The Autofab Raider ET Series is still the premier big money bracket series in the Mid Atlantic. A threatening forecast and another big money event taking place just a couple of hours north, couldn’t stop over 200 of the area’s toughest racers from pulling in the gates of MIR for the second event of the Autofab Raider Series tour. This weekend’s event was supposed to be the third and penultimate event of the Raider Series, but the event scheduled to take place at VMP has been twice postponed. That event has now been rescheduled again, but now it will take place at MIR, on October 11 and 12, since that was the only venue and weekend available for all tracks and racers. As is becoming routine now at MIR leading up to a big money bracket race, a Friday night Test and Tune was scheduled for everyone to get their cars dialed in for the Autofab Raider ET Series. For those racers confident enough, Hi-Roller races were also held in all 3 classes, giving racers an early shot at picking up some cash.
There are two Hi-Rollers for Top ET; a $200 entry and a $100 entry. Jason Parker picked up the biggest prize of the night, picking up the win in the $200 Top ET race. Parker, who was runner up in the last $200 Hi-Roller race in July, picked up the win over Kenny Snyder. Parker got the easy win when Snyder left the line with a -.007 red light. In the other Top ET Hi-Roller it came down to a wily veteran against a young gun racer. Charlie Yingling had worked his way to the final in his all too familiar Yingle’s Tingle Vega where he faced off with Jason Kirby. This time, the young gun got the best of the veteran. Kirby was .005 on the tree and Charlie missed it a bit, leaving Kirby with plenty of room to get in front and pick up the win. In the Junior Dragster Hi-Roller, Virginia racer, Allison Lloyd picked up the win over Logan Hubbell. Lloyd got the free pass when Hubbell turned it -.006 red, handing her some cash to start her weekend. Finally in the Mod ET Hi-Roller, a familiar name returned to the Winner’s Circle. Multiple time track champ Joey Mattera returned to the driver’s seat, this time piloting his brother Johnny’s red ’69 Nova. He worked his way through 3 tough rounds of racing to face off with Roger Bridges in the final. As they left the starting line, Joey proved he still has what it takes, as he got the holeshot with a .007 to Bridges’ .051. At the stripe, Mattera killed over 4 mph, taking just .015, to pick up the win. For Parker, Kirby, Lloyd and Mattera, their weekends had gotten off to a great start, but all were looking to close the deal for the big money on Saturday and Sunday.