Maryland’s oldest dragway is alive and well with plenty of high horsepower action to offer racers and fans alike. Last weekend 75-80 hosted the second of its Run What Ya Brung races for the year with a variety of heads-up and index racing classes on the program, headlined by Outlaw 10.5 with an onslaught of locals gunning for the top spot, along with Outlaw Drag Radial and Real Street for the fans delight.
In Outlaw 10.5 it was a bit of a surprise when Mike Decker Jr. took the number one qualifying position over local standouts Richard Sexton and Chuck Ulsch. With nine cars on the ladder it was Darren Eash anchoring the field. Decker pick up a competition bye in the opening round due to his qualifying effort and Sexton, Ulsch, James Houston and Dave Tolley all advanced to round two. Tolley was sitting on the other side of the ladder and picked a bye run into the finals after defeating Houston. Sexton and his Gil Mobley Motorsports GTO were in the other lane for the finals after Ulsch broke in the semi-finals. The final round paired up as a David versus Goliath matchup as Tolley would have to make up at least four tenths of a second based off of Sexton’s new track record of 4.22-seconds. As the pairing left the tree Tolley was throwing sparks out the exhaust as his small block Ford was digesting a piston, which allowed Sexton to coast to a 4.508-second pass for the win. This was Sexton’s second big win at 75-80 Dragway this season.
Outlaw Drag Radial
It was a strong showing in Outlaw Drag Radial with eight cars taking to the track for qualifying. Ricky Fox was the No. 1 qualifier with a new track record of 4.77-seconds with Duane Durbin sitting at second at 4.96-seconds. With a strong contingent of 275 radial cars lurking in the field they were going to try and take out the heavy hitters on the grounds. Coming into round one of eliminations Ricky Fox backed up his track record and bettered his elapsed time with a 4.755 but once again it was the 275 cars of David Hanlon and Frank Provenza stepping up to advance to round two. Provenza faced track points leader Bobby Demilt and took the win with a 4.85-second pass, while in the other pairing, Hanlon took out Ricky Fox in a big upset with a 4.948. It was an all-275 radial tire finals in Outlaw Drag Radial and a great final it was as Provenza laid down another personal best pass for the win over Hanlon.