ATCO, N.J. --
Thu, 11 Oct 2012, 10:36 AM
Nichols, Orbin Claim Victory at Atco
Courtesy of Rob Keister
Goldman Takes Series Championship
Tom Goldman came into Atco knowing what he had to do to claim his 2nd MASGA Championship in as many
years but, the competition was not going to make it so easy for the Allentown, Pa resident. With
Lance Kreiger and George Smith closely behind Goldman, Tom would need both competitors to go out
early for the championship to officially be clinched.
On Saturday Race # 9 out of 10 George Smith took the #1 qualifying spot with his "Live Wire" 1968
Camaro. Starting from the #11 spot was Wilmington, De Earl Nichols Jr. and his 1978 Corvette.
Nichols defeated Dave Burket in the 1st round, Ron Ross in the 2nd, Larry Edwards in the 3rd and
took down the 2012 Champion Tom Goldman in the Semi-Finals. With the semi-finals finish and
Kreiger, Smith & Luciano all going out in the 1st round Goldman automatically clinched the
championship. On the other side of the ladder was #18 qualifier Bob Keister and his 1964 Chevy Nova
Wagon. Keister from Vineland, NJ took down Iggie Boicesco in the 1st, Donhauser in the 2nd and put
an 11 thousandths package down on Joe Eckel in the 3rd to receive a bye to the finals. With the
finals set Keister strapped a .022 to .038 advantage on Nichols at the start. As they traveled down
track Keister started to get loose and had to lift giving the win to Nichols 9.918 to 10.085.
Sunday saw 18 cars compete for the chance to take the final MASGA trophy of the 2012 season. Pete
Luciano took the #1 spot followed closely by Derek Clark, Jake Barbato, Dave Burket and Lance
Kreiger. 1986 Super Gas World Champion Ron Orbin made the trip up from Pennsville, NJ with his 1977
Vega worth the haul as he would claim victory at day's end. Orbin would take down Clark in the 1st,
Saturday's night winner Nichols in the 2nd, a bye-run in the 3rd and finally James Alston in the
Semi's. On the other side of the ladder was Race #1 winner Walter Olt and his "Team Advantage"
Corvette. Olt would take down his father Oscar in the 1st round, Kreiger in the 2nd and George
Smith in the 3rd to earn a bye to the finals. In the finals Orbin was looking for his 1st ever
MASGA victory and he was up to the task as he strapped a 10 thousandth package on Olt in the
finals. Orbin was .005 - 9.905 to Olt's .008 - 9.917.
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