Monday, June 12, 2017

Swinarski picks up Top 8, Top ET wins at Lancaster Dragway

Double-winner Mike Swinarski
credit: Lancaster National Dragway
Lancaster National Dragway had its first double winner of 2017 on Friday night as Mike Swinarski of Boston, NY picked up wins in both Top 8 and Mallare Enterprises Top ET. In other Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Zamuda of Buffalo won the first ever event at Lancaster for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters, while Clay Ricketson of East Aurora took top honors in McGard Mod. Mike Peters of Angola scored his third win of the year in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Meg Grzekiewicz of Belfast, NY won Tread City Tire Street and Reid Ricketson won a special Mopar vehicles only class.

Veteran drag racer Swinarski started off the winning by holding off Joe Masullo in the finals of Top 8. He then was inserted into the Top ET bracket where he once again advanced to the finaling pairing. This time Swinarski was the chaser instead of the one being chased, and he made up about a one-second head start on the starting tree to defeat Ken Babiak Jr. for win No. 2.

The Supercharged Bounty Hunters thundered into Lancaster for the very first time, with Zamuda taking down Frank Malvaso in the finals. In McGard Mod, Clay Ricketson picked up his first win of the season over veteran Jeff Kerl, while his younger brother Reid gave the family a second win in a special Mopar only class.

Peters continued his hot streak in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, advancing to his fourth final round in a row and scoring his third win after his competitor, Michael Puglia, broke out. Grzekiewicz earned her first Tread City Tire Street win in her 1984 GMC pickup truck.

Friday, June 17, is Ladies Night at Lancaster National Dragway with $5 admission for all females. Come see a special match race featuring the Purple Reign Pro Modified of Melanie Salemi and the Top Dragster of the “Dragoness” Kathy Fisher. There will also be special ladies only Pro and Amateur classes with each winner receiving a diamond ring from Cash & Go Pawn. Time trials start at 5 p.m. Keep up with the action at

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