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Under picture perfect blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70’s, the NED kicked off the 2015 season with the first of four PC Richard.com open events thoughout the division cumulating with the Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Dragway in October.
P.C. Richard & Son, one of the largest Electronics, appliance, and mattress Super Store chains in the Northeast, has sponsored the series for the past 11 years and awards the winners with Wallys, cash, and gift certificates.
The event included the NHRA Sportsman racers, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes, and ET racers all vying for the 2015 PC Richard titles.
Taking Top Dragster was Quebec racer Frederic Angers over his brother Frank in an all Canada final. Frederic got a super 0.008 light against his brother’s decent 0.029 and posted a 6.862 @ 193.13 MPH for the win. Low Qualifier was the blown dragster of Joe De Guara with a quick 6.165.
The Angers brothers weren’t the only siblings final at Atco as twin brothers Roger and Dan Purdy lined up against each other for the 8.50 index trophy. Roger got off the line first with a 0.022 RT and hung on posting an 8.842 to Dan’s 8.46 in a double breakout final.
Top Sportsman went to Levittown PA racers Joe Mealey wheeling his 200 Camaro to a win over Tom Kilroy’s ’01 Pontiac Grand Am racing out of West Milford NJ. Mealey got the better light and ran a 7.498 for the win. Top Dragster winner Frederic Angers was low qualifier in Top Sportsman with his quick turbocharged ’08 GTO pacing the field with a 6.89 ET.
Other winners at Atco were:
Super Stock: Kenny Van Gorp took his beautiful orange ’68 Camaro to a win over the equally beautiful ’69 Camaro of Bel Air MD racer Gary Ewing. Van Gorp’s SS/GA Camaro took the light uncontested as the SS/JA Camaro of Ewing was hurt and could not answer the final round bell.
Mike Quartarone from Tabernacle NJ beat Old Bridge racer Jeanne Linke for the Stock title in a double breakout race. Quartarone’s ’69 Camaro ran closer to his dial with a 11.807 to turn back Linke’s ’85 Camaro’s too quick 11.657.
Former NHRA Nationals winner Doug Doll from Plainsboro NJ, took his venerable blue and yellow dragster to a Super Comp win over Delaware racer Josh Eastburn’s black and orange racer. Doug got just a tad better RT with a 0.010 to Eastburn’s 0.014 and ran an 8.913 to an 8.912 for the Atco win.
Another former Indy winner, Warminster PA’s Iggie Boicesco, put his ATI Corvette roadster in the Super Gas winner’s circle beating Wellsville PA racer Gary Laird in the finals with a slowing 10.228 to Laird’s better but much later 9.875. Laird had terrible 0.137 light essentially killing his changes of mounting a decent run against Boicesco.
Super Comp runner up Josh Eastburn had a chance at redemption at Atco as he was also in the Super Street finals in the flat black family Nova against former NED winner Jay Neville out of Franklinville NJ. Josh unfortunately did not get the reaction time he needed and lost with a 10.956 to Neville’s better 10.924 in his ’79 Camaro
In 2014 Atco racer Steve Sisko was the face of ET racing in the NHRA Northeast Division. Steve won the Summit ET Super Pro division in 2014 and went to Pomona for the World Finals and won the event driving Jason Kenny’s dragster.
At Atco, Sisko was driving the 11.50 Camaro of John Murphy Jr and Sisko did was he does best. Cut the tree and run the numbers . In the finals Sisko had a 0.031 light and ran an too quick 11.468 to his opponent, the ’93 Mustang of local Cherry Hill racer Matt Ricchezza who also was under the 11.50 index with an even too quicker (?) 11.44 in the loss.
The 10.00 index class went down to two local racers with Atco regular John DiBartolomeo Jr took his orange ’79 Monte Carlo to a win over the ’98 Firebird of Brick NJ’s Dana Loffredo as DiBartolomeo ran a 10.058 to Loffredo’s close 10.06.
Best Engineered was awarded to the Top Sportsman Pontiac of Fredrick Angers and Best Appearing went to NHRA staging lane honcho Ronny Dick’s Camaro Stocker.