NHRA Sportsman Classes at Englishtown, NJ

NHRA Sportsman Classes at Englishtown, NJ

 

Steve Calabro, Stock winner

Arnie Martel led the list of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series winners June 4-7 at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park and the 46th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals.

 

Martel, of Tewksbury, Mass., powered his '15 Camaro to his 16th NHRA national event win. The No.1 qualifier laid down a 7.732-second, 160.10-mph lap in the Comp Eliminator final to defeat Thomas Miller, Nottingham, Pa., adding to his Englishtown event wins from 2001 and 2012. Miller raced out of the No.2 qualifying position and was quicker off the line but couldn't hold on, resulting in his first runner-up finish of his career.

 

Larry Miller, Gettysburg, Pa., picked up his third Super Stock title in three final round appearances by defeating Lincoln Morehead with a pass of 9.800 seconds at 132.80 mph. Miller used a great reaction time off the line to keep ahead of Morehead's 10.265, 118.85 pass.

The Stock final would grant a first time winner when Steve Calabro, N. Arlington, NJ, and Eugene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., faced off. Calabro got out of the gate first and clocked in at 10.180 seconds at 121.04 mph to grab the coveted Wally trophy.

 

The Super Comp title was handed over to Tom Stalba of Hamonton, N.J., when Jack Sepanek Jr., Moosic, Pa., left .004 seconds too early off the line. With the automatic win, Stalba received his second Super Comp victory to go along with his six Super Gas titles.

Unlike Sepanek, Dan Northrop of Pipersville, Pa., recorded a .004-second reaction time on the green side of the tree in the Super Gas final. With the starting line advantage, he drove his '75 Vega into the winners circle with a pass of 9.922 seconds at 142.67 mph to defeat Mac Starks Jr., and his pass of 9.904/162.06. Northrop earned his sixth national event win, splitting them evenly between Super Comp and Super Gas.