LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES CHUTES OUT WEEKEND RECAP! For the 49th time, the nations best NHRA sportsman racers in the country descended on Maple Grove Raceway for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. This event is always a popular stop on the tour with it being only the second longest running divisional in the country behind the Sports Nationals racers packed the pits at the grove for a great weekend of racing. With a complete rainout on Saturday, eliminations were pushed to Sunday and finished on Monday. With unsafe conditions at the end of the track due to the heavy rain, all racing action moved from 1/4 mile to 1/8 mile. In Top Dragster, 19 year old student Kendall Payne scored his first ever NHRA divisional win defeating hometown hero Phillip Mollichella in the final. Top Sportsman saw Michael Daniels dethrone 3 time Maple Grove Track Champion Ron Riegel in the final. Competition Eliminator saw defending National Champion Frank Aragona pick up another divisional win defeating another former national champion Lee Zane in the final. The always popular Stock and Super Stock classes always put on a good show at Maple Grove and this year was no exception. Super Stock saw Larry Jewel def Bob Latellier in the final. Stock Eliminator saw a familiar name in the winner circle as Shane Oaks defeated Richard Boyle in the final for his second Maple Grove win in the last two years. The .90 classes of Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street were also on hand for racing action as well. Super Comp saw Daniel Bisbano defeat Shawn Fricke in the final. In Super Gas, longtime Maple Grove Raceway Hometown hero Jake Barbato scored a popular win over another Maple Grove hometown hero, Mike Daniels. Super Street saw another familiar face in victory with Keith Mayers winning over Dave Markel. Also on hand were the future of the sport, the NHRA Jr. Dragster League with kids ages 6 to 17 racing half scale Dragsters in the 1/8 mile. In the 6 to 9 year old class saw Landen Kennedy pick up the win over James Stack Jr. The 10 to 12 year old class saw Morgan Harp defeat hometown hero Logan Anderson in the final. The 13 to 17 year old class went to Anna Sawicki over Jeniel Ramos. Join in on congratulating your winners from this past weekend!
Written Recap Credit to Billy Kleinspehn!