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Empire Dragway Edges Quaker City Motorsports Park for IHRA Division 3 Summit Team Finals Championship

Monday, 18 September 2017

It came down to just two points.

Empire Dragway edged Quaker City Motorsports Park 51-49 for the team championship at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 3 (North Stars) Summit Team Finals last weekend at Keystone Raceway Park.

It was closely contested with the home track of Keystone just six points behind and Dragway 42 nine points behind the winner. Other tracks who participated were: Lancaster Dragway, I-64 Dragway, Thompson Motorsports Park, Beaver Springs Dragway and Skyview Drags.

Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler’s races and “best of” awards.

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Main Event:


Chuck Sanders from I-64 Dragway matched his dial-in time with a 6.298-second run at 108.49 mph to score the Top victory. He had a solid .012 reaction time, while his final-round opponent Ron Stayer Jr. barely red-lighted with a -.009 start. Stayer raced down the track in 5.085 seconds at 131.81 mph.


Dale Eckert from Lancaster Dragway won on a holeshot as he and final-round opponent, John Gregory representing Dragway 42, both matched their dial-in times. Eckert had a .006 reaction time to go along with his 7.145-second elapsed time at 93.52 mph. Gregory finished in 6.108 seconds and 114.36 mph.


David Mann from Thompson Motorsports Park captured the Street division victory when Joe Tharp Jr. from Quaker City Motorsports Park red-lighted. Mann, who had a .030 reaction time, posted a 7.725-second run at 84.91 mph. Tharp ended with an 8.103-second pass and 86.09 mph.

Junior Dragster

Thompson Motorsports Park had another winner with Ethan Steding, who had a 9.353-second run at 68.01 mph along with a .015 reaction time. Jamie McBride Jr. from Keystone Motorsports Park finished with a 7.995 elapsed time at 79.58 mph.


Patrick Vaughn from Empire Dragway was the winner on two wheels with a 5.811-second run at 115.98 mph along with a .043 reaction time. Tabitha Gitlins from Quaker City Motorsports Park went down the track in 5.881 seconds at 119.17 mph after a .155 reaction time.


Other Results

Team Captains Race

Beaver Bob McCardle from Beaver Springs Dragway won on a hole shot with a .047 reaction time to go along with his 9.540 elapsed time and 66.45 mph. Runner-up Gary Harper from Dragway 42 had a 12.752-second pass at 55.33 mph with a .113 reaction time.


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Friday’s Gambler’s Race

Box — Josh Rietscha (Keystone) 5.026 on a 5.01 dial-in, .020 reaction time defeated Leon Peasley (Beaver Springs) 5.823 on a 5.81 dial-in, .033 reaction time.

No Box — Mark Romeo (Keystone) 6.701 on a 6.71 dial-in, .067 reaction time defeated John Cira Jr. (Empire) 7.503 on a 7.52 dial-in, .029 reaction time. 

Junior — Thomas Wybrial (Keystone) 9.076 on a 9.04 dial-in, .091 reaction time defeated Darian Wright (I-64) 8.295 on an 8.20 dial-in, .124 reaction time.

Bike — Paul Samora (Quaker) 5.781 on a 5.80 dial-in, .-030 reaction time defeated Lucas Salemi (Lancaster) 6.475 on a 6.54 dial-in, -.003 reaction time.

Special Awards

  • Best Appearing Open Bodied Car — Steve Marinchik, Keystone Raceway Park
  • Best Engineered Open Bodied Car — Ray Haynes, I-64 Dragway
  • Best Appearing Full Bodied Car — Mike McCraken, Beaver Springs Dragway
  • Best Engineered Full Bodied Car — Steve Harkiewics, Lancaster Dragway
  • Best Appearing Junior Dragster — Zachary Smith, Dragway 42
  • Best Engineered Junior Dragster — Brooke Adams, Empire Dragway
  • Best Appearing Motorcycle — Jonathon Felbaum, Keystone Raceway Park
  • Best Engineered Motorcycle — Ken S. Kauffman, Beaver Springs Dragway
  • Best Team Spirit — Lancaster Dragway
  • Best Appearing Sponsor Banner — I-64 Dragway
  • Best Appearing Grandstands — Thompson Motorsports Pak
  • Best Appearing Team — Keystone Raceway Park

Team Standings

  1. Empire Dragway                                   51
  2. Quaker City Motorsports Park              49
  3. Keystone Raceway Park                      45
  4. Dragway 42                                          42
  5. Lancaster Dragway                              39
  6. I-64 Dragway                                        37.5
  7. Thompson Motorsports Park                35 + 1 class win
  8. Beaver Springs Dragway                      35
  9. Skyview Drags                                      5

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Last modified on Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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