Rain Top Eliminator at VMP. Event rescheduled for May 8-9

Two little sun and too much water. The NED pulled the plug on the Division Opening event at Virginia Motorsport Park in Dinwiddie VA after rain Sunday morning made it impossible to finish the event.

The race will start up again in two weeks. As of Sunday, the NED informed all the racers that all fields are set.

Go to: http://division1photos.smugmug.com/ for images from the Lucas Oil race from VMP and other NED events

Here are a few more images from VMP from Friday’s qualifying 

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Saturday at the Power in the Park at Richmond Motorsport Park Lucas Oil Divisional. Rain holds eliminations at bay until Sunday. Wolkwitz sets Hemi record during Friday’s last session and Kaufman grabs #1 in Top Sportsman.

RAIN!

RAIN!

Story by Phil Hutchison  Photos by Kubicke, Hutchison, and Smith

Go to : http://division1photos.smugmug.com/ for more images from the event.

Saturday didn’t start off well with the weather forecast going from bad to worse. The rain that was supposed to hit the area late afternoon but the front moved in sooner than later and as this is being written, no cars have made it down the quarter mile and the puddles are evident and after looking at the long term radar, the racing has been cancelled for the day and racing will resume Sunday morning if the weather cooperates.

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Friday’s action was under sunny skies and cool temperatures, which made for a quick track. Long time Hemi racer Gary Wolkwitz backed up his earlier 8.21 with an 8.22 late Friday night giving the New Jersey racer the SS/AH class bragging rights. Gary’s ’68 Dart with a Barton Hemi for motivation, only had the final session to grab the NHRA ET record after spinning the Mopar’s tires in the second session but in the fading twilight, Gary and David Barton got it done.

Gary Wolkwitz ran an 8.21 on this pass Friday morning and back it up with a 8.22 for the new SS/AH NHRA record in his 1968 Hemi Dart

Gary Wolkwitz ran an 8.21 on this pass Friday morning and backed it up with a 8.22 for the new SS/AH NHRA record in his 1968 Hemi Dart

Best Engineered went to Delaware racer Laura Landry in her sharp '67 Chevelle Super Street racer

Best Engineered went to Delaware racer Laura Landry in her sharp ’67 Chevelle Super Street racer

Richard Bourke sits in the #1 spot in Alcohol Dragster going into final eliminations

Richard Bourke sits in the #1 spot in Alcohol Dragster going into final eliminations

Ray Miller's Super Comp dragster was awarded Best Appearing

Ray Miller’s Super Comp dragster was awarded Best Appearing

Todd Veney has the Follow a Dream Camaro in the # 3 spot in Alcohol Funny car with a 5.625. During the second qualifying session the burst panel came lose after Todd had a little too much shake

Todd Veney has the Follow a Dream Camaro in the # 3 spot in Alcohol Funny car with a 5.625. During the second qualifying session the burst panel came lose after Todd had a little too much shake

2014 Richmond T/AD winner Jeff Veale failed to crack the quick 8 for the final eliminations with a best of 5.58 and the bump was a 5.48

2014 Richmond T/AD winner Jeff Veale failed to crack the quick 8 for the final eliminations with a best of 5.58 and the bump was a 5.48

Karen Stalba hope her luck has changed as she has her NJ based A/FD in the show with a 5.44 good enough for #6 spot

Karen Stalba hopes her luck has changed as she has her NJ based A/FD in the show with a 5.44  Good enough for #6 spot

Fred Tigges in another racer that has stepped up  as of late putting his ancient Camaro in the Funny Car field with a 6.608 good enough for #2

Fred Tigges in another racer that has stepped up as of late putting his Camaro in the Funny Car field with a 5.608 good enough for #2

Allentown NJ racer Marie Ferrilo continues to impress with a #4 spot in her new look Mustang. Marie ran a 5.633

Allentown NJ racer Marie Ferrilo continues to impress with a #4 spot 5.633 in her  Mustang. 

The quickest blown car in the T/AD show is Wayne Morris from Lincoln University PA

The quickest blown car in the T/AD show is Wayne Morris from Lincoln University PA at a 6.322

Michael Kaufman from Woodcliff Lake NJ jumped around Marc Caruso and Don Rudd to take the #1 spot in Top Sportsman with a 6.491 in his '67 Corvette

Michael Kaufman from Woodcliff Lake NJ stepped up in the late session to take the #1 spot in Top Sportsman with a 6.491 in his ’67 Corvette

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Fields set in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. Caruso and Hall lead Top Sportsman and Top Dragster

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All Photos Kubicke and Hutchison  Story Phil Hutchison

It was a quick day at Virginia Motorsports Park at the first Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the NHRA Northeast Division. Track conditions were optimal for record runs in all the NHRA Sportsman classes and there were numerous NHRA National records set during qualifying.

Gary Wolkwitz, after setting the Hemi world on it's ear with a 8.21 during the first session, blew the tires off his Dart in R2. Engine builder David Barton can be seen behind the Mopar

Gary Wolkwitz, after setting the Hemi world on it’s ear with a 8.21 during the first session, blew the tires off his Dart in R2. Engine builder David Barton can be seen behind the Mopar

One of the biggest runs of the day was the SS/AH Dart of Gary Wolkwitz from Califon NJ as the Mopar laid down an unreal 8.21 during the morning session. Gary failed to back up the run during the late afternoon session but there was one qualifying run to go as we go to press and Gary could set the ET record for the Hemi class. More to follow tomorrow.

Richard Bourke

Richard Bourke

In the Alcohol classes Rich Bourke from Old Tappan NJ was low qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster in his A/FD with a 5.275 to pace the field. And what a field it was. With 14 cars attempting to qualify for the 8-car show, the second and last qualifying session was nothing short of fantastic. The bump moved around with every pass and when it was over, former NED winners such as Dan Mercier, John Finke, Jackie Fricke, and 2014 VMP winner Jeff Veale were on the outside of the 5.48 bump. NHRA drama at it’s best

Wayne Morris' blown dragster

Wayne Morris’ blown dragster

Behind the 5.275 of Bourke was the blown car of PA racer Wayne Morris with a 5.322 and Nevada’s Duane Shields with a 5.34 in his nitro car. Holding down the bump was Earl Nichols from Wilmington DE making his first NED show with a career best 5.48 driving the blown dragster of Ken Winward. .

Earl Nichols has the Ken Winward dragster on the bump at VMP

Earl Nichols has the Ken Winward dragster on the bump at VMP going into final eliminations

John Finke did not have one of his better days failing to get into the tough final 8

John Finke did not have one of his better days failing to get into the tough final 8

Mickey Ferro

Mickey Ferro

In Alcohol Funny Car, Mickey Ferro from Stamford CT put his ’11 Monte Carlo on the pole with a 5.552. Mickey has a half tenth cushion over the #2 qualifier of Fred Tigges from Holbrook MA as Fred’s ’01 Avenger ran a 5.608 for the second spot. The bump of 5.72 went to Dan Pomponio’s Monte Carlo. Not making the show was Tyler Scott and NHRA regular John Hedley.

Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano

After two sessions, Virginia racer Kevin Houghtaling leads the Comp field with a 0.631 under8.569 in his F/SM ’98 Grand Am. Pete “Lucky” Luciano is right behind Houghtaling in the ’10 Cobalt L/AA of Charlie Greco with a 0.619 under 8.601.

Marc Caruso

Marc Caruso

Marc Caruso leads the Top Sportsman show with a 6.582 and Scott Hall has his blown dragster leading the  Top Dragster ladder with a 6.204 but there was still one qualifying session to go late Friday night but it is unlikely these two will be knocked off their low ETs going into Saturday’s eliminations.

Low qualifier in Top Dragster, Scott Hall

Low qualifier in Top Dragster, Scott Hall

With the weather forecast for Saturday’s eliminations looking really bad toward the late afternoon with rain showers coming in to disrupt the acton, NED director Dave Mohn and his team made the decision to go directly into eliminations Saturday morning and hopefully we will have all the winners crowned before the rain comes. Again, more to follow.

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NHRA Northeast Division kicks off with PC Richard.com National Open at Atco Dragway

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Story by Phil Hutchison  Photos: Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

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Tommy Baker made his NED debut taking his Hemi powered Cuda to R3 in Super Stock

Tommy Baker made his NED debut taking his Hemi powered Cuda to R3 in Super Stock

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.

Jeff Roell went to the late rounds of Super Stock at the PC Richard open at Atco

Jeff Roell went to the late rounds of Super Stock at the PC Richard open at Atco

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.

IN round 3 it was David vs Goliath with Tom Dauber's little Nova against the Hemi of David Barton. Dauber won and went to the next round

IN round 3 of Stock  it was David vs Goliath with Tom Dauber’s little Nova against the Hemi of David Barton. Dauber won and went to the next round

Jeff Eastburn gets ready for a time shot early Saturday in the ex Al Kenny Super Gas Corvette roadster

Jeff Eastburn gets ready for a time shot early Saturday in the ex Al Kenny Super Gas Corvette roadster. 

The event included the NHRA Sportsman racers, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes, and ET racers all vying for the 2015 PC Richard titles.

Frederic Angers (far lane) beat his brother Frank in the finals of Top Dragster

Frederic Angers (far lane) beat his brother Frank in the finals of Top Dragster

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 team almost took it all. Winning Top Dragster, setting low ET in Top Sportsman and winning Best Engineered with the Top Sportsman Pontiac

The Angers team from Quebec  almost took it all. Winning Top Dragster, setting low ET in Top Sportsman and winning Best Engineered with the Top Sportsman Pontiac

Best Engineered

Best Engineered went to the Turbo car of Angers. The quick GTO also set low ET of Top Sportsman

Brother vs Brother in the finals of the 8.50 class

Brother vs Brother in the finals of the 8.50 class. Roger III (far lane) beat Dan for the title

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.

Roger Purdy III and his family celebrate his 8.50 win

Roger Purdy III and his family celebrate his 8.50 win

Joe Mealey took his first NED Top Sportsman win at the PC Richard Open

Joe Mealey took his first NED Top Sportsman win at the PC Richard Open

Top Sportsman went to Levittown PA racers Joe Mealey wheeling his 2002 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.

The finals of Top Sportsman had Mealey (far lane) taking the win over Tom Kilroy's Poncho

The finals of Top Sportsman had Mealey (far lane) taking the win over Tom Kilroy’s Poncho

The Mealey team in the Atco WC

The Mealey team in the Atco WC

Other winners at Atco were:

Kenny Van Gorp's high flying Camaro

Kenny Van Gorp’s high flying Camaro

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.

Angelo DiTocco (left) a winner in NED Super Stock himself, gave Van Gorp a hand throughout the event

Angelo DiTocco (left) a many time winner in the NED, gave Van Gorp a hand throughout the event

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.

Mike Quartarone (far lane) beat Jeanne Linke in the finals of Stock

Mike Quartarone (far lane) beat Jeanne Linke in the finals of Stock

Doug Doll

Doug Doll

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.

The finals of Super Comp had Doug (far lane)  off the line first and he ran the number to take the Atco Open win

The finals of Super Comp had Doug (far lane) off the line first and he ran the number to take the Atco Open win

Everybody got into the Doug Doll winner's circle, even R/U Josh Eastburn (on bike)

Everybody got into the Doug Doll winner’s circle, even R/U Josh Eastburn (on bike)

Josh Eastburn took the family dragster to the finals of Super Comp

Josh Eastburn took the family dragster to the finals of Super Comp

Iggie B (far lane) bested Gary Laird in the finals of Super Gas as Laird had issues getting a good RT

Iggie B (far lane) bested Gary Laird in the finals of Super Gas as Laird had issues getting a good RT

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.

The Boicesco gang celebrate Iggie's first win of 2015

The Boicesco gang celebrate Iggie’s first win of 2015

Josh Eastburn (near lane) lost the finals of Super Street to former NED winner Jay Neville

Josh Eastburn (near lane) lost the finals of Super Street to former NED winner Jay Neville

 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 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

Jay Neville, no stranger to the NED winner's circle

Jay Neville, no stranger to the NED winner’s circle

The Neville winners circle

The Neville  bunch

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.

Steve Sisko took Murph's Camaro to the win in 11.50 ET

Steve Sisko took Murph’s Camaro to the win in 11.50 ET

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 index busting 11.468. In most cases of bracket racing  this would be bad but his opponent, the ’93 Mustang of local Cherry Hill racer Matt Ricchezza, was going even lower on the 11.50 index with a 11.44 in the loss.

Murph and Sisko's winners circle

Murph and Sisko’s winners circle

11.50 ET Finals

11.50 ET Finals

The 10.0 ET class went to the Monte Carlo of John DiBartolomeo Jr (near lane)

The 10.0 ET class went to the Monte Carlo of John DiBartolomeo Jr (near lane) over the Pontiac of Dana Loffredo 

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.

Ronnie's Camaro was judged Best Appearing

Ronnie’s Camaro was judged Best Appearing

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.

Low Qualifier in Top Dragster was the blown car or Joe De Marzo from Mahopac NY

Low Qualifier in Top Dragster was the blown car of Joe De Guara from Nesconset NY

Joe De Marzo

Joe De Guara

Joe Garbarine's Mopar was Low Qualifier in Super Stock

Joe Garbarine’s Mopar was Low Qualifier in Super Stock

One of the coolest cars racing at Atco was this early '70's Grand Prix racing in both Super Street and 11.50 ET

One of the coolest cars racing at Atco was this early ’70’s Grand Prix racing in both Super Street and 11.50 ET

Eric Merryfield had the wheel stand of the year during Stock qualifying Saturday morning. The truck suffered little damage and made the first round call

Eric Merryfield had the wheelstand of the year during Stock qualifying Saturday morning. The truck suffered little damage and made the first round call

NDR's Diane Kubicke checking out Eric Merryfield's wheelie

NDR’s Diane Kubicke checking out Eric Merryfield’s wheelie

Too much

Too much

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Pro Action from 2015 NHRA Gatornationals

 

 

 

 

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46th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sportsman Recap

Those Traxxas girls are just crazy

Those Traxxas girls are just crazy Love those Gator hats!

Photos and words by Phil Hutchison

I don’t know why I bother listening to the weather when it comes to racing in Florida. All week long leading up to the Gators, rain was forecast each day. Even Sunday looked iffy but thank to the Weather Gods, the reports were premature and the race went off without a hitch with no rain falling on the property during the weekend. And the racing was great. One of the best Gators in recent years with lots of side by side runs by the Pros and the NHRA Sportsman racers.

In no particular order, my recap from last weekend

Competition Eliminator

The Comp finals had two of Division One's best drivers as Santangelo (far lane) defeated Ackerman for the win

The Comp finals had two of the NED’s best  as Santangelo (far lane) defeated Ackerman for the win

Former Lucas World champ and multi time event winner Joe Santangelo got the chance of a lifetime when Speedco Racing team owner Arnie Martel asked the Connecticut driver if he would be interested in wheeling the team’s B/SR and Camaro Super Stocker in 2014. Good thing Joe said yes since he’s done nothing but win with the potent roadster and Camaro.

Joe qualified the ’34 Chevy in the #5 spot with a 0.585 under 7.775 and took it from there.

Kamplain had not chance of catching Joe in the semifinals

Kamplain had no chance of catching Joe in the semifinals

On his way to the Winner’s Circle Joe defeated the Pontiacs of Bo Butner and Randy Daniels in the first two rounds, then took out a red lighting Steve Szupka in the quarterfinals only trimming 0.06 off his index in the process. In his semifinal match against Greg Kamplain’s B/ED,Joe used a great 0.015 light to take out the Brownsburg IN drivers 0.564 under 6.906 but a 0.138 RT killed Kamplain’s chances of making the finals.

Szupka went red against Santangelo in R3

Szupka went red against Santangelo in R3

Frankie Aragona also went red in R3 losing to Camplain's dragster

Frankie Aragona also went red in R3 losing to Kamplain’s dragster

On the other side of the ladder, former D1 and Lucas champ Al Ackerman’s little F/D was taking out Jenny Treadwell’s E/ED, a no show Rodney Rosenstiel in R3, and then defeated 2014 Lucas champ David Rampy’s A/EA in the semis to meet Santangelo for the Gator’s Comp title.

Ackerman got by reigning Lucas champ David Rampey in his semifinal race

Ackerman got by reigning Lucas champ David Rampy in his semifinal race. Maybe Rampy was afraid of hitting his CIC index too hard after already losing 0.06 earlier in eliminations but did not run the number to get around the F/D of Ackerman

Ackerman was first out of the gate with a 0.016 light but Santangelo was no slouch either as he was right with the Saddle Brook NJ driver with a 0.019 RT. On the top end Santangelo had enough motor to hold off the dragster of Ackerman, running a 0.555 under 7.745 to Ackerman’s close -0.529 7.971. The win in Comp was the second for Santangelo behind the wheel of Martel’s B/SR having won the US Nationals in 2014.

Joe is flanked by Kelly Kundratic and Christina DiBartolomeo after his Gator win

Joe is flanked by Kelly Kundratic and Christina DiBartolomeo after his Gator win

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Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car

Low Qualifier

Low Qualifier Jonnie Lindberg gets ready for Sunday morning’s R1

Top Alcohol Funny Car featured some of the best racers inside and outside the USA as recent Winternationals’ winner Jonnie Lindberg and fellow Swedish racer Ulf Leanders had their potent funny cars solidly in the field of 16. Also joining the “Out of Towner’s” was reigning Lucas champ Steve Harker who calls Australia home when not racing out of Gainesville GA in his ’13 Monte Carlo.

Mickey's new look Chevy

Mickey’s new look Chevy was #3 qualifier 

Lindberg put his ’10 Monte Carlo on the pole with a 5.467 followed by Harker’s 5.533. D1’s Mickey Ferro had his new green look Monte Carlo in the #3 spot with a 5.557 while Todd Veney capped off the top 4 with a 5.569 in the Follow a Dream Camaro. John Headley held down the bump with a 6.143 in his ancient Mustang.

Todd Veney

Todd Veney

Harker (near lane) could not match Ulf

Harker (far lane) could not match Leanders’ ET in the finals of TA/FC

The finals of Top Alcohol Funny car went down to the World Champ Harker against Ulf Leanders for the Wally. Leanders was off the line first with a 0.088 to Harker’s 0.101 and ran a 5.541 @ 261.47 MPH to defeat the champ’s 5.626 @ 256.80 MPH. Low qualifier Lindberg went out in R2 due to some violent tire shake against Paul Noakes.

Ulf gets ready for his final round matchup against Harker

Ulf gets ready for his final round matchup against Harker

Two wins for the Swedes in '15

Two wins for the Swedes in ’15

Marie Ferriolo had a new look at Gainesville sporting a Mustang body on her Funny Car

Marie Ferriolo had a new look at Gainesville sporting a Mustang body on her Funny Car

While Alcohol Dragster did not feature an international cast of characters like Funny Car, it did feature some of the quickest cars in the class including Lucas Champ Chris Demke out of Tujunga CA along with former champ Duane Shields from Boulder City NV. Joining this cast was multi time winner Randy Meyer out of Kansas, and D1 hitters Rich McPhillips out of PA, Jackie Fricke and teammate John Finke, and Richard Bourke from NJ.

Randy Meyer got by Jackie Fricke in the semis of T/AD

Randy Meyer got by Jackie Fricke in the semis of T/AD

The finals boiled down to the blown dragster of Lucas champ Demke and the A/FD of Meyer.

World Champ Chris Demke

Reigning Lucas Oil World Champ Chris Demke made it to the finals of T/AD

Demke (near) lane, got a big surprise in the finals as Meyer ran his best ET of eliminations to take T/AD

Demke (near) lane, got a big surprise in the finals as Meyer ran his best ET of eliminations to take T/AD

Demke had reeled off bracket like times throughout eliminations with a 5.28, 5.27, and another 5.27 to get to the final round. Meyer had been in the low 5.30’s all day and needed to step up his game in the finals if the Kansas racer wanted to win. Step up is exactly what Meyer did as he laid down a 5.219 at a Top Speed of the Meet 277.37 MPH to shock Demke’s off pace 5.33 at 276.24 after both drivers got off the line with nearly identical RTs.

This what happens when your oil return line snaps off during a burnout

This what happens when your oil return line snaps off during a burnout

Mia Tedesco went out in R1 after blowing off the tires

Mia Tedesco went out in R1 after blowing off the tires

Richard Bourke had low ET with a  5.215 in the opening round Sunday morning.

Super Stock

David Rampy, who had a decent chance for a double at Gainesville in both Super Stock and Comp had to settle for just one. Earlier Rampy lost to eventual Comp R/U Al Ackerman in the semis but took his Camaro to a win in Super Stock beating the always tough Mike Crutchfield in the finals with a 10.238 at 127.57 mph for the win. The win was Rampy’s 87th Lucas Oil National event win.

Crutchfield (near lane) had the better RT but broke out by 0.030 handing Rampy the win

Crutchfield (near lane) had the better RT but broke out by 0.030 handing Rampy the win

Rampy won his 87th NHRA event at the Gators

Rampy won his 87th NHRA event at the Gators

Wendell Howes' high flying Cuda went out in R1

Wendell Howes’ high flying Cuda went out in R1

Stock

Kevin Helms’ Mopar out of Schriever LA took the Stock win over the Camaro of Jeff Adkinson with a 0.018 light running a 8.923 on his 8.92 dial.

Helms had to chase down the Camaro of  but the Mopar driver had a better light and took the win

Helms had to chase down the Camaro of Adkinson but the Mopar driver had a better light and took the win

Helms also had his Mopar in the Factory Shootout during Thursday's qualifying

Helms also had his Mopar in the Factory Shootout during Thursday’s qualifying. Bo Butner’s Mustang got the better of Helms in R3

Bubba Linke (near lane)  took class on Thursday

Bubba Linke (near lane) took C/SA class on Thursday

Super Classes

Bill Clark takes his first ever Wally

Bill Clark takes his first ever Wally

In Super Gas it was Bill Clark out of Dartmouth Nova Scotia Canada taking his ’00 Firebird over the  red lighting Mustang of Craig Porter from Silver Spring, Md. The win was Clark’s first in NHRA competition.

Craig Porter (near lane) left too soon handing Clark his first NHRA win

Craig Porter (near lane) left too soon handing Clark his first NHRA win

Bertozzi (near lane) lost on a double breakout to teammate Labbous

Bertozzi (far lane) lost on a double breakout to teammate John Labbous

And in Super Comp it was an all Anthony Bertozzi final as the Ashland VA racer owned both cars racing for the Wally. John Labbous out of White House TN, driving one of Bertozzi’s cars, got off the line by just a tick and what ended up in a double breakout, beat Bertozzi with a 8.888 to a 8.870. The win was Labbous’ second NHRA win.

John Labbous 2015 Gatornationals Super Comp winner

John Labbous 2015 Gatornationals Super Comp winner

 

Top Sportsman

Ronnie Davis

Ronnie Davis

Starting in 2015 both Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will be contested on a national scale for a NHRA World Championship for the first time. The Godfather of D2 Top Sportsman racing Ronnie Davis, won the first national event of the year driving his venerable Corvette to a win over a stout field. Davis’s final round opponent, the ’06 Cobalt of Jeff Barker got a little loose off the line losing some ET and giving Davis lots of room on the top end for his second NHRA career win. Davis ran a 6.768 on a 6.63 dial as Barker was way off with a 6.989 on his 6.63 dial.

Barker had a good weekend taking his Chevy to the finals of Top Sportsman

Barker had a good weekend taking his Chevy to the finals of Top Sportsman

Curt Fredrich ran too quick in the semis sending Davis to the finals

Curt Fredrich (far lane) ran too quick in the semis sending Davis to the finals

Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla NC, went too quick in R2 in his beautiful '69 Camaro

Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla NC, went too quick in R2 in his beautiful ’69 Camaro and was done for the weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gainesville Gatornational Action. It’s getting Hot in Here

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Puckett leads Comp and Troy Jr surprises with a #1 in Pro Mod

Photos by Phil Hutchison Story by Phil Hutchison and Courtesy Jegs.com

After two days of qualifying at the 46th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Van Puckett from Monroe GA has his G/AA ’05 Chevy Cavalier in the #1 spot with a 0.656 under 8.19 to lead the field into today’s first round of competition.

Van Puckett

Van Puckett

The biggest surprise at the event had to have been Troy Coughlin Jr grabbing the provisional #1 spot in Pro Mod after two sessions on Friday.

The son of 2012 Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin drove his Jegs.com Corvette to the  No. 1 qualifier in the Real Pro Mod Association/Jerry Bickel Race Cars Pro Mod event Friday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway.

Troy Jr speeds to the #1 spot in Pro Mod

Troy Jr speeds to the #1 spot in Pro Mod

Coughlin’s pass of 5.876 seconds at 251.49 mph topped the speed chart of the 27 Pro Mod cars that made runs in the two qualifying sessions Friday. His dad was No. 4 overall with a run of 5.893 seconds at 252.43 mph that was the fastest speed of the day.

Troy Sr put his brand new Corvette in the # with Top Speed of the event at

Troy Sr put his brand new Corvette in the #4 with Top Speed of the event at 252.43 MPH

“We were low e.t. for the session and Pops was top speed,” Coughlin said. “All in all, a great day for the JEGS.com team. I couldn’t think of a better way to start my pro career, and of course I’d love to hold on to that No. 1 spot.”

Coughlin is moving up to the NHRA Pro Mod series for 2015 after a successful Sportsman career that included the NHRA Division 3 Super Gas championship and numerous race wins, notably two U.S. Nationals victories.

World Champ Chris Demke

World Champ Chris Demke

Leading the Top Alcohol Dragster class is 2014 World Champ Chris Demke. Demke from Tujunga CA, put his blown Uyehara chassis dragster on the provisional pole at a 5.280. D1 racer Richard Bourke is #2 with a 5.297 in his A/FD

New paint for McPhillips dragster. Rich is currently in the bottom half of the field  but expects to move up during Saturday's session

New paint for McPhillips dragster. Rich is currently in the bottom half of the field but expects to move up during Saturday’s session

McGaha led the Pro Stock category after two sessions with a run of 6.507 at 212.73 in a Chevy Camaro. McGaha, who set career-bests for both time and speed at Gainesville, is going for his third No. 1 qualifying effort of his career.

Chris McGaha led the Pro Stock category after two sessions with a run of 6.507 at 212.73 in his Chevy Camaro. McGaha, who set career-bests for both time and speed at Gainesville, is going for his third No. 1 qualifying effort of his career.

Britney Force is currently #2 in Top Fuel Qualifying

Britney Force is currently #2 in Top Fuel Qualifying with a 3.817

Schumacher is holding down #1 in TF with a 3.796

Schumacher is holding down #1 in TF with a 3.796

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bartone and Densham take Bakersfield titles as Hix repeats in Fuel Altered at the Good Vibrations March Meet

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Photos and Story by Phil Hutchison

One of the many ET cars at Bakersfield

One of the many ET cars at Bakersfield

Seventy-seven? Seventy-seven? What does that number mean? That number represents the number of nitro powered racecars at the Good Vibrations March Meet held at AAA Famosa Dragstrip, which included Top Fuel, Funny Car, and AA/FA. And that number does not take in account of the other 40 or so blown alcohol dragsters and Funny Cars that populated the ET and Nostalgia classes. It was a feast of superchargers and nitromethane. All heading down the Nitro Highway at Bakersfield.

T Bone wins again but this time he had to work for it and showed just how fast the Bogg's prepped T/F can go

T Bone wins again but this time he had to work for it and showed just how fast the Bogg’s prepped T/F can go

Reigning Hot Rod Heritage Top Fuel champ Tony Bartone picked up where he left off the 2014 season, in the winner’s circle. Bartone from Long Island City NY, had the field covered by his usual tenth of a second but had to work for the win in the finals of the March Meet.

Top Fuel Runner Up Adam Sorokin

Top Fuel runner up Adam Sorokin

Bartone’s competition in what was described as a “David vs. Goliath” final, the blown small block Chevy of Adam Sorokin, made it as difficult for the champ to win as he could. Sorokin, La Cresenta CA, put a good half a tenth of a second hole shot on the NY racer and was leading to the 1000 foot mark when the little Chevy gave up the ghost, popping the supercharger to a slowing 5.79 @ 192.58 MPH. Bartone, in the other lane, had his hands full as his blown Hemi was all over the track in an attempt to catch Sorokin The champ, who usually shuts his car off early to save parts, had to leg it through the traps catching Sorokin with a record 5.531 with a big speed of 270.81 for the win.

Sorokin was way out in front of Bartone but the blower let go just before the 1000 foot mark

Sorokin was way out in front of Bartone but the blower let go just before the 1000 foot mark

Now the rest of the world knows just how quick the Steve Boggs tuned Hemi can go.

The Bartone Winner's Circle

The Bartone Winner’s Circle

“I was a little late, worse light of the weekend in competition, which is not what you want to do,” Bartone said of the start. “Eight, 900-feet, 1,000 feet, I looked over and Adam was right there. There was no letting up. He blew up, I blew up at the finish line.”

Jason Densham set low ET in the finals of FC

Steve Densham set low ET in the finals of FC with a 5.694

In Funny Car, it was second-generation racer Steve Densham driving the family’s “Teachers Pet” Camaro to a convincing win over defending March Meet champ James Day. Densham from Oceanside CA, was second off the line with a 0.096 light to Day’s 0.019 RT, caught the ’78 Dodge Challenger of Day by halftrack setting low ET of the event at 5.694 to Day’s losing 5.874.

Day was out first but Densham ran him down with ease, and Low ET

Day was out first but Densham ran him down with ease, and Low ET

Low Qualifier Dan Horan went out in R2

Low Qualifier Dan Horan went out in R2

Earlier in Eliminations low qualifier at a 5.715 and defending series champ, Dan Horan got out of the groove in round two getting very close to the wall, losing to fellow Californian, John Weaver’s Dodge Daytona. Weaver lost in the next round to eventual finalist, James Day.

Cruz sat out the final eliminations after not getting his California Charger into the quick 16

Cruz sat out the final eliminations after not getting his California Charger into the quick 16

Thirty Funny Cars attempted to make the quick 16-car field with some of the biggest names in the Hot Rod Heritage Series not making the cut. Sitting out Saturday’s first round were NHRA regular Cruz Pedregon driving his California Charger Firebird, series regulars Mendy Fry and Jon Capps, and Don Schumacher Senior Vice President Mike Lewis behind the wheel of the Nitro Nick Vega of Anthony DeCero.

Brad Thompson had a blower explosion during his first round win but the damage was done and the Camaro did not return for round 2

Brad Thompson had a blower explosion during his first round win but the damage was done and the Camaro did not return for round 2

Joining Cruz was Mike

Joining Cruz on the sidelines was Mike Lewis after he got sideways in the Nitro Nick Vega in his last attempt in making the field

Mendy Fry had nothing but troubles in her Dodge FC not making the show

Mendy Fry had nothing but troubles in her Dodge FC not making the show

My new favorite West Coast brewery is Firestone Walker and their 805 brew

My new favorite West Coast brewery is Firestone Walker and their 805 brew. Here Dana and her crew show off their best stuff

In the Fuel Altered class it was a repeat of the 2014 final with Oregon racer Dan Hix driving his supercharged ’34 Chevy against second-generation racer Jeremy Sullivan in his blown Fiat. Sullivan, who wounded his Hemi in a semi final victory over Shane Harter, could not make the final bell giving Hix a free ride to the winner’s circle.

Dan Hix made it two in a row at Bakersfield

Dan Hix made it two in a row at Bakersfield

Hix soloed for the AA/FA crown after Jeremy Sullivan was a no show

Hix soloed for the AA/FA crown after Jeremy Sullivan was a no show

Sullivan (near lane) hurt his Hemi during his semi final win

Sullivan (near lane) hurt his Hemi during his semi final win

Other winners at the Good Vibrations March Meet were:

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Jr Fuel – Scott Parks, Burlingame KS, ’12 N&P 7.08 179.78 MPH

 

A/Fuel Darrell Waters, Bonsall CA, ’05 Comstock 6.50 209.10 MPH

 

Hot Rod Josh Wagner, Wasco CA, ’72 Maverick 11.636 112.11 MPH

 

Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Jason Barta, Bakersfield CA, ’08 FED 7.697 153.91 MPH

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Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Jeff Crider, Bakersfield CA, ’68 Tuttle 8.606 149.53 MPH

 

Ed DeSaute (far lane)

Ed DeSaute (far lane)

Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Ed DeSaute, Rosemead CA, ’62 Corvette 9.618 139.85 MPH

Jesse Adams

Jesse Adams

7.0 Pro Jesse Adams, Yuba City CA ’00 Uyehara 13.08 58.35 MPH

 

A/Gas Keith Morovich, Bakersfield CA, ’67 Nova 7.63 173.36 MPH

 

B/Gas Tom Tourek, Surprise CA, ’67 Camaro 8.592 156.41 MPH

 

C/Gas Wayne Hoover, Alta Loma CA,’67 Nova 9.612 139.79 MPH

 

D/Gas Jake Wood, Redding CA, ’68 Camaro 10.623 125.76 MPH

 

Howard Anderson (far lane) had the baddest blown gasser on the property

Howard Anderson (far lane) had the baddest blown gasser on the property

AA/Supercharged Howard Anderson, Applegate CA, 6.539 213.43 MPH

Here are a few more images from this year’s Bakersfield March Meet. More to come later this week. And stay tuned for daily images from the Gators starting this Thursday.

Ron August lost control right past the finish line in his T/F and tagged the wall

Ron August lost control right past the finish line in his T/F and tagged the wall

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Marcus Lawson failed to crack the tough Funny Car field in his ex Dale Pule Firebird

Marcus Lawson failed to crack the tough Funny Car field in his ex Dale Pulde Firebird

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2014 Season Northeast Division Awards Banquet a Big Hit in Hershey

 

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Photos by Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

Story by Phil Hutchison and courtesy NHRA Northeast Division

More photos go to: http://www.division1photos.com/

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Saturday Jan 17th the 48th annual NED banquet was held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey PA. Nearly 600 racers, family, and friends were on hand to recognize the Best of the Best in the Northeast Division from Junior Dragster to the Blown Alcohol classes.

Bob Frye was awarded a "Talking Box" for all his efforts as our MC

Bob Frey was awarded a “Talking Box” for all his efforts as our MC

Former NHRA/ ESPN announcer and D1 favorite son, Bob Frey, was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. And as usual, Bob did an outstanding job keeping the show moving and entertaining the guests with his wit and knowledge of all things NHRA drag racing.

The 2014 Lucas D1 champs flanked by Josh Peterson from the NHRA home office (left) and Bob Lang (right) and Bob Frye i

The 2014 Lucas D1 champs flanked by Josh Peterson NHRA VP Racing Administration (left) NED’s Dave Mohn (right) and Bob Frey

RFC’s Dale Ressler

RFC’s Dale Ressler gave the invocation 

While the banquet awards the champions in the NED for their 2014 feats, the banquet also recognizes non racers too. Track operators, managers, safety officials, and others  in the background making the Northeast Division events the successes they are.

Gloria and Bob Ley

Gloria and Bob Ley 

One such person was the winner of the 14th annual NED Distinguished Service Award. My good friend and long time NED Certification Team member along with Northeast Stock/Super Stock Association head honcho Dave Ley was the recipient for 2014. Dave, who recently retired from his full time job in his home town in Vincentown NJ, is one of the tireless people that the racers see when going through fuel check or the scales, or you might spot Dave in the staging lanes getting the racers in line for eliminations. Dave along with his wife Gloria, are at the track from sunup to sundown and you cannot thank them enough for what they do. Congratulations to Dave Ley.

Dave Ley and NED Tech Director Ryck Campbell

Dave Ley and NED Tech Director Ryck Campbell

Amanda Bosciasscio and NED's Larry

Amanda Boicesco and NED’s Larry Wiggins

The Image of Youth Award is one of my favorite categories. It is awarded to a second generation racer for their exemplary achievements on the track. Amanda Boicesco, daughter of Super Gas racer Iggy Boicesco, was the hands down 2014 winner. Back when she was just getting interested in NHRA drag racing, Amanda competed in the Junior Drag Racing League before joining her father competing regularly at Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events. Amanda chalked up her first LODRS win in April at the NED Season opener at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Iggy and Amanda

Iggy and Amanda

Steve Sisko receives his ET Driver of the Year award

Steve Sisko receives his Summit Super Pro ET Finals award which he promptly gave to Jason Kenny as a thanks for letting Sisko wheel his Jegs/Accelerated Travel dragster in Pomona

Again, everyone on stage was a winner but some were bigger winners than others. Bracket racer Steve Sisko falls into the category. Steve, representing Atco Dragway at the Summit ET finals at Delmar Dragway, won Super Pro earning the right to race at the World Finals in Pomona for the Summit Championship. Steve had a great weekend in California as the Atco NJ driver took the Super Pro win over the best ET racers in the USA. What was even crazier, Steve was behind the wheel of Jason Kenny’s Super Comp dragster that Jason offered up for Steve to drive at the Finals. For all of his success in 2014, Steve was awarded the ET Driver of the Year by his fellow racers.

Steve drove Jason Kenny's dragster to a Super Pro win at the Finals in Pomona

Steve drove Jason Kenny’s dragster to a Super Pro win at the Finals in Pomona (photo courtesy of J. Kenny) 

Steve Sisko thanks NED's Larry Wiggins for his ET Driver of the Year Award

Steve Sisko thanks NED’s Larry Wiggins for his ET Driver of the Year Award

Sportsman racer Thomas Stalba Jr. who, in addition to winning the Super Comp title in 2014, was selected as the NED Lucas Oil Divisional Driver of the Year. Tom, who calls Williamstown NJ home, won back to back races at Atco and Cecil, had a double/double at the Atco event winning Super Gas on top of his Super Comp win. And Tom just lost the NED 2014 Super Gas title by one point to Jason Kenny. The 2014 title was Tom’s career 7th in the NED .

Tom Stalba Jr had one heck of a great 2014

Tom Stalba Jr had a great 2014.  Tom’s wife, Karen a former champ in Top Alcohol Dragster, holds daughter Emily and their son Paul is holding Tom’s Lucas Oil Driver award. 

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2014 Eastern Region T/AD Champ Jackie Fricke

2014 Eastern Region T/AD Champ Jackie Fricke

Jackie Frick, who is the 2014 Eastern Region Top Alcohol champ driving Joe Cantrell’s A/FD, was another success story for 2014 as Jackie will go down in history as the first female to win an NHRA Region in the Alcohol classes. Women have won D1 Top Alcohol Dragster divisional titles (Jeanie Booz and Karen Stalba) but Jackie is the first to win the Regional title. Jackie, Stalba, and Sisko, all call New Jersey home. What is it with the Jersey racers? And Bob Frey too??

Jackie and Shawn Fricke

Jackie and Shawn Fricke

It wouldn't be a NED Banquet without the Aragona clan. Frankie Jr won his 5th Divisional Comp title in 2014

It wouldn’t be a NED Banquet without the Aragona clan. Frankie Jr won his 5th Divisional Comp title in 2014

NED Stock champ Anthony Fetch and his wife Heather

NED Stock champ Anthony Fetch and his wife Heather

Peter Biondo not only captured the NED Super Stock title, Peter is also the 2014 Lucas World Champ in Super Stock

Peter Biondo not only captured the NED Super Stock title, Peter is also the 2014 Lucas World Champ. Peter has won 11 Northeast Division titles in his career.

Peter Biondo

Peter Biondo

MX Industrial/Magnaflux Top Sportsman Shootout presented by Select Performance winner Michael Daniele and his fan club

MX Industrial/Magnaflux Top Sportsman Shootout presented by Select Performance winner Michael Daniele and his fan club

NED Wrench of the Year went to PC Richard and Son crewchief Paul Iaconis

NED Wrench of the Year went to PC Richard and Son crewchief Paul Iaconis with Ed Alessi (left) and Stock Champ Anthony Fetch who Paul turned the wrenches for in 2014

The newest member of the NED Hall of Fame, Alcohol Dragster owner and driver Ken Winward

The newest member of the NED Hall of Fame, Alcohol Dragster owner and driver Ken Winward

Pat Dehner accepted the Best Supporting Sponsor award for PC Richard & Son.

Pat Dehner accepted the Best Supporting Sponsor award for PC Richard & Son.

The Englishtown Raceway Park gang

The Englishtown Raceway Park gang

2014 Super Gas champ Jason Kenny

2014 Super Gas champ Jason Kenny

Super Street champ Frank Quarno Jr

Super Street champ Frank Quarno Jr

Ultimax Belts Pro Stock Snowmobile winner Frank Berard Jr

Ultimax Belts Pro Stock Snowmobile winner Frank Berard Jr

2014 Comp Champ Frank Aragona Jr with team members Michelle Costa and Steve Szupka

2014 Comp Champ Frank Aragona Jr with team members Michelle Costa and Steve Szupka

Bubba Linke could not make the banquet so accepting his PC Richard and Son Stock Wally was his cousin, Jeanne Linke

Bubba Linke could not make the banquet so accepting his PC Richard and Son Stock Wally was his cousin, Jeanne Linke

Mabel and Duke

Mabel and Duke Risley

NED's Pat Hamilton was recognized for her great work in the front office

NED’s Pat Hamilton was recognized for her great work in the front office

James Paylor won the 2014 Northeast Division JR. Dragster Championships 10-11 age group racing out of  US 13 Dragway

James Paylor won the 2014 Northeast Division JR. Dragster Championships 10-11 age group racing out of US 13 Dragway

Josh Peterson, NHRA VP Racing Administration was attending the banquet as the NHRA home office rep.

Josh Peterson, NHRA VP Racing Administration was attending the banquet as the NHRA home office rep.

Your D1 Photographers  Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

Your D1 Photographers Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

Stock racers Bob and Penny Bender made the trek up to Hershey from the Eastern Shore of MD

Stock racers Bob and Penny Bender made the trek up to Hershey from the Eastern Shore of MD

National Dragster’s “Be a Winner/Be a Member”  Track winner Atco Dragway

National Dragster’s “Be a Winner/Be a Member” Track winner Atco Dragway

Well it is Hershey PA

Well it is Hershey PA!

MX Industrial/Magnaflux Top Dragster Challenge presented by Select Performance winner Rick Bell with NED's Ryck Campbell

MX Industrial/Magnaflux Top Dragster Challenge presented by Select Performance winner Rick Bell with NED’s Ryck Campbell

Harry Gray was the 2014 PC Richard and Son Open champ in Top Sportsman

Harry Gray was the 2014 PC Richard and Son Open champ in Top Sportsman

NHRA JDRL Eastern Conference Finals

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12 Year Old Jarrod Kissinger Cecil County Dragway

 

2014 Northeast Division JR. Dragster Championships

Alexis Wade

Alexis Wade

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Alexis Waid 8-9 y/o Age Group Raceway Park
James Paylor 10-11 y/o Age Group US 13 Dragway
Charlotte Mallow 12-13 y/o Age Group Mason-Dixon Dragway
Benjamin DeYoung 14-15 y/o Age Group Lebanon Valley Dragway
Cameron Murray 16-17 y/o Age Group New England Dragway
Cecil County Dragway Team Champions

 

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NED Banquet on Tap for Saturday Night and a Look Back to 2014

Photos by Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison   Story by Phil Hutchison

2013 NED Winners celebrate their Division Championships

2013 NED Winners celebrate their Division Championships with NHRA Vice President Graham Light (left) and NED Director Bob Lang (Right) 

This weekend the 2014 Northeast Division Champions will be the stars at the annual NED Awards Banquet. Saturday January 17 at the Hershey Lodge in Chocolatetown USA, all of the NED’s best will be on hand to receive their 2014 Division Wallys.

If the faces and names of the 2014 Lucas Oil NED Champs look familiar, they are. Nearly all of the Division One winners in 2014 are former and in some cases, many time D1 Champs. Hey, when you’re good you’re good.

Leading the D1 list of winners is Competition Eliminator champ Frank Aragona Jr from Freehold NJ. Aragona won both the Epping NH and Cecil County events to distance himself from #2 in D1, Scotty Richardson, who finished second 40 points behind the New Jersey racer.

Aragona and his great family after his Cecil County LODRS win

Aragona and his family after his Cecil County LODRS win

With his crew chief and dad, Frank Sr, Aragona won the NED Comp title once again

With his crew chief and dad, Frank Sr, Aragona won the NED Comp title once again

Richardson had a legitimate chance in winning the D1 crown with some late round appearances, but an untimely crash at the Epping event in Vinny Barone’s I/AA Cavalier in July put a hurt in Scotty’s chance in winning the 2014 Comp Crown.

Scotty Richardson had one of the quickest cars in the land but a nasty crash put the Vinny Barone team out of the action

Scotty Richardson had one of the quickest cars in the land but a nasty crash put the Vinny Barone team out of the action

Although 2013 Comp champ Kyle Cultrera did not have the season in 2014 as the previous year, he still managed a win at the Englishtown Lucas Event and finished in the #3 spot for the year.

Kyle won the E Town event and finished in the Top 3 in the NED

Kyle won the E Town event and finished in the Top 3 in the NED

Super Stock winner Peter Biondo, who has more Division One wins than any other active racer, took yet another D1 title in Super Stock behind the wheel of Phil Monteith’s GT Hatari Pontiac Firebird.

Phil, Emily, and Peter in the MG winner's circle after Peter's win in Super Stock

Phil, Emily, and Peter in the MG winner’s circle after Peter’s win in Super Stock

Biondo also won the E Town event in September to cap off a great 2014

Biondo had a classic Biondo year in the NED

Peter finished the season 100 points in front of his nearest competitor, NY racer James Antonette Jr showing how dominant he was in 2014. Biondo won the early Lucas event in Arizona, following that with a win at Commerce GA and another win at Maple Grove to distance himself from the rest of the pack in Super Stock.

James Antonette had a good year just not quite as good as Biondo's

James Antonette had a good year just not quite as good as Biondo’s

Stock Eliminator went to multi time Lucas winner Anthony Fetch from Colonia NJ. Fetch wheeled the G/SA Camaro of Gary Richard to a lone win at the Maple Grove event but had enough late round appearances to take the crown in 2014. Fetch’s closest competitor, the Nova of Donny Pires, was nearly 50 points behind in spite of a win at Epping and a runner up at Englishtown.

Fetch won the Stock title at the Grove on Memorial Day weekend behind the wheel of the PC Richard and Son Camaro

Fetch won the Stock title at the Grove on Memorial Day weekend behind the wheel of the PC Richard and Son Camaro

Super Comp went to another long time division winner, this time it was Thomas Stalba Jr from Williamstown NJ going the distance in his dragster winning back to back events at his home track of Atco during a rain delayed final at Cecil county and  later won the Cecil County event to make it a sorta double/double for the New Jersey racer. Coming in right behind Stalba in the #2 spot was transplanted Canadian racer Jason Kenny who was only 12 points back in his Jeg’s sponsored dragster.

Karen, Tom, and the kids after his win at the Atco/Cecil event in August

Karen, Tom, and the kids after his win at the Atco/Cecil event in August

Stalba at the Cecil LODRS. Tom won both the Atco rain out that was held at Cecil and later that weekend took the Super Comp title again for a back to back win

Stalba at the Cecil LODRS. Tom won both the Atco rain out that was held at Cecil and later that weekend took the Super Comp title again for back to back wins

Don’t feel too bad for Jason as he took the Kenny family Corvette roadster to a NED Super Gas title in 2014 without winning a single event. Jason went rounds all year and it paid off with the NED Super Gas title. And who was #2 in Super Gas for 2014 in the NED? None other than Super Comp champ Tom Stalba who lost the Super Gas crown by 1 point!

Pro Sportsman racer Jason Kenny

Pro Sportsman racer Jason Kenny

Placing third in the NED Super Gas points was another multi time Division 1 winner Mike Sawyer who also place well in Super Street taking his Camaro to the #2 spot behind winner Frank Quarno who took the Super Street title on the strength of his Maple Grove win and a runner up at Epping.

Frank Quarno out of Morris Plains NJ is the 2014 NED Super Street Champ

Frank Quarno out of Morris Plains NJ is the 2014 NED Super Street Champ

Rick Bell won top Dragster presented by Select Performance and Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance went to the Chevy of Mikey Daniele who repeated as the Wantagh NY driver took the 2013 crown.

Rick Bell makes a run during the MG Lucas event

Rick Bell makes a run during the MG Lucas event

In addition to the Lucas Division winners being crowned at Hershey this weekend, the winners of the Eastern 2014 Lucas Oil East Region Points in both Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster will be on hand to receive their Wally’s.

2014 was Jackie Fricke's break out year as the NJ Alcohol Dragster

2014 was Jackie Fricke’s break out year for the Flemington NJ Alcohol driver

Winning her first ever Eastern Region title was long time racer Jackie Fricke from Flemington NJ. At the end of the season Jackie was actually in a tie for first with former D1 Champ Rich McPhillips but won with head to head tie breaker with McPhillips as Jackie had earlier defeated the McPhillips in the finals of the Epping event putting the NJ driver on the stage at Hershey this weekend.

Rich McPhillips won the MG event in the early summer

Rich McPhillips won the MG event in the early summer

Top Alcohol Funny Car was an extremely tight race with winner Mickey Ferro edging second generation racer Matt Gill for the title by just 1 point. Ferro won the Epping Lucas event while Gill had his lone win at the out of division event at Gainesville in October.

Mickey Ferro, 2014 Eastern Region Alcohol Funny Car champ

Mickey Ferro, 2014 Eastern Region Alcohol Funny Car champ

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Second generation racer Matt Gill son of long time NED racer Paul Gill, just missed the podium by point

Second generation racer Matt Gill son of long time NED racer Paul Gill, just missed the podium by a point

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