Our 2021 Empi Vw Heritage Series championship has come to a close. Even in the middle of a Global Pandemic the turnout and support from the racers was amazing. We even broke attendance records at some of our largest races like the Vw Nationals at Mason Dixon Dragway. First and foremost we couldn't have done any of this without the support of the SPONSORS AND THE RACERS. It was a very uncertain year and none of even knew if we could even go racing. But we all perservered and moved forward and supported as many events as we possibly could and considering the obstacles we had this year it was a mind blowing success. From the bottom of my heart I want to personally thank each and every one of you that supported our race series during this difficult time.
In our Atomizer Fuel Systems sponsored Pro Mod Class it was a tight race coming down to the wire. The battle between Stephen Hawes and Austin Johnson III finally came to a close once qualifying was completed. With a small car count it was mathematically impossible for Austin to catch Stephen. Austin put up his best effort not only out qualifying Stephen but he even made it to the final round of the race. At the end of the day Stephen not only took the win of the event but also captured his first championship at the same time. Congratulations to Stephen Hawes and his entire team on their victory and championship. Also congratulations to Austin and his team for finishing 2nd in the championship and a runner up finish at the event.
In our Rancho Transaxles sponsored Super Pro Class it was long time east coast racer Pete Peek battling it out with Kevin Callahan, Bill Goehring and Rick Lazar heading into the final race of the year. When Pete Peek went out first round it opened up the door for Kevin Callahan to gain some points on the current point leader. Unfortunately for Kevin he was taken out by Rick Lazar who also went on to win the event. Kevin ultimately finished 2nd in points. Unfortunately for Bill Goehring he was unable to attend the event but was able to hold onto 3rd in the championship. Rick Lazar made up a lot of ground in points and finished 4th. Pete Peek was able to secure his first Vw Heritage Series championship with his daughter Megan at his side.
We want to thank all of our sponsors for 2021. Our Title Sponsor EMPI stood by us for 2 years during the pandemic and without them we wouldn't even have a championship series. Also Atomizer Fuel Systems for stepping up and sponsoring the Pro Mod Class and Rancho Transaxles for sponsoring our Super Pro Class. Each and every sponsor we have plays a vital role in helping this series survive. Please be sure to visit our website to see a complete list of sponsors. If you happen to order any parts/service from them please be sure to thank them for their sponsorship. Each and every thank you goes a long way. We wish everyone a safe and wonderful off season and we will see everyone in 2022.
On Saturday September 4th the Empi Sponsored Vw Heritage Series returned to Maryland International Raceway for their season finale. This year we brought 3 classes to showcase the Vw's in front of an import crowd at the iRev (Import Revolution). To kick things off we started with our fastest class which was the Atomizer Racing Injectors Pro Mod Class. After 2 rounds of qualifying new comer Brad Robertson sat in the #1 spot with a 6.21 @ 111mph in his street legal 63' Vw Beetle. Brad would have a bye run in round 1, Stephen Hawes took the win over Reggie Lee and Austin Johnson III took the win over Steve Kesterman. In the Semi Finals Austin had a bye run and Stephen Hawes took the win over Brad. Brad posted a career best run of 5.977 @ 116mph. That's smoking fast for a street legal bug with a side draft carburetor. The finals paired Stephen vs Austin with Stephen taking the win with a 5.593 @ 130mph. Also a HUGE thank you to Cookers Restorations for helping with the purse for this event.
In our Rancho Performance Transaxles Super Pro Class we had a mixed crowd of racers. Some coming all the way from Ohio to take on the locals from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In the end it was our 2018 Champion Eric Hengstenberger facing off against Rick Lazar. At the end of the day it was Rick Lazar taking the win. Rick also finished 4th in the championship chase. We also want to thank Dale Adams Racing for sponsoring the purse for this event.
In the Pro Class sponsored by Steven Pocaro Sr. and Jerry Lewis Roofing it was David Snowden Jr taking the win.
OTHER EAST COAST EVENTS (Not Heritage Series Races)
- March 14th - Vws at the Rock - SEVWA
- May 16th - Fast Times at Farmington - SEVWA
- July 10th - Vw Drag Night - Orangeburgs, SC
- September 11th - Southeast Eurofest #3 - SEVWA
- October 17th - Fast times at Farmington - SEVWA