Superchargers Showdown Post Race

October 15, 2020

   Story courtesy of:  MDIR



The 35th Annual Superchargers Showdown held at Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) October 9th-10th ran on its normal date this year and has been one of the few special events able to do so. This year’s event brought boosted purses for Top ET on Friday and Saturday along with a much-needed points weekend to continue the chase to the championship in the Speed Unlimited ET Series. Alongside the sportsman racing, brought fantastic heads up racing action on Friday and Saturday at this year’s event.

The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) arrived with many fresh faces in the field after switching to the new 1/8th mile format for the series. For 26 years the series ran on the full ¼ mile reaching speeds at over 250 miles per hour (MPH). We would see 2 cars in the high 3.60’s in qualifying, 2 more in the 3.70’s, and multiple in the 3.80’s. The best conditions for Qualifying all weekend was Friday night in Q1 with solid air and premier track conditions, where we would see Kevin McCurdy break Dean Marinis’ track record for ET and MPH. McCurdy would run a 3.649 at 208.84 MPH. Saturday, the conditions would slightly change compared to Friday night. Saturday’s air would be more favored to the nitrous cars with higher water grains in the air and much higher Density Altitude (DA). In the semi’s, Matthew Deitsch, Dean Marinis, Kevin McCurdy, and Fred Scriba would all have a chance at racing for the win. Three of the four remaining cars were nitrous aided with McCurdy having the lone Procharger Supercharger, but it could have been anyone’s race. Deitsch and McCurdy would both take a round win to the move on to the final. Matthew Deitsch, tuned by Dean Marinis, would take his first ever career Pro Mod victory at this year’s Superchargers Showdown. The Dean Marinis/Harry Pappas team would also be the 2020 NEOPMA champions!

The 1320 Fabrication Warriors Outlaws brought the hair-raising moments back to MDIR as they normally do. In Qualifying on Friday night, James Smith would once again reset his track ET record going a 4.214 at 168.83 MPH. Ralph Hardesty also appeared to return to form having recent struggles after some changes with the car to qualify second with a 4.304 at 167.91 MPH. 25 cars would take a qualifying time with 24 of the 25 cars racing on Saturday giving three close fields of racing action. The A field bump spot was the lowest ET in the history of the series with a 4.516 set by Erik Vandrew. At the end of the day we would see the 2020 Warriors Outlaw Champion James Smith take the win in the A group over Scott Vants. Tink Liptrap take the win with the B group over Chris Evans in a tight race at the finish line. And Tony Oliveira would take the win with the C group over Don Zufall.

Top ET would race Friday night with $5,000 up for grabs with David Milstead taking the win over Jerry Birchfield Sr. The Speed Unlimited ET Series would race Saturday with Top ET running for an additional $5,000. After a great racer turnout and fantastic pace set by the racers, mother nature would hinder these efforts and not give MDIR or the racers a chance to finish the race on Saturday. Sunday’s Speed Unlimited ET Series race would also be canceled due to weather. At the end of the weekend, Christopher Bishop would be the points leader in Top ET by 1 point over second place Bobby Spence and 29 points over third place Billy Thomas. Bobby Mattera in Mod ET would hold a 12 point lead over Bradley Tippet and 80 points over third place Frank Thompson. With the Hubble Motorsports Junior Dragsters, Seth Goddard holds a 18 point lead over Tyler Sandy, and 39 points over Kaiden Groves and Hannah Franck who are tied for third.


• Events will be open to participants, their family and crew only, with a maximum of 10 people total (including driver) on any race team.

• No spectators will be permitted. Crew and family must enter with the participant or leave names at the gate for a late-arriving family or crew member.

• All race trailers, both open and enclosed, must be parked in every-other 12’ pit space. That way, a trailer is taking up one 12’ space and there is an empty 12’ space for race vehicle, family and crew beside it. No trailers can be parked side-by-side. This will help ensure social distancing.

• All additional vehicles that come into the pits must park in front of the race car in your pit area or in the Pitside parking lot… NO EXCEPTIONS.

• All staff and participants will be wearing masks in any indoor structures, restrooms, tower, etc. and outdoors anywhere proper social distancing is not achievable. Masks will not be required outdoors with proper social distancing, but they are recommended.

• Hand washing/sanitizing must be done on a regular basis.

• The tower will have restricted access and will be limited to essential staff only.

• The crews will be limited on the starting line and front of the staging lanes, with social distancing extremely enforced. Our security staff and starting line staff will closely monitor this area to prevent unauthorized gathering.

• When not racing, racers are to abide by social distancing requirements. Racers and crew members will be required to stay within their own pit areas when not racing.

• Each group must have adequate PPE for each crew member and must wear masks when required. All groups will be required to acquire their own PPE and bring it with them to the track.

• Our restrooms are equipped with hands free fixtures. Restrooms will be cleaned, stocked and sanitized throughout the day or evening. All Pitside portlets will be moved and taken out of service.

• Concessions will be open, and lines will be marked for proper social distancing. Concession stand will follow all guidelines in place for local food service businesses. We will be open with a limited menu of food items that must be consumed within your pit area or in the grandstands with proper social distancing but not in front of our concession area.