One of the east coasts fastest growing Vw Events is showing no signs of slowing down. Not even mother nature’s threat of rain hindered the event on Saturday August 11th at Mason Dixon Dragway. The weekend started off with the Legends Race on Friday night which consisted of drivers that were 55 years or older. It was meant to bring out some of the long-time racers such as Pete Peek, Henry Williams and a few other Legends of our sport. Unfortunately for Henry he was unable to make it at the last minute. Pete Peek was in attendance until transmission issues took him out. In the finals of the Legends race it was Doug Stewart in his dragster taking the win over Wayne Farquhar in his stock 2018 Jetta.
At the conclusion of the Legends race the forecast for Saturday’s race was not looking very good. For the racers that had a long drive they decided to listen to the weatherman and stay home. Unfortunately for them mother nature and the weatherman were wrong once again. The weather was absolutely perfect with clear skies and temperatures hovering in the mid 80s. Even with roughly 20 racers that were committed to the event and not making the drive we still had 74 Vw Tech Cards purchased for the event and over 600 spectators through the gates.
In our Island Dubs sponsored A/GAS Pro Mod class we had 6 racers in attendance. At the conclusion of qualifying it was Jerry “The King” Lewis taking the top spot with a 5.961 @ 121mph. In the first round it was Jerry vs Reggie Lee with Reggie taking the win when Jerry broke his ring and pinion. Austin Johnson III took the win over Chris Schaeffer with one of the best racers of the year. Austin had the holeshot and ran a 6.376 to Chris’s 6.373. Last year’s winner Tim Vinkuns took the win over Kirk Adams when he broke his ring and pinion as well.
In the Semifinals Reggie Lee had a bye run into the finals and Tim ran a 6.12 to take out Austin’s 6.26. Once again for the second year in a row Tim Vinkuns was in the finals and won the race over Reggie Lee. Congratulations to Tim for making the long drive from New York and for also claiming the A/GAS Points lead.
In our International Motor Shop sponsored I/GAS class we had 29 cars enter into the race and 22 of them joined the points series. Our returning 2-time champion Scott Pocaro went out in Round #1 against Jonathan Abrams so the door was wide open for all new comers to step up and step up they did. Eric Hengstenberger is no new comer to Vw Drag Racing, but he is new to the points series. Eric marched his way through 4 rounds of competition until facing off against Corbitt Marshburn from North Carolina. Corbitt has a lot of momentum and is fresh off a runner up finish at Vw Drag Night and he won at the SEVWA Race at Piedmont. As the lights came down Eric had a blistering .002 reaction time to Corbitt’s .175 and Eric never looked back and took the win with a 7.661 on a 7.52 dial in. With just 2 races left Eric and Corbitt sit #1 and #2 in points championship.
Other notable winners were:
ASA – Brad Robertson
Limited Pro – Kevin Bartleson
Super Stock – Wayne Farquhar
H/GAS – Wayne Farquhar
Our next points race for the International Motor Shop I/GAS racers will be on September 29th at Numidia Dragway. For the Island Dubs A/GAS racers it will be on September 8th at Maryland International Raceway.