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Hebig Wins $20K at 4th Annual FRBR Independence Showdown

Jenkins, Hebig, Ricchezza, and Blittersdorf collected wins at the 4th Annual FRBR Promotions Ken’s Kustom Chassis Independence Showdown presented by Daryl Tillman Realty Group at Maple Grove Raceway.

Photos and recap provided by FRBR Promotions

MOHNTON, PA- FRBR Promotions held their 4th Annual Ken’s Custom Chassis Independence Showdown presented by Daryl Tillman Realty Group on June 30- July 2, 2023. The event held at Maple Grove Raceway featured $10,000-to-win Top Bulb, $5,000-to-win No Box, and $1,000-to-win Jr. Dragsters on all three days. Saturday and Sunday’s main events ended up being combined due to weather.

The next FRBR Promotions event will be the 7th annual Blittersdorf’s Automotive Door Wars, A Footbrake Experience on October 6-8, 2023 at Maple Grove Raceway.

See full event results below!

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Friday Results

Friday of the 4th annual Ken’s Kustom Chassis Inc. Independence Showdown, presented by Daryl Tillman Realty Group squeezed in every ounce of racing action in that curfew would allow.

Top Bulb

C2 Competition Converters & Machining Top Bulb saw the field work down to seven drivers when the clock struck race day over. The group of John McClure, Jack Grater, Eric Tenney, Jason Hoff, Larry Waters, Jason Barrow, and Ray Fordyce Jr elected to split and quit, rather than finish Saturday.

No Box

Road Runner Race Fuels No Box made it to the semi-finals, with an All-Star line up. It included Division 1 Street Eliminator Champions, Paul Northrop and Joe McLaughlin, defending Super Pro Race of Champions winner Brad Northrop, and defending Numidia Dragway No-Box Champion Kyle Kohr. Again, the remaining drivers decided to split and quit.

Jr. Dragster

In Greiner Brothers Heating and Cooling Jr Dragster six drivers remained. Already a 2023 FRBR champion, Ella Ketterer was the benefactor when Logan Anderson wasted a sizeable starting line advantage taking to much finish line. In the only other pair 6-9 winner Landen Anderson laid down .037 total to end Jackson Greiner’s run at another piece of FRBR hardware. Addison Hill and Brandon Jenkins both received age group byes.

In the semis, Anderson once again held a sizeable advantage but broke out by .001 sending Ketterman to the final. In the other half, Jenkins and Hill were separated by just .004 at the hit, with Brandon running just .002 under to win a double breakout affair.

The final, which was run Saturday was won by Jenkins, who used a .007 reaction time to be in full control and take the win. It was his second big money win in as many weeks.

Brandon Jenkins, Friday Jr. Dragster Champion
Brandon Jenkins, Friday Jr. Dragster Champion

Saturday/ Sunday Combined

With a bleak weather forecast the decision was made to combine Saturday and Sunday into one event, combining all the purses.


The quarters of Top brought Brent Novitsky, Nelson Belot, Eric Reiff, David Hebig, Jason Hoff, Matt Schapiro, and John McClure to the starting line. Belot turned away Reiff with a lap of .010 total. Hebig and Hoff had a nasty race with only .003 separation up front and Hebig winning a double breakout by just .001. In the final pair McClure wasted a dead 7 run turning it -.003 red. Novitsky was on the bye.

One was a popular number in the semis. In the first pair Belot got too aggressive at the finish line giving the stripe back by .0001, sending Novitsky to his first big money final. David Hebig wasted Matt Shapiro’s gas, turning it perfect and running dead 1 to set the final.

In the money round, Novitsky missed it, while Hebig was .018 and ran a comfortable 4.721 on a 4.70 for the big check and trophy.

David Hebig, Saturday/ Sunday Combined Top Winner
David Hebig, Saturday/ Sunday Combined Top Winner

No Box

No-Box brought five drivers to the quarter finals. Former FRBR winner Denny Renninger joined Paul Thimm Jr, Chris Gonier, Jedd Knarr, and multi-time champion Matt Ricchezza. Thimm had a relatively easy lap, as Renninger had an unusual miss up front. Ricchezza moved on the same way, when Knarr was late. Gonier was on the bye.

In the semis, Thimm took the bye to his 3rd FRBR final round. Gonier was .028, locked out by Ricchezza’s .024 total lap.

In the final, Ricchezza had a two hundredths starting line advantage and drove the finish line to secure yet another FRBR win. He is the first driver to complete the flag trophy set, earning the elusive white edition.

Matt Ricchezza, Saturday/ Sunday Combined No Box Winner
Matt Ricchezza, Saturday/ Sunday Combined No Box Winner

Jr. Dragster

The Jr. Dragster quarterfinal matchup set Bobby Pennabaker against Zach Grignon, Sophia Curtis against Shane Conner, and served up age group bye runs to Camden Berry and Charlie Blittersdorf. Pennabaker and Curtis both used better reaction times to punch their semifinal ticket.

At four cars, Berry, the 6-9 winner found electricity when Pennabaker took way too much finish line. Blittersdorf ousted Curtis with a 7.920 on a 7.92 after nearly identical reaction times.

The final was a tight one with just .007 difference at the starting line. In the end, Blittersdorf pushed out Berry by just .001 to secure his first FRBR main event win.

Charlie Blittersdorf, Saturday/ Sunday Combined Jr. Dragster Winner

Congratulations to all winners and finalists from the 4th Annual Ken’s Kustom Chassis FRBR Promotions Independence Showdown presented by Daryl Tillman Realty Group.

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