Gaymon & Szewczyk Jr. lead Ladies Night winners at Lancaster
LANCASTER, N.Y. (June 17, 2017) – Lancaster National Dragway hosted Ladies Night for the Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag Racing program on Friday night. On top of a full card of racing there were special Pro and Amateur classes for female racers.
An additional highlight was a special match race between Melanie Salemi’s “Purple Reign” Pro Modified and the Top Dragster of Kathy Fisher. The doorslammer got the better of the dragster as Salemi posted a winning elapsed time of 4.513 seconds at 125.77 mph.
In Mallare Enterprises Top ET, Rick Szewczyk, Jr. of Buffalo posted his first career win. Szewczyk got the win light after Zell Gaymon left the starting line too soon. It was the second final round of the night for Gaymon, who picked up the win in Top 8. Gaymon defeated Mike Nowak in Top 8 final after Nowak broke out.
Jim Kalinowski took top honors in Mod ET over Roger Kieffer. Kalinowski took advantage of nearly a half second head start on the starting tree to hold off Kieffer at top end. Lucas Salemi of Clarence Center, N.Y. picked up his second win of the season in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Salemi faced Pete Marston in nearly a heads up final round. He made up the .003 disadvantage on the starting tree to edge out Marston at top end.
In Tread City Tire Street ET, DJ Raiser of Lancaster scored his second win of the season after his opponent, Joe Busch, broke out in the finals.
Sharon Hayek of Lockport, N.Y. won the Pro Ladies class for female drivers that are current competitors. Hayek defeated last week’s Street winner, Meg Grzekiewicz, in the finals. Rachel Lama of Amherst, N.Y. won the Amateur Ladies class.
Lancaster National Dragway will be off next week as the facility plays host to the Niagara Swap Meet & Car Show. Vendors from across the country will be on hand all weekend, plus the Clutch Artists will be hosting a car show.
RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)
Top 8 ET
Winner: Zell Gaymon (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1994 Chevrolet Lumina .530 5.55 5.564 seconds, 123.39 mph
Runner-up: Mike Nowak (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro .551 5.06 5.058 seconds, 137.72 mph
Mallare Enterprises Top ET
Winner: Rick Szewczyk, Jr. (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle .504 6.668 seconds, 100.67 mph
Runner-up: Zell Gaymon (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1994 Chevrolet Lumina .493 FOUL
McGard Mod ET
Winner: Jim Kalinowski .580 7.53 7.543 seconds, 90.77 mph
Runner-up: Roger Kieffer (Clarence, N.Y.) .513 6.99 7.078 seconds, 89.82 mph
Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds
Winner: Lucas Salemi (Clarence Center, N.Y.) Arctic Cat .527 6.48 6.515 seconds, 101.09 mph
Runner-up: Pete Marston (Grand Island, N.Y.) 2002 ZR .526 6.51 6.577 seconds, 98.21 mph
Tread City Tire Street ET
Winner: DJ Raiser (Lancaster, N.Y.) 1984 Dodge .625 11.10 11.248 seconds, 51.54 mph
Runner-up: Joe Busch 1966 Plymouth Fury III .771 9.60 9.581 seconds, 71.84 mph
Winner: Sharon Hayek (Lockport, N.Y.) 1967 Plymouth Barracuda .505 7.98 8.018 seconds, 84.08 mph
Runner-up: Meg Grzekiewicz (Colden, N.Y.) 1984 GMC .536 11.02 11.066 seconds, 62.91 moh
Winner: Rachel Lama (Amherst, N.Y.) 1998 Dodge Dakota .540 10.25 10.347 seconds, 61.47 mph
Runner-up: Jay Grimes-Davis (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo .677 7.58 7.966 seconds, 86.00 mph