Story Phil Hutchison and Courtesy of NHRA
Photos by Diane Kubicke, David Smith, Todd Dziadosz, and Geoff Sculley
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What a weekend of racing in the Northeast. The PDRA was at MDIR, Super Chevy at Maple Grove, and the NHRA Divisional at Epping NH,. It was impossible to be at all places at all times but with the help of some of our friends we hope to give you a recap of what happened and what you may have missed over the weekend
First we start off at the inaugural NAS Racing PDRA North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek an hour south of Washington DC. It was hot, very hot. Temperatures were in the 90’s all weekend but the action on the track matched the heat with some of the best 1/8 mile action the Maryland facility has ever seen.
Taking the premier Pro Extreme class title was Jason Scruggs driving his blown ’69 Camaro over Badir Ahli in the final. Scruggs carded a 3.534 @ 216.55 MPH to Ahli’s close but losing 3.561 at 211.63 MPH. The win at MDIR was Scruggs third of the season.
NHRA Pro Mod star Rickie Smith from King NC won his second race of 2015 in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class defeating the ’68 Firebird of defending Pro Nitrous champ Jason Harris as Smith’s ’69 Camaro laid down a hole shot aided 3.805 to defeat Harris’ later but better 3.774 in the win. In Smith’s other PDRA win in April it was against the same Pontiac of Harris. That must hurt.
Anthony DiSomma won his second PDRA event of the year winning the Precision Turbo Pro Boost title over Paolo Giust
While the PDRA was running in Maryland the NHRA Northeast Division had their Lucas Oil Divisional Series up north in Epping NH. Winning the top classes were Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., and Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., taking home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Shields worked his way through the field and ran 5.348 seconds at 272.34 mph in his final-round victory over Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., who clocked in at 16.857 seconds, 44.93 mph. Shields had the advantage off the starting line against McPhillips but McPhillips had problems early in the run and smoked the tires. With this win, Shields wins his 28th Lucas Oil Regional race and this is his fourth Wally trophy this year.
Pomponio faced off against Matt Gill, Brockton, Mass., and posted a winning run of 5.695 seconds, 254.33 mph in his 2010 Monte Carlo. Gill drove to a 5.664 second, 253.52 mph lap for his runner up finish. Pomponio had a great reaction time off the line of 0.006 seconds and was able to hold on to the lead and take the hole shot win over Gill and received his sixth Lucas Oil Regional event win.
In Super Gas, Mike Sawyer, Leominster, Mass., faced off against his father Ray Sawyer, Acton, Mass., in the final round. Mike had the starting line advantage and posted a winning run of 9.901 seconds at 162.49 mph. Ray posted a runner-up finish of 9.880 seconds, 174.12 mph. With this win over his father, Mike wins his 15th Lucas Oil Divisional race and wins this race for the second year in a row.
A racer winning his first Lucas Oil Divisional Wally this weekend was Peter Luciano, Malvern, Pa., Luciano faced off against Joseph Santangelo, Marlborough, Conn., and had a winning run of 8.663 seconds, 154.67 mph. Santangelo had a runner-up finish of 7.829 seconds, 169.40 mph.
In Stock, Anthony Fetch, Colonia, N.J., met Allison Smyth, Uxbridge, Mass., in the final and took the win. Fetch had a perfect light and ran 11.375 seconds, 109.25 mph to get the win over Smyth. This was Fetch’s ninth Lucas Oil Divisional win and his seventh in Stock.
Derek Mota, Peabody, Mass., took on Jason Kenny, Kutztown, Pa., in the final for Super Comp. Kenny had the starting line advantage but took too much stripe in a double breakout. Mota had a winning run of 8.895 seconds, 171.53 mph to receive his first ever Lucas Oil Divisional race.
In the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster presented by Select Performance, Joe DiPasquale faced off against Albert Staffieri. DiPasquale had the starting line advantage off the line and took the win with a run of 6.923 seconds, 195.51 mph. This was DiPasquale’s fourth Lucas Oil Divisional race win and his third in Top Dragster.
The MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance also competed at the event and Frederick Perkins, Plainville, Conn., drove his ’57 Belair to the finish line to beat Ray Bamond, Paterson, N.J. Bamond was took quick on the tree and turns on the red light. Perkins run of 6.861 seconds, 202.79 mph gets him the win and his third Lucas Oil Divisional Wally.
Jeff Roell from Poughquag NY took the Super Stock trophy driving his FSS/G Mustang over Ducannon PA racer Bryan Worner’s GT/GA ’90 Camaro
John Olson from Lynbrook NY won Super Street in his ’66 Chevelle over a breaking out Bill Arpine from Hamden Conn in his ’05 Pontiac 10.964 to a losing 10.888
Pro Stock Snowmobile went to Frank Berard Jr. from Troy, NY over Heath Smith from Westmoreland NY
Meanwhile down in Maple Grove PA, the Super Chevy show was in full swing with over 450 cars entered into the event that featured the DRO Funny Car Challenge, Top Sportsman racing along with bracket racing
In the finals of the DRO Challenge presented by Hedman Husler Hedders,, reigning champion, Shawn Bowen, got the win over the first series champion, Indy racer Paul Romine.
Bowen had a Reaction Time of .092 and ran the quarter mile in 5.880 seconds at 250.88 mph to Romine’s .101 RT and 5.932.241.93.
In Top Sportsman at the Super Chevy it was Ronald Riegel from Fairless Hills PA taking his ’68 Camaro to a win over the red lighting Pontiac Firebird of John Tiniakos in the final. Riegel put down a 7.415 on his 7.41 dial in the winning run.