Numidia Dragway in Catawissa, Pa., played host to races three and four of the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Series (www.midatlanticsupergas.com) on July 13 and 14.
On Saturday hometown boy Al Dimino took his Dimino Bus Services Corvette to the #1 qualifying spot with a 9.901 in the 25-car field to earn a bye-run in the first round. Following Dimino was Derek Clark, Bob Henry, Mike Lauria and George Smith.
Dimino took down a fouling Paul Schonberger, George Donhauser in the third and Darlene Staub in the semis. Dimino’s opponent in the finals was Derek Clark and his Clark Racing ‘95 Olds Cutlass. Clark marched his way to the finals with wins over Dale Kulp, a bye-run in the second, then Bob Lupini and Lance Kreiger.
Dimino was looking to continue his dominance at his home track and rack up another victory to add to his .90 Nationals trophy from last June. Clark was surprisingly appearing in his 1st ever MASGA final with his Chop-Top Cutlass. At the flash of the green Dimino was on his game with a substantial holeshot (0.014 to 0.060) over Clark and that was all he needed as he reeled in Clark and made him break out. Dimino took the stripe with a time of 9.919 to Clark’s 9.893.
On Sunday three drivers qualified with 9.901 but it was Earl Nichols Jr. who came out on top to claim the #1 qualifying position. Following him were Ron Orbin, Tom Goldman, Lance Kreiger and Frank Volpe.
Starting from the #10 position was Vineland, NJ, driver Bob Keister driving his BK Race Cars ‘64 Nova Wagon. He started with a victory over Tom Simon’s Beretta and then took down a fouling Paul Schonberger and Ron Orbin to earn a bye-run in the semis.
On the other side of the ladder was New York’s George Smith and his “Live Wire” 1968 Camaro. Smith took down #1 qualifier Nichols in the first round, earned a bye in the second, and then took down two tough customers in George Donhauser and Goldman to get to the final.
Keister was looking for redemption after going to the finals at last year’s Atco race and Smith was looking to repeat as the Sunday winner at Numidia as he had claimed the 2012 victory. Keister took a huge holeshot (0.015 to 0.068) over Smith and parlayed that into the victory of a 9.911 to Smith’s almost perfect 9.902. The victory ended a very long drought for Keister as his last victory was at the 1978 Gatornationals in Modified Production!
With his runner-up at Numidia, Derek Clark takes over the points lead followed closely by Goldman, Kreiger and Keister.
Next up for the MASGA group is a trip to Maryland’s Cecil County Dragway for the annual “Uncle Buck Pig Roast”. MASGA will be joined by the Super Street & Super Comp series for two big events on August 10 and 11. (photos courtesy MASGA)