|Double-winner Clay Ricketson|
credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
Clay Ricketson scored two class victories on Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway, grabbing wins in McGard Mod ET and the special Heads-Up 7.50 Index class presented by Slim Stang Racing.
It was the next-to-last night of the season for the Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing Program and drivers were looking to go as many rounds as possible to score the maximum amount of points. Ricketson started the night second in McGard Mod ET points with teammate Dale Eckert as they trailed Jeff Kerl & Keith Banas by 50 points.
Ricketson’s final round matchup in Mod was almost a heads-up race as he and his opponent Ben Haight had nearly identical dial-ins. He got a break when Haight broke out by one ten-thousandth (.0001) of a second to pick up his first win of the night.
The Heads-Up 7.50 Index class typically runs on Tuesday night, but was added to the Friday night program following the cancellation of the last Tuesday night program of the season. Ricketson met Keith Kraemer in the final, and once good fortune was on his side as Kraemer tripped the red light to hand the win to Ricketson.
Keith Cleveland became the 12th different winner of the year in Top ET. Cleveland held off Ken Babiak Jr. in the finals to score the win. There has been only one repeat winner in Top this season with just one week remaining. Mike Swinarski scored his third win of the year in Top 8 Eliminator after his opponent, Bill Bigham, broke out in the final round.
The TNT Super Series made their final visit of the season to Lancaster. Pat Boniferro met veteran Mark Herbold in the finals of the 7.00 index class. Both drivers left the starting line with nearly identical reaction times, but at top end Herbold broke out by .007 seconds as Boniferro ran a 7.003 to get the win.
Mike Peters padded his Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds points lead with his second win in a row and fourth overall in 2018, defeating Lucas Salemi for his fourth triumph of the season. Mason Fix clinched his third-straight track title in Tread City Tire Street with his fifth win of the season. Fix cemented his championship run with a four-race win streak that will continue into the final night of the season after beating Daniel Knab in the final round.
The Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing program is off next week as our team of 45 racers is headed to Keystone Raceway Park near Pittsburgh, PA for the IHRA Team Finals. Best of luck to Team Lancaster and Program Director Sharon Hughes as they show Division 3 no mercy. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.
Press release provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway