Mary Meints has only been out of Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School for a little more than two years, but intense focus and ever-developing skill aided her path to the winner's circle at the Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals in Hebron, Ohio, where she celebrated her first national event victory with husband and fellow Sportsman racer Michael. In her quarterfinal match with Michael's vanquisher, Meints was two-thousandths slower at the start but ran closer to her dial in the double-breakout finish for the round-win and bragging rights around the Meints household.
STOCK — 5th annual Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 25-27, Hebron, Ohio First-time finalist Meints follows through for win Mary Meints, near lane, drove her F/SA Camaro to victory in a heads-up final-round match with fellow F/SA pilot Daryl Bureski, 11.30 to 11.54. It was the first national event win for Meints (below) in only her second full season competing. by Kelly Wade recorded her best reaction of eliminations, a .026, to stop Shaul, 11.33 (11.27 dial) to 10.24 (10.20). M ary Meints has only been out of Frank Hawley’s NHRA Drag Racing School for a little more than two years, but intense focus and In round four, Meints put her pedaling skills to use and was on and off the throttle in an effective effort to manage the finish line better than Ed ever-developing skill aided her path to the Wallace and his G/SA ’72 Demon. The victory winner’s circle at the Jegs NHRA Northern afforded her the opportunity to seek revenge for her SPORTSnationals in Hebron, Ohio, where she husband, who was beaten in round three by Mantua, celebrated her first national event victory with Ohio’s Jim Bailey. In her quarterfinal match with husband and fellow Sportsman racer Michael. Michael’s vanquisher, Meints was two-thousandths She had to ramp it up in the later rounds, but slower at the start but ran closer to her dial in the the first two were easy for Meints as back-to-back double-breakout finish for the round-win and opponents broke; Doug Baker was unable to make bragging rights around the Meints household. the call in the first round after breaking on “Before that round, Daryl [Bureski, eventual Friday during qualifying, and just before round runner-up] was trying to say something to me, but I “I’m looking forward to racing more,” said two began, Alan Miller discovered a broken brake was kind of tuning him out because I was trying to Meints. “I’m very happy with my performance this line and was unable to make the run. concentrate on getting through that race,” said weekend, and I’m excited to go on to [the Meints was paired with three time national-event Meints. “After the race, I saw that I had the bye run divisional event at] Silver Dollar Raceway. Next finalist John Shaul in a third round that took place and that if he won, I would be racing heads-up against year should be an even better year for us.” well into the night, but she didn’t let the late hour him in the final, and I realized that that’s what he or his experience in was trying to tell me, but I’d completely tuned it out. The key race: “I think that once I got past the the exceptionally “I knew he was a couple of tenths slower than me, fourth round, then I felt pretty good,” said Meints, tough category and I didn’t think he was hiding anything, but I didn’t who put an 11.40 (11.32) on the scoreboard to Ed phase her. The want to be overconfident. I was surprisingly calm, but Wallace’s 11.54 (11.50). “It gave me confidence. I F/SA Camaro you always tell yourself, ‘Just don’t red-light.’ ” driver, who calls Meints was a safe .056 at the Tree and piloted About the winning car Panama City her Camaro to a quick 11.30 to best Bureski’s .037 Beach, Fla., home, launch and 11.54 for the victory. P K Race Cars originally built the F/SA ’86 Camaro that Mary Meints drove in Hebron, Ohio, for Rich South, and the 305-cid engine is a Parsons and Myers product. Meints acquired the Camaro from the most recent owner, Glenn Young. It has a Scott McClay transmission with an ATI converter, Strange axles, Deano’s carburetor, Comp cams, Aeromotive fuel pump, CSR starter and water pump, East Coast In the semi’s, Bureski piloted his Electric alternator, Diamond pistons, Autolite spark ’70 Olds to the win over plugs, Cheetah shifter, and Hoosier tires. breakout opponent Dick Kincaid. Meints thanked her husband, Michael, who is Bureski (above), of Elgin, Ill., her crew chief and main supporter; Jegs, for was appearing in the final round sponsoring the event; Brenda and Bill Grubbs, for at a national event for the their guidance; and Division 3 racers and NHRA second time in his career. In announcer Leo Taugher for making her feel 2001, he runner-upped to Kevin
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