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Maple Grove Raceway - Holy Hot Rods, Batman!

The Amish Country Of Eastern Pennsylvania Was Invaded By A Cornucopia Of Bow Ties.

By Mike Ficacci, Photography by Team Super Chevy

Set in the rolling farmland in the Appalachian Mountains in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, Maple Grove Raceway proved that hot rodding is alive and well in the northeast, with not an empty seat in the stands, nor grassy knoll left uncovered. The drag strip side of the track could barely hold in all the competitors, which numbered well over 600 entries and guzzled gallons and gallons of high octane go-go juice. Eliminations continued deep into Sunday as the sun started to set and the show cars piled out for the trek home.

Quite an array of beautiful show machines crossed the judges' path, with an emphasis on Pro Street beauties and rare muscle. Our recent cover bearer, Denny Durbin, displayed his high-horsepower, supercharged Nova. So did his brother, who brought his bumper-draggin', Pro Street, first-generation Camaro.

Also gracing the grasslands was a pair of ultra-rare 1967 Camaro Z/28s. It is unusual to see one of the 602 original Z cars at one location, let alone two. Complete with the correct 290-horsepower 302 cubic-inch small-blocks designed specifically by Chevy for squashing the Mustang in the SCCA Trans-Am series in the late '60s, each of the two in attendance was documented. Both had folding rear seats and the red one had a front bench seat, 8-track player and 4.56 gears-from the factory.

Tremec True Street was an absolute blood bath, with 28 competitors cocked, locked, and ready to rock. The tour began out the rear gate of Maple Grove Raceway, past the once-legendary/now dry and filled-in swimming pool that catered to many a drunken encounter through the years. They continued some 20-plus miles through Morgantown and back again without a single hitch. As per the request of most competitors, they made haste through the hills in an attempt to keep off the high-stall converters. In the end, perennial butt-kicker and December 2006 feature car owner Marc Schwankweiler once again proved the worth of his blue '66 Chevy deuce. He rattled off a 9.174, 8.698, and 8.611, good enough for a class average of 8.83-seconds and $200 prize in Tremec True Street.

TREMEC TRUE STREET WINNERS
OVERALL WINNER
Marc Schwankweiler 1966 Chevy II 8.83-Second Avg.
Runner-Up
William Ahlas 1962 Nova 10.24-Second Avg.
10-SECOND WINNER
George Martinelli 1932 Coupe 10.39-Second Avg.
11-SECOND WINNER
Tommy Rollins 1970 Nova 11.80-Second Avg.
12-SECOND WINNER
Stew Hill 1957 Chevy 12.05-Second Avg.
13-SECOND WINNER
Brett Delong 1984 Camaro 13.14-Second Avg.
EDITOR’S CHOICE TOP 10 DRAG RACE
Frank Romano Long Island, NY 1955 Chevy
Marc Schwankweiler Douglasville, PA 1966 Nova
Scott Embley Saylorsburg, PA 1969 Chevelle
Philip Judd Bangor, PA 1969 Camaro Z28
Eric Ott Douglasville, PA 1959 Panel Truck
Brian Marko Myerstown, PA 1966 Nova
Pete & Maggie Agozzino Aldan, PA 1957 Bel-Air Wagon
Mike Boyd Ranson, WV 1967 Chevelle
Mike Groff Hamburg, PA 1973 Datsun 240Z
Elise Renning Leesport, PA 1963 Corvette
EDITOR’S CHOICE TOP 10 SHOW CARS
Ronald Casadei Edison, NJ 1967 Camaro Z28
Michael Mahan Quincy, MA 1957 Chevy 210 Sedan
Scott Wile Mountville, PA 1987 Monte Carlo
Alex Recine North Babylon, NY 1955 150 Gasser
Joe Cherry Newburgh, NY 1958 Nomad
Richard Fontana Commack, NY 1957 Chevy 210
James Boyle Congers, NY 1962 Impala
Buck Sines Manassas, VA 1969 Chevelle SS
Nat Jenkins Brooklyn, NY 1959 Bel Air
J.J. Piccione Brooklyn, NY 1979 Camaro
EVENT WINNERS
AEROMOTIVE NITRO COUPES
WINNER
Tommy Gray 2007 GTO ET: 4.143 MPH: 180.12  
RUNNER-UP
Doug Winters 1957 Chevy ET: 4.223 MPH: 176.51  
PROCHARGER BRACKET BRAWL
WINNER
John Scott RT .014 ET: 7.937 D/I 7.91
RUNNER-UP
Dave Faust RT .025 ET: 8.333 D/I 8.31
JEGS BRACKET 2
WINNER
Nick Lewis RT .039 ET: 9.534 D/I 9.53
RUNNER-UP
Kurt Holland RT .039 ET: 11.428 D/I 11.39
NITROPLATE DOT STREET FIGHT
WINNER
Elise Renninger RT .042 ET: 12.102 D/I 12.09
RUNNER-UP
Bill Lewis RT -.102 ET: 9.965 D/I 9.92
LAST CHANCE RACE
WINNER
Bryan Kershner '82 Camaro 9.416 140.46
RUNNER-UP
Jack Neher '78 Malibu 10.490 126.67
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