Beaver Springs Recap, etc.
"This weekend at South Mountain will be their Glory Days event. All MANDRA cars are welcome to attend as a non-points event. Due to the fact that we probably will not have a big field of MANDRA cars, because many have other plans/commitments and some just want a weekend off of racing, we will not run our own event. All MANDRA cars will fall under Bracket II. Check out South Mountain's website or facebook page for details. You can test and tune and grudge race for a $30 entry fee if you do not want to run the program.
Beaver Springs recap: Mother Nature won out on Saturday which pushed the weekend to racing on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday we had twenty-four MANDRA cars, but Gary Yoder broke, so this gave Mike Volpe a first-round earned bye-run. Merritt Snyder had a bye run into the finals and Chris Righetti and Jamie Reichert were the other semi-finalist pairing with Chris winning. He then faced Merritt in the finals and won his first race of the season. Chris went on to run Top Beaver and lost first round. Congratulations to all and thank you to River's Truck Center for sponsoring the event. As a note, keep Brad McKinsey in your prayers as he is struggling with health issues.
Monday morning brought sunshine to Beaver Springs and a great day of racing with seventeen cars making first round. There was a bye-run in each round leading to the finals. Tony Picone had the first-round bye-run, Jamie Reichert second round, Gary Yoder third round, Merritt Snyder fourth round (semi-finals) which sent him into the finals for the second time this weekend. The other semi-finalist pairing pitted Bob Maulick against Gary Yoder. Bob was a victim of the Beaver Springs right lane with the sun setting behind the Christmas tree and had the worst light of his life giving Gary the win into the finals. Gary then ran out in the final round against Merritt giving Merritt the win. Merritt took home the Ironman trophy. He went on to run Top Beaver and lost first round. Thanks to Team Ferraro for sponsoring the Ironman Challenge.
Following the Monday race finals, the Maple Grove final race between Merritt Snyder and Bud Poust was run. Merritt became the victor of the Bare Bones Racing sponsored event with his second win of the season (he is the only repeat winner so far this year). It was a good weekend for Merritt and wife Barbara!
This was also a bittersweet weekend for racers at Beaver Springs. Beaver Bob announced that at the end of the season, the track will change ownership. Beaver Bob has been very good to MANDRA over the years and although he says he will be around for our races, he will be missed as track owner/promoter.
We are looking forward to working with new owner, Mike McCracken, in the future; I assured him he will continue to have the support of MANDRA. We wish Bob and Donna Marie all the best as they start the next chapter of their lives.
Frankie G will be on vacation for the next ten days, so the website and facebook may not be updated until he returns. Uncle John is working on the points and as soon as they are available, we will email them to you all.
Our next points race is Saturday, September 16 at Cecil County with D&M Engineering as our sponsor. The season is winding down with only three races to go. Points are tight to say the least, with anyone in the top ten within striking distance of the championship. It has been an exciting year!
By the way....thanks to Merritt and anyone who helped with the logistics of running the club after I left on Monday. I was able to get to my grandson's first birthday party (just a little late!)! Most of the food was cold, but it was the price I had to pay!!!
See you soon,