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As all of us celebrated our veterans this Memorial Day weekend, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series made its next stop at the ultra fast Maple Grove Raceway in Reading PA. The fasted racers from the north east started filling the pits on Thursday for the long weekend NHRA racing.

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We left early Saturday morning for the Showdown at Sundown on Saturday and stayed for the races on Sunday as well.

Saturday started eliminations for most of the classes including the alcohol funny cars and dragsters. These two classes ran at 5:00-7:00, and the finals at 9:00. Fans could get into the races for a great price of $25 a car load. It looked like a lot if people took advantage of this price because the stands where full until after the fireworks had finished at around 9:30pm.

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Over 520 entries filled the beautiful pits at the Grove. Every where you looked had a big trailer and a beautiful car or truck sitting next to it.

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The Super Stock class has something like 100 entries alone. Jim Harris a racer from my area in Central NY had a good weekend making it to the last 12 before breaking out in his NHRA National Record holding 1966 Nova pictured below.

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I just can not believe the amount of money that is spent in this sport as a whole. From the haulers to the race cars it is crazy how much equipment these guys have. Heck the golf carts are all decked out as well.

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It was great to see how the big three Chevy, Ford, And Mopar have got back into the sportsman classes with their COPO camaros, Cobra Jet Mustangs, and the Drag Pak Challengers. Those car are awesome, but expensive. There again it takes a ton of $$$$$ to go out and buy one of the those cars to go bracket racing. As a fan I love them I hope it helps the sport in the future.

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Sunday was a great day for racing with nice weather and great racing in all classes. We stayed for most of the show before we made our 4 hour tip back home.

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We had a wonderful time and watched a ton of great racing. I plan on returning to Sky View Raceway again next weekend for some local 1/8 mile racing.

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Check out all of my images from Maple Grove at John Zachary photography

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John

This was our first trip to the Geezers at the Grove event in Reading PA. As I talked about in my last blog post, Friday was a regular show for the local racers and qualifying for the nitro funny cars.

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This photo was shot at mid track with my a fugi X-E1 mirror less camera.

Saturday we arrived at the track around 8:00am for a full day of racing. Joining the nitro cars on Saturday where some alcohol funny cars as well as a ton of vintage drags cars from the past. We started walking around the pits watching the teams get their cars out to warm up the fluids and go to tech for their safety inspection. It was great just standing in one spot watching the beautiful looking cars drive by one after another. What a great way to start the day, a cup of coffee and the sound of huge horsepower drag cars.

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All of the lanes where full of race cars at 9:30 to start the days qualifying and eliminations.the nitro funny cars wouldn’t be up until later in the day, but we got our fill of good ole bracket racing with just beautiful cars. These people love their cars and their sport. It shows with how they take care of their vehicles. I’m glad of that because it makes for some nice images.

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We watched some of the morning runs from the start line, enjoying the burn outs that they do to warm up their massive drag slicks.

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I made my way out the starting line to get some shots as they left the line. I was out there for about a 1/2 hr. I talked to the track photographer for a while. I was hoping to get to shoot the nitro cars when they came to the line but, security came out and ask for my credentials. I didn’t have any so I was asked to leave the line. So I went back behind the fence and shot the rest of the day.

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If you couldn’t tell by the color the driver of this nice camaro was a women. Her daughter raced a newer camaro as well.

The sun was getting low in the sky when the nitro cars made their way to the lanes for their eliminations. These cars are just loud and fast. Both top speed and ET (elapsed time) class records where set in eliminations in front of a large crowd.

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After a few blown engines and lengthy clean ups the final two cars made it to the line, the Famous Jungle Jim car was victorious in the nitro funny car class. All in all it was a wonderful event. I plan in going again next year. I shot with my Fugi X-E1, my Canon 7D, and Canon G15 all weekend.

Sunday was a day of 1983 cars and older bracket racing. The pits where full and the weather was just perfect for side by side racing.

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Don’t forget to check out all of my images from this event at John Zachary Photography

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Well day one at the Geezers reunion is in the books. Fridays racing was exciting and fast for the first day of qualifying. The Nitro Funny Cars from the past made two qualifying runs to set the field for Saturday nights eliminations.

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This image is of the famous Blue Max Funny Car. This is the body that they keep off the car as they work on them through out the day.

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The hards guys Mustang was one of the very good looking cars in the nitro field. This car was candy red over gold with painted lace, looking just like they did back in the 70’s.

There where a couple mishaps during qualifying in the first round. The Blue Max car hit the outside wall at 1/2 track, but didn’t do much damage to the car. He was able to make it back out for the second round. The other miss fortune involved the Candies and Huges “Cajun Cuda”. As the crew members fired up the engine the car lurched forward and ran one of the crew members over. They put the crew member into the ambulance and checked him over before releasing him. Later he was working on the car a little bruised but pretty lucky considering what could of happened.

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This 57 Chevy was local car that runs the Grove every week. The driver of this car was a older gentleman that had a big smile on his face the whole night, I guess I would to if this was my car.

Saturday the show starts at 9:30am we plan on being there around 8:30 to catch all of the action.
These picture where shot with my IPhone because my wifi card wasn’t working very well. I will try again Saturday to post shots from my X-E1.