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Lancaster National Dragway got their first Franco’s Pizza Friday Night IHRA Drag Racing event of August in the books on Friday night following two-straight weeks of rain outs. The good weather came at the right time as Lancaster played host to the Hanna Motorsports Jet Funny Cars after their traditional Memorial Day weekend date was rained out. Both the First Strike and Top Secret Eastern Raider jet cars wowed the fans with passes of less than four seconds and speeds that topped over 200 mph.
In Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing action, Michael Mallare captured his first Top 8 win of the season, while Dan Szewczyk took the win in Mallare Enterprises Top ET. In McGard Mod, Keith Banas scored his first win of 2017, while both Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds and Tread City Tire Street had repeat winners as Vic Pgulia (Bikes & Sleds) and John Wachowicz (Street) won for the second event in a row.
Mallare entered Friday night with a 0-4 record in final rounds this season in Top 8 Eliminator. His luck finally changed as he was able to beat Joe Masullo for his first win of the season. In the Mallare Enterprises Top ET final, Shawn Beatty was set to face Szewczyk in the final pairing, but Szewczyk was unable to make the call to the starting line due to mechanical problems. Beatty, however, graciously allowed Szewczyk to make repairs to his car so they could race instead of taking the bye run and the automatic win. Szewczyk was ready to go 30 minutes later and drove past Beatty at top end to score the victory aboard his Head Knocker 1941 Willys.
Banas scored his first win of the year in McGard Mod over Rich Hodge. Banas had to only make up a tenth second head start on the starting tree to edge Hodge at top end.
Puglia backed up his first career Bikes & Sleds win on July 28 with his second of the season, defeating Drew Nearhoof in the final round to score the victory. Wachowicz returned to Tread City Tire Street victory lane in his Lincoln Mark VI with a win over Eddie Semlitsch in the finals.
The Junior Dragster 7.90 Index class made its second Friday night appearance of the season and the final round was a rematch of the first race, with Alexandra Young picking up the win over her sister, Victoria.
Lancaster National Dragway is back in action this Friday night with the popular Big Rig Night presented Hunter Truck Sales/Peterbilt of Buffalo and Mallare Enterprises. There will be a special Big Rig/Dump Truck class and a Pickup Truck class sponsored by Halleen’s Automotive. CDL license holders will receive discounted admission. Find out more at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.