic accident. Parker is part of our racing family and we will keep helping him along now and in the future. Again a big thank you!
Day three was also a good one as kicked off the day with the Junior Dragsters, Kaylee Henry was the big winner while Chesney Gosnell was the runnerup driver. Again we had twenty eight cars show for round one.
We had a nice turn out in both High School and Trophy today. Good driving was evident in both classes, several of the trophy cars ran 10's.
Moving over to Street, Jason Deavers was the big winner, his .33 light was enough to drive aroud Dave Toms' .042. Dale Fridley's twenty second AMC wagon took third.
Pro class was a good one, Brian Lind ran a dead on 10.03 with a zero and an .041 light to beat the breaking out Mark Harbaugh. His run dialed at 10.00 but ran a 9.98. Rocky Moore took third.
The bike guys had a big field and finally in the finals Dale Hamilton won over Tom Eaton, Dale's light was an .024 and one over the dial of 10.27. Brian Canoles took third. Seven of the sixteen bikes ran in the eights, that's some fast bikes.
Super racers Michael Shoop and Mark Bender opted to split the money and not run the final as sprinkles just started before the cars were to run. Rusty Blackford Jr. driving a loaner from Jerry Shewbridge made the semis as did Jerry Williams in his great looking Dragster.
Don't forget the Harley race this weekend, on Friday night a test & tune open to all cars and bikes with Saturday time runs and qualifying for the Harleys and the eliminations will run on Sunday. See you this weekend!
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More cars and more race fans showed for day two of our Memorial Day event. Over eighty cars alone entered Pro and all the other classes had more entrants than Saturday, the racing was excellent also. Starting with the Junior Dragsters it was Charlotte Mallow over Meagan Culbert in the finals, twenty eight cars entered round one.
In Street Rick Shindel had an .015 light in final to beat the red lighting Rick Wenger. Jim Berry was third.
The Pro final pitted Dahrl Clark against Reading, Pa driver Marty Fleagal Jr. Both drivers were two off their dials, Dahrl's light was .025 while Marty went .028, Dahrl winning with .005 margin of victory, a very close and well run drag race. Andy Dolan took third place.
The Bike class was big today also. George Stanley was .018 at the start and won out over the very fast Kermit Garnett. Great job George!
In Super Rick Holden's seven second Prowler took out the SBRA champ Mark Decker's dragster who went red at the start.
We will be racing tomorrow, Memorial Day Monday, Juniors at 9:30 AM and big cars start at noon. We also are running the High School class. Another big thanks to our racers and race fans and all of our track staff members and sponsors for making day two a sucsess. See you at the track!
Day one of our three day Memorial Day race is in the books. First off a big thanks to all that participated today. Though real windy it did finally warm up a bit as the day progressed but the racing was red hot from start to finish. The Junior Dragsters kicked it off with twenty four cars making round one. In the semis Eric Swiger won out over Danielle Manilli in a close one and then in the final Eric ran right on his 7.90 dial to beat Charlotte Mallow who went .02 under her 7.90 dial.
Next in Street, Dave Toms ran dead on his dial while runnerup Andy Dolan broke out by .03, Kal Kline took third spot.
The Pro class was loaded with sixty excellent racers but at the end Ronnie Proctor Jr, who was sharp all day took out a breaking out Dahrl Clark. The lights were close .024 for Ronnie and .022 for Dahrl. Ronnie was good .02, Dahrl out by .008, a close well run race. Robert Pare took third.
The Bikes were also racing well, Boyd Mathias cut an .012 light against Brian Canoles who went barely red with an -.004 light. Joe Stanley was third.
The trophy class was won by Clifford Williams in his very nice 65 Nova.
Now for the Super Pro class. Bobby Spielman lined his Thunderbird up against Marcus Henry in his dragster. Bobby left with a perfect .000 light and ran a 9.01 on the 9 flat dial, Marcus left with an .025 light and broke out by a mere .005 of his 7.92 dial. Great race! Bobby earlier had a perfect light and was .003 over his 9.00 dial back in round one. I can't recall any driver with two perfect lights on the same day, that's some driving! Dennis Hammond and Michael Shoop made the semi finals.
We will be back tomorrow morning [Sunday] at 9:30 am with the juniors, then the big cars go at noon! Don't forget tech will open early, let's get teched and ready to race as early as possible, see you tomorrow!!
The 2013 Mopar Event at Mason Dixon Dragway is in the books. Even though the weather forecast was threatening for both days we completed the event with just a mere half hour rain delay just before round one of competition was to start on Sunday. Let's start with Saturdays activities. We ran our usual test and tune event plus the Slant Six Mopar race and the East Coast Impala Racers event. Thirteen cars in the Slant Six class made it to the lanes for round one. In the semis Ron Henby beat Micah Covalt and Brian Mimkin got by the breaking out Ryan Covalt who broke out by .01. In the finals Ron Henby's excellent early Dart ran a safe 12.36 to Brian Mimkin breakout 15.46 on the 15.50 dial. Sadly Will Burns turbo assisted Barracuda pushed out a head gasket and wasn't able to compete, this car is plenty powerful and appears to be capable of low ten second or quicker ETs once sorted out. Of note five Covalt family members participated this weekend! The ECIR group had eleven entries, these 4,200 lbs cars were plenty fast, several ran in the twelves with one car touching the high eleven second zone. In the end Bill DeBlasio won over Jason with a 12.61 over the breaking out 14.50 run.
Now to Sunday. No rain! Vendors set up early and the show cars were on the grounds early also. At noon we got time runs under way and just before round one we had a small shower, the drying process only took about a half hour and were ready to race. This was day two for the Slant Six cars, in the semis it was Lou Madsen over Romeo Furio who broke out and Denny Covalt over wife Wendy Covalt. In the finals Lou Madsen won over Denny Covalt who went red. Good job Slant Six racers, we'll have them back later in the season. Trophy was won by Amy Taylor in a late model Challenger over Leon Whitacre, Street had one of our regulars, Steve McCulley driving an AMC Spirit over Randall McNamee in his fastback 'Cuda. The lights were nearly identical but Steve was right on his 14.41 dial while Randall was five off his 11.29 with an 11.34. Pro was the biggest class and a pair of full size '65 Mopars were in the final. Larry Wachter in his Dodge beat David Wachter's Plymouth who had the better light but broke out by .008. Finally in Super Michael Bauman ran 7.69 on his 7.68 dial while Kevin Moore's 'Cuda ran a 9.00 but went red by -.007. Michael's winning light was .007, the big block Mopar dragster ran 1.08 sixty foot on every run, this car works!
A big thanks to all that participated -- race fans, show car entrants, vendors, racers and track staff, we hope everyone had a fun weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
We'll be back for all three days of the Memorial Day weekend, Sat. Sun. and Mon. Also keep in mind the AMRA bike event, all Harleys, Sat. And Sun June 1st and 2nd! See you next week!
Sadly Saturday May 11th racing program was rained out. Showers hit early and we cancelled out early in the day. Sunday, Mothers Day May 12th the weather was much better. The Junior Dragsters kicked off the racing action with Lacy Dustin and Samantha Miller in the final, the lights were close with "Sammy" running closer to the dial to take the win. In the semis Samantha Miller beat Seth Reed with a perfect .000 light and Lacy Dustin won over last weeks winner Brandi Connor.
In SBRA footbrake class we had an excellent turn out. In round five, David Toms earned the bye. Jeff Meleo ran dead on over Jeff Heilman at 6.75. Gary Kelican beat a red lighting Jim Moran. Round six had Jeff Meleo beat a red lighting David Toms. Gary Kelican sat out his bye. Finally in the finals Jeff Meleo again ran the 6.75 dial while Gary Kelican drove around but broke out with a 6.31 on the 6.33 dial. How about eleven double O lights in footbrake alone, great driving job by many today in footbrake action.
Moving to Super Pro Al Crawford went .009 on the tree and a dead on 6.240 to beat Mike Shoop who cut an .013 light but broke out by two with a 6.319 on his 6.33 dial. The dragsters of Jerry Williams and Marcus Henry were the other semi racers, this one ended on the line with Jerry Williams going -.007 red against Marcus Henry who was .011 at the tree and one over his 5.02 dial. In the final both lights were excellent, Marcus Henry was .011 and Al Crawford was .004. Marcus ran closer to his dial to take the win. Barely .01 was margin of victory at the stripe. Of note, Al Crawford had a .008 and .009 package in round four and five, super driving by Al.
In Bike eliminator, Brian Canoles ran a on the dial 5.33 against Boyd Mathias and his breakout 5.55 on his 5.56 dial. Rick Tharp won over John Eaton with a slightly better light. In the final Brian Canoles again ran his 5.33 dial with an .036 light, Rick Tharp had a great .013 light but ran out by .09.
We also had a number of time run cars making many laps. Next weekend the Mopars invade Mason Dixon, test tune and vendor set up on Sat. May 18th and the race, car show and vendor displays are on Sunday May 19th. See you this weekend!.
On Saturday, May 4th we had a test and tune day, good weather greeted the racers and the turn out was pretty good. Sunday, May 5th the weather started a bit cool and breezy but as the day progressed it got much nicer with sunny skies and temps in the mid sixties. We ran test and tune cars with several of the Pro Stick cars making runs getting ready for next Saturday's Pro Stick race. Make sure to be with us next Saturday, along the Pro Stick race we will also run a Summit ET Race with all classes being contested. Junior Dragsters start at 9:30 AM then the big cars go at noon. The Outlaw Pontiac racers were with us and fifteen cars made the first round. The feature part of the day was an 1/8 mile footbrake $2,000 to win race. After six rounds it was Troy Gehrart in his Mustang and Roger Lewis in his '65 Chevy Nova in the final. Troy won out with a 6.51 at 105 mph and an .026 light. Both drivers were sharp all day, Troy's car ran the number everytime he needed to, congrats to both drivers.
Next weeked, Summit ET series race with Pro Stick cars on Saturday, May 11th and a SBRA 1/8 points race on Sunday May 12th. We hope see you this coming weekend!
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This past Saturday April 27th we started the day with a private track rental in the morning for the Northern Virginia Mustang and Corvette club members. Over forty cars participated, most all were fast everyone got to run many passes down the quarter mile. At noon we started our time runs and qualifying runs for our first SBRA points event of the 2013 race season. The SBRA races are run on the 1/8 mile format and the racing from round one to the finals were nearly all very close races, many separated by less than a foot at the stripe. Many of the drivers ran both time runs with identical or .01 difference E.T.s, if you didn't run your number you were probably going to be beaten. In Super Pro division last years track champ Ronnie Horwath narrowly beat Mike Daymude in the final. Ronnie dialed a 5.83 and ran a 5.836 with an .024 light, Mike dialed his Dodge Demon at 5.40 and ran a 5.416 with a better .017 light, margin of victory was .003, about 8 inches, great race! Mark Decker, last years SBRA Super Pro champ was third. Moving over to Footbrake, Brad Doss in his street legal 64 Dodge Dart defeated an early leaving Scott Vaughn who went barely red, -.005 on the start. Brad was solid on the tree all day long though his winning light was just a .051. Jeff Meleo and Garrett Suders were the semi racers. The MANDRA group brought fourteen cars, all are nice and are pretty much period correct nostalgia cars, Jim Shearer won out over the redlighting Wise - Campell Studebaker entry.
Jumping over to Sunday April 28th racing we again attempted to run another SBRA 1/8 mile race. About 12:30 PM light sprinkles then light rain persisted and caused us to cancel the racing for the day. In the morning we were able to run the Junior Dragster portion of program and complete it. Remember last week when Brandi Connor broke by .001 in final against Samantha Miller? Well, Brandi made another final and cut an .026 light against Dalyn Palmer and made work to give her a win and also a first place spot in points after two events. Congrats to both racers!
Next week, Saturday May 4th is a test & tune, noon to 5 PM then on Sunday May 5th we will run a 1/8 mile 2k foot brake race, the Outlaw Pontiacs will compete and test & tune will also run, all this starts at noon. Eric Kitchen's Pro Stick circuit will race on Saturday May 11th along with a Summit points race. For race fans, the Pro Stick cars put on an excellent show, most of the cars run 9's and 10's with several 8 second cars as well, last year this event brought Sixty cars. Good close racing with hard launches and many big wheel stands by stick car drivers. Keep checking this website for upcoming events, come on out spend some time with us at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Let's take a quick look back at the last two weeks of racing at Mason Dixon, this past Sat. April 13th we ran a well attended test and tune and our second index class race. We had twenty seven this time, a big improvement from the first race with the 10.50 class with 13 cars, 11.50 with 11 and the 9.50 group had 4. Tom Fidler put up $50 for the low qualifier of the 10.50 class, he is still working on getting his car up and running for the next index race on June 9th.
Yesterday, Sat. April 20th we ran the first Street Nite race featuring the Quick 16 $1,000 to win with the fastest sixteen door cars on the property competing, quickest to slowest was a 5.21 to 5.91 field, all fast cars with Chris Shives and Ronnie Horwath making the final, Chris won. The racers split the purse. Pure Street, Sportsman, Pro and Bike were contested as well, a good show, good car count too. For as cool and breezy as it was, race fans in good numbers witnessed the good racing action.
Today, April 21st we ran our first Summit ET race series event. Junior Dragsters took the track first with 19 entries making round one. In the finals in a very close race, Samantha "Sammy" Miller won out over Brandi Conner. Brandi had the better lite and took the stripe but broke by one thousandth under her 7.99 dial. Samantha ran right on her 8.91 dial for the win. Eric Swiger took third place. Super Eliminator had Rick Waxter in his super clean S-10 Chevy truck winning over a barely red lighting Marcus Henry in his dragster. Ronnie Horwath took third. By the way Rick's worst lite was a .026, good solid driving job all day long. Pro was won by Ed Talbert leaving with a .001 lite against Andy Dolan who did make close running right on his 11.03 dial. Brad Doss took third spot. In Street, Andy Dolan won out over Greg Orris in an exceptionally close and well run race. The lites were .005 for Andy, Greg was .008. At the stripe Greg ran out by .02, 11.93 on his 11.95 dial while Andy was a one over 11.03 dial at 11.04. And finally the bike class had Dale Hamilton taking out Tom Eaton the final with a two over 9.92 run while Tom broke out by .07 running an 8.28 on his 8.35 dial in.
Now for next weekend, on Sat. April 27th we are running the first SBRA 1/8 mile points race along with the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association "MANDRA" cars. On Sunday we will again run the SBRA 1/8 mile race for points. The Junior Dragsters start at 9:30 am, big cars go at noon. For our race fans, if you like the nostalgia cars, gassers, jr. Stock, nostalgia super stock etc. Be at Mason Dixon Dragway on Saturday.
Please check our website often for changes or additions to our race schedule.
See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!!
April 6 and 7 Recap
Finally warmer weather greeted racers and race fans this past weekend. On Saturday we had a good turn out of test and tune racers. The track was excellent as cars and bikes hooked hard and with good air ran big numbers. As an example Dennis Hammond's Super Pro Mustang laid down six runs in the 8.80 range, all the sixty foots were 1.21 but one, and that one was a 1.20.
Mike Bassin, Track Announcer