|Top 8 Eliminator winner Brian Hitchcock|
credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
Lancaster National Dragway kicked off the final month of the season for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing on Friday night with Brian Hitchcock earning his second-straight win in Top 8 Eliminator. Hitchcock ran his 5.18 dial-in in the final round as he defeated Wayne Cleveland for his third win overall in 2017. The loss denied Cleveland his third win of the year in Top 8.
In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, veteran Billy Leber took the win aboard Joe Masullo’s rear engine dragster with a phenomenal pass in the finals as he had a near-perfect .501 reaction time and just missed his 4.99 dial-in with a 5.009 ET.
Keith Banas earned his second-straight win in McGard Mod, holding off Jeff Kerl in the finals as he matched his 6.73 dial-in.
The final round in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds featured two of the class’s biggest winners this season in Lucas Salemi and Vic Puglia. Salemi got the win over Puglia on Friday night for his fourth win of the season. The win helped Salemi to get within 10 points of Mike Peters for the Bikes & Sleds points lead with three races left this season.
The chase for the championship was also on in Tread City Tire Street as Mason Fix earned his first class victory of the year. That puts Fix just two rounds behind Ed Semlitsch for the points lead.
Rachel Jewell was victorious in the final round of the Buffalo Street Outlaws. Jewell’s 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle beat the Buick Grand National of Grant Farmer to score the win. Aaron Astyk won the BSO Street Limited class after Don Belkota red-lighted in the finals.
Lancaster National Dragway’s jam packed September continues next Friday with Alcohol Funny Cars plus a full card of racing. Joe’s Transmission TNT Hot Rod, the Junior Dragster 7.90 class plus a $250-to-win special for Tread City Tire will join the rest of the weekly classes of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.