LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 28, 2018) – Frank Malvaso of Rochester is always threat to win when he comes to Lancaster National Dragway. Malvaso’s 1933 “Rush” Willy’s has had success in a number of events in recent years, and this past Friday night Malvaso added another Lancaster win to his resume as he conquered the field of Supercharged Bountyhunters as part of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing.
Malvaso defeated David Texido in the Supercharged Bountyhunters finals as Texido had to pedal the car down the strip to maintain traction. Malvaso ran 4.328 seconds at 169.15 mph in the 1/8-mile to pick up the win.
Dynabrade sponsored Top 8 Eliminator and Top ET on Friday to set up a special night for both classes. Jimmy Mallare of Lancaster defeated the Dynabrae-sponsored Chevrolet S-10 of Pete Maduri, Jr. to win Top 8 Eliminator. Maduri was making his first appearance at his home track since winning his first-ever NHRA National Event at the New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. on July 8. The final run was nearly a heads-up race with both drivers’ dial-ins separated but only .04 seconds. The slight advantage on the starting tree gave Mallare the margin he needed to pick up the win.
The Maduri family still had found their way to victory lane on Friday night as Pete Maduri, Sr. won Top ET in his Dynabrade Chevrolet Corvette. The elder Maduri defeated Kyle Szalchta in the Top final after Szalchta broke out.
The Buffalo Street Outlaws were also on hand to debut their new X235 class. Former track champion John McGowan of N. Tonawanda, N.Y. beat Stan Relosky in a battle of 1990s Ford Mustangs to get the inaugural class win.
In McGard Mod ET, Kale Wischman of Williamsville, N.Y. defeated Keith Banas to get his first win of 2018. Wischman denied Banas his second-straight win in Mod. Rob Brandel of Williamsville, N.Y. scored his first win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Brandel drove past Pete Marston in the finals for the win.
Tim Markle of Hilton, N.Y. won Tread City Tire Street for the second week in a row. Markle upended Daniel Knab in the finals for the repeat victory.
Next weekend is one of Lancaster National Dragway’s biggest of the year with the annual Sunday Nostalgia Drags and Car Show. Sunday Nostalgia weekend kicks off on Friday night with a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing with a special Nostalgia Eliminator class open to cars from 1980 or older with no electronics.
Saturday features a full afternoon of nostalgia drag racing, including the Gasser Racing Series and the 10th annual AA Gasser Showdown. The 2018 class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame will also be inducted on Saturday. Sunday’s action includes Nostalgia Gas and Street Eliminator classes. The Clutch Artists of Buffalo will host a car show on the infield of the stock car oval on Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday with time trials at noon and eliminations starting at 2 p.m.
RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)
Dynabrade Top 8 Eliminator
Winner: Jim Mallare, Jr. (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1927 Roadster .532 5.58 5.593 seconds, 122.61 mph
Runner-up: Pete Maduri, Jr. (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1993 Chevrolet S-10 .531 5.54 5.565 seconds, 122.34 mph
Dynabrade Top ET
Winner: Peter Maduri, Sr. (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 2006 Chevrolet Corvette .533 6.50 6.519 seconds, 116.23 mph
Runner-up: Kyle Szalchta (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) 1970 Dodge Challenger .527 6.03 6.022 seconds, 113.10 mph
Winner: Frank Malvaso (Rochester, N.Y.) 1933 Willys .576 4.328 seconds, 169.15 mph
Runner-up: Dave Texido (Grand Island, N.Y.) 1969 Pontiac Firebird .457 5.278 seconds, 91.24 mph
Buffalo Street Outlaws X235
Winner: John McGowan (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1992 Ford Mustang .453 6.563 seconds, 107.94 mph
Runner-up: Stan Relosky (Lockport, N.Y.) 1993 Ford Mustang .365 6.497 seconds, 105.85 mph
McGard Mod ET
Winner: Kale Wischman (Williamsville, N.Y.) 1985 Pontiac Grand Prix .518 7.70 7.710 seconds, 87.41 mph
Runner-up: Keith Banas (Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle .527 6.73 6.742 seconds, 95.93 mph
Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds
Winner: Rob Brandel (Williamsville, N.Y.) 2003 Arctic Cat .513 6.34 6.359 seconds, 98.29 mph
Runner-up: Pete Marston (Grand Island, N.Y.) 2002 ZR 800 .631 6.49 6.465 seconds, 96.72 mph
Tread City Tire Street ET
Winner: Tim Markle (Hilton, N.Y.) 1989 Pontiac Firebird .548 9.38 9.440 seconds, 67.78 mph
Runner-up: Dan Knab (Elma, N.Y.) 2001 Saturn .504 11.67 11.801 seconds, 60.80 mph