First Time Winners Claim Victory at North vs. South .90 Shootout

Burgese, Goldman, Bangs, Smith, Hays, and Siegel collect wins at the 3rd Annual Mid Atlantic .90 Series North vs. South Shootout Race 3 & 4.

NUMIDIA, PA– After a six-week hiatus to focus on the NHRA National and Divisional tour the Mid Atlantic .90 series fired back up at Numidia Dragway in the hills of the Pocono Mountains July 10-11, 2021. With just a few weather issues, the Mid Atlantic .90 Series 3rd Annual North vs. South Shootout Race #3 & 4 was able to run to completion. The event featured three classes on each day: Super Gas, Super Street, and Super Comp.

Results Write-up and Photos provided by the Mid Atlantic .90 Association.

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Saturday Results

On Saturday, a record car count showed up for Race # 3 of the series which is always known as one of the tougher places to tow too. Following two qualifiers Davy Markle (SC), Ron Ross (SG) and Keith Mayer’s (SST) led the way as the number one qualifier.

Super Street

As the sun set and the finals rolled into the water box, the Super Street final featured two veterans of the Division 1 tour and previous champions of the series. Dom Burgese and Keith Mayers matched up in the finals. At the flash Burgese got the jump (.031 to .039) on Mayer’s and parlayed that into a 10.909 to a breakout 10.897 victory.

Don Burgese, Race 3 Super Street Winner

Super Gas

In Super Gas, Tom Goldman wheeled his re-done “Bullets to Spare” corvette roadster to victory over Race # 2 finalist Ron Ross. Goldman and Ross were even off the line (.021 to .022) but, Ross picked up a ton of ET and broke out with a 9.813 to Goldman’s winning 9.890.

Tom Goldman, Race 3 Super Gas Winner

Super Comp

The final match-up of the night featured a battle of practical neighbors between Don Bangs and Amanda Boicesco who live about 3 blocks over from each other. Bangs, who also was making a comeback this year after shoulder surgery last year sidelined him all season. In the finals, he matched up with recent NHRA Epping National Event winner Boicesco. As the tree went green, Bangs got a huge jump on Boicesco (.016 to .094) and paced his way all the way down for an 8.972 to 8.894 victory. 

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Don Bangs, Race 3 Super Comp Winner

Sunday Results

On Sunday, a threat of weather and with the upcoming long stretch of races, some drivers decided to call it a weekend and roll out but, as always, the weatherman predicted incorrect, and the race was completed. As it is with Sunday events, it is a one and go to set the fields and after qualifying Tom Slater (SC), Rich Price (SG) and Bob Kerk (SST) were your number one qualifier.

Super Gas

In Super Gas, after a shaky start to the 2021 season, 2020 MASGA Champ Hank Smith got back into the winner circle. Smith, driving the Awesome signs and graphics Camaro took down Race # 1 winner Paul Laino in the final when Laino lit the red light by -.002 to hand the win to Hank.

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Hank Smith, Race 4 Super Gas Winner

Super Comp

In Super Comp, a match-up of two drivers who had never won a .90 race was at the line to see who would stake claim to their first victory. Greg Hays, who earlier this year survived a widow maker heart attack made his return over the weekend to the driver’s seat. In the finals, he would match up with Bill Loveland who was making his .90 debut after being a bracket racer at Atco for many years. At the hit, Loveland knocked down the tree (.001 to .035) but, just did not have enough steam to held off the hard charging Hays who took the victory with an 8.904 to 8.956 victory.

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Greg Hays, Race 4 Super Comp Winner

Super Street

Finally rounding out the weekend was Super Street; the 10.90 index has seen a changing of the guard the year and this final did not disappoint between local bracket racer Wes Siegel and Frank Volpe III. In the battle of the young guns, Siegel took the advantage at the tree (.023 to .032) and squeaked out a 10.913 to 10.905 hole shot victory and his first in the 10.90 class. 

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Wes Siegel, Race 4 Super Street Winner

Next up, the series heads to the newly repaved and revamped Cecil County Dragway for the fan favorite 28thAnnual Uncle Buck Pig Roast to be held on July 31st to August 1st.     

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