Smith “Doubles Up” at Sportsman Circuit Shootout at the Grove

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The Mid Atlantic .90 Association took over Maple Grove Raceway this past weekend for Races 3 and 4 of their 2014 season. After a rain shower on Friday, the gates opened on Saturday morning to sunny skies. Saturday’s Race #3 got into Round 3 before the cool temperatures pushed the remaining rounds to early Sunday morning. In the end it was Johnny Smith (MASCA), Matt Schurman (MASGA), and Keith Mayers (MASSA) taking the victories. Once event number three was completed all three series prepared for Race #4. As the sun set, Smith found himself back in the winner’s circle again as he “Doubled-Up” in Super Comp with his Brand X Additives dragster. Also joining Smith in the winner’s circle Sunday night were Iggie Boicesco (MASGA) and Jeff Fisher (MASSA).

Johnny Smith "Double Up" - MASCA Race # 4 Winner

Johnny Smith “Double Up” – MASCA Race # 3 & 4 Winner

Local runner Don Mattson took his A-1 Mulch Miller Dragster to the#1 qualifying spot in Race #3. Mattson was followed by Dave Long, Jeff Livezey Jr., and Rich Dorr. In the end though it was number eighteen qualifier Smith from Poughkeepsie, NY who took his 2009 Undercover dragster to the winners circle. Smith took down Mattson in the first round and then received a bye run in the second round. Smith then took down Tony Barnett, Debbie Moses, and then had yet another bye before matching up against Maple Grove local Kevin Scholl in the finals. In the finals, Smith took a slight advantage at the tree (.015 to .034) and led the whole way down the track with an 8.911 to 8.939 victory. In the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Series Matt Schurman has been unstoppable since getting his car re-painted in the off season. In the finals, Schurman took down 2013 MASGA Champion Earl Nichols Jr. Nichols pushed the tree a little too hard and went red by three thousandths. Rounding out the action on Saturday was Keith Mayers from Middletown, DE who took the victory in MASSA Super Street.  Mayers who is a past IHRA World Champ took his 1985 Porsche to a victory over first time finalist Nick Mayo. Mayo jumped the gun a little too quickly and went -.017 red handing the victory to Mayers.

On Sunday racers were greeted with sunny skies and after finishing up Race #3 the series got into Race # 4. In MASGA action, it was three time MASGA champion Iggie Boicesco claiming the victory and preventing Schurman from doing his own “Double Up”. Boicesco added yet another trophy to his case which now makes twenty in MASGA competition. After a victory over Bob Henry in the semi’s, Boicesco was not going to be stopped. In the finals, Boicesco took a slight advantage at the tree (.017 to .024) and then laid down an almost perfect 9.909 to Schurman’s 9.915. In MASSA action it was Jeff Fisher from New Alexandria, Pa taking his 1967 Nova to victory. Fisher took down some tough customers as he defeated Bernie Staub, Current Points Leader Kelli Barbato, and last year’s champ Jimmy Stack. In the finals Fisher defeated Rich “Gramps” Knarich in his Gramp’s Toy Vega. Fisher chopped down the tree with a .005 to Knarich’s .037 and held on to a 10.952 to 10.939 victory. In MASCA action, Smith continued to hold the hot hand as he worked his way through the field. In the finals Smith took down current points leader Dave Long and his Long Family dragster. Smith took the advantage at the tree (.031 to .043) and parlayed that into an 8.916 to 8.957 victory and the double up.

The Mid-Atlantic .90 Association will take a few weeks off before hitting Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD on June 28th & 29th for the Mid-Summer Showdown. This will be the last two events for racers to qualify for the Autometer Top 8 Shootout presented by Nitroplate, Silfies Automotive, and S&W Race Cars.