End of season recap
"The 2018 MANDRA racing season came to a close on Sunday, October 15 at South Mountain Raceway where the make-up for the rain-out of the previous day at Cecil County was held. Thanks to Tim Hansberry--Hansberry Enterprise, for sponsoring our annual Ralph Eberly Memorial Race and Picnic. Also, thank you to John Rose of Ironhorse Construction for his addition to the awards at the end of the day.
Ideally, we would of loved to finish up the season at Cecil County where traditionally we have our picnic. Unfortunately, after talking to the track owner, they would not be able to accommodate our club until the second week of November, which would be after the banquet. All of the officers and board of directors were consulted and agreed to run the next day at South Mountain if Mike could fit us in his schedule. We had South Mountain scheduled on this day as a make-up race if necessary. Mountain Mike was more than happy to have us.
Twenty cars showed up to compete in the last race of the season. The top nine points racers potentially had the chance to win the championship. Bob English had low reaction time, but because of the even numbered field, did not receive a bye-run first round. The points leader at the beginning of the day, Chris Righetti, lost first round which took him out of the chase. Bob Maulick had an earned bye-run into the finals. Bud Poust and Mark Santee then faced each other in the other semi-final pairing with Mark taking the win. That was the round that secured Mark the championship. He raced Bob Maulick in the final round and Bob won, but he was a little bit short to be on top of the leader board. Congratulations to the Bare Bones Racing team for their two-wins in one day! (Bob had the run-off with Randy for the "Wally" from Island, with Bob taking that win as well.)
Thanks to everyone who showed up and to all who brought the food and helped with the set-up before and clean-up after the picnic. If you went home hungry, it was your own fault! The food was delicious!
Congratulations to Mark Santee, 2018 MANDRA Points Champion! Bob Maulick finished second and Randy Campbell third. The updated points are attached.
It has been a great year of racing in spite of the weather; we managed to get all the races in. We'll close the book on 2018 at our annual banquet on November 3. We will recognize our points members and crown our new champion! Voting for the special awards is complete and we have new winners in every category. Please join us for a great evening of remembering the past season and looking forward to the next. Good food and great times will be had by all!
Get your reservations for the banquet to Wendy NOW! She has to turn in the final count at the end of this week."
See you all in a couple of weeks,