On paper, the D1 team, comprised of the best of the best from the Northeast, was a shoe in to defend its 2010 title. They couldn’t lose. But drag races are not run on paper and although the NED had its share of winners, D4 ended up taking the Jegs trophy back home after being in the D1 for what seems like an eternity in the Northeast Division.
Things began ugly in the first round with too many red lights, running way under the dial in, and close loses putting the D1 team way back in 5th place.
In the second round things picked up in Top Alcohol Funny Car as Frank Manzo and blocker Todd Veney both won securing a win for the team in TA/FC. Next Frank Aragona Jr moved on to the finals of Comp giving the team a needed boost but it was short lived as Lincoln Morehead and Joe Santangelo both went down in the second round of Super Stock with a combined losing margin of 0.030. Can’t a guy get a break?
Then it was our ace in Top Sportsman, Ryan Ondrejko red lighting again eventual runner up Ronnie Davis that sealed the deal. Even if Manzo and Aragona won the event, the NED was not going to win its 5th title in six years. To add insult to injury Manzo and Frankie Aragona did win their respective eliminators.
D4 won on the strength of total points after what was a battle of divisions all day. D4 racer Slate Cummings winning Super Stock over the Camaro of D7 racer Tony Mandella snatched the Jegs title from the Pacific Division at the last second…That must have really hurt the West Coast team after looking so good all day.. Ouch Part 3 At least we knew we were out of it after the second round.