In the final results from Atco Dragway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., and D.J. Cox Jr, Whiteford, Md., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
McPhillips, worked his way through the field and beat Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., first round and Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., in the semi-final round. In the final, McPhillips faced off against Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., and ran 5.323 seconds at 276.29 mph for his victory. Morris was late on the tree but it ended up being a great side by side race against McPhillips. Morris clocked in at 5.335 seconds, 269.19 mph for his runner-up finish.
McPhillips has made a very good appearance so far in the Northeast Division. This is his second Wally of the year. He received his first at the Regional event at Maple Grove Raceway and also had a runner-up finish last month at New England Dragway. This weekend he also posted the lowest ET and top speed of the event, 5.320 seconds at 276.92 mph.
In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Cox faced off against Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., and posted a winning run of 5.712 seconds, 252.61 mph. Ferro drove to a 5.843 second, 253.95 mph lap for his runner up finish. Right off the line Ferro’s rear tires shook drifting him towards the right and ran close to the wall, then he moved to the left and came close to taking out the finish line blocks. With Ferro’s car having issues down the track, Cox had the smoother ride and took his car down the track for his first ever career win in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Due to rain being an issue this weekend at Atco Dragway, not all the classes were able to complete their final rounds as the rain ended racing for the weekend. This race will be completed at Cecil County Dragway, Friday, August 15th. The MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series presented by Select Performance were close to completing their final rounds. In Top Dragster, Scott Albrecht, Jackson, N.J., will be facing off against James Larro, Vineland, N.J., and in Top Sportsman, Michael Cerro, Mineola, N.Y., and Michael Daniele, Wantagh, N.Y. will be facing each other in the final when they return to Cecil County Dragway to complete the event.
Northeast Division racers head to Cecil County Dragway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 15-17.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Atco Dragway:
Top Alcohol Dragster
6) Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., 5.431, 265.69 def. 3) Dan Mercier, LaPrairie, Quebec, 5.424, 264.75;
5) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.320, 276.92 def. 4) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.564, 260.51;
2) Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., 5.329, 269.08 def. 7) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., 5.477, 260.41;
1) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.396, 276.01 def. 8) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 15.085, 63.71;
Morris, 5.410, 263.05 def. Stalba, 5.441, 265.06; McPhillips, 5.369, 275.67 def. Veale, 14.934, 62.52;
McPhillips, 5.323, 276.29 def. Morris, 5.335, 269.19.
Top Alcohol Funny Car
3) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., ’10 Monte Carlo, 5.701, 257.14 def. 6) Marie Ferriolo, Allentown, N.J., ’02 Camaro, 5.916, 201.10;
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., 5.590, 261.83 def. 8) Todd Veney, Indianapolis, Ind., ’14 Camaro, 5.710, 249.07;
2) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., ’11 Monte Carlo, 5.606, 260.21 def. 7) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., ’10 Mustang, 5.724, 252.57;
5) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., ’11 Monte Carlo, 5.726, 253.14 def. 4) Matt Gill, W Bridgewater, Mass., ’08 Mustang, 5.845, 253.99;
Cox Jr., 5.738, 251.16 def. Bartone, 13.117, 96.91; Ferro, 5.612, 259.01 def. Pomponio, 5.962, 245.23;
Cox Jr., 5.712, 252.61 def. Ferro, 5.843, 253.95.
FLETCHER REPEATS IN SONOMA
Dan Fletcher worked his way through eliminations in not just one but two classes at the 27th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., defended the title from last year in Stock Eliminator by beating Brent Calvert, Lancaster, Calif. This final round was a rematch from last year and Calvert was looking to take the win here this year. Calvert had the starting line advantage but Fletcher had the better pass to take the win. This is Fletcher’s 89th National event win and his 25th in Stock. Fletcher also had the chance to double up at this event in Comp Eliminator when he faced Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah. Ellis, who is also the 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Comp National Champion, posted a winning run of 6.574 second lap, 205.29 mph to take the win over Fletcher. Both had good lights, just nine thousands apart but Ellis had the power to drive on by Fletcher to take the win.
In Super Stock, Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., faced off against Tommy Gaynor, Battle Ground, Wash. Gaynor had a strong 0.004 light and runs a 9.666 second, 135.48 mph lap but it was Taylor who had more power and takes the win in his ’10 Cobalt. Taylor posted a winning run of 9.564 seconds, 132.91 mpg, to receive his 43rd career win, his 29th in Super Stock.
In the Super Comp final it was Chad Langdon, La Mirada, Calif., taking home the Wally. Langdon faced off against Matt Constant, Stockton, Calif., and posted a winning run of 8.911 seconds, 172.83 mph. Constant had a great reaction time with a 0.004 light but it was Langdon who pulled away to take the win. Langdon has two other career wins, one in each Stock and Super Gas. This win was his first in Super Comp. Langdon nearly shared the winners circle with his son Shawn who advanced to the final round in Top Fuel before falling to teammate Khalid alBalooshi.
Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Thomas Bayer, Fontana, Calif., in Super Gas; Ted Kellner, San Jose, Calif., in Top Sportsman; and Bobby Ray McMahan, Lodi, Calif., in Top Dragster.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway:
Comp Eliminator — Alan Ellis, ’23-T Ford, 6.574, 205.29 def. Dan Fletcher, Chevy Cobalt, 8.002, 167.91.
Super Stock — Jeff Taylor, Chevy Cobalt, 9.564, 132.91 def. Tommy Gaynor, Chevy Cavalier, 9.666, 135.48.
Stock Eliminator — Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.984, 115.39 def. Brent Calvert, Ford Mustang, 8.694, 155.10.
Super Comp — Chad Langdon, Dragster, 8.911, 172.83 def. Matt Constant, Dragster, 8.934, 175.48.
Super Gas — Thomas Bayer, Chevy Corvette, 9.921, 145.47 def. Michael Miller, ’27-T Ford, 9.889, 156.61.
Top Dragster — Bobby Ray McMahan, Dragster, 6.579, 205.85 def. Andy Spiegel, Dragster, 6.638, 200.02.
Top Sportsman — Ted Kellner, Pontiac Firebird, 7.549, 178.33 def. Curt Geise, Pontiac GTO, 7.132, 189.18.
DRISKELL SCORES SECOND IN TOP DRAGSTER
Matt Driskell paired up with fellow Kansas racer Todd Piper in the Fineline / Madcap Top Dragster final with Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., taking the win at Heartland Park Topeka and his second in a row in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. John Fitzpatrick from Park City, Kan., took the win in the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson while a three other home state racers advanced to the final rounds. Driskell, who recently won at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, clocked in at 6.727 seconds, 194.10 mph for the win as Piper, Wamego, Kan., was out front early but broke out by just .002 seconds.
John Fitzpatrick beat out Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., as both riders were too quick at the strip with Fitzpatrick running closer to his dial for the win at 9.246 (9.25 dial) to Martin’s 9.612 (9.66).
Local runner Bruce Wiedmaier, Topeka, Kan., Jason Wettstein, Garnett, Kan., and A.J. Patterson, Augusta, Kan., each advanced to their respective final but fell short of taking home the hardware. Wiedmaier met up with Kevin Dyck, East St. Paul, Manti., in Super Comp that was close at the start with Dyck taking the win light in 8.911, 182.70. Wiedmaier was too quick at 8.898 on the 8.90 dial as was Wettstein by .005 seconds in his Super Street final round match up with Jeff Landholm. Landholm covered the quarter mile in 10.923 at 147.46 for the win. The Super Stock final saw Patterson and Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., square off with Swinehart taking the starting line advantage and never looking back running 9.782, 131.47 mph to Patterson’s 10.149, 128.27.
Bruno Massel picked up his first win of the year in Comp Eliminator when Clark Smiley hurt his car in the semifinal as was unable to make the final round. Massel won this event last year and had a runner-up finish in Brainerd, Minn., earlier this year. Brainerd’s Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman winner J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., returned to the winner’s circle with his ’06 Mustang with a 6.892 second lap at 197.80 mph to defeat Larry Larson, Oak Grove, Mo.
Austin Williams advanced to his fourth final round of the year and took home his second trophy in Stock as he knocked out California racer Duane Dickens, and Steve Collier, Benton, La., was better at both ends of the track in his ’72 Vegas to down Dale Evens, St. Cloud, Minn., in Super Gas.
West Central Division racers are back here at Heartland Park Topeka for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 22-23, when they will be joined by the 260 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars of the Central Region Lucas Oil Series.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Heartland Park Topeka:
Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, DD/AT, broke def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, broke.
Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.782, 131.47 def. A.J. Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’67 Nova, SS/HA, 10.149, 128.27.
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’72 Duster, F/SA, 11.473, 109.19 def. Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.822, 109.95.
Kevin Dyck, E. St. Paul, Manit., dragster, 8.911, 182.70 def. Bruce Wiedmaier, Topeka, Kan., dragster, 8.898, 155.17.
Steve Collier, Benton, La., ’72 Vega, 9.904, 158.84 def. Dale Evens, St. Cloud, Minn., ’91 Daytona, 9.906, 157.89.
Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 10.923, 147.46 def. Jason Wettstein, Garnett, Kan., ’66 Chevy II, 10.895, 126.30.
Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.727, 194.10 def. Todd Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.948, 185.23.
J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.892, 197.80 def. Larry Larson, Oak Grove, Mo., ’00 Firebird, 7.167, 190.54.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’10 Kawasaki, 9.246, 141.92 def. Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, 9.612, 134.78.
CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Racing for the first time at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by ViperizerRacing.com, Royal Purple Raceway made a strong initial impression, taking team championship in dramatic fashion. The team title came down to the outcome of the final race of the event, and when Brooke Heckel turned on the win light in the 16-17 class final, she not only earned individual honors but lifted her team to the top.
Royal Purple Team 1 entered the final rounds one point behind Maple Grove Raceway Team 2. When Heckel won, that put the two teams in a tie at 30 points. The tiebreaker is number of event champions. Royal Purple had one, Heckel, while Maple Grove had none, giving the Houston, Texas, track top honors.
Royal Purple Team 2 finished third with 29 points, followed by Bristol Dragway Team 1 with 28 and Lucas Oil Raceway Park Team 1 and Virginia Motorsports Park Team 2 tied for fifth with 26 points apiece.
Joining Heckel as an individual champion were Lizzie Martel (age 8-9), Chelsea Ozell Brown (10), Arabella Maitland (11), Jarrod Kissinger (12), Devin Kiser (13), Derek Raymond (14), and Camryn Frederickson (15). All were first-time winners at the event that is one of two national-level competitions for racers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.
Martel, a Milan, Mich., resident who was representing Milan Dragway, outlasted Des Moines, Iowa’s Camren Laffoon, a member of the Beacon Dragway team, to earn the 8-9 age group Wally. In the final, Martel got off the starting line first, .095 to .221, and wheeled her dragster to a 12.15 (12.05 dial) to beat Laffoon’s closer but losing 12.05 (12.02).
Renick, W.Va., runner Brown chalked one up for host track Bristol when she paired a .074 light with an 8.91 (8.90) to turn on the win light over Ethan Hubbard in the 10-year-old class final. Hubbard, who made the trip from Princess Anne, Md., and represented U.S. 13 Dragway, broke out by .009-second in his runner-up effort.
The 11-year-old class final was decided on the starting line when Bristol regular Kaden Haynes, who hails from Mount Carmel, Tenn., went red. That gave the automatic nod to Maitland, a Brenham, Texas, racer who was part of the third-place Royal Purple team. Maitland had a .019 light and ran right on her 9.02 dial on her victory pass.
The 12-year-old age group came down to a pair of Pennsylvania racers, Kissinger, who is from Sinking Spring, and Benjamin Spotts, from Douglassville. Kissinger, who was part of the Cecil County Dragway team, had the better light and ran closer to his dial, posting an 8.93 (8.90) to get the win. Spotts, a Maple Grove racer, settled for runner-up honors with a 9.00 (8.92).
Bristol team member Kiser, who lives in Corryton, Tenn., got the better of National Trail Raceway’s Nicholas Altenbach in the 13-year-old bracket. Kiser had a starting-line advantage of more than a hundredth in the final, and he turned it into an 8.05 (7.98) to 7.92 (7.94) win against Altenbach, who is from Westerville, Ohio, and is a former Eastern Conference Finals champion.
South Lyon, Mich., racer Raymond made one of the best runs of eliminations in the 14-year-old class final to earn top honors. Raymond who was part of the Mid-Michigan Motorplex team, cut a .003 light then ran .009-second over his 8.02 dial to turn on the win light against Cullman, Ala., runner Mitchell Seymour. Seymour, who represented Montgomery Motorsports Park, cut a .032 light and ran a 7.97 (7.93).
After putting together the best package of eliminations in the quarterfinals to win his age group’s Battle of the Best: East vs. West trophy, Palm Harbor, Fla.’s Frederickson went the distance in the 15-year-old bracket, outlasting Severn, Md., competitor Brad Keyton. In the final, Keyton, who was on the Mason-Dixon Dragway team, had the better light, but Frederickson, an Orlando Speed World Dragway racer, drove around him and won on an 8.44 (8.41) to 8.16 (8.09) count.
The 16-17 class final was the last race of the weekend, and it was also one of the best with the final outcome decided by just .004-second. Both Heckel and Rachael Whitney, a Virginia Motorsports Park competitor who lives in Newport News, Va., dialed 7.90s for the final. Heckel, a Baytown, Texas, resident, had a .001-second advantage on the Tree, then ran .003-second closer to the 7.90 target in the great 7.931 to 7.934 match.
During the event, drivers were also competing for special Battle of the Best: East vs. West trophies, which were awarded driver with the best package of eliminations in each age group. In addition to 15-year-old champion Frederickson, whose .014 package was the best of that age bracket, other Battle of the Best champs were Gavin Roth (age 8-9, .052 package), Alex Kish (10, .028), Haynes (11, .015), Madi Pennington (12, .009), Charlotte Mallow (13, .015), Garrett Freeman (14, .010), and Christopher Dovenbarger (16-17, .007).
Dovenbarger’s .007-second package was the best package recorded at both the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western and Eastern Conference Finals, making him the overall champion on the Battle of the Best. Dovenbarger will receive a custom-painted helmet from Brando Custom Paint, which did the piston-adorned trophies given to each age-group champ at each event.
The Team Spirit award was again hotly contested with several teams making strong cases for winning it. In the end, Maple Grove Raceway was awarded the honor, outlasting the efforts of Bristol Dragway, National Trail Raceway, Summit Motorsports Park, Atlanta Dragway, and others. Other special-awards winners were Jackson Core (Brando Custom Paint Best Overall Appearing Car), Katie Hall (Brando Custom Paint Best Appearing Theme Car), Trinity Marshall (Brando Custom Paint Coolest Car), and Crossroads Dragway (Best Appearing Track).
The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Eastern Conf. Finals from Bristol Dragway:
8-9 YEAR OLDS
Lizzie Martel, Carleton, Mich., .095, 12.156, 12.05 def Camren Laffoon, Des Mointes, Iowa, .221, 12.059, 12.02
10 YEAR OLD
Chelsea Ozell Brown, Renick, W.Va., .074, 8.916, 8.90 def Ethan Hubbard, Princess Anne, Md., .097, 8.951, 8.96
11 YEAR OLD
Arabella Maitland, Brenham, Texas, .019, 9.024, 9.02 def. Kaden Haynes, Mount Carmel, Tenn. -0.38, 8.981, 8.95
12 YEAR OLD
Jarrod Kissinger, Sinking Springs, Pa., .052, 8.938, 8.90 def Benjamin Spotts, Douglassville, Pa., .067, 9.005, 8.92
13 YEAR OLD
Devin Kiser, Corryton, Tenn., .016, 8.054, 7.98 def. Nicholas Altenbach, Westerville, Ohio, .133, 7.924, 7.94
14 YEAR OLD
Derek Raymond, South Lyon, Mich., .003, 8.029, 8.02 def. Mitchell Swymour, Cullman, Ala., .032, 7.972, 7.95
15 YEAR OLD
Camryn Frederickson, Palm Harbor, Fla., .047, 8.443, 8.41 def. Brad Keyton, Severn, Md., .021, 8.161, 8.09
16-17 YEAR OLD
Brooke Hekel, Baytown, Texas, .043, 7.931, 7.90 def. Rachael Whitney, Newport News, Va., .044, 7.934, 7.90