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Moshier, VanDenHeuvel and Dirosato Win Wallys at Maple Grove
Pa. – It was a long Saturday at Maple Grove Raceway
with racing running well into the night. And that was a
good thing. A total of 315 cars – the most for a bracket
race at The Grove since early in the 2009 season –
took part in Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 15, which was
combined with the National Dragster Challenge. At the end
of the night, Brock Moshier (Pro Eliminator), Ed Meyer (Super),
Michael VanDenHeuvel (Street) and Ralph Dirosato (Top Bike)
all took home special Wallys, while Jimmy Fizz (Junior Dragsters)
and Melissa Stiles (Trophy) were also winners.
The win was especially sweet for Moshier (Lititz, Pa.) as
he collected his first victory of the season in his 1971
Vega and also earned the special 50th Anniversary Trophy
that drivers coming to The Grove have been craving all season.
He earned the win with a close final against Denny Renninger
(Leesport, Pa.) with a pass of 9.048 seconds at 130.62 mph
that was only .01 over his dial-in. Renninger ran well in
his ’63 Corvette, but was .02 over.
To get to the final, Moshier had to beat Erin Thimm (Mohnton,
Pa.) in the semifinals. He ran well, going .04 over the
dial-in with a pass of 9.080 at 128.95, but Thimm broke
out by .01 giving the nod to Moshier. Renninger had a bye
In Super, Meyer (Carlisle, Pa.) used a great reaction time
and followed through with a run of 7.554 at 176.01 in his
’07 Precision dragster. Runner-up Lou Vasger (Langhorne,
Pa.) broke out by .02 in his dragster to clinch Meyer’s
win, though it would’ve been tough to overcome the
.01 Meyer went over on his dial. Meyer defeated Mark Price
(Collegeville, Pa.) in the semifinals with a great run of
7.545 at 173.34 that was .005 over his dial-in and featured
a .005 reaction time. Price broke out by .01. Vasger advanced
with a bye run.
VanDenHeuvel (Elkton, Md.) won his second race of the season
in his ’84 Cutlass, taking down Paul Werner (Sinking
Spring, Pa.) in the final. It was a double-breakout run
in the final, but VanDenHeuvel got the nod by going only
.02 under with a run of 11.492 at 107.07, while Werner was
.04 under with an 11.463 at 113.19. Both drivers faced contested
semifinals. VanDenHeuvel beat Andy Anderson (York, Pa.),
who left the starting line too early. Werner beat Phil Williams
(Mohrsville, Pa.) despite getting a slower start off the
line as Williams broke out.
Dirosato (Oxford, Pa.) came up to Maple Grove for the day
in his ’03 MX and left with some hardware. He defeated
Danny Boyer (York, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 12.172
at 109.34 that .05 over the dial-in. Meanwhile Boyer was
.07 over with a good run of 10.280 at 123.59. Dirosato had
a bye run into the finals, but Boyer needed to beat Wayne
Smith (Chatham, Pa.). Boyer had a pass of 10.180 at 121.89
that was more than enough when Smith broke out.
In Junior Dragsters, Fizz (Pottstown, Pa.) earned his third
victory of the season, holding off a hard-charging Matt
Witkowski (Elverson, Pa.) in the final. Fizz in a ’01
Halfscale went 7.960 at 78.21 on the eighth-mile, beating
his dial-in by .003. Witkowski had a similar result, but
Fizz won it with a better reaction time.
Fizz had to beat Kelsey Brinckman (Boyertown, Pa.) in the
semifinals and also used a better RT to get the advantage.
The race was settled when Brinckman broke out. Witkowski
had a bye run.
Stiles (York, Pa.) got through the largest Trophy field
in quite a long time. In the final, she drove her ’83
S-10 to Victory Lane after Bob Witmer (Clearfield, Pa.)
fouled at the start.
Stiles made the final when Zackary Tempesco (Reading, Pa.)
drew a red light in the semifinals. It was the same for
Bob Witmer as Kenneth Witmer (East Earl, Pa.) fouled.
RESULTS - Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail 15/National
Super Eliminator: Ed Meyer, ’07 Precision,
.007 reaction time, 7.554 seconds, 176.01 mph def. Lou Vasger,
’96 S&W, .047, 7.393, 181.57.
Pro Eliminator: Brock Moshier, ’71
Vega, .032, 9.048, 130.62 def. Denny Renninger, ’63
Corvette, .041, 12.238, 108.16.
Street Eliminator: Michael VanDenHeuvel,
’84 Cutlass, .014, 11.492, 107.07 def. Paul Werner,
’80 Malibu, .006, 11.463, 113.19.
Top Bike: Ralph Dirosato, ’03 MX,
.165, 12.172, 109.34 def. Danny Boyer, ’72 Kawasaki,
.170, 10.280, 123.59.
Jr. Dragster: Jimmy Fizz, ’01 Halfscale,
.047, 7.960, 78.21 def. Matt Witkowski, ’09 Halfscale,
.091, 9.077, 70.89.
Trophy: Melissa Stiles, ’83 S-10,
.168, 13.595, 100.01 def. Bob Witmer, ’69 Camaro,
foul - .067, 13.235, 80.26.
written and photos submitted by Evan Jones