Right on track

Lo­cals ex­cel at MDIR Su­per Chevy show

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

When the Christ­mas tree lit up at the Su­per Chevy show last week­end at Mary­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way, lo­cal rac­ers were re­warded with vic­to­ries.

South­ern Mary­land pro­duced three lo­cal win­ners over Satur­day and Sun­day as Bobby Mat­tera of Wal­dorf (Mod), Tony An­thony of In­dian Head (Street) and La Plata’s Brent Martin (Top) each claimed wins in Satur­day’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Leonard­town’s Kevin Wil­liams (Top ET) was a two-time run­ner-up and Chap­tico’s Cameron Gibson (Ju­nior Drag­ster) and Hunt­ing­town’s Buddy Cran­ford and Me­chan­icsville’s An­drew Grant (Street) each added one sec­ond-place fin­ish.

The 31st edi­tion of the All-Amer­i­can orig­i­nal au­to­mo­tive tour brought to­gether the largest col­lec­tion of Chevy ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The event was the sixth stop in the eightevent se­ries, which con­cludes in mid-Oc­to­ber in Ari­zona.

In the Ju­nior Drag­ster se­ries, Brooke Key­ton of Sev­ern won Sun­day’s event to match her brother, Brad, who won Sun­day’s Top ET com­pe­ti­tion.

AJ Jenk­ins of Me­chan­icsville was South­ern Mar yland’s top fin­isher on Satur­day when he made it to the fourth round, while Gibson lost by a slim mar­gin to win­ner Jor­dan Ma­son on Sun­day.

“It makes me happy,” said 9-year-old Ari­ana

Bach­meier of War­ren­ton, Va., who started rac­ing just two months ago and fell to Hai­ley Pumphrey of Wal­dorf in Round 2 on Satur­day. “You sit there with your hel­met on, your hand on the steer­ing wheel and you keep your foot on the brake and when it turns green you know when to go. I like that my car goes fast.”

In Mod ET, Mat­tera won Sun­day’s event, while Steven Bean took Satur­day’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“The first run was good,” said Keith Simp­kins of Hugh­esville, who fell to John Mat­tera of Wal­dorf in Round 3 on Satur­day. “The car felt re­ally good, the track felt good. Even with all the heat — and the hu­mid­ity is still here (track tem­per­a­tures reached about 130 de­grees) — but it’s go­ing to get bet­ter through­out the day.”

In Top ET com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, Greg Thomp­son of Port Tobacco and Wayne Palmer of Hugh­esville each reached the semi­fi­nals.

“It’s some­thing I do,” said 79-year-old Charlie Yin­gling of Wal­dorf, whose first race was at Aquasco in 1957 and who was do­ing fin­ish­ing touches on his ‘77 Vega as he waited for time runs. “The key to do­ing well is run­ning the num­ber I got di­aled on the car.”

Mickey Nel­son of Leonard­town,

who said he clocked re­ac­tion times of .005 and .014 seconds on the tree and iden­ti­cal times of 4.85 on his first two runs, said the key was “do­ing the same thing seven more times.”

Nel­son, who was rac­ing a 2016 Amer­i­can drag­ster, made it to Round 3 on Satur­day.

“My par­ents did it and I love it. It’s a thrill,” said the 35-year-old Patux­ent River gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor. “If you’re new to it, [it’s nerve-wrack­ing], but I’ve been do­ing this so long.”

In Pro Mod, Fredy Scriba of Millersville took the 13-car bracket with a fi­nals win over Dwayne Wolfe, who fouled at the line, but zoomed down the track any­way.

Su­per Chevy mag­a­zine was also on hand for the car show awards.

“You’re look­ing for at­ten­tion to de­tail, how dif­fi­cult cer­tain changes were to make, the qual­ity, a good fin­ish, and on a re­stored car how well it’s done,” said Su­per Chevy judge Ron Fet­ter, who has been with the mag­a­zine since 1994. “We’re not just look­ing at the en­gine, we’re look­ing at the fire­wall, we’re look­ing at the cylin­ders brakes, and the frame. There’s a lot un­der the hood and that’s a big part of our judg­ing is the en­gine.”

Sev­eral lo­cals won car show awards, in­clud­ing Danny Hart­ley of Owings (Best En­gine) and Edi­tor’s Pick award win­ners Larry Mor­ris of Bush­wood and Arnold Warmer of Wal­dorf.

“I feel good, re­ally good. It’s the first time I’ve won an award for the en­gine, nor­mally it’s for the car,” said Hart­ley of his 1968 Ca­maro, which a friend gave him for help­ing build a pickup truck. The car, an old drag­ster, stood atop his H&H Truck com­pany build­ing in Up­per Marl­boro for sev­eral years be­fore he de­cided to re­store it. “I de­cided to get it down and start re­build­ing it, and it took me three years.”

“I like be­ing around the peo­ple and talk­ing about the cars and get­ting to know new peo­ple and new ideas about what you can do,” said Chris Pasquinelli of Fort Wash­ing­ton, who pur­chased a 1986 GMC Ca­ballero he found in Florida as a gift for his fa­ther. “He thought it was another of mine for my col­lec­tion and I said, ‘It’s for you’ and when he asked why I said, ‘For be­ing my dad.’”


Charlie Yin­gling of Wal­dorf, whose first race was at Aquasco in 1957, poses next to his 1977 Chevy Vega while await­ing a time trial run in the Top ET class on Satur­day.


John Mat­tera of Wal­dorf and his 1969 Chevy Nova fell in the fifth round of the Mod class to brother John Mat­tera.

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