Photos by Diane Kubicke and Phil Hutchison
After rain cancelled a good part of Saturday night’s activities, the action picked back up Sunday morning at the Maple Grove facility as winners in all of the NHRA Sportsman classes were crowned.
Transplanted Canadians Al and Jason Kenny who call Kutztown PA home during the racing months, made it look like Maple Grove was their home track (no argument there) as Al took the Super Comp title and Jason won Super Gas.
Al defeated the dragster of second-generation driver Franklin DiBartolomeo in the finals in a double breakout as both drivers ran identical 8.896 ETs with Al’s better reaction time (0.021 for Franklin and a 0.015 for Kenny).
Jason and his opponent in the finals of Super Gas, Lance Krieger from nearby Dover PA, kept their cars above the 9.90 index as Jason had the better ET winning with a 9.913 to Krieger’s 9.934. Krieger was off the line first with a better RT (0.018 to Kenny’s 0.029) but gave it back at the stripe allowing Kenny to slip by for the win.
In Competition Eliminator former NHRA Lucas World Champ Frankie Aragona won his second Lucas Divisional in his F/ED beating another former champ, Sal Biondo in the finals at Maple Grove. Both drivers fouled but since Sal’s D/EA Cavalier had a slower index and left first, Biondo got the red light putting Aragona in the winner’s circle for the second race in a row after taking Comp at the season opener at VMP in April.
Earlier in eliminations Aragona had to get around red hot Dan Fletcher’s Chevy Cobalt and multi time Lucas World champ David Rampy to get to the finals. Biondo didn’t have it easy either as the NY driver defeated Calvin Hill’s Chevy and the C/ED of #2 qualifier Gary Guarriello running out of Rhode Island.
In what was one of the largest Comp fields of the year, 35 cars were on hand to make the quick show led by David Rampy’s A/EA which ran a 0.548 under 7.292.
Another repeat winner from the Richmond LODRS was Top Dragster champ Bill Russell from Chester MA. Russell defeated Warren Heaps in the final as Heaps left too soon giving Russell the win. In addition to winning the event Russell will represent the NED at the upcoming Jeg’s AllStars event in Chicago in a few weeks.
Maryland racer Wallace Dent won Stock in his orange ’98 Camaro over Jeff Jewell from Bangor PA’s 2000 Pontiac Trans Am owned by NED Chairman at Large, Jack Matyas
Ryan Ondrejko from Roslindale Mass won Top Sportsman in his new ’12 Camaro over the ’57 Chevy of Paul Bochon from Clarks Summit PA. Ryan had the better RT and ran a 7.11 on a 7.09 dial to Bochon’s 7.72 on a 7.69 dial.
Joe Santangelo took his ’89 GT/GA Camaro to a win in Super Stock over Brian Martel’s fouling ’09 Cobalt and in Super Street it was the ’72 Nova of Joe Rodack from Philadelphia taking his first ever win over veteran and defending champ Don Garbinski as Garbinski went too quick in the finals with a 10.889 to Rodack’s 10.955.
For complete round by round results go to Drag Race Central. com.
Given the large amount of photos Diane and I shot this weekend, the Maple Grove shots will be up for viewing by mid week, maybe sooner if Diane does not mind spending her Memorial Day and only day off, editing photos. Photos from the Lucas Oil Divisional at Maple Grove and all other NED events can be viewed at: http://www.division1photos.printroom.com/
Next NED Lucas Oil Divisional will be in a few short weeks, June 22-24 at Lebanon Valley in beautiful upstate New York.. As usual Northeast Drag Review will be there with updates throughout the weekend.