Wrap-Up: Staub, Pierson Become Frst-Time MA90A Winners at Atco Dragway

Text and photos: Rob Keister / Mid Atlantic .90 Association

Atco Dragway - Atco, NJ - The Mid Atlantic .90 Association concluded Race # 5 & 6 of its 2015 season at Atco Dragway over the weekend of July 25-26, 2015. On Saturday, Nick Pierson (Super Comp), Jerry Pierce (Super Gas) and Bernie Staub (Super Street, pictured above) claimed victory and on Sunday Ash Senft (Super Comp), Walter Olt (Super Gas) and Keith Mayers (Super Street) were victorious at day's end.

On Saturday Super Street veteran Bernie Staub and Rookie of the Year candidate 17 year old Nick Pierson added their names to the long list of first-time winners in the series. Staub, out of Dover, Pa drove his 1978 Arrow to victory over another first time finalist Dom Burgese and his 1968 Camaro. In the final, Staub nailed the tree with a .007 reaction time to Burgese's .018 and parlayed that into a hole-shot victory as Burgese was quicker on the other end but, couldn't make up the starting line difference (10.930 to 10.922). Pierson, who had already claimed victory at the LODRS event at Maple Grove earlier in the season added a MASCA trophy to his collection with a victory over Frank Genovesi. Genovesi pushed the tree just a little too far which resulted in a -.001 red-light and an automatic victory for the runner out of Denville, NJ. Rounding out the winners on Saturday was Albany, NY runner Jerry Pierce and his 97 Cutlass in Super Gas. Pierce, took down a red-lighting John Martin in the finals for the automatic victory.

Sunday produced another hot and sticky day for the .90 runners for Race # 6 of the series. Local runner and Atco Regular Walter Olt took his "Team Advantage" Corvette to victory over points leader Earl Nichols Jr. after a lengthy staging duel. Olt, used a lengthy starting line advantage (.018 to .087) and wheeled his way to his first win of the season over Nichols with a 9.968 to 9.950 hole-shot victory. In Super Comp, an early exit by points leader Kevin Scholl opened the door for Ash Senft to gain some ground. Senft, out of Codorus, Pa took his American dragster to victory of Danny "Mr. Happy" Bisbano. Bisbano actually held the lead at the starting line (.010 to .028) but, took too much stripe at the end and handed back the win to Senft with a double-breakout 8.899 to 8.886 victory. With the win it moves Senft, to second in points behind Scholl. Rounding out the weekend and the Mid Atlantic Super Street group saw a familiar face in victory lane as 2014 Champion Keith Mayers took his Porsche to victory over Marty Ganjoin (pictured below). In a battle of the best of the best in Division 1 Super Street Mayers, took a slight advantage at the tree (.019 to .022) and the hard-charging driver out of Delaware was able to push Ganjoin out at the stripe with a 10.919 to 10.885 victory. Mayers and Ganjoin will be locked neck and neck for the championship battle going into the final two weekends of the season.

The Mid Atlantic .90 Series will take a much needed break off and return August 29th & 30th to Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md


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