The MX Industrial/Magnaflux Top Dragster seriespresented by Select Performance kicked off at Atco Raceway in early April, and Stricker laid the foundation for her winning season with a trip to the semifinals, and New Jersey's own David Muller collected the victory at the event.
After the bright beginning, the next two events were lackluster for Stricker, a resident of Mohnton, Pa., but at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series meet at Lebanon Valley Dragway, Stricker again piloted her Ken's Kustom Chassis 4-link dragster to a semifinals finish. The points garnered were critical as event victories were spread amongst several other racers vying for the season title: last season's Top Sportsman division champ Wayne Horton of Smithfield, R.I., was the winner at the second event at Atco Raceway; Fairfield, Connecticut's Gary Koebbe won at Maple Grove; and Glen Crane, who makes his home in Wethersfield, Conn., emerged victorious at Lebanon Valley.
The victory in Reynolds, Ga., virtually sealed up the championship for Stricker, but others were not willing to be counted out. Wayne Hoffman, New Preston, Conn., was the winner at Cecil County over Sewell, N.J., racer Glenn Flack, and Rory Krupp, of nearby Royersford, Pa., won the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic - the final event of the series for the season - at Maple Grove Raceway with a final-round defeat of Canadian Jamie Bridge.
On the heels of his first national event Wally (picked up at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte), Ondrejko launched his Northeast charge with a victory at the first event at Atco Raceway. Those first few races in Division 1 were a bit of a standoff, though, with title ownership up for grabs
Ondrejko continued to pick up steam, though, and, after a bit of trouble at the second Atco race, he drove his Jerry Bickel-built GTO to the semifinals at Maple Grove Raceway and then made a celebratory appearance in the winner's circle at Lebanon Valley after shutting out Elmwood Park, New Jersey's Todd Fontana in the money round. Fontana got a little revenge and won at Cecil County, but Ondrejko tallied valuable runner-up marks and carried the momentum on to the North Central Division's event at National Trail Raceway, where he took home honors over Proctor.
Ondrejko's season ended at Maple Grove Raceway, where he bowed out in the semifinals with the championship already in hand; his 422 total points were 97 more than second-place Proctor and Benoit, who concluded his season in the No. 3 spot.
Sportsman racing in the Northeast includes the unique Pro Stock Snowmobiles, and this year Acton, Ont., competitor Christina Duncanson entered four events and won three to establish herself as the best of the class in Division 1. The lone race that Duncanson forfeited was won by her daughter, Kiersten.
Division One Top Dragster Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Kara Stricker 302 8 2 Wayne Horton 269 8 3 Gary Koebbe 239 5 4 Frank Zeffiro 237 6 4 Jeffrey Serra 237 7 6 Scott Luken 227 6 7 David Petrofske 226 6 8 Alan O'Brien 197 7 9 Luc Angers 194 6 9 Glenn Flack 194 5 Division One Top Sportsman Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Ryan Ondrejko 422 7 2 Ronald Proctor Sr. 325 8 2 John Benoit 325 8 4 Jeff Brooks 283 7 5 Todd Fontana 229 3 5 Edward Foley 229 4 7 Alexander Thomson 227 5 8 Ronald Riegel 216 6 9 Timothy Peotter 205 6 10 Michael Kaufman 197 4
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