Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa – Ash Senft knew he had a tough task ahead of him going into the season finale for the Mid Atlantic .90 Association at Maple Grove Raceway. Facing almost a 5 round deficit over first place Kevin Scholl, Senft would have to hope for all the cards to fall into place by day’s end on Sunday to be standing in the #1 spot. As the day progressed things started to align themselves on Saturday and Race #9 of season when Senft & Scholl lined up for 1st round.
The winner of that round would have control over their own destiny going into the rest of the weekend. Senft took a close 8.922 to 8.925 victory over Scholl and would ride that momentum all the way to the winner circle with a victory over Kevin Robb’s A-1 Mulch Dragster. With the victory five points is all that separated Senft & Scholl going into Sunday.
With the first points change all year long after Saturday’s event Scholl, now knew he needed to go rounds on Sunday and have Senft lose early to have any shot at a championship. Unfortunately, another top five player stood in Scholl’s way of going rounds as third place Bill Hardifer was able to sneak around Scholl on the top-end and end any hopes of a championship for the Hookdaddy Motorsports team. Other Champions that were crowned over the weekend were Keith Mayers in MASSA & Earl Nichols Jr. in MASGA. Mayers, had a stellar year with a series high 4 victories and a runner-up over ten races. Mayers capped off his season with a victory on Saturday Night at Maple Grove and claim the championship over Jimmy Stack. Nichols also was on a tear this season in MASGA with his “Cremator” Corvette after he was able to claim 2 victories and 2 runner-ups over the season. This is Nichols 3rd MASGA Championship for the business owner out of Wilmington, De.
With the Championships all decided we still needed to finish off the 2015 season. As we previously mentioned Senft, took the second victory of the season over Kevin Robb in Super Comp at Race # 9 to propel him into his first championship a day later. Mayers, also added his fourth victory of the season Saturday night in a re-match of the Race #2 final when Kelli Barbato and her 68 Camaro turned on the red-light. Rounding out the action of Race # 9 was a pair of local racers as Hank Smith and his great looking Ken’s Kustom Camaro took down Paul Schonberger’s Arrow in the final. Turning our attention to Sunday and the final race of the season. Walter Olt came over from New Jersey to claim victory over recent Englishtown LODRS winner Danny “Mr. Happy” Bisbano after Bisbano went red. The win was sentimental for Olt as he dedicated the victory to his Brother, Nick who had the unfortunate task of having to put down his pup Bella over the weekend. In Super Gas, it was Jake Barbato taking his Camaro to victory over New York resident Frank Volpe’s Mustang. In a classic Chevy vs. Ford battle Barbato took the tree (.015 to .024) and parlayed that into a double breakout victory 9.896 to 9.889. Rounding out the action in Super Street, Dom Burgess out of Williamstown, NJ was able to take the victory over first time finalist Rick Mattioli in a battle of Camaro’s. In a close battle Burgess took a slight advantage at the tree (.001 to .004) and was able to seal the deal with a 10.894 to 10.892 victory.
Congrats to all the winners and champions over the 2015 season. Remember to keep an eye out on www.midatlantic90.com or facebook for updates on the 2016 season.