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2nd Annual Dave Stine Memorial to Hit Maple Grove in Early September

The 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic .90 Association Dave Stine Memorial comes to Maple Grove Raceway September 9-11, 2022 with one of the largest purses in .90 racing history.

Write-up/ photos provided by the Mid Atlantic .90 Association

READING, PA – On January 31, 2021, Super Comp & Top Dragster Racer Dave Stine lost his life in a freak ATV accident while riding with his wife Kara during a snowstorm. Dave was an avid racer and follower on the NHRA Division 1 tour and Mid Atlantic .90 Association. After his passing, his father-in-law Jeff Stricker contacted Mid Atlantic .90 President Rob Keister to put together one of the largest one-day payouts in Super Comp history of $10,000 presented by VP Fuels. With the help of a few other sponsors the first points race of the Mid Atlantic .90 Series became that event paying out $20,000 total to all the .90 class winners that day.

With a longer period of time on their hand, Jeff & Rob went hard to work to continue the event into its 2nd year for 2022. Rob & Jeff both received feedback from racers who were in attendance as well as some that were not on how to make the event even smoother for the racers. Once the feedback was given, they went to making the 2nd Annual Dave Stine Memorial one to remember as this would be a stand alone event.

With he help of VP Racing Fuels, AA Auto Salvage, Waynes Auto Body, DXI Construction, P&L Garage, Chris Lewis and the Southeast SG Series, Leahey Excavating, Bittersdorf Automotive, John Graham of Easter Raider Motorsports,  FCP Performance, JA Pest Control, Ron Riegel Race Engines, Dawn Mollichella Real Estate & Bob Kaiser Race Engines the event is set to pay $10,000 to all 3 of the .90 classes but, wait we’re not done yet. Big Oak Fuel and John Asta wanted to make Super Comp the premier class for the day by upping the stakes to $12,500 to win / $4,000 runner-up in the 8.90 class for a low $250 entry fee. 

Friday Schedule

On Friday, September 9th the gates will swing open at 12pm for the Roadrunner Race Fuels High Roller Race. This is an event is a 48-car shootout for the .90 classes for a low $120 entry fee. The winner based on 48 cars could start out the weekend with a cool $3,000 to win in their pocket across all 3 of the .90 classes.

For those who just want to Test & Tune the weekly Nitrofish Test & Tune will kick off at 5pm for $50.00 till gates close at 10pm for the night. The entertainment part also kicks off Friday evening as the Tom Froelich Band will rock out in the pits beginning at 8pm. Anyone arriving after 10pm will have to stack outside till the when gates open at 7AM.  

Dave Stine

Saturday Schedule

On Saturday, September 10th, Jeff & Rob will welcome racers from all over the East Coast to compete for one of the largest purses in .90 history. Qualifying will start at 8:30am with back-to-back Junior Dragster time runs before they jump into qualifying for Super Street, Super Comp, Top Sportsman, Super Gas & Top Dragster for 1 qualifier.

A brief invocation to honor Dave and a ride down the track of Dave’s car and bike will lead us into Round #1 of Juniors dragsters. Thanks to Josh Graham Motorsports, Blitterdorf Automotive & FCP the Juniors will pay out $850 to win / $350 runner-up based on 32 cars for a low $50 entry and $10 crew.

Top Sportsman & Top Dragster will also be featured as they close out the 2022 Top Challenge series before it forms into the new Mid Atlantic Top 32 Series for 2023. For a low cost of $180 the racers will run for $2,500 to win /$1,000 runner-up based on 32 cars. Those three classes along with the .90 cars will all run for the big trophy and prizes at days end. A racers BBQ will great the racers starting at 6:30pm with the 70’s tribute band Lovelace closing out the night beginning at 8pm. 

Dave Stine

Sunday Schedule

On Sunday, September 11th, if the big money race didn’t go your way, we have an action-packed day before Maple Grove gets ready to host the Pep Boys Nationals. Juniors will once again lead the morning off with #1 qualifier followed by the same rotation as Saturday but, a special 1/8 mile Pro & Super Pro event was added to the schedule.

Once the qualifying is over, a moment of silent will be held for those who were lost on 9/11 along with racers who have been lost over the past year. After qualifying is completed, it will be game time as racers will run for a $2,000 purse based on 40 cars for a low$130 entry fee in the .90 classes, Juniors and Top will remain as the same as Saturday and Pro (90) & Super (100) will run for some good cash as a warm-up for the bracket finals that will be hosted at Maple Grove in just a few weeks. 

Dave Stine

If you are staying for the Pep Boys Nationals you will have to pack up and stack outside of Gate 4 as no parking will be allowed into the facility until Wednesday. If you would like to come and watch the daily ticket price is $15 or $40 for the full 3-day pass.

For more information, please reach out to Rob Keister at 856-332-2851 or Rekeister@aol.com or you can find all the information on Facebook or Instagram via the 2nd Annual Dave Stine Memorial. We hope to see you all attend and have a great time.

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