Fricke takes major step in quest for Lucas Oil East Region T/AD title at Epping LODRS

Story courtesy of NHRA and Phil Hutchison  Photos by David Smith

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Jackie Fricke's team celebrates her win at the Epping Lucas Oil race

Jackie Fricke’s team celebrates her win at the Epping Lucas Oil race

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.

The finals of  T/AD had McPhillips (far lane) out first over Fricke but had to get off the throttle letting the NJ racer pass him for the win

The finals of T/AD had McPhillips (far lane) out first over Fricke but had to get off the throttle letting the NJ racer pass him for the win

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

Jackie gives car owner Joe Cantrell and victory kiss

Jackie gives car owner Joe Cantrell and victory kiss

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.

Jackie put the Tom Conway tuned A/FD in the #6 spot with a 5.48

Jackie put the Tom Conway tuned A/FD in the #6 spot with a 5.48

The finals of TA/FC feature Ferro (near lane) over Gill

The finals of TA/FC feature Ferro (near lane) over Gill

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

Ferro left Epping in first place in the Lucas Oil East Region

Ferro left Epping in first place in the Lucas Oil East Region

Super Street finals had Sawyer (far lane) over

Super Street finals had Sawyer (far lane) over Quarno as Quarno went too quick breaking out

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.

Sawyer's double came at the expense of long time NJ racer Tom Stalba in the finals of Super Gas

Sawyer’s double came at the expense of long time NJ racer Tom Stalba in the finals of Super Gas

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.

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Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., in Comp Eliminator.

In what was a strange final in Comp, both Atagona cars were unable to race due to breakage. Here runner up Steve Szupka

In what was a strange final in Comp, both Aragona cars were unable to race due to breakage. Here runner up Steve Szupka and Frank Aragona Sr watch Frank Jr stage the car for the automatic win

Both car owner Vinny Barone and driver Scotty Richardson had a weekend they would rather forget as Richardson tagged the wall during eliminations after hitting the brakes too hard in his R2 race

Both car owner Vinny Barone and driver Scotty Richardson had a weekend they would rather forget as Richardson tagged the wall and rolled the car during eliminations after hitting the brakes too hard in his R2 race

Don Pires (far lane) took Stock eliminator

Don Pires (far lane) took Stock 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

Super Comp final

Jason Kenny drove the family dragster to a win in Super Comp

Jason Kenny drove the family dragster to a win in Super Comp

Top Sportsman winner

MXI/Maganflux Top Sportsman winner Fred Clark

The finals of Top Dragster Moses (near lane) over Al Kenny

The finals of Top Dragster Moses (near lane) over Al Kenny

The Moses celebrate Ken's win in Top Dragster

The Moses celebrate Ken’s win in Top Dragster

Don Belle's Mustang has been log qualifier in 2014 but this time he took it all winning Super Stock

Don Belles’ Mustang has been low qualifier in 2014 but this time he took it all winning Super Stock

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Photo Recap of Toyota NHRA Summernationals 2014

Nighttime qualifying, header flames and great performances

Nighttime qualifying, at E Town header flames and great performances

Photos by Phil Hutchison, Richard Muir, and David Smith

After two days of unbelievable qualifying, Sunday at E Town was a toss up of great runs and races that were decided on which car got what little traction was available in the changing track conditions. The door cars got the worse of it with few side by side races but the fuel cars made up for the lack of photo finishes with a day of quick racing. Here is a look back at the Summernationsl 2014

First round action featured Brittany Force (near lane) defeating Spencer Massey as Massey loses an engine

First round action featured Brittany Force (near lane) defeating Spencer Massey as Massey loses an engine

The finals of Top Fuel had first time winner Richie Crampton  (far lane) over Doug Kalitta

The finals of Top Fuel had first time winner Richie Crampton (far lane) over Doug Kalitta

The finals of Funny Car featured what was fitting since Toyota sponsored the race, a pair of Camrys with Cruz Pedregon (far lane) defeating the Kallitta team car of Del Worsham in a close final

The finals of Funny Car featured in what was fitting since Toyota sponsored the race, a pair of Camry bodied cars with Cruz Pedregon (far lane) defeating the Kallitta team car of Del Worsham in a close final

Downtrack view of the FC Finals

Downtrack view of the FC Finals

Pro Stock semi finals had Jeggie's Mopar (far lane) taking out Dave Connally's Chevy

Pro Stock semi finals had Jeggie’s Mopar (far lane) taking out Dave Connally’s Chevy

 

Jeg Coughlin winner's circle

Jeg Coughlin winner’s circle

Scotty Richardson drove Vinny Barone's Chevy to a well deserved win in Comp

Scotty Richardson drove Vinny Barone’s Chevy to a well deserved win in Comp

Finals of Comp  Richardson over Calvin Hill in an all D/EA final

Finals of Comp Richardson over Calvin Hill in an all D/EA final

Long time NHRA winner Scotty Richardson

Long time NHRA winner Scotty Richardson, Comp winer at E Town

Jeggie is on a roll in 2014

Jeggie is on a roll in 2014

Greg Anderson got the better light in the finals of Pro Stock but the car never hooked up

Greg Anderson got the better light in the finals of Pro Stock but the car never hooked up

OK what do you do with all these old slicks? I took one home in the 70's and my mom made me throw it away

OK what do you do with all these old slicks? I took one home in the 70′s and my mom made me throw it away

Low qualifier in Comp was NJ racer Elio Mannino in his '06 Ford ZX2 witha 8.85

Low qualifier in Comp was NJ racer Elio Mannino (near lane)  in his ’06 Ford ZX2 witha 8.85

Keith Sansone, 1965 Corvette, Super Stock/H-Automatic, Wynantskill, N.Y.

Best Appearing car went to Keith Sansone, 1965 Corvette, Super Stock/H-Automatic, Wynantskill, N.Y.

Best Engineered went to recent Best Appearing car at Maple Grove, the super nice 1971 Duster driven by 2013 Super Stock winner Brian Martel

Best Engineered went to recent Best Appearing car at Maple Grove, the super nice 1971 Duster driven by 2013 Super Stock winner Brian Martel. Ken Kier built the car and Bucky Hess applied the paint to this one of a kind small block Mopar

Katie did it all in Stock Eliminator beating Bubba in the finals

Katie did it all in Stock Eliminator beating Bubba in the finals

 

One happy Sepanak...

One happy Sepanak…

Katie got the better light in the finals against Bubba Linke and held on for the win in Stock

Katie got the better light in the finals against Bubba Linke and held on for the win in Stock

The Paul Smith team was flying the old NED New Englander logo during Saturday's qualifying. There were 17 cars trying to get into the 16 car show and driver Mike Smith did not make the cut with a best of 6.275

The Paul Smith team was flying the old NED New Englander logo during Saturday’s qualifying. There were 17 cars trying to get into the 16 car show and driver Mike Smith did not make the cut with a best of 6.275

NED favorite Frank Manzo chats with FC driver Chad Head

NED favorite and former TA/FC champ, Frank Manzo chats with FC driver Chad Head

Teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown (far lane) butted heads in R1 with the Sarge taking the win

Teammates Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown (far lane) butted heads in R1 with the Sarge taking the win

TF runner up Doug Kalitta set Top Speed and Low ET at the Toyota Summernationals

TF runner up Doug Kalitta set Top Speed and Low ET at the Toyota Summernationals

FC winner Cruz Pedregon

FC winner Cruz Pedregon

Alexis DeJoria went to R2 in the Patron car

Alexis DeJoria went to R2 in the Patron car

 

The sign says it all...Great

The sign says it all…Great

Just like Alexia, Tommy Johnson Jr went to the second round on Sunday

Just like Alexis, Tommy Johnson Jr went to the second round on Sunday

Richie Crampton surrounded by a pair of Aussies after his TF win

Richie Crampton surrounded by a pair of Aussies after his TF win

Samantha K checks out the action

Samantha K checks out the action

 

Antron Brown and crew in the pits before first round of TF

Antron Brown and crew in the pits before first round of TF

John Olsen, Super Gas champ at E Town

John Olsen, Super Gas champ at E Town 

NHRA Points leader set the pace in Pro Stock with a mind blowing low ET of 6.464 seconds at 215.55 MPH

NHRA Points leader set the pace in Pro Stock with a mind blowing low ET of 6.464 seconds at 215.55 MPH

Super Gas John Olson (near lane) defeats Ken Bowers' Vette

Super Gas finals had  John Olson (near lane) defeat Ken Bowers’ Vette

The NHRA announced that starting in 2015, Junior Dragster would allow 5 year old racers in the eliminator

The NHRA announced that starting in 2015, Junior Dragster would allow 5 year old racers in the eliminator

Super Stock winer James Fontana

Super Stock winer James Fontana

Fontana was living a charmed life in Super Stock and it paid off with a win over the beautiful Camaro of Marty Rinehart  (far lane) in the finals

Fontana was living a charmed life in Super Stock and it paid off with a win over the beautiful Camaro of Marty Rinehart (far lane) in the finals

Local Pro Stock racer Vincent Nobile, had better days at the races, blowing the tires off his Chevy in the first round

Pro Stock racer Vincent Nobile, had better days at the races, blowing the tires off his Chevy in the first round

It wouldn't be E Town without a PC Richard and Sons car

It wouldn’t be E Town without a PC Richard and Son car

The rest of the photos from E Town speak for themselves, enjoy  

Jimmy Prock-John Force crewchief discuss strategy

Jeggie is on a roll in 2014

Jeggie is on a roll in 2014

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Alcohol Champs crowned Saturday night at Maple Grove

Two rounds of Top Sportsman were run in conjunction with the Alcohol show. And to top things off, two jet cars and fireworks closed the evening

Two rounds of Top Sportsman were run in conjunction with the Alcohol show. And to top things off, two jet cars and fireworks closed the evening

Story by Phil Hutchison.

Photos By NHRA NED Division Photographers Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

For round by round action go to: http://www.northeastdragrace.com/

The finals of T/AD had McPhillips (far lane) defeating the blown car of Brandon Greco

The finals of T/AD had McPhillips (far lane) defeating the blown car of Brandon Greco

The Alcohol racers had their day at Maple Grove on Saturday racing in front of a great crowd and beautiful weather. Taking the Top Alcohol Dragster title was long time NED racer Rich McPhillips from Phoenixville PA. McPhillip’s who qualified his A/FD in the #4 slot, took out Wayne Morris’ blown car in R1 and then put low qualifier Duane Shields on the trailer in the semis in one of the best races of the day, running a 5.416  to Shield’s close 5.431 to set up the final.

McPhillips slows his A/FD after his first round win over Wayne Morris

McPhillips slows his A/FD after his first round win over Wayne Morris

McPhillips’  final round competition would be first time finalist Brandon Greco who used a little luck to get to the finals as his competition in round one, #2 qualifier Bill Reichert blew the tires off and then Jackie Fricke in the semifinal race rattled her tires at the hit popping the chute and ending her day.

Brandon got his ticket stamped to the finals after the A/FD of Jackie Fricke shook bad and popped the chutes

Brandon got his ticket stamped to the finals after the A/FD of Jackie Fricke shook bad and popped the chutes

In the finals, McPhillips was first off the line and never looked back running a 5.431 to Brandon’s decent 5.476.

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Maple Grove General Manager Lex Dudas congratulates the McPhillips after his win

Maple Grove General Manager Lex Dudas congratulates the McPhillips after his win

In Alcohol Funny Car it was a first time win for a long time NED racers, Fred Tigges, who has been racing blown funny cars in the division for over 20 years, finally put his Holbrook MA car in the winner’s circle.

Fred Tigges dumps the chutes out after R1

Fred Tigges dumps the chutes out after R1

Tigges beat second generation racer and fellow Mass racer Matt Gill in the finals running his best ET of the weekend with a 5.704 as Gill shook the tires and had to click it early in the loss.

Finals of TA/FC  Fred Tigges (near lane) beat the Mustang of Matt Gill

Finals of TA/FC Fred Tigges’ Camaro  (near lane) beat the Mustang of Matt Gill

Earlier in eliminations, Tigges beat low qualifier Mickey Ferro when Ferro popped the blower off his Monte Carlo putting Tigges into the finals. On the other side of the ladder Gill beat Gatornationals winner Dan Pomponio in round 1 and then DJ Cox in the semis to make his first ever finals.

The Tigges team celebrates his first ever NHRA win

The Tigges team celebrates his first ever NHRA win

Matt Gill, son of long time NED racer Paul Gill, made his father proud taking the family Moduline Mustang FC to the finals at the Grove

Matt Gill, son of long time NED racer Paul Gill, made his father proud taking the family Moduline Mustang FC to the finals at the Grove

Dan Pomponio who has been on a great run in the beginning of the season, went out early at MG losing to Gill in R1

Dan Pomponio, who has been on a great run in the beginning of the season, went out early at MG losing to Gill in R1

The D/EA of Vinny Barone driven by long time NHRA racer Scotty Richardson was low qualifier in Comp

The D/EA of Vinny Barone driven by long time NHRA racer Scotty Richardson was low qualifier in Comp. Vinny accepts the award for the team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day one finished at Maple Grove at the NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Best Appearing Crew award went to the TA/FC team of Andreka/East Coast Auto Electric

Best Appearing Crew award went to the TA/FC team of Andreka/East Coast Auto Electric

Story by Phil Hutchison  Photos by Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

St Pierre (far lane) set a personal best in the second session of qualifying at MG

St Pierre (far lane) set a personal best in the second session of qualifying at MG. John Finke (near lane) failed to make the quick show

As has been the norm in D1,  Top Alcohol Dragster was the class of the field with some of the best drivers in the country vying for a spot in the elite top 8 qualifiers. Sixteen cars were on hand and sitting on the outside after qualifying was completed were former Division champs Karen Stalba, Dan Page, John Finke, and Dan Mercier, all four racers did not run quicker than the 5.532 bump spot set by the blown dragster of Richard St. Pierre. St Pierre, making his second ever NED Lucas Oil field, laid down his career best in the second session raising a lot of eyebrows especially since a lot of the D1 players failed to make the field.

Great side by side qualifying in the second session put Shields (near lane) in the #1 spot

Great side by side qualifying in the second session put Shields (near lane) in the #1 spot

Setting the pace for the dragster was former Lucas champ Duane Shields with a 5.263 followed by another former World Champ, Division Three racer Bill Reichert with a close 5.286. Also making the show was #3 Jackie Fricke, Rich McPhillips, Wayne Morris, Mike Kosky, and Brandon Greco making his return to NHRA drag racing in 2014 after his bad crash at E Town in 2012.

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Former D1 Champ Karen Stalba needed to put down a quick pass in her final shot to make the field but the NJ based A/FD ended up pulling the front wheels up at the hit and had to shut the dragster off killing her chances of making the show.

Former D1 Champ Karen Stalba needed to put down a quick pass in her final shot to make the field but the NJ based A/FD ended up pulling the front wheels up at the hit and had to shut the dragster off killing her chances of making the show.

Leading the Top Alcohol Funny Car field is Connecticut racer Mickey Ferro in his ’08 Monte Carlo with a stout 5.628 followed by DJ Cox in the East Coast Auto Electric Monte Carlo running a 5.671.

Mickey Ferro's slows down after his low qualifying pass

Mickey Ferro’s slows down after his low qualifying pass

Marie Ferriolo from Allentown NJ made the field with a 5.746 in her first pass but got a little out of shape during her second session pass

Marie Ferriolo from Allentown NJ made the field with a 5.746 in her first pass but got a little out of shape during her second session pass

Making a debut at Maple Grove, was the Camaro of Jay Blake driven by Todd Veney

Making a debut at Maple Grove, was the Camaro of Jay Blake driven by Todd Veney

Tyler Hard

Tyler Hard

Top Sportsman is headed by the ’68 Camaro of local racer Tyler Hard out of Harrisburg at a quick 6.54 with Virginia racer Glenn Teets in his ’08 GTO second with a 6.624. Thirty-nine cars attempted to get into the 32-car field with the ’09 GTO of Bob Bauer out of Elma NY holding down the bump with a 7.365.

#2 Qualifier in Top Sportsman, Glenn Teets

#2 Qualifier in Top Sportsman, Glenn Teets

#1 Qualifier in T/D was the blown "Big Kahuna" dragster of Frank

#1 Qualifier in T/D was the blown “Big Kahuna” dragster of Frank Zeffiro

Top Dragster low qualifier was Winchester CT racer Frank Zeffiro with a stout 6.068 in his blown “Big Kahuna” dragster. Forty cars attempted to crack into the 32-car field with Frank’s wife Laura grabbing the last spot in the field with a 7.009 in her Design by Tooth dragster.

Laura Zefferio

Laura Zefferio

Best Appearing Car Brian Martel's SS/AM Duster built by Ken Kerr and paint by Bucky Hess

Best Appearing Car Brian Martel’s SS/AM Duster built by Ken Kerr and paint by Bucky Hess

Scotty Richardson driving  Vinny Barone's Chevy D/EA is #1 by a ton with a -0.767 8.013

Scotty Richardson driving Vinny Barone’s Chevy D/EA is #1 by a ton with a -0.767 8.013

Low Qualifier in Stock Jack Matyas CC/SA with a -1.105 under 9.495

Low Qualifier in Stock Jack Matyas CC/SA with a -1.105 under 9.495

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Smith “Doubles Up” at Sportsman Circuit Shootout at the Grove

Story and photos by Rob Keister

 

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association took over Maple Grove Raceway this past weekend for Races 3 and 4 of their 2014 season. After a rain shower on Friday, the gates opened on Saturday morning to sunny skies. Saturday’s Race #3 got into Round 3 before the cool temperatures pushed the remaining rounds to early Sunday morning. In the end it was Johnny Smith (MASCA), Matt Schurman (MASGA), and Keith Mayers (MASSA) taking the victories.

Smith driviing his X dragster took to wins over the weekend

Johnny Smith (near lane) ,  driviing his Brand X Additives  dragster took to wins over the weekend

Once event number three was completed all three series prepared for Race #4. As the sun set, Smith found himself back in the winner’s circle again as he “Doubled-Up” in Super Comp with his Brand X Additives dragster. Also joining Smith in the winner’s circle Sunday night were Iggie Boicesco (MASGA) and Jeff Fisher (MASSA).

Local runner Don Mattson took his A-1 Mulch Miller Dragster to the#1 qualifying spot in Race #3. Mattson was followed by Dave Long, Jeff Livezey Jr., and Rich Dorr. In the end though it was number eighteen qualifier Smith from Poughkeepsie, NY who took his 2009 Undercover dragster to the winners circle. Smith took down Mattson in the first round and then received a bye run in the second round. Smith then took down Tony Barnett, Debbie Moses, and then had yet another bye before matching up against Maple Grove local Kevin Scholl in the finals. In the finals, Smith took a slight advantage at the tree (.015 to .034) and led the whole way down the track with an 8.911 to 8.939 victory. In the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Series

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Matt Schurman has been unstoppable since getting his car re-painted in the off season. In the finals, Schurman took down 2013 MASGA Champion Earl Nichols Jr. Nichols pushed the tree a little too hard and went red by three thousandths.

Delaware racer Keith (far lane) took the S/ST portion of Saturdays race

Delaware racer Keith Mayers (far lane) took the S/ST portion of Saturdays race

Rounding out the action on Saturday was Keith Mayers from Middletown, DE who took the victory in MASSA Super Street.  Mayers who is a past IHRA World Champ took his 1985 Porsche to a victory over first time finalist Nick Mayo. Mayo jumped the gun a little too quickly and went -.017 red handing the victory to Mayers.

 

On Sunday racers were greeted with sunny skies and after finishing up Race #3 the series got into Race # 4. In MASGA action, it was three time MASGA champion Iggie Boicesco claiming the victory and preventing Schurman from doing his own “Double Up”. Boicesco added yet another trophy to his case which now makes twenty in MASGA competition. After a victory over Bob Henry in the semi’s, Boicesco was not going to be stopped. In the finals, Boicesco took a slight advantage at the tree (.017 to .024) and then laid down an almost perfect 9.909 to Schurman’s 9.915. In MASSA action it was Jeff Fisher from New Alexandria, Pa taking his 1967 Nova to victory. Fisher took down some tough customers as he defeated Bernie Staub, Current Points Leader Kelli Barbato, and last year’s champ Jimmy Stack. In the finals Fisher defeated Rich “Gramps” Knarich in his Gramp’s Toy Vega. Fisher chopped down the tree with a .005 to Knarich’s .037 and held on to a 10.952 to 10.939 victory. In MASCA action, Smith continued to hold the hot hand as he worked his way through the field. In the finals Smith took down current points leader Dave Long and his Long Family dragster. Smith took the advantage at the tree (.031 to .043) and parlayed that into an 8.916 to 8.957 victory and the double up.

The Mid-Atlantic .90 Association will take a few weeks off before hitting Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, MD on June 28th & 29th for the Mid-Summer Showdown. This will be the last two events for racers to qualify for the Autometer Top 8 Shootout presented by Nitroplate, Silfies Automotive, and S&W Race Cars.

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New Winners Highlight Race #1 & 2 of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association Series at Atco

Story and Photos by Rob Keister

Kelli and her gang celebrate her win at Atco

Kelli and her gang celebrate her win at Atco

The Mid Atlantic .90 Association kicked off its 2014 season at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ over the weekend. The racers were greeted with overcast skies, cool conditions, and a very well groomed track. On Saturday two new winners were crowned as Don Bangs (MASCA) & Kelli Barbato (MASSA) added their names to the list. Also joining them in the winner’s circle was Oscar Olt (MASGA). On Sunday the racers danced in and out of rain-drops from a fast moving system that was just grazing the tip of South Jersey. In the end Danny Bisbano (MASCA) & Pat Dehner (MASGA) added their names to the first time winners for the Mid Atlantic .90 Association.

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Bangs, from Southhampton, Pa took his 95 Carpenter dragster to the number 1 qualifying spot in MASCA’s first race and never looked back. After receiving a bye-run for his top qualifying performance, Bangs then defeated Scott Albrecht, Chris Garretson, and Dave Layne before receiving another bye-run to the finals against Deb Moses. In the finals both drivers were about even at the start (.029 to .031 in favor of Moses) but, Bangs was the closest to the dial and took a 8.916 to 8.936 victory. In Mid Atlantic Super Street Series action, Kelli Barbato from West Chester, Pa was also the number 1 qualifier with her 1968 Camaro. Barbato received a bye-run in the first round and then a competition single as opponent Jay Neville was not able to make the call. In the 3rd round Barbato beat a red-lighting Rich Price and in the semi’s just squeaked out a victory over Sean Lanigan. The finals would guarantee a 1st time winner in MASSA as Barbato and opponent Jeff Thornton were both first time finalist. The finals were over at the start as Thornton pushed the tree a little too hard and went red (-.014) and Barbato motored on down to a 10.883 victory. Rounding out the action on Saturday was the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Association. In the end it was local racer Oscar Olt from Medford, NJ taking the victory over Frank Volpe and his 2000 Mustang.

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On Sunday, racers were greeted with overcast skies and the threat of rain which made the program run a little faster than normal and forcing officials to cut the race down to one qualifying shot. In MASGA action, Pat Dehner from Smithtown, NY in the PC Richards 1969 Camaro took the victory. Dehner started out his day with victories over past world champ Ron Orbin, Mickey Varner, George Smith, and George Donhauser to match up with Darlene Staub in the finals. In the finals Dehner claimed his first MASGA Victory with a nice .016 light and 9.915 over Staub who was .068 and broke out with a 9.882. In the MASCAseries, Danny Bisbano from Buchanan, NY took his 2001 Mullis Dragster to victory. Bisbano who had purchased the digger from Frank Genovesi last season defeated number one qualifier Tom Oliver in the first round, Walter Olt in the second, a red-lighting Mac Dougherty in the third, and Dave Long in the semi’s. In the finals Bisbano was up against a tough customer with past National Event winner Tom Dauber. At the flash of the green Bisbano was on his game as he laid down a 12 thousandths package on Dauber to claim his first victory. In MASSA action, Fran Quarno Jr. took down Martie Ganjoin in the finals to claim his first victory of the 2014 season.

 

The Mid-Atlantic .90 Association will take a short break before hitting Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa on May 17th & 18th. This will be a great warm-up for any racers who want to get some practice in before the Lucas Oil Division 1 series visits the Grove the following weekend.  Also because of the next week’s divisional series race, Maple Grove is allowing Mid Atlantic .90 Association racers to leave your rigs over the week. For information on the series please visit their brand new website at www.midatlantic90.com or contact Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com

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Bubba Linke, Larry Jewell, and Matt Schurman lead winners at the NHRA National Open presented by SONY/P.C. Richard & Son at Atco Dragway.

Photos by Diane Kubicke Story by Phil Hutchison

Maryland racer Vonnie Mills swept the Top Sportsman field grabbing Low Qualifier and taking the win in her Beretta

Maryland racer Vonnie Mills swept the Top Sportsman field grabbing Low Qualifier and taking the win in her Cobalt

For more photos from the Atco Open, please go to http://www.division1photos.com/

For round by round action go to: http://www.northeastdragrace.com/

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Old Bridge NJ second generation racer Russell “Bubba” Linke driving his ’97 C/SA Camaro defeated the ’69 M/SA Camaro of Joe Mocci in the finals of Stock as Mocci left too soon with a -.018 light handing Linke the win. A good field of Stockers was on hand with nearly 50 cars racing on what was a perfect day with temps in the 60’s and lots of sunshine at the NJ facility.

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In Super Stock the ageless ’67 Corvette SS/DA of Larry Jewell from Ulysses PA defeated the big block SS/BM ’69 Valiant of Richard Kay from East Meadow NY. Jewell ran a 9.57 on a 9.55 dial in the win as Kay posted an 8.862 on an 8.84 dial.

New look for Matt?

New look for Matt?

Schurman from nearby Green Brook NJ, no stranger to the Atco winner’s circle wheeled his steel silver Chevy Beretta to a Super Gas win over the ’68 Camaro of Dover PA racer Don Miller. Don got the better light with a 0.014 light to Schurman’s decent 0.022 but took too much stripe running a breaking out 9.888 to Schurman’s 9.912.

The Schurman winners circle

The Schurman winners circle

Other winners at the SONY/P.C. Richard & Son Open at Atco Dragway were:

Top Dragster winner Jim Larro

Top Dragster winner Jim Larro

Super Stock winner Larry Jewell

Super Stock winner Larry Jewell

Super Comp champ Richard Biebel

Super Comp champ
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Vonnie in the winner's circle!

Vonnie in the winner’s circle!

Best Engineered went to Top Sportsman runner up  Harry Gray

Best Engineered went to Top Sportsman runner up Harry Gray

Best Appearing Car,the Nova of Ed Bednaz

Best Appearing Car,the Nova of Ed Bednaz

The Hard Work Mopar of Jason Lawrence took home the Super Street Wally

The Hard Work Mopar of Jason Lawrence took home the Super Street Wally

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Pro Stock Snowmobile winner Brian Pretzel

Pro Stock Snowmobile winner Brian Pretzel

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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

For more photos of the event, go to : http://www.division1photos.com/

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

SUPER STREET
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

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.

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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