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Race 12 - Sept 29 -Mason Dixon

Saturday night, Sept 29th, the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series completed Race 12 at Mason Dixon and with that race in the books it also concluded our 2018 season -the 20th year of our series. Although it was a frustrating season when you look at the number of times we were not able to complete some of our races due to the weather, it was also a great year- lots of great Pontiacs, great people to race with, great sponsors supporting us, the Pontiac Babes to feed us, and a chance to win some money and have a good time!

Saturday night also concluded our point series for 2018 and with that we find DOUG CHELL in his 67 Firebird as our Points Champion. Doug was our Champion in 2016 and after sitting out 2017, came back to take the crown again this year, taking the lead mid-season and never looking back. Congratulations to Doug on a well earned Championship.

2017 Champ Chuck Hutzler came on strong in the final races and took his 82 Firebird to the Runner-up spot for the season. Jeff Raff finished a few rounds short of the top spot with his 64 GTO, ending up in third followed closely by the always finishing strong 05 GTO, driven by Greg Orris and another former Champ, Jason Rogers and his 05 GTO finished in the fifth spot for the season.


Congratulations to all our finalists!! See where you or your favorite driver/Pontiac ended up in the Points by going to our website and click on the RESULTS tab.

Thanks to all who helped, participated or spectated at our last race of the season and to Jen Mayes for her untiring efforts to see that we were all well fed. Not enough can be said about this great bunch of people who make it all worth doing.

In the up-coming weeks/months we will be organizing the next season which starts our 3rd decade of the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. Check in here to see what’s happening and what to expect for 2019. Meanwhile if you were in the top 10 in points for 2018 expect to see your check in the mail next week and if you were good enough to get into the Top 5 you will be hearing from me about our “TOP 5 “ luncheon, courtesy of OPDS happening in early December.

Until then- everyone- enjoy the off season, be safe out there and keep-on Pontiyacin’!


Race 11- Sept 16 – Cecil County

OPDS Race 11 at Cecil County this weekend turned out to be the best day for racing we’ve had this season. The weather was great, the turnout of racers was one of our best ever, and we had a great number of people show for the tribute race to honor Wayne Garrison, our good friend and racer who is sorely missed by us all. Wayne’s Judge was in attendance, as was his last race car, done-up in the paint scheme that Wayne wanted and driven by the new owner Jay Strickland. On display were several great pictures of Wayne and some of his Pontiacs. Chris Plummer was manning a display for the Diabetes Association and accepting donations to the fight against Diabetes. OPDS donated the 50/50 it took-in to the Diabetes Foundation in Wayne’s behalf, as did Jim Staub, the winner of the 50/50. And in a final gesture of tribute Wayne’s Judge street car made a pass down the 1320. I know Wayne would have been proud and humbled by the day in honor of him. Race in Peace Wayne.

On the track:

32 cars signed for the event on Saturday and at the end of the day Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) was the victor, taking the Win over Kristine Woods (92 Sunbird) in a double breakout final. Stats for the final: Chuck-9.975@134.52 (10.04dial) vs Kristine’s 15.963@83.12 (16.07dial). Winner paid $1000, Runner-up $500 and even though they split the purse, Chuck took home the trophy and a little more cash from Max Performance, and his usual BIG smile!

Semis, paying $175 to each, went to Greg Orris (05 GTO) and Jamie Horton (66 Tempest). Quarter finals netted Roger Miller (76 TA), Jeff Raff (64 GTO), and Cliff Mayes (68 GTO) $100 each for their efforts.

Congratulations to all our finalists! Point standings after race 11 can be found on our website Remember that there is a one race throw-out, unless we have another race cancelled in which case there would be no throw-out.

Thanks to all who showed for the day, to race, to honor Wayne or to just enjoy seeing some great Pontiacs. Special thanks to so many people for making this day happen- Chris Plummer for his efforts with the Diabetes association, taking pics and running to the tower for me when needed, to Alyssa Bolin and Jim Staub for manning the table, to Bill and Pinky for pics, a record setting 50/50, running to the tower and the general PR that Bill does for the series, to those who helped tear down afterwards when I was in the staging lanes, and finally to Chuck Hutzler and Mike Clay for hanging to the very end to help me get on the road for home. Great people, great day, Great Pontiacs!

Our next, and final, race for 2018 is Saturday, September 29 at Mason Dixon. We hope to see you all there as we close-out our 20th season of the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. …

til then


Race 10 – September 1 – Mason Dixon

Put an asterisk behind Race10 last Saturday (Sept 1) at Mason Dixon as yet another race fell prey to Mother Nature and was shortened by rain. We are now at 50% of our races not going to the final pair. Really frustrating, but we had a good time anyway! 20 Pontiacs showed for our Race 10, our race to recognize our longtime sponsor Butler Performance. The Pontiac Babes served-up the best chow, provided for by BP. Free T-shirts were handed out to our racers, along with other prizes at our driver’s meeting where we noted Butler Performance as the longest supporter (since 1999) of our series and our racers expressed their appreciation of that support.

As noted we only made it to the second round before the rains came so the purse for the day was divided among the first round winners.

Thanks to all who attended and helped with the day and again to Butler Performance for their continued support of OPDS.

Our next race is Sunday, Sept 16th at Cecil County when we will pay tribute to Wayne Garrison and again offer a $1000 payout to the Winner of that event. Gates open at 8 am and time trials start around 10am. Remember that as a group we pit on the tower side of the track (Gate 2). I hope we have some good weather for this one and I hope to see you all there to honor our great friend and to enjoy the company of others who share our passion for Pontiacs.

See you then!


Race 9 – August 25 – Mason Dixon

Sixteen cars made it to the 1st round for Race #9 at Mason Dixon this Saturday and at the end of the day we saw the Point standings shift some in the Top 5 with Doug Chell still out in front. Within the top 10 just a round win or two could change things by the end of the season. As usual it’s tight going into the final few races. Everyone seems to have picked up their game in the past couple of races and Saturday we had several rounds that were won by MOV of .001- .003. That’s close!

On the track: In the final we saw Chad Ely’s 70 GTO getting by Chuck Hutzler’s 82 Firebird at the top-end to take his first win of the season with OPDS. Stats for the final: Chad- 10.217(10.19 dial)118.71mph to chuck’s 10.018(10.04dial)134.12mph. For his Win Chad received $600 in cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance and the OPDS trophy for race 9. Chuck’s Runner- up finish netted him $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinalists were Mike Clay (62 Catalina) and Cliff Mayes ( 68 GTO), each receiving $75 cash from OPDS. Quarter finalists found Anne Beard (69 Bonneville), Doug Chell (67 Firebird), Rod Eichelberger (70 Firebird), and Steve Dustin (00 Grand Am) each taking home $50 cash for their efforts on Saturday. Congratulations to all our finalists!!!

Thanks to everyone who helped at this race. It seemed that everyone was helping at the end. Special thanks again to Alyssa Bolin for her usual great help and for picking up yet another duty and doing it well! Thanks to you all.

Coming up next Race: Sept 1, next Saturday at Mason Dixon, is our 10th race for 2018 and it is also a race we are calling Butler Performance Day. Butler Performance has been with the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series since day 1 as a supporter of our series and at Race 10 we want to recognize them for their continued support. BUT, here’s the best part- Butler Performance is showing us their appreciation of our series by providing us with a great deal on that day. OPDS is paying to the Winner $1000 cash, $500 to the Runner-up, $175 to semis and $100 Quarterfinalists. In addition there will be gift certificates, discount coupons, and plenty of good food presented by the Pontiac Babes, courtesy of Butler Performance….and, If you are one of the first 20 to sign-up Saturday you will get a free t-shirt. Get there early- gates open at 8:30am and the Babes will be serving up lunch around 11am before we head to the lanes at 2.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Race 8- July28 – Mason Dixon

Saturday July 28 was our last race before what I call the “Norwalk Break”. Several racers opt to typically skip this race to prepare, save, or just take a break before the 4 day session at the Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals. However, 19 cars showed on Saturday to OPDS Race 8 in the best weather we have had all year and we were able to complete the race making it only the third race we have been able to complete this season! It was also a day when we invited our fellow GM “outcasts”, the Olds and Buick racers, to join us. Although we only had 3 Buicks show for the event we feel we have opened the door to future such events and hope the word gets out about our combined BOP happenings. I’d like to thank Bruce Wilson for the efforts to get this started and also to Conner Statler (64 Skylark) and Rick Miller (71 GS) for joining us on Saturday. They all indicated that they enjoyed themselves and would like to do it again. So…let’s see what happens next season. If anyone has any input concerning this idea please feel free to contact me anytime.

On the track – Current point leader Doug Chell (67 Firebird) extended his lead over 2nd place Jason Rogers going to the final against Steve Dress(68 firebird) and coming out on top when Steve broke out by .002, giving the win to Doug. Stats for the final: Doug 10.065/ 133.75mph(10.04dial), Steve 11.898/110.90mph (11.90dial). For the Win Doug collected $600 from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance, and the trophy for race 8. Steve took home $200 and a certificate from Butler Performance. Semis went to Kyle Garber in his 93 Firebird and quarter finalists were Jeff Raff(64 GTO) and Rodney Eichelburger (70 Firebird). Semis paid $70 and quarters collected $50 for their efforts. Congratulations to all our finalists! Check out the point standings on our website “results” tab-

Thanks go out to the great help we had this race. The ever helpful Alyssa and Bill Bolin carried the weight of running most of the race on Saturday with Chuck Hutzler staying to the very end taking care of business while I was trying to make good in the final rounds on the track. Great day, great friends, great Pontiacs. Let’s do it again – Saturday, August 25 at Mason Dixon. That’s a 4 week break- plenty of time to get that Pontiac ready….see ya then!


Race 7 – Mason Dixon – July 14

Race 7 found us at Mason Dixon for our first evening race of the season, a sunny and rain free day and a leader change for our Points chase. Even though the track made a last minute change in the gate times, getting us there hours early, we made it a good time allowing us to have plenty of time to hang out, do some bench racing and enjoy the company of our Pontiac friends.

On the track- Jeff Raff came out on top Saturday night, taking his 64 GTO to his first win of the season over Doug Chell’s 67 Firebird. Stats for the final: Jeff’s 9.829(9.82dial)/134.75mph vs Doug’s breakout 10.087(10.11dial)/133.61mph, the advantage at the start going to Jeff’s .020 tree vs Doug’s .061. Doug’s Runner up on Saturday took him to the top of the Point standings, passing Jason Rogers (05 GTO) by just 3 points. Jason made it to the semis where he lost to Doug, losing his trans in the process. Also in the semis was the 68 GTO of Cliff Mayes. Quarterfinalists were Mike Clay (62 Catalina), Troy Tribby (69 GP), Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) and Steve Dress (68 Firebird). Payouts for Race 7 was $600 to Win courtesy of OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance, Runner-up $200 and certificates from Butler Performance, Semis $75 and Qtrs paid $50.

For the latest on the point standings check the Results page of our website

Thanks to the usual OPDS cast and crew for helping out and to Jake and the crew at Mason Dixon for a great track prep.

We are back at MD again on July 28 where we will be welcoming the Buick and Olds racers to join us in a first time gathering of the “outcasts” of GM. Get the word out to any of these guys you may know to come and join us. Let them know they are welcomed and to check out our website for details on how we run. Also, make sure they sign up to run with the Pontiacs at the gate. I hope we see some of these guys; could be an interesting day.

See you on the 28th !


Race 6- July, 1-

It was a disappointment that the race at Cecil County was cancelled this past weekend but it really was a good idea. We all enjoy our sport but when it comes to temps in the upper 90’s, with high humidity, it’s just not fun and not wise for all involved. So, the weather again has become a major factor in our race season. Out of 6 races this year we have only been able to run an entire race twice. Three races were shortened and one cancelled due to the weather. Not how we wanted our 20 th year to go! However, we are only halfway through the season and there’s lots more to look forward to. Sunday’s race, as a tribute to Wayne Garrison and a $1000 Winner payout, will be moved to the next time we are at Cecil – September 16 th .

Our next race is back at Mason Dixon and this starts the summer sessions where we are running at night. For the July 14 race gates open at 12noon and Time Trials start at 4PM with eliminations after the 2 nd TT. One other note for this race- the Pontiac Babes are taking a vacation from feeding us all so be sure you plan accordingly. We will see them back with us on the July 28 race.

Looking ahead, we are having our BOP race( July 28- Mason Dixon)- inviting Buicks and Oldsmobile racers to join us for the day. I haven’t had much luck finding many websites or FB pages for them so if you know of any racers with a Buick or Olds let them know they are invited.

After the “Norwalk Break” we are again at Mason Dixon and then on September 1 we are holding a “Butler Performance Day”, with $1000 winner payout, prizes, T-shirts, and lunch provided by our long time sponsor Butler Performance. BP has been with us since day one and it’s nice to know they still appreciate a Pontiac Proud organization like OPDS.

Let’s hope the bad weather is a thing of the past and let’s get on with our season! We hope to see you on the 14 th at MD.

…til then


Race 5 –June 24, 2018 Mason Dixon

…and then the (torrential) rains came. At this weekend’s Race 5, moved from Saturday to Sunday, we almost got ‘er done but again were halted after the 3rd round when we were hit by a quick but powerful rainstorm that drenched everything in sight. We did however enjoy being a part of the Rocking Chair Nationals and I would like to thank Gary Gore for including us in his program again this year. Also thanks to the crew at Mason Dixon for a great job at providing us a good racing surface and a safe venue for us to enjoy our sport. Thanks as well to all the Pontiac racers and fans who came out and raced with us or showed their support by just being there. It was great to see some familiar faces from our past. Also, the biggest thanks to those who helped me get through the day, especially Alyssa Bolin who was invaluable on Sunday…and of course a big shout-out to the Pontiac Babes and everyone else who contributed to feeding us all.

On the track- as mentioned we were halted before being able to run the 4th round. Left after the 3rd round was: Mark Harbaugh( 00 GA), John Drury (72 Pontiac), Rod Eichelburger(70 Firebird), and yours truly, Steve Dress (68 Firebird). Payout was split between these four, each receiving $220.

And from the last race, we failed to report the finalists on that one. At Race 4 on June 17 we found Jason Rogers (05 GTO) in the final going against Andy Nutt(67 Lemans) with Jason taking the Win, keeping him on top of the points for another week. Jason took home $600 in cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance. Andy garnered $200 and a certificate from Butler Performance. Semis went to Greg Orris (05 GTO) and Quarter-finalists were Chuck Hutzler(82 Firebird) and Steve Dustin(00 GA). Congrats to all these racers and we’re sorry we missed you last week!

Points after Race 5 have been posted.

Coming up: next race we will be at Cecil County and in addition to our tribute to Wayne Garrison we will be handing $1000 to the winner and $500 to the runner up for that event. Two weeks after that we are back at Mason Dixon and on July 28th we are inviting our GM cousins, Buicks and Oldsmobile to race with us (sorry Chevy guys!). So, if you know of anyone with a Buick or olds that would care to join our group for the day let them know; and let them know to check our website for particulars on our events. Let’s welcome them for the day- but kick their butts! See you all next Sunday a Cecil.

…til then


Race 3 – May 27 – Mason Dixon

Based on the weather reports for the weekend it looked like getting to race on Sunday would be an effort in futility. Almost, but with somewhat clear skies and oppressive humidity into the afternoon we managed to get two rounds completed before Mother Nature again stepped in and called a halt to our fun for the day. Due mostly to the weather our car count was off for this race and only 14 cars made it to the 1st round. Going into the 3rd round we found 6 drivers splitting the cash when the rain forced us to call it quits. They were: Jason Rogers(05 GTO), Jeff Raff(64 GTO), Chuck Hutzler(82 Firebird), Steve Dustin(00 GTO), Anne Beard(69 Bonneville) and Chad Ely(70 GTO). Each collected $125 for making it to the 3rd round

Sunday’s race resulted in no change in the top 4 of the Point standings, with Jason Rogers still at the top with Doug, Greg, and Anne completing the top 4 in the standings. Things start shifting in the standings from there and it shows that just a couple of rounds can make a big difference in where you stand. With that in mind, don’t forget that at our next race, June 17 (Mason Dixon) we are throwing in 20 bonus points for everyone competing. There’s still time to enter points and everyone still has a good shot at (at least) 10th place which pays $50. Not a bad gamble for a $45 entry fee. And please remember that if you would like to race with us you DO NOT have to enter our points to do so.

Check out the RESULTS page on our website for the complete point standings.

The next race on June 17 starts the busy time in our schedule where we are racing 3 weeks in a row. Following the June 17 race we are again at MD for the Rocking Chair Nationals (June 23 at MD), which is a points race, followed the next week at Cecil County (July 1) which is our tribute race to our greatly missed friend and fellow racer Wayne Garrison. We hope to see everyone there for that special race, which also offers $1000 to win.

Thanks to all who braved the weather reports to come out and join us, to the Pontiac Babes for providing us with the great eats, to those who helped with setup and teardown- there were too many to mention and I don’t want to forget anyone –and to all those who showed up to support us and help make the day great. We hope to see you all again for Race 4 on June 17 at Mason Dixon.

…til then


Race #2 – May 12 – Mason Dixon

This time we beat out Mother Nature and finished the race, dodging surrounding rain showers and the threat of tornados in the area. Twenty-two racers made it to the first round and I want to thank everyone for being so prompt to the lanes and helping to keep things moving so that we were able to get our race completed.

At the end of the day it was Jason Rogers (05 GTO) in a close, double breakout final over Doug Chell (67 Firebird). Stats for the final: Jason- 13.230 @105.32 (13.24dial) to Doug’s 9.915 @133.94(9.96dial). Reaction times for Doug and Jason were different by .003 so this race came down to the better dial and finish line strategy. Jason took home the OPDS trophy and $650 in cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and MaxPerformance. For Runner-up Doug received $200 and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Round 5 found Randy Peer as the semifinalist -bringing out of semi-retirement the “Peer Pressure” 62 Catalina- taking home the $75 prize. Great to see Randy back in action, no matter which car he brings!

Anne Beard (69 Bonneville) was the lone Quarterfinalist taking home the $50 cash and placing her in the top 5 in points. Way to go Anne, who said that the color of red worked for her on Saturday!

Congratulations to all of our finalists!

Points are posted on our website and right now at the top of the heap we find former Champs Jason Rogers and Doug Chell separated by only one point. It’s early in the season and as we announced on Saturday we have two races coming up that will be offering Bonus points (Race 4, June 17th and Race 9, August 25) so there’s plenty of time to grab a chance for the year-end cash…and still plenty of time to sign-up for our Points program.

Thanks go out today to our Racers- the greatest people I know; to Bill and Alyssa Bolin for the great help at the race as well as all of those who helped setup, teardown and help other racers; to the Pontiac Babes for the great food and support they show us and to Mason Dixon for hosting our series for these 20 years and providing a great racing surface and safe venue to enjoy our sport.

We hope to see you all in two weeks at our next race- May 27, Memorial Day weekend. And don’t forget June 23rd, also at Mason Dixon, where we will be a part of the Rocking Chair Nationals nostalgia event. Come and join us; we know you will have a good time. ..til then.


Race 1 – April, 28 – Mason Dixon

Race #1 is in the books and although Mother Nature wouldn’t allow us to run the 4th round due to rain, it was considered a completed race. Twenty five cars signed up for our first race of the 12 race scheduled season and going into the 4th round we found Doug Chell (67 Firebird), Jason Rogers (05 GTO), Greg Orris (05 GTO), Troy Tribby (69 GP), Dale Grimm (68 Firebird), and Rod Eichelburger (70 firebird), ready to go at it when the rain, that persisted off and on in the latter part of the afternoon, just wouldn’t stop enough to get the track back to safe. The day’s total payouts were divided among these 6.

All that aside, we had a great day- plenty of good Pontiacs, great people to race with and great food provided by the Pontiac Babes, as well as those who also contributed goodies for our enjoyment. Thanks to all and be sure to take part in the food bar next race.

Points are posted on the website and if you’re wondering how the points are tallied check out the rules page on the site. Also, remember that you do NOT have to be signed for points to race with us but also remember that in our Points program we pay $50 to 10th place- which is more than the $45 points entry fee!

Thanks going out to those who contributed to the event on Saturday – Bill & Pinky, Alyssa, the Pontiac Babes, and of course, Jim. You all make this much easier!

Race #2 is coming up in 2 weeks, again at MD and we hope to have better weather and plenty of Pontiacs to enjoy it!    C-ya then!

** Ok gang- less than a week before Race #1. I see that several of our “regulars” were out today- one of the few days this Spring that was great for racing. We sure hope to see you all at Mason Dixon next Saturday (rain date the following day)- Gates open at 8:30am and we roll into the lanes at noon, with eliminations following the 2nd time trial. Be sure to mention at the gate that you are running with the Pontiacs. Also remember that the “Pontiac Babes” are helping us all out with lunch. See you all then!

Wow! I don’t know about the rest of you but I thought by now I would be mowing lawn, hauling out the short-sleeved shirts, and at least hitting a Test-N-Tune, but instead they are calling for possible snow this weekend! ..and it’s only 23 days until our opening race at Mason Dixon on April 28! Here’s hoping for a warmer, dry day as this is the earliest we have opened in many years.

For this season we open earlier and end earlier than usual. It’s just the way the schedule worked out this year. With 12 races planned (10 at Mason Dixon and 2 at Cecil County), we will have a busy schedule with several of our races held on back-to-back weekends. We also have a lot planned this season. First up is our 3rd year appearing at the Rocking Chair Nationals on June23 at MD. We follow that the next weekend at Cecil with our tribute race to honor the late Wayne Garrison and the same day the 1st of two $1000 to-the-Winner payout races. The 2nd $1k payout race is on September 1 at MD and on that day we will be having another “Butler Performance Day” with handouts, food and extra goodies to be announced. Along the way we will have a BONUS POINTS race (date to be determined), food and drink by the Special ladies of OPDS and again your chance at taking the Bounty from the current Points leader, or some cash from our 50/50 drawings.

For 2018 there is no increase in Race entry ($25). Remember that you pay the Track entry fee at the gate and come to the OPDS tent for signup & pay to run with us. Points entry will remain the same at $45, with $1000 to the 2018 Point winner and payouts to 10th place. Race payouts will remain the same- at least $500 to our race Winners(20 cars) and paying down to ¼’s. Buybacks, when allowed by the hosting track, will be $15. For more info on our rules and points check the RULES tab on this website.

We’re hoping to see a great turnout this season for the 20th year of racing our Pontiacs. Let’s hope we have a great weather day for our first one on April 28. See ya then!

    Steve, 04/05/18

Racing into our 20th season!

The 2018 schedule will be arriving in your mailbox soon and if not you can go to the pic below and print the pdf file from here.

We have a busy schedule this season and the season starts early with our opening race on April 28 at Mason Dixon. Because MD is the track where our series started we felt it only fitting that we celebrate our 20th year at our “home” track. Therefore, Mason Dixon will host 10 of our 12 races this season with the other two at Cecil County. Most races will be on Saturday and with these Saturday dates we will have a rain date the following day. Be sure to keep in touch via Facebook, text messages from MD and OPDS concerning any rainouts, starting times, etc. For those of you entering into our Points program, there will be 2 throw-out races this season unless we have 2 (or more) rain-outs.

There are some special happenings this year and although we don’t have details on all of them yet I can tell you a little of some, including a special tribute race on July 1st at Cecil County in memory of Wayne Garrison, who we lost this Winter. We know Wayne was known by most of you and we felt that Cecil was the best place to get everyone together for this race. OPDS is offering $1000 to the winner of this event and we hope to see you all there. As the date gets closer we will have more details.

June 23, OPDS will again be one of the featured groups running at the Rocking Chair Nationals, hosted by Mason Dixon Dragway and Gary Gore of Gold Dust Memories. Our regular program will be in effect and you will get to see some great nostalgia cars as well.

On September 1st at Mason Dixon our Pontiacs will be going for another $1000 payout to the Winner and increased payouts to ¼’s.

Along the way through the season one of our events will offer Bonus points, and we will have the usual “Bounty” program, OPDS merchandise, 50/50 sales, and a few other goodies we will give you details on later! So, stay tuned, get out there and get that Pontiac ready to rumble because April 28 will be here before you know it!

…til then

    Steve, 02/14/18

December 9- 2017

The snow was falling outside and the temps let us know that the racing season was over and that winter was here, but that didn’t stop the gathering of Pontiac heads at Madrones in Frederick, MD this past Saturday for our second annual TOP 5 dinner to celebrate our 2017 Point leaders. Our 2017 Champ, Chuck Hutzler, along with Jason Rogers, Jeff Raff, Jamie Wine/Chris Kelican, and Greg Orris, along with their guests, enjoyed some great food, received their awards, discussed the upcoming season and relived some of the events of past seasons. It was a good time and helped to keep the racing “juices” flowing in anticipation of 2018. Thanks to Bill Bolin and Pinky for the pleasure of their company and for taking the shown below!

We have been actively working on the 2018 season and most of our races are already scheduled. We are also planning some things to highlight our upcoming 20 th year for the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series. Stay tuned here and on our website for news and information about next season. Meanwhile, everyone have a safe and joyous Holiday season; be safe and keep on Pontiacin!

    Steve, 12/11/17

Race 11- Mason Dixon- Oct 22 and Season Final Points

Race 11 Winner- Doug Chell; Runnerup- Dennis Kincaid

Points Champion for 2017 – Chuck Hutzler

What a season for 2017! I guess you’ve been wondering “where are the results”?! Read on to find out why it took longer than usual…

Three of our 11 scheduled races this season rained out producing a tighter race for Points at the end of the year than usual. There were four different point leaders during the running of the 8 races we were able to complete and it came down to the last race to determine who would take home the CASH and Trophy and be considered OPDS Points Champion for 2017. When the points were tallied it turned out that we had a tie!! In the 19 years of operation we have never had a tie. Jason Rogers(05 GTO) and Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) came out dead even in points at the end of the day. In a true display of Sportsmanship both drivers agreed to split the cash for Champion and Runner-up and neither were too concerned about the trophy and title. So, here’s what we did to determine who would be considered the “Champ” for 2017: Both racers were consulted about the method and by virtue of a drawing from 3 different criteria (rounds won w/o buybacks, rounds won w/buybacks, and number of appearances in ¼, Semi and Final rounds) “rounds won w/o buybacks” was drawn and from that it was determined that Chuck Hutzler is the OPDS Champion for 2017 !! Congratulations to Chuck and Jason for their accomplishments and again we thank them for the Sportsmanship they displayed.

Rounding out the Top 5 in points we find Jeff Raff(64 GTO )in 3rd place and Chris Kelican/Jamie Wine (62 Catalina) in 4th place , both able to take the top spot heading into the last race. Always finishing strong was Greg Orris(05GTO) who move in to 5th place from 7th with a semifinal finish on the last day.

All top 10 finishers will receive their payout in the mail within the next few weeks.

For a complete listing of the Final Point standings for 2017 go to our “Results” tab. It was a great season as points go and I guess some enjoyed it better than others – Jeff Raff already signed up for the 2018 season of points!! We hope you can join us in our 2018 points program- a one-time $45 entry and a $75 payback for 10th place is a good deal!

We can’t forget the final race itself – Mason Dixon- Oct 22- and the results that it produced. Doug Chell, last season’s Champion, after finally overcoming a few issues with his 67 Firebird, made it to his first and last race of the season and came out the Winner on Sunday. Facing Dennis Kincaid (66 Lemans), another former Champion from our past, Doug got the Win light in a double breakout final- Doug 9.901(9.92dial)@131.82mph to Dennis’s 10.850(10.99)@115.40mph. Congratulations to Doug on a great comeback! Winner received $650 from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max Performance, and of course, the trophy! Runner up received $220 and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Other finalists on Sunday were Greg Orris (05 GTO) in the Semis and Jason Rogers (05 GTO), Johnny James (74 Ventura) and Bruce Wilson (02 GTP) were the Quarterfinalists. Semis received $75 and each Qtr $50. Congratulations to all our finalists.

Well, that’s it for 2017!! We hope that those of you who raced with us this year enjoyed your time with OPDS and we hope to see you back again next year. It will be our 20th season and we hope to have it even better than the previous 19. Thanks go out to our sponsors and supporters who make it possible, to the staff at Mason Dixon and Cecil County for hosting and welcoming us, and to those who helped make it happen at each race. There’s too many to mention and I don’t want to forget anyone, but I remember who you are and I can’t say thank you enough to convey how I feel. It’s been said many times but I have to say it again- what a great bunch of people to be around- racing or otherwise. I wish we could make this last forever… Meanwhile we are already working on the schedule for next season and several other things we hope will happen in 2018. Until then have a safe and enjoyable Winter, keep your Pontiac warm and comfortable and be ready for the call…Pontiacs to the Lanes!!!

    Steve, 10/29/17

Race 10- Oct 22 – Mason Dixon The longest span between any of our races this season was 4 weeks between Race 9 and 10 but the weather again came into play and forced us to hold off yet another week before we can get together for our final event of 2017. Race 10 at Cecil, scheduled for Oct 15, was cancelled due to rain, making Race #11 at Mason Dixon on Sunday October 22 a critical event for those at the top of our Points program. Jason Rogers currently holds the top spot but Chuck Hutzler and Jeff Raff are only 4 and 8 points respectively behind. That’s less than 1 round win! …can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Since it is our last race of the season we hope to see a lot of you and your Pontiacs. Remember, you don’t have to be in our Points program to participate.

Again, Race 11 is next Sunday-October 22. Gate times are not posted on Mason Dixon’s website but it is usually 8-8:30 with first time runs around 11-11:30. We will update these times if we learn of something different and if you see times posted somewhere let us know. Eliminations will be after the 2nd time run. With almost 30% of our races rained out this year let’s hope we have good weather for our final race. See ya there!


    Steve, 10/16/17

Race 9 – 9/17 – Cecil County- Winner-Chuck Hutzler; Runner-up- Don Metz

Twenty-six racers signed up at Cecil county in hopes of taking home the $1000 top prize, but at the end of the day it was Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) with the trophy for Race #9. In a 3rd Gen Firebird final, Chuck’s ’82 took the win light when Don Metz lite the ole red-eye in his ‘87. Stats for the final: Chuck- 11.005(10.43dial)@91.99mph to Don’s 13.258(13.24dial)@102.21mph. For his win Chuck took the trophy, a check from Max-Performance and because both drivers decided to split the winnings, Chuck and Don both received $750 cash. For the Runner-up finish Don also received a certificate from Butler Performance.

A $175 payout went to Semi-finalist Roger Miller (76 T/A) and for the quarter finals Kyle Garber (93 Firebird), Kristine Woods (92 Sunbird), and Jason Rogers (05 GTO) each received $100 for their finish on Sunday. Congratulations to all our finalists! Be sure to check out the Results tab on our Website-

There you will find that the points race couldn’t get much tighter. The top 3 (Jason Rogers, Chuck Hutzler, Jeff Raff) at this point, with 2 races to go, are only separated by 8 points! That’s less than one round win! I know I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Come out and join the action – our next race is again at Cecil County on October 15th. We will finish the season the week after that at Mason Dixon.

Many thanks go to those in attendance on Sunday and especially to Jen Mayes and Tracy Drury for supplying all the great food which they have done for several races this season. It’s too bad that we were hurried with quick turns from round-to-round on Sunday and couldn’t enjoy more of their great offerings. Also, I take the blame for not spreading the word that the food was available to everyone who attended. These ladies go above and beyond and I know I’m not the only one who really, really appreciates them for all they do. Also, I want to thank those who stayed to help teardown and get us on the road home in record time- Andy Nutt, Billy Farrell and Jim Staub and anyone else I’m not aware of while I was in the lanes. Thanks to you all- really a great bunch of people.

If you haven’t raced with us-yet- come on out and give it a go. I know that if you’re into Pontiacs you will have a good time….and the next time is October 15th at Cecil County. See ya there!

‘til then…

    Steve, 9/18/17

Race #8 Sept 3 –Mason Dixon- Winner- Lester Holtzapple, Runner-up– Carl Hazenstab

Long day for Race 8, which was canceled on Saturday and moved to Sunday Sept 3. It was a packed house at Mason Dixon. I don’t think you could have fit one more rig in the pits. A Labor Day weekend race featuring extra payouts for their regular classes, a large class of Pro Stick cars and 23 great Pontiacs made for a long day of racing. Due to the super soaker they had the night before, the track, having issues getting the top-end dry enough to be safe, had all classes run 1/8mi. It was also the first time that OPDS has run using the Tru-Start feature. Turns out we were the only class to utilize the feature all day when Randy Peer advanced over Jason Rogers when his -.006 was “better” than Jason’s -.052.

Coming out on top of the class for Race 8 was Lester Holtzapple, driving the 68 Firebird of track announcer Mike Bassin over Carl Hazenstab’s 79 Grand Prix. Stats for the final: Lester 7.539 (7:47dial) @81.31mph vs Carl’s 8.856(8.75dial) @ 79.51mph. Semi-finals went to Randy Peer (63 Lemans) and Qtr-finalists were Jason Rogers (05 GTO) and Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird). For his Win on Sunday Lester received $600 cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Max-Performance, and the trophy from OPDS. Semi got $75 and each Qtr collected $50 for their efforts. Congratulations to Lester and all the other finalists!

Thanks go out to the people that helped with enduring the long day and making it so much easier for me in Jim’s absence –Alyssa Bolin showed up sans Daddy Bill and was a tremendous help with sign-up, shirt sales, etc and holding down the table duties. As usual our racers stepped in to help with setup/teardown and I want to thank them all but will probably forget someone- Bill Scheffer, Cliff Mayes, Mike Clay, Carl Hazenstab, Jason Rogers, Andy Nutt. Also, special thanks to Paul Beard for handling the run sheets for the day. You guys all ROCK! Thanks also to Mason Dixon’s crew for giving us a safe, great track to run on and their continued support of our series.

Points after Race 8 are posted on our webpage “results” tab. At this time Jason Rogers moves into the top spot with Jaff Raff and Chris Kilican close behind. It’s gonna be a good one at the end of the season! Meanwhile, our next race is Sunday September 17 at Cecil County. Remember- this one pays $1000 to our Winner; $500 to the Runnerup. Also, remember, again, you don’t have to be in our points program to race with us! Bring out those Pontiacs and show us what you got! We expect to see you all there for Race 9!

Til then…

    Steve, 9/4/17

Race #7 – August 26, 2017 Winner - Rodney Eichelburger; Runner-up - Steve Dress

Race #7 for OPDS was to be a night race at Mason Dixon but turned out to be a LATE night race due to an oil-down in the first round of S/PRO. The Pontiac final finished up at 11pm and topping the 20 car field this race was Rodney Eichelburger’s 70 Firebird over a red-lighting Steve Dress(68 Firebird). Stats for the final: Rodney- 10.018(10.04dial) @ 131.86mph vs Steve’s 10.319(10.32dial) @ 128.41. For his win on Saturday Rod received $600 cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon, and Max-Performance, the OPDS trophy and a jump into the top ten in points. Steve received $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinalist was Jeff Raff and his 64 GTO, keeping him at the top in Points . Quarter finalists were Jason Rogers(05 GTO) and Andy Nutt (67 Lemans). Semis receive $75 and Quarter finalists receive $50.

Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to all who attended our event. Also many thanks go out to those who helped throughout the day- Paul Beard and Chad Ely for gathering our run sheets each round, Carl Hazenstab for help in tearing down, and of course, Jim Staub with handling what needed to be handled throughout the day.

The latest Points tally is on our “Results” page on the OPDS website. At this time Jeff Raff is still on top, moving a little further ahead with his semifinal finish on Saturday, but it’s still anybody’s chance to get to the top. Only a few rounds separate racers in the top five. And remember that we pay down to position 10.

Our next race is back at Mason Dixon again next week- SATURDAY, September 2. Gates open at 8:30 (as listed on MD’s website). Throughout the day MD announced that we are there next Sunday but we have verified that it is indeed next SATURDAY! I have noticed lately that we have had a few incidents where somehow people are looking at or reading incorrect information including cancellation of the last race at Cecil and a wrong date for next week’s race. In order to get the correct information please continue to monitor the OPDS website ( ), look for updates on our Facebook page, and if you want the very latest go to Mason Dixon’s website and signup for their text alerts—it’s simple to do and very effective. We make every attempt to keep you informed of any changes.

That’s it for this week; back in 7 days after we do it again- next Saturday- Mason Dixon. ‘til then…

    Steve, 8/27/2017

Race #6 August 13 – 2017 Winner- Ray Williams, Runner-up – Jim Clemens

With two rain-outs this season and a hope that we are done with rainouts it was good to see another great day for racing at our Race #6 at Cecil County last weekend. Twenty-four cars signed for the event and in the end Ray Williams (97 Sunbird) proved once again that you don’t have to be fast to be a Winner. Although Ray had to buy back into the 2nd round, his lights and dial-in were killer all day and in the final his better package earned him the win over Jim Clemens in his 67 Firebird. Rays winning stats- .058 reaction- 16.158(83.11mph)/16.19dial vs Jim’s .107 reaction- 9.907(135.77mph)/9.98 dial. The win was extra sweet for Ray as he celebrated his 77th Birthday on Sunday. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Ray! Besides the trophy for winning, Ray received $550 cash from OPDS and Max- Performance. Jim Clemen’s Runner-up finish earned him $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semifinals went to Mike Wilson (68 Firebird) who received $75 and Quarters went to Chris Kelican (62 Catalina) and Kristine Woods (92 Sunbird) who each received $50 for their finish. Congratulations to all our finalists!

Points after race #6 have been posted on our website Results page and as we edge past the halfway point in the season the points race remains tight with Jeff Raff holding onto 1st place by only 2 points over Chris Kelican with Jason Rogers and Mike Clay only 2 round wins behind in 3rd and 4th place. In Sunday’s race only Jeff and Chris made it past the 2nd round to stay ahead in the points, so remember that it’s still anyone’s game and as always you don’t have to be in the points chase to participate. So come on out, bring your Pontiac and take a chance at getting yourself some cash and have fun doing it!

Thanks go out to those who helped on Sunday , especially Jim Staub who is always there to keep me straight. Speaking of straight- I need to correct a big blunder that was mentioned in the driver’s meeting at Race 6. I announced that we are racing the next 3 weeks in a row, including this coming weekend. THAT IS NOT TRUE! We have this coming week off but do race the following two weekends at Mason Dixon- Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, September 2. Then, two weeks after that we hold our race again at Cecil County where we are paying out $1000 to our winner for that race.

One last thing… We had a couple of issues pop up at the last race and since then. Issues that are old but somehow rise to the surface once in a while. If you have concerns or questions please contact us ( ), talk to me at the race or go to our website and checkout the rules and guidelines for our series/events/procedures. These guidelines are open for anyone to read and we always have them available at the signup tent as well. And, although it isn’t mandatory, it sometimes pays (besides the announcement of the 50/50 winner !!) to attend so that you are clear on what’s happening or gives us a chance to clarify something going on you may not understand.

The next race is coming soon. Let’s hope for good weather, a safe day at the races and lots of Pontiacs to be there! See ya then…

    Steve, 8/18/2017
  For all of our racers that attended Norwalk this year I hope you had a great time while there and that your trip there and back was a good, safe one. I know someone who has raced with us had a good time- Congratulations to Nick Wiegand who took his 86 TA to the Winner’s circle in Super Pro! Great job Nick and we hope to have you back with us again soon. Maybe this Sunday! We will be holding our 6th race this weekend at Cecil County making our way into the second half of our 2017 season. With the last race being rained out and the break for Norwalk, it seems like forever since we’ve raced; well, some of us… However, as we head into the second half, we pick up the pace a little- Cecil County this weekend (8/13) and Mason Dixon next weekend(8/26) followed by Mason Dixon again the weekend after that (9/2). Then after a two week break we travel back to Cecil County for our increased payout race, offering $1000 to the Winner and increased payouts down to Quarters. So it’s a busy time coming up. Also, it’s still anybody’s game as the top spot in our Points Program has changed leaders several times. There is a lot of racing to go and we hope to see you all there. Remember, as always that you do not have to join our Points Program to race with us, so come on out and show us what ya got and join the greatest bunch of Pontiac people on the planet!! PONTIACS TO THE LANES! ‘til then…

Race# 4 July 9 -2017 Winner- Jason Rogers; Runner-up- Jeff Raff

Sunny day, temp in the 80’s, DA in the 1800’s and a slight tail wind offered a great day for our 4th scheduled race of the season. Four races and 3 different Point leaders so far says that it’s anybody’s game as we near the half-way point in the season. Currently our top point position goes to Jeff Raff (64 GTO) even though he lost in the final to Jason Rogers(05 GTO), clicking it off early due to some issues with the GTO he was nursing through the final rounds. However, Jason was on a roll Sunday and it was his day to be Winner of our 4th race this season, topping a field of 23 cars. Jason laid down a great package, with a .021 light and a 13.011 on a 13.00 dial on his final round against Jeff. Good job Jason! For the win Jason picked up $650 cash from OPDS, Max Performance, and Hostler Transmissions, one of our great sponsors in attendance, along with the OPDS Race 4 Winner trophy. Jeff in the runner-up spot received $200 cash and a Certificate from Butler Performance.

Other finalists were Steve Dress (68 Firebird) Semifinalist, with Billy Farrell(84 TA) and Joe Winick(74 Ventura) as the Quarterfinalists. Semis took home $75 and the Qtrs received $50 for their efforts.

Congratulations to all our finalists and thank you for everyone who showed on Sunday and again to Hostler Transmissions for kicking in the cash for our Winner. Although the car count was low for a race at Cecil we still had the 2nd largest class there on Sunday. We have 3 more races at Cecil County this season including a $1000 cash payout to the winner on September 17th. But first we have several other races before that – Next race is in one week (Saturday July 22) at Mason Dixon and this is a late-day race with the gates opening at 1PM and time trials at 4pm, so plan accordingly.

We can’t forget the people that helped us out on Sunday and made my life much easier on that day- Jim Staub and Bill Bolin for running the show, getting the run sheets from the tower each round and handling the table duties; to Troy Tribby for providing “shuttle” service to the tower (and btw- it was Troy’s Birthday!), to the gals who provided our racers with plenty of food for the day-Thanks to Jen and Tracy and anyone else I wasn’t aware of. Sorry I didn’t get to partake but I know it was really appreciated by all. And thanks to those who helped teardown afterwards- Andy Nutt and Chuck Hutzler –thanks guys!

Since I’m late getting this out it’s a short stretch til the next race but I hope everyone can get there and encourage anyone out there with a Pontiac to come race with us. Remember you don’t have to be entered in our points program to race with us.

See you all next Saturday at Mason Dixon!

Til then…

    Steve, 7/14/2017

Race 3: The Rocking Chair Nationals at Mason Dixon on Sunday June 24 was a great event to see lots of great cars in the show area, plenty of nostalgia drag cars and a nice group of special classes including Pro Stick, the 409 club and the best class of all- the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series! Although we were a featured group in the RC Nats it was our 3rd scheduled race of the 2017 season, a regular point race. 25 cars showed for the first round and when the day ended it was a really cool final with two 62 Catalinas going at it in the final round.

Mike Clay took the win light (MOV .011- 2’ 5”)-running a 10.337 @ 127.81on a10.29 dial to Chris Kelican’s 8.615 @ 153.32 on his 8.58 dial with the starting line advantage going to Mike. Congratulations to Mike for his win. Mike collects a total of $600 for the win from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Pypes Performance, along with trophies from OPDS and Gary Gore’s Rocking Chair Nationals. Chris received $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Our other finalists were Jeff Raff (64 GTO) as the semi winner, Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird), Nick Wiegand (86 TA), and Steve Dress (68 Firebird) for quarterfinals. Semi paid $75 and qtr paid $50.

Congratulations to all out finalists!!

Big thanks to those who helped on` Saturday including Jim Staub, the main man for running the race day ops, and Bill (lobster) Bolin for toughing it out with the “burn” to help with the table functions and some great pics and videos.

Also THANK YOU to Gary Gore who invited us to participate in the RC Nats and provided us with participant plaques and a big trophy to Mike for his win at this event. Thanks Gary- it was great working with you!

Also again, to the crew at Mason Dixon- great job with the program, the track surface and welcoming us as you always do.

Our next race is on Sunday, July 9th at Cecil County. Always a nice turnout there; let’s make it even nicer and give them our usual great group of Pontiac racers!

Til then…


    Steve, 6/25/17

Race 2 – June 3, 2017 – Mason Dixon

The weather finally gave us a break on June 3rd, offering up a nice clear, sunny day and 27 Pontiac racers signed-up for our Race #2 at Mason Dixon. And we saw a lot of nice Pontiacs, noting some ride changes for several of our “regulars” and some new faces to join our points program. Among them was our Winner for Race #2- Kyle Garber, who took his ’93 Firebird to the finals against the ’00 Grand-Am of Mason Dixon regular Mark Harbaugh. Mark walked away with the runner-up spot collecting $200 cash and a certificate from Butler Performance for his effort. In getting to the finals Mark got past semifinalist Mike Clay’s ’62 Catalina and Quarterfinalist Greg Orris’s 05 GTO before facing Kyle in the final.

Kyle meanwhile put quarterfinalist Chuck Hutzler (82 Firebird) in the trailer and made a round 5 bye-run putting him into the finals. For his Win on Saturday Kyle received a total of $600 in cash from OPDS, Mason Dixon and Pypes Performance Exhaust as well as the OPDS Race #2 trophy.

Great showing of Pontiacs and it was also great to see the familiar faces of our series “regulars”. We are doing it again on June 24 at Mason Dixon where we will be a part of the “Rocking Chair Nationals”. It will be a long day and an early start to the day on the 24th. Gates open at 9am and show time is 10am where we get a chance to display our Pontiacs before we go into competition. Also, there will be some great nostalgia cars at this event to enjoy. I hope to have a good turnout of Pontiacs. Gary Gore of Gold Dust Memories will be handing out participation plaques so if you plan to attend let us know via FB, or email at

We would like to thank everyone for coming out this weekend and thanks to those who helped throughout the day- especially Jim Staub and Bill Bolin. Also, we thank the crew at Mason Dixon for welcoming us and providing us with a great racing surface. Stay tuned for more info on Race 3- June 24- at the Rocking Chair Nationals.

…til then

    Steve, 6/4/17

Well, this isn’t how we wanted the season to start- rained-out two days in a row! Yesterday we made it about ½ hour into the drive and today we were only 15 mins from the track when they cancelled. Oh well, that’s racing.

Race 1 will NOT be considered for the throw-out race this season UNLESS we have another rainout and then it will be counted. There is one throw-out this year.

Our next race is scheduled for June 3 and don’t forget that we are to be part of the program (and running our #3 points race) on June 24 at the Rocking Chair Nationals at Mason Dixon. Here’s hoping for better weather for those two dates.

Enjoy your next couple of weeks- see you on the 3rd!

    Steve, 5/7/17

There is a lot happening in the world of bracket racing and drag racing in general these days. NHRA seems to be hitting a new stride. Factory hot rods are changing the make-up of the sport with newer classes that some of us have never heard of and, along with power adders, small tire classes, traction controls, and more electronics than necessary, we are seeing that amazing ETs and speeds are the new norm. Tracks are switching to 1/8mi, changing classes and their programs to suite the changes and, I guess in some cases, to survive.

Recently Capital Raceway has decided to drop their class 2 and trophy classes and run only Class 1 (Super/Pro) and Junior Dragster in an effort, in their opinion, to grow with the changing sport of Bracket racing and to give the racers what they want. I’m sure the $5k payout will draw-in larger numbers for the one class and maybe the opportunity is there for the average no-box racer to get lucky and win one of these events, but In my opinion this only discourages the average, low buck, casual racer like most of us who want to enjoy the sport and not have to remortgage the house to do it. I can’t but feel this type of move is only destroying the sport at least for the truly “little” guy.

But, with all that being said, in less than one week the Outlaw Pontiac Drag Series is continuing into our 19th season with the ¼ mile regular bracket format that we have all learned to love and appreciate. This season we are offering 11 races at just two venues- Mason Dixon and Cecil County. The only changes to our season is a slight increase in entry to race with an increase in payouts through ¼ finals. OPDS will have a fixed payout with 20 or more cars and below 20 cars payouts will be based on car count as in previous seasons. Again we are offering a $1000 payout to our Points Champion at the end of the season and payouts to 10th place. Entry to Points is unchanged at $45. Buybacks and rain dates are at the discretion of the track and we will inform you of that status as we go. At this point we feel buybacks will be offered at each race and rain dates are ok’d for most races at Mason Dixon. Stay tuned for details.

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Let’s make this another great year for Drag Racing our Pontiacs- we’ll see you next Saturday- May 6 at Mason Dixon!

…til then


Sponser Note: Larry Rowe (Distributors by Larry) has changed his phone number.

It is 240-625-8381.

****  The flyer for this season has been mailed. Click HERE for a full sized version.



January 2017

It’s mid-January and the schedule has been set. Click here to see the schedule page. We have a few other details to work out yet so the printed version will be appearing in your mailbox until sometime in February. If you have raced with us you are probably on our mailing list. If not, or you’re not sure and you want a printed version, email your address to

The OPDS 2017 season will consist of 11 races with 7 of them at Mason Dixon and 4 at Cecil County. We have not determined rain dates yet. For those entered in the Points Program there will be 1 throw-out race for the season and a rainout is not counted as throw-out unless we have two or more events rained out; then one of the rainouts will be counted as the throw-out. Speaking of the Points program, we are continuing to charge a one-time fee of $45 to enter and will pay at least $45 to the 10th place finisher. Because of last year’s generous sponsor support we were able to pay the 10th place finisher $75. Let’s hope we can do it again this year! The top finisher in points will receive $1000 cash.

We had a winner in our “Sponsor Support Program”. Doug Chell’s name was drawn from the list of entries and was awarded the $300 cash, making Doug an even bigger winner in the 2016 season! We need to mention that Doug was generous enough to give back half of his prize to help support OPDS!! Thanks Doug! We are making a small change in the drawing for 2017. The number of “tickets” you have will be based on the number of receipts, not the value of each receipt. So, 1 receipt=1 ticket entered, 2 receipts=2 tickets, etc. We feel this gives everyone a better shot at winning the prize and hopefully will encourage everyone to enter.

There will be more information about our program, special events, etc to come later this Spring, so stay tuned, “enjoy” the Winter...see ya next round!

    Steve, 01/22/17

Time to catch up on some things before the end of the year and to inform you of some things that are in store for next season.

First off- if you plan to get entered in the “Sponsor Support Program” you need to get your receipts sent in by the 31st of Dec. You can email a copy, or snail-mail them to me but get them here- it could mean $300 cash toward your winter project! Email them to or email me at that address and I will give you the postal address to use. Remember, it’s any receipt showing your purchase of parts or services from any of our sponsors. The more $$$ you spend the more chances you have!

We have tried something new this year for our top 5 points leaders. At the suggestion of one of our racers, on December 3rd we held a gathering of our Top 5 to present them with their cash awards and trophys to applaud their accomplishments. We met at Madrones Bar & Grill in Frederick MD and enjoyed a great meal and the company of our Pontiac brothers. It was a good time and I hope that maybe we can make this a tradition for other years. This was a coordinated effort- suggested by racers and organized by racers and I have to say that it was great to attend this event and not have to do any of the work! Thanks a bunch to all involved.

We also want to again congratulate our 2016 Champion Doug Chell on his very successful season.


Next year

The dates requested for our 2017 season have been forwarded to Mason Dixon and Cecil County, the two tracks we will running. We have asked for 7 dates at Mason Dixon and 4 at Cecil. Again next year we have tried to avoid other events that are Pontiac related or events that our racers generally attend such as the Max Performance car show, Ocean City Cruise, etc. Hopefully we have not missed any.

With the 11 race schedule there will be one “throw-out” race unless we have two or more rainouts (or cancellations for any other reason), then there will be NO throw-outs.

In 2017 there will be a slight increase in our enty fees- Race entry will be increased to $25 and to enter the Points program a one-time fee of $45. We plan to keep our buybacks at $10.

Stay tuned for news on the upcoming schedule and other things you may want to know about the next season. Remember that you can email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions at . I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Holiday season and here’s hoping that the winter passes quickly so that we can get to racing again!

       til then…

    Steve, 12/05/16

Great turn out of Pontiacs at Cecil County Sunday (Oct 16) for the 11th and Final race of the 2016 season of the Outlaw Pontiac Drag series. It was a busy day and a great day for racing. At the end of the night and 6 rounds Jon Gunter came out on top of the 33 car field to take the win over Jeff Raff. Jon’s 65 GTO was off the dial by .018 vs Jeff’s 64 GTO off by .011 but made up the difference with a better light and took the win with a 9.338@141.86mph to Jeff’s 9.791@135.33mph. Great job guys!! This final race of the season offered a cool $1000 to the winner, the trophy and some cash from Max Performance - plus an additional $100 thrown in by Jim Hostler Transmissions- one of our great sponsors who raced with us on Sunday- Thanks Jim! Runner-up payout was $500 and a certificate from Butler Performance.

Semi-finals went to Randy Peer (63 Lemans) and Mike Wilson (70 GTO), who each received $175 cash and our Quarter finalists were Russ White (68 GTO), Cliff Mayes(82 Firebird), and Jason Rogers (05 GTO), who all collected $100 for their efforts. Congratulations to all our finalists!!

As mentioned, this was our final race for 2016 and also concluded our Points Series for the year. This year’s Champion is Doug Chell, who lead in the points for 7 of the 9 races we had this season, has been a top 5 finisher in points each year since he joined us in the early 2000’s and this year came out on top. Doug attributes his success to his persistence and to quote one of Doug’s favorite lines: ‘even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometime’! Doug will receive the top prize of $1000 for his #1 finish in Points, and of course, a Championship trophy.

Check out our point finalists in the “Results” tab of our website ( and if you finished in the top 10- Congratulations!! You will be receiving your check in the mail early next month.

Thanks to all who participated in the Points race this season. If you look at the final results you will see that it was again a close one this year with several of the top positions separated by only a couple points. It makes it interesting and also shows that our points system is effective and that everyone has a chance at a little extra cash. So next year plan to sign up for our points program. Remember that we offer at least your entry back if you finish in 10th and that we throw-out your lowest score in the season (unless we have more than one cancellation). Jeff Raff has already signed up- who’s next?!

Thanks to all who helped with setup and tear-down at Sunday’s race. It was cool to come back from the lanes to find everything packed up and that I didn’t have much to do before heading for home. I truly thank you!!

A final note on Sunday’s event. I was touched, as I’m sure those who were aware were as well, by the final tribute to Amy Staub, wife of Jim Staub, my great friend and go-to person on and off the track, who passed away after a long battle with Cancer. Some of Amy’s remains were packed in the chute of John Gaydosh’s ProStock Camero and was deployed at 199mph as he crossed the finish line giving Amy the “ride” of her life. I can just see her smile. Amy was a friend to many as well as a great photographer. She will be sorely missed by us all.

In the weeks and months that follow we will report on things related to OPDS and our plans for 2017- our 19th year! So stay tuned to our website and Facebook for the latest. Until then… stay Pontiacin’!

    Steve, 10/17/16