Door Wars Post Race

August 28, 2020

   Story courtesy of:  MDIR



The 12th annual Atomizer Racing Injector Door Wars held at Maryland International Raceway ™ (MDIR) was originally to be ran in April, but the event was forced to be rescheduled to a later time and was ran in conjunctions with the ATI Performance Products Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering. This year’s event with having both combined into one brought boosted purses for the Sportsman classes and much needed points to continue the chase to the championship. Along side the sportsman racing brought fantastic heads up racing action on both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend’s event.

The ATI Performance Products Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) arrived at the event with many fresh faces in the field after switching to the new 1/8th mile format for the series. For 26 years the series has been running on the full ¼ mile reaching speeds at over 250 miles per hour (MPH). With the 1/8th mile switch, we would see multiple cars reaching over 200 MPH, and almost half the field in the 3.70’s with one, Dean Marinis, reaching the 3.60’s. All but two cars were in the 3 second zone after the final qualifier on Saturday. Sunday’s eliminations brought great side by side racing. The final would bring Dean Marinis and Kurt Steding to the finals. Kurt Steding would take the win in his brand new 2020 Camaro.

The 1320 Fabrication Warriors Outlaws brought the hair-raising moments back to MDIR as they normally do. From wheelstands to track records being reset, this series once again brought it all. James Smith had reset his own ET record by three thousandths of a second in testing. In Qualifying, we saw some great side by side runs and the occasional wheelstand. But once the sun when down on Saturday, we saw the action really heat up in eliminations. Will Fair would reset both the ET and the MPH record taking them from James Smith (ET) and Ralph Hardesty (MPH) while running a 4.23 at over 180 MPH on the 1/8th mile. At the end of the day we would see new record holder Will Fair take the win in the A group and Butch Merson take the win with the B group.

MPC Real Street continue to bring close racing action. At the end of qualifying on Saturday, Justin Bowmaker sat on top of the leaderboard with a 4.995, eight cars behind him ran 5.0’s. Nine cars were running withing a tenth of each other! Sunday’s eliminations would show the tight racing action once again that this series has continues to show. The final would be between back to back MPC Real Street champion Mike Barry and newcomer Freddy Harding. Barry would spin on the line and Freddy Harding would take his first ever career victory!

The Atomizer Racing Injector Door Wars would also bring some great grudge and no time action. The No Clock Street (NCS) vs. the DMV would bring streetcar action to Saturday’s portion of the event. Shakedown runs show that these are not your ordinary streetcar, but high horsepower machines. It would be an all NCS final with the nitrous Nova of Chris Wilkinson and the turbo car Mustang of D.D. Mahoney. Mahoney would be able to take the win of Wilkinson. We would also see Scott Marshall take the win in No Clock Small Block.

The Atomizer Racing Injector Door Wars and the ATI Performance Products IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering also brought the full Speed Unlimited ET Series. It brought great racing all weekend long. On Saturday’s event, Tarrell Sinkler would win Top ET, Frank Thompson would win Mod ET, and Hannah Franck would win in the Hubble Motorsports Junior Dragsters. On Sunday’s event, Donna Nelson would win in Top ET, Mike Upole would win Mod ET and Hunter Groat would take the win for Hubble Motorsports Junior Dragster.



• 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.