Cleveland, Szewczyk & Cattarin Lead List of Sunday Nostalgia Winners
Lancaster National Dragway recently held its biggest multi-day drag racing event of the season with the annual trip down memory lane known as Sunday Nostalgia Weekend. Gassers, front engine dragsters, hot rods and muscle cars from the Golden Age of drag racing filled the pits at Lancaster for two days of throwback racing fun.
While Mother Nature washed out Friday’s racing program she could only mildly dampen the spirits of those that turned out on Saturday. Track officials pressed on through a few weather-related delays to get the show in. Wayne Cleveland of Williamsville, N.Y. took top honors in Competition Eliminator over Louie Martina. Cleveland had a near perfect reaction time in the finals with a .5001 light as he chased down Martina before they got to top end.
Ryan Ricketson of Delevan, N.Y. grabbed the win in Little Eliminator over Lyndsy Payne. It was an all Mopar battle as Ricketson’s 1974 Dodge Dart beat the 1972 Plymouth Barracuda of Payne.
The Gasser Racing Series was once again a part of Sunday Nostalgia Weekend and Keith Banas of Buffalo took the victory on Saturday. Banas won after his opponent, Bill Van Noy, brokeout in the finals.
The Modern Muscle class was created to open up Sunday Nostalgia Weekend to cars built from 1981-1997. Chris Kujawaski of Lancaster in his 1982 Chevrolet Camaro narrowly picked up the class victory over Tim Markle.
Following the racing program on Saturday, the third annual class of the Lancaster National Dragway Wall of Fame was inducted. The 2017 class included: John Drysdale, Donny “DJ” Raiser, Joe Schmitz and Paul Zgoda .
The action on Sunday was headlined by Ron Szewczyk of Derby, N.Y. winning Top Eliminator over Frank Malvaso. Both cars ran identical elapsed times of 4.521 seconds, but Szewczyk left the starting line first to give him a win at Sunday Nostalgia Weekend for the second-straight year.
Tony Cattarin of Ransomville, N.Y. picked up the win in Nostalgia Gas aboard his 1941 Willys over Billy Webb. Richard Hodge of Alden, N.Y. scored the win Comp Eliminator after Mark Hawk triggered the red light in the final round.
In Little Eliminator, Mark Santucci of Lancaster was victorious over Gary Klaskov.
Good friends DJ Raiser and Paul Cambria both scored wins in their respective classes on Sunday. Raiser, the newly inducted member of the Wall of Fame, added to his memorable weekend by winning Street ET over Owen Baer. Cambria matched his 6.87 dial-in in the Modern Muscle final to defeat Brad Mays.
This Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway will feature four tire-smokin’, earth-shaking Alcohol Funny Cars plus a full card of Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing.