Mary­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way crowns champions

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Mary­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way 2015 track champions were crowned on Feb. 13 dur­ing the awards pre­sen­ta­tion and racer party at the Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

The first awards win­ners of the evening were handed to MDIR’s “Em­ployee Recog­ni­tion of Ex­cel­lence: Zechary Wind­sor of Up­per Marl­boro and Richard Lacey of Me­chan­icsville. Wind­sor is a mem­ber of the track’s racer tech­ni­cal de­part­ment and stag­ing lanes while Lacey pro­vides EMT/ fire and res­cue ser­vice both on race days as well as track rentals.

Next up was the Raider ET Chal­lenge champions to come to the stage. The first win­ner rec­og­nized was Jr. Drag­ster cham­pion Al­li­son Lloyd of Doswell, Va. Also hon­ored with their Raider cham­pi­onships were Steve Witherow of Sumer­duck, Va., in Top ET and Chris Moren of Rich­mond, Va., in Mod ET. For Witherow, it was his third ti­tle in four years while for Moren it was his first.

An­drew Mat­tingly of Wal­dorf was pre­sented with the Speed Un­lim­ited Mid­night Mad­ness grand cham­pion tro­phy and jacket. A fun bit of trivia with Mat­tingly was shared with the crowd. He has kept ev­ery time slip since his first pass at MDIR in 1996, now to­tal­inf over 4,200 and grow­ing.

MDIR’s spe­cial event ra­dial class win­ners were on deck next. Steve Willing­ham of La Plata was rec­og­nized as the Out­law Drag Ra­dial win­ner, while Ron Rhodes of Townsend, Del., took home his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive honor in X275.

The fi­nal group to the stage Satur­day was the 2015 Speed Un­lim­ited ET Se­ries track champions. Four­teen-year-old AJ Jenk­ins of Me­chan­icsville, Mary­land was an­nounced as the Hub­ble Mo­tor­sports Jr. Drag­ster cham­pion, while Mike Schulz of Manas­sas Park, Va., claimed his sec­ond tro­phy in Mo­tor­cy­cle ET in three years. Bobby Mat­tera of Wal­dorf was pre­sented with his first cham­pi­onship tro­phy in Mod ET and Wes­ley Wash­ing­ton Jr. of King Ge­orge, Va., claimed his third ti­tle and first since 2007 in Top ET.

In ad­di­tion to the awards cer­e­mony, the racer party also in­cluded cock­tails, for­mal din­ner, 50/50 draw­ing, door prizes and trivia con­test, games, live music and danc­ing. It was a fun evening for all and a great way to cel­e­brate the 2015 sea­son and turn the page to the 2016 sched­ule just around the cor­ner.

“We are thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to honor all of our great rac­ers at this ban­quet each year,” said Rick Lindner, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and PR at MDIR. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the long­time sup­port from our sports­man rac­ers and this evening is al­ways a way to show that ap­pre­ci­a­tion.”

The MDIR sea­son kicks off March 5 and 6 with Test & Tune for the month of March. The 2016 Speed Un­lim­ited ET Se­ries starts on April 1 and the Speed Un­lim­ited Mid­night Mad­ness se­ries starts on April 8. MDIR will also host spe­cial Quad 5K Top ET on Aug. 5 to 7 and Sept. 9 to 11 as well as 5K Top ET events Sept. 23 and 24 dur­ing the 31st an­nual Snap-On Tools Su­per­charg­ers Show­down.

The first spe­cial event of the sea­son is the eighth an­nual Hal­tech Door Wars event pre­sented by Wine­gard­ner Auto Group on April 15 to 17. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.RaceMDIR.com.

This re­port was sub­mit­ted by Mary­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KYLE WEAVER, KYLE WEAVER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Mary­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way 2015 track champions were crowned on Feb. 13 dur­ing the awards pre­sen­ta­tion and racer party at the Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KYLE WEAVER, KYLE WEAVER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Mary­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way 2015 track champions were crowned on Feb. 16 dur­ing the awards pre­sen­ta­tion and racer party at the Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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