Photos by Diane Kubicke, John McCartney, Geoff Sculley, and Phil Hutchison
Story by Phil Hutchison and NHRA Communications and Evan Jones
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With apologies to Earth, Wind and Fire, September was a great month for drag racing in the Northeast. Save for the Sunday washout at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the month had some of the best racing in the USA in 2012. September featured the Shakedown at E Town, the annual NED Dutch Classic, and the Parts Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Dragway.
The NHRA national records fell like the leaves in the Pennsylvania hills during the Auto Plus Nationals with nearly all Pro records reset. The same was said for the Dutch the following week with the NHRA standards going by the wayside.
The following is courtesy of Maple Grove’s Evan Jones
It was apparent from the National and track records set last weekend at the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals that it wouldn’t be a stretch to consider Maple Grove Raceway the quickest and fastest dragstrip on the planet. Three separate elapsed time records were set in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle in the cool, fall conditions at The Grove.
It looks like the Sportsman racers participating in the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic are picking up where the Pros left off. The following records were set and backed up at the 41st annual Pennsylvania Dutch Classic during Thursday’s round:
E/S 1043 Doc Horn – 11.02
AA/S 1587 Don Fezell – 8.89
K/SA 1021 Gene Monahan – 11.51
A/SA 1471 Ken Keir – 9.80
H/SA 1759 Anthony Bongiovanni – 11.15
R/SA 1634 Briane Philbrick – 12.89
O/SA 144 Bob Bender – 12.45
SS/OA 1923 Rich Diorio – 11.38
SS/DM 3189 Tom Dawson – 9.06
SS/LA 1680 Carl Milano – 10.54
GT/A 1197 Jim Evanuik – 8.86
SS/CA 2074 Brian Oakes – 8.89
SS/BA 17 Dave Thomas 8.82