Because of an accident in the Pro Mod Nitrous final, the racing portion of the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevy Competition and Original Auto Parts Group at Maple Grove Raceway wasn’t completed Sunday, July 22.
It was the final of the Pro Mod Nitrous class between Ed Burnley and Harry Pappas that ended up shutting down the track. It looked like Burnley had the win in the bag when Pappas left the starting line too soon. However, it appeared that Burnley lost control of his ’67 Camaro as it neared the finish line.
He crossed the centerline — resulting in an automatic disqualification — swerved back in his lane and hit the retaining wall hard. After his car stopped, Burnley was taken out of his car, treated and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
The damage to the retaining wall made racing unsafe. It would’ve taken more than two hours to replace and with Sunday curfew, there would not have been enough time to finish the other classes.
Instead, the purse was split between the remaining racers in the Bracket 1, Bracket 2, DOT and Last Chance classes.
One race that was completed was the Fifth Generation Camaro class. John Sims of Narvon, Pa., won the final in his 2010 Camaro SS with a pass of 11.620 seconds at 121.63 mph.
The overall weekend featured a well-attended event, despite a rainy Friday that washed out all on-track activities.
There were 727 race entries that kept Maple Grove’s Super Chevy event the biggest on the tour.
Several hundred Chevy lovers also took part in the annual car show. In honor of the late Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, former NHRA World Champion Larry Lombardo and Jenkins Competition representative Jake Barbato made their Top 25 picks from the car show field. On Sunday, July 22, the Super Chevy judging staff handed out awards in dozens of classes.
There were four jet cars, including the Gojo and Top Secret Funny Cars and the Queen of Diamonds and Beast From the East Dragsters.
Jill Canuso in the Queen of Diamonds took some time Saturday to rewrite the Maple Grove record book with a run of 5.198 seconds that broke a decade-old track record set by Jessica Willard.
This coming weekend (July 27-29) will feature more of a local flavor. Auto Locator Grudge Racing returns Friday night, while Saturday and Sunday will have back-to-back sessions of the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail.
For more information, contact Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9210 or go to www.maplegroveraceway.com.