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X275 at MIR's Door Wars
Event Wrap-Up Report


April 21, 2014


Story courtesy of:  Ricky Tippett

The always controversial yet never dull X275 class helped headline MIR’s 6th annual Door Wars last weekend. 14 stock suspension, radial tire equipped cars battled it out all weekend long in front of packed grandstands and once again attempted to steal the show from their big brothers in Outlaw Drag Radial and Outlaw 10.5. Several heavy hitters made the trip to MIR but early on it was clear that the man to beat would be none other than Whitestone NY native “Mean Dean” Marinis. A busy weekend for Dean and crew as they not only contested their beautiful X275 Mustang but also competed in Pro Modified with their 68 Chevy Camaro owned by Harry Pappas. The qualifying ladder would shuffle around from session to session but 3 names remained at the front of the pack. Marinis, Townsend Delaware’s Ron Rhodes and defending X275 track champion Chris Little. The 3 cars would take the top spots with a 4.56, 4.58 and 4.68 respectfully.

All of the top seeds would advance in their first round matchups Sunday afternoon with the exception of Phillip Lacy and his 78 Malibu as he would pull off an upset when Bill Cole was unable to make the call. Nick Yarber and Dean Marinis would have singles in round number 2 and advance while Chris Little would fend off Al Marlow in a close race. The final pair of the round would have Ron Rhodes advancing over Phillip Lacy as Rhodes posted an impressive 4.63 @ 153 mph. The top 4 qualifiers would meet in the semi-finals. The first pair was a Nitrous Big Block throw down between Nick Yarbers Ford powered entry and the BES Horsepower of Dean Marinis. Dean would take a slight starting line advantage in a great side by side race as his 4.64 @156 would outrun Yarbers fastest pass of the weekend with a respectable 4.69 @150. Chris Little would overpower the surface in his matchup with Ron Rhodes as Rhodes 68 Leaf Spring suspended Camaro would make another solid pass in the low 4.60’s to turn on the win light. It would be an all Rhodes Custom Auto final as once again Ron and his family based team would line up against one of the many flawless machines to roll out of their shop in Marinis’s Mustang. In one of the best side by side passes of the event, Marinis would prevail with his quickest pass of the weekend strolling to a 4.564 @157 mph. The 23 degree BES Small block of Rhodes gave him all he could handle turning up the wick to a 4.573 @ 153 mph falling just a few hundredths short at the stripe. Congratulations to Dean, Vinny, Elvis and the entire Marinis Motorsports team on another impressive event win at Maryland Int’l Raceway. X275 will be back in action May 9th and 10th at the 36th annual Mountain Motor Nationals.





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