LANCASTER, N.Y. --
Fri, 04 Aug 2017, 16:30 PM
Malvaso Conquers Supercharged Bounty Hunters Field at Lancaster Dragway
Courtesy of Dave Buchanan
Noltee & Puglia Earn First Ever Wins in Their Respective Classes
Lancaster National Dragway hosted the Supercharged Bounty Hunters on Friday night as part of the
final Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program for the month of July. It was the second visit of the
season by the Bounty Hunters, and the results were almost the same as their first trip to Lancaster
The final pairing for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters was a rematch of the final round from their
race at Lancaster on June 9 as Mike Zmuda in the "Time Bomb" Dodge Dart went head-to-head with the
Willys of Rochester's Frank Malvaso. Zmuda won in their first meeting on a holeshot advantage, but
Malvaso got his revenge on Friday night.
Zmuda once again left the starting line first, but Malvaso was able to catch and pass him before
the finish line to score the victory. Malvaso made up the nearly two-tenths of seconds that he lost
at the starting line to beat Zmuda with an elapsed time of 4.439 seconds at 160.11 mph.
In other Franco's Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Swinarksi of Orchard Park, N.Y.
scored his second win of the year in Top 8 Eliminator. Swinarski defeated Brian Hitchcock in the
finals after Hitchcock broke out. Hitchcock left the starting line with a near-perfect .502
reaction time, but ran .011 seconds under his 5.21 dial-in.
Alex Noltee of Cheektowaga, N.Y. got his first career victory in Mallare Enterprises Top ET. Noltee
scored the win over Clay Ricketson in the finals after Ricketson broke out.
In McGard Mod ET, Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. picked up his first win of 2017 in the
class. Ricketson drove past Andrew Zimmer in the finals to get the win.
Former Junior Dragster and Quick 16 champion, Victor Puglia of Buffalo, earned his first ever win
in Hebeler's Sales Bikes & Sleds. Puglia, in just his second week of racing motorcycles, defeated
Angelo Salemi in the finals.
John Wachowicz of Sanborn, N.Y. became the eighth different winner of the year in Tread City Tire
Street. Wachowicz got the win over Mario Kroese on a double breakout.
This weekend Lancaster National Dragway hosts its biggest multi-day drag racing event of the season
with the annual Sunday Nostalgia Drags Weekend and Car Show. The event starts Friday, August 4 with
a full card of Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing plus a special Nostalgia Eliminator class. Saturday
is the Clutch Artists Car Show on the infield of the stock car oval plus Nostalgia AA Gassers, the
Gasser Racing Series and three additional classes of nostalgia racing. The third class of the
Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame will be inducted after the racing program on Saturday. Sunday
features a full day of racing with Gassers and classic race cars. Both Saturday and Sunday's racing
programs will feature a Modern Muscle class for cars built from 1981-1997.
RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)
Supercharged Bounty Hunters
Winner: Frank Malvaso (Rochester, N.Y.) 1933 Willys .599 4.439 seconds, 160.11 mph
Runner-up: Mike Zmuda (Lackawanna, N.Y.) 1975 Dodge Dart .429 4.686 seconds, 150.56 mph
Top 8 Eliminator
Winner: Mike Swinarksi (Orchard Park, N.Y.) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro .524 5.19 5.211 seconds, 131.98
Runner-up: Brian Hitchcock (Amherst, N.Y.) 1993 G-Force Dragster .502 5.23 5.219 seconds, 128.93
Mallare Enterprises Top ET
Winner: Alex Noltee (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle .519 5.63 5.645 seconds, 122.63 mph
Runner-up: Clay Ricketson (E. Aurora, N.Y.) 1974 Dodge Dart .519 7.38 7.376 seconds, 90.32 mph
McGard Mod ET
Winner: Reid Ricketson (Darien Center, N.Y.) 1974 Plymouth Duster .544 7.14 7.177 seconds, 89.51
Runner-up: Andrew Zimmer (Rochester, N.Y.) 1978 Buick Regal .586 7.41 7.421 seconds, 90.87 mph
Hebeler's Sales Bikes & Sleds
Winner: Vic Puglia (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1997 Kawasaki .640 5.57 5.591 seconds, 86.84 mph
Runner-up: Angelo Salemi (Wheatfield, N.Y.) 1999 Polaris .593 6.25 6.247 seconds, 95.39 mph
Tread City Tire Street ET
Winner: John Wachowicz (Sanborn, N.Y.) Lincoln II Mark VI .519 9.01 8.978 seconds, 73.80 mph
Runner-up: Mario Kroese (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 2010 Chevrolet Corvette .568 8.48 8.437 seconds, 86.84
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