NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, Group 2 – Nostalgia Fall Championships at Bakersfield, Calif.

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, Group 2 - Nostalgia Fall Championships at Bakersfield, Calif.

RABENER SWEEPS, TURLEY BAGS SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP

Words by Eric Lotz

Photos by Tim Marshall

 

Mike Rabener (far lane) over Dan Fournier.

 

Mike Rabener won both the event and the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championship at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway Nostalgia Fall Championship/Saturday Night Nitro while Roger Turley scored this second series championship in Nostalgia Eliminator III. NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Group 2 classes wrapped up their season and celebrated both event and series championships in the winner’s circle celebration.

 

Rabener’s win in D/Gas clinched him the championship over three-time series champion Ed Carey who finished second in the points. Rabener, Paso Robles, Calif., knocked out Don Fournier with a 10.639-second lap at 125 mph in his ’67 Camaro. The win, combined with a runner up finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways, gave him the championship by 22 points.

 

Turley, Wales, Utah, had one win in two final rounds on the way to his NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Championship having won the series in 2013 as well. His semifinal appearance this weekend kept him out in front of former NHRA Lucas Oil Series Champion Ed DeStaute who held on to second in the points. Turley lost in the semis of NE III to event winner Wes Morris of Boise, Idaho, who finished the season with a win and a runner up as he took out former series champion Lindsey Lister who broke out by a hundredth of a second.

 

Strange to sponsor Gear Head Racing Series

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Strange Engineering has become the title sponsor to the Gear Head Racing Series. The Winter Series will kick off with two bracket races. Gear Head Racing plans to expand its racing menu in the future to not only include bracket races, but all types of sportsman racing events.

South Georgia – Super Buck Blast 8 bracket race will be held Nov. 4-8 at South Georgia Motorsports Park and will feature three $10,000 guaranteed races, two $20,000 guaranteed races and the $50,000 Strange Ultra Shootout race. The Super Buck 8 will also include a dragster giveaway, free duck races, live streaming and giveaways throughout the event.

The Fun In the Sun bracket race at Bradenton Motorsports Park Nov. 13-16 and is a tribute to the late Scott Weney. The Bradenton race will feature five $10,000 guaranteed races as well as an event points fund, run for the money with bonus, cookout, S&W dragster giveaway race, product giveaways throughout the event and more.

Shields and Ferro lead the way in Charlotte

Duane Shields and Mickey Ferro led the list of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series winners at the eighth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Shields worked his way through the Top Alcohol Dragster field from the No.2 qualifying position, meeting up against Brandon Booher in the final. Booher laid down a nice light off the tree, but didn’t have enough to hold off Shields as he snuck by him near half-track clocking in at5.318 seconds at 273.05 mph. Booher crossed the finish line at 5.444, 268.87 for his runner up finish.

The Top Alcohol Funny Car title was handed over to Mickey Ferro as 2014 National Champion Steve Harker left a bit too early at the starting line. Ferro battled his way through Swedish racers Jonnie Lindberg and Ulf Leanders in the opening rounds, Andy Bohl in the semis, and now sits a perfect 2-0 against Harker in final rounds.

Glen Treadwell picked up the easy win in Comp Eliminator as Frank Aragona Jr. flipped on the red bulb in the final round. Treadwell picked up his tenth win, denying Aragona the event double up. Less than an hour earlier, Aragona worked his way through six rounds of Super Comp to pick up his seventh win. He used a .008 reaction time at the tree and held off Scott Albrecht for the victory.

The Super Stock Wally trophy went to Chuck Gallagher for his seventh national event win. He had the reaction time advantage off the tree and clocked in at 8.251 seconds at 162.37 mph to defeat Brian Martel. Brad Plourd powered his Chevy II to the Stock Eliminator win as he defeated Kevin Helms in the double breakout money round. The two combine for 42 national event wins, with Plourd now the owner of 19 Wally trophies.

Mike Sawyer is making a late push for Super Gas National Champion, and helped his case as he picked up the trophy here in Charlotte. Jeff Burns got off the line first, but Sawyer was able to draw him in with a 9.975 second, 154.79 mph pass and a margin of victory of less than two feet.

Due to inclement weather at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (Bristol, Tenn.) back in June, Super Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas were also contested and completed over the weekend. Mike Saye and Emily Volkman got off the line side by side in the Super Stock final, but Saye pushed just ahead for his 15th win. Saye clocked in at 10.321 seconds at 122.43 mph to defeat Volkman’s 10.695, 121.39 pass. Jeff Burns picked up his first national event Wally trophy as he got off the line first and held on to defeat Michelle Furr in the Super Comp final. Ray Connolly dropped a .001 reaction time but that wasn’t enough to hold off John Taylor. Connolly broke out on the 9.90 index giving the win to Taylor for his third national event title.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Duane Shields, 5.318, 273.05 def. Brandon Booher, 5.444, 268.87.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Mickey Ferro, Chevy Monte Carlo, broke def. Steve Harker, Chevy Camaro, broke.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Glen Treadwell, Dragster, 13.899, 67.78 def. Frank Aragona Jr., Dragster, foul.

SUPER STOCK: Chuck Gallagher, Pontiac Sunbird, 8.251, 162.37 def. Brian Martel, Chevy Cobalt, 9.477, 140.90.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Brad Plourd, Chevy II, 12.287, 101.78 def. Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 9.155, 129.10.

SUPER COMP: Frank Aragona Jr., Dragster, 8.924, 173.12 def. Scott Albrecht, Dragster, 8.930, 172.59.

SUPER GAS: Mike Sawyer, Chevy Cavalier, 9.975, 154.79 def. Jeff Burns, Chevy Corvette, 9.989, 155.02.

The following are final results from the rain-delayed NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals event:

SUPER STOCK: Mike Saye, 10.321, 122.43 def. Emily Volkman, 10.695, 121.39

SUPER COMP: Jeff Burns, 8.921, 170.47 def. Michelle Furr, 8.912, 165.94

SUPER GAS: John Taylor, 9.945, 162.02 def. Ray Connolly 9.863, 149.20

 

Texas racers win big at Louisiana’s Thunder Road

Texas racers dominated the winners circle Sept. 18-20 at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Thunder Road Raceway Park in Gilliam, La.

Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, worked his way through the field in his’69 Chevrolet and ran 10.404 seconds at 124.89 mph in his final round victory in Stock Eliminator over Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas.

Another Texas racer took home a win in Super Comp as Tony Brown, of Hallsville, Texas, faced off against Joel Covington, Center, Texas. Brown posted a winning run of 8.902 seconds at 182.65 mph while Covington went 8.915 seconds at 176.97 mph. Brown got his second Super Comp win in a close race with a margin of victory of 0.0040 seconds, approximately 12 inches over Covington of Center, Texas.

In Comp Eliminator, it was Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La, scoring the win over Troy Galibraith, Indianapolis. Bourgeois posted a winning run of 7.155 seconds at 140.30 mph. Bourgeois was off the line first and was able to get the win over Galibraith earning his thirteenth divisional Wally.

In the division’s Sunset Racecraft Top Sportsman Series it was Jerry Jordan, Longview, Texas, taking the win over Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas. This was a close race between these two Top Sportsman racers.Jordan had a margin of victory of 0.0080 seconds,

approximately 2 feet after a winning pass of 7.518 seconds at 184.04 mph. Lewis had a runner-up finish of 7.019 seconds at 195.99 mph.

In the division’s KPE Better Performance Engine Top Dragster series it was J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, taking the win over Larry Eidson, of Mineral Wells, Texas. Baxter was almost perfect at both ends of the track to take the double-breakout win.

In the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson,Lisa Bennett took the Sportsman Motorcycle win when Derek Dorey broke out. Bennett from Lucas, Texas, ran an 8.213 second lap, at 156.15 mph on her ’95 Suzuki as Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas ran a pass of 9.066 seconds at 138.93 mph.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Clint Rigby, League City, Texas earning his first Super Stock divisional Wally;Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, got the easy win in Super Gas; and Frank Kohuteki, Mesquite, Texas walked away with the Super Street Wally in a double breakout victory.

South Central Division racers head to Thunder Valley Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, October 9-11.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La., ’05 dragster, B/ND, 7.155, 140.30 def. Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., ’14 Spitzer, B/DA, 7.158, 138.53.

SUPER STOCK: Clint Rigby, League City, Texas, ’69 Camaro, SS/FA, 10.098, 130.39 def. Stephen Bell, Shreveport, La., ’15 Camaro, FSS/C, 8.457, 146.97.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, ’69 Chevrolet, A/SA, 10.404, 124.89 def. Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’72 Duster, E/SA, foul.

SUPER COMP: Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, ’04 Worthy, 8.902, 182.65 def. Joel Covington, Center, Texas, ’04 Mullis, 8.915, 176.97.

SUPER GAS: Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, ’58 Corvette, 14.888, 54.86 def. Steve Collier, Benton, La., ’72 Vega, foul.

SUPER STREET: Frank Kohutek, Mesquite, Texas, ’77 Vega, 10.899, 134.77 def. John Leibham, Tomball, Texas, ’68 Chevy, 10.891, 133.65.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jerry Jordan, Longview, Texas, ’03 Ford, 7.518, 184.04 def. Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, ’09 GXP, 7.019, 195.99.

TOP DRAGSTER: J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, ’11 M&M, 6.439, 203.74 def. Larry Eidson, Mineral Wells, Texas, ’07 TNT, 6.457, 208.97.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Lisa Bennett, Lucas, Texas, ’95 Suzuki, 8.213, 156.15 def. Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas, ’03 Trac razor, 9.066, 138.93.

Meyer, Bohl lead winners in Bowling Green

Randy Meyer and Andy Bohl led the list of winners at Beech Bend Raceway Park and the NHRA North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Meyer, from Spring Hill, Kansas, set the track record, and led the field in qualifying, as he captured his first win of the year by defeating Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., with a lap of 5.316 seconds at 271.95 mph. Dreher, the No. 2 qualifier, progressed each round with a 5.422, 264.86 pass in the final for a runner up finish.

In the Top Alcohol Funny Car final, Bohl of Racine, Wis., faced off against Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich. Robertson, the No. 4 qualifier, had a nice reaction time at the tree and was on his way to the win until his car slowed, and Bohl, the No 3 qualifier was uncontested after that. Bohl was consistent in running in the 5.6’s throughout the day earning him his first win this year with a 5.679 second pass at 255.53 mph.

In Comp Eliminator it was Ray Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., earning his first Wally trophy in his first ever final round appearance as he took out Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., with a 7.569 second lap at 177.30 mph for the win. John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., took home his second trophy in Super Stock.

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Armstrong ran down TC Morris from New Haven, Ky., in his ’69 Corvette posting a 8.746 second run at 152.04 mph. In Stock Eliminator, AdamDavis, Eva, Ala., was handed the win after Mitch Truman, went red at the tree. This was Davis’ third final round, all in Stock Eliminator, with one prior win at Beech Bend in 2007.

Luke Bogacki, Careterville, Ill., captured his sixth Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wally in Super Comp. He has appeared in twelve finals in Super Comp, and has an additional five wins in Super Gas, in seven final round appearances.

Scotty Reinschield, Brookville, Ind., the defending Super Street winner at Beech Bend, held off Tony Leonard, Hastings, Minn., in Super Street. This is Reinschield’s seventh Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wally in as many final rounds; six in Super Street and one in Super Comp. Rounding out Sunday’s winners was John Pellicane, Attica, N.Y., earning his third straight win of the year in Super Gas.

In the Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster Series race Lindsey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., picked up her second win of her career in Top Dragster, and her sixth overall trophy. In the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman Series Tony Fagnilli took home his second Top Sportsman Wally, in his second career final round appearance.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

Round 1: 5) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.412, 268.28 def. 4) Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., 5.396, 273.16; 3) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.367, 264.39 def. 6) Ashley Sanford, Fullerton, Calif., 5.531, 248.71; 2) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 5.588, 203.03 def. 7) Don Nolan, Manchester, Ky., broke; 1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.251, 273.05 def. 8) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., broke

Semifinals: Meyer, 5.291, 271.95 def. Booher, 5.422, 269.03; Dreher, 5.368, 269.03 def. Thacker, 5.385, 265.85

Final: Meyer, 5.316, 271.95 def. Dreher, 5.422, 264.86.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

Round 1: 7) Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ’14 Mustang, 5.711, 251.49 def. 2) Paul Noakes, London, Ont., ’09 Mustang, 5.760, 253.99; 3) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., ’08 Mustang, 5.677, 254.95 def. 6) Rob Pfeister, Crestwood, Ky., ’04 Camaro, broke; 1) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’15 Mustang, 5.706, 243.02 def. 8) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., ’00 Firebird, 8.014, 116.38; 4) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., ’12 Monte Carlo, 5.680, 253.42 def. 5) Mark Rogers, Highlands, N.C., ’02 Firebird, 5.797, 241.71

Semifinals: Bohl, 5.659, 255.43 def. Drew, 6.216, 183.27; Robertson, 5.683, 252.43 def. Foster, 9.549, 93.78

Final: Bohl, 5.679, 255.53 def. Robertson, 8.310, 89.95.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Ray Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., ’14 Mustang, B/EA, 7.569, 177.30 def. Robert Bailey, Wabash, Ind., dragster, A/ED, 6.625, 205.35.

SUPER STOCK: John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., ’69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.746, 152.04 def. TC Morris, New Haven, Ky., ’66 Nova, SS/LA, 11.333, 117.18.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Adam Davis, Eva, Ala., ’73 Firebird, F/SA, 10.996, 111.42 def. Mitch Truman, N. Manchester, Ind., ’96 Camaro, C/SA, foul.

SUPER COMP: Luke Bogacki, Carterville, Ill., dragster, 8.916, 165.42 def. Justen Moser, Portland, Ind., dragster, 8.934, 174.19.

SUPER GAS: Jon Pellicane, Attica, N.Y., ’13 Corvette, 9.917, 156.28 def. Tim Powell, Ty Ty, Ga., ’85 Camaro, 9.904, 152.06.

SUPER STREET: Scotty Rienschield, Brookville, Ind., ’69 Corvette, 10.903, 139.80 def. Tony Leonard, Hastings, Minn., ’70 Nova, 10.957, 120.56.

TOP DRAGSTER: Lindsey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., dragster, 6.667, 154.42 def. JB Strassweg, Evansville, Ind., dragster, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Tony Fagnilli, Corapolis, Pa., ’11 GXP, 6.891, 186.33 def. Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., ’06 Cobalt, 6.654, 209.43.

Cummings takes $50K in Great American Bracket Race at Memphis

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Slate Cummings has accomplished a lot in his career behind the wheel. A four-time IHRA World Champion, Cummings has a variety of national event victories in both NHRA and IHRA, in categories ranging from Top Dragster to Stock Eliminator. He’s won virtually every major “Shootout” available to sportsman racers and countless big dollar bracket races. On Saturday, Sept. 12, he got the richest victory of his career.

Behind the wheel of his team’s Moser Engineering-backed, Phantom Race Cars-built dragster, Cummings took the top prize at the title event of the Moser Engineering Great American Bracket Race at Memphis International Raceway, besting over 100 of the top bracket racers in the nation to walk away with a $50,000 winner’s check.

“The money is great, no doubt,” said a jubilant Cummings. “But this great feeling I have goes deeper than that. This race is full of great racers. The entry fee is $900, so no one enters unless they have a chance to win. To get a victory among this crowd is a huge accomplishment, regardless of the purse. The fact that it’s the biggest purse I’ve ever taken home from a single event? Well that just makes it that much sweeter!”

Cummings was stellar behind the wheel as he pushed through eight rounds of competition. He advanced past multi-time big buck winner Rachel Henderson in round 5 to earn a quarter-final bye run. In the semi-final round, Cummings knocked off local standout Cody Graham, forcing a final round matchup with former Million Dollar Race Winner Ron Lane. There, Slate got the victory when Lane fouled by a scant .001 of a second.

 

Brainerd wins West Central Division team championship; four headed to Nationals

Brainerd International Raceway took home the coveted Team Championship while four individual racers scored wins at the NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division Finals at Heartland Park Topeka and are heading to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship in California.

Racers from Brainerd International Raceway racked up 51 points to take a commanding lead in the team championship as they held on to top Kansas International Dragway and SRCA Dragstrip who tied for second with 39. I-29 Dragway was fourth at 37 and host track Heartland Park was fifth with 35.

Todd Piper led the list of winners putting together a .020 second package with a near perfect .003 reaction time in Super Pro to knock out Jeremy Smith for the win. Piper, Wamefo, Kan., clocked in at 7.277 seconds at 175.59 mph with Smith, Great Bend, Kan., crossing the line in 8.995, 178.07

In the Pro class it was Troy Ross, Emporia, Kan., taking the holeshot in his ’69 Nova which forced Nick Siebert to break out by .026 seconds in his ’64 Buick. Ross’s 10.526-second lap at 117.62 took the win with Siebert coming in at 10.844, 118.26.

Kansas racers continued to dominate as Korbynn Stallbaumer, Wakaruse, Kan., upended Kyle Tripp, Golden, Colo. It was close at the start but Stallbaumer was better at the strip posting a 12.224 second run at 101.32 mph in a ’83 Chevy to Tripp’s 12.068, 111.03 in his ’69 Coronet.

The three will be joined by former division champion Tom Klemme in their quest for the Summit National Championship in November when they will battle division champions from across the country at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Klemme faced off with Jon Haney who took the early lead in Bike/Sled with a stellar .003 second reaction time but Klemme had the power and drove around him with an 8.998 second pass at 129.01 mph on his ’73 Suzuki. Haney clocked in at 9.952, 132.80.

The High School title went to Travis Steffens who defeated Colton Wheeler by 6-hundredths of a second in his ’00 S-10. Steffens, Sherrill, Iowa, went 108.60 mph in 12.197 seconds to overtake Wheeler, Wichita, Kan., and his ’68 Camaro at 12.573, 102.04.

Saturday’s action was highlighted by the Race of Champions where Steffens also advanced to the finals in High School but fell to Andrew Osterhaus, Dewitt, Neb. Osterhaus held off Steffens with his ’08 Ford running 17.376 seconds at 76.41 mph.

Osterhaus was joined by Rodney Rasgorshek, Todd Casper, Brandon Schmall and Jimmy Paulson who each took home Race of Champions honors.

Rasgorshek, Kimball, Neb., drove his ’93 Mustang to the win over Anthony Bignell, Eau Claire, Wis., in the Super Pro ROC. His 11.039 was enough to hold off Bignell’s ’09 dragster at 7.815, 171.49.

Casper, Lake Preston, S.D., got the win in Pro courtesy of a red light foul start when Wichita, Kan., racer Chris Gray left early. Casper ran it out to a 9.229, 145.88 in his ’69 Trans AM.
Schmall and Paulson rounded out the winners with Schmall, Lino Lakes, Minn., taking out Alix Risse, Waterloo, Iowa, in Sportsman while Paulson put Chris Boom on the trailer in the Bike/Sled category. Schmall’s ’74 Dart over powered Risse with a 12.292, 94.13 to a 13.210, 89.48. Paulson, Stacy, Minn., raced to a 9.137, 136.68 lap on his ’12 Clampitt with Boom, Pierre, S.D., close behind on his ’01 Arctic Cat with a 10.006, 121.99

2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division Finals:

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Brainerd International Raceway 51
Kansas International Dragway 39
SRCA Dragstrip 39
I 29 Dragway 37
Heartland Park Topeka  35
Bandimere Speedway 34
Grove Creek Dragway  26
Kearney Raceway  25
Tri State Raceway  24
Pueblo Motorsports Park  21
Rock Falls Raceway 20
Julesburg Dragstrip  19
Top End Dragway  12
Oahe Speedway  11
Douglas Motorsports Park  7
Sturgis Dragstrip 1

SUPER PRO: Todd Piper, Wamego, Kan., ’14 dragster, 7.277, 175.59 def. Jeremy Smith, Great Bend, Kan., ’08 dragster, 8.995, 178.07.

PRO: Troy Ross, Emporia, Kan., ’69 Nova, 10.526, 117.62 def. Nick Siebert, Wamego, Kan., ’64 Buick, 10.844, 118.26.

SPORTSMAN: Korbynn Stallbaumer, Wakarusa, Kan., ’83 Chevy, 12.224, 101.32 def. Kyle Tripp, Golden, Colo., ’69 Coronet, 12.068, 111.03.

BIKE/SLED: Tom Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, ’73 Suzuki, 8.998, 129.01 def. Jon Haney, Wichita, Kan., ’99 Honda, 9.952, 132.80.

HIGH SCHOOL: Travis Steffens, Sherrill, Iowa, ’00 S-10, 12.197, 108.60 def. Colton Wheeler, Wichita, Kan., ’68 Camaro, 12.573, 102.04.

The following are Saturday’s final results from the 2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series West Central Division Race of Champions:

SUPER PRO ROC: Rodney Rasgorshek, Kimball, Neb., ’92 Mustang, 11.039, 120.54 def. Anthony Bignell, Eau Claire, Wis., ’09 dragster, 7.815,
171.49.

PRO ROC: Todd Casper, Lake Preston, S.D., ’69 Trans AM, 9.229, 145.88 def. Chris Gray, Wichita, Kan., ’79 Capri, foul.

SPORTSMAN ROC: Brandon Schmall, Lino Lakes, Minn., ’74 Dart, 12.292, 94.13 def. Alix Risse, Waterloo, Iowa, ’67 Camaro, 13.210, 89.48.

BIKE/SLED ROC: Jimmy Paulson, Stacy, Minn., ’12 Clampitt, 9.137, 136.68 def. Chris Boom, Pierre, S.D., ’01 Arctic CAT, 10.066, 121.99.

HIGH SCHOOL ROC: Andrew Osterhaus, Dewitt, Neb., ’08 Ford, 17.376, 76.41 def. Travis Steffens, Sherrill, Iowa, ’00 S-10, 12.198, 106.13.

Numidia takes Northeast Division team title; five heading to national championship 

The team from Numidia Dragway raced to the coveted Team Championship at the Sept. 18-20 NHRA Summit Racing Northeast Division Finals at Atco Raceway. The Numidia, Pa., team racked up 72 points for the easy win with Cecil County Dragway and Island Dragway settling in at 50 and 43 points for the second and third positions.

Frank Szeg, Brock Moshier, Dan Caissie and Mark Schwalm captured individual championships and now advance to the NHRA Summit National Championship in Auto Club Raceway and the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. Joining these four will be the Pro Race of Champions winner Steve Dunn who will round out the 8-car field in Pro. A special drawing was held earlier this year and the Northeast division was drawn to fill the eighth spot in the Pro class. The eighth spot in Super Pro, Sportsman and Bike/Sled will be filled by racers from other divisions.

Szeg out of Franklinville, N.J., was near perfect with a .006 second package as he left the line with a .003 second reaction time and ran 7.563 on his 7.56 dial-in at 177.44 mph to down John Richmond. Richmond, Nottingham, Pa., went 8.368 at 154.67 in his Chevy II.

Two Pennsylvania racers battled in the Pro final with Moshier, Lititz, Pa., taking his ’71 Vega on a 9.059, 136.61 mph winning ride over Jesse Alberts. Moshier was just a bit better at both ends of the track with Alberts, Bernville, Pa., clocking in at 10.873, 112.35.

Dan Caissie raced to a runner up finish in Friday’s Race of Champions then took it one step further, taking home the Sportsman trophy on Saturday. Caissie, Thompson, Conn., cruised to the win when Roger Dalton Jr. left early with a red light foul start. Cassie ran it out to a 12.486 at 81.57 mph

The final in Bike/Sled was a good one with Mark Schwalm, New Ringgold, Pa., knocking out Ron Blake, Oxford, Conn. Blake was out first but Schwalm ran him down with a 7.755 second lap at 161.63 mph

A High School class was also contested with Brent Novitsky taking the trophy back to Slatington, Pa., with a lap of 12.512 at 108.56 in his Trans Am. Vincent Branca, Norristown, Pa., had a foul start, handing the win to Novitsky.

In the Race of Champions action that pits the top points earners from each track in head to head competition is was Dale Crouch, North East, Md., leading the charge as he ran dead on his dial of 7.63 at 174.73 mph to take out Todd Martin, Highland Lake, N.J., with a 7.547, 176.86 in the Super Pro final.

The Pro final was one of the closest of the day being decided by just 14 inches or .0070 of a second. Steve Dunn, Pottstown, Pa., went 9.241 at 139.83 mph in his ’79 Corvette to end Steve Knoerzer’s day.

Caissie had a big holeshot with a near perfect .002 second reaction time in Sportsman only to see David Harvey III come around him at the last second to take the win in his ’79 Lemans. The Atco, N.J., racer went 11.589 seconds at 109.35 mph to Caissie’s 11.623, 110.50 in his Mustang.

Rounding out the winners list was Dale Hamilton out of Mount Airy, Md., in the Bike/Sled class taking the win light right at the start when Mark Schwalm left early giving Hamilton the win. Hamilton covered the quarter mile in 9.598, 135.62.

2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals:

TEAM STANDINGS
Numidia Dragway 72
Cecil County Dragway 50
Island Dragway 43
Old Bridge Twp Raceway 41
Atco Dragway 36
Mason-Dixon Dragway 32
Maple Grove Raceway 32
New England Dragway 31
Lebanon Valley Dragway 30
South Mountain Dragway 24
Esta Dragway 21
Spencer Speedway 5

SUPER PRO: Frank Szeg, Franklinville, N.J., ’08 dragster, 7.563, 177.44 def. John Richmond, Nottingham, Pa., Chevy II, 8.368, 154.67.

PRO ET: Brock Moshier, Lititz, Pa., ’71 Vega, 9.059, 136.61 def. Jesse Alberts, Bernville, Pa., ’94 Camaro, 10.873, 112.35.

SPORTSMAN: Dan Caissie, Thompson, Conn., Mustang, 12.486, 81.57 def. Roger Dalton Jr., Aberdeen, Md., Dodge Super BEE, foul.

BIKE/SLED: Mark Schwalm, New Ringgold, Pa., ’85 Kawasaki, 7.755, 161.63 def. Ron Blake, Oxford, Conn., 9.606, 142.54.

HIGH SCHOOL: Brent Novitsky, Slatington, Pa., Trans AM, 12.512, 108.56 def. Vincent Branca, Norristown, Pa., S10, foul.

The following are final results from the 2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Race of Champions:

SUPER PRO: Dale Crouch, North East, Md., dragster, 7.630, 174.73 def. Todd Martin, Highland Lake, N.J., ’04 dragster, 7.547, 176.86.

PRO ET: Steve Dunn, Pottstown, Pa., ’79 Corvette, 9.241, 139.83 def. Steve Knoerzer, Blackwood, N.J., ’74 Dart, 11.178, 116.41.

SPORTSMAN: David Harvey III, Atco, N.J., ’79 Pontiac Lemans, 11.589, 109.35 def. Dan Caissie, Thompson, Conn., Mustang, 11.623, 110.50.

BIKE/SLED: Dale Hamilton, Mount Airy, Md., Busa, 9.598, 135.62 def. Mark Schwalm, New Ringgold, Pa., ’85 Kawasaki, foul.

 

Gingles and Drew win in Earlville, Iowa 

At Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, racers Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., and Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively on Sept. 13. This event concludes the six race Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in the West Central Division.

Gord Gingles faced off against defending event champion Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kansas, and posted a winning run of 5.358 seconds, 263.00 mph. Meyer slowed to a 6.156 second, 183.39 mph lap for his runner up finish. Meyer was slow off the light and had trouble moving down the track. Gingles made a clean start and drove away to take the win.

Drew got the Top Alcohol Funny Car win with a pass of 6.118 seconds at 239.31 mph. He faced off against Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., in the final, who left too early at the tree.

Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., was better at the line and was first to the stripe in Comp Eliminator posting a time of 7.863 seconds, 171.97 mph in his ’10 Cobalt. Patterson defeated Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., who had a lap of 6.475 seconds at 186.85 mph in the money round.

It was a battle of the Cobalts in Super Stock as Tom Cain, Louisburg, Kan., in an ’09 Cobalt took the win over Brina Splingaire, N. Riverside, Ill., in her ’08 Cobalt by 0.0005 seconds, approximately 1 inch.

In the Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman Series, Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., took the win over Terry Pope, Blair, Neb., and scored a winning run of 7.732 seconds, 175.30 mph. Matt Kreft, Council Bluffs, Iowa, earned the win in the Fineline Graphics/Madcap Top Dragster Series with a lap of 7.078 seconds at 195.00 mph.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

ROUND 1
1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.322, 273.44 def. 8) Dean Dubbin, Royalton, Minn., 5.684, 248.57; 4) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.375, 270.32 def. 5) Mike Newkirk, Great Bend, Kan., 5.434, 261.98; 6) James Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., 5.439, 260.41 def. 3) Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., 12.614, 86.90; 7) Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.301, 262.85 def. 2) Mia Tedesco, Pittsburg, Pa., 5.352, 262.90

SEMIFINALS
Meyer, 5.265, 275.06 def. Booher, 5.387, 272.56; Gingles, 5.580, 259.21 def. Stevens, 5.692, 255.19;

FINAL
Gord Gingles, Winnipeg, Manit., 5.358, 263.00 def. Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 6.156, 183.39.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

ROUND 1
1) Kirk Williams, Glenwood, Iowa, ’04 Firebird, 5.687, 253.28 was unopposed; 3) Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ’14 Mustang, 5.678, 254.76 def. 6) Wayne Butler, Forest City, Ill., ’02 Mustang, broke; 2) Todd Robertson, Harrison Twp., Mich., ’12 Monte Carlo, 11.997, 67.61 def. 7) Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., ’10 Monte Carlo, broke; 5) Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., ’09 Mustang, 5.879, 243.72 def. 4) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’15 Mustang, 6.054, 196.16

SEMIFINALS
Drew, 5.714, 254.33 def. Robertson, 8.357, 108.39; Bernard, 5.887, 251.91 def. Williams, 6.076, 180.62;

FINAL
Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., ’14 Mustang, 6.118, 239.31 def. Bill Bernard, Littleton, Colo., ’09 Mustang, foul.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.863, 171.97 def. Mark Kirkman, Monmouth, Ill., Bos, A/DA, 6.475, 186.85.

SUPER STOCK: Tom Cain, Louisburg, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.773, 143.89 def. Brina Splingaire, N. Riverside, Ill., ’08 Cobalt, GT/BA, 9.348, 141.09.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Johnny Diekema, Blue Grass, Iowa, ’65 Corvette, AA/S, 9.900, 135.20 def. Larry Henderson, Holden, Mo., ’69 Nova, B/S, 10.460, 122.32.

SUPER COMP: Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., dragster, 8.948, 162.10 def. Cal Belden, Aberdeen, S.D., dragster, 8.884, 163.28.

SUPER GAS: David Nelson, Palmyra, Mo., ’01 Corvette, 9.881, 159.14 def. Randy Nygaard, Watertown, S.D., ’90 Cavalier, foul.

SUPER STREET: Jerry Jones, Indianola, Iowa, ’81 Monte Carlo, 10.899, 134.75 def. Wayne Christopher, Milan, Ill., ’84 Monte Carlo, 10.892, 129.26.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., ’98 Cutlass, 7.732, 175.30 def. Terry Pope, Blair, Neb., ’02 Cavalier, 7.323, 188.54.

TOP DRAGSTER: Matt Kreft, Council Bluffs, Iowa, dragster, 7.078, 195.00 def. David Harrington, Shawnee Mission, Kan., dragster, 6.803, 199.26.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Patrick Roetto, Wichita, Kan., ’09 Suzuki, 9.252, 143.37 def. Cody Duffield, Rockford, Iowa, ’95 Suzuki, 8.560, 149.17.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER: Aiva Moore, Marion, Iowa, dragster, 7.926, 79.72 def. Paige Teel, Quincy, Ill., dragster, 8.926, 70.95.

Moses, Tagliareni lead winners at Englishtown

Ken Moses and Robert Tagliareni led the list of winners at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the Sept. 13 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as the two racers won for the home state of New Jersey.

Moses defended his title from a year ago in the Magnaflux Top Dragster presented by Select Performance, taking the early lead on Luc Angers which proved to be the difference. Moses, Colonia, N.J., clocked in at 6.779 seconds at 194.63 mph to Angers, Laval, Quebec, 6.824, 193.96. The win was Moses’ seventh in the series.

Tagliareni, out of Oakland, N.J., was better at both ends of the track in picking up his first NHRA Wally trophy in the Magnaflux Top Sportsman presented Select Performance. His ‘10 GXP covered the quarter-mile in 7.274 seconds, 189.73 mph to the quicker Tom Simone who raced to a 6.747, 210.57 in his losing effort.

In Comp Eliminator it was Arnie Martel grabbing his third win of the year with a lap of 7.594, 175.16 over Don Eckel III. Eckel was out first but Martel had the power at the top end for the win. Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., won in Rockingham, N.C., and Belle Rose, La., earlier this year.

Don Belles, Schwenksville, Pa., and Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., won in Super Stock and Stock respectively. Belles, running a ‘08 Cobra Jet, won in a double breakout with Marty Rinehart, Thomasville, Pa. The win was Belles’ second clocking in at 8.643, 153.95 mph. Boudreau scored his 10th when Frank Ferrucci, Paterson, N.J., ran too quick by just three thousandths of a second in his ’90 Camaro. Boudreau went 9.950, 131.70 in his ’69 Camaro.

The event was the last in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast division; however, racers can travel outside their division to earn additional points toward divisional and national championship.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., ’15 Camaro, E/AA, 7.594, 175.16 def. Don Eckel III, Piscataway, N.J., ’09 Prostart, C/DA, 6.996, 191.16.

SUPER STOCK: Don Belles, Schwenksville, Pa., ’08 Cobra Jet, FSS/C, 8.643, 153.95 def. Marty Rinehart, Thomasville, Pa., ’69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.639, 128.95.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., ’69 Camaro, A/SA, 9.950, 131.70 def. Frank Ferrucci, Paterson, N.J., ’90 Camaro, J/SA, 11.647, 110.75.

SUPER COMP: Daniel Bisbano, Buchanan, N.Y., ’01 Mullis, 8.904, 170.28 def. Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., ’01 Cressman, 8.927, 170.88.

SUPER GAS: Ed Alessi Jr., Bethpage, N.Y., ’63 Catalina, 9.910, 158.46 def. Tom Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., ’63 Corvette, 9.897, 159.14.

SUPER STREET: Eugene Schneck, Pine Grove, Pa., ’65 Mustang, 10.928, 122.32 def. Mike Fedeli, Staten Island, N.Y., ’81 Firebird, 10.943, 129.57.

MXI/MAGNAFLUX TOP SPORTSMAN: Robert Tagliareni, Oakland, N.J., ’10 GXP, 7.274, 189.73 def. Tom Simone, Cicero, N.Y., ’10 GXP, 6.747, 210.57.

MXI/MAGNAFLUX TOP DRAGSTER: Ken Moses, Colonia, N.J., ’12 American, 6.779, 194.63 def. Luc Angers, Laval, Quebec, ’11 Dan Page, 6.824, 193.96.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE: Tiina Duncanson, Acton, Ont., ’10 Skidoo, 8.303, 155.56 def. Brian Pretzel, Belding, Mich., ’14 Skidoo, 8.483, 152.38.