MOHNTON, Pa. -
Teuton, who came up for the big event from Schriever, La., beat Tyler Hard in the final with a pass of 8.479 seconds at 156.84 mph. Hard, a local favorite who resides in Harrisburg, Pa., went 9.331 at 104.15 mph in his '68 Cuda.
It was a good thing Teuton came out on top. The NHRA South Central Division was having a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event this weekend at Houston, but Teuton came North instead for this race.
"Simply, it's y'all," Teuton said of his decision to race at Maple Grove. "I missed my points race to come up here."
A "race within a race," the Hemi Challenge is part of the Pennsylvania Dutch Classic weekend at The Grove. This year's edition drew racers from as far away as the West Coast and Canada.
This year's payout was:
• Winner: $4,500 • Runner-up: $2,500 • Semifinalists: $500 • Quarterfinalists: $250
Jesel Valvetrain Innovation was an associate sponsor.
In morning qualifying, it looked like it was going to be a good day for the fleet of Darts in the nine-car field. With the exception of Hard, five of the six spots had those cars, led by regional favorite Jim Daniels (Bristol, Pa.).
Teuton qualified seventh with a pass of 8.767 seconds, while Hard had the pole at 8.265 and earned a bye in the first round.
In the first round, Teuton faced Daniels. It was a difficult assignment as Daniels has dominated this race in recent years. However, Teuton's Barracuda got the win with a .015 reaction time that turned into a holeshot win with a pass of 8.496 seconds at 157.98 mph. Daniels was .107 off the line and ran 8.748 at 158.69.
The second round featured a race with defending champion Gary Wolkwitz (Annandale, N.J.). It was a double red-light start, but Teuton got the nod as his -.008 start wasn't as quick as Wolkwitz's -.015. Teuton then had a bye into the final.
Hard's top qualifying time gave him a bye in the first round. In the second round he faced Jim Pancake (Delaware, Ohio). It turned out to be another easy round as Pancake got the jump at the start, then stalled about 150 feet from the start.
In the semifinals, Hard again received some help. Jeffrey Kobylski (Macomb, Mich.), last year's runner-up, left the starting line too early and Hard advanced with the foul.
Results Hemi Challenge at The Dutch Qualifying 1. Tyler Hard Harrisburg, Pa. '68 Barracuda 8.265 2. Jim Daniels Bristol, Pa. '68 Dart 8.346 3. Steve Comella Webster, N.Y. '68 Dart 8.441 4. Jim Pancake Delaware, Ohio '68 Dart 8.502 5. Mark Howes Rothesay, New Brunswick '68 Dart 8.520 6. Jeffrey Kobylski Macomb, Mich. '68 Dart 8.650 7. Joe Teuton Schriever, La. '68 Barracuda 8.767 8. Mike Booker Davenport, Wash. '68 Barracuda 8.841 9. Wendall Howes Rothesay, New Brunswick '68 Barracuda 8.861 Round 1 M. Howes .068 10.267 139.10 Welker Broke Kobylski -.009 9.256 110.26 Comella foul -.015 8.678 148.77 Teuton .015 8.496 157.98 Daniels .107 8.748 158.69 Wolkwitz .069 8.330 158.52 W. Howes foul -.148 20.107 44.16 Pancake .096 8.447 157.23 Booker .100 8.545 156.72 Hard .027 11.270 79.94 single Round 2 Hard .095 9.092 116.87 Pancake .076 Broke Kobylski .051 9.321 110.64 Welker .105 Broke Teuton -.008 8.515 156.84 Gary Wolkwitz foul -.012 8.340 158.02 Round 3 Hard .116 9.531 104.15 Kobylski foul -.103 Teuton .949 Broke single Final Teuton .066 8.479 157.23 Hard .116 9.531 104.15
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