Monday, June 19, 2017

Melanie Salemi takes ladies’ night at Lancaster Dragway

Lancaster National Dragway hosted Ladies Night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program on Friday night, featuring special Pro and Amateur classes for female racers. An additional highlight was a special match race between Melanie Salemi’s “Purple Reign” Pro Modified and the Top Dragster of Kathy Fisher. Salemi posted a winning elapsed time of 4.513 seconds at 125.77 mph.

Top 8 winner Zell Gaymon
credit: Lancaster National Dragway
In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Rick Szewczyk Jr. posted his first career win, getting the win light after Zell Gaymon left the starting line too soon. It was the second final round of the night for Gaymon, who picked up the win in Top 8 by defeating Mike Nowak in the final.

Jim Kalinowski took top honors in Mod ET over Roger Kieffer, while Lucas Salemi picked up his second win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds over Pete Marston. In Tread City Tire Street ET, DJ Raiser scored his second win of the season after his opponent, Joe Busch, broke out in the finals.

Sharon Hayek won the Pro Ladies class for female drivers that are current competitors, defeating last week’s Street winner, Meg Grzekiewicz, in the finals. Rachel Lama won the Amateur Ladies class.

Lancaster National Dragway will be off next week as the facility plays host to the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show. Vendors from across the country will be on hand all weekend, plus the Clutch Artists will be hosting a car show. Keep up with the action at

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