Amanda Boicesco first time first win at Richmond LODRS. Szupka takes Comp and Cupp wins first NED win since 1991!

Story by Phil Hutchison and Courtesy of NHRA

Photos by NHRA Photographers Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

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Additional NED race statistics and results, go to : http://www.northeastdragrace.com

The bulk of the Sportsman winners were crowned Sunday at Richmond

The bulk of the Sportsman winners were crowned Sunday at Richmond. Clockwise from top left Top Dragster winner Rick Bell, Stock winner Monty Bogan, Top Sportsman Mike Daniele, Super Stock Bob Cupp, Comp- Steve Szupka, Super Comp Amanda Boicesco, Super Street Shawn Fricke

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Power in the Park event at Virginia Motorsports Park, the kickoff for the NED racers was a huge success. A great turnout of racers and fans witnessing history in more than one class during the sun filled weekend.

Amanda's first win came at her first NHRA NED event

Amanda’s first win came at her first NHRA NED event

Taking her first ever NHRA NED win at her first ever LODRS event was 18 year old Amanda Boicesco, daughter of two time Indy champ and former NHRA World Champ, Iggie Boicesco. Amanda had a little luck on her side as the PA racer got two byes during eliminations as one of her opponents, Kristin Moeser could not answer the bell in their third round matchup, and then Amanda got the quarter final bye run due to an uneven amount of cars setting up her semi final race against Brian Guthrie.

One happy dad!!

One happy dad!!

Guthrie got off the line 0.001 quicker than Amanda but put a 8.926 on the board to Guthrie’s close 8.929 putting her into her first final against Billy Upton who just won his semifinal round against Danny Waters Jr in a double breakout race.

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At the green Amanda strapped a 0.008 light on Upton who was no slouch with a 0.015 RT and both drivers ran identical 8.913 ETs but the race was won on the starting line and Amanda took home her first ever Wally.

Comp finals had Szupka (far lane) over the dragster of

Comp finals had Szupka (far lane) over the dragster of Frech

In Competition Eliminator multi time champ Steve Szupka took the title over the little F/D of Division 3 racer John Frech. Both racers had been hit with CIC penalties during eliminations as were a lot of racers with the air and track conditions optimal for way under the index runs. Frech got the better light but Szupka ran the better # posting a 0.574 under 8.126 to Frech’s 0.457 under 8.053.

All smiles as Szupka took his first win in 2014

All smiles as Szupka took his first win in 2014

T/AD winner Jeff Veale carded three 280+ MPH passes on his way to his first ever NHRA win

T/AD winner Jeff Veale carded three 280+ MPH passes on his way to his first ever NHRA win

Wyoming racer Kris Hool beat Aussie racer Steve Harker in the in the finals of TA/FC as Harker shook hard off the line

Wyoming racer Kris Hool (near lane) beat Aussie Steve Harker in the in the finals of TA/FC as Harker shook hard off the line and had to shut off

Best Appearing Crew went to the Caruso Super Comp and Top Sportsman team

Best Appearing Crew went to the Caruso Super Comp and Top Sportsman team

Best Appearing Award went to the Top Sportsman Camaro of Todd Atkinson

Best Appearing Award went to the Top Sportsman Camaro of Todd Atkinson

The A/ED of Ronnie Boyd was awarded  Best Engineered at VMP

The A/ED of Ronnie Boyd was awarded Best Engineered at VMP

The rest of the winners at VMS were:

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Bob Cupp, Alexandria, Va., ’65 Chevelle, SS/KA, 10.271, 122.31  def.
Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., ’05 Cavalier, GT/BA, foul.

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STOCK ELIMINATOR
Monty Bogan, Jonesville, S.C., ’67 Camaro, E/SA, 11.295, 93.47  def.
Mike Ficacci, Sporta, N.J., ’14 Cobra JET, B/SA, foul.

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SUPER GAS
Cameron Manuel, Winston Salem, N.C., ’06 Cobalt, 9.921, 168.28  def.
Nick Simon, Havertown, Pa., ’96 Beretta, 9.950, 154.72.

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TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY SELECT PERFORMANCE
Michael Daniele, Wantagh, N.Y., ’05 Cavalier, 6.885, 196.13  def.
Mark Payne, Waynesboro, Va., ’06 Cavalier, 7.240, 191.32.

In a battle of NJ racers, Shawn Fricke (far lane) beat Marty Ganjoin in the finals of Super Street

In a battle of NJ racers, Shawn Fricke (far lane) beat Marty Ganjoin in the finals of Super Street

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Shawn Fricke, Flemington, N.J., ’02 Pontiac, 10.908, 132.15  def.
Martin Ganjoin, Brick, N.J., ’69 Camaro, 10.884, 132.08.

Rcik Bell (near lane) beat  in the finals of Top Dragtster

Rcik Bell (near lane) beat  John Taylor in the finals of Top Dragster

Top Dragster champ Mike Bell

Top Dragster champ Rick Bell

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Rick Bell, Merrimack, N.H., ’12 Dan Page, 6.972, 184.95  def.
John Taylor, Oley, Pa., ’09 Delarm, 6.978, 195.11.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Brian Pretzel, Belding, Mich., ’13 Ski Doo, 8.317, 154.83  def.
Mark Wakem, Poland, Maine, ’10 Skidoo, 8.852, 151.99.

Big times at VMP in Top Fuel Harley

Big times at VMP in Top Fuel Harley

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TOP FUEL HARLEY
Tommy Grimes, Winston Salem, N.C., ’14 Nitro Harley, 6.368, 233.64
def. Larry Drums Brancaccio, Nutley, N.J., ’01 Weekend, broke.

SEP HARLEY
Nate Carnahan, Powhatan, Va., dragster, 10.567, 118.31  def.
Brad Croneberger, Valley View, Pa., ’05 Buell, 10.519, 125.60.

STREET PRO HARLEY
Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., dragster, 8.749, 153.82  def.
Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., ’92 Sportster, 8.872, 157.50.

PRO FUEL HARLEY
Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., dragster, 7.269, 180.91  def.
Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., dragster, 7.316, 169.64.

HOT STREET HARLEY
Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., ’92 Sportster, 10.102, 128.46  def.
Troy Young, , , dragster, 10.636, 118.79.

PRO GAS HARLEY
William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., ’06 VRod, 9.450, 136.93  def.
Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., dragster, 14.755, 107.93.

SEP HARLEY
Brad Croneberger, Valley View, Pa., ’05 Buell, 10.579, 123.98  def.
Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va., dragster, 10.479, 118.65.

Northeast division racers head to Maple Grove Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 23-25.

 

 

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Roy Hill adds to his Team with Third Generation racer Brooke Warren

Brooke Warren and Roy Hill

Brooke Warren and Roy Hill

Photos by Phil Hutchison. Story by Phil Hutchison and courtesy of Mike Carpenter/Roy Hill Racing

Brooke Warren, the granddaughter of International Drag Racing Hall of Fame member and long time NHRA Stock kingpin, Bobby Warren has joined the North Carolina team of Drag Racing School owner and long time racer Roy Hill.

Brooke makes her second pass of the day during Friday's qualifying at VMP

Brooke makes her second pass of the day during Friday’s qualifying at VMP

Brooke adds her Super Comp dragster to the formidable stable of Cobra Jet Mustangs that compete in the always touch, Super Stock eliminator.

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“We just put this together earlier in the week, so there is a lot more to come” Hill said. “We hop to secure some marketing partners to team up with Brooke and then move her into a Super Stock car in the future”

How long will it be until we see Brooke behind the wheel of a Cobra Jet?

How long will it be until we see Brooke behind the wheel of a Cobra Jet?

Asked about her plans to move up to the ultra quick Mustangs Brooke replied “ I have driven dad’s Super Stock car in some combo Stock/Super Stock races at our local track but nothing as fast as the Cobra Jet”. Brooke, who is 23 years old, is a full time student and works as a nurse during the week, then competes in Quick Rod or Super Comp on weekends.

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Hill continued, “ I’m very excited to have Brooke join our team. Her grandfather, Bobby, is a close friend and a legend in the sport, and her father Jeff, is also a great racer and engine builder so I know she has the pedigree for success. We plan to have her racing at the divisional points races in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia as well as some national events. Her next race with us after this weekend in Virginia will be at the NHRA 4 Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway at Charlotte next weekend.

Roy had his SS/BBA Mustang Cobra Jet in the #23 with an 8.626 after the first session of Super Stock

Roy had his SS/BBA Mustang Cobra Jet in the #23 with an 8.626 after the first session of Super Stock

Hill, along with team driver Craig Hankinson will be piloting the Phoenix Racing Cobra Jet Mustangs with backing from FireAde 2000 along with help from Coca-Cola and Ford Racing during the Virginia Motorsports Part LODRS in Dinwiddie VA

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Day 1 at VMP Shortened by High Winds

Todd Veney in the Follow a Dream Monte Carlo is currently #4 in TA/FC at Virginia

Todd Veney in the Follow a Dream Monte Carlo is currently #4 in TA/FC at Virginia

Story and Photos by Phil Hutchison

After nearly two session of qualifying were complete, qualifying at the annual Power in the Park at Virginia Motorsports Park, the first of seven events in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast division were brought to a halt.

Al of the core NHRA Sportsman classes had their two allotted shots, but the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car along with the Top Sportsman class did not get their second run of the day as the wind gusts up to 40 MPH eliminated any chances of continuing the racing action at the Virginia facility.

The Livezey and Garbinski Super Comp dragster makes a qualifying pass during Friday's shortened sessiion

The Livezey and Garbinski Super Comp dragster makes a qualifying pass during Friday’s shortened session

Racing will resume Saturday at 8:30 with Stock eliminator time trials. Alcohol is scheduled for 11:30 Saturday morning.

Leading Top Alcohol Dragster is Richard Bourke from Old Tappan NJ with a 5.334 as Canadian Jeff Veale right behind with a 5.375 in his A/FD. On the outside looking in with one session left are three former NED divisional champs. New Jersey racer Karen Stalba, Canadian Dan Mercier, and New York’s John Finke are all outside the current 6.386 bump. Expect a lot of shuffling in the order as the weather at VMP looks to be in the 70’s with no chance of rain.

Kris Hool (far lane) and Dan Pomponio throw out the silk after their qualifying runs. Hool is #1 and Pomponio #2

Kris Hool (far lane) and Dan Pomponio throw out the silk after their qualifying runs. Hool is #1 and Pomponio #2

In Funny Car Division 5 racer Kris Hool from Wyoming, showed he is serious about winning the Lucas Oil championship by towing out East with his blown Chevy Monte Carlo to earn valuable points and to keep the NED racers such as recent Gators winner Dan Pomponio from getting theirs. Hool is currently #1 with a 5.572 ET at 261.22 MPH. The aforementioned Pomponio is #2 in his black Monte Carlo with a 5.616. Rounding out the Top 8 is Mickey Ferro at a 5.85 with John Headley and John Fiorini not qualified.

Scott Hall, son of famed NED racer Dale Hall, is #1 in Top Dragster with a 6.357

Scott Hall, son of famed NED T/AD racer Dale Hall, is #1 in Top Dragster with a 6.357

 

The local Fort Lee Army post did a Fly By during Friday's action

The local Fort Lee Army post did a Fly By during Friday’s action

After Friday's first session , Canadian Guy Desjardins is #1 in Super Stock with his Camaro Desjardins

After Friday’s first session , Canadian Guy Desjardins is #1 in Super Stock with his Camaro 

 

 

 

 

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.90 Super Series coming to a track near you!

Photos by Diane Kubicke, Rob Keister, and Phil Hutchison

Story by Rob Keister

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The Newly formed Mid Atlantic .90 association will kick off its 2014 season at South Jersey’s Atco Dragway on May 3rd & 4th. The Mid Atlantic .90 Association consists of the Mid Atlantic Super Comp Series (MASCA), Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association (MASGA) and Mid Atlantic Super Street Association (MASSA) and packs some great competition for those racers looking to hone their skills in between the Lucas Oil Divisional and Mello Yellow National Event Schedule.

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All 3 series run two races per weekend with one event on Saturday & one on Sunday to give everyone a nice weekend of .90 racing. After the series wraps up at Atco they will take a weekend off to celebrate Mother’s Day then hit the road again and visit Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa for the annual Sportsman Circuit Shootout. What makes this race so special is that it is placed the weekend before the NHRA Lucas Oil Series visits the Grove and Maple Grove President Lex Dudas lets the racers leave their rigs at the track to save on fuel and tolls.

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After Maple Grove the series takes a short break before making its first of two stops to Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md on June 28th & 29th for the Mid-Summer .90 Shootout. As the NHRA Lucas Oil Series starts to heat up so will the Mid Atlantic .90 association as they will return back to Cecil County on August 9th & 10th for the annual “Uncle Buck” Pig Roast. This event is named after George Donhauser’s long time crew chief Ronnie Harple who passed away in 2012.

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New at this event will be a special race within a race for members as Autometer Inc. of Sycamore, Il has stepped up to the plate to sponsor the “Autometer Top 8 Shootout presented by S&W Race Cars.” This event is for the Top 7 point qualifiers during the 1st 6 events in all 3 classes with the #8 spot being a Wildcard that will be randomly chosen from any racer who earned a point in qualifying during the season. Autometer Marketing President Marc Erickson had this to say about the shootout: “Autometer has been a long time supporter of all 3 series for over 4 years now. We were thrilled when Rob approached us about becoming the title sponsor of this event as Autometer is very supportive of the sportsman racers.”

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After, Cecil County all 3 series will return where is all started at Atco Dragway on Sept 27th & 28th for the Fall Finale at Atco. This event is always a huge drawl for racers who want to get a final test & tune in before the NHRA Nationals are held at Maple Grove Raceway the following weekend.

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In 2013 MASCA, MASGA & MASSA saw continued growth in all 3 series with new drivers showing up at each and every race. In 2013, MASCA saw 15 drivers have a mathematical chance at the championship going into Atco Dragway and race #8. In the end it was West Chester, Pa resident Tom Boyle who claimed the championship over Dave Long & Jeff Livezey Jr.

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For MASGA the “13” season featured a dominating performance by Earl Nichols Jr. who claimed 3 wins out of 10 events in his Black & Grey Corvette to claim his second MASGA Championship to go along with his 2009 title.

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Finally the new kids on the block and MASSA finished their Inaugural season with Jimmy Stack as their Champion. Jimmy claimed 4 wins and a runner-up to seal the first ever MASSA Championship. These drivers will have a lot of racers gunning for them in 2014 and expect a close battle to the end.

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What makes all three series interesting for all members is the fact that they only count 6 out of your 10 best results towards the championship so if you can’t attend a weekend you still have a chance at the season-ending championship.

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All the series offer 2 qualifying shots per day and run off of a sportsman ladder beginning with 1st round and the higher qualified car receives lane-choice for 1st round only. New for the 2014 season, all 3 series will welcome 2 brand new sponsors to the mix as CPG (Comp Performance Group) and Brodix Cylinder Heads join the family and will offer certificates to the winners and champions of all 3 classes throughout the season.

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For information on all three series please feel free to contact Rob Keister at (856)-332-2851 or e-mail him at Rekeister@aol.com. MASGA can also be found on the web at www.midatlanticsupergas.com, MASCA at www.midatlanticsc.com or visit MASSA

 

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Pomponio wins his second straight Gators and Shields gets his third win at Gainesville

Dan Pompino, his crew, and family celebrate his big win at the Gators. The win was Dan's second straight at the Florida track

Dan Pompino, his crew, and family celebrate his big win at the Gators. The win was Dan’s second straight at the Florida track

Story Courtesy of NHRA Communications

Photos By David Smith

Duane Shields and Dan Pomponio took home wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

2013 Gators winner McPhillips got the better light (0.022 to Shield's terrible 0.130) but dropped cylinders down track letting the Boulder City NV racer to pass him at the top end.

2013 Gators winner McPhillips (near lane)  got the better light (0.022 to Shield’s terrible 0.130) but dropped cylinders down track allowing the Boulder City NV racer to catch the Phoenixville PA racer at the top end.

Shields, Boulder City, Nev., faced off with defending event champion Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., who was first off the line before losing cylinders as Shields raced by with a 5.335 second, 266.74 winning pass. Shields scored not once, but twice this weekend as he beat Mike Strasburg in the rain delayed NHRA South Central Division alcohol dragster final that was ran on Friday during national event qualifying.

NJ racer Dan Pomponio (far lane) didn't have the quickest car at Gainesville but ran the numbers when needed capturing his second Gators title in a row

NJ racer Dan Pomponio (far lane) didn’t have the quickest car at Gainesville but ran the numbers when needed capturing his second Gators title in a row

Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., defended his title from a year ago beating Dale Brand in his final round match up with a run of 5.662, 258.52 as Brand, Sully, Iowa, left early with a foul start. Pomponio ran consistent 5.6′s throughout eliminations taking out Andy Bohl, No. 1 qualifier Ulf Leanders, and Steve Harker on his way to the final.

Three Florida racers visited the winner’s circle as Gary Williams, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and John Taylor, Naples, Fla., each grabbed their first NHRA national event win while Steve Cohen, Trilby, Fla., bagged his 19th. Williams won on a double breakout with Raymond Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., in Super Comp as both drivers had great reaction times but Williams was better at the finish line. Taylor was better at both ends of the track in Super Gas over John Labbous Jr., White House, Tenn., and Cohen outran Larry Strickland, Oxford, Fla., in Top Dragster posting a run of 6.723 seconds at 192.08 mph in his ’11 dragster.

Steve Ambrose (far lane) overcame Pat Ross' better light to take the Comp title at the Gators

Steve Ambrose (far lane) overcame Pat Ross’ better light to take the Comp title at the Gators

Steve Ambrose had to run down Pat Ross who got the holeshot in Comp Eliminator. The Woodhaven, Mich., racer Ambrose went 7.718 seconds in his ’23 roadster.

Division Three racer Brad Z was very lucky in the finals as

Division Three racer Brad Z was very lucky in the finals as his competition, the GT/JA Camaro of Joe Tysinger had a dead on 0.00 light but took too much strip giving Zaskowksi’s GT/H Camaro the win

Rounding out the winners were Brad Zaskowski and Gene Jordan in Super Stock and Stock respectively. Zaskowski, Belding, Mich., won over Joe Tysinger, Wrightsville, Beach, N.C., for his 5th national event win and Jordan, Reidsville, N.C., won against Mickey Whaley, in his ’69 Camaro.

Gene Jordan (near lane) won the Stock title in a double breakout over

Gene Jordan (near lane) won the Stock title in a double breakout over Mickey Whaley

Other winners at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville:

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Super Comp had Gary Williams (far lane) defeating Ray Miller in a double breakout final

Super Comp — Gary Williams, Dragster, 8.898, 154.76 def. Ray Miller, Dragster, 8.880, 161.56.

Taking his first ever win in Super Gas was (far lane)

Taking his first ever NHRA win in Super Gas was John Taylor’s Dodge P/U (far lane) over John Labbous Jr’s Vette

Super Gas — John Taylor, Dodge Dakota, 9.910, 161.19 def. John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.922, 156.50.

Top Dragster was contested at the Gators with

Top Dragster was contested at the Gators with Steve Cohen taking the win over Larry Strickland

Top Dragster — Steve Cohen, Dragster, 6.723, 192.08 def. Larry Strickland, Dragster, 6.973, 191.29.

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Tony Bartone nabs top spot in Top Fuel at Bakersfield as Dan Horan sits at #1 in Funny Car at the March Meet in Bakersfield

James Day gets the chutes out after a 5.891 pass in his Challenger FC

James Day gets the chutes out after a 5.891 pass in his Challenger FC

Photos and Story by Phil Hutchison

It's thumbs up for NY racer Tony Bartone after grabbing the #1 spot in Top Fuel

It’s thumbs up for NY racer Tony Bartone after grabbing the #1 spot in Top Fuel

After two sessions of Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car qualifying, Long Island NY owner and driver Tony Bartone is the #1 qualifier going into today’s last session at the 57th Annual March Meet at Auto Club Famosa Raceway north of Bakersfield CA.

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Tony slows the car down after his first round run that was shortened by tire shake

Tony slows the car down after his first round run that was shortened by tire shake

After an aborted pass during Thursday’s test session after a crank trigger malfunction, Friday’s first pass ended up in tire shake for the NY driver but under a picture perfect late afternoon sky, Bartone’s team got the combination right putting the team on top and putting pressure on the rest of the Top Fuel field.

Indiana racer Dave Hirata  ran a 5.824 in the first session but clipped the foam blocks in his second pass tearing up the front spoiler in the process.  The foam block can be seen stuck to the side wing in this photo as Hirata slows down at the turn off.

Indiana racer Dave Hirata ran a 5.824 in the first session but clipped the foam blocks in his second pass tearing up the front spoiler in the process. The foam block can be seen stuck to the side wing in this photo as Hirata slows down at the turn off.

A dejected Hirata after checking out the condition of the Top Fueler

A dejected Hirata after checking out the condition of the Top Fueler

You don't see this kind of stuff at a regular NHRA event!

You don’t see this kind of stuff at a regular NHRA event!

Horan gets his Mustang slowed after his career best run in Funny Car

Horan gets his Mustang slowed after his career best run in Funny Car

In Funny Car, Dan Horan put his red, white and blue ’66 Mustang on the provisional pole with a 5.66 second pass in the second session. Horan had earlier posted a 5.74 lap but the 5.66 run was his career best in Funny Car. Right behind Horan is second-generation racer Steve Densham who put the Densham family Camaro in the #2 spot with a quick 5.69.

Steve Densham sits in the #2 spot in Funny Car

Steve Densham sits in the #2 spot in Funny Car

Mendy Fry is down to one shot left as her 6.145 puts her #22 in a sixteen car field.

Mendy Fry is down to one shot left as her 6.145 puts her #22 in a sixteen car field.

Multi time champ Mendy Fry

Multi time champ Mendy Fry

Multi time champ John Hale also sits outside the field with a 5.965 best that puts him #18 going into today's final qualifying shot

Multi time Nostalgia FC winner John Hale also sits outside the field with a 5.965 best that puts him #18 going into today’s final qualifying shot

Broomhill PA racer Pete Gallen sits in the #10 spot with his Monza running a best of 5.829

Broomhill PA racer Pete Gallen sits in the #10 spot with his Monza running a best of 5.829

Mid West racer Tony Bronge  (right lane) gets a  little hot after his Monza kicked the rods out during the second session on Friday

Midwest racer Tony Bronge (right lane), gets a little hot after his Monza kicked the rods out during the second session on Friday. 

Bronge gets his Monza slowed after his short fire

Bronge gets his Monza slowed after his short fire

An 8 car Fuel Altered field is also on tap at the March Meet with nearly a dozen cars on hand to make the show

 Fuel Altered has its own eliminator at the March Meet with nearly a dozen cars on hand to make the 8 car show

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The gassers are also a big part of the March Meet as Kris Dollinger gets the wheels up in his '69 Mustang during qualifying

The gassers are also a big part of the March Meet as Kris Dollinger gets the wheels up in his ’69 Mustang  A/G during qualifying

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After a beautiful day at Famosa, the sun sets in the west. More great weather is on tap for the weekend with temps in the 70's thru Sunday!  Sorry for my East Coast buds...

After a beautiful day at Famosa, the sun sets in the west. More great weather is on tap for the weekend with temps in the 70′s thru Sunday! Sorry for my East Coast buds…

Qualifying continues today with first round slated for later this afternoon.

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2013 NED Awards Banquet A sweet deal in Hershey

The 2013 NED Champs celebrate with NHRA's Graham Light (left) and Division Director Bob Lang (right)

The 2013 NED Champs celebrate with NHRA’s Graham Light (left) and Division Director Bob Lang (right)

Story by Phil Hutchison and courtesy NHRA Division One. Photo by Phil Hutchison and Diane Kubicke..

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The 2013 Season Northeast Division Awards Banquet, a celebration recognizing the winners from Junior Dragster and Summit High School champs including Top Fuel Harley, Top Sportsman and Dragster, plus all the NHRA Sportsman eliminators was held in Hershey PA on one cold weekend but the temperature didn’t faze the crowd as the weekend was full of bench racing and partying at the PA facility.

The Northeast Division racers and fans have been lucky and blessed that Bob Frey grew up in New Jersey, smack dab in the middle of NED racing.   Bob, who got his start at Atco Dragway,  has been the man behind the mike at major NHRA events for more than 30 years and recently retired from the tour but lucky for us, Bob was our emcee again for the evening . Bob’s wit as and knowledge of drag racing, as usual, was right on and kept the crowd laughing thought the night.

Bob Frey emcee'd the banquet and as usual, did a great job

Bob Frey emcee’d the banquet

NHRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, Graham Light, was on hand to join in the awards ceremony.

NHRA Vice President Graham Light
NHRA Vice President Graham Light

In 2013, the NED had numerous racers in the Lucas Oil National point chase with Duncannon PA racer Byron Worner taking the 2013 Lucas Super Stock title in his Chevy Camaro. New Jersey Top Alcohol racer, Frank Manzo, also won the Lucas title driving the Al Anabi Monte Carlo in what would be has last year behind the wheel after years of domination.

On the strength of wins like the Cecil County LODRS, Worner took the 2013 Lucas Super Stock title

On the strength of wins like the Cecil County LODRS, Worner took the 2013 Lucas Super Stock title

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Mr Worner was the man in Super Stock in 2013

Mr Worner was the man in Super Stock in 2013

Eliot Maine second generation racer Kyle Cultrera, had a “Double Double” winning both the NED Competition Eliminator title and the Super Comp in 2013. Kyle also placed in the top five in the Lucas national points in both classes.

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Chaplin Dan

Chaplin Dan

After the invocation by RFC’s Dan Laterza, the party got started with Bob Frey’s opening comments followed by a birds eye (or track eye view) of the 2013 season shot from the perspective of the on track cameras at Maple Grove, Atco Dragway and other tracks courtesy of NED Assistant Director Dave Mohn.

In keeping with the video theme and a jab at NHRA’s  Graham Light, Bob Frey showed a short piece from the “B” drag racing movie, “Fast Track” featuring a cameo from Graham that had the crowd guessing what the heck was going on until they saw the NHRA Vice President in his first and probably only Hollywood appearance.

Next up were the Special Recognitions for 2013.

NHRA Cert Team, NHRA Member Track Operators and the following were recognized for the work they do for the NHRA and in particular, the North East Division.

NHRA Northeast Division Sponsors – Lucas Oil (Jeff Kundratic), Summit, JEG’s, Sony & PC Richard (Pat Dehner), MXI Industrial, Select Performance (Ed Alessi, Sr.), Glick Fire Equipment (Amy Sweitzer, Jodi Mohn), VP Race Fuels, Classic Auto Body & Royal Pet Cremation (Earl Nichols), Hoopes Fire Protection, R Champlin Crane & Excavating, Havis(Ron Moore) (Please Stand), Micro Strategies (Anthony Bongiovanni), Kris Schoonover (Harley Davidson)

NED Certification member Jim Pursglove, a former racer and winner in his own right, passed away in October. His children were on hand to receive the 13th Annual Northeast Division Distinguished Service Award.  Not a dry in the house. We all will miss Santa Claus.

In addition to Jim’s passing, Ron “Moose” Wentzel another member of the NED family, passed away recently after fought a courageous 2-year battle with brain cancer.

Northeast Division Honorary Service Award – Dan & Claire Laterza called 2013 their final season as Racer’s for Christ Representatives. 

In a bittersweet farewell, Dan and Clair say goodbye to the NED

In a bittersweet farewell, Dan and Clair say goodbye to the NED

Manzo's team accepted his award as Frank was in the Middle East

Manzo’s team accepted his award from NED Director Bob Lang (right) 

Multi time NED and NHRA champ Frank Manzo was awarded the NED Appreciation award for all Northeast Division Appreciation Award for all of their support and dedication to racing in the Northeast Division over the years.  John Glade, Fred Bauer, Ed Hofmann, Mike Gaffino were on hand to receive the awards as Frank was in the Middle East with the Al Anabi team. After the award, a Frank Manzo video was shown with shots from his early days in Alcohol Funny Car up to his last race in 2013 which had some great old video back when Manzo ran the Kendall car.

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Shelby DiIorio Image of Youth Winner

The “Image of Youth Award” went to Shelby Di Iorio from Atco Dragway.  JDRL Track Champion and Eastern Conference Champion in 2013.  Father Tim and brother Timmy are fellow racers at the New Jersey track.

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2013 50th Year Anniversary Award – 2013 marked the 50th anniversary for Cecil County Dragway and US 13 Dragway.  Congratulations on 50 years of success!

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Dana Hayes won the National Dragster Contributor Award 

Atco Dragway took the 2013 National Dragster Contributor Award along with the National Dragster’s “Be a Winner/Be a Member” award.

NHRA JDRL Eastern Conference Finals

The Northeast was represented in the Winner’s circle at the annual Conference Finals held at Bristol Dragway with 2 winners in 2013.

John Croce

John Croce 13 Year Old Winner

13 Year Old John Croce Atco Dragway
16-17 Year Old Shelby Di Iorio Atco Dragway
Shelby took two awards home

NED assistant Director Dave Mohn awards Shelby one of two awards in Jr Dragster

2013 Northeast Division JR. Dragster Championships

This year’s event was held at Mason-Dixon Dragway in Boonsboro, MD and had a great turnout of racers and family. The success of the race was due to a lot of hard work that Elmer and Cathy Wachter,  the staff at Mason-Dixon Dragway do during the event. Micro Strategies was also instrumental for their support of the BBQ.

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First Last Age Group Track
Robert Croce 8-9 Year Old Age Group Atco Dragway
Mark Price Jr 10-11 Year Old Age Group Maple Grove Raceway
Hollie Ray-Bausher 12-13 Year Old Age Group Maple Grove Raceway
Jakob Bevard 14-15 Year Old Age Group Mason-Dixon Dragway
Vincent Testa 16-17 Year Old Age Group Atco Dragway
Virginia Motorsports Park Team Champions
US 13 Dragway Team Spirit

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Northeast Division Summit ET Finals

2013 was the 39th year for this event. Without the help from Summit Racing Products, and Luzerne County Community College, this race would not have the prestige it carries.  This year the 14 participating tracks sent 46 entries plus a High School Competitor to Numidia Dragway to determine the champions.

Race of Champions

The Race of Champions is a highlight of the Summit Racing Series ET Finals and pits the top point’s earners from each track against one another to find out who is the best of the best.

First Last Class Track
Andrew Dolan Street Mason-Dixon Dragway
James Farmer Bike/Sled US 13 Dragway
Frank Maffiore Jr Pro Island Dragway
George Roche Jr Super Pro Island Dragway

Summit ET Finals Eliminator Champions

The four champions all went to the AAA of Southern California Finals to crown a National Champion in their respective class. While the competitors didn’t fare as well as they had hoped, they all enjoyed the trip and are anxious to try again.

First Last Class Track
Scott Smith Street Maple Grove Raceway
Dale Hamilton Bike/Sled Mason-Dixon Dragway
Raymond Whitehead II Pro Atco Dragway
Michael Argoe Super Pro Cecil County Dragway
Team Champion Maple Grove Raceway
Team Spirit Award Cecil County Dragway
Dale Hamilton no stranger to winning in the Summit Brackets, won for the second time

Dale Hamilton, no stranger to winning in the Summit Brackets, won for the second time and made the trip to Pomona. Elmer Wachter (right) from Mason Dixon Dragway has the pleasure of awarding Dale his Wally

MX Industrial/Magnaflux Top Dragster Challenge presented by Select Performance – 2013 MX Industrial/Magnaflux and Select Performance returned as sponsors of the class.

 Michael Daniele winner of Top Sportsman and family

Michael Daniele Top Sportsman champ and family.

Top Dragster Champ

Top Dragster Champ Mike Galofaro and NED’s Jim Bowen

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Ultimax Belts Pro Stock Snowmobile –Ultimax Belts came on board as the series Sponsor in 2013.  Ultimax Belts is a Division of Carlisle Transportation Products.  This series features 1000 cc snowmobiles racing heads-up on a pro tree.  The series was contested at several events throughout the division.

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Pro Stock Snowmobile winner Frank Berard Jr and Ryck Campbell (right) . 

In 2013, PC Richard & Son along with help from Sony, returned to Sponsor the Sony/PC Richard.com National Open Series crowning Champions in Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, And Super Street.

Class First Place Second Place
Super Stock Angelo Lombardi Tom Boucher
Stock John Gray Bob Moran Jr
Super Comp Bob Armstrong John Bruzzo/Nick Willard
Super Gas John Juliano Paul Laino/Peter Quintin
Super Street Bill Nycz Jason MacNeil
Top Dragster Luc Angers Joe DiPasquale
Top Sportsman Luc Angers Mario Gourgue/David Miller/Ron Riegel
Bill Nyz PC Richard Super Street Champ

Bill Nycz PC Richard Super Street Champ (left)  with PC Richard and Son’s Pat Dehner

Northeast Division Person of the Year – Penny Bender

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Penny was big time surprised

Penny was big time surprised, duh?

Wrench of the Year – Frank Kalinowski/Billy Wruble

Co wrenches of the year

Co wrenches of the year

ET Driver of the Year

ET Driver of the Year Ray Whitehead with Dave Mohn (right) 

LODRS Driver of the Year – Kyle Cultrera

Kyle and his biggest fan

Kyle and his favorite fan, his niece , and big Jim

Best Supporting Sponsor – Lucas Oil

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Joe Lombardo’s (left) New England Dragway won Drag Strip of the year. Joe accepts the award from NHRA’s Graham Light

The Northeast Division Hall of Fame is open to racers, officials, promoters, and all persons involved in the sport of NHRA Drag Racing in the Northeast Division.  Exemplary accomplishments and longevity are some of the qualifications needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  A permanent plaque is on display in the Northeast Division Office of all current members of the Hall of Fame

Joe Sway has been a great ambassador to NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing.  From his early years racing Pro Stock to his current function as a dedicated Track Manager, Joe has spent his entire life involved with the sport he loves.

Atco's Joe Sway and Bob Lang

Atco’s Joe Sway and Bob Lang

JEG’s All Stars

Casey Grubb won Super Street and the team was disappointed with a fourth place finish after having so many good years at Chicago

2013 NED Super Street champ Casey Grubb won in Chicago at the Jeg’s race to add to his great season

NHRA Harley Davidson Drag Racing Series

 In 2013 NHRA and Harley Davidson teamed up to bring Top Fuel Harleys and several Sportsman Motorcyle Classes into the fold.  the NED hosted 2 events featuring these powerful and exciting machines.

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Doug Horne won the first ever NED Top Fuel Harley title. Doug (left) is congratulated by Harley Davidson’s Kris Schoonover 

Former Lucas champ and multi time NED winner, Ray Sawyer from Acton MA took the 2013 Super Gas title

Former Lucas champ and multi time NED winner, Ray Sawyer from Acton MA took the 2013 Super Gas title

Kyle took two back to Maine

Kyle took two back to Maine

Chuck Anderika stood in for brother John as the team won the East Regional in Top Alcohol Funny Car

Chuck Anderika stood in for brother John as the team won the East Regional in Top Alcohol Funny Car

The Cultrera gang

The Cultrera extended family celebrate a triple win night as Kyle took home NED Driver of the Year, Super Comp, and Comp titles

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See everyone at Richmond in April

Phil and Diane

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Best of 2013…… Photos from the cream of the East Coast Photographers

 

DSC_4649Welcome to our first annual Photo issue. We asked some of the best photographers in the East to send us their best shots from 2013. Photographers include Dave DeAngelis, Dave Milcarek, David Smith (lots of Daves here huh?) Diane Kubicke (of course) Rich Muir, Dave Ostaszewski (another Dave), and myself.

The first thing I noticed editing the images was the amount of Nostalgia Funny Car shots. If I did not know better, I would think that the Nostalgia movement is more popular with photographers than the NHRA regulars.

Next to the nostalgia floppers, John Force and daughters Courtney and Brittany were favorites. Dad won his 16th NHRA World title and the girls, although not huge winners in 2013, Brittany won the 2013 Rookie of the Year Award driving the team Castrol Edge dragster.

Finally, the inaugural NHRA event at Epping was a big hit with photographers along with the NHRA Heritage event at the same track later in the season. Big things are going to happen at the NH track and we were glad to be there in the summer of 2013.

The first of many images from the Geezers at the Grove in 2013. John "Bodie" Smith took the popular Jungle Jim Vega Funny car to a victory

The first of many images from the Geezers at the Grove in 2013. John “Bodie” Smith took the popular Jungle Jim Vega Funny car to a victory

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John Force took his Castrol Mustang to an unprecedented 16th NHRA title 

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In addition to John, the girls made for a great photo opt, even behind the wheel of their Castrol cars!

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Force Team driver Robert Hight

Force Team driver Robert Hight

 Nostalgia F/C was a big hit in 2013 in the Northeast

ph 08FC_175DSC_8518ph 06DSC_8260BF_470ph 05BF_255ph 07-1DSC_7802DSC_2580AUG_148In addition to the Nostalgia cars, the ADRL made a big impact in 2013 at the Richmond event which featured the largest field in ADRL history. In 2014 the ADRL will hold two events at VMP. Too cool.

ADRL_184ADRL_138ADRL_168The rest of our images from 2013 feature Sportsman racers from D1 and a whole lot more.

Top Sportsman along with Top Dragster has been a hit in the NED and continues to be a big draw with more and more cars making the show.

Top Sportsman along with Top Dragster has been a hit in the NED and continues to be a big draw with more and more cars making the showWheels up action at Atco

Wheels up action at Atco
More wheels up, this time in T/AD at VMP

More wheels up, this time in T/AD at VMP

Second generation racer Steve Comella made big noise in the NED going rounds in his 68' Hemi Dart

Second generation racer Steve Comella made big noise in the NED going rounds in his 68′ Hemi Dart

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Second round of TA/FC at the NHRA event Maple Grove had Todd Venry and Andy Bohl getting a little too close for comfort

Second round of TA/FC at the NHRA event Maple Grove had Todd Venry and Andy Bohl getting a little too close for comfort

2013 TA/FC Eastern Champ, John Andreika

2013 TA/FC Eastern Champ, John Andreika celebrate their win at New England Dragway

Cecil under the light in August

Cecil under the light in August

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One big crowd at Epping during the first major NHRA event in the track's history

One big crowd at Epping during the first major NHRA event in the track’s history

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Dave Connoly put the front end up at Indy during Top Stock

Dave Connoly put the front end up at Indy  in his COPO Camaro during Top Stock

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Mike Sawyer won Super Gas at Epping

Mike Sawyer won Super Gas at Epping

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Anthony Bertozzi won Stock and Super Stock at Epping

Anthony Bertozzi won Stock and Super Stock at Epping

Later in the summer, the NHRA Heratage Series made a stop at Epping. Here Top Fuel and TA/FC pilot Tony Bartone makes a pass in his nostalgia fuel car

Later in the summer, the NHRA Heritage Series made a stop at Epping. Here Top Fuel and TA/FC pilot Tony Bartone makes a pass in his nostalgia fuel car

NHRA announcer Bob Frey said goodbye after a long and storied career behind the mike at Atco and later the NHRA national events and ESPN

NHRA announcer Bob Frey said goodbye after a long and storied career behind the mike getting his start at Atco in the 60′s and later the NHRA national events and ESPN. Seems weird not hearing Bob’s voice at the NHRA races

Blown gassers were part of the show at the Gators. Not always going straight

Blown gassers were part of the show at the Gators. Not always going straight

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Exhibition cars have been around since the beginning of drag racing. Here Dave Milcarek does a photo spread for the Queen of Diamonds jet dragster at his home track at Atco NJ

Exhibition cars have been around since the beginning of drag racing. Here Dave Milcarek does a photo spread for the Jill Canuso driven Queen of Diamonds jet dragster at his home track at Atco NJ. Dave is the modern king of the X-Ray photo as is on display here with his trick shot of the jet

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Later at the Geezers, Jill Canuso thrilled the crowd with the Jet car

Later at the Geezers, Jill Canuso thrilled the crowd

My good Chicago bud Dave O sent me this great image of threatening skies at Indy as Tony Zizzo does a burn out in his Peak Fueler

My good Chicago bud Dave O sent me this great image of threatening skies at Indy as Tony Zizzo does a burn out in his Peak Fueler

The Lebanon Valley LODRS had teammates Jackie Fricke up against eventual winner John Finke. Here Jackie shows John what could be in store for him in the finals. Jackie blew the tires off at the hit but still had a great weekend at the upstate NY track

The Lebanon Valley LODRS had teammates Jackie Fricke up against eventual winner John Finke. Here Jackie shows John what could be in store for him in the finals. Jackie blew the tires off at the hit but still had a great weekend at the upstate NY track

At the same event, Follow A Dream car owner Jay Blake did his customary "Kissing of the Track" after his driver, Todd Veney, took the win in TA/FC

At the same event, Follow A Dream car owner Jay Blake, did his customary “Kissing of the Track” after his driver, Todd Veney, took the win in TA/FC

In April, long time Duane Shields crew member Ralph Freeman passed away. Here some of his D1 friends put a memorial together in his memory

In April, long time Duane Shields crew member Ralph Freeman passed away. Here some of his D1 friends put a memorial together in his memory

The Bobby/Fred Frey, Al Liebmann Frantic Ford Mustang hit the track in 2013. Here are a few images of the legendary Ford

The Bobby/Fred Frey, Al Liebmann Frantic Ford Mustang hit the track in 2013. Here are a few images of the legendary Ford

Dave Milcarek worked his magic with this X Ray image of the Frantic Ford

Dave Milcarek worked his magic with this X Ray image of the Frantic Ford

Vincent Nobile had another great year in NHRA Pro Stock racing placing the Mountain View Racing Dodge in the Top Ten for the third straight year

Vincent Nobile had another great year in NHRA Pro Stock racing placing the Mountain View Racing Dodge in the Top Ten for the third straight year

Jeg Coughlin took his Allen Johnson powered Mopar to the 2013 Mellow Yellow Pro Stock title

Jeg Coughlin took his Allen Johnson powered Mopar to the 2013 Mellow Yellow Pro Stock title

Jeggie took a popular win at the NHRA event at Maple Grove in October

Jeggie took a popular win at the NHRA event at Maple Grove in October

After winning everything there was to win in TA/FC, New Jersey racer Frank Manzo put an end to his career in 2013 retiring while still on top

After winning everything there was to win in TA/FC, New Jersey racer Frank Manzo put an end to his career in 2013 retiring while still on top. Here Frank takes a tearful trip to the winners podium after his Indy win in September

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Cory Mac made sporadic stops on the NHRA trail in 2013. Here Cory makes a lap at Indy during qualifying

Cory Mac made sporadic stops on the NHRA trail in 2013. Here Cory makes a lap at Indy during Top Fuel qualifying

After 2014, Ford racer Bob Tasca III will have to look for another major sponsor as the Blue Oval will no longer put money into the NHRA Pro catagory

After 2014, Ford racer Bob Tasca III will have to look for another major sponsor as the Blue Oval will no longer put money into the NHRA Pro category

Johnny Gray hung up his driving gloves in 2013 after a career in Pro Mod, Pro Stock, and Top Fuel Funny Car

Johnny Gray hung up his driving gloves in 2013 after a career in Pro Mod, Pro Stock, and Top Fuel Funny Car

Header flames at night are always a cool thing

Header flames at night are always a cool thing

Canadian Super Comp racer Samantha Kenny

Canadian Super Comp racer Samantha Kenny

2012 Eastern champ Todd Veney had a decent year putting the Follow a Dream Chevy into the Top 10. Here Todd torches the head gaskets during a qualifying run at the Gators

2012 Eastern champ Todd Veney had a decent year putting the Follow a Dream Chevy into the Top 10.Todd hurts the motor big time during a qualifying run at the Gators

Allen Johnson almost pulled off defending his 2012 NHRA Pro Stock title taking second place behind teammate Jeg Coughlin

Allen Johnson almost pulled off defending his 2012 NHRA Pro Stock title taking second place behind teammate Jeg Coughlin

Shawn Langdon took the Mellow Yellow title in Top Fuel in the Al Anabi Racing dragster

Shawn Langdon took the Mellow Yellow title in Top Fuel in the Al Anabi Racing dragster

The finals of Funny Car at the March Meet in Bakersfield CA in March

The finals of Funny Car at the March Meet in Bakersfield CA in March

The rest of the best are in this gallery for your enjoyment. thanks to all my photographer friends that lended a hand. Have a great New Year and see everyone at the drags.

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Daniele, Kakalecik, Fricke win and Cultrera puts a stranglehold on Comp at the NED Season Finale in Englishtown NJ

Story by Phil Hutchison  Photos by Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

For more photos from the Englishtown Lucas event please go to :http://division1photos.smugmug.com/Other-3

With his dad Steve Cultrera by his side, Kyle does his famous “Stand” after his win in Comp

With his dad Steve Cultrera by his side, Kyle does his famous “Stand” after his win in Comp

Kyle Cultrera from Eliot Maine won his second LODRS of 2013 and pretty much cemented his NED Competition Eliminator championship beating the Chevy S-10 PS/TA truck of Chip Ippolito in the finals at E Town. Kyle, who won the Lebanon Valley event in June, took Dave Ring’s H/EA Bantam to a 0.538 under 9.23 to Ippolito’s close 0.503 under 7.657.

Aragona did not help his D1 hopes losing to Ippiloto in the semis

Aragona did not help his D1 hopes losing to Ippolito in the semis

The win, coupled with his closest competitor in the Lucas chase, Frank Aragona Jr losing in the semi finals, puts Cultrera chances of winning his first NED Comp title firmly in his grasp.

Chip is due to win a NED event as his truck is always in the late rounds. Sadly E Town was not his race as Kyle took the Wally back to Maine

Chip is due to win a NED event as his truck is always in the late rounds. Sadly E Town was not his race as Kyle took the Wally back to Maine

The only other car in the division with an outside chance of catching Cultrera, the C/SM Cobalt of Joe Carnasciale, lost early in eliminations but has one Lucas race to claim and can travel out of division to catch the little altered, but Kyle has vowed to attend any race Carnasciale attends to block him from taking the NED crown.

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In Super Stock, John Kakalecik racing his SS/CA ’70 Baracuda out of Whitehouse Station NJ, was quicker off the line in the finals against the GT/CA Firebird of engine builder Tom Boucher and ran closer to his dial to take the win.

Tom Boucher took his Firebird to the finals of Super Stock

Tom Boucher took his Firebird to the finals of Super Stock

Boucher, from Byfield Mass, earlier defeated Brad Huntzberry’s sharp SS/JA Camaro in the semis while Kakalecik’s Hemi beat James Antonette’s SS/CS Grand Am to get his trip to the finals.

Look for a story on this historic Cuda in a later edition of NDR

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The Kakalicek winner's circle.

The Kakalecik  winner’s circle.

Huntzbery's Camaro (near lane, got the better RT but went too quick putting Boucher in the finals of Super Stock

Huntzbery’s Camaro (near lane), got the better RT but went too quick putting Boucher in the finals of Super Stock

Byron Warner from Duncannon, PA is the NED Super Stock Champion for 2013 on the strength of his wins at Cecil County and Epping and his late round appearances at Lebanon Valley and Maple Grove.

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Shawn Fricke from Flemington NJ took the Super Comp title defeating York PA racer Tom Hunter in the finals. Hunter had a not so good 0.087 RT to Fricke’s 0.021 and broke out in a losing attempt with a 8.896 as Fricke put down a 8.912 in the other lane.

Hunter (far lane) picked a bad time to have a bad light as Shawn took the win in Super Comp

Hunter (far lane) picked a bad time to have a bad light as Shawn took the win in Super Comp

Fricke is also in a heated battle with Kyle Cultrera for the NED Super Comp title with Fricke having one race left to claim and Cultrera two events left. Should be interesting in who goes out of division to grab the Northeast title.

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Shawn Fricke

Former Lucas Oil Champ took Jeff Kundratic's dragster to the semis of Super Comp

Former Lucas Oil Champ took Jeff Kundratic’s dragster to the semis of Super Comp losing to eventual RU Hunter

The finals of Top Sportsman went down to (near lane) beating

The finals of Top Sportsman went down to the Chevy of Daniele  (near lane) beating the Mustang of Dennis Gaboriault

Michale Daniele from Wantagh NY won Top Sportsman in his ’05 Cavalier defeating the ’10 Mustang of Dennis Gaboriault in a great final but Daniele’s 0.002 RT coupled with a better 6.961 on his 6.94 gave him the win over  Gaboriault’s 0.022 initiated 6.766 on his 6.74 dial.

and his dad (right) thank engine builder James Antonette for supplying the power for their Chevy

Mikey and his dad  Mike , (right) thank engine builder James Antonette  (left) for supplying the power for their Chevy

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Former Jeg’s Allstar rep Scott Luken from Perry Hall MD took his first win the Luken Team dragster after switching from the popular front motor altered the team campaigned when they first started in Top Dragster. Luken’s final round opponent former NED LODRS winner Greg Kelley from Hainesport, N.J, left too soon giving the Maryland driver the win.

The Luken winner's circle

The Luken winner’s circle

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John Maggiulli Sr. from East Hanover NJ has taken his “My Wife’s Permission” Camaro Super Streeter to a NED Open win and a NHRA National title but has never won a Lucas Divisional event. That all changed at Englishtown as Maggiulli beat Lucas points leader Casey Grubb from Milford NH in an all Camaro final. Grubb ran too quick in the finals with a 10.8668 to Maggiulli’s 10.914 giving the local racer the win.

Maggulli's Chevy took his first ever Lucas Oil Divisional

Maggiulli’s Chevy took his first ever Lucas Oil Divisional

Casey is still in the NED points lead

Casey is still in the NED points lead

It was all Ray as Mac

It was all Ray as Mac ran too quick in his Camaro in the finals of Super Gas

Multi time NED and former Lucas World champ Ray Sawyer from Acton MA won Super Gas over the Camaro of Mac Starks as Starks ran too quick with a  9.898 to Ray’s 9.928.

Another Wally for the Sawyer crew

Another Wally for the Sawyer crew

Mac had to get around the always tough Dan Northrop in the semis of Super Gas

Mac had to get around the always tough Dan Northrop in the semis of Super Gas

Sawyers semi round opponent was the Camaro roadster of Chick Ross as Ross ran too quick and broke out putting Sawyer in the finals

Sawyer’s semi round opponent was the Camaro roadster of Chick Ross as Ross ran too quick and broke out putting Sawyer in the finals

Katie over Glen in the finals of Stock

Katie Sepanek over Glen Hartzler (far lane)  in the finals of Stock

Finally it was Katie Sepanek from Moosic PA wheeling her white ’72 Chevelle to a win in Stock over the H/SA Baracuda of Glen Hartzler in a double breakout final. Katie got the better light in her I/SA Chevy with a 0.016 light to Hartzler’s 0.026 and ran a 11.462 on her 11.49 dial as Hartzler ran an even quicker 11.472 on his 11.53 dial in for the loss.

Jack and Katie

Jack and Katie

Even with the win at E Town, Katie will probably finish in second in the NED Stock Championship as she and points leader, Joe Santangelo, are out of events to claim in 2013. Recent Atco winner Ron Infantino has an outside chance of winning the NED Stock title but will have to travel out of division and do well to catch Santangelo who is nearly 80 points in front of Infantino.

Best Engineered went to the Mopar of

Best Engineered went to the Mopar of JC Beattie from Baltimore MD

Best Appearing went to the Cultrera team

Best Appearing went to the Cultrera team

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Coan takes Comp at Indy. Manzo wins TA/FC again, Jim Whiteley grabs T/AD at the 59th Annual US Nationals

 

Story by NDR Photos by David Smith

Coan (near lane) had an easy final when his competition, the A/EA of Farrell was disqualified after crossing the center line

Jason Coan (near lane) had an easy final when his competition, the A/EA of Mike Farrell was disqualified after crossing the center line

Jason Coan from nearby Kokomo put his G/EA Bantam in the winner’s circle at the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis IN. Coan defeated Mike Farrell’s A/EA in the finals as Farrell’s Bantam roadster drifted toward the center line down track and clipped the reflector at the top end disqualifying the Louisville KY driver.  

D1 Teammates Kyle Cultrera and Al Ackerman met during qualifying. Ackerman lost in R1 while Cultrera went to R3 losing to eventual RU Farrell

D1 Teammates Kyle Cultrera (near lane)  and Al Ackerman met during qualifying. Ackerman lost in R1 while Cultrera went to R3 losing to eventual RU Farrell

Earlier Coan defeated Shaun Vincent’s C/TA Chevy S-10 in the semis after taking out former Lucas World champs Frank Aragona and David Rampy in earlier rounds. Farrell had to get around Arizona racer Mike DePalma’s AA/AT GTO and Mark Kirkman’s A/DA to make it to the money round.

It was a battle of the top two cars in the country as Whiteley beat Demke in a great Indy final

It was a battle of the top two cars in the country as Whiteley beat Demke in a great Indy final

Reigning 2012 NHRA Lucas Oil Series national champion Jim Whiteley won T/AD beating the racer closest to him in the Lucas Point battle, the blown car of Chris Demke from Tujunga CA. Whiteley from Grand Junction CO, got off the line first with a 0.025 light in his blown dragster and never looked back logging a 5.353 to Demke’s close 5.375. Demke, who was low qualifier with a 5.330 had his Low ET mark taken away in the second round as Whiteley, who qualified second, ran a 5.328 @ 270.54 MPH which was also Top Speed for the event. The win at Indy puts Whiteley in the Lucas Oil point lead with less than one round over Demke, 668 points to 649 for Demke.

Phoenixville PA racer and reigning Eastern champ Rich McPhillips lost in R2 to eventual RU Demke

Phoenixville PA racer and reigning Eastern champ Rich McPhillips lost in R2 to eventual RU Demke

Frankie over Annie in the finals of TA/FC

Frankie over Annie in the finals of TA/FC

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, as in Top Alcohol Dragster, it was a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers in the final. Reigning Lucas Champ Frank Manzo, who now calls Mooresville IN home, qualified his Al Anabi Monte Carlo on the pole with a 5.532 263.67and Annie Whiteley put her ’13 Mustang in the #2 slot with a 5.558 260.06. Neither driver was out of their zone throughout eliminations nor did the finals disappoint with Manzo winning a tight 5.56 to 5.57 over Whiteley.

Earlier in the weekend during qualifying, eventual winner Manzo was up against NJ racer Dan Pomponio. Pomponio lost in R1 to eventual RU Whiteley

Earlier in the weekend during qualifying, eventual winner Manzo was up against NJ racer Dan Pomponio. Pomponio lost in R1 to eventual RU Whiteley

 

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Super Stock champ Frantz (far lane) did not run as close to his dial as his competition, the Firebird of Jeff Dona (near lane) but the better light for Frantz was the deciding factor

In Super Stock it was the GT/DA ’88 Beretta of Todd Frantz from Louisville KY defeating the SS/HA Firebird of Jeff Dona from Gordonville MO in the finals. Frantz got the better light and it made all the difference as Dona was closer to his dial with a 9.861 on a 9.85 to Frantz’s 9.675 on a 9.66 dial, but the RT made all the difference.

Wes Leopold from Bridgeville PA, had a great weekend in his SS/AS '05 Stratus going all the way to the semis of Super Stock

Wes Leopold from Bridgeville PA, had a great weekend in his SS/AS ’05 Stratus going all the way to the semis of Super Stock

 

NY racer Mike Janis jumped from 6th place in the Pro Mod standing to #3 with a win at the US Nationals. Janis defeated points leaded Rickie Smith in the finals, 5.

NY racer Mike Janis jumped from 6th place in the Pro Mod standings in his blown Camaro to #3 with a win at the US Nationals. Janis defeated points leaded Rickie Smith in the finals, 5.952 to Smith’s close 5.955

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Brad Plourd took his Nova to a win in Stock over the Firebird of Mike McGinley

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Super Comp — Frank Kohutek, Dragster, 8.902, 165.92 def. Troy Stone, Dragster, foul.

Phil Smida (near lane) won Super Gas over a breaking out

Phil Smida (near lane) won Super Gas over a breaking out Marlin Snyder running a perfect 9.900 to Snyder’s too quick 9.893

In a repeat of Sunday's Traxxas Nitro Shootout, Shawn Langdon (near lane) defeated

In a repeat of Sunday’s Traxxas Nitro Shootout, Shawn Langdon (near lane) defeated Steve Torrence in the finals of Top Fuel with a 3.818 to Torrence’s 3.907

Fast Jack   Beckman (near lane) was trying to double up after a Sunday win in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, but it was not to be as Beckman blew the tires off at the hit and Robert Height sped to the win

Fast Jack Beckman (near lane) was trying to double up after a Sunday win in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, but it was not to be as Beckman blew the tires off at the hit and Robert Hight  sped to the win in the JFR Mustang  with a 4.111 to Beckman’s slowing 6.072

Mike Edwards over V Gaines in Pro Stock

Mike Edwards’ Camaro  over V Gaines  Dodge in Pro Stock on a hole shot 6.637 to a quicker 6.620 for the Mopar

 

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John Hall (far lane)  over Matt Smith in a pair of Buell’s in the finals of Pro Stock Motorcycle

 

 

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