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The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series made its annual trip to New England Dragway over the July 19-20 weekend for the fourth of seven Lucas events in the Northeast Division and Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., and Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Fricke conituned her winning ways in the NED with her second event win in two races having won the Lebanon Valley event in June driving the Joe Cantrell owned A/FD tuned by veteran Tom Conway. Jackie won a wild final at Epping over reigning Lucas East champ Rich McPhillips from Phoenixville PA. McPhillips was first off the line until about half track when his black and silver dragster started pulling the front wheels skyward forcing McPhillips to get off the throttle allowing Jackie to sneak by for the win. Fricke, who had tire shake off the line,got her dragster settled down and powered by McPhillips, 5.701 to McPhillips’ 5.773
The win at Epping combined with her win at Lebanon Valley puts her in the lead in the East with 287 points with Nevada racer Duane Shields in second with 224.
In Alcohol Funny Car, Ferro faced off against Matt Gill, Bridgewater, Mass., and posted a winning run of 5.599 seconds, 248.39 mph in his ’08 Monte Carlo. Gill drove to a 5.816 second, 249.67 mph lap for his runner up finish. Ferro was off the starting line first and extended his lead as the two cars made it down the quarter mile. As Ferro’s car made it down the track there were some sparks and sounded as if he lost the engine as it crossed the finish line, but that didn’t matter as he got the win and took home the Top Alcohol Funny Car Wally this weekend. The win was Ferro’s first for 2014 and puts the Connecticut driver in the #1 spot in the Lucas Eastern Region points
Mike Sawyer, Leominster, Mass., visited the winners circle twice this weekend with his wins in Super Street and Super Gas. Sawyer posted a breakout winning run of 10.914 seconds, 137.69 mph, in his Super Street win over Frank Quarno, Jr. who posted a runner-up finish of 10.880 seconds, 132.86 mph.
In the Super Gas final, Sawyer faced off against Tom Stalba, Williamstown, N.J. Sawyer had a final round pass 9.910 seconds, 159.85 mph, against Stalba’s 9.918 second, 162.06 mph run. Stalba was quicker at the starting line but Sawyer ran better on the track to take his second win of the weekend.
Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., in Comp Eliminator.
Donald Pires, Somerset, Mass., in Stock Eliminator; Donald Belles, Collegeville, Pa., in Super Stock; and Jason Kenny, Kutztown, Pa., in Super Comp. In the MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman class it was Fred Clark, East Bridgewater, Ma., taking the win while Kenneth Moses, Colonia, N.J., won in the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster Series.
Super Comp final