LODRS at Maple Grove Raceway

Rich McPhillips (far lane) defeats Brandon Greco in the TAD final.

LODRS at Maple Grove Raceway

McPhillips and Tigges Top Regional Results 

In the final results from Maple Grove Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series over the Memorial Day weekend, Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., and Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Pennsylvania native McPhillips worked his way through the field and ran 5.431 seconds at 271.02 mph in his final round victory over Brandon Greco, Roscoe, Pa., who clocked in at 5.476 seconds, 248.52 mph. To make it to the final Greco defeated Bill Reichert and Jackie Fricke in the first two rounds while McPhillips defeated Wayne Morris and Duane Shields.

McPhillips has raced at Maple Grove for a little over 45 years and he considers it his home track. McPhillips had the starting line advantage over Greco and was quicker on the track to take the win.

Fred Tigges (near lane) defeats Matt Gill in TAFC.

Tigges faced off against Matt Gill, West Bridgewater, Mass., and posted a winning run of 5.704 seconds, 252.57 mph in his ’01 Avenger to receive his first ever NHRA win. Gill drove to an 8.418, 113.12 lap for his runner up finish and defeated Dan Pomponio and D.J. Cox in the first two rounds.

Tigges previously had much success in IHRA competition but getting his first NHRA win with their in-house built TAFC was definitely a huge success for the team. Over the winter the team made a few changes to their car that included a new Brad Anderson motor. They previously were running a Veney motor, with which they had success, but knew they wanted to make a change. After only making one test run on Thursday at Maple Grove with the new motor combination, they continued to see success after each run and eventually made it to their first NHRA Regional Top Alcohol Funny Car Final round which resulted in them taking home the Wally.

Northeast Division racers head to Lebanon Valley Dragway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 13-15.