|Top 8 Eliminator winner Steve Harkiewicz|
credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
A mix of new faces and veterans visited victory lane on Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway. Headlining the class winners for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program was Steve Harkiewicz, who picked up his first win in Top 8 Eliminator after defeating Michael Mallare in the final round.
Dale Eckert beat Jan Winkowski in finals of Mallare Enterprises Top ET, while Jeff Kerl became the sixth different winner of the season in McGard Mod ET, winning after Reid Ricketson broke out in the finals. Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds got just their third different winner of 2017 as Gerry Vaughan picked up the win over Alan Fletcher. Vaughan is the first driver besides Mike Peters and Lucas Salemi to win in Bikes & Sleds this year.
In Tread City Tire Street, Derrick Kovach was victorious in the final round over Timothy Markle. The Junior Dragsters made a rare Friday night appearance with a special a 7.90-index class as well, with Alexandra Young beating her sister, Victoria, in the final pairing.
Next Friday, July 15, Lancaster National Dragway hosts its annual Nitro Night of Fire. Todd Paton and Bobby Lagana return to Lancaster with their Top Fuel Dragsters to attempt to break the track records once again. Last year, Paton smashed both the elapsed time and speed records. The TNT Hot Rod Series and a full card of IHRA Drag Racing will also be on tap. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.