The final Sniper Series race of 2020 was contested over the weekend at Keystone Raceway Park. Casini and Anthony pick up the $5,000 checks.
Thanks to Keystone Raceway Park, Glenn Barbis Jr, and Chuck Turocy for the following recap.
NEW ALEXANDRIA, PA – Saturday, September 12, the last Sniper Series race was held at Keystone Raceway Park. With the weather forecast for Sunday looking rainy, both $5K races were contested on Saturday.
Junior Dragsters Race 1
In the first race, two tough junior dragster racers, Dexter Gomez and Jaden Maze, paired up for the final. Both drivers were on it: Dexter leaves first with a .0131 reaction time and Jaden bests it with a .0079 light. Gomez was dialed in at 9.06 but doesn’t cover as he goes 9.15 at 71mph. Maze has room as he runs 7.97 on a 7.93 for the win.
The First $5K
In the big cars, there were seven cars in the ladder round. AJ Casper in his ’79 Camaro took out the last no box car, Jesse Azzato, in his quick Corvette. AJ Casini prevailed in his dragster over Tony Hager’s Homewood Hustler Vega. In a battle of the long cars, Adam Duche took out Rich Coury Jr. Mike Balaska, in his bumper dragging foxbody Mustang, had the bye into the semifinals.
In the semifinals, AJ Casini gets the stripe over Mike Balaska by .002, while Adam Duche goes red to AJ Casper’s .017 package.
That makes it a battle of the AJs in the final round and it’s all over on the starting line. Casper is red while Casini is green and both drivers lift and coast down the track. AJ Casini picks up the $5,000 Sniper Series check for winning the first race.
Junior Dragsters Race 2
In the second junior dragster race, Jaden Maze is back in the final dialed 7.92, pairing up with Maicy Stewart who dialed 8.06. Maicy flinches and leaves the red eye hanging on the tree, making Jaden’s .0508 green light a winner, giving him the Sniper sweep again.
The Second $5K
In the second race for the big cars, the ladder round had five entries, with Chuck Anthony in his Corvette getting the bye into the semifinals. Rick Clay Jr, in his dragster, took out the last no box car, Ron Boyce, in his notchback foxbody Mustang. Michael Hornstein’s ’69 Camaro prevailed over Matt Palyas’ four eyed foxbody.
In the semifinals, Hornstein got the bye to the final, leaving a dragster versus door car match up on the other side of the ladder. Close together on the let go, Clay stretches the throttle cable a little too much, as Anthony gets the win by a .003 MOV.
In the final, neither Michael Hornstein or Chuck Anthony is stellar. Hornstein leaves first with a .0489 reaction time and Anthony pockets .02 with his .0287 light. Michael, dialed 6.22, tries to hold off the hard charging Chuck, dialed 5.24, but barely dips it under running 6.2128 at 104 mph. Chuck Anthony runs 5.2712 at 131 mph for the $5,000 win.
Congrats to all the finalists! This weekend is the IHRA Division 3 Summit Team Finals at Keystone Raceway Park. On October 2-4 the Ghosts, Goblins, and Gearheads race features separate purses for Junior Dragsters, No Box, and Box all three days.