Story by Phil Hutchison and Courtesy of NHRA
Photos by NHRA Photographers Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rest of the winners at VMS were:
Cameron Manuel, Winston Salem, N.C., ’06 Cobalt, 9.921, 168.28 def.
Nick Simon, Havertown, Pa., ’96 Beretta, 9.950, 154.72.
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.
Shawn Fricke, Flemington, N.J., ’02 Pontiac, 10.908, 132.15 def.
Martin Ganjoin, Brick, N.J., ’69 Camaro, 10.884, 132.08.
TOP DRAGSTER PRESENTED BY SELECT PERFORMANCE
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.
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.
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.