MOHNTON, PA – It’s been a season of “firsts” for the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA), and the long-running Pro Mod club will add another first this weekend when it joins the historic Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway, September 16-18. It’s the first time the PCRichard.com National Open Drag Racing Series event has served as a NEOPMA points race.
“It’s an honor for our group to be included at this prominent NHRA event,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “This race is known to draw in passionate drag racing fans from all over the Northeast. We have our own long history of putting on a show at Maple Grove, and we’re excited to add to that history this weekend at the Dutch Classic.”
Maryland’s Mike Decker Jr. is the points leader going into the event after winning the Yellowbullet Nationals over Labor Day weekend in his screw-blown Decker’s Salvage Camaro. The former Outlaw 10.5 champion pulled ahead of Fredy Scriba and his nitrous-assisted “Sorcerer” Camaro. Both drivers are on the Maple Grove entry list.
RISING SUN, MD – After multiple runner-up finishes, including at the spring running of the Yellowbullet Nationals, Mike Decker Jr. scored his first-ever Yellowbullet Nationals victory in Pro Modified at Cecil County Dragway Monday afternoon. The Maryland native used a small holeshot advantage to win in the final round over teammate and tuner Todd Tutterow, with Decker’s 3.682-second pass defeating Tutterow’s 3.680. The win makes Decker the new Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) points leader with two races left in the season.
“We’ve been in the finals four or five times [at the Yellowbullet Nationals] before, just never sealed the deal for whatever reason,” said Decker, a former Outlaw 10.5 star. “To us, it’s like winning Indy or something. It was a very emotional win for all of us on our team. It’s just a very big deal and huge accomplishment. We’ve won championships and whatnot, but to win this race is a really big deal.”
Of the 17 Pro Mod entries on the qualifying sheet, 12 were NEOPMA members, including Decker and Tutterow.
RISING SUN, MD – One of the most celebrated doorslammer racing events of the season, the Yellowbullet.com Nationals, returns to Cecil County Dragway this weekend, and the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) will be a part of the show. The eighth-mile club expects at least 18 cars to participate in the event, which begins with qualifying on Friday, Sept. 3.
“We’re anticipating another strong showing by our racers at the Yellowbullet Nationals,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “We had 19 out of the 21 cars at the spring Yellowbullet race. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod group has helped make the Pro Mod program at Yellowbullet a major success.”
While NEOPMA members have competed in Pro Modified at the Yellowbullet Nationals for several years, this is the first year the event has counted as a points race on the eight-race NEOPMA schedule.
BUDDS CREEK, Md – No. 1 qualifier Fredy Scriba completed a clean sweep at the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) race at Maryland International Raceway’s Pro Challenge, as he went on to win the event in his nitrous-assisted “Sorcerer” ’69 Camaro. He defeated Chuck Ulsch and his supercharged Line-X ’68 Camaro in the final round, which was decided by just two thousandths of a second. It was Scriba’s second consecutive NEOPMA win at MDIR.
“This win means a lot,” Scriba said. “We’ve worked real hard this year. We’ve had a lot of close races. We lost in the finals at PDRA [in Virginia in July], but it means a lot to come back here and win one. The crew has been great. The car is ready every single round. We’re making laps. On a hot day like this, just getting down [the track] is the most important thing.”
Scriba in his Musi-powered, Bickel-built hot rod qualified No. 1 with a 3.695-second pass at 203.12, which gave him a first-round bye run. He used that opportunity to run a 3.78 at 200.26 to prepare for his second-round match with Mike Decker Jr., who held the points lead going into the weekend. Scriba improved to a 3.761 at 202.00, while Decker slowed to a 4.14. A consistent 3.758 at 202.30 followed in the semifinals to defeat Tyler Hard and his 3.831.
BUDDS CREEK, MD – Maryland’s own Fredy Scriba jumped to the top of the qualifying order Saturday night at the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) Pro Challenge at Maryland International Raceway. Scriba recorded a 3.695-second pass at 203.12 mph in his nitrous-fed “Sorcerer” ’69 Camaro in the final qualifying session to lead the field.
“That was a good run,” said Scriba, who won the 2021 NEOPMA season opener at MDIR. “The air was kind of muggy tonight, so that’s probably the best we had in it right there. The track was good, not the best we’ve seen. But you have to race the track. I thought it was a good run for the air and what the track would hold right now.”
With the No. 1 qualifying effort, Scriba earned a first-round bye run to start eliminations on Sunday. He’ll take on the winner of the No. 8 and 9 match-up between Mike Decker Jr. and Kevin McCurdy, who both ran 3.777 in qualifying.
BUDDS CREEK, MD – Following a successful first-time appearance at Empire Dragway in July, the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) returns to one of its staple tracks, Maryland International Raceway, this weekend for the Pro Challenge. The series is bringing its brand of eighth-mile Pro Modified racing to the event, which is run in conjunction with the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular and the ET Series.
“As always, we’re honored to be invited to put on a show for the Maryland fans,” said John Mazzorana, president and founder, NEOPMA. “We’re expecting 17-18 cars, including some fast guys like Tommy Gray, Fredy Scriba, Tyler Hard, Kevin McCurdy, Steve King and more. MDIR is our home track, and we always enjoy racing there. We encourage the local fans to come out and enjoy some exciting racing.”
Going into the event, Maryland’s own Mike Decker Jr. is the current points leader in his screw-blown Decker’s Salvage Camaro. Fredy Scriba is second in his nitrous-fed “Sorcerer” ’69 Camaro, followed by Ken Quartuccio and the ProCharger-boosted “Serial Killer” ’69 Camaro. Mike Achenbach, who recently won the PDRA P2 Contracting Northern Nationals presented by P2 Racing in Pro Nitrous trim, is fourth in points with his nitrous-assisted “Deep Purple” ’69 Camaro. Past NEOPMA champion Steve King rounds out the top 5 in the screw-blown King/Miller/Pilot ’20 Corvette.
Matt Hutter wins consolation race
LEICESTER, NY – “Tombstone” Tommy Gray scored a major win at the inaugural Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge at Empire Dragway over the weekend, earning his first Pro Mod win since 2018. The Pro Mod veteran defeated New York’s own Melanie Salemi in a side-by-side 3.60-second final round.
“I’ve had five other national event wins in my career, and that was close to a topper,” said Gray, who won his first Pro Mod national event in 1994. “After all the adversity I’ve been through in the last year and a half, between getting injured and my crash last year and struggling, it was definitely a morale booster for me and my two guys. It’s just us three: Wayne Waldmann, Lonnie Pass and myself. I’ve been at it a long time, but gosh, we needed that.”
After qualifying No. 5, Gray posted a 3.709 at 204.08 in his screw-blown “Undertaker” ‘18 Corvette to get a first-round win over Matt Guenther, who went red by .0005 seconds and ran a 3.807 in his nitrous-fed ’69 Camaro. Gray dipped into the 3.60s with a 3.688 at 204.27 to eliminate Steve King and his 3.721 in the second round.