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MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY RACKS UP TEAM TITLE AT THE NORTHEAST DIVISION'S SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS READING, Pa. (Sept. 26, 2009) -- The home team from Maple Grove Raceway picked up their second straight team title at the NHRA Summit ...

MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY RACKS UP TEAM TITLE AT THE NORTHEAST DIVISION'S SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS

READING, Pa. (Sept. 26, 2009) -- The home team from Maple Grove Raceway picked up their second straight team title at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals this weekend. Maple Grove outscored the second place team, New Jersey's Atco Raceway, by 22 points and put one driver in the winner's circle. Pro category racer, Andy Anderson, York, Pa., picked up the nine-round win over the Mike Larose of Monroe, N.Y.

Baltimore's Chris Krajewski, racing for Cecil County Dragway, scored the win in the Super category. He ousted Atco racer Brian Balducci of Voorhees, N.J. Krajewski ran his dragster to a 7.613-second, 176.10 mph lap to Balducci's 7.573-second, 173.54 mph pass. Krajewski also went nine rounds for his win.

Anderson wheeled his dragster to a 9.886-second, 115.37 mph run to beat Larose, who red-lighted behind the wheel of his '68 Plymouth racing for ESTA Safety Park. Larose was the divisional champion in 2001 and went on to earn the national championship in Pomona, Calif.

Reading resident Brandon Wentzel, racing for Napierville Dragway, took his '98 Camaro to the win in the Street class. He ran 13.748 seconds at 100.20 mph to beat Randy Brownawell of Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., who was representing Quarter Aces Drag O Way.

Another ESTA Safety Park Racer, Jason Longley of Fulton, N.Y., rode his '06 Suzuki to the win in the Bike/Sled category. He defeated Brian Canoles, Berkeley Springs, W.V., who was racing for U.S. 13 Dragway, in the final. Longley ran 12.662 seconds at 103.05 mph to beat the red-lighting Canoles.

In the High School Eliminator presented by Luzerne County Community College, Matt Bunal, Rome, N.Y., scored the win for ESTA Safety Park and jettisoned Dustin Lecates of Quanitco, Md. Lecates was racing for U.S. 13 Dragway.

The winners in the Super, Pro, Street and Bike/Sled categories are eligible to race against the winners from NHRA's other six divisions for a national championship and a winner-takes-all $5,000 payday. The run-off will take place during the NHRA Finals at in Pomona, Calif.

The division's Race of Champions, where the top points earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition, was postponed until Sunday due to rain. Weather permitting, the ROC will resume at 9 a.m.

Following are the NHRA Northeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals champions:

SUPER
Chris Krajewski, Baltimore, Md., Cecil County Dragway, dragster, 7.613, 176.10 def. Brian Balducci, Voorhees, N.J., Atco Raceway, dragster, 7.573, 173.54

PRO
Andy Anderson, York, Pa., Maple Grove Raceway, dragster, 9.886, 115.37 def. Mike Larose, W. Monroe, N.Y., Esta Safety Park, '68 Plymouth, 10.783, 122.54

STREET
Brandon Wentzel, Reading, Pa., Napierville Dragway, '98 Camaro Z/28, 13.748, 100.20 def. Randy Brownawell, Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., Quarter Aces Drag O Way, dragster, 11.861, 108.86

BIKE/SLED
Jason Longley, Fulton, N.Y., Esta Safety Park,'06 Suzuki, 12.662, 103.05 def. Brian Canoles, Berkeley Springs, W.V., Mason-Dixon Dragway, '08 Suzuki, foul

HIGH SCHOOL presented by Luzerne County Community College
Matt Bunal, Rome, N.Y., Esta Safety Park, '91 Camaro, 13.271, 95.07 def. Dustin Lecates, Quantico, Md., US 13 Dragway, '04 Mustang, 14.479, 96.30

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS:
Maple Grove Raceway, 88 points
Atco Raceway, 66
Esta Safety Park, 58
Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park, 52
Lebanon Valley Dragway, 51
Cecil County Dragway, 50
Island Dragway, 47
Capitol Raceway, 45
Mason-Dixon Dragway, 43
Virginia Motorsports Park, 42
Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way, 41
Numidia Dragway, 41
US 13 Dragway, 40
Napierville Dragway, 38
Spencer Speedway, 26

-credit: nhra

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