MOHNTON, Pa. - As is the tradition at Maple Grove Raceway, the Super Chevy Show presented by Original Parts Group was a marathon. With nearly 700 race entries and well over 300 car show entries, everyone wanted their share of the three-day weekend.
>From the swap meet and manufacturers' midway to the Hanna Motorsports Jet Cars and the True Street Challenge, The Grove was bustling with activity from 7 p.m. Friday morning to 7 p.m. Saturday night.
With the sun setting on Sunday, a select group of racers were able to bring their cars to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane for some very happy celebrations.
The non-electronics Bracket 2 itself featured 205 cars and veteran racer Michael VanDenHeuvel (Elkton, Md.) won it in his 1984 Olds Cutlass. He clinched the win when the '98 S-10 pickup driven by Martin Flegal (Ephrata, Pa.) broke at the starting line. VanDenHeuvel, a Maple Grove regular, finished his pass in 11.442 seconds at 115.54 mph.
Flegal can be excused because he was in two finals. Earlier in the day, his truck broke down at halftrack while running Drive Duracell Bracket 1 (electronics) final against Lou Vasger (Langhorne, Pa.). Vasger, driving a '09 Racetech dragster, completed his run in 7.799 seconds at 139.69 mph.
The DOT category featured street-legal cars putting up big speeds down the quartermile. Mike Licata (Blue Point, N.Y.) and his modified '38 Chevy took the win with a pass of 10.649 at 123.64 to beat Brian Hine (Birdsboro, Pa.) and his '68 Camaro. Hine completed his pass in 11.878 at 113.66.
Speaking of Camaros, the Camaroguys.com Gen 5 Challenge was won by Kevin McMullan (Strasburg, Pa.) in a 2010 model. He used a great reaction time against Scott Smoker (Kinzers, Pa.) in the final and followed through with a pass of 13.570 seconds at 99.96 mph.
The Last Chance race gives those eliminated over the first two days - along with some Sunday morning newbies - a chance to take home some prize money. Maple Grove regular Brock Moshier (Lititz, Pa.) and his '71 Vega was the winner. A Victory Lane regular this season, Moshier beat Robert Reinert Jr. (Catawissa, Pa.) in the final with a pass of 9.132 at 133.92. Saturday's True Street Challenge was truly that for many racers. After taking a trip through the surrounding countryside in their street-legal cars, the 39 entries came back for three "hot lap" consecutive runs. The racer with the best average elapsed time was the winner. Glenn Hunter in a '56 Chevy won again with an average time of 8.70.
The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association came back to Maple Grove for second time this season and put on another great show. Vinny "Bad Apple" Bodano (Hicksville, N.Y.) kept the Chevy theme going with a victory in his '68 Camaro.
He defeated another '68 Camaro, driven by Gary Courtier (Manorville, N.Y), in the final with a pass of 6.147 at 234.66.
Hanna Motorsports debuted its new Queen of Diamonds II jet dragster with Jill Canuso in the cockpit. Also on hand were the Mike Hall and the GOJO Top Secret jet Funny Car and Rich Hanna and the GOJO Firebird jet Funny Car.
The Car Show, judged for the first time by Full House Motorsports LLC, had an increase in participation this time as well as more categories and awards. The Maryland Chevelle Club won the Club Participation Award.
Darren Glegg and his '36 Dodge P/U won Best of Gold, while Wes Cassell and his '55 Chevy was Best of Showfield and Joe Hackett and his '62 Impala was Best Stock.
The RacingJunk.com swap meet with the Collector Car Nation car corral for all those hard-to-find restoration treasures and project cars drew a sizable crowd.
This year's Super Chevy Show series sponsors included Chevrolet Performance, Original Parts Group, Duracell Car Batteries, Aeromotive, RacingJunk, Collector Car Nation, RockAuto.com, Airaid, Amsoil, CamaroGuys.com, ShowFinder App, Super Chevy Magazine, Revell, Camaro5 and Rudolph Foods.
Super Chevy Show
Bracket 1: Lou Vasger, '09 Racetech dragster, .012 reaction time, 7.799 seconds, 139.69 mph def. Martin Flegal, '08 S-10, broke.
Bracket 2: Michael VanDenHeuvel, '84 Cutlass, .016, 11.442, 115.54 def. Martin Flegal, '98 S-10, broke.
DOT: Mike Licata, '38 Chevy, .066, 10.649, 123.64 def. Brian Hine, '68 Camaro, .068, 11.878, 113.66.
Camaroguys.com Gen 5 Challenge: Kevin McMullan, .171, 13.570, 99.96 def. Scott Smoker, '10 Camaro, ..623, 13.538, 107.33.
Last Chance: Brock Moshier, '71 Vega, .022, 9.132, 133.92 def. Robert Reinert Jr., '97 Achieva, ..003, 9.613, 136.40.