Lambeck and Paz are top guns in Fallon

Doug Lambeck and Dennis Paz led the list of winners that took home trophies and bragging rights at Top Gun Raceway in Fallon, Nev.

Lambeck, Northridge, Calif., got the early lead in his Comp Eliminator final round match up with Aaron Strong, Auburn, Wash., and held on for the win in 8.815 seconds at 153.28 mph. Stockton, Calif., racer Paz, was out second to Ken Etter in Super Stock but made up the time in his ’65 El Camino to take the win in 12.029 seconds to Etter’s 10.577.

Moe Trujillo, Happy Valley, Ore., was better at both ends of the track as he faced off with Mike MacBrair, Napa, Calif., in Top Dragster while Gary Forkner, Temecula, Calif., parlayed a holeshot into a win over Will Boxold, Citrus Heights, Calif., in Top Sportsman.

Local runner and reigning NHRA Lucas Oil National Champion Justin Lamb met up with Earl Blake in Stock Eliminator. Both drivers left the line together but Blake got the best of Lamb, taking the win in his ’68 Barracuda in the double breakout as did Dave Hall over Gordon Boven in Super Street. Hall, Winters, Calif., got the holeshot with his ’72 Challenger and never looked back running 11.297 to Boven’s 11.287 out of Boise, Idaho.

Rounding out the Lucas Oil categories were Steve Casner, Sheridan, Calif., over Dave Alves in Super Comp and Steve Parsons, Ridgecrest, Calif., in Super Gas when Mike Coltrin left early with a red light start. Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., took the honors in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson class that was close at the start with Medlin pulling away for the win.

In the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League competition it was Brandon Marcheski doubling up with wins in both the Jr. Comp and the 15-17 year old category. The Mesa, Ariz., racers beat Megan Shaffer in Jr. Comp and then Cody Webber in 15-17. Kaitlyn Savolt won over Summer McCallson in 13-14; Linkin Pinoski defeated Maverick Molly in 10-12; and Peter Kaiser III took the 8-9 over Cy Mitchell.

Pacific Division racers head west to Sonoma Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, July 18-20.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Doug Lambeck, Northridge, Calif., ’06 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.815, 153.28 def. Aaron Strong, Auburn, Wash., ’98 S-10, B/T, 8.594, 158.45.

SUPER STOCK: Dennis Paz, Stockton, Calif., ’65 El Camino, GT/MA, 12.029, 109.66 def. Ken Etter, Jurupa Valley, Calif., ’93 Shadow, GT/HA, 10.577, 125.71.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Earl Blake, Las Vegas, ’68 Barracuda, F/SA, 11.487, 114.96 def. Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., ’70 Camaro, E/SA, 11.497, 113.34.

SUPER COMP: Steve Casner, Sheridan, Calif., dragster, 9.377, 115.09 def. Dave Alves, Princeton, Calif., dragster, 9.288, 174.23.

SUPER GAS: Steve Parsons, Ridgecrest, Calif., ’63 Corvette, 10.307, 166.83 def. Mike Coltrin, Boise, Idaho, ’63 Corvette, foul.

SUPER STREET: Dave Hall, Winters, Calif., ’72 Challenger, 11.297, 135.36 def. Gordon Boven, Boise, Idaho, ’72 Barracuda, 11.287, 129.33.

TOP DRAGSTER: Moe Trujillo, Happy Valley, Ore., dragster, 6.993, 177.88 def. Mike MacBrair, Napa, Calif., dragster, 6.964, 190.70.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Gary Forkner, Temecula, Calif., ’12 Camaro, 7.612, 179.83 def. Will Boxold, Citrus Heights, Calif., ’53 Studebaker, 7.754, 176.97.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., ’93 Suzuki, 8.590, 146.97 def. Leo Shaver, Las Vegas, ’87 Kawasaki, 9.941, 132.79.

SUPER PRO: Justin Morgan, Concord, Calif., dragster, 9.301, 160.25 def. Kyle Seipel, San Leandro, Calif., dragster, 7.734, 168.24.

PRO ET: Summer Black, Reno, Nev., ’69 Nova, 10.616, 125.25 def. Jim Grace, Fallon, Nev., ’69 Camaro, 9.481, 142.81.

SPORTSMAN: Steve Melson, Reno, Nev., ’04 Nissan, 16.264, 83.61 def. Jim Setterberg, Fernley, Nev., ’84 Caballaro, foul.

JR. COMP: Brandon Marcheski, Mesa, Ariz., dragster, 6.902, 100.68 def. Megan Shaffer, Yerrington, Nev., dragster, 6.910, 100.58.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 15-17: Brandon Marcheski, Mesa, Ariz., dragster, 7.915, 83.63 def. Cody Webber, Kingman, Ariz., dragster, 7.973, 80.44.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 13-14: Kaitlyn Savolt, Diamond Bar, Calif., dragster, 8.055, 81.19 def. Summer McCallson, Roseville, Calif., dragster, foul.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 10-12: Linkin Pinoski, Placerville, Calif., dragster, 9.131, 69.43 def. Maverick Molloy, Chino Hills, Calif., dragster, 8.842, 72.71.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 8-9: Peter Kaiser III, Pleasant Hill, Calif., dragster, 11.937, 54.58 def. Cy Mitchell, Thousand Oaks, Calif., dragster, foul.

Holeshots mean Bandimere win for Strasburg and Thompson

Mike Strasburg and Clint Thompson took home big wins at the Thunder on the Mountain NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver. Both the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car finals saw great side-by-side racing with both racers winning on holeshots.

(Michael Fischbeck photo)

(Michael Fischbeck photo)

Strasburg, Lehi, Utah, who also races occasionally in Top Fuel, qualified No. 1 and took out local favorite Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, in round one before facing off with Mark Taliaferro, Odessa, Texas, in the alcohol dragster final. Strasburg’s 5.446 second pass at 262.08 mph held off Taliaferro’s quicker 5.436, 263.72 for the win.

Annie Whiteley

Annie Whiteley

Thompson qualified second in funny car and took on Annie Whiteley in a classic 1-2 battle with Thompson coming out on top as he took the early lead and held on with a lap of 5.786, 248.34 to Whiteley’s 5.783, 248.66. Thompson beat Lance Van Hauen and Colorado racer Steve Griboski in rounds one and two.

A pair of Golden, Colo., residents took home trophies as Scott Burton took won in Stock with his ’70 Firebird to increase his win count and John Bianco went six rounds in his ’55 Chevy in Super Street for the win over Justin Lowry, Littleton, Colo., in the final.

Defending event champion Lou Ficco Jr., Wheat Ridge, Colo., made it two for two on the mountain holding off Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, in Comp Eliminator, and Gery Lockman won in the Jerry Haas Race Cars to Sportsman out of Ft. Collins, Colo. Ficco went 7.664 at 162.06 while Lockman clocked in at 7.938, 170.84 to defeat Wade Kiefer, Kimball, Neb., and his ’63 Corvette.

Trevor Larson nearly scored the rare double taking the win in Super Comp over Craig Maddox but fell short in the Super Gas final to Scott Rollins who was better at the finish line. Rollins, Phoenix, ran 10.504 at 149.75 mph.

The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series was also in action with David Larson, Topeka, Kan., taking the win in Pro Fuel over Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., and Clint Rabb took the honors in Pro Gas taking the early lead and never looking back against Lance Bonham, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Donny Doubleday, Louisville, Colo., outran Larry Fore, Commerce City, Colo., on his ’03 Harley for the win in Street Pro. Fore also advanced to the final in the Draggin’ Bagger class, losing to Darrell Schwalback of Omaha, Neb., on his ’06 Road Glide.

Matt Bluett won in Hot Street when Joe Glaze went red and Eddie Golson, Conifer, Colo., beat Shaun Schnathorst on a double breakout in Screaming Eagle Performance.

Rounding out the winner’s list was Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., ending Sondi Abbott’s day in the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster class; Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., beat Henry Sliwinski in Super Stock for his second win in a row; Mike Voss defeated Beau Drexler in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson; and Jason Hobbs, Northglenn, Colo., won over Jeff Harless, Colorado Springs, Colo., in Super Rod.

West Central Division racers return here to Bandimere Speedway for their next event when they will meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals July 18-20.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Bandimere Speedway:

Round 1
2) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.713, 250.78 def. 5) Christine Chambless, Scott City, Kan., 9.914, 84.48; 4) Mark Taliaferro, Odessa, Texas, 5.424, 262.79 def. 3) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 8.386, 108.59; 1) Mike Strasburg, Lehi, Utah, 5.506, 260.51 def. 6) Eugene Tumbarello, Denver, Colo., broke;

Semifinals: Strasburg, 5.447, 263.72 was unopposed; Taliaferro, 5.469, 263.67 def. Stevens, 5.625, 253.04;

Final: Strasburg, 5.466, 262.08 def. Taliaferro, 5.436, 263.72.

Round 1
4) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.848, 244.60 def. 5) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’10 Mustang, 5.902, 245.40; 6) Steve Griboski, Centennial, Colo., ’10 Mustang, 6.042, 238.17 def. 3) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., ’10 Mustang, broke; 2) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.783, 247.07 def. 7) Lance Van Hauen, Reinbeck, Iowa, ’12 Camaro, 6.037, 236.17; 1) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ’10 Mustang, 5.765, 249.58 was unopposed;

Semifinals: Thompson, 5.783, 249.07 def. Griboski, 5.979, 241.45; Whiteley, 5.728, 249.58 def. Hool, 5.845, 244.56;

Final: Thompson, 5.786, 248.34 def. Whiteley, 5.783, 248.66.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Lou Ficco Jr., Wheat Ridge, Colo., ’09 GXP, B/AP, 7.664, 162.06 def. Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, ’23 roadster, A/AP, 7.011, 192.19.

SUPER STOCK: Phil Unruh, McPherson, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, SS/BS, 10.212, 101.18 def. Henry Sliwinski, Centennial, Colo., ’69 Camaro, SS/HA, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., ’70 Firebird, B/SA, 11.142, 118.70 def. Ted Romero, Littleton, Colo., ’96 Camaro, C/SA, 11.468, 116.58.

SUPER COMP: Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., dragster, 9.506, 162.16 def. Craig Maddox, Sidney, Neb., dragster, 9.486, 163.10.

SUPER GAS: Scott Rollins, Phoenix, Ariz., ’95 Grand Prix, 10.504, 149.75 def. Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., ’08 Corvette, 10.537, 154.02.

SUPER STREET: John Bianco, Golden, Colo., ’55 Chevy, 11.536, 133.12 def. Justin Lowry, Littleton, Colo., ’65 Chevy, 11.485, 132.04.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Gery Lockman, Ft. Collins, Colo., ’05 Stratus, 7.938, 170.84 def. Wade Kiefer, Kimball, Neb., ’63 Corvette, 8.154, 163.75.

TOP DRAGSTER: Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.872, 187.13 def. Sondi Abbott, Elizabeth, Colo., dragster, 6.861, 195.19.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., ’10 Kawasaki, 9.945, 127.40 def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 9.231, 141.91.

SUPER ROD: Jason Hobbs, Northglenn, Colo., ’67 Camaro, 12.023, 112.93 def. Jeff Harless, Colorado Springs, Colo., ’85 S-10, foul.

PRO FUEL HARLEY: David Larson, Topeka, Kan., ’12 Harley, 7.910, 160.21 def. Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., ’11 Harley, 8.138, 163.14.

PRO GAS HARLEY: Clint Rabb, Lloydminster, Alb., ’13 Street Glide, 8.177, 138.05 def. Lance Bonham, Sunnyvale, Calif., ’98 Kosman, 9.792, 133.83.

STREET PRO HARLEY: Donnie Doubleday, Louisville, Colo., ’03 Harley, 9.933, 138.05 def. Larry Fore, Commerce City, Colo., ’05 V-Rod, 11.552, 119.62.

DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY: Darrell Schwalbach, Omaha, Neb., ’06 Road Glide, 11.541, 115.29 def. Larry Fore, Commerce City, Colo., ’05 V-Rod, 13.145, 100.82.

HOT STREET HARLEY: Matt Bluett, Chandler, Ariz., ’00 Buell, 12.613, 104.08 def. Joe Glaze, Wellington, Colo., ’88 Harley, foul.

SEP HARLEY: Eddie Golson, Conifer, Colo., ’08 Night Rod, 11.132, 93.13 def. Shaun Schnathorst, Huron, S.D., ’06 Destroyer, 11.096, 108.24.

OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational Moves to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The 2014 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational will now take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The new, larger location will be more convenient for spectators and accommodate 100 vehicle participants. OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car championship event will feature modified street cars of all makes and models that compete in a range of performance and design challenges to determine an ultimate winner. The three-day format will kick off at the close of the SEMA Show on November 7 and conclude on November 9, when fans can watch as the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car is named.

“We’re excited to give a much bigger group of OPTIMA Invitational competitors and spectators a larger facility to enjoy, that is much closer to downtown Las Vegas,” said Cam Douglass, director of marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “Now in our seventh year, OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car television and event series continues to gain more attention and support.”

Also new this year will be the OPTIMA Street Car Alley display at the SEMA Show. More than 70 participating vehicles will be showcased between the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall and the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. There has never been a display set up in this area before, and OPTIMA is anxious to establish this space as the home of the Ultimate Street Cars.

Last year’s overall winner, Brian Hobaugh, will be defending his OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car title against a diverse group of competitors from all across the country. His vintage 1965 Corvette outperformed the competition in 2013, but with an entirely new track and almost double the number of participants, the 2014 OPTIMA Invitational promises more fun and intense track action.  (photo courtesy OPTIMA Batteries)

Last year’s overall winner, Brian Hobaugh, will be defending his OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car title against a diverse group of competitors from all across the country. His vintage 1965 Corvette outperformed the competition in 2013, but with an entirely new track and almost double the number of participants, the 2014 OPTIMA Invitational promises more fun and intense track action. (photo courtesy OPTIMA Batteries)

The OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational offers something for every motorsports fan, with the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge, Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross, Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge, Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally and the Lingenfelter Performance and Design Challenge all bringing different aspects to each participant’s overall score. The qualifying series and the Invitational will start airing on the MAVTV Network starting early August 2014.

Quick 32 and PBSS series race this weekend for first time at Empire Dragway

BS_PBSS-sledThe next round of drag racing for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series ( and the Pro Bike & Sled Series will be June 13-14 at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY, south of Rochester.

This third event of 2014 for both series will be their inaugural visit to the Western New York IHRA-sanctioned facility. Both series will compete on the eighth mile. (Brennan Shortall / photo)

Maple Grove raises money for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

Sunday, June 1, was a beautiful day for a drag race and it all was for a good cause. Maple Grove Raceway hosted the annual Race 4 Ronald’s House. Participation nearly doubled over last year, with 120 drivers racing for the worthy cause. All entry fees were donated to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and more than $7,800 was raised.

This year there were two categories for entrants: novice and veteran. This was implemented so that novices would race each other and not have to compete against experienced drag racers. The event was organized by local racer Denny Parisan.

Lee Ormsbee won the final round of eliminations for veteran drag racers and Jim Calvarese claimed the novice class. Ormsbee defeated Chuck Snyder in the veteran’s final. Calvarese defeated Charles Busnack in the final round of novice eliminations. Both Calvarese and Busnack drove Corvettes.


Samantha Hess, 14, of Mountville, Pa., won the first-ever Jr. Street (NHRA Youth Racing program) final over 15-year-old Robert Weidenhammer of Reading, Pa.  (John Bisci photo)

Samantha Hess, 14, of Mountville, Pa., won the first-ever Jr. Street (NHRA Youth Racing program) final over 15-year-old Robert Weidenhammer of Reading, Pa. (John Bisci photo)

Jay Heckman of Elizabethtown, Pa., won the Top Dragster final over Bob Leipziger of Langhorne, Pa.  (Don Carrick photo)

Jay Heckman of Elizabethtown, Pa., won the Top Dragster final over Bob Leipziger of Langhorne, Pa. (Don Carrick photo)

The Top Sportsman final was won by Ron Riegel of Fairless Hills, Pa., over Don Teapie of Newark, Del. Delon Pleasants of Williamstown, N.J., scored the 8.50 Index victory over Mark Shankweiler of Douglasville, Pa. The 10.00 Index class was won by Brian Grinnell of Royersford, Pa., over Tom Wooden of Bel Air, Maryland. Jake Knarr of Boyertown, Pa., defeated Scott Ressler of Denver, Pa., for 11.50 Index honors.

C.J. Ketterer of Sellersville, Pa., won the Universal Technical Institute Jr. Dragster final when his opponent — defending Jr. Dragster champion Vincent Branca of Norristown, Pa. — red-lit on the starting line.

The Gambler Races were won by Matt Jolley (non-electronic) and Lou Vasger (electronics).

Coonly takes Saturday TNT Super Series win; Sunday Shootout is postponed

The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series took to the Cayuga Dragway quarter mile for the Dilts Piston / ATI Performance weekend June 7-8. Saturday saw West Seneca, New York’s Tom Coonly best the 25-car field and moved himself up to second in the championship points chase. Sunday got first round complete before rain ended the day and forced The Sister Act Band SHOOT-OUT to be postponed to Saturday, July 19, at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY.

After two qualifying sessions, Steve McCarrick qualified on the pole with a 10.902. In round one, Coonly killed the tree with an .011 against Kevin Orr. Then it was two-time series champ JJ Jablonski in round two uncharacteristically rolling the beams, advancing Coonly to the quarter-final bye run.

The semi’s saw Coonly take out Harris Phelps with a .026 starting line advantage and setting him up to face Marc Vezina in the final. Vezina got there with help from his pit crew, grandson Owen Underhill.
Almost dead even at the tree (Coonly .021 to Vezina .018), Coonly let him go at the stripe to win in a double breakout 10.892 vs 10.883.

One round of qualifying and one round of eliminations was as far as they got on Sunday before Mother Nature ended the weekend. Both qualifying and first round points were awarded and money split. (Stacee Kenington photo)

Goodguys hope to expand sportsman racing after good showing at Indy

The Goodguys held an old-fashioned match race in Nostalgia Funny Cars as part of the Goodguys Friday Nite Drags held June 6 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. It turned into a clean sweep for Ron Capps, who piloted Frank and Debra Ousley’s potent “Crop Duster” AA/FC against Cruz Pedregon in his “California Charger” Trans Am.

Other action included sportsman racing in seven classes and a hot rod & custom car show inside the west concourse.

“It was fun getting back to Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Goodguys’ spokesman John Drummond. “Ron and Cruz put on two great side-by-side races for the fans. It was really cool seeing all the DSR and Pedregon Racing team members come out to support their drivers during an off weekend. The sportsman racing was also top notch. Hopefully the event is something we can build on.”

Super Pro: Mike Ammerman, Indianapolis, IN, ’74 Mustang, 8.071, 163.26 def. Jeff Walters, Indianapolis, IN, ’68 Camaro, 11.116, 98.78

Pro: Bud Simmons, Fairland, IN, ’63 Galaxie 11.865, 112.89 def. Kevin Rowand, Covington, IN, ’08 Corvette, 11.914, 120.58

COMP: Danny Tye, Indianapolis, IN ’23 Ford 7.770 @ 170.95 def.: Todd Taylor, Mooresville, IN, ’67 Chevelle, 10.868, 120.89

Street Machine I: David Dunn, Avon, IN ’67 Cuda 10.798 @ 119.47 def. Austin Carter, Brownsburg, IN, ’55 Chevy, 10.090, 133.30

Street Machine II: Jerry Gray, Indianapolis, IN, ’70 Dodge 15.121 @ 88.79 def. Marty Wolff, Cincinnati, OH, ’71 Camaro, 13.523, 102.16
Hot Rod I: Sam Patrick, Sand Point, MI, ’37 Chevy, 10.083, 129.53 def. Bob Dillon, Dalton City, IL ’46 Ford, 11.919, 110.82

Hot Rod II: Tony Schwab, Brookville, IN, 12.470 @ 104.57 def. Bill Northrup, Remington, IN, 12.359, 105.88

It was a Fun Ford Weekend at Memphis

Ford enthusiasts spent Saturday, June 7, at Memphis International Raceway celebrating their favorite manufacturer. The day included all things Ford with a car show, swap meet, drag racing, autocross and a Ford Mustang parade to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

The Ford exclusive car show was one of the largest in the area with over 20 different class winners. On-track, racers competed for bragging rights in four classes.

Street Ford: Dustin Scheele, Crump, TN, .058, 11.658, 110.64 def. Scott Cokeing, Eads, TN (foul)

Fast Ford Challenge: Wes McPeake, Henderson, TN, .036, 6.343, 87.54 def. Lester Miller, Wynne, AR (foul)

Quick Ford Challenge: Danny Schelle, Crump, TN, .065, 5.892, 113.38 def. Joseph Spicer, Somerville, TN (foul)

Fastest 5.0: David Giles, .433, 10.471, 129.67 def. Bobby Dugger, Sulphur Rock, AR, .652, 11.481, 124.59

NHRA promotes Bob Lang and Dave Mohn

The NHRA has announced two promotions in its racing operations division, including one to a newly created safety role.

Bob Lang has been promoted to senior director, safety & emergency services, and will continue to direct the Safety Safari. His duties will expand to the corporate level where he will be directly involved with safety initiatives.

Dave Mohn has been promoted to division director of NHRA’s northeast division where he previously served as assistant division director under Lang.

June Bug Classic XXVII a success at Maple Grove Raceway


For those who love Volkswagens, Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., was the place to be on June 8 as the drag strip hosted the 27th annual June Bug Classic. The event featured an all-VW car show, drag racing and a swap meet.

The management staff of Maple Grove Raceway would like to thank Gene Ulrich and his family for their efforts to make the event a tremendous success. Ulrich, a VW specialist, is the owner of Ulrich Used Cars in Mohnton, Pa.

PRO: Bryan Dennis of Snow Hill, Maryland, defeated Stephanie Axarlis of Robesonia, Pa.

I/GAS: Seventy-two-year-old Pete Peek of Mitchellsville, Maryland, defeated Eric Hellmuth of Montrose, Pa.

VW BRACKET: Brett Merriam of Womelsdorf, Pa., defeated Josh Goldman of Birdsboro, Pa. (Don Carrick photo)