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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL MORNS LOSS OF MRS. JUANITA CATHELL

April 30, 2012 3:54 pm

Obituary for Mrs. Juanita Bounds Cathell

 

Juanita Jane Bounds Cathell, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at the age of 91. Born in Salisbury on December 20th, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Lillian Bounds of Siloam.

In Juanita’s younger years she was a beautician and a homemaker. In 1963, she and her late husband started the family business. They worked tirelessly to make the U.S. 13 Dragway and Delaware International Speedway a successful family business which still operates today after 49 years. Many generations of race fans have attended and continue to enjoy the weekend races that they made possible. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her for her dedication to her family, her kindness and generosity.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William J. Cathell and a brother, Billy Bounds.

She is survived by her 3 children, Charles Cathell & his wife, Joyce, Dawn Brown & her husband, David and Hal Cathell & his wife, Lisa; 3 grandchildren, Mark Cathell, Cortney Cathell and Jamie Tregoe; 7 great grandchildren, Chad, McKinsey and Chase Cathell, Katie Bromwell, Addie, Kemp and Lynnleigh Tregoe; and a brother, Sammy Bounds.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:00am at the Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury with Rev. Carol Carlson officiating. There will be a visitation on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 9:00pm and also on Thursday one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow at the Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Riverside United Methodist Church, 608 Riverside Dr., Salisbury, MD 21801 and or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 and or the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation, 100 E. Carroll St., Salisbury, MD 21801

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb. 17, 2012

U.S. 13 DRAGWAY & DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY SEASONS JUST AROUND THE CORNER – NEW ADMISSION PRICING IN PLACE




Delmar, DE – Winter may only be halfway over but plans for the Spring openers and 2012 season schedules are already in place for the U.S. 13 Dragway and the Delaware International Speedway.

U.S. 13 Dragway will fire the engines first with a Tune & Test session on Sunday, March 4th and again on Sunday March 11th. E.T. Racing will begin on March 18th. The first Summit E.T. Racing series event will be Sunday April 1st and the first of the “Bad 8” series events will take to the quarter-mile on April 15th.

New for 2012 will be that the spectator admission of $12 will admit fans to both the spectator and pit sides of the track. The single admission will allow spectators to have access to the pits just like at national NHRA events.

The Delaware International Speedway will open its gates on Saturday night, April 7th and will be free to the public on the spectator side. The 2012 point season will start the following Saturday night, April 14th with “Delmar Night.” Action will feature the NAPA Big Block Modifieds, Super Late Models, AC Delco Modifieds, Crate Models, Mod Lites, Little Lincoln and Vintage cars.

Spectator admission for regular shows will show a slight increase at $15. Pit admission will remain at $25 and children age 13 and under will still be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. The United Racing Club Sprint cars will make three appearances the first of which will be Saturday night April 28th as part of the William J. Cathell Memorial. Spectator admission for URC events will be $20.

The increase in gate admission was necessary due to the increased costs of electricity, gas and fuel for track prep, insurance and needed upgrades to the facilities.

For complete season schedules log on to www.delawareracing.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan. 8, 2012

U.S. 13 DRAGWAY HONORS CHAMPIONS AT 48TH ANNUAL BANQUET



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – The U.S. 13 Dragway celebrated the 48th consecutive season for the fabled Sussex County quarter-mile Friday night at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. NHRA Division 1 qualifiers in the four Summit E.T. Racing Series divisions plus two Jr. Dragster classes were on hand to be honored for their performances during the past season.



Champions that were crowned for 2011 included: Vernon Russell and the team of Russell & Russell from Dover, Del. in Super Pro; Phillip Truitt of Parsonsburg, Md.; James Farmer of Denton, Md. in Pro Bike; Chelsea Williams of Seaford, Del. in Street Eliminator; Tyler Powell of Delmar, Md. in Jr. Dragster 1 and Paul Riddle, Jr. of Millsboro, Del. in Jr. Dragster 2.



Super Pro was extremely competitive again this season tying last year’s record of 18 different winners. Vernon Russell, veteran of four decades of drag racing, finished just outside the top 10 in 2010 but this season he piloted his ’81 Camaro to two wins and multiple late round finishes winning his first Super Pro championship with 653 points and earning $1300 in cash awards. Russell also posted two wins out of the five Bad 8 Full Body events. Former champion, Johnny Ennis of Pocomoke, Md. was the runner-up with 600 points and defending point champion, Ben Parks of Salisbury, Md. was third with 557 and also won the “King of the Track” title. Rounding out the top five were Jamie Russell (Vernon Russell’s son) of Dover with 555 points and Don Teague of Newark, Del. with 526.



The top 19 drivers in the division receiving trophies were: Bobby Insley of Salisbury 6th with 488; David Lowe of Salisbury 7th with 484; Vance Owens of Georgetown, Del. 8th with 467; Horace Willey of Bishopville, Md. and Bernie Pyles of Millersville, Md. tied for 9th with 461; Tim Hyde of Seaford 11th with 460; Sterling Clough of Marion, Md. 12th with 449; Keith Wildonger of Seaford 13th with 438; Larry Shorb of New Castle, Del. 14th with 430; Steven Truitt of Parsonsburg 15th with 421; Doug Sylvester of Laurel, Del. 16th with 404; W.R. Ketterman of Salisbury 17th with 401; Daryl Beauchamp of Princess Anne, Md. in 18th with 385 and Tim Sinclair of Princess Anne with 383 points. All drivers received trophies presented by Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Salisbury plus cash awards from the dragway.



Former Pro National Champion, Phillip Truitt successfully defended his Pro championship of 2010 to earn his fourth overall title. Truitt scored three wins during the year and his consistent performances easily topped the field with 820 points earning $950 from the point fund. For the second year in a row Ryan Groton of Salisbury chased Truitt to finish in second with 676 points and Tim Foskey of Rhodesdale, Md. finished third with 669 points. Rounding out the top five were Steve Long of Linthicum, Md. in fourth with 622 and Toya Peek of Houston, Del. fifth with 594.



Glenn Groton of Salisbury was 6th with 539; Ben Garnett of Smyrna, Del. 7th with 534; David Hornsby of Delmar 8th with 485; Buddy Layfield of Snow Hill, Md. 9th with 435; Justin Abbott of Greenwood and Jim Williams of Seaford tied for 10th with 421; Roger Ridgeway, Jr. of Dover 12th with 410; Jesse Long of Preston, Md. 13th with 375; Eddie Baker of Salisbury 14th with 367; andy Davenport of Seaford tied with Humphrey Maddox, Jr. of Princess Anne 15th with 348; John Donovan of Federalsburg, Md. in 17th with 341 and Vincent Wade of Eden, Md. in tied with Robin Lewers in 18th with 334. Drivers received trophies presented by the Cheswold Connection and point fund money from the dragway.



James Farmer rode away with his fifth Pro Bike point championship of his career with a dominating 10 wins and 749 points earning $450. Farmer also won the “Race of Champions” for Pro Bike during the NHRA Division 1 Bracket Finals. David Manuel of Pittsville, Md. was second with 400 points and John Bartikovich of Salisbury finished in third with 362. Rounding out the top six were D.J. Lockwood of Berlin, Md. fourth with 356, defending champion Charles Nock of Greenwood fifth with 334 and the team of Tony Mumford and Turon Davis of Berlin sixth with 306. Riders received trophies presented by Insinger Performance, Inc. and point fund money from the dragway.



With four time champion Crystal Hudson moving to Pro the Street Eliminator title was up for grabs in 2011. Chelsea Williams stepped up posting three wins in her Camaro and earning her first championship in the division with 731 points and earning $200 from the point fund. Dennis Davis of Seaford posted a personal best in second with 623 points and Chelsea’s brother Brad Williams of Seaford rounded out the top three with 619 points. Fourth went to Henry Osowiecki of Salisbury with 536, Josh Davis of Seaford finished fifth with 455 points and Rick Walker of Laurel sixth with 395. Drivers received trophies presented by Insinger Performance, Inc. and cash awards from the dragway.



The Jr. Dragster divisions produced two first time champions and awards were given to the top ten in each division. Taking the Jr. Dragster 1 title was Tyler Powell of Delmar, Md. with four wins on the season. Powell earned 560 points and $100 from the point fund. Second generation racer, Alex Bradford of Newark, Md. came home second with 445 points and Taylor Cox of Mardella Springs, Md. earned a personal best in third with 432. T.J. Williams of Fruitland, Md. finished fourth with 363 and Ryan Jackson of Newark, Md. was fifth with 317.



Rounding out the top ten were Alexis Truitt of Parsonsburg with 303, Jacob Bowie of Greensboro, Md. with 286, Brittany Hooper of Hurlock with 261, Anthony Pavone of Seaford with 256 and Michael Ennis of Delmar with 223. Drivers received trophies from C&P Full Service Center plus point money.



Jr. Dragster 2 was a tight point race to the end with second generation driver, Paul Riddle, Jr. posting four wins, taking the championship with 569 points and earning $100. Herby Sullivan of Ridgely, Md. made it a close point race finishing second with 544 points and Shelby Bireley of Salisbury rounded out the top three with 517. Fourth went to Cortney Cathell of Laurel with 512 and Katelyn Muir of Delmar, Md. rounded out the top five with 394.



Sixth through tenth were Christopher Kahler of Ocean View, Md. with 366, Kody Mariner of Salisbury with 330, Amy Jo Jackson of Newark, Md. with 312, Vance Price, Jr. of Vienna, Md. with 304 and Willow Gunter of Salisbury with 302. Drivers received trophies from C&P Full Service Center plus point money.



Josh Davis of Seaford received the High School Eliminator award. Awards were presented to Vicky Ennis and Frank Lecates for 20 years of service to the U.S. 13 Dragway. All champions received track champion jackets from Insinger Performance, Inc. and Sunoco Race Fuels, “gold cards” for free season admission in 2012 and necklaces.



Sponsors on the 2011 U.S. 13 Dragway Money Trail were recognized including: Delmarva NAPA Auto Parts; Pepsi; The Cheswold Ford Connection; Insinger Performance, Inc.; Harley Davidson of Seaford; Goodyear and Competition Tire East; C&P Full Service Center; Delmar Pizza; Delmarva Dodge Dealers and Summit E.T. Racing Series.



The 2012 season at the U.S. 13 Dragway will open on Sunday, February 26th with a Tune & Test Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan. 8, 2012

DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY CELEBRATES 2011 SEASON


By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – A crowd of over 500 converged on the Dower Downs Hotel & Casino on Saturday night to recognize the top drivers of the 2011 season at the Delaware International Speedway. More than $50,000 in cash and awards were distributed to the top ten in the five weekly divisions. Division champions were crowned which included; Matt Jester of Lincoln, Del. in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds; Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro, Del. in the Super Late Models; Joe Warren of Georgetown, Del. in the Crate Models; John Curtis of Harrington, Del. in the AC Delco TSS Modifieds and Brandon Dennis of Harrington in the Mod Lites.



Taking home the lion’s share of the point fund was “The Joker” Matt Jester in the Clearview Farms NAPA Big Block Modified. Jester recorded a season high eight feature wins in route to his first division title. Jester accumulated 2229 points and earned $6250 from the point fund. Chasing Jester to the very end in the chase was H.J. Bunting of Milford, Del. who finished in second with 2193 points worth $3350. Sophomore driver, Brad Trice of Parsonsburg, Md. got his first career win in 2011 and finished third overall with 2011 points earning $2600. Rounding out the top five were second generation driver, Beau Wilkins of Milford in fourth with 1813 ($2050) and Robert Dutton of Milford fifth with 1761 ($1600).



Rounding out the top ten were: Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Springs, Pa. with 1699 ($1300); Eric Kormann of Vineland, N.J. with 1675 ($1100); Dale Hawkins of Dover, Del. with 1380 ($1000); Joseph Watson of Milford with 1377 ($950) and Michael White of Laurel, Del. with 1284 ($900). Receiving the “Rookie of the Year” award was Eric Kormann who made the three hour tow each way from South Jersey to compete in his first year of racing in the big block modifieds. Trophies were presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Delmarva.



Defending Super Late Model point champion, Donald Lingo, Jr. successfully defended his title in 2011. Lingo got off to a slow start but came on strong in the later part of the season to post four wins and earn his fourth overall championship in the Lingo Marine/Ford. Lingo equaled Jester in his point total with 2229 and earned $4250 from the point fund. Leading the points for most of the season until engine woes dropped him to second was former two time champion, Richard Jarvis, Jr. of Powellville, Md. with four wins and earning 1869 points ($2250). Female sensation, Staci Warrington of Milton continued to climb the standings finishing third overall with 1846 ($1500). Rounding out the top five were Andrew Mullins of Seaford, Del. who drove to his first win during the season and earning 1769 ($1100) and Mark Pettyjohn of Milton with 1692 points (($1000).



Finishing in sixth through tenth in order were: Herb Tunis of Georgetown with 1643 ($800); Kerry King of Delmar with 1543 ($700); David Hill of Trappe, Md. with 1539 ($675); Mark Byram of Georgetown with 1466 ($650) and David Pettyjohn of Millsboro with 1454 ($600). Andrew Mullins received special recognition as he was presented with the Kyle Dixon Youth Achievement Award by Kyle’s father, Joe Dixon, for being the youngest driver to finish highest in points in all five division. Trophies were presented by Sysco of Eastern Maryland.



Earning his fourth point championship in the Crate Model division was Joe Warren. Warren regained his title by winning seven times during the year totaling 1955 points and earning $1700. Michael Wharton of Laurel got a late start but his four wins landed him second in points with 1795 ($775). Third went to Clint Chalabala whose consistency earned him 1656 points ($575). Fourth was a person best for John Imler of Tracys Landing, Md. with 1625 ($475) and fifth went to rookie Dylan Evans of Millsboro with 1384 ($375).



Finishing in sixth through tenth in order were: Chris Hitchens of Milton with 1346 ($300). Sparky White of Delmar with 1240 ($250); John Emory of Milton with 1179 ($225); Robbie Emory of Milton with 1077 ($200) and Roy Hassler of Laurel with 971 ($175). Trophies were presented by Snookie’s Speed Parts of Milton.



The AC Delco TSS Modified division produced a first time winner in 2011. John Curtis led the points for most of the season in 2010 before dropping to third after late season problems. This season Curtis was consistent throughout recording two win in his Taylor & Messick sponsored mount and earning 1800 points and $1700 from the point fund. Defending champion Joseph Tracy of Dagsboro, Del. chased Curtis down to the wire earning six wins and 1775 ($775). Third went to Scott Baker of Seaford whose consistency paid off with 1670 points ($575). Fourth went to Westley Smith of Delmar who posted his first win and totaled 1580 ($475) and Justin Griffith of Georgetown with two wins and 1410 points ($375).



Sixth through tenth in order were Scott Hitchens of Gumboro with 1370 ($300); Danny Smack of Willards, Md. with 1355 ($250); Tyler Reed of Laurel with 1265 ($225); Trent Willey of Milton with 1180 ($200) and Brandon Blades of Dagsboro with 1010 ($175). Trophies were presented by R.C. Holloway of Salisbury, Md.



Brandon Dennis has earned the title of “Mr. Consistency” in the Mod Lite division. Dennis drove his Simpson Construction/Pro Chassis to his fourth consecutive championship in 2011 collecting seven wins and earning 1875 points worth $1300. Landis Musser of Laurel had his best career season finishing second in points with 1665 ($550) and Curt Miles, Jr. of Saxis, Va. also earned his personal best with 1630 points in third ($525). Fourth went to Ray Gulliver of Magnolia, Del. who got his first career win in 2011 and earned 1565 points ($425) and fifth went to Kerry King, Jr. of Delmar with 1498 ($375).



Sixth through tenth in order in the standings were: Jason Musser of Vines Creek, Del. with 1455 ($325); Jimmy Wills of Felton, Del. with 1325 ($300); Kirk Miles of Saxis, Va. with 1265 ($275); Alan Passwaters of Seaford with 1090 ($250) and James Hill of Laurel with 960 ($200). Trophies were presented by Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Salisbury, Md.



Special recognition went to Tom Jerman and Calvin Musser for their part in organizing the highly successful “Blast from the Past Reunion.” Thirty years of service awards were present to Norris Bryan and Charlie Brown.



All champions received championship jackets, gold cards for admission in 2011, necklaces and for the first time, championship window boxes designed specifically for each of the champions. In order of points the champions also got to draw for awards such as a night in the VIP suit, season parking spots and season passes.



The sponsors on the 2011 Delaware International Speedway Money Trail were individually recognized for their support and contributions. They included: R.C. Holloway Co., Scott’s Furniture; Snookie’s Speed Parts; Taylor & Messick; Lias Tire; Sysco Eastern Maryland; Clark’s Swimming Pools, Inc.; Sussex Scrap Metal; Bradley Distribution, Inc.; NAPA; Pepsi; Nucar Connection and Pro Race Cars.

 

 

 

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