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Maryland International Raceway
Crowns Speed Unlimited ET Season Champions &
Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” Challenge Winner


September 27, 2017

   Story courtesy of:  Rick Lindner


Mechanicsville, Maryland (September 27, 2017) – Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) 2017 Speed Unlimited ET Series season championships in Top ET, Mod ET and Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster as well as the Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” 2017 challenge winner were all claimed this past weekend at the season-ending point series event during the 32nd Annual Superchargers Showdown.


Mike Nelson Jr. of Valley Lee, Maryland made back-to-back Top ET championships, once again claiming the championship on the final event of the season in come-from-behind dramatic fashion in his ’81 Camaro. “Mr. Clutch” as he may now become known as, gave another last-event monstrous performance as he entered the event tied for fourth place twenty points out of the lead. Nelson won six rounds to claim the championship with 470 points prior to bowing out in the quarter finals. Nelson also benefited from the other top three in contention; Robbie Parlett 2nd – 450 points), Jerry Langley (3rd – 441 points) and Jason Kirby (4th – 430 points) each being eliminated in rounds two and three respectively.


In Mod ET, Tony Mattera of Waldorf, Maryland and George Windsor of Upper Marlboro, Maryland entered the final race in first and second place. They would finish the season in the same two spots as Mattera and Windsor would each go out in the second round of competition. Mattera would finish the season with 550 points, Windsor with 491 points, along with Dave Hill of Pomfret, Maryland rounding out the top three with 430 points. The Mod ET track championship would be a career first for Mattera.

Mattera would also double-up on season awards as he also finished the 2017 campaign with five diamond points to claim the Rick’s Jewelers “Ring for the Queen” championship and the certified full one-carat ladies diamond solitaire ring prize.


Chad Burch of Mechanicsville, Maryland claimed the 2017 Hubble Motorsports Jr. Dragster championship with 552 points. Burch claimed his first track championship with a 22-point margin over 2nd place finisher Zach Parlett of Charlotte Hall, Maryland (530 points). Willy Hess Jr. of Hughesville, Maryland rounded out the top three with 521 points.

“The 2017 Speed Unlimited ET Series finished in dramatic fashion just as it did in 2016,” said Rick Lindner, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of Maryland International Raceway. “It’s a testimony to the highly competitive group of racers that participate here at MDIR. Thank you to all who chose to race at Budds Creek this season and we look forward to another great Speed Unlimited ET Series in 2018.”



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