Saturday — Nov. 19th
This was our warm up race to our “Turkey Race” final event for 2016. We started at 9:30 am with our Junior Dragsters, 21 cars entered this race. Ken Mallow added $100.00 to be paid to the semi racers that actually went to third place and quarter final racers. In a close final, Landon Palmer won over Sammie Miller while Chesney Gosnell took third spot. Of note in qualifying we had two .000 lights and a .002 light, these young racers can drive! A big thanks to all our Junior Dragster racers, their families and crew members for supporting us this year with very good turn outs and great racing. At 11:30 am we started with the big cars. It started out warm and sunny as we got into round two the temperature dropped dramatically and started to rain / sleet a bit. At that point we called it a day and the remaining racers split the purse. With a terrible forecast for Sunday with temps at about 40 degrees and gusty winds predicted, we cancelled the “Turkey Race” by later Saturday evening.
Another year in the books…..thanks to everyone, racers, crew members, families, race fans, sponsors, track personnel, track management and the Wachter family for another great year. The weather most of year cooperated; we ran many different types of races and just about all of them were successful. We’ll all take a break and will be back in March. Keep checking the website as we will start to fill in the 2017 race schedule during the next few weeks. Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas / New Years also. Have a safe off-season, it’ll be racing season before you know it!
Saturday — Nov. 12th
This was the last Street Nite race of the 2016 race season, we kicked off time runs at 11:30 am sharp with Md. Performance Center Real Street making the first runs. First we had great air, temps in the high 40’s with corrected altitude below sea level the entire day, secondly the track prep was dynamite the entire day. Now this race for the Real Street cars followed the usual rules but the cars were not weighed and could run as light as they wanted. We also ran the two qualifier runs without the scoreboards and they paired up for competition by drawing cards, totally luck of the draw. Twelve cars competed, low qualifier was Dalyn Palmer with at 5.01. There were several huge and long wheelstands, best one was Jack Williamson’s Nova, what a ride he took! In the semis, Dalyn Palmer ran a 4.93 @ 138 mph to win over Ken Tingle, Mike Fortney had the bye. In the finals, sadly Mike Fortney had mechanical problems and couldn’t make the call. Dalyn ran a single and let her fly, a 1.10 sixty ft. with a low ET ever, 4.89 @ 139.98 mph. Jumping over to Quick 16 it was Harry Troxler over Gary Kelican in the final and Darlene Staub and Frank Howell taking the semi spots. Low qualifier was Jerry Williams at 4.69 with George Forrster right behind with a 4.70, once again great Quick 16 action today. 6.50 Index had Darrell Law and Matt Bowie in the final with Darrell winning a close one. Pro was won by Denny Wagaman, Limited by car 7091 and Drive In had Gregg Orris as the winner, there was also a number of Test & Tune racing also. Kathy Stevick now is racing a real good car, a late 80’s Thunderbird, low 13’s @ 103 mph. Kathy’s having fun now. Excellent day, we finished up at 5:00 pm just as it was getting cold.
Sunday — Nov. 13th
Three classes today, Super, Footbrake and Bike, today was warmer, temps hit upper 50’s and everyone was fast. We got under way at 11:30 am. In Super Tim Humm won over Darlene Staub, Footbrake had Chris Crawford over Tom Stahl. Bike had Kermitt III over Brian Canoles. We had a number of Test and Tune cars racing also. Josh McCoy had his Md. Performance Center Mustang going low 5.0’s, Robbie Hudlow ran his Top Sportsman car to some solid 4 second passes well done. We finished about like yesterday, just before 5 pm.
Last weekend of the year coming up fast! On Saturday, time runs start 11:30 am with Footbrake, Super and Bike all contested in the EIGHTH MILE! including Test & Tune, On Sunday, Junior Dragsters take the track at 9:30 am. Big cars start at 11:30 am, Trophy, Street, Pro, Super Pro and Bike plus Test & Tune, again all racing is EIGHTH MILE. On Sat. winners / runnerups get a game hen, on Sunday, winners / runnerups get a turkey. This is the last racing for this year, come on out and participate as a racer or race fan, See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — Nov. 5th
Great weather, temps reached the mid 60’s for our Pro Stick, Stock / Super Stock and Test & Tune event. For the first time ever the Pro Stick cars ran a Pro Tree handicap style race with 35 cars entered, good show with many 8 and 9 second wheels up passes. The Stock / Super Stock group ran a warm up race with 45 entries, Roger Reese won over first time out this year Lisa Bolton. Gary Nies was the third place racer. We had a great turn out of Test & Tune cars and the car and bike count totaled 186 entries. We had plenty of race fans also witnessing some great racing in all the classes. We finished up at 6:15 pm.
Sunday — Nov. 6th
Another sunny day, temps even up from yesterday, just stunning weather for November to be sure. We started at 11:30 am with the Stock / Super Stockers with round one at 64 cars. In a great final it was Bobby Fazio’s 65 Mustang SS/L car against Brad Huntzberry in his Camaro SS/GTDA car, Bobby taking the big win, Brett Darroch and Gary Ewing were the semi racers. In Super Pro we had a great final, first time in Super, Charlotte Mallow made the finals against Chris Crawford, both were .00 at the start, Chris taking a real close win. By the way, Charlotte is getting real comfortable in Bob Nicholson’s 4.90 dragster, he may never get it back! Again a nice turn out of racers and race fans, 140 cars and bikes racing. A big thanks to Mike Carr and family for once again being involved in this race. Mike represents the Tri-State Stock / Super Stock Assoc. Of special note, today Bill Smith our RFC chaplain collected money for Jim Stephens who was severely burned and lost his home in a tragic fire starting in his garage. Jim will have a long, tough recovery ahead of him. Any financial help will be welcomed, you can go to our Mason Dixon Dragway facebook page and see a link to Jim’s Go Fund Me account. Luckily daughter Maddie, a Junior Dragster driver was not at home at the time of the incident.
Next Saturday, a Street Nite racing starting at 11 am. Featuring Md. Performance Real Street will be contested with no scales, run them at any weight! Quick 16 with Drive In Street, Limited Street and Pro Street also contested. Sunday has a Super, Foot Brake and Bikes and Test & Tune event, start time 11:30 am. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — Oct. 29th
This was a Street Nite race with temps that reached 80 degrees on the last weekend of October. We started at 11:30 am with Md. Performance Center Real Street with 15 cars making their qualifying runs. With less than great air cars were still fast, in the semis Dalyn Palmer ran low et, 5.10 to defeat Dave Guy, in the other semi it was Josh McCoy’s 5.16 over Ken Tingle’s close 5.20. In the final it was over at the start, Dalyn Palmer’s Mustang lurched through lights when staging and gave Josh McCoy the win with a quick 5.12. These two racers have been in four of the last five Real Street finals with both winning twice. Mike Fortney in his 66 Real Street Chevelle turned in the longest under control wheelstand of the year, he went past the 330 ft. photo cells with wheels still up and ran a 5.40 on that difficult to drive pass, wow! Great show by all the Real Street gang. Quick 16 had 25 entries and it took a 5.62 to qualify, that is a record tying bump, typically if you can run around 5.80 or so you can make the field, some good cars didn’t make the program today. Dennis Hammond ran a dead on 5.60 to Mike Daymude’s one under 5.27 in the final, real close race. Tom Morgan and Bill Stevens were the semi racers, four cars also ran in the fours in qualifying. The 6.50 Index class had 7 cars, in the final Bill Smith’s stick Pinto ran Darrell Law’s Capri, both ran 6.53, Darrell getting the win with a slightly better light. In Pro, Gary Kelican won over John Burkhardt with Nick Taylor taking third. Limited had Jason Gray in his Nova over Darius Wenger, Kelli Fleming took third place. Drive In Street had D10 BMW over Greg Orris. We had several fast cars running time runs today, from ATI Performance Products J. C. Beattie in his COPO Camaro running a 4.94 @ 141 mph pass, Chris Rini in his Top Sportsman Camaro unleashing a 4.41 @ 158 mph coupled with a .99 sixty ft, time. Vince Foucade made 3 runs in his Fox body Mustang, 4.70 @ 149 mph. All these cars hooked hard and went straight and fast, once again A-1 track prep / maintenance by all involved, Jake, Bub and starting line crew. We had a another well attended Street Nite race, many race fans in attendance and 165 raced with us today. Also we had fun as Newman Sisk, our co-ROC chaplain and his son Joshua Sisk shared the “mike” most all day with me, both added a lot to the race event, I can tell you they had a lot of fun with this today. We finished up about 7 pm.
Sunday — Oct. 30th
This was a Test and Tune day that started at 11:30 am and went to 4:30 pm just as a thunderstorm started to roll in on us. Oh yeah, it hit 80 degrees again today. This was a well attended day also, 135 cars, trucks and bikes raced with us, a great mix of fast purpose built drag cars but many late model muscle cars, sport compacts and many quick bikes ran also. Charlotte Mallow licensed in Bob Nicholson’s small block Chevy dragster, best 1/8 mile pass, a stout 5.02 at 138 mph. Kevin Pohl was back out on his fast bike running 8.15 @ 162 mph. John Soltes had the stick Mustang running several 9.60’s runs @ 138 mph. Another good day!
Next weekend, Mike Carr’s Stock / Super Stock race on Sat. with the “warm up” race and Pro Stick cars on a pro tree handicap tree and on Sunday the “main event” Stock / Super Stock race, see you this coming weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Wednesday — Oct. 19th
Day one — We started at 4 pm with one time run for everybody for a gamblers race. Junior Dragster class was won by Brett Holston over Cubi Tolliver, Kadin Ferster took third place. Footbrake had Travis Hill over Jim Berry, Dennis Nisewarner was third. Super pro was won by Al Crawford with Colby Imes as runner up, Joey Harrison and Mark Decker were the semi racers. Bike had Kevin Hamilton over Kermit Garnett III with Logan Mathias and James Farmer taking the semi spots. We had 170 cars racing and finished up at about 10:00 pm.
Thursday — Oct. 20th
Day two — This time we started at noon. Junior Dragster was won by Liberti Ferster over Brandon Flick. Footbrake was won by Rusty Miller over Ed Talbert, semi racers, Ricky Cayton and Courtney Suders. Super had Bob Jansen winning on a solo pass as runner up Corey Hess had a flat slick just before he was to run the final. Paul Burruss was third. Brian Canoles won Bike over Dave Clinedinst, James Farmer and Gene Belt were the semifinalists. We had 240 cars and finished up at 8:30 pm.
Friday — Oct 21st
Day three — Today was a race against the weather, rain was to the west of us all and we started off with a High Roller race, $5,000 winner take all event, we got the final four in both Footbrake and Super and the rains came. With two hours of track drying work we were getting close to being ready and more light rained rolled in and we to stop for the day. We did split the High Roller money, eight racers each received $1,250 for their semi final efforts. We also would have run another Gamblers race had the weather cooperated. We ran 320 cars today.
Saturday — Oct. 22nd
Day four — Now it turned cold, very cloudy with strong gusty winds. This was the Race of Champions day. In Junior Dragster it was Haley Lotts over Brett Holston. Footbrake had Vince Wade over Daryl Beauchamp. Super was won by David Wastler over Josh Rietscha. Bike was won by Bill Maturo over Sam Ficarra. Next was to be another Gamblers race, after a round and a half of action, slowed some by two oil downs, it got real cold, temps in the 40’s and the racers and track staff opted to halt the racing for the night, racers split money except for the Bike racers, they rolled the purse into the Sunday finals. We stopped at 8:30 pm. We ran 394 cars today.
Sunday — Oct 23rd
Day five, last day — Much nicer day, temps about 60 deg, sunny but still a bit windy. We started at 9 am with the Junior Dragsters finishing their Saturday Gamblers race, winner Haley Lotts, Bryce Vollman was runnerup, Evan Lind took third. In the main event Sunday race Mogan Larkin won a close one over Joshua Sisk, Haley Lotts took third place. In a 162 car Footbrake field, Dicky Bodmer won over Devin Dudley for the $6,000 to win class, Garrett Suders was third. Frank Lecates in a 128 car field, won the $6,000 to win Super class over Chris Thomas, Denny Cooper and Nat Thompson were the semi racers. In Bike it was Dale Hamilton winning over Bill Maturo. We finished up at 8:15 pm, 362 cars, bikes and juniors ran with us today.
All right….final thoughts and I’ll miss plenty but here it goes. It was great to have the talented and enthusiastic new SBRA track team from US 13 Dragway from Delmar Delaware! The overall purse again exceeded $68,000. Track prep was dynamite all five days, ask Nat Thompson, 4.40 ets with .99 to 1.00 60 ft times over and over, many races were dead close, margin of victory many times less than one inch! How about the monster wheelstands from Mike McCraken’s mid 60’s Chevy truck. We had a variety of race cars too. Many great looking dragsters, door cars, bikes and junior dragsters competed this weekend. We were up 28 entries on Sunday over last year and our Saturday numbers were up also. How about Haley Lotts in Junior Dragster, ROC win, a gamblers win and a third place, well done. Our junior dragster racer Josh Sisk, runner up on Sunday in a 42 car field. Team Mason Dixon won the points championship with 115, followed by Beaver Spring 82, Eastside 65, US 13 53, Natural Bridge 40, Keystone 36 and Colonial Beach 34. Finally a tip of the hat to our entire track staff and track owners, all worked 5 real long days to make the race happen, thanks Gary Gore and Hayne Dominick for their help. On a personal note, thanks Elmer, Steve and Crissy for sharing the announcing duties with me, got a chance to go out and greet racers and be a spectator some each day. Another great SBRA Bracket Finals is in the books!
This Sat. Oct 29th, Street Nite race, start time 11:30 am, Md. Performance Center Real Street, Quick 16 and more, Sunday is a Test & Tune day. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — Oct. 15th
A great day for our MASO heads up classes and our Test & Tune event, clear skies and temps in the low 60’s greeted everyone as we started racing at 11:30 am. This was also a warm up for all the Diesel pickups and big rigs to make many passes throughout the day. First off we ran two heads up pro tree classes, one for small tire cars and one for big tire cars. The scoreboards were turned off and no times went out over the P.A. In small tire it was Dalyn Palmer over Keith Elledge in a pretty close one. The big tire final had Ronnie Proctor Sr. over Roger Lewis. Thanks again to Duane Morris and Dave McMeans of the Mid Atlantic Street Outlaw group for being with us today. We had a great mix of cars, bikes and diesel trucks making many passes. Grandmas Mission Angels headed up by Dawn and Sam Folley were there selling sweat shirts 50 / 50 tickets and collecting money for the Benitez family from Monrovia Md. Their daughter Faith has had severe medical issues causing an extreme financial hardship to their family. The next day, Faith and the entire Benitez family would be at the Diesel Days race and would be presented with money raised over the weekend. 165 cars, trucks and bikes raced today along with a lot of truck fans attending, we finished up before 5 pm.
Sunday — Oct. 16th
What a great event, great weather again, temps hit low 70’s, over 115 trucks raced with us today, the diesel pick up truck class alone was 60 entries strong. We started early in the morning with another truck show, great turnout, stunning trucks too! Again Grandmas Mission Angels, Dawn and Sam Folley, were with us raising more money for the Benitez family. We ran four classes, two bracket classes, one for pickups, one for big rigs and two heads up pro tree classes, one for pickups and one for big rigs. We had great racing with several pickups in the low 10 second range at over 130 mph in the quarter mile, many big rigs ran in the 14 and 13 second zone. At about 1:30 pm the Benitez family arrived and were gathered at the winner’s circle behind the starting line for the presentation of the big check to help this family in need. How about just over $6,000.00 dollars was raised and given to the Benitez family, thanks to all that bought sweatshirts, bought 50 / 50 tickets, donated cash, shared their race winnings and especially Grandma’s Mission Angels……our thoughts and prayers go out to Faith and her family going forward. We again had a very big turnout of diesel truck race fans and hope many will come out to our other events this year, we are open each weekend right up to Nov. 20th. Another great Diesel Days event in the books!
The SBRA race is coming to Mason Dixon starting on Wed. Oct. 19th through Sun. Oct. 23rd, check this website for the times, classes contested, etc. This is a huge race, 377 cars in 2015, more expected this year, come out and be with us this week at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Sunday — Oct. 9th
Though Saturday’s racing was rained out we were greeted with sunny skies and temps in the low 60’s, great race weather. We did move over the Md. Performance Center Real Street race to today and what a great race this turned out to be. A new class record was turned in by Josh McCoy as he ran a 5.09 in qualifying followed by a quicker 5.08 in eliminations. Also Josh ran the quickest 60 ft. pass ever at a ripping quick 1.14. In the semis Josh McCoy won over Dave Guy his record 5.08 pass, John Staats in a close one over Terry Holler 5.18 to a close 5.25. In the final it was over at the start, John Staats ran his best ever 5.12 @ 139 mph but was pink with a -.005 red light to Josh McCoy’s strong 5.10. Great racing by all the Real Street racers, many cars ran personal bests with a lot of sub 1.20 60 ft launches. Once again the great track prep / maintenance was evident all day / evening long! The Outlaw Pontiacs were with us today, Jim Berry winning over Andy Nutt, Greg Orris and Chuck Hutzler were the semi racers. The Slant Six racers ran two races, Rodney Hargis won the first over Ron Hamby and in race two it was Denny Covalt over Ryan Covalt who was driving his dad’s Valiant. Rodney Hargis broke the three way tie and won the Slant Six championship for 2016, great job Rodney! Now for the bracket classes, Super Pro had Chuck Wishard over Nathan Etzler, Mark Gray was third. Pro was won by Colby Imes over Bobby Smith, Ronnie Proctor Jr. was third. A husband wife final in Street had Kristen Suders in a close one over Garrett Suders. Bike was won by Brian Canoles over Paul James Sr. Trophy had third generation racer Harli Bergeau over Greg Orris while Dennis Nicewarner was third. At the end we ran the King of the Track Wally race by drivers making a “best package” run, Chuck Wishard scored the “Wally”. We also ran a Test & Tune / Street Warz class with just under 100 cars participating, a lot over real fast cars made some great runs in this portion of the program. There were 233 cars and bikes that raced with today and plenty of race fans watching the great action, thanks to all that hung out with us today! We finished up at 8:30 pm just as it started to get a bit chilly.
Next weekend is a Sat. Test and Tune and on Sunday is all about the Diesel trucks, big rig and pickup truck racing, see you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Come Join the Fun as our friends from Canada Join Us with their TV Crew Filming the Event.
Saturday — Sept 24th
Fall weather is finally here, what a great day for our Mid Atlantic Street Outlaw and AMC racers and race fans. Let’s start with the new class, Pro Nostalgia Outlaw a .400 pro tree handicap class for 72 and older cars, we had 21 entries with Mike Rollison getting the win. Sonny Nichols again won the 6.40 Index class over redlighting Kenny Morgan. The 5.90 Index class was a dead close double breakout final with Brian Plasterer over Keith Elledge, 5.88 to a 5.87. Once again in Extreme Unlimited it was Jason Smith over Sam Freels Pro Stick car, 4.84 to a 5.09. Lots of action in all the classes, several enormous wheel stands and close racing, well done Mid Atlantic Street Outlaw racers and staff members. The AMC racers and show car group were on hand with some great looking and performing AMC cars, Steve Mculley in his AMC Spirit won the final over Gary Keller’s 64 wagon, both are real fast 10 second cars and are street legal too. We also had a nice turn out of Test & Tune cars. Tom Fidler did his license runs in the 5.60 @ 122 mph range to complete license process. Dave McMeans did the announcing during most of the MASO classes, good to have Dave with us on the “mike” We finished up at 5:30 pm.
Sunday — Sept. 25th
This was a SBRA points meet and we had the Outlaw Pontiac group here with us today. We started with the Junior Dragsters at 9:30 am. Dylan Moore won another final with a win over Jo Jo Mallow. Sammie Miller and Tyler Wright were the semi racers.
Outlaw Pointiacs were with us today 27 cars strong, great showing. In the final it was Randy Peer winning over Greg Garland, Doug Chell and Mark Harbaugh. Trophy had many cars today with Seth Birks winning over Jason Gray. Bike a brother final with Dale Hamilton winning over Kevin Hamilton. Foot Brake was the big class, 71 cars, in the end Billy Stotler took the win over Ed Talbert, Mark Harbaugh and Chris Crawford were the semi racers. And lastly in Super Josh Johnson could be stopped as he won the final over Danny Brown, Colby Imes took third spot. We finished up at 8:00 pm.
Great racing all day with 236 cars in competition. How about temps in the low 70’s both days, a nice change. Though we didn’t do great points wise at the Bracket Finals at Lebanon Valley last week we did have two outstanding performers. Mike Daymude was killer in the Super Pro Race of Champions and took the big win for team Mason Dixon, he also went four rounds in the big race. Dale Hamilton also won the Bike Race of Champions in his usual dominating fashion. Well done Mike and Dale. We are NOT open Sat. Oct 1st but will be here Sunday Oct. 2nd, King of the Track day, time runs start at 11:30 am. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — Sept 10th
Was it ever hot and humid for our Street Nite race. Temps in the mid 90’s with sky high humidity greeted our racers and race fans as we started our open time run session at 3 pm. At 4:30 pm we ran our qualifier runs for Md. Performance Center Real Street, the Quick 16 cars and our 6.50 Index class. As hot as track temperatures were just about all the 15 Real Street cars got down the track well. As the evening wore on we had several sub 1.20 60 ft. times with Josh McCoy and Dalyn Palmer going as quick as 1.18. In the real Street final it was again Dalyn Palmer vs. Josh McCoy. This time Josh had the quicker 5.17 while Dalyn was right there with a 5.18. Dalyn did have the better light and took the win. John Staats and Dave Guy were the semi racers. Quick 16 was once again a good show with Bobby Spielman winning over Mitch Willingham, Paul Burruss and Mike Daymude were the semi finalists. In round two, Mitch Willingham ran Ronnie Horwath in a dead close run, margin of victory was .0003 which shakes out to 6/10 of an inch, what a race! 6.50 Index was won by Howard Lawson over Matt Bowie. Pro, Limited Street and Drive-in Street were also contested. Of note, The Md. Performance Center Real Street class is a great show, the top 7 or 8 cars all run fast enough to win or get real close to it, lots of 5.20’s and a best of the night a 5.16 from Josh McCoy. We finished up at about 10 pm.
Sunday — Sept. 11th
The 15th anniversary of 9/11, a real dark day for all Americans, RCF chaplain Bill Smith held a service at 10:30 am before the racing got underway. First off this was the 19th annual Mid-Atlantic Ford Meet and it was well attended, over 150 show cars and 155 race cars with a great turnout of Ford fans came out to spend the day with us. Mt. Aetna Fire Co. did the breakfast / lunch deal. These people make great sandwiches and fries and they kept busy serving everyone as did both of our foodstands. There were many flea market / vendors with us also. The drag racing got underway at 11:30 am. Super Pro was won by Frank Rietscha over Jeff Francis, Pro had Ronnie Proctor Jr. squaring off against Gary Kelican, how about a heads up 9.58 dial with Ronnie going .03 under and Gary just .04 under, both drivers had .011 lights, dead close race. Coyote class was won by Shane Stienmest over Charlie Booze, this is a fun heads-up class with the cars running low 10’s, close racing also. Other classes were the Mustang Class, Street, Powerstroke, Trophy Ford. Some of our Harley bike racers from Keystone Raceway area put on an exhibition of their different Harley classes, great bikes, some well into the 8 second 150+ mph zone. They also put up a $100.00 to anyone running a 9.110 Et. no one did it, the money rolls over to our Junior Dragsters at our SBRA Bracket Finals event next month. A big thanks to the Harley racers and crew members. Very fun event with very little downtime, we finished up at 6 pm.
Once again, great track prep / maintenance especially with hot temps we dealt with on Saturday, Real Street will surely see 5.0 runs later in the fall in cooler weather, tip of the hat to Jake, Bubby and all the starting line crew, great job again. This coming weekend we are sending Team Mason Dixon to Lebanon Valley in NY for the Summit ET Bracket Finals and we will be closed for the weekend. We will see you again for the MASO heads up cars and Test & Tune, Sat. Sept 24 and for a SBRA race, Sun. Sept. 25th, see you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — Sept. 2nd
This was a Test & Tune session that went from 6 pm til 10 pm, 158 cars made many passes down the track, great turn out.
Saturday — Sept. 3rd
We started this SBRA event featuring Pro Stick cars with the Junior Dragsters taking the track first at 11:30 am. There were 21 racers and in the finals Mary Elizabeth Bannister won over Chesney Gosnell. Landon Palmer took third. The big cars were next. Super was a big field of over 60 cars with Bob Jansen taking the win over 8 time track champion Ronnie Horwath, Colby Imes was the third place racer. Footbrake had 87 cars, Dahrl Clark winning over Lukas Birks, Ronnie Proctor Jr. was the third place driver. In Bike Kermit Garnett III won over Gene Belt. Pro Stick had 61 cars, all hard running wheelstanding cars with Michael Strickler’s 67 Camaro doing a nearly straight up wheel stand that did cause some damage to the suspension of the car, Mike was ok but had to pull out of the race for the weekend. In the end Andy Charcalla’s low 8 second Mustang won the 7 round race. Trophy had 18 cars entered and Roger Bard won over Wayne Donoho in the final. We finished up the race at 11:15 pm.
Sunday — Sept 4th
The Junior dragster class had 25 cars entered, both Lind brothers made it to the finals. In a close well run race Noah Lind won over Evan Lind. Chesney Gosnell and Corey Ream were the semi racers. Super Pro was again a big class, Al Crawford won over David Sandridge, Nathan Etzler was third place driver. Chris Crawford won Footbrake over Mike Boyd, semi racers were Joe Mayne, Jr. and Dicky Bodmer. Bike had Dave Clinedinst over Tom Eaton. Pro Stick had 58 entries with Andy Charcalla again winning. For the weekend Andy was 14 round wins with NO LOSSES! Great show by all Pro Stick racers, fast paced racing with minimal breakage and down time. Very good show by all the Eric Kitchen Pro Stick drivers. Trophy had another good turn out Dave Slusher, Jr. winning over Brett Barney. We finished up the day at about 9 pm.
Monday — Sept. 5th
Last day! Today we did just one time run and went racing. Junior Dragster had 21 cars with Ronnie Webb, Jr. winning over Landon Palmer, Sammie Miller was third. Super was won by Mark Coover over Bobby Spielman. Great sportsmanship was shown by the Coover team as Bobby Spielman had electrical problems that even with an extra 10 minutes or so of work on the car couldn’t correct. With an inoperative delay box Bobby had to footbrake it and still made it close. Footbrake was won by Dicky Bodmer over Mark Harbaugh and Jim Berry was third. Bike was again won by Dave Clinedist over Gene Belt and Kermitt Garnett III was the third place rider. Trophy had Gregg Orris over Meagan Martz. In the third and final High School race the points tie was broken as Harli Bergeau won over Charlotte Mallow. We finished about 5:15 pm.
Here we go again….thoughts on the weekend, as always I’ll miss stuff here…. The weather was great, low 80’s and low humidity with light breezes, perfect! How about 835 cars that ran this weekend in 4 days, a wild guess but approximately 6,000 passes went down the track with very minimal breakage or cleanups needed, a very fast pace of running cars was the norm all weekend, great job from our racers and track staff for keeping the program moving along well. Father and son team of son Chris Crawford winning Footbrake and dad Al Crawford winning Super on Sunday. Chris told me after the race that he hoped that each winning on the same day would someday happen and it did. On Sunday the Lind boys, Noah winning and Evan the runner up in Junior Dragster class. Andy Charcalla winning Pro Stick both days with great driving. Dave Clinedinst in Bike won on Sunday and Monday. Thanks goes out to Steve Dickey who announced with me all weekend, he did a great job and keeps it fun too. Of course Elmer did his share on the “mike” work also. A big thanks to all our race fans that came out in good numbers to watch all the racing all four days. Next weekend, on Sat. Sept. 10th, we will have a Street Nite Race, Md. Performance Center Real Street, Quick 16, 6.50 Index racing and bracket classes. Sunday Sept 11th, the make up Ford Race and car show, vendors, flea market and more. See you Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — Aug. 26th
This was a Test & Tune event plus a rained out make up race for Md. Performance Real Street class. There were 12 cars in Real Street and though very warm and humid, these cars ran fast. Low ET was Josh McCoy in his Mustang with a 5.14 @ 138 mph, five cars were 5.20s and quicker. Dalyn Palmer and Josh McCoy squared off in the final, just like a week ago but this time it was Dalyn Palmer’s turn as he was .022 at the tree and a 5.20 to win over Josh’s faster 5.16 but he redlighted with a close -.007 reaction time. Semi final racers were Russ Martin and Justin Bowmaker. How about Dalyn and Josh able to run 1.18 60 ft. times and on a time run after the final, Terry Holler laid down a 1.16 60 ft. blast, the track was dynamite all nite long, Jake and the gang know how to make it right for the fast cars that race with us. We finished up about 10:40 pm.
Saturday — Aug. 27th
Day 2 — This was our Put Up or Shut Up race. The Top 16 Class paid $1,500.00 to the winner and in the final Mike Daymude in the Dodge powered dragster won over Rick Holden’s Prowler, semi racers were Jeremy Hammond and Jason Rudy. Mike was really dialed in as always, four nearly dead on 4.72’s every round, hard to beat this man, a deadly consistent car and a fine driver. 5.90 Index was won by Larry Plasterer over Paul Burruss, Frank Peacock was third. 6.50 Index was won by Darrell Law over Sonny Nichols and John Gusack was third. In $2,000.00 to win Footbrake had Daryl Clark over Troy Gerhart Nick Bowman was third. Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars had 23 in the field Chuck Hutzler won over Jason Rogers. Overall a fun and well run race, we finished up at 10:30 pm.
Sunday — Aug 28th
First off a big thank you goes out to the entire Daymude family for partnering with us on this third annual Megan Daymude “Fueling Her Dream” $5,000.00 to win Super Pro race. The Junior Dragsters took the track first. in the final it was Sammie Miller over Steve Dustin in the final, semi racers which received $50.00 each from Elmer and Kathy Wachter were Alyssa McFadden and Madison Stotler. Abagail Harrold started the day making a single run in front of everyone right before the big cars took the track, she is sponsored by the Megan Daymude Fueling Her Dream foundation. Talk about great racing, 81 Super Pro cars went after the $5,000.00 money in Super. In the Super final David Georg and Mark Decker squared off, Mark had the better light and took the win, Shawn Barrett was third. Footbrake also had a big field. Dave Toms won over Bobby Smith, Faith Warner took third. Bike was won by Dale Hamilton over Kermit Garnett III, Gina Hamilton took third. Leslie Upole won Trophy over Tim Alford. Of note, the first perfect light in Super in eliminations would win $200.00 courtesy of the Daymude family, first pair out and Ed Talbert goes .000, that didn’t take long! A big thanks to all that participated this entire weekend, great racing all 3 days with variety, something for everyone.
Labor Day weekend coming fast, SBRA racing on Sat. Sun. and Mon. Pro Stick with us on Sat. and Sun. Eric Kitchen says at LEAST 50 Pro Sticks will be racing this weekend. A Test & Tune Fri. nite, 6 pm to 10 pm. Of note, Monday will be a one time run and then going racing day, trying to get everyone home before the late afternoon / evening heavy holiday traffic gets out on the road. See you Labor Day weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — Aug. 20th
We did a lot today, the first portion of the event was our second annual Volkswagen race. Weather was good, clear skies and temps in the upper 80’s. Scott Pocaro of Morristown, NJ helped to promote this event and it was a good one, 32 cars made up four classes, two were heads-up pro-tree classes and two were handicap classes. Most of the cars were air-cooled Beetles and Karmen Ghias, mostly heavily modified, nitrous set ups, turbos and some naturally aspirated cars. Low ET was a 5.86 @ 124 mph. They kept Scott busy too, he helped run the race, drove his own high 7 second car and even announced some and did it well also. A car show for the VW’s was also on the property today. Later on we ran our Street Nite race. How about Md. Performance Center Real Street….20 cars entered, we made two classes, the top eight class and the consolation class. In the main we had Josh McCoy squaring off with Dayln Palmer. Dalyn ran the quicker 5.20 to Josh’s slower 5.23 but was slightly later at the start to give Josh the big win, a mere 3 inch margin of victory, really close! Low Et was Dalyn Palmer, 5.18 in the semis and also of note John Staat’s Turbo Toyota ran a 5.31 at a record shattering 141.82 mph pass in qualifying, this is a Real Street mile per hour record, this car gets quicker and faster every time out, keep it going. In the consolation class it was Mike Fortney over red lighting Josh Wheeler. Great show Real Street racers, good to see the car count going up. Great job to Justin Reggio and Md. Performance Center. Quick 16 had a good turn out of 25 cars, bump spot to get in the program was a 5.80. Mitch Willingham was the man tonight, 5.02 to 5.04 runs all night long and he beat the very tough Chuck Wishard in the final, semi racers were Cory Carper and Jason Smith. Eight cars entered in the 6.50 Index class, Shane Stynmest won over the tough and many time runner up Matt Bowie, 6.50 to a 6.51, this was real close too. Pro Class had Gary Kelican over Paul Roderick. Limited Street was won by Rick Wenger over his brother Darius Wenger. We also had a fine turn out of Test & Tune cars. We finished up at 10:40 pm. Total cars at the track today was 180.
Sunday — Aug. 21st
We cancelled the Ford race/show for today, rain was heading in early and we sent out the “rained out” bulletin at about 6:30 am, a good call. We tentatively will run the Ford event on September 11th, keep checking the website for schedule updates. This coming week, on Friday we will have Test & Tune Plus Md. Performance Center and Instant Green racing, 5pm to 10….Saturday, Top 16 race dragsters welcome with a maximum of 8 in the class. $2,000.00 to win Foot Brake race, 5.90 and 6.50 Index classes, Instant Green classes and Outlaw Pontiacs….Sunday, Megan Daymude Foundation $5,000.00 to win Super Pro race and all other classes contested. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon
Wed. — Aug. 10th
This was day one of the 5 day Junior Dragster Division 1 Championship race. Two races were contested, first a Gamblers Race with 60 cars entered. Scotty Morgan Jr. took the win over Hunter Heppner. The other event was a 7.90 pro tree index race. Jarrod Kissinger took the stripe over Charlotte Mallow.
Thurs. — Aug 11th
A lot more cars here today and we ran two Gamblers races. Race #1 had Michael Bassista winning over Chase Ream, Bailee Zepp was third. Race #2 was won by Morgan Burgess defeating Wade Kubicke. Ryan Ely was third place finisher.
Fri. — Aug. 12th
Well, we got some of the racing completed. First we ran the Race of Champions event. Shawn Nichols of Lebanon Valley was the winner, Francis Vignola was runnerup, semi racers were Tyler Depascale and Anastasios Kaidermaglou. Next was our dinner break with nearly 500 in attendance, chicken, burgers, baked beans, french fries, cold drinks etc. provided by Micro Strategies Inc, Anothony Bongiovanni’s company and Mason Dixon Dragway was held at the pavilion across Rt. 40 from the track, Great dinner too, Feedbag Catering made and served the meal for everyone. As we were getting ready to eat at about 5:30 pm the heavy rains came that lasted nearly an hour. We made every effort to dry the track for Index racing part of the evening. After about 1 1/2 hours of sweeper truck and blower passes up and down the race track it never did get dry enough in the shut down area to safely go racing, Dave Mohn and Elmer Wachter decided to cancel the Index race. Instead we ran it on Saturday.
Sat. — Aug. 13th
We were busy today! We ran the age group race, a consolation race for 1st round losers, ran the Index Class Race and Junior Street. Here are the winners. 6 – 7 Group, Harley Ely over Kahlia Lewis, 8 – 9 Group Tyler Depascale over Lavar Lewis Jr. 10 – 11 Group Justin Handwerk over Eric Bowles 12 -13 Group Corey Ream over Christopher Burch 14 – 15 Group Chris Smolenki over Shannon Fordyce and 16 – 17 Group Ronnie Webb Jr. over Brad Northrop. Consolation race was won by Collin Hoerr over James Paylor. Index classes starting with 11.90, winner Gavin Shoemaker over Sean Kershner, 10.90 winner Lacey Dustin, 9.90 winner Justin Handwerk over Hunter Heppner, 8.90 Kyle Murray over Braylon Kuhn, 7.90 Jarrod Kissinger over Jordan Dittman. Junior Street was won by Stevie Dustin over Shannon Fordyce. We finished up at 9 pm, that was a lot of racing for one day, cooperation from everyone made it happen!
Sun. — Aug. 14th
Last day, we ran a Gamblers race with 60 cars Kaylee Henry won in the final with a .002 light to get past runnerup Brad Norhtrup. In the 18 car 7.90 Index class Amanda Mishaud won over Jonathan Northrup, Miranda Serra was third. Junior Street was won by Shannon Fordyce over Stevie Dustin, We finished up just about 3 pm.
I know I’ll miss some stuff but here it goes….It was hot all five days, sky high humidity with temps in the mid 90’s was tough on everyone yet the whole event flowed well, fast paced and we got a lot of different racing in, the 7.90 Pro tree and Index racing seems to be a hit. There was over $25,000 in cash, gift cards, gifts and the Friday night dinner that went to our 170 racers for the event. Every participant got something for their efforts this week. A big thanks to Micro Strategies Inc., Ron Hubbel Motor Sports, Craw Racing, Auto Fab and Mason Dixon Dragway putting up all the cash and prizes to support the race. How about Mary Elizabeth Bannister and Hunter Heppner squaring off on a Thurs. time run with both going .000 on the tree, last time I announced a run like that was in about 1995. Maple Grove Raceway was number one by one point over the second place finishes of Mason Dixon Dragway and Atco Dragway. Team Spirit went to Raceway Park. Best Engineered car Natalia Musolino, Best Appearing car Alexis Waid. By the way, the Vignola family is putting on the CA$H DAY$ Junior Dragster / Junior Street event at Island Dragway, test tune and parking Fri. Sept 23rd, raceday Sunday Sept 24. $10,000 to win, $1,000 runnerup. Visit www.jrdragsterracing.com for more details, Mason Dixon Dragway will send a 10+ car team and is putting up $500.00 to help the event, we challenge other businesses / tracks to join this event, Junior dragster racers are our present AND future racers! Junior Street had 18 cars in round one on Saturday, this class should be like this at all races, come on out and get in on this class for your 13 to 16 child, very fun for the whole family. Again, a big thanks to all that made this race a great one despite the very hot weather, Dave Mohn and the NHRA Div. One staff, Mason Dixon owners/staff members, sponsors and especially all of our racers, their family and crew members, thanks to all!
On Saturday, the VW race in the morning and early afternoon AND the Street Nite event, Md Performance Center Real Street, Quick 16, 6.50 Index and more. On Sunday the all Ford event, car show, vendors and drag racing that starts at 11:30 am, check the schedule on this site for details! See You at Mason Dixon Dragway this weekend!
Saturday — Aug 6th
This was a SBRA points race that started at 3 pm with the Junior Dragsters. Ronnie Webb Jr. won over Jo Jo Mallow in the final, there were 22 cars entered. Super had a good turnout and in the finals, Harry Troxler took the big win over Al Crawford. Footbrake was the big class with Dave Toms winning over Mark Harbaugh. It was an all Hamilton final in Bike as Dale won out over brother Kevin in a dead close drag race. Trophy was won by Chuck Hartzler over Wayne Donoho. Racing finished out at about 11:00 pm with 150 cars racing in this event. Again Dave McMeans did the announcing as my daughter was in town for the weekend, thanks Dave!
Sunday — Aug 7th
This was a National Dragster Challenge Wally race AND a Member Track Madness event also. The Junior Dragsters took the track first at 9:30 am. In finals Shannon Fordyce from Williamstown NJ made the trip worthwhile winning in the final over Logan Simpkins. Semi racers were Ronnie Webb Jr. and Jo Jo Mallow, they received $50.00 each thanks to Chris Lil, a huge supporter of our Junior Dragster program. By the way, Shannon Fordyce was on her game with her 2 time runs that were .000 and .002 at the start and all her lights in eliminations were real sharp! Nice driving! There were 25 cars entered in Junior Dragster class. Now the big cars, Super was won by Mike Daymude in the dragster over Mitch Willingham in his Monte Carlo. In 5 rounds Mike averaged an .013 reaction time, worst light an .020, the car runs the number or one off every run, great job Team Daymude. Pro had a good turnout with Chris Crawford getting the Wally over Greg Ecker, Kalley Kline took third. Street was won by Rob Roberts Jr over Steve McCulley in the final. Of note, Rob hasn’t raced in two years due to being busy building a new house and garage, all the Roberts family were present for Rob’s Wally win. In Bike, Dale Hamilton pulled a double as he won again in the finals over Brian Canoles in an 18 Bike field, Dale dialed a 9.70 and ran a dead on 9.700 with an .015 light while Brian broke out by one, 7.95 on a 7.96 dial, great racing by these two Bike riders! Junior Street had Bailee Zepp getting the Wally win over Steve Dustin in the final, Thomas Oates and Shannon Fordyce were the semi racers. Trophy had Greg Orris over Roger Bard in the final in a 14 car field. Of note, Stuart Hirsch joined the 11 second club by making all of his passes in the 68 Firebird in the 11 second zone, best run 11.82 @ 118 mph in the qualifier round and did win one round also. Again Stuart is hooked! The 2016 Member Track Madness trophy and 2 national event passes went to Dale Hamilton as won out over Chris Crawford in the final, again like the Bike final, Dale dialed a 6.14 and ran a 6.140, perfect! We finished up about 6:15 pm, 180 cars and bikes entered, great racing start to finish and as always the track worked great.
This coming week, Wed. thru Sun. it is all about the Junior Dragsters. This is the Division 1 Junior Dragster Championship race event. Check out this event flyer on this website. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — July 29th
This was a Test & Tune event, about 50 cars made many runs throughout the evening.
Saturday — July 30th
Big rains moved in before the race was to start and the event was cancelled at about 1:30 pm. How about 2.5 inches of rain drenched the area plus wind and lightning.
Sunday — July 31st
Another Test & Tune, we got cars down the track and at 2:45 pm, you guessed it, rain and lightening shortened up the day. Those that were there made many time runs on a real good track.
This week coming, on Saturday Aug 6th an SBRA points race, on Sunday Aug. 7th, a Summit points race/National Dragster Challenge PLUS 2016 Track Member Madness trophy and two national event passes up for grabs. Keep checking our website for up coming events, we are going to get real busy for the rest of this month and into the fall. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — July 23rd
Mid 90 degree temps greeted the SBRA points racers and the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing racers for this event. Start time was moved back to a cooler part of the day / evening and it was a good decision. In Super, Paul Burruss won over redlighting Ronnie Horwath in the final. Footbrake was won by Dahryl Clark over Kal Kline. Paul James Jr. won over Dale Hamilton in the Bike final. Trophy had Jeff Hielman over Darius Wenger. The Outlaw Pontiac class had 17 entries with Steve Dress winning over Kristine Woods. About 120 cars competed and with a rain delay and the later than usual start time we finished up at about 11:30 pm. Thanks goes out to Dave McMeans for handling the announcing for me as I was able to attend Jim and Sherry Scott’s wedding. Jim runs in Super with us in his 32 Ford coupe, congrats to the newly weds!
Sunday — July 24th
With predicted temps in the upper 90’s, we cancelled the Test & Tune day….a good call.
Friday — July 15th
This was a Test & Tune event along with Instant Green racing also. 65 cars participated on a hot July evening. We finished up about 10 pm.
Saturday — July 16th
This was a Summit ET Series race and our second race for the Mid Atlantic Street Outlaw racers. The weather played a big part in this race, very hot temps were predicted but once we got started the clouds rolled in and certainly looked like we were going to get a big storm and get rained out. No doubt this played into a lower than usual car count. Let’s start with the Unlimited MASO cars, there were 8 entries and everybody was fast, Jason Smith’s blown street roadster was low qualifier with a 4.90 @ 141 mph. In the semis, Mike Smith ran a 5.15 to Jason Staub’s real close 5.16 both ran 138 mph. In the other semi, Jason Smith out ran Brian Devilbiss who was driving his wife Michelle’s car. The final was a good one, Jason Smith with a 4.88 to Mike Smith’s 5.09. These cars are all fast and fun to watch, great show! The 6.40 Index cars had 8 entries and there was a $100.00 bounty on Sonny Nichols but no one collected as he won over Mark Kowalcyzk with a 6.41 to a 6.58, semi finalists were Kenny Morgan and Mike Webb. By the way, Sonny won our 6.50 Index class last week on our Street Nite race. Super had a great final, two of our best, Ronnie Horwath against Mike Daymude, Ronnie is .001 at the tree with a 8.92 on his 8.91 dial, Mike was .006 but ran one off his 8.31 dial, a dead close drag race! In Pro it was again Troy Gerhart winning over Tammy Gray in the final, Tristan Quinn and Mark Harbaugh were the semi racers. Street had Dave Toms over Dale Fridley with Larry Price taking third. Bike had Dale Hamilton over Joe Lyons with Logan Mathias in the third spot. Finally in Trophy, Kelli Flemming over Alexis Crawford, Harli Bergeau took third place. By the way Alexis Crawford wife of Chris Crawford is driving very well in her 14 sec. Nova in her first year of racing, she gets better each week. Once again we had a great race track even in the mid afternoon when it was real hot, the fast cars went down it with no problems, Many 5.0 ETs from the MASO cars and our Super cars too. Dave McMeans announced the MASO cars and did his usual great job on the mic, thanks Dave. Trish also did the 50/50 tickets and sold plenty. Lance was the starter all weekend and did his usual outstanding job.
Sunday — July 17th
This was a Test & Tune day, very sunny but hot!, temps in the low 90’s, 50 cars participated. Bob Nicholson’s small block Chevy powered dragster made several easy passes on the new motor and did run a 8.12 @ 163 mph on a full pass. We finished just before 5 pm.
Next Saturday 7/23, is a SBRA points race and the Outlaw Pontiacs are with us again. Sunday 7/24 will be another Test and Tune race, noon to 5 pm. Dave McMeans will announce on Saturday. I will be attending a wedding in Chambersburg, Pa. Super Pro racer Jim Scott is marrying Sherry Sprenkle. These two are a great couple and Sherry has quickly become a big race fan and crew member! Congrats, Jim and Sherry! See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
It was real warm when we started the open time run session at 3 pm for our Street Nite event but got real nice as the evening arrived. Again, a great show put on by Justin Reggio’s Md. Performance Center Real Street racers. But first off, a huge thank you goes out to Aaron Gregory and family of Digging and Rigging Co. for setting up a huge crane with a 20′ by 40′ American flag hanging high above the track near the finish line on the Rt. 40 side of the track, very appropriate for all that has been going on lately, thanks! Even with corrected altitude of 2850 feet the Real Street cars were fast. Dalyn Palmer was quickest with runs in the 5.20s. In the final it was Mike Fortney with his gorgeous wheel standing 66 Chevelle leaving first and taking the win with a 5.27 to the faster Dalyn Palmer’s 5.23, both cars ran 133 mph. Semi racers were Josh Wheeler and Mike Beach. Of note, John Staats’ Toyota ran a 5.29 at 139 mph, biggest mile per hour of the year, nothing runs with this car on top end. Quick 16 didn’t have a big qualifying field that we usually have but 20 cars vied for the 16 spots. Jerry Williams’ 06 GTO was the fast car by far, qualified with a 4.73 at 147 mph. This car hooks hard, 1.05 sixty foot times, goes straight and is top end fast too! Jerry had Bill Steven’s Dodge in the final, Bill went slightly red and Jerry ran his quickest run of the night, a 4.70 at 147 mph. Mike Daymude and Ronnie Horwath were the semi racers, by the way, Elmer Wachter put up an extra $100.00 to the low qualifier in the Quick 16 which Jerry Williams took home with the $1,000.00 winners money. Not a bad nightï¿½s work. The 6.50 Index class was won by Sonny Nichols over Darrell Law, Nathan Englar was third. Pro had Mike Younker over Arthur Sheffler, Limited Street Darius Wenger over Larry Price, these two are good guys with street driven cars. Drive In Street was won by Kevin Buhram over Mark Decker in his wife Jennifer’s car. Once again a real good day/evening of racing, excellent track prep/maintenance and a nice turnout of racers and race fans, we finished up about 9:45 pm.
Sunday — July 10th
This was a Test & Tune day with about 75 cars and bikes and Junior Dragsters. Everybody made plenty of runs. Mack Grade had his Firebird running 4.80s at 144 mph in the eighth nile, nice car and fast too. We finished up at just before 5 pm.
Happy Anniversary to Steve and Barbara McCully, they are celebrating 36 years of marriage on July 11th! This weekend will be busy…Fri. Test & Tune with Instant Green no time heads up racing, 2 classes, street legal driven in to the track and trailered in cars. $400.00 to the winners, eight cars or more to make the class. Sat. Summit Points race…Sun. a Test & Tune day. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway this weekend!
Friday — July 1st
This was a Test & Tune event that ran from 6 pm to 10 pm and was well attended with 93 cars and bikes racing. Nice turn out.
Saturday — July 2nd
We started at 1 pm with the Junior Dragsters. We had 22 cars racing in round one with Steve Morgan winning one for the boys. Ryan Ely was runner-up while Lacy Dustin took third and Noah Lind and Steve Dustin were the quarter finalists. Chris Lil of Diabetic Delights, Frederick Md. put up an extra $100.00 that went to the third place and quarter final racers. That expanded the money purse out to five racers, thanks Chris! At 3 pm the big cars took the track. This was a SBRA points race with fast and close racing 1/8 mile action. Trophy had 21 cars with Wayne Donoho taking on Kelli Fleming in the final with Wayne taking the close win. Footbrake was the big class, 74 strong with two real good ones in the final, Mark Harbaugh winning the $1,500.00 over the real tough Andy Dolan, Nick Bowman and Larry Taylor were the semifinalists. Super was a big class too with 54 competitors, Brandon Lowe was the $2,000.00 winner over Shawn Barrett in the final, Mike Daymude was the third place driver. In Bike Dale Hamilton won over Kermit Garnett III while Tom Eaton took the third place spot. Once again we had great track prep/maintenance as cars ran hard and consistent all day long, we finished up at 9:30 pm.
Sunday — July 3rd
The Junior Dragsters took the track at 9:30 am the 21 cars entered. Well it was the girls turn as Charlotte Mallow squared off with Sammie Miller in the final, Charlotte took the win, Dylan Moore took third. Again Chris Lil, Diabetic Delights put up an extra $100.00 that helped get money to the third place and quarter final racers, thanks again Chris! The big cars took over at 11:30 am with another big turnout. Trophy had 16 cars, in the final Dave Aleshire won over Randall McNamee. High School had Harley Bergeau winning over Charlotte Mallow. Again the big class was Footbrake with 71 cars and in the final Troy Gerhart took the $1,500.00 over runner-up Nathan Englar, Clayton Garber and Andy Dolan were the semi racers. Super again had a big turnout of 51 cars and in the all dragster final David Wastler won over the barely red-lighting Bob Jansen. Colby Imes took third place. John Eaton won over Brian Canoles in the Bike final. Paul James, Jr. and Tom Eaton were the semi riders. Once again great racing all day long, we finished out the day at 5:45 pm.
Some notes about this weekends race. Charlotte Mallow drove her Hyundai in Trophy both days running mid 18’s in the quarter mile and took out a couple real fast 10 second cars, Charlotte and dad Kenny were having fun with this! Troy Gerhart’s big win on Sunday made two good weekends in a row, he was runner-up in $2,000.00 Footbrake race last weekend. Bob Jansen came real close yesterday in the Super final losing to David Wastler. Chris Lil has been a big supporter of our Junior Dragster program with $200.00 he put up this weekend, instead of four money winners this weekend his additional money made cash winners of TEN Junior Dragster racers! Drivers that are really stepping up their games are both Lacey Dustin and Steve Dustin, Lacey a third place finish on Saturday and Steve with a Wally win and a runner-up and a quarter final finish in the last three weeks, both are cutting real good lights and running their dials. Nice turnouts in Trophy both days and very good turnouts in Footbrake and Super, 200 total cars on Sat. and 190 on Sun. Tristan Simpkins girl friend, Megan Small visited with us on Sunday, she is competing for a swim team spot for the 2016 Olympics in the Intermediate Medly 200 meter event. She finished 7th in the trials in Nebraska, nice job Megan. The track was again great all day long, minimal cleanups needed and the staff and racers kept the cars going down the track rapid fire. Good show for our race fans both days. Also credit to Elmer for repairing the lightning/storm damage done to our scoreboard/timing system promptly, repairs were done by late Wednesday. Next weekend, Sat. July 9th, Street Nite, Md Performance Center Real Street, Quick 16, 6.0 Index and more, open time runs start at 3 pm, Test & Tune on Sunday noon to 5 pm, see you at Mason Dixon Dragway next weekend!
Saturday — June 25th
The 3rd annual Rocking Chair Nationals was once again a huge success, 271 race cars competed and we also had a great turnout of race fans. We started at 9 am with the show cars filling the Rt. 40 side pit area with about 120 entries. At about 10 am we did special guest interviews and awards presentations at the winners circle. It was good to see so many racers from the 50’s and 60’s once again participating this weekend and sharing the stories of their racing from back in the day. Now for the racing, we got underway at 11:30 am. First off, new this year, we included the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars, 25 cars entered. In the final it was Chris Kelican in an 8 second 62 Catalina winning over Greg Orris in his late model GTO. John Gunter took third place. Nostalgia Eliminator was a huge class, over 75 cars and in the end, Jeff McMillen in his 66 Mustang won over Dave Outten in his Corvette. Footbrake was also a big class, over 70 cars and in the finals Nichole Talbert squared off with Troy Gerhart. Both were one off their dials, Troy .021 reaction time, Nichole was .004, what a race, both of these drivers were sharp all day long, the winners first place money $2,000.00! runner-up money $500.00! The semi racers were A. C. Carroll and Marty Flegal, Jr. Top Sportman was for the fast cars, 5.99 and quicker. Mike Daymude coming off his Quick 16 win two weeks ago was again nearly flawless, great lights and either one off or dead on the dial runs in all 5 rounds. In the final he lined up against Chuck Wishard who left first with an .010 light, Mike was close with an .016 light, Chuck got there first but ran .02 too quick while Mike was .01 off the dial to take the win. A great final! Lastly the Eric Kitchen Pro Stick cars, nearly 60 strong, as always put on a great show, hard launches, big wheel stands and quick runs round after round. James Smith took the win in his Mustang over Chris Shaffer in his Plymouth Fury, Eric Kitchen and Austin Lilley took the semi spots. We also had several exhibition cars making passes including Jim and Allison Lee’s front engine top fuel dragster. The top fuel match race had both cars with long, loud, smokey burnouts and on the second run, both cars ran 4.40’s at 160 mph. Even with the big car count we wrapped up the racing action about 8:30 pm. Special thanks go out to Gary Gore and Hayne Dominick and the entire Mason Dixon staff and management for all their hard work before race day and during the whole race day and show. Again we had a great track all day long, great track prep/maintanence as usual. Mt. Aetna Fire Co. did a great job with their food stand providing great sandwiches along with our two food stands that were real busy all day long. We thank everyone, racers and race fans and show car entrants for participating in this terrific event.
Sunday — June 26th
Electrical gremlins from late week thunderstorms/lightning strikes caused printer, scoreboard and other electrical issues that forced us to cancel racing for today. We will be back up and running for the Test & Tune on Fri. and the SBRA Firecracker event on Sat. and Sun. Check the flyer on this website for details, see you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — June 18th
Sunday — June 19th
We ran a make up Summit Points Race that had been rained out 2 weeks ago. The Junior Dragsters took the track at 9:30 am. The girls are now back in the win column as Kaylee Henry won over Ryan Ely, Chesney Gosnell was third. 21 cars were in the Junior Dragster class. Elmer Wachter put up an extra $100 to the winner and $50 to the runner-up with this money to go to the Dads on this Fatherï¿½s Day race. Super had an all dragster final with Joey Harrison over Paul Burruss. Pro was won by Greg Ecker over Chris Crawford. Street had Garrett Suders winning over Lukas Birks. In the Bike final it was once again Brian Canoles vs. Dale Hamilton, this time Brian took the win, Gene Belt was third. Again another good day, good close racing, great track prep/maintenance and the weather was near perfect, mid 80’s and not humid. Overall a real good day, 130 cars and bikes raced with us today. By the way, Trish once again did the 50/50 sales raising nearly $500.00 for our racers points fund, thanks Trish! Next Saturday, “Rocking Chair Nationals”!!! Pro Stick, $2,000 Footbrake race, Nostagia Eliminator, OPDS Pontiacs, Top Sportsman cars, a show car field and a TOP FUEL DRAGSTER match race. Don’t miss this one! Sunday is a Summitt ET Series race. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway.
Saturday — June 11th
We ran into a hot humid one today, temps hit 95 degrees but that didn’t stop our racers from putting on a great show on this Street Nite event. Let’s kick it off with Md. Performance Center Real Street, 13 cars were in the program and with sky high track temps these cars still hooked and put up some stout numbers. In the final Dave Guy ran low ET with a 5.21 but was out gunned at the starting line by Josh McCoy who won with a slightly slower 5.25, margin of victory was less than one foot. What a race. Quick 16 had 23 cars running to try to make the field with a 5.93 bump. In the final, Dennis Hammond dialed a 5.62, he left with a .021 light and ran a 5.633 but coming after him was Mike Daymude with a .015 light and a dead on 5.330 on his 5.33 dial, great race in this final with Mike taking the win. Mitch Willingham and Ronnie Horwath were the semi racers. The 6.50 Index cars had Nathan Englar winning over Brian Beachley with Ron Gusack taking third place. Pro was won by George Stanley on his ‘Busa over Gary Kelican in his Maverick, Paul James Sr. was third place finisher. Modified Street was won by Larry Price over Clinton Garland. Drive In Street had Ed Newlin over Amy Waters in the final. Over 120 cars competed and we also had a big group of race fans on hand also. Once again, stellar track prep / maintenance kept the cars hooked up well in spite of the heat. A real good Street Nite race for sure, we finished up about 9:45 pm.
Sunday — June 12th
We did a little of everything today, it was a bit cooler, temps in the hi 80’s with real stiff, gusty winds. First off we started the day with National Dragster Challenge for the Junior Dragsters, three Wallys up for grabs. We had a nice turnout of 35 cars, in the 6 to 9 yr old group Danny Spotts won over Abagail Herrold with Harley Ely taking third place. The biggest group was the 10 to 14 yr olds with Stevie Dustin getting his biggest win ever taking the Wally by beating Ben Spotts in the final. Tyler Naill took third spot. In the 15 yr old and up it was Ken Kohr over Stephanie Morgan in the final. Great job by all the Junior Dragster drivers; good, close racing from start to finish. At noon the big cars took the track. The Mid Atlantic Street Outlaws were in the house with a nice turnout of racers, in the Extreme Street heads-up class Jimmy Dalans ran the low ET of class with a 4.99 @ 148 mph in his twin turbo Lightning Ford truck over Scott Carson’s Camaro who ran a 5.10. Sadly Dave Guy had mechanical trouble and couldn’t make the semis, he was fast too, in the 5.0s. The 5.90 Index class had Brian Plasterer over Chris Rankin, the 6.40 Index class had Sonny Nichols winning over Marc Kowalcheck. Lastly we ran our eighth mile Footbrake $2000.00 to win class. 64 cars made round one and Andy Dolan took out a tough Mike Rudacille in the final, Andy had the better light, Mike broke out by .02 trying to catch him. Steve McCully had a good day taking third. This was an eight round race, a lot of excellent racers participated. We also ran a Test & Tune class with 30 cars in the house, 160 total cars on the property. Once again we had a great turnout of race fans that saw a great show. Dave McMeans again announced with me during the MASO portion of the show and at other times also. Track prep was again outstanding, very fast cars went down the track real well all day long. We finished up about 6:30 pm. Next weekend, on Friday nite a Test & Tune and Instant Green race, two classes, driven in cars and trailered in cars, on Saturday, SBRA race with a $2,000.00 to in Mutt & Jeff Super class, on Sunday a Summit ET Series race. See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — May 27th
Over 100 cars participated in the Test & Tune event. We also ran a Gamblers Race….Troy Gerhart took the win. Showers did hit right as racing was winding down.
Saturday — May 28th
First off, this was day one of a triple header SBRA 1/8 mile points event. Starting the Junior Dragsters, we had 29 in round one with Landon Palmer winning over Sammie Miller in the final. Lacy Dustin and Ryan Ely were the semi racers…special note, Lacy probably drove the best she has done with great lights and nearly right on the dial runs in her four rounds of racing, great job Lacy. Then the big cars took the track. In Footbrake Nathan Englar won over Mike Rodgers, Larry Taylor and Tammy Gray were the semi racers, 70 cars were in the class. Super was won by Pittsburghï¿½s Matt Palyas over Mike Daymude, Paul Burruss took third place. Bike was won by Tom Eaton over Brian Canoles. In the Second Chance races, Super had Shawn Barrett over Mark Gray and in Footbrake Jim Berry won over Rodney Eichelberger. We finished up about 7 pm.
Sunday — May 29th
The Juniors again had a big turnout of 31 cars with Ronnie Webb Jr. winning over Logan Simpkins with Scotty Morgan, Jr. and Alyssa McFadden being the semifinalists. High School was won by Charlotte Mallow over Harley Bergeau. There was again a big turnout in all the classes, right as were starting the third round light rain/sprinkles stopped the racing. Track staff spent over an hour blowing off and dragging the track and just as we were nearly ready to resume racing more showers rolled in we were done for the day. All the remaining racers were paid round money instead of rain checks. We again finished up at about 7 pm.
Monday — May 30th
Last day! Junior Dragsters again were at 29 cars. The girls avoided a sweep with Kaylee Henry winning over Eric Bowles, Logan Simpkins took third. Footbrake had another great turnout, Andy Dolan took the win over Tim Hawlks, Gary Kelican took third spot. Nick Bowman won Super with his Duster over Mike Hoff with Danny Mattera taking third place. John Eaton was the Bike winner over Brian Canoles who was runner-up twice over the weekend. T. J. Chapman won Trophy over Wayne Donoho. The Sunday Junior Street class did finish up today with Steve Dustin over Sammie Miler, Bailee Zepp was third.
Thoughts on the weekend, Super track prep/maintenance all 4 days, cars again ran back to back identical ETs or one off was the norm for many of our racers. Minimal down time from oil downs. Yes it got warm, 90 degrees on Sat. slightly lower temps Sun. and Mon. but everyone kept things moving with 700 cars in the four days, nearly 100 Junior Dragsters, over 200 entries both Sat. and Sun. Overall a very good event, we appreciate all of our racers and race fans for supporting Mason Dixon Dragway. Don’t forget, Fri. nite June 3rd we have a Test & Tune from 6pm to 10pm. We will also have sessions with the “Instant Green” starting during the evening. Sat. “Put up or Shut up” race, Instant Green racing, fast index classes, a big Footbrake race and a top 16 race also. On Sunday we have a Summit ET race. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — May 13th
This was a well attended Test & Tune night with 80 cars competing making many runs til 10 pm. A very nice attendance of race fans too.
Saturday — May 14th
Sadly the weather won this race….again…rains showers pushed us back to a start time of 5 pm. Our track staff spent better than 2 hours brushing/drying the track, even before rains entirely quit, they were out there working to get this race in the books. At just after 5 pm we got underway. We got several classes down the track and then we had Maryland Performance Center Real Street making their qualifier runs, Dave Guy lined up with Russ Martin, Dave ran a 5.23 @ 133 mph to Russ running a 5.31 @ 132 mph. Then the skies turned black and it rained hard again, we had to call it a day at that point.
Sunday — May 15th
This was the 33rd Annual Mid- Atlantic Mopar Meet. Yes it was a bit chilly and windy but it didn’t stop a great number of racers, 135 strong, plus many very nice show cars, vendors and race fans from participating. In Trophy, Gart Rudisill was the winner, Street had Randall McNamee over Dave Toms, Ray Bloom took third. In Pro, long time Super Stock racer Dave Reitz drove his nostalgia stocker, a ’63 max wedge powered Plymouth to a big win over Larry Taylor in the final. This was a six round race and Dave was great on the ‘tree all day, especially in the first four rounds. Earl Morgan was third. Super had Tim Peters in his low 5 sec. dragster winning over Colby Imes in the final. The Slant Six racers had a good turnout, they ran two races in one day. About 16 cars competed Will Burns’s Cuda with a turbo laid down low 9.60 passes. Overall, a real good day.
Don’t forget next weekend! SBRA race on SAT. and a Sunday a $2000 to win Foot Brake race with a Test & Tune! See you next week at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — April 30th
This was a $2000 to win Footbrake race and a Test & Tune event. We were able to get one round of the Footbrake racers in before rain cut the day short. Rather than giving rain checks to the Footbrake racers, Elmer Wachter/Mason Dixon opted to split the $2000 purse amongst the round one winners, $120 to each racer. All appreciated this decision. Thanks to Dave McMeans of Hershey, Pa for filling in for me today, Dave did his usual excellent announcing.
Sunday– May 1st
All day rain was the winner today, we cancelled the racing action the night before.
Saturday — May 7th
This was a Summit ET series race, we started with the Junior Dragsters at noon. 27 Juniors made round one. Christopher Burch won over Alyssa McFadden in the final. Noah Lind and A J Jenkins received $50 each for reaching the semi finals thanks to Chris Lil of Diabetic Delights of Frederick Md. Thanks Chris! We had 4 racers that made the long haul from southern Maryland / MIR country. They were Gayge Farrell who had .000 pefect light in qualifying, Jacob Nahory, Bristin Mister and A J Jenkins who got to the semis. All these drivers were very good, hope they make back to Mason Dixon when they can. We also had Cameron Proctor of Clear Spring Md. who is 8 yrs. old making his license runs. He drove well and ran several 11.80 runs with a best of 11.78 @ 53 mph. His parents, Heather and Jason put together a good looking and good running car too! The big cars took the track at 2:30pm. Trophy had Doug Chell winning over Harley Bergeau in the final, Street was interesting, three Suders and Kalvin Kline in the semis. The very smart Garret Suders went -.007 red against his wife Kristen in the one semi while Courtney Suders beat Kalvin Kline in the other semi. In the final the sister-in-laws battled it out, Kristen won over Courtney. Pro had Daryl Clark over -.001 redlighting Troy Gerhart while Jason Deavers took third. Super had Danny Brown winning over Mike Daymude’s dragster, Shawn Barrett took third spot. In Bike Boyd Mathias won over Dale Hamilton, Steve Murray was third.
Sunday — May 8th
This was the 4th annual Cruise for the Cure , Relay for Life event. Sara Mulkey and all the Stablemates Car Club members did a great job with this event that featured a huge car show, food vendors, many ladies apperel and jewelry vendors, a chassis dyno ,two bands and drag racing. What a crowd, a packed house. The drag racing part was handled by the Mason Dixon Dragway staff, many cars did the Test & Tune thing, there was some grudge races also. Two of our regulars ran a best 2 out of 3 race, Tammy Gray ran her husband Mark and beat him two straight. We ran a Gamblers Race also, Chris Kelican beat Bobby Smith in the final, Tammy Gray took third, all three got great Trophies for their efforts. Things were winding down by about 4 pm. We don’t have any numbers yet but it would appear that this was the biggest ever Cruise for the Cure event ever!
Raised $19147.00 At Event
A couple of thoughts here. The new aluminum grandstands are set in place and the fencing will be finished hopefully this week. Paving on some the roads were done, some widening and some rough places repaired. Great additions to Mason Dixon. Last weekend I announced the Lucas Oil Drag Race Series event at Virginia Motorsports Park. Several of our racers were in various classes. Grag Daymude, Chase Fahnestock, Vic Guilmino and Ronnie Proctor Sr. all won first round but lost in round two. But we had one winner, John Price on his Pro Gas class Harley won the class with a 8.52 @ 153 mph in the final. This is a heads up class, no one had anything for John. Great Job! Dave McMeans filled in for me while I was gone, thanks Dave! Two weeks ago Jim Moran of Lovettsville Va. moved back home to Wisconsin where he is originally from, we’ll miss him, we are going follow his racing as he will be on Team Rock Falls Raceway near Eau Claire Wi. Good luck Jim! Saturday, Md. Performance Real Street/Quick 16/6.50 Index and Bracket classes. Sunday, 33 rd Mid Atlantic Mopar Meet. Huge car show, drag race, vendors and more. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — April 22nd
Threatening weather limited the car count for this Test & Tune event. About 8 pm the rains came and the racing came to an end.
Saturday — April 23rd
This was a SBRA series race that started with the Junior Dragsters at noon. Scotty Morgan Jr. had the big win over Charlotte Mallow in the final. Jo Jo Mallow, last weeks winner, and Evan Lind were the semi racers. At 2:30 pm the big cars took the track. We had the ECIR [Chevy Impala group] racers with us and they ran two races. there were 14 cars racing, the first race had Dan Fahey winning over Fred Gramby and in race two it was again Dan Fahey over Nabi Guffy. In Trophy Kelli Fleming was the winner. Footbrake had a good turnout with a great final. Brian Lind held off Ronnie Proctor Jr. for the win, Chris Crawford took third place. Super had a great final with Dennis Hammond winning over many time track champion Ronnie Horwath. Danny Brown and Joey Harrison were the semi finalists. Bike had John Eaton over Paul James Jr. while Tom Eaton was third. We had 142 cars racing and we finished up about 8:15 pm. Many good, close races all day long. The track was great all day but our staff did put in a lot of time drying the track as the overnite rains had really soaked the track and grounds. A tough day to dial the cars though, low clouds and higher humidity gave way to clearing skies and much better corrected altitude later in eliminations caused many break out and sometimes double break out runs.
Sunday — April 24th
This was a Test & Tune event, we started at 11:30 am and ran til 4:30 pm. We had 98 cars, bikes and trucks making many runs, some made 20 passes. Many Pro Stick and Outlaw Pontiac Drag Racing Series cars made many runs. The Pontiacs will be with us next Sunday. Bill Smith was again making many runs sorting out the stick trans. set up now in the car, he’s getting there! Also we had a great turnout of race fans too! This Saturday Junior Dragsters at noon. A $2000 to win, $500 runner-up Footbrake race at 2 pm and Test & Tune also. Sunday is a Summit ET series race with the Outlaw Pontiacs in attendance. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — April 16th
Finally a beautiful day, Sunny skies and temps in the high 60’s greeted our racers and race fans on this busy day. In the morning we hosted 9 Model A and Model T Fords, stunningly restored and mechanically perfect, all the cars made many full 1/4 mile passes, hot lapping too! Elapsed times in the low 20 sec. range, speeds in the mid 50s, pretty good for the horsepower these cars produced, fun part of the day for sure. At noon we started with the Junior Dragsters, 23 cars ran with Jo Jo Mallow winning over Dylan Moore in the final, Christopher Burch took third place. Good driving by all today in the Junior Dragster class as always. At 2 pm we started the day with qualifying for the Mid Atlantic Street Outlaw group. This was their first ever event and went very well overall. Duane Morris and Sam and Dave and Kim McMeans manage the program its a good one too. Extreme Outlaw, a heads up class had several real fast cars and trucks, Jimmy Dolan uncorked a 5.01 @ 149 mph in a turbo Lightning Ford Truck, what a rocket. Dave Guy was fast too and in the semis ran a low ET 4.97 @ 142 mph and Brian Devilbiss’ Devils Reject Mustang ran a 5.06 @ 149 mph. In the final Brian Devilbiss won out over Jimmy Dolan, Dave Guy took third. Extreme Street, a 5.90 Index class had just one entry with Gary “Rooster” White the winner. Pro Street, a 6.40 Index class had 8 entries, in the final, Dan DeBurkhart ran a 6.43 coupled with an .015 light taking out Sonny Nichols who went a bit quick with a 6.38. A big thanks to all that participated in the first MASO race. Dave McMeans long time announcer at Numidia Dragway [18 years] co-announced with me during the show and did his usual excellent job, thanks Dave. Mid Atlantic Street Outlaws will be back three more times this year. This was the first Summit ET series event for 2016 and it was a well attended race with great, close racing as always. Trophy was won by Kelli Fleming in her mid 14 sec. S-10 truck. Street had Lukas Birks winning over Ray Williams, veteran racer Wil Martlock was third. Special note, Lukas took the win on his 30th birthday with brothers Seth who always here but also older brother Chad was in attendance also, he used to race back in the 90’s, he was a terror in Street at the Mountain. Pro had Troy Gerhart driving very well all day long winning over Ronnie Proctor Jr. who went red. Brian Lind took third place. Super had a great final, Kevin Moore dialed a 10.00 in his Mustang against Mike Daymude in his Mopar dragster dialing a 7.49. Kevin left with a .009 light and a ran a 10.002 on the 10.00 dial, an .011 package, Mike Daymude was out by .03 trying to catch Kevin, great race. Kevin had three double 0 lights in 5 round race. Paul Burriss and Michael Shoop were the semi racers. In Bike it was Brian Canoles who was in the 7.90’s all day long won over Kermit Garnett III in the finals, Richard Diggs and Paul James Jr were the semi riders. Dale Hamilton had a top end incident in the pea gravel pit at the end of the track, luckily he suffered only a badly sprained/bruised wrist We hope he will be back in action soon! We finished up at about 9:20 pm, 175 cars raced with us today.
Sunday — April 17th
Sunny weather with temps in the high 70’s greeted us today on this Test & Tune day, we had 130 cars, bikes and trucks that participated. Lester Holtzapple in his ‘Cuda licensed with runs in the 9.80 range. Bill Smith’s Pinto now is running a Doug Nash 5 speed stick combo for Pro Stick this year. Bill made several runs mostly in the high 10’s, he will get faster as he gets the Pinto sorted out. Greg Doll and Stacie Borst had their Harleys making runs in the mid 8’s @ 160 mph. Another fun Test & Tune day, we finished up the day at 4:30 pm. Next week, Fri. nite a Test & Tune event from 6 pm til about 10 pm. Sat. is the first SBRA points race, Juniors start at noon, big cars at 2 pm. Sun. another Test & Tune. 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — April 9th
The Street Nite event was cancelled due to rain/snow and very cold and windy weather. We did move the Md. Performance Center Real Street part of the program over to Sunday.
Sunday — April 10th
A lot to talk about here. Let’s start with the beginning of the day, yeah it was cold, temps in the high 20’s when we started with the Junior Dragsters at 9:30 am. First off Chris Lil of Diabetic Delights, Frederick, Md. put up an extra $100.00 to the Junior Dragster class. Sammie Miller’s .028 light in qualifying earned her $25.00. In the final, Sammie squared off with Dylan Moore, Sammie took the win with an outstanding .003 light, both drivers were .03 off their dials in a good race. Eric Bowles took third spot. He won $50.00 and Dylan Moore got $25.00 over the usual purse. Chris will put up $100.00 for each Junior Dragster points race, a big thanks to Chris Lil, Diabetic Delights! Now about Justin Reggio’s Md. Performance Center Real Street. First off Dave Guy was low qualifier with a stout 5.20 @ 132 mph. Everybody else was fast today, Dave Guy, Russ Martin, Jack Williamson, Josh McCoy and 16 yr. old Dalyn Palmer all ran in the 5.20’s and 5 teens. Sixty foot times as quick as 1.18 and many real low 1.20’s were the order of the day. In the semis, Dave Guy beat Jack Williamson with a 5.26 @ 131 mph to a off pace 5.77. Russ Martin then uncorked a 5.17 @ 135 mph pass over Josh Wheeler. In the final we had a good one, the two fastest cars had at it with Dave Guy running a 5.13 @ 135 mph with an .013 light and Russ Martin hanging right there with a 5.17 @ 136 mph and fine .021 light. What a great race. By the way, Dave Guy in his bye run in round one set the record e.t. for Real Street with a 5.12 @ 135 mph coupled with a 1.18 60 ft. time. Great show by all, these racers run a fast paced show with good, close, fast racing, we look forward to the next race for Real Street which is Saturday, May 14th. Now for the class cars, Trophy had Greg Orris winning over Chris Campbell. Calvin Kline won Street over Ginger Deaver’s in a close one. Pro had Chris Crawford winning over Tammy Gray while Mark Harbaugh was third. Super Pro was won by Mark Gray over Mark Coover, the semi racers were Al Craword and Jason Day. Bike had John Eaton defeating Paul James Sr. with Dave Clinedinst taking third place. We had a good turn out of Test & Tune cars, Jim Day had his 69 Mustang making his license runs, all looked good, best pass, 9.58 @ 140 mph. Jeff Brady’s dragster was in the house, 7.30’s @ 181 mph, impressive. Once again, Jake Landes and Bub Casto did a teriffic job of track prep, they spent time during week and very early on Sunday to give us a great track, Also the rest of the staff, Chris, Josh, Chris, R.D. Steve and Elmer all jump in to the between round maintenance and clean up as needed. As cold as it was, it did hit mid 40’s by the end of the day, we still had a GREAT track to race on from start to finish. Next week, a Summit ET Points race on Saturday, Test & Tune on Sunday. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway next week!
Saturday — April 2nd
Again, light rains showers were with us til about 10 am but we were able to get the track ready for racing at the noon scheduled start time. 96 cars, bikes, trucks and Junior Dragsters made many time runs right til 5 pm. About the Juniors, in attendance were Jo Jo and Charlotte Mallow, Harley and Ryan Ely, Kaylee and Emma Henry, Joshua Sisk, Sammie Miller and first time with us Jarrod Kissinger from Sinking Spring Pa. [near Reading Pa]. Everybody in this group ran well and made numerous runs. Hope we will see the Kissinger family again real soon. Also, Elmer Wachter/Mason Dixon Dragway put up $50.00 to the best reaction time in one of the Junior’s time run sessions, Jo Jo Mallow was the winner with a fine .025 light. Brittany Harrison made her license runs in her strong Super Pro Mustang with several low 9.60s @ 140 mph passes. Melvin Armel road Dave Clinedinst’s bike to several high 8.20s @ 160 mph runs, all nice, clean, straight passes. Steve Morgret’s dragster, Mark Decker’s dragster and many other bracket cars made nice passes. The Bike racers were in force again today also. Bikes are going to be a big class this year! Very good day overall, again kudos to the track staff for their excellent track prep and extra time spent drying the track so we could start on time as scheduled! Our guys are good at this! Sadly, Sunday’s race was cancelled due to very high winds and temps that only made it to the low 40’s and that was late in the day. Now on Satuday, April 9th, Md. Performance Center Real Street, Quick 16, 6.50 Index, Pro, Limited Street, Pure Street and Street Bike and Test & Tune Sunday April 10th is a Bracket race, Junior Dragsters, Super, Pro, Street, Bike, Trophy, Test & Tune, not a points race. See you this weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Friday — March 25th
Chassis Certification began a three day effort with 96 Race cars being certified in the 3 day period. We saw many new builds as well as new customers come through the lines. Hope to see them as the 2016 Season gets in full swing.
Saturday — March 26th
Bright sunshine and temps in the high 50’s greeted our racers and race fans on this Test & Tune day. We had 125 racers making many runs that started at 11 am and went on til a bit after 4 pm. We had many full on race cars, bikes, street cars and trucks and several Junior Dragsters getting ready for our first Summit ET Series race coming up next weekend, Sunday, April 3rd. We also ran a gamblers race with Greg Ecker over Garret Suders in Footbrake while Mike Daymude who was in mid season form winning over Joey Harrison in the Super Pro final. Mike ran 8.20’s with a couple of .00 lights on the way to his win behind the wheel of his Dodge Demon. Once again, track prep was excellent, an overall very good day.
Racer Committee met at the Bob Evans Restaurant, Subjects covered were Two Steps for Stick cars in Footbrake, and Pro (Decision only the high side chip allowed), discussion about actions taken for negative social media, (Decided that if a racer has a problem with the track or staff that they first come to track administrator to allow a resolution before posting negative about the track) Track Operator explained the banning of certain racers from the track, and that any action taken will also have the class representative made aware of the action. It was decided that the next meeting date would be in April and chosen by the racer committee. Possible times would be on an event day prior to the actual event. Racer Committee expressed the desire to make summer Saturday events start at a later time, racing into the night to get away from the extreme heat. It was brought up about Summit Series races would they all be 1/4 mile? This will be decided by the class racers. The trackï¿½s position is the racers best know the format they prefer, changes can be made, on a class by class basis.
Sunday — March 27th
Low, gray clouds and cooler temps probably limited the turnout a bit today. 45 cars, trucks and bikes ran many runs today. The Bogle team in their 63 Chevy Nova, a real nice car by the way, made the 6 license runs needed, the last two in the 9.60’s. Good job! Talking track prep, how about Joshua McCoy’s Md Performance Center Real Street nitrous Mustang making 4 runs. First a 5.31, then a 5.29, next a 5.24 with a 1.19 60ft time. Then on the last pass, another 1.19 launch but also a big wheel stand, Joshua lifted a bit and still ran 5.40, all runs at 131 mph. This is a real good, sorted out car and will be a threat in Real Street this year! Justin Brumley had his beautiful Real Street turbo Mustang running in the high 5’s, real good car, it’s going to go faster as the season progresses. We ran a Gamblers race, just one class, Tammy Gray getting the win over Joey Harrison, margin of victory .0031 works out to 7 inches, close! Rick Shirey had his Dragster running 7.50’s Kerry Grigsby’s Fairmont also ran both days, all runs in the low 8.70s @ 154 mph, another very good car. About the chassis certifications, we did them Fri., Sat., and Sun., over 100 cars participated, last year about 65 cars, a good sign for sure. We finished up about 4 pm, another good day. March racing now done, we got 4 days in of 8 possible, last year we only got in one, big improvement. Next weekend, Sat. April 2nd, Test & Tune day, Sun. April 3rd, the real racing begins, Summit ET Points race, Junior Dragsters at 9:30 am, big cars take the track at 11:30 am. We are really looking forward to getting into our points racing on Sunday. Hope to see everyone again this coming weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway!
Saturday — March 12th
Today was again a Test & Tune day that started off ok as we got underway as scheduled at 11 am but around 12:30 pm one of 3 race delays caused by very light rain showers stopped the racing action. Each time the showers hit, the Mason Dixon staff members consisting of Jake, Bub, both Chris’s, R.D., Stevie and Elmer all got out on the track to dry, clean up and drag the racing surface to put it back in its usual excellent condition. Great job by all to keep the race going. We don’t give up easily to a few light rain showers! We did finish up the day at 4:15 pm with partly cloudy skies, temps in the mid 50’s. About the racing, 68 cars, bikes and trucks participated. Rodney Eichelberger ran his license runs in his 406 Chevy small block powered Opel GT to several 9.90 runs @ 135 mph. Brian Canoles turbo Hyabusa ran a quick 7.99 @ 164 Mph, Jerry Williams’ new 05 GTO Quick 16 car ran an easy 4.82 @ 142 mph 1/8 mile pass, Jeff Hielman’s daughter Amber, first time driving, drove moms Trans Am to a 12.97 @ 107 mph best, Gary Kelican had the Maverick running 9.60’s on several passes and Ken Carr’s front engine small block dragster ran 9.14 @ 142 mph. Many other regulars were out testing, Rick and Darius Wenger, Lukas Birks, Bill Johnson, The entire Stanley Gang, Dave Clinedinst, Both Eatons, Paul James Sr. the Boyd family, Ronnie Horwath and many others made plenty of runs. We also had a Challenger Hellcat, ran over 125 mph, a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, Mustangs, Camaros, Diesel trucks and street bikes, a good day despite the rain delays. Next weekend will be Test & Tune days on Sat. March 19th and Sun. March 20th. See you at Mason Dixon Dragway this coming weekend!
Sunday — March 6th
The 2016 race season at Mason Dixon Dragway is officially underway! A bit cold and damp conditions greeted the track staff in the early morning hours today, the late morning was better as the skies cleared and we started racing at 11:30 am. The first half hour we went 1/8 mile racing but quickly opened the track to full 1/4 mile passes. We had an excellent turnout with 78 cars, trucks and bikes racing and many race fans were on hand also. Here’s just a few who were making test passes today, Rick Wenger’s 66 Chevelle blasted several low 10.80 runs, Larry Price’s Malibu wagon ran 11.70’s, Tammy Gray’s Malibu wagon now running 10.40’s, Dave Clinedinst’s bike ripped an 8.07 @ 164 mph. Others that ran today, on Bikes, Kermit Garnett III, Brian Canoles, Joe and George Stanley, Jason Smith on his Right Away Powder Coating ride and others. Russ Martin, Dan Colangelo, Md Performance Center Real Street drivers were here visiting. Arthur Sheffler, Steve Ryan, Jennifer Decker, Kelly Fleming and daughter Harley, and many others all made numerous runs today. We wrapped up the day at 4:00 pm. It was good to back with all the Mason Dixon staff and our racers and race fans, we look forward to a great 2016 race season!
We will be back next weekend, Sat. March 12th and Sunday March 13th, both days are like today, Test & Tune events. See you next weekend at Mason Dixon Dragway.