News Release, Maryland International Raceway

MECHANICSVILLE, MARYLAND (February 24, 2020) – Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) held its Awards Presentation and Racer’s Party at the Waldorf Jaycee Community Center in Waldorf, Maryland where the 2019 Track Champions were crowned on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Before awards were given out, a new memorial plaque was introduced honoring Joe Vestraci and Mike Wills. Both men played major roles in starting the EMT program and building the standards that are in place today. It was also announced that the memorial plaque would be anchored to the ET Shack.

Brian Jones and Shelia Howard

The first awards of the evening were handed to two of MDIR’s staff members. The Employee Recognition of Excellence was given to Brian Jones, who works in multiple areas as a Track Official, and Sheila Howard, who has taken over as Fire Rescue/EMT Coordinator.

The first set of champions to be introduced was from the Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness series which runs on select Friday nights. First up was Rafaelle Proctor of Waldorf, Maryland who was awarded the Mobile Lab Racing Motorcycle Grand Champion trophy and jacket. The second champion to be introduced would be Andrew Grant of Mechanicsville, Maryland who would be awarded the Hollyrock Custom Diesel Shootout championship trophy. Steve Cross Sr. of Mechanicsville, Maryland was the next to be introduced and awarded the Grand Champion trophy and jacket. Robbie Padgett of Hughesville, Maryland followed being awarded his trophy as the number one driver on the Ray’s Siding No Clock Street List for the 2019 season.

The final three to be introduced were from the Speed Unlimited ET Series. 14-year-old Jordan Denny of Manassas, Virginia was announced as the Hubble Motorsports Junior Dragster Champion and received his second championship trophy in as many years. Next, Chad Burch of Mechanicsville, Maryland has presented his first Mod ET championship trophy at just 20 years old. Jason Kirby of Annapolis, Maryland was then called to the stage to accept his first championship trophy in Top ET.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the racer party also included cocktails, dinner, 50/50 drawing, door prizes & trivia contest, live music and dancing. It was a fun evening for all and a great way to celebrate the 2019 season and turn the page to the 2020 schedule.

The 2020 Speed Unlimited ET Series kicks off Saturday, March 28th for a doubleheader weekend. The 2020 season will be a busy season for ET Racers with 20 points races on the schedule and 21 for Hubble Motorsports Junior Dragster.

MDIR will also host special ET weekends with the Speed Unlimited ET Series Spring Blowout Weekend May 2nd – 3rd, King of the Creek $25k’s event June 4th – June 7th, the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular August 21st – 23rd, Speed Unlimited ET Series Fall Blowout October 31st – November 1st, as well as the $5k Top ET races October 9th – 10th during the 35th Annual Superchargers Showdown and other multiple race weekends and special events.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...