The 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic .90 Association Dave Stine Memorial heads to Maple Grove Raceway September 9-11, 2022 with the largest payout in the history of .90 racing.
Write-up/ photos provided by the Mid Atlantic .90 Association
READING, PA – When the dust had cleared last May at Maple Grove Raceway, Tom Stalba walked home with one of the largest payouts in 8.90 history claiming the $10,000 payday at Race # 1 of the 2021 Mid Atlantic .90 season all thanks to VP Race Fuels & Roadrunner Race Fuels. Paul Laino & Davy Markle also claimed individual accolades with $5,000 wins in their respected classes of Super Gas & Street. In Top Dragster & Sportsman, the Millers made the trip down from Connecticut to claim victory in the Top Challenge series. The follow-up event on Sunday, saw Converter Man Lee Ream take home the $2k win in Super Comp, 7x Champ Iggie Boicesco take Super Gas & Chris DePasquale win Super Street and making the long tow worth the result Arizona’s Jeff Taylor took home Top Sportsman & Ron Anders took home his first win in Top Dragster.
This year, with more time to prepare president of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association Rob Keister went to work. First off was getting a date set with Maple Grove Raceway and with the NHRA D1 schedule filling up most of the 1sthalf of the calendar Keister, went with a later September date of September 9th to 11th, 2022. The date falls one weekend before the NHRA Pep Boys Nationals that draws racers from all over the Northeast and other divisions. Racers will now have the shot to run for some serious winnings over 3 days and then stack for the following weekends NHRA National Event.
On Friday, September 9th, racers will be treated to a track operated Test & Tune from 9am till 7:30pm for $60.00, the test & tune will be run in sessions. At 11am, racers who want to get some competition under their belt may do so with a High Roller Race that will be a separate $120 entry and take 48 cars per class. Racers need to remember the $60 Test & Tune is a separate cost from the high roller race, so the T&T cost cannot roll over to the high roller race. As the 48 cars duke it out for the win, the winner will get a nice warm-up payday of $3,000 to win and pay back all the way to 4th round. The revised Top Challenge Series which will now be known as the Top Quick Challenge & Junior Dragsters will take a shot for Q1 at 3pm to set a partial field with a run-on Saturday morning to set the fields. At 8pm, racers, crew and friends are welcomed over to Rob Keister’s pits for cake to celebrate what would have been Dave Stine’s Birthday. The Tom Froelich Band will rock out and close out Day # 1.
On Saturday, September 10th, the 2nd Annual Dave Stine event takes center stage. Junior Dragsters will go hot at 8:30am with Q2 to set their fields, Super Street & Super Comp will follow suit with Q1 for the Dave Stine Event and Quick Rails (TD) will set their fields with Q2, Super Gas (Q1) and Quick Dorr Car (TS) will round out session 1. The .90 cars will get a 2nd qualifier depending on car counts and time permitting. With the help of VP Racing Fuels, Roadrunner Race Fuels, AA Auto Salvage, P&L Garage, CD Custom Design & the Southeast Super Gas Association, all the .90 classes will pay out $10k to the winners that day for a reasonable entry fee of $250. Quick Rails & Quick Door Cars will also run Race # 5 of their 2022 season along with the Juniors that is sponsored by Josh Graham and the Eastern Raider Jet Motorsports team. The quick challenge series will pay out a guaranteed $1,500 to win /$750 runner-up thanks to their primary sponsors of S&W Performance Group and Watson-McDaniel. Once the dust has cleared and the checks are all handed out, a Racers BBQ will welcome the racers beginning around 6:30pm and then Lovelace the 70’s tribute band will close out Day #2 of the Dave Stine Memorial at 8pm.
On Sunday, September 11th, will be the final day of the Dave Stine Memorial and just like Friday and Day # 1, a smaller event will hit the track at 8:30am with Juniors, Super Street, Super Comp, Quick Rails, Super Gas & Quick Door Cars for the rotation. With enough racing going on throughout the weekend for everyone there will be one qualifier for all and then into Round 1 to complete the full event. Entry for the .90 classes will be $130 and based on 40 cars will pay out a nice $2k to the winner and pay back to 3rd round earning your entry fee back. The Quick series will close out it’s 2022 points series and crown it’s yearly champion also on that Sunday.
Drivers who are staying for the Pep Boys Nationals the following weekend must exit the pit side of the track and stack outside of Gate #4 in the field until NHRA parks them for the National Event normally on Tuesday or Wednesday.
For more information you can contact Rob Keister at 856-332-2851 for any questions, Juniors questions can be forwarded to Rob or Tom Stalba.
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