MANDRA RACING - BEAVER SPRINGS DRAGWAY -
LABOR DAY WEEKEND - FOUNDERS DAY SEPTEMBER 2, 3, 2023
Saturday September 2nd
The weather was hot, so was the racing and the Founders Day picnic was bigger and better than ever. Thank you to all who brought food and everyone who helped with the set up and take down of the picnic area.
Founders Day is time to remember Ralph Eberly and the 12 or so members who started MANDRA in 1999.
Saturdays sponsors were Team Ferraro, Hansberry Enterprise and John Harris and Christina Davenport. Unfortunately Tim Hansberry, John & Christina were unable to be there but we gave away their money anyway.
Multiple sponsors allowed MANDRA to offer racers $10 for every round win in competition starting with first round winners. There were also multiple Blind Squirrel awards for randomly selected first round pairings. A special award was the refund of the racer day admission fee, to the MANDRA member who lost in the first round to the days event winner. These awards on Saturday were all provided by the days sponsors. Thank you for helping to make Founders Day fun and successful.
MANDRA had 34 cars for the Saturday race with Randy Campbell getting low reaction time in time trials with a .005. With 34 cars for first round there was no bye run in first round.
Early rounds featured some very close racing, in the third round Tim Milliron ending Jamie Reicherts day, Bud Poust defeated Merritt Snyder, Mark Santee ended Frankie G’s day, Paul (Moe) Costley sent Josh Nevells home and Bob Maulick had a bye run due to a .001 reaction time in the second round.
Fourth round saw Paul (Moe) Costley defeat Tim Milliron, Bob Maulick end Mark Santee’s day and Bud Poust had the bye run due to a .002 reaction time in the previous round. This brought us to 3 cars left in competition.
Bob Maulick took out Bud Poust and Paul (Moe) Costley had the Bye run.
This set up a great final with two racers who have not won a race in 2023.
Paul (Moe) Costley left first with Bob Maulick in pursuit. Bob was unable to catch Moe who has his first win since joining MANDRA earlier this year.
Congratulations to Moe for a well deserved win.
Once we had the days winner we could present the award that everyone would like to have but no one wants. The award went to John Wise to ease the pain of being defeated by Moe Costly, the days event winner, in the first round.
Saturday’s consolation race featured 8 MANDRA cars with the final coming down to Brian Wallace and Larry Wittg with Larry red lighting his chances away. Congratulations to Brian Wallace.
The day was long, hot and fun, and we get to do it again on Sunday.
Sunday September 3rd
The day started nice and cool but the weather and the racing got hot. The only thing the two days had in common was Bob Maulick.
Special shout out to Brian Yarrison who had a distributor parts breakage on his last run Saturday night, found parts and repaired the problem so he could race on Sunday.
Larry Wittig wasn’t so lucky as his Sox & Martin Plymouth broke a rear end on his first time run Sunday morning ending his day.
The days sponsor was Santee Brothers racing, in addition to the money sponsorship the Santee brothers offered $25 gift card to the winner, runner–up and semi-finalists. Be sure to thank Mark and Anthony for their support of MANDRA.
MANDRA had 32 cars for first round. Low reaction time on Sunday went to Geoff Sotak with a .000 reaction time in his first time run followed by a .008 on his second time run. Looks like Geoff is ready for race day.
First round went smoothly for most racers, Geoff Sotak faced Mark Santee but unfortunately Geoff used all his great reaction times in time trials and Mark sent him home. Drag racing will take you from hero to zero in a couple hundredths of a second.
In the third round Mark Santee defeated Tim Milliron, Mike Fisher defeated Bill Wert, Bob Maulick ended Jamie Reichert’s good weekend and Mike (Mike V.) Vandenheuvel ended Carly Boyers day.
Fourth round semi-finals saw Mark Santee defeat Mike Fisher who was having a good day and Mike (Mike V.) Vandenheuvel defeated Bob Maulick.
This set up a final with Mark Santee and Mike V., Mike V. left the line first with a .041 RT, Mark was right there with a .044 RT, at the finish line Mark ran closer to his dial-in giving him the win by .04 of a second.
Congratulations to Mark, Mike and everyone from MANDRA who made this a great weekend of Racing.
See you at South Mountain Sunday September 17th.
Have a great week.
Winner 9/2/23 - Paul Costley
Runner-up 9/2/23 - Bob Maulick
Semi's 9/2/23 - Bud Poust
Consolation 9/2/23 - Brian Wallace
Winner 9/3/23 - Mark Santee
Runner-up 9/3/23 - Mike Vandenhuevel
Semi's 9/3/23 - Mike Fisher
Semi's 9/3/23 - Bob Maulick