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Monday, July 24, 2017

Cleveland doubles up at Lancaster Dragway

Top 8 and Top ET winner Wayne Cleveland in the winner's
circle - credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
For the second season in a row Wayne Cleveland walked away from Lancaster National Dragway with two class wins in one night, taking top honors in both Top 8 Eliminator and Mallare Enterprises Top ET on Friday night.

In other Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Angelo Salemi took the $500-to-win special for Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds, Pete Maduri Jr. won the TNT Hot Rod Series event,Ryan Ricketson won in McGard Mod ET, and Timothy Markle was victorious in Tread City Tire Street ET.

Cleveland’s first win of the night came in Top 8 Eliminator as he held off Michael Mallare in the final round to score the victory. He was then inserted into the Mallare Enterprises Top ET bracket where he once again went to the final, this time to face Zell Gaymon. It wound up being a bye run for Cleveland as Gaymon failed to make a run to the 1/8-mile dragstrip. Cleveland now has three wins in the 2017 season with two Top 8 victories and one in Mallare Enterprises ET.

Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds had a special bonus night on Friday with $500 on the line for the winner. The final pair featured a “Family Feud” between three-time winner Lucas Salemi and his cousin, Angelo. Angelo got the win after Lucas broke out in the finals, claiming his first win of the season.

The TNT Hod Rod Series returned to Lancaster National Dragway on Friday night, with Pete Maduri Jr. taking the win over Patrick Boniferro on a holeshot off the starting line. McGard Mod ET was guaranteed to have its first repeat winner of the 2017 season as the final round featured previous winners Ryan Ricketson and Jeff Kerl. Ricketson left the starting line first and held of Kerl to score win No. 2 in Mod. Timothy Markle got his first win of the year in Tread City Tire ET. Both he and his opponent, Mason Fix, broke out in the finals with Markle running close to his dial-in.

This Friday night, July 28, the Supercharged Warriors thunder into Lancaster for a special show. They will be joined by a full card of Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing. Time trials start 5 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

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