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Donna Nelson Picks Up First Win at the
East Coast Door Warz


August 3, 2011


Press Release courtesy of:  Robert Parlett

This past week brought tons of racing to Budds Creek with two big races in one week. Starting off Wednesday, July 27 with the Jimmy Jones Memorial $10K Top ET race and ending with the East Coast Door Warz on Saturday July 30. The Jimmy Jones $10K featured drivers from all up and down the east coast, including several from south Florida. But in the end, it was a bunch of local racers fighting it out for the big pay day. Down to 7 cars, only the only racer left in from out of town was Ray Miller, who runs out of Florida. Ray was taken down there by Jay Woodward from Bealton, VA. Woodward would then go on to race Michael Collins from King George, VA. Collins, in his unique ’96 Saturn couldn’t get past the dragster of Woodward, after Woodward’s stellar .004 light. The dragster Woodward was driving is owned by Steve Witherow, from Sumerduck, VA. Witherow made it to the semi’s himself, where he had to take on former Sumerduck track champ, Troy Williams. Witherow got the holeshot and was able to hang on to make it an all “Team W” final. In the final, no punched were pulled by the teammates. Witherow murdered the tree with a .002 light, but Woodward was right there with a .006. Jay then went dead-on 0 for very tight .006 package, picking up the win over car owner and teammate Steve Witherow.

Just a couple of days later, door cars from all over the east descended upon MIR for the 3rd Annual East Coast Door Warz. The race featured 10 individual classes. The heads up classes included Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, and X275. There were also several, door car only bracket classes, including, Pro Stick, 8.50 Index, and the 422 All-Stars. On top of those 6 classes, the Speed Unlimited ET Series was running as well, with Top, Mod, Junior Dragster and Motorcycle all getting their shot at the 1/4 mile. With door car madness taking over the track, it seemed destined that door cars would take over Top ET. Down to seven cars, only three dragsters remained. Jake Milstead and David Cullison were both knocked out, leaving only Robert Jones in a dragster with 4 cars left. In the semi’s Donna Nelson, driving the familiar Outlaw ’72 Vega, took down Brian McLaughlin in his ’86 Mustang. In the finals, Donna would meet up with John Ziakias, who got past Robert Jones in the semi’s with a .005 light making it an all door car final. Donna, who beat her son Mickey in the second round, got the slight jump at the tree in the final, .015 to John’s .018. The big top end charge from Ziakias’ ’70 Monte Carlo proved to be too much as he broke out taking this stripe, handing Donna Nelson her first win. Donna, who has been a fixture at the track for many years now with her family, started driving regularly in just the last couple of years. For many years, she has supported her husband Mike, sons, Rickey and Mickey, and various other family members who also race at MIR. The win moved Donna to third in the 1/4 mile Top ET Points. She sits just 9 points behind Charlie Yingling, and 19 points behind points leader Jake Milstead. With just two 1/4 mile races remaining it’s still very tight and anyone can win.

In Mod ET, Larry Keyton took over the points lead with a semi-final finish. In the semi’s he was taken down by the always tough Bart Spicer. Both drivers had lights most Top ET racers would envy, with Bart getting the slight jump with a .008 to Keyton’s .012. Keyton drove around Bart on the top end to take the stripe but broke out doing so, moving Spicer into the final where he would face Adam Douglas from Brandywine, MD. Douglas got past Tony Anthony in the semi’s on the strength of a .028 light. The final round was unusual. Douglas was late on the tree with a .101 light, giving Spicer the huge advantage with his .031. Bart drove around the Mustang of Douglas at about the 1000’ mark and lifted, but Douglas never let up, and ran back around Spicer picking up his first Mod ET win of the season. Larry Keyton leads the points in Mod, but as was the case with Top, it’s still very close. Mike Vito is less than two rounds back and former track champs, Joe Goldey and Jim Hanrahan sit just two rounds back. Again, it’s anyone’s race in Mod ET 1/4 mile.

Larry wasn’t the only Keyton having a good day at MIR. His son, Brad Keyton made it to the finals when he beat Jacob Mattera in the semi’s. Keyton prevailed in a very tight double break out race, breaking out just one thousandth of a second less than Mattera. In the final Keyton would have to race Emily Beebee. Beebee took down Jenna Cockrell, in the semis in another tough double break out race. In the finals, both drivers were up on the tree. Being the slower dialed car, Keyton left first with a .025 light. Beebee pushed the tree, but pushed too hard turning it -.007 red and handing Keyton his first win of the year. With the win, Keyton jumped to third in points, 1 round behind second place Josh Phelps, and 5 rounds behind points leader Heather Schneider. In Motorcycle, Shayne Proctor nearly got back to his winning ways. Proctor who won 6 times last year has been shut out of the Winner’s Circle so far this season. Shayne made it to the finals where he faced off with Camdem Brooks from Waldorf. It was Brooks’ first points race of the year. Brooks had his best light of eliminations in the finals, and that gave him the holeshot over Proctor. Proctor tried to run him down but couldn’t quite make it and Brooks picked up the win. Tommie Adams Jr. still leads the points, but just by 2 over Jimmy Murphy. Shayne Proctor sits two rounds behind Murphy in third.

Other winners from the East Coast Door Warz included, Michael Martin in Outlaw 10.5. Martin, who made multiple 4.40 hits on an extremely hot track, picked up the win over Tim Essick. Ricky Fox picked up the win in Outlaw Drag Radial, running some stellar 4.50’s once the sun went down. He raced John Carter in the final. It was an all blower final in X275, where Andy Manson picked up the win over Rich Bruder in the all Mustang final round. With so many X275 cars racing, there was a shootout field as well, with Shawn Murphy picking up the win over Chris Crusse. Bob Fort Jr. picked up the win over Kevin Grasson in 422 All-Stars driving his ’64 Belvedere. Marty Brown II picked up the win in 8.50 Index over Marc McCloud. And Dean Leah picked up the win in his Pro Stick ’70 Camaro, over Leonard Long. Congratulations to all the winners.




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