LANCASTER, N.Y. (July 13, 2019) – Frank Malvaso of Rochester and his “Rush” 1933 Willys scored another win at Lancaster Dragway @ New York International Raceway Park on Friday night as topped the field of Supercharged Bounty Hunters in the 716 vs. 585 Shootout.
In Friday night IHRA Drag Racing action, Mike Sobczysnki of Alden took top honors in Mallare Trucking Top ET. Bill Bigham of Niagara Falls picked up the win in Top 8 Eliminator. In Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET, Reid Ricketson of Darien Center, N.Y. picked up his second win of the season. Mike Peters of Angola, N.Y. was victorious for the third-straight week in Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds. Veteran DJ Raiser of Lancaster scored the win on Tread City Tire Street ET.
The 716 vs. 585 Shootout for the Supercharged Bounty Hunters featured an eclectic mix of eight vehicles. The final pairing featured multi-time winner Malvaso going head-to-head with Ron D’Alessandro. Malvaso scored the win after D’Alessandro left the starting line too soon. Ron Szewczyk had the quick time of the meet with an elapsed time of 4.56 seconds.
Mike Sobczynski bested Pete Maduri in the final of Mallare Trucking Top ET. Both drivers nearly cut a perfect light on the starting tree, with Sobczysnki making up the difference in dial-ins to beat Maduri at top end. In Top 8, Bill Bigham had just over a one second advantage on Rich Yacos in the final round. Bigham was able to hold that advantage, and beat Yacos for the Top 8 win.
The Giannia Mazia’s Mod final was a battle of Plymouth Dusters between Reid Ricketson and Mike Hickey. Hickey brokeout after he ran under his dial-in to give Ricketson his second win of the season. Mike Peters remained hot in the Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds as he won for third week in a row. His latest opponent to conquer was Matt Luke as he brokeout to keep Peters’s streak alive.
Lancaster Dragway Wall of Fame member DJ Raiser picked up his first win of 2019 in Tread City Tire Street. John Wachowicz tripped the red light in the final to give Raiser a win in the class he also sponsors.
Coming up this Friday, July 19, at Lancaster Dragway is a full card of IHRA Drag Racing. Time trials start at 5 p.m. The first Saturday night stock car show of the season takes place this coming Saturday, July 20, as the Race of Champions presents Autograph Night. The RoC Sportsman Modifieds and Late Models will co-headline the program that features an on-track autograph session during intermission. The Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders and NYPA TQ Midgets will also be in action as racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
RESULTS (Driver, hometown, vehicle, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time and top speed)
Supercharged Bounty Hunters
Winner: Frank Malvaso (Rochester, N.Y.) 1933 Willys .450 5.178 seconds, 106.58 mph
Runner-up: Ron D’Alessandero (W. Seneca, N.Y.) 1963 Chevrolet Nova .109 FOUL
Mallare Trucking Top ET
Winner: Mike Sobczysnki (Alden, N.Y.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro .504 6.14 6.149 seconds, 109.74 mph
Runner-up: Pete Maduri (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) 1980 Chevrolet Monza .508 6.40 6.408 seconds, 120.70 mph
Top 8 Eliminator
Winner: Bill Bigham (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) 1923 Ford T-Bucket .540 5.77 5.777 seconds, 119.09 mph
Runner-up: Rich Yacos (Cambria, N.Y.) Rear Engine Dragster .547 4.70 4.705 seconds, 149.56 mph
Gianni Mazia’s Mod ET
Winner: Reid Ricketson (Darien Center, N.Y.) 1974 Plymouth Duster .528 7.18 7.218 seconds, 92.78 mph
Runner-up: Mike Hickey (Batavia, N.Y.) 1972 Plymouth Duster .546 6.82 6.809 seconds, 98.25 mph
Hebeler’s Sales Bikes & Sleds
Winner: Mike Peters (Angola, N.Y.) 1980 Kawasaki .525 5.52 5.548 seconds, 117.80 mph
Runner-up: Matt Luke (Cicero, N.Y.) 2006 Suzuki .535 5.75 5.715 seconds, 115.07 mph
Tread City Tire Street ET
Winner: DJ Raiser (Lancaster, N.Y.) Dodge Hellcat .685 8.09 8.109 seconds, 89.80 mph
Runner-up: John Wachowicz (Sanborn, N.Y.) II Mark VI .472 FOUL