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First-time finalist Meints follows through for win

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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.

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									                                 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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