The Northeast Division closes out the 2014 season at E Town

Kyle Cultrera won his first NED Comp race at the last race of the NED season

Kyle Cultrera won his first 2014 NED Comp race at the last race of the NED season but is not out of the chase yet

Photos by Diane Kubicke  Story by Phil Hutchison and courtesy NHR

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The NED Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series finished the 2014 at Englishtown NJ. The event, the seventh of seven events held in the NED featured nine NHRA Sportsman eliminators with many of the 2014 series winners decided but some still up for grabs. NHRA photographer Diane Kubicke was on hand to record the action for NorthEastDragReview.

Kyle Cultrera out of Eliot Maine, took Professor Dave Ring’s ’32 Bantam to a win in Competition Eliminator beating a red lighting Joe Carnasciale in the finals. The win tightened up the NED points chase as Kyle is less than an event win back from first place Frank Aragona Jr but it will take an out of division race to do the trick.

The Stock final had Hoven's Pontiac (near lane) defeating Don Pires's Nova

The Stock final had Hoven’s Pontiac (near lane) defeating Don Pires’s Nova

Joining Cultrera in the winner’s circle was local racer Todd Hoven from Milltown in Stock Eliminator. Hoven made his way through seven rounds to defeat Donald Pires, Somerset, Mass. Pires, a long time NED player is in a near dead heat for the NED 2014 title with Anthony Fetch. I would expect either Fetch or Hoven to tow out of division to secure the Stock title and take the stage at Hershey in January. 

Hoven's winner's circle at E Town

Hoven’s winner’s circle at E Town

Kenny Moses won his second Top Dragster title at Englishtown

Kenny Moses won his second Top Dragster title of the year at Englishtown. Moses earlier won the Epping NH event

Another local NJ racer, Ken Moses of Colonia won the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster presented by Select Performance by defeating Rick Bell, Merrimack, N.H.

Ken Moses (near lane) defeats  in the finals of Top Dragster

Ken Moses (near lane) defeats Rick Bell  in the finals of Top Dragster

Succasunna, N.J., resident Richard Biebel drove his dragster to a 8.943 second, 169.78 mph pass to grab the Super Comp win.

Biebel over in the finals of Super Comp

Biebel (near lane) over Steve Martel in the finals of Super Comp

 

Sawyer (near lane) defeats Delaware racer Earl Nichols in the Super Gas final

Sawyer (near lane) defeats Delaware racer Earl Nichols in the Super Gas final

Mike Sawyer of Leominster, Mass., defeated Earl Nichols, Wilmington, Del., in the Super Gas final. Mike’s father Ray was also victorious at this event last year in Super Gas.

Peter Biondo (near lane) has already wrapped up the 2014 Super Stock title but that did not stop former Super Street champ Michael  from taking the E Town trophy home to

Peter Biondo (near lane) has already wrapped up the 2014 NED Super Stock title but that did not deter former NED Super Street champ Michael  Giuliano from taking the E Town trophy home to Wantagh

Mike Giuliano of Wantagh, N.Y., grabbed the win in Super Stock by defeating the division champion Peter Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y.

 

With a shout out to Division One racer Tommy D who has had some health issues, Builiano and his crew celebrate his Super Stock win

With a shout out to Division One racer and painter Tommy D who has had some health issues as of late, Giuliano and his crew celebrate his Super Stock win

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Tom Hill, Huntington, N.Y., took his ’56 Bel Air to the Super Street win.

Cerro and his family celebrate his Top Sportsman win

Cerro and his family celebrate his Top Sportsman win

The MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance win went to Cecil County winner Michael Cerro of Mineola, N.Y. Michael’s win has him in the #2 spot in the point chase behind leader Mikey Daniele but like Cultrera, will have to travel to Gainesville FL or Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds GA to gain more points.

Cerro (far lane) defeats the Camaro of Ron Riegel in the semis of Top Sportsman

Cerro (far lane) defeats the Camaro of Ron Riegel in the semis of Top Sportsman

DK2_8878 Mark Wakem, Poland, Maine, powered his ’14 Arctic Cat to a 8.239 second, 155.40 mph pass to grab the Ultimax Pro Stock Snowmobile win.

Best Appearing Crew

Best Appearing Crew

Best Appearing Car went to Eric Cabral's Camaro

Best Appearing Car went to Eric Cabral’s Camaro

The Best Engineered award went to the Comp Dragster of

The Best Engineered award went to the B/ED of Greg Mannix

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Charlie Westcott Jr wins 6th Indy title at the NHRA Mopar Hemi Challenge

Finals of the Mopar Hemi Challenge had Howes out first but he could not hold back Westcott's power

Finals of the Mopar Hemi Challenge had Howes out first but he could not hold back Westcott’s power

Photos by Phil Hutchison Story by Phil Hutchison and Courtesy of NHRA

Charlie Westcott Jr from Parma Michigan won his 6th NHRA Mopar Hemi Challenge at Indy Friday night beating Division One racer Wendell Howes from Rathesay New Brunswick.

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Westcott, who qualified his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda in the #6 spot with an 8.562, overcame Howes’ holeshot to take the Indy win. Howes was first out of the gate with a great 0.005 light to Westcott’s 0.105 RT but did not have the horses down on the top end to hold off the Warfish of Westcott as his 8.557 just nipped Howes’ 8.669, which was Howes’ slowest run of eliminations.Indy_501

Afte the win Westcott said “I was in trouble early on, but I think I caught him in 4th gear,” said Westcott. “If my car is ahead when I hit 4th gear, they’re done. I actually thought I was driving pretty good today, but I missed it in the final. I use a blinder, and when it gets dark, it’s hard to see the Tree. I definitely got lucky.”

There were plenty of chances for Westcott to be derailed on his way to the winner’s circle; his competition just didn’t take advantage letting the Mopar guru work his way thru eliminations.

In round 2 Steve Comella who had just run a 8.615 in the first round had Westcott off the line but could only muster a 8.654 to Westcott’s 8.593.

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In the next round, Westcott’s competition, the Cuda of long time Hemi racer Joe Teuton threw away a 8.581 156.39 with a -0.059 red light putting Westcott in round 4.

The semis of the Mopar Challenge featured one of the best side by side runs as Westcott got off the line first beating the Cuda of Steve Kent as Kent’s 8.594 could not match Westcott’s 8.593

Westcott Sr

Westcott Sr

On the other side of the ladder Charlie’s pop Westcott Sr lost a close one to Howes as neither driver had a good light with Howes’ 0.108 the difference maker as Westcott Sr was snoozing with a 0.621 and his 8.614 lost to Howes’ 8.615 send the Canadian driver to his first ever Hemi Challenge final.

Round Two Action of the Challenge had Howes beating former winner Bucky Hess with a 8.621 to Bucky's close 8.623

Round Two Action of the Challenge had Howes beating former winner Bucky Hess with a 8.621 to Bucky’s close 8.623

Helms (near lane) lost in the finals of the Factory Stock to

Helms (near lane) lost in the finals of the Factory Stock Showdown to Chris Holbrooks Mustang

In the Factory Stock Showdown finals the winners of the A and B class met for the Indy title and Chris Holbrook driving his FS/A Mustang easily defeated the Dodge Challenger of Kevin Helms running a 8.694 on a 10.10 index to the Mopars 9.029 on a 10.35 dial despite Helms’ great 0.008 light.

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Friday Morning at Indy. Comp Field Set, Stock Class Eliminations complete and Super Stock on hold as rain slows down the Action at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Rick Houser laid down low ET of the meet for the Hemis with a 8.488 @158.89

Rick Houser laid down low ET of the meet for the Hemis with a 8.488 @158.89 but slowed in the quarter finals to a 8.784 losing to Steven Kent

Photos and Story by Phil Hutchison

As Thursday was hot and sunny, Friday morning dawned dark with occasional drizzles halting the action during the Super Stock class eliminations. The Hemi Challenge parade featuring 26 of the quickest Super Stockers on the planet were complete and the competitors paired up for first round when the rain returned putting the hold on the racing. Finally at around two, the first pair of Hemis pull around the corner. And the sun comes out and it is muggy and hot.

Steve Kent is off the line  to a 8.570 while David Barton (near lane) limps off the line with issues.

Steve Kent is off the line to a 8.570 while David Barton (near lane) limps off the line with issues.

Charlie Westcott Jr (far lane) takes out the Dart of Henson with a 8.605

Charlie Westcott Jr (far lane) takes out the Dart of Henson with a 8.605

The Hemi parade had an original 1968 Dart leading the field down the return road

The Hemi parade had an original 1968 Dart leading the field down the return road

 

Mopar Hemi Parade

Mopar Hemi Parade

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Tom Boucher before Super Stock class. As of the second round Tom is still alive in his class with one round to go

Tom Boucher before Super Stock class. As of the second round Tom is still alive in GT/EA with one round to go

Tewksbury MA racer Arnie Martel is currently #7 in Comp with his  E/AA '15 Camaro at a 0.573 under    7.727

Tewksbury MA racer Arnie Martel is currently #7 in Comp with his E/AA ’15 Camaro at a 0.573 under 7.727

Semi Finals of Factory Showdown B Class had Connolly (far lane)  over Barton's Mopar

Semi Finals of Factory Showdown B Class had Connolly (far lane) over Barton’s Mopar

Chris Holbrook (far lane) took his Mustang to a win over Gary Richard in the A Class of Factory

Chris Holbrook (far lane) took his Mustang to a win over Gary Richard in the A Class of Factory

 

The A/D of Joey Tanksley, from Greenwell Springs LA leads the Comp field with a  6.414

The A/D of Joey Tanksley  (from Greenwell Springs LA leads the Comp field with a 6.414. Al Ackerman (far lane) has his  F/D in the #22 spot going into Saturday’s first round

 

 

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INDY MEMORIES

Photos and story by Phil Hutchison

Jack Ostrander blew everything up on this pass

Jack Ostrander blew everything up on this pass Duh!

Indy has a special meaning to a lot of the racers and fans of the NHRA and drag racing in particular. It is the RACE to win. The Big Go East has been on my calendar since 1973. Back then I was just a wee lad of 21 and going to a place as foreign as Indy was so wild I just had to go.

In 1973 , five drag racing nuts  from Delaware, went out to Indiana in a 1972 Chevy van (Blue, long wheelbase, with Cragar SS mags, you get the idea)  and we drove all night to be at Indy Friday morning.  Our friend George,  who got the whole deal together and owned the Chevy van, worked for Steve Kanuika Speed Shops in Concordville PA and had a handful of tickets to get in the race . We ended up staying north of Indy in Anderson in some kind of cheap motel that I can hardly remember but my first Big Go East, I remember like it was yesterday. Here are some shots from the old days. More Top Fuelers than you can count and the Funny Car count wasn’t too far behind… I hope you enjoy this trip to the past.. 

McEwen winning Funny Car in 1978 ranks in the Top !0 of emotional wins at Indy

McEwen winning Funny Car in 1978 ranks in the Top !0 at Indy

Don Carlton did not win the races he deserved to win but his Comp win at Indy ranks up there with the greats

Don Carlton did not win the races he deserved to win as one of the best Mopar racers ever, but his Comp win at Indy showed how Don could race Comp and Pro Stock and win in both eliminators. Remember Miss Winston?

Tim Bishop won the Big Go with a manual shifted Pontiac!

Tim Bishop won the Big Go with a manual shifted Pontiac!

The Friday Hemi Challenge is the nazz at the Nats

The Friday Hemi Challenge is the nazz at the Nats

Indy always features lots of cool exhibition cars like the Nanook AA/FA

As is the norm, Indy features cool exhibition cars like the Nanook AA/FA

Shirley and Connie

Two racers that have so much history at Indy, Shirley Muldowney  and Connie Kalitta.

Wild Willie's AA/FA

Wild Willie’s AA/FA

James Warren backs up after a burnout  1972

James Warren backs up after a burnout 1973

This is me in 1978. I weighed about 150 pounds soaking wet.. My best friend Geoff is awarding me the NHRA  bong for my win in Top Van

This is me in 1978 (left). I weighed about 150 pounds soaking wet.. My best friend Geoff is awarding me the NHRA Wally for my win in Top Van

Finals of Comp

Finals of Comp 1980

Top Fuel Harleys circa 1980  Pro Stock Bikes suck next to these monsters

Top Fuel Harleys circa 1980 Pro Stock Bikes suck next to these monsters

One of the killer cars back in the day the Blown dragster of Dale Smart

One of the killer cars back in the day the Blown dragster of Dale Smart driven by Gary Southern

Stan White won the 1978 Super Stock title at Indy

Stan White won the 1978 Super Stock title at Indy

Stock Finals 1979 Terry C

Division 1 racer Tony Cirello

Division 1 racer Tony Cirello

Mark Oswald and Dale Smart slow down after a blast down the Indy 1320

Mark Oswald and Jody Smart slow down after a blast down the Indy 1320

The late great Lee Shepherd at the 1980 Nats

The late great Lee Shepherd at the 1980 Nats

Finals of Super Comp

Finals of Pro Comp 1980 Billy Williams (near lane) over Severance

Severence and the late Billy Williams

Severance’s dragster and  Billy Williams’ car in the staging lanes before the finals

Before becoming a champ in Top Fuel and Funny Car, Gary Selzi drove this Alcohol Dragster

Before becoming a champ in Top Fuel and Funny Car, Gary Selzi drove this Alcohol Dragster

More Funny Cars than you could count in 1973

More Funny Cars than you could count in 1973

The King of the Northwest Jerry Ruth racers chassis builder Dave Uyehara

The King of the Northwest Jerry Ruth races chassis builder Dave Uyehara

This was the next to last year of Modified Eliminator and Ross Gerken had his beautiful Vette honkin at Indy

This was the next to last year of Modified Eliminator and Ross Gerken had his beautiful Vette honkin at Indy

Don Prudhomme has not always owned Indy as this top end fire shows that the multi time champ could have some issues

Don Prudhomme has not always owned Indy as this top end fire shows that the multi time champ could have some issues

Turbocharged Pro Comp car

Turbocharged Pro Comp car Anyone know whose car this is?

Late Great Neil Mahr

Late Great Neil Mahr

Murphy vs Jim and Allison Lee 1980 Murphy and Marvin

A unidentified Corvette Modified Eliminator car from Canada

A unidentified Corvette Modified Eliminator car from Canada

Darrell Gwynn vs Vern Moats

Darrell Gwynn vs Vern Moats

Vern

Vern

The Worlds Fasters Hippie Mike Mitchell vs the Condit Bros Arrow

The Worlds Fasters Hippie Mike Mitchell (near lane) vs the Condit Bros Arrow

Billy Meyer and Harlen Thompson

Billy Meyer (far lane)  and Harlen Thompson

Billy

Billy

Maz's Opel

Manzo and Amato in 1980

Manzo and Amato in 1980

Ace does his burnout as Amato sits in the box

Ace does his burnout as Amato sits in the box

A pair of Mopar Super Stockers in the pits with Dyno Don's Mustang Pro Stocker in the background

A pair of Mopar SS/A Super Stockers in the pits with Dyno Don’s Mustang Pro Stocker in the background

Mopar City with Butch Leal

Mopar City with Butch Leal  Dale Pulde’s Firebird can be seen in the background

Krebaum Bros Altered with the Ace and his son in the background

Krebaum Bros Altered with the Ace and his son in the background

Johnny Davis in 83 kicks the rods out of his Chevy

Johnny Davis in 83 kicks the rods out of his Chevy

The biggest upset of the 1978 Nats was John Samolyk winning Pro Comp

The biggest upset of the 1978 Nats was John Samolyk winning Pro Comp

John Lingenfelter was one heck of a NHRA racer that left us too soon

John Lingenfelter was one heck of a NHRA racer that left us too soon

A Grumpy impersonator at the starting line

A Grumpy impersonator at the starting line with Bill very amused 

Jeg was the man in D3 Top Fuel

Jeg was the man in D3 Top Fuel

Jade Grenade Cowling

Jack Ostrander blew everything up on this pass

Jack Ostrander blew everything up on this pass

Iaconio vs Glidden was the regular in the day

Iaconio vs Glidden 

Frankie

Frankie

Hinkernell Comp Dragster

Hinkernell Comp Dragster

Al Hanna's Pinto FC

Al Hanna’s Pinto FC on the West Side Pits. Funny Cars and Pro Stock used to pit on the opposite side of  Top Fuel in what was an already huge Indy show  from the Top Fueler on one side and Funny Cars and Pro Stockers on the other, making for a great stroll in the pits, no matter which side.

Garlits pulled a car out of his museum and won the 1984 event

Garlits pulled a car out of his museum and won the 1984 event

Doug Kerhulas was a player before his bad crash at Columbus

Doug Kerhulas was a player  in Top Fuel before his bad crash at Columbus

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Kerhulas on the return lane

Comp Racer Don Parker at the 1980 nats

Comp Racer Don Parker at the 1980 nats

Larry Dixon Sr kicked the rods out of his Chevy Top Fueler

Larry Dixon Sr kicked the rods out of his Howard Cam Rat Chevy Top Fueler

David Pace

David Pace and the Carroll Bros Top Fueler

David Pace Darrell Gwynn 1980

Darrell Gwynn

Darrell Gwynn’s bare bones pit back in the day

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Bruce Sizemore Modified champ 1978

Bruce Sizemore Modified champ 1978

Bob Schmidt's Boilermaker 1980

Billy Williams was the man in Pro Comp along with Dale Armstrong and Ken Veney

Billy Williams was the man in Pro Comp along with Dale Armstrong and Ken Veney

Bill Selly

Modified Eliminator racer Andres and Bowles in 1980-

Modified Eliminator racers Andres and Bowles in 1980

 

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It’s a family affair at Cecil County as Troy Coughlin Jr meets Jason Kenny in the finals of Super Gas

Troy Jr and his crew along with the Kenny family celebrate his Super Gas win at the Cecil County LODRS

Troy Jr and his crew along with the Kenny family celebrate his Super Gas win at the Cecil County LODRS

Story by Phil Hutchison and courtesy of Team Jegs

Photos by Phil Hutchison and Diane Kubicke

It started Friday afternoon during the rain delayed Atco Lucas Oil Divisional. No, actually it really started two weeks earlier at the Atco event which was called after rain had halted the action with three rounds of racing completed. The race would resume in two weeks at the Cecil County Lucas event with 14 cars left in Super Gas. With that many cars still in the running, the chances of Troy Coughlin Jr and Jason Kenny meeting in the final were distant at best.

Troy's trip to the winner's circle at Cecil began at the Atco event two weeks earlier

Troy’s trip to the winner’s circle at Cecil began at the Atco event two weeks earlier

But after the quarterfinals at Cecil, both Jason and Troy were still in the hunt and were on opposite sides of the ladder setting up a possible final round matchup.

Troy, the son of 2012 NHRA Pro Mod World Champ Troy Coughlin Sr and calls Delaware Ohio home, normally races out of Division 3 but was on the east coast racing at a high dollar bracket event the following week and decided to enter the Atco Lucas race.

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Jason Kenny behind the wheel of his Corvette roadster

Jason, a regular on the NHRA Northeast Division scene as is his father Al Kenny, is the brother of Samantha Kenny, who is married to Troy’s uncle, Jeg Coughlin Jr. I don’t know if this makes Troy Jr a second brother in law, a distant cousin, or whatever, but both cars have the Jeg’s logo prominently displayed on their Corvettes and there is no mistaking Troy’s affiliation with the Jegs brand as his car is painted in the Jegs yellow and black color scheme.

Stalba (far lane) took out Troy Jr in the semis at the Atco event

Stalba (far lane) took out Troy Jr in the semis at the Atco event

Back to the Atco race, all hopes for a Troy Jr versus Jason final were dashed in the semifinals as Troy lost to eventual winner Tom Stalba Jr in a breaking out 9.868 to Stalba’s 9.905. Jason won his semifinal race over the Oldsmobile roadster of Derek Clark but lost the finals to Stalba on a hole shot.

Jason over the Olds of Derek Clark

Jason (near lane)  over the Olds of Derek Clark

Jason said after the Atco final “TJ and I have been close to running each other in the Super Gas final twice this year, at Maple Grove and Atco.  He made the Maple final and I lost in the semis.  I made the Atco final and he lost in the semi. Jason continued, “Losing the Atco final to Stalba was pretty deflating from a points perspective”. Editor’s note: Although Jason leads the D1 points chase in Super Gas with 397 points to second place Stalba’s 324, Jason has already raced at 6 of his allotted 8 LODRS events, Stalba has only claimed points at 4 events.

Stalba (near lane) beat Jason in the finals of the Atco race

Stalba (near lane) beat Jason in the finals of the Atco race

After the Atco race was competed, the Cecil County event cranked up and again, Troy Jr and Jason were on opposite sides of the ladder after the first round pairings but with nearly 70 Super Gas racers on hand, the chances of the two meeting in the finals were again, distant.

Jason over former D1 champ Matt Schurman

Jason over former D1 champ Matt Schurman set up the historic finals in Super Gas

But like the Atco race, as eliminations progressed, it was apparent that the chances of Jason and Troy Jr meeting in the final were becoming a distinct reality. In round 5 Troy beat the PC Richard and Son Camaro of Pat Dehner and received the bye in the semis putting the Ohio driver in the finals. On his side of the ladder, Jason defeated the Chevy II of John Richmond in R5 and then took out former NED champ Matt Schurman’s Beretta in his semifinal race setting up a Troy Jr. vs Jason final.

“TJ and I made a bet if we ran each other in the Atco final.  So it was kind of cool when he came over before the Cecil final and made sure the bet carried over”, Jason said.

With the Cecil Super Gas title on the line, both drivers were ready after a long weekend and neither disappointed with a great final round. Troy and Jason had good reaction times with TJ’s 0.020 to Jason’s close 0.024 and got the win on a double breakout, 9.888 to 9.887. The difference at the stripe was 0.003 seconds which translates to 4 inches!

The finals at Cecil had Troy Jr out first by the slimmest of margins that made all the difference at the stripe as both racers broke out

The finals at Cecil had Troy Jr out first by the slimmest of margins that made all the difference at the stripe as both racers broke out

It was a pretty good day,” Coughlin said. “We made some really good runs thanks to a very competitive race car. We were in the right place at the right time a lot today.” Troy continued, “Cecil County was a cool track. That was the first time I’ve ever been there, but it was a good track. I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and I have to give a big thanks to all the associates at JEGS for all their hard work and support”.

Troy Jr poses for his National Dragster head shot!

Troy Jr poses for his National Dragster head shot!

TJ also had this to say about his friendship with the Kenny family “Jason and the whole Kenny family are incredible people; they have always had my back and lent a helping hand.  I can’t thank them enough for being so fun and nice and really taking me in as they have when on the road with them.  You can count on “mom” or Carol to keep your stomach full and Al to check on me and the cars.  Also its great feedback with Al and Jason on track things as far as racing goes they have a lot of experience and have great insight.  Jason and I have a great friendship in fact at Atco before the rain we said if we meet in the final the winner gets some Miller Lite.  So far I got the beer, but the season isn’t over yet so you will more than likely see some Miller Lite slid Jason’s way very soon”.

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After the Cecil final round Jason said “As far as the TJ race was concerned, I thought I would be happy no matter who won … until his win light came on.  I was grumpy for a few minutes, which is better than my usual couple hours.  He must have sensed that, as he gave me an ice cold Miller Lite before I could even shake his hand.” Jason added,” He invited me, my family and even my Corvette into the winner’s circle, a very cool gesture on his part.  Then before he left the track, he said “This was fun, let’s do it again at Indy.  I’d be cool with that”.

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The Cecil win puts Troy Jr. solidly in the #2 spot in the Division 3 Super Gas points chase going into the Bowling Green LODRS, but like Jason, Troy only has two races to claim in 2014 while the man leading the D3 Super Gas chase, Illinois racer Luke Bogacki, has three races left on his dance card.

 

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Rain delayed Atco race competed at Cecil County. Stalba doubles up and Hanratty takes Comp. Saturday at Cecil also completed as Aragona wins Comp.

Story by Phil Hutchison  Photos by Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison

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Thomas Stalba Jr took one of two titles at the Atco event by grabbing Super Comp during Friday's action

Thomas Stalba Jr took one of two titles at the Atco event by grabbing Super Comp during Friday’s action

Two weeks ago, the Atco Lucas Oil Divisional was so close to being completed. Only a handful of cars were left to race to determine the Sportsman winners but a heavy wet mist rolled into the South Jersey facility taking away any chance of finishing the event. The finals were moved to the upcoming Cecil County Lucas race in Bayview MD and during Friday’s qualifying action, the Atco race was completed

Getting to the finals wasn't easy for Stalba as he had to get around traveling Pro Sportsman racer Troy Coughlin Jr in the semis of Super Gas

Getting to the finals wasn’t easy for Stalba (far lane)  as he had to get around traveling Pro Sportsman racer Troy Coughlin Jr in the semis of Super Gas

Winning both the Super Comp and Super Gas portion of the Atco event was Atco regular Thomas Stalba Jr. Stalba took his Super Gas Corvette to a win over many time winner Jason Kenny’s Corvette roadster on a hole shot (9.932 to Kenny’s better 9.907) and moments later, drove his A&A Auto Salvage dragster to a win over William Hardifer’s dragster with a 8.924 to Hardifer’s red lighting 8.925. Earlier in eliminations Hardiifer beat the Jeg’s dragster of Troy Coughlin Jr while Stalba took out Richmond winner Amanda Boicesco in the semis to set up the final.

The Atco Super Gas finals had two of the NED's best as Stalba beat the roadster of Jason Kenny

The Atco Super Gas finals had two of the NED’s best as Stalba beat the roadster of Jason Kenny

Super Gas runner up Jason Kenny, took out the Olds roadster of Derek Clark as Jason layed down a perfect 9.90 in the win

Super Gas runner up Jason Kenny (near lane) , took out the Olds roadster of Derek Clark in round 5 as Jason layed down a perfect 9.90 in the win

On his way to the Super Comp finals Stalba defeated the Richmond winner, Amanda Bosciseco in the semis

On his way to the Super Comp finals, Stalba defeated the Richmond winner Amanda Boicesco (near lane)  in the semis

Hardifer, who had one of his best weekends in NED action, put multi time champ Kyle Cultrera on the trailer in this semifinal race

Hardifer, who had one of his best weekends in NED action, put multi time champ Kyle Cultrera on the trailer in this semifinal race

The finals of Super Comp were already over at this point as Hardifier left too soon handing the win to Stalba

The finals of Super Comp were already over at this point as Hardifier left too soon handing the win to Stalba

In the finals of Competition Eliminator Hanratty ran a 0.614 under 7.556 to defeat the -0.575 under 8.635 of Greco

In the finals of Competition Eliminator Hanratty ran a 0.614 under 7.556 to defeat the -0.575 under 8.635 of Greco

Competition Eliminator winner Michael Hanratty took his K/A Bantam from the pole position to a win over recently returning to the drivers seat, Charlie Greco’s V6 L/AA Chevy. Greco, who got back into his Cobalt after a year of Tom Stalba driving (?) qualified in the #2 spot and defeated former winners Al Ackerman and Joe Carnasciale while Hanratty had to get around the Pro Stock truck of Tom Miller and the dragster of Don Eckel to get to the finals.

Other winners at the rained out Atco event were:

Null (near lane) lost the finals of Super Stock to the similar Camaro of Joe Santangelo

Null (near lane) lost the finals of Super Stock to the similar Camaro of Joe Santangelo

In a battle of Camaros, Joe Santangelo beat Herbie Null to win Super Stock and in Stock, Howard Smith’s Malibu took a close win over the Chevelle of Katie Sepanek Mike

Katie Sepanek (far lane) beat the Malibu of in a battle of white Chevy's in Stock Eliminator

Katie Sepanek (far lane) lost to the Malibu of  Howard Smith in a battle of white Chevy’s in Stock Eliminator

It was Mike and Mike as Cerro beat Daniele in the finals of Top Sportsman

It was Mike versus Mike as Cerro beat Daniele in the finals of Top Sportsman

In MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance it was a battle of Mikes as Michael Cerro beat Mike Daniele for the win and in MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster presented by Select Performance it was Scotty Albrecht winning over a red lighting James Larro.

Larro left too soon in the finals of Top Dragster handing Scott Albreitch the sin

Larro (far lane)  left too soon in the finals of Top Dragster handing Scott Albrecht the win

 

Sawyer (far lane) ran a perfect 10.90 in the finals of Super Street

Sawyer (far lane) ran a perfect 10.90 in the finals of Super Street

Finally in Super Street Massachusetts racer Mike Sawyer, who doubled up at the recent Epping event in Super Gas and Super Street, took out the flat black Firebird of Shawn Fricke as Sawyer’s Camaro ran a right on 10.90 to Fricke’s close 10.915.

During Saturday's Cecil action, Comp eliminator went down to the truck of Tom Miller and the Bantam of Frank Aragona Jr with Aragona taking the win.

During Saturday’s Cecil action, Comp eliminator went down to the truck of Tom Miller and the Bantam of Frank Aragona Jr with Aragona taking the win on a hole shot.

The Cecil County LODRS continues Sunday. Results to be posted late Sunday and Monday

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It seems like it was just July 4th. Where did the time go?

This years Funny Car Reunion featured a full field of Alcohol cars but no Nitro...

This years Funny Car Reunion featured a full field of Alcohol cars but no Nitro…Not the same without the ground pounders

Photos by Diane Kubicke, Richard Muir, David Smith, Dave DeAngelis, and Phil Hutchion Story by Phil Hutchison with thanks to PDRA

The CC/SA Mustang of Kenny Miele out of Egg Harbor gets the wheels up at the Atco LODRS

The CC/SA Mustang of Kenny Miele out of Egg Harbor gets the wheels up at the Atco LODRS

July was one heck of a busy month with races each weekend all over the Northeast. Sometimes there were two races the same weekend making coverage very tight. And the time flew by! But thanks to Diane Kubicke, David Smith, Dave DeAngelis, and Richard Muir, we had all the events in the area covered. Well, most of them!!

The Best Engineered Award went to the new Pro Mod Vette of

The Best Engineered Award went to the new Pro Mod Vette of Charles Little

Best Appearing Crew at Atco

Best Appearing Crew at Atco

This was DJ Cox's TA/FC crew after his car turned on the win light for their first win of 2014

This was DJ Cox’s TA/FC crew after his car turned on the win light for their first win of 2014

The Super Comp dragster of local racer and former Atco winner Andre Brown

The Super Comp dragster of local racer and former Atco winner Andre Brown

Best Appearing Car at the Atco LODRS

Best Appearing Car at the Atco LODRS

Wheels up action at the Funny Car Reunion

Wheels up action at the Funny Car Reunion

This edition of NDR will cover some of the events we missed, and some recaps of other races that we covered but wanted to show our fans some new photos from these events including the recent Atco LODRS last weekend in New Jersey. DSC_8525

Nothing cooler than a blown Willys

Nothing cooler than a blown Willys

Nostalgia was not in short supply with two events in the NED just a few weeks apart. First was the Funny Car Reunion at Englishtown Raceway Park, and then just last weekend, the 50th anniversary of Island Dragway.

60's A/FX Comet was a big hit

60’s A/FX Comet was a big hit

DSC_8638DSC_8430 And in addition to Nostalgia, the quickest door slammers on the planet were on hand at Virginia Motorsport Park for the 1st annual Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) U.S. Drags.

Aaron Glaser took his Camaro to #1 in Top Sportsman at VMP

Aaron Glaser took his Camaro to #1 in Top Sportsman at VMP

 

Glasser's super nice Camaro

Glaser’s super nice Camaro

Musi over Harris in Pro Nitrous final

Musi over Harris in Pro Nitrous final

Lizzy Musi, the 23-year-old daughter of door slammer drag racing legend Pat Musi, earned her career-first win at the Richmond event. Musi beat points leader Jason Harris in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final, ending Harris’ undefeated streak from all four PDRA races previously held this year.

Musi's win was just one of the highlights of a great weekend of racing at the PDRA event

Musi’s win was just one of the highlights of a great weekend of racing at the PDRA event

Brandon Snider took his Vette to a win in Pro Extreme

Brandon Snider took his Vette to a win in Pro Extreme

The finals of Pro Extreme had Snider over Daprile's Vette

The finals of Pro Extreme had Snider over D’Aprile’s Vette

Also picking up pro class wins were Brandon Snider in the NAS Racing Pro Extreme class.

The finals of Extreme Pro Stock had Goforth over Cooper's Mustang

The finals of Extreme Pro Stock had Goforth over Cooper’s Mustang

Cary Goforth took his his third Aruba.com Extreme Pro Stock victory of the season in the family Camaro.

Through qualifying and eliminations Wallace, NC's Kevin Rivenbark kept going quicker each round in his supercharged '67 Mustang until securing his first PDRA Pro Boost win with a 3.86-seconds pass at 191.40 mph in the final

Through qualifying and eliminations Wallace, NC’s Kevin Rivenbark kept going quicker each round in his supercharged ’67 Mustang until securing his first PDRA Pro Boost win with a 3.86-seconds pass at 191.40 mph in the final

Kevin Rivenbark in Precision Turbo/Proline Pro Boost and veteran rider Billy Vose with his first PDRA win in Pro Extreme Motorcycle.

Top Sportsman went to Bruce Thrift (far lane) over Glenn Butcher

Top Sportsman went to Bruce Thrift (far lane) over Glenn Butcher

Sportsman class victories went to Bruce Thrift in Magnafuel Top Sportsman, Derrik Sholar in STT Safety Equipment Top Dragster, and Preston Tanner and David Roloff in Huddleston Performance Pro Jr. Dragster and Top Jr. Dragster, respectively. Here are some images from July and August 2014 PDRA U.S. Drags TD Howie Smith 965 Super Gas 966 SS Bob Fazio 969 2014 PDRA U.S. Drags 2014 PDRA U.S. Drags DSC_8645 DSC_8407 DSC_8439 DSC_8390 DSC_8374 DSC_3671

Through qualifying and eliminations Wallace, NC's Kevin Rivenbark kept going quicker each round in his supercharged '67 Mustang until securing his first PDRA Pro Boost win with a 3.86-seconds pass at 191.40 mph in the final

Through qualifying and eliminations Wallace, NC’s Kevin Rivenbark kept going quicker each round in his supercharged ’67 Mustang until securing his first PDRA Pro Boost win with a 3.86-seconds pass at 191.40 mph in the final

2014 PDRA U.S. Drags

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Island Dragway celebrates 50 years

Photos by Dave DeAngelis

Big Daddy Don Garlits who is 82 years young, was the grand marshal at the Island Dragway celebration

Big Daddy Don Garlits who is 82 years young, was the grand marshal at the Island Dragway celebration

Island Dragway in Great Meadows NJ celebrated 50 Years Over 200 MPH this past weekend with a great show that included nostalgia drag racing, Alcohol Funny Cars, Wally trophies to all winners, a car show, and some guy named Don Garlits was on hand with one of his Swamp Rat dragsters. The exact one he drove 50 years ago this weekend at Island and set the record at an unheard of 201 MPH.  Yes that Don Garlits!!

NDR photographer Dave DeAngelis was on hand to capture the weekends action. Sit back and enjoy all of Dave’s shots from the celebration.

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A great crowd showed up for a special weekend at Island

A great crowd showed up for a special weekend at Island

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Alcohol champs crowned before rain halts action at Atco Lucas Oil Divisional. Event to be completed at the Cecil County event in two weeks.

Story by Phil Hutchison. Photos by Kubicke/Hutchison

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

More photos at http://www.division1photos.com/

Stock racers Rich Fetch and Katie Sepanek are pushed off the starting line as the rain began to fall (again) at Atco

Stock racers Rich Fetch (far lane) and Katie Sepanek are pushed off the starting line as the rain began to fall (again) at Atco

Whiteford Maryland racer DJ Cox and reigning Eastern Region champ Rich McPhillilps won the Alcohol Funny Car and Dragster eliminators respectively at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Atco Raceway in Southern New Jersey.

The finals of TA/FC had Cox (far lane) out in front of the tire chattering Mickey Ferro. Cox took the win5.712 to Ferro's losing 5.843

The finals of TA/FC had Cox (far lane) out in front of the tire chattering Mickey Ferro. Cox took the win 5.712 to Ferro’s losing 5.843

Cox, running out of the #5 qualifying spot in the East Coast Auto Electric Monte Carlo, defeated the similar Monte Carlo of Mickey Ferro in the final as Ferro got out of the groove, headed toward the wall, straightened the errant Chevy out, finally taking out the finish line blocks in the loss to Cox who ran a consistent 5.712 ET in the win.

Tony Bartone (near lane) is already out of shape at the hit heading for the center stripe in his semifinal loss to Cox

Tony Bartone (near lane) is already out of shape at the hit heading for the center stripe in his semifinal loss to Cox

Earlier in eliminations, Cox got the gift of the weekend when the #1 qualifier, Tony Bartone, had trouble staging his car as the body would not latch properly limiting Bartone to a quick dry burnout before staging. At the green the New York based Monte Carlo of Bartone made a violent move toward the centerline throwing out the chutes, ending Bartone’s day and putting Cox in the finals of Funny Car.

DJ Cox drove the Anderika Monte Carlo to its first win of 2014

DJ Cox drove the Anderika Monte Carlo to its first win of 2014

DJ Cox took his first win of 2014 at Atco

DJ Cox took his first win of 2014 at Atco

Wayne Morris (far lane) was asleep at the wheel in the finals of T/AD as McPhillips took his second win of the season putting him in the #2 spot in the Lucas chase right behind Jackie Fricke who did not qualify for the Atco event

Wayne Morris (far lane) was asleep at the wheel in the finals of T/AD as McPhillips took his second win of the season putting him in the #2 spot in the Lucas chase right behind Jackie Fricke who did not qualify for the Atco event

Second quickest side by side run in NED history

Second quickest side by side run in NED history

The finals of Top Alcohol Dragster were not as dramatic as Funny Car as McPhillips and his competition, the blown dragster of Joe Cantrell driven by Wayne Morris from Lincoln PA put on the race of the weekend at least by the times on the scoreboard. Morris was seriously late with a terrible 0.219 RT to McPhillip’s 0.022 light and McPhillips never looked back running a 5.323 to Morris’ 5.335. The run was the second quickest side by side run in NED history second only to the 2013 TAD final at Richmond where Randy Meyer beat Dan Mercier 5.321 – 5.330. Thanks to Lewis Bloom and Bob Frey for this tidbit of information.

McPhillips took his second win of 2014. Earlier McPhillips won the Memorial Day event at Reading

McPhillips took his second win of 2014. Earlier McPhillips won the Memorial Day event at Reading

Charlie Greco was the recipient of Al Ackerman's red light in the semis of Comp

Charlie Greco was the recipient of Al Ackerman’s red light in the semis of Comp

In other Sportsman action, Competition Eliminator and the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance are down to the finals.

Hanratty (far lane) also got his ticket to the finals punched as his competition, the PSTA Chevy of Tom Miller, left 0.003 seconds too soon handing Hanratty the win

Hanratty (far lane) also got his ticket to the finals punched as his competition, the PSTA Chevy of Tom Miller, left 0.003 seconds too soon handing Hanratty the win

The K/A of Michael Hanratty will be running the L/AA ofr Charlie Greco in the final of Comp and Scott Albrecht will face Jim Larro in the finals of Top Dragster. In Top Sportsman the Corvette of Mike Cerro faces off against 2013 Division champ Michael Daniele in his ’05 Cavalier.

Mike Cerro is in the finals of Top Sportsman

Mike Cerro is in the finals of Top Sportsman

Daniele will be Cerro's competition at Cecil

Daniele will be Cerro’s competition at Cecil

The remaining Sportsman classes were down to round three at the least with many eliminators going into the quarterfinal rounds when the rain hit. The race is scheduled to be completed at the Cecil County LODRS on Friday August 15 after each competitor gets a time shot.

Hardifier is still in the hunt in Super Comp

Bill Hardifier is still in the hunt in Super Comp

Scotty Albrecht is one of the Top Dragster finalists

Scotty Albrecht is one of the Top Dragster finalists

Troy Coughlin Jr is still in the Super Gas show but will he go to Cecil in two weeks?

Troy Coughlin Jr is still in the Super Gas show but will he go to Cecil in two weeks?

 

 

 

 

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Bartone and Veale Top Qualifiers at Atco LODRS

Making his Lucas Oil debut was the blown Corvette of Charles Little out of of Atkinson NH. Charlie put the Pro Mod Vette in the #28 spot going into Sunday's eliminations

Making his Lucas Oil debut was the blown Corvette of Charles Little out of of Atkinson NH. Charlie put the Pro Mod Vette in the #28 spot going into Sunday’s eliminations

Story by Phil Hutchison  Photos by Kubicke/Hutchison

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

T Bone has his Monte Carlo on top of the TA/FC field with a

T Bone has his Monte Carlo on top of the TA/FC field with a 5.586 ET

Long Island City NY racer Tony Bartone led the Alcohol Funny Car field at the NHRA Lucas Oil Series at Atco Raceway with a 5.586 262.74 MPH run during Saturday’s qualifying. Joining the NY racer as #1 in Top Alcohol Dragster was Canadian racer Jeff Veale from Stoney Creek Ontario as Veale put his A/FD on the pole with a 5.347 ET at a stout 276.63 MPH.

Richmond LODRS winner Jeff Veale has his A/FD back to form as he leads the Alcohol Dragster field with a

Richmond LODRS winner Jeff Veale has his A/FD back to form as he leads the Alcohol Dragster field with a 5.347

Jackie was down to one last shot during Saturday's second session and the injected fuel car didn't have the right tune up and missed the show

Jackie was down to one last shot during Saturday’s second session and the injected fuel car didn’t have the right tune up and missed the show

Qualifying, which as postponed from Friday to Saturday due to the rain, had lots of surprises for the Alcohol racers as current Eastern points leader in Top Alcohol Dragster, Jackie Fricke, failed to get her Tom Conway tuned A/FD in the field with a best of 5.653. The bump going into Saturday night’s final session was a quick 5.483 held by Nevada racer Duane Shields and neither Jackie nor her team partner, the A/FD of John Finke could crack into the show. The track conditions were excellent as was the air throwing the crew chiefs a curve ball with their tune-ups.

Minutes after Fricke failed to make the cut, partner John Finke boiled the tires at the hit ending his weekend

Minutes after Fricke failed to make the cut, partner John Finke boiled the tires at the hit ending his weekend

Duane Shields, who coming into the Atco event, was #2 in points, helped his cause by making the field on the bump spot

Duane Shields, who coming into the Atco event, was #2 in points, helped his cause by making the field on the bump spot

Also not making the show were former winners Dan Page in Arthur Gallants car along with first time Alcohol racers Earl Nichols Jr. from Wilmington DE driving the Ken Winward blown car.

Wilmington DE Super Gas racer Earl Nichols Jr, made his Lucas Top Alcohol Dragster debut behind the wheel of former Atco winner Ken Winwards' blown dragster

Wilmington DE Super Gas racer Earl Nichols Jr, made his Lucas Top Alcohol Dragster debut behind the wheel of former Atco winner Ken Winwards’ blown dragster

In MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman, Jeff Brooks from Fredericksburg VA put his ’51 Henry J at #1 with a 6.565 and in MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster, the blown dragster of second generation racer Scott Hall from Ledyard CT set the pace with a 6.308 ET.

Hall leads the Top Dragster field

Scott Hall leads the Top Dragster field

The only Sportsman eliminations to be run during Saturday’s action were the first round of Stock Eliminator. The schedule for Sunday is to go right into eliminations with the race to be completed in its entirety Sunday.

Joe DiPasquale gets the front end up on his Top Dragster during Saturday's qualifying

Joe DiPasquale gets the front end up on his Top Dragster during Saturday’s qualifying

Charlie Greco, back behind the wheel of his L/AA  Cobalt is #2 in Comp

Charlie Greco, back behind the wheel of his
L/AA Cobalt, is #2 in Comp

Brian Darcy's nostalgia dragster set an unofficial NHRA Top Speed record during qualifying of 197 MPH

Brian Darcy’s nostalgia dragster set an unofficial NHRA Top Speed record during qualifying of 197.90 MPH

The Follow a Dream TA/FC has had nothing but problems as of late just getting into the Atco show on the bump

The Follow a Dream TA/FC has had nothing but problems as of late as driver Todd Veney just getting into the Atco show on the bump

Leading the Super Stock field is Gary Richard's Mustang

Leading the Super Stock field is Gary Richard’s Mustang

 Pete Hanratty's A/DA is in the # 14 spot in Comp while his brother Michael is #1 in his K/A Bantam

Pete Hanratty’s A/DA is in the # 14 spot in Comp while his brother Michael is #1 in his K/A Bantam

Local NJ racer Karen Stalba seems to have gotten over her early season problems with a solid 5.434

Local NJ racer Karen Stalba seems to have gotten over her early season problems with a solid 5.434 putting her in the #6 spot in Alcohol Dragster

 

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