Maple Grove Fun Ford Weekend wraps up with Mustang Domination

August 26, 2012 by  
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MOHNTON, Pa. – The first Fun Ford Weekend at Maple Grove Raceway in over five years concluded with a parade of Mustangs entering Victory Lane.

The popular pony car was the winner in four of the five sportsman racing categories – including Mustang Madness, of course – at the event that was presented by Roush Yates, JE Pistons and Joe Gibbs Driven.

Visit the Fun Ford Weekend Facebook page for a gallery of images from the Maple Grove event.

Sunday’s show also included a car show with over 100 entries, a swap meet and several features including Roy Hill’s Cobra Jets participating in the Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge, the 422 All-Stars and the Jersey Thunder Jet Dragster.

In Bracket 1, which was for cars with electronics, Gene Reynold won in his souped-up 1984 Mustang that won with a pass of 9.118 seconds at 148.66 mph. Reynold (Hanover, Pa.) had the race wrapped up when runner-up Chris Taylor (White Hall, Md.) fouled in his ’69 Cyclone.

Reynold’s skills got him to the final as he used a run of 9.088 in the semis that was .008 over his dial-in to beat Bob Kerk (Atco, N.J.).

Maple Grove Fun Ford Weekend Fast Ford winner, Gene Reynold

Jody Ames (Elverson, Pa.), a Maple Grove regular, won the non-electronic Bracket 2 class in his ’98 Mustang. He also won with a red-light final as runner-up Mike Barber (Douglassville, Pa.) jumped the starting line.

In an all-Mustang semis, Ames advanced when he was just .03 above his dial-in to beat Don Raser (Rising Sun, Md.). Meanwhile, Barber raced past Jeff McMillan (New Paris, Pa.).

Wendy Weber (North Wales, Pa.) was the DOT winner in a ’78 Mustang. She defeated John DeBella (Archbald, Pa.) with a pass of 11.812 at 110.49 that was helped by a great reaction time of .027.

Jay Reichenthal (Lititz, Pa.) took Mustang Madness in a ’11 model. His run of 12.451 at Fastest 5.0 Winner, Jim Russo

113.05 was enough when runner-up Mike Hartman (Myerstown, Pa.) broke out by .11.

Gerry Capasso (Teaneck, N.J.) won Tough Truck with his ’66 red pickup. His run of 12.807 at 81.08 was more than enough to beat Ralph Liller (Lexington Park, Md.).

Other racer awards on Sunday included the Fastest 5.0. Jim Russo (Bohemia, N.Y.) went 129.35 mph in his ’86 Mustang on his first pass of eliminations to win a limited edition custom trophy crafted by S&W Race Cars.

Lizzy Musi was declared the winner of the Cobra Jet Challenge, defeating mentor Roy Hill

Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge racers, Musi and Hill

in the final. She won a trophy and a customize Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge jacket.

Saturday, in the Fords vs. The World format, Barber had better luck in the final as he was the only Ford winner of the day. For winning the non-electronic Bracket 2 in his Mustang, Barber took home a $200 bonus.

In the final, he beat Cliff Sebring and his ’63 Savoy with a pass of 10.402 at 119.12. Barber used a great reaction time and was .13 over his dial-in to complete the holeshot.

Don Mattson and his ’05 Chevy-powered Quay dragster won on back-to-back weekends at The Grove. Running electronic-friendly Bracket 1, Mattson defeated another Maple Grove regular, Richard Fox, in the final.

In a close race, Mattson (Mohnton, Pa.) was .004 slower off the line, but ran 7.664 at 165.50 that was .02 over the dial-in. Fox (King of Prussia, Pa.) was .03 going 9.041 at 147.67.

Mark Ketterer (Sellersville, Pa.) kept up the parade of non-Fords to PPC Lubricants Victory Lane in his ’78 Aspen. He bested the ’63 Corvette of Elise Renninger (Leesport, Pa.) with a pass of 14.000 at 96.32 that was .001 over his dial-in. Renninger had a great run, too, with a 12.149 at 110.29 that was .03 over.

In one of the two All-Ford classes, Ken Lowe won Mustang Madness. Lowe (Coatesville, Pa.) was 12.257 at 113.87 that was a perfect hit on the dial. That was a good thing, because runner-up Bill Cummings (Glenmoore, Pa.) was only .06 over.

The day also featured some passes from Hill’s stable of Cobra Jet Mustangs. In a match race between Musi and Bob Romanelii, Musi had the run of the day, cutting a perfect light.

Hill was also on hand to judge the car show with fellow racing legend Hubert Platt and the two made their Top 25 picks.

Saturday: Ford Vs. The World, Results

Bracket 1:
Don Mattson, ’05 Quay dragster, .018, 7.664, 165.50 def. Richard Fox, ’57 Belair, .014, 9.041, 147.67.

Bracket 2:
Mike Barber, Mustang, .039, 10.402, 119.12 def. Cliff Sebring, ’63 Savoy, .173, 11.872, 114.02.

DOT: Mark Ketterer, ’78 Aspen, .039, 14.000, 96.32 def. Elise Renninger, ’63 Corvette, .071, 12.149, 110.29.

Mustang Madness: Ken Lowe, ’11 Mustang, .095, 12.257, 113.87 def. Bill Cummings, Mustang, .189, 11.666, 115.41.

Tuff Truck: Johnny Lightning, ’99 truck, .085, 9.363, 122.06 def. Eddie Vought, truck, .219, 12.688, 107.75.

Roy Hill’s Top 20
Ford Cobra Jet Racer Roy Hill made the car show rounds on Saturday, picking “Roy’s Top 20” favorite Fords in attendance at Maple Grove.  Here are his Saturday selections.

1. John Scott – Shelby Mustang
2. Allen Palmer – 69’ Mustang
3. Matthew Mayer – 05’ GT
4. Rich Bechtold – 07’ 427” Mustang
5. Darrin Erb – 06’ GT Convertible
6. Bill Storms – 08’ Mustang GT
7. Kenneth Andreas – 66’ Cobra
8. Peter Dowes – 67’ Fairlane 500
9. Matthew Chamberlin – 90’ LX Coupe
10. John Wood – 89’ Mustang GT
11. Steve Justice – 89’ Saleen
12. Bill Mentzer – 86’ Mustang GT
13. Greg Stevens – 13’ Boss 302
14. Guy Wagner – 13’ GT 500
15. Dave Matthews – 38’ Ford Coupe
16. Jeff Ertwine – 30’ Ford
17. Gary Larkin – 67’ Econoline
18. Dusty Brown – 64’ Comet
19. Kim Trout – 63’ Fairlene
20. Barry Killien – 64’ Thunderbolt

Fun Ford Weekend: Sunday Results

Bracket 1:
Gene Reynold, ’84 Mustang, .008 reaction time, 9.118 seconds, 148.66 mph def. Chris Taylor, ’69 Cyclone, foul -.004, 9.464, 141.53.

Bracket 2:
Jody Ames, ’98 Mustang, .022, 9.141, 134.19 def. Mike Barber, Mustang, foul -.005, 20.267, 39.45.


Maple Grove Fun Ford Weekend DOT Winner, Wendy Weber

Wendy Weber, ’98 Mustang, .027, 11.812, 110.49 def. John DeBella, .114, 13.278, 99.11.

Mustang Madness:
Jay Reichenthal, ’11 Mustang, .045, 12.451, 113.05 def. Mike Hartman, ’85 Mustang, .074, 14.609, 89.69.

Tuff Truck:
Gerry Capasso, ’66 truck, .0158, 12.807, 81.08 def. Ralph Liller, ’12 truck, 1.103, 18.129, 94.14.

2012 Fun Ford Weekend – Sunday Car Show Winners

Mustang 64’- 69’ Martin Buckwalter 1966 Mustang
Mustang 70’- 73’ Keith Reed 70’ Boss 302
Mustang 74’- 78’ Larry Lohss Sr. 77’ Cobra II
Mustang 79’- 93’ Jesse Houseman 88’ Mustang LX
Mustang 94’ 98’ Donnie Huth 97’ Cobra
Mustang 99’- 04’ Mike Kish 02’ Saleen
Mustang 05’- 08’ Kevin Wolbach 06’ Mustang
Mustang 09’-13’ Gregg Stevens 13’ Boss 302
Comp Sports Ken Andreas 66’ 427” Cobra
Compact Bert Singer 07’ Focus ST
Rod pre 48’ Shane Ott 34’ Roadster
Open Allen Palmer 69’ Mustang
Big Car Ron Trace 59’ Business Coupe
Pickup Full 4WD Brian Crowe 07’ F150
Pickup Full 2WD Bill Branneman 99’ Lightning
SUV 2WD Chris Wittenberg 80’ Bronco
SUV 4WD Mike Bierlacqua 00’ Excursion
Lincoln Jay Field 07’ Mark V
Galaxie, Fairlane Joe Schaeffer 60’ Starliner
Thunderbird Gary Kauffman 56’ T-Bird
Mercury Tom Gauby 67’ Cougar

BEST ENGINE: Allen Palmer 69’ Mustang
BEST PAINT: Mike Bevilacqua 00’ Excursion
COOL FACTOR: Joe Hyatt 32’ Victoria
BEST WHEELS: Kevin Wolbach 06’ Mustang
TRACK CHOICE: Joe Paplosky 24’ Ford Model T
BEST OF SHOW: Robert Ream 70’ 428 CJ Mustang


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