Local auto racing: Dragway hosts Shakedown-N-Dtown Round 2

DELMAR — A big crowd came out to U.S. 13 Dragway on Friday night to witness a historic “Shakedown-N–Dtown Round 2” match race.

The event featured Discovery Channel Street Outlaw stars Daddy Dave in his Goliath 2.0 ‘63 Chevy II and Kye Kelly in his Shocker Camaro taking on local stars Steve Drummond in his turbo Mustang and Dale Collins, Jr. Nitros Camaro.

Fans also got to watch to motorcycle stunt rides, the MANDRA Nostalgia drag racers and Bad 8 racing in Full Body, Open Wheel and Pro Bike.

It was a “first car to the finish line” format for the match races with heads up starts and no posted times or speeds.

In round one, the local drivers established themselves as a force to be reckoned with as Drummond of Laurel won over Kelly of McComb, Miss. and Collins, Jr. of Frankford won over Dave of Oklahoma City, OK.

The TV racers went to work and, in round two, the tides were reversed as Dave defeated Drummond and Kelley bested Colllins, Jr.

Other winners of the day included: Mike Larkin, Sr. in Bad 8 Open Wheel; Billy Groton in Bad 8 Full Body; Charles Nock in Bad 8 Pro Bike; and Bud Poust in MANDRA Nostalgia.

Seaford’s Groton in his ‘90 Camaro faced Vernon Russell of Dover in the Bad 8 Full Body final. Races were run at an eighth mile.

Groton had the better reaction and drove to the win with at 5.372/126.99 on a 5.34 dial. Russell, in his ‘90 Mustang had a 5.575/124.84 on a 5.56 dial.

In Bad 8 Open Wheel it was Larkin of Salisbury paired against Jerry Birchfield of Essex, Md. Larkin had a .006 reaction light and drove to the win with a 4.437/154.45 on a 4.42 dial.

Charles Nock of Greenwood rode up against Ryan Benitatis of Berlin, N.J. in the Bad 8 Pro Bike final. Benitatis had the better reaction but Nock was almost on his dial taking the win. Nock ran an 8.352/156.33 on an 8.35 dial while Benitatis had an 8.393/136.32 on N 8.25 dial.

The MANDRA Nostalgia cars put on a great show. In the final it was a pair of Chevy Nova’s with Bud Poust of Port Trevorton, Pa. in his ‘81 Nova taking on Charlie Inhorst of Dallastown, Pa. in his ‘72 Nova. Poust had the better reaction and took the win with an 11.937/112.75 on an 11.83 dial. Inhorst ran a 10.558/115.25 on a 10.48 dial.

Del. International postponed: After evaluating last Saturday night’s damage to the back staightaway and and with the special event at U.S. 13 Dragway on Friday, the Delaware International Speedway management decided to postpone Saturday’s schedule.

The Twin 20’s for the NAPA Big Block Modifieds, Rush Crate Late Models, AC Delco 602 Sportsman, Mod Lites and Vintage Cars will now compete on the open date on July 22. In addition, the S.R. Pete & Son Super Late Models will be added to the July 22 event.

New winners at Del. International: It was a good night for new or first-time winners at Delaware International Speedway two Saturdays ago.

Matt Glandon got his first career win in the RUSH Crate Late Models while Jordan Watson won in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds,

Dylan Evans in the S.R. Pete and Sons Late Models and Matt Smith in the AC Delco 602 Sportman all scored their first wins of the season.

A note from the Camp Barnes Benefit — Mike Wharton suffered a broken thumb in his flip in the RUSH Crate Late Model feature and on Saturday night former Late Model champ, David Pettyjohn, was behind the wheel. Also the photo finish for fifth and sixth showed Whaley ahead of Mullins.

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