Local auto racing: Speedway crowd gets big thrill at Chevy Show, Shine and Drags

DELMAR — Beautiful fall-like temperatures provided perfect weather for the hundreds or racers and show cars and the hundreds of spectators that attended Sunday’s William J. & Juanita Cathell 54th anniversary Chevy Show, Shine and Drags Sunday at U.S. 13 Dragway.

Scoring his first win of the season in Top ET was “Slick” Vic Gordy of Harbeson over Daryl Beauchamp. Second-generation driver Gordy, in his ‘87 Cavalier, faced Beauchamp in his ‘78 Camaro.

Both drivers were on their dial-ins but Gordy had the better start and drove to the $2,000 win running an 8.762/153.74 on an 8.75 dial. Beauchamp had a 9.665/136.28 on a 9.67 dial.

Roger Ridgeway, Jr., driving his ‘78 Mustang, was paired with John Henderson in his ‘69 Camaro in the Mod ET final. Henderson left early and fouled and Ridgeway made a full pass of 9.010/147.08 on a 9.00 dial-in for the $1,200 victory.

Ricky Demby on his ‘09 Kawasaki rode up against defending champion Harvey Powell of Felton in the Pro Bike final. Demby took the hole shot win with a .010 reaction light and a run of 9.717/113.69 on a 9.70 dial. Powell on his Suzuki had a .080 reaction time and ran an 8.878/144.71 on an 8.87 dial.

Other division winners included: Ronn Carey of Dagsboro in Street; Urias Shockley of Dover in Hot Rod; Michael Chapman of Pocomoke, Md. in Jr. Dragster 1 and Nicholas Bowie of Greensboro, Md. in Jr. Dragster 2.

Once again the Mason/Dixon Chevy Club hosted the Chevy Show. Over 160 entries took part with Ross Button of Camden in his 1969 Camaro receiving Best of Show. U.S. 13 Dragway’s top pick was the 1966 C-10 Pickup of Todd Davis from Milford and the Mason/Dixon Chevy Club’s top pick was the 1955 Chevy Belair owned by Ed Allison of Dover.

Night one of the two-day event provided plenty of speed on Saturday night.

Taking big wins were W.R. Ketterman of Salisbury, Md. in Top ET; Neal Huber of Queen Anne, Md. in Mod ET; Roland Powell, Jr. of Salisbury in Pro Bike; Paul Costley of Lancaster, Pa. in Street Eliminator; Denny Johnson of Laurel in Hot Rod and Hope Clarke of Parsonsburg, Md. in Jr. Dragster.

Competition in both Top ET and Mod ET was run in the eighth-mile.

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