Cecil County Dragway crowns LODRS winners

Racers in ten categories were crowned event champions Aug.16 at the Northeast Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md.

Local racer Christopher Krajewski from nearby Baltimore went the distance in his ’70 Camaro to pick up the win in the MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance class. Krajewski laid down a 7.244 second, 188.54 mph pass to defeat Michael Kaufman of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and his run of 6.866 seconds at 205.10 mph. He used a .018 package in his first final round to secure his first ever divisional victory.

The MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster presented by Select Performance final did not disappoint as it was decided by less than twenty inches. Kyle Cultrera, Eliot, Maine, (7.225 seconds, 182.97 mph) edged out James Beckman of Warren, Conn., (7.039 seconds, 188.78 mph) with a margin of victory of .006 seconds to grab his first win in the category, to go along with five in Comp Eliminator and three in Super Comp.

It was a battle of heavy hitters in the Comp Eliminator final as Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., went the distance from the No.1 qualifying position. Frank Aragona, of Freehold, N.J., got off the line first in his dragster but slowed near half-track and came to a halt before the finish line as he watched Martel blow by him in his ’15 Camaro with a winning pass of 7.670 seconds at 153.58 mph. Martel raced to his 20th divisional final, his 15th in Comp Eliminator, acquiring his seventh Wally trophy in the category.

Joel Warren, Clinton, N.C., took down Larry Mohar, Hagerstown, Md., in the Super Stock final with a winning lap of 10.267 seconds at 116.68 mph. It was a close battle in the Super Comp money round as the No.1 qualifier David Long, Wallingford, Pa., won his second career divisional Wally trophy over Chase Fahnestock, Newville, Pa., in a double breakout. Iggie Boicesco of Warminster, Pa., collected his 13th division trophy in Super Gas as he got off the line first and held on to take out Jason Kenny, Kutztown, Pa.

First time winners included Bubba Linke, Old Bridge, N.J., over Adam Berberich, Mooresville, N.C., in the Stock Eliminator final and Frank Renda, Staten Island, N.Y., drove his ’70 Nova dead-on his dial to take out George Forster, Greencastle, Pa., who went red at the tree. Other racers visiting the winners circle included Dale Collins Jr., Frankford, Del., in the Outlaw 10.5 class and Brian Pretzel, Belding, Mich., aboard his ’14 Ski-doo in the Pro Stock Snowmobile category.

Northeast racers will make their way to historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., to wrap up the division’s seven race series. The event will be contested September 11-13.

SUPER STOCK: Joel Warren, Clinton, N.C., ’98 Firebird, SS/JA, 10.267, 116.68 def. Larry Mohar, Hagerstown, Md., ’69 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.350, 125.71.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Bubba Linke, Old Bridge, N.J., ’97 Camaro, C/SA, 10.583, 121.04 def. Adam Berberich, Mooresville, N.C., ’14 Camaro, FS/D, 9.940, 133.61.

SUPER COMP: David Long, Wallingford, Pa., dragster, 8.895, 176.14 def. Chase Fahnestock, Newville, Pa., dragster, 8.894, 162.31.

SUPER GAS: Iggie Boicesco, Warminster, Pa., ’02 Corvette, 9.930, 163.45 def. Jason Kenny, Kutztown, Pa., ’03 Corvette, 9.897, 152.09.

SUPER STREET: Frank Renda, Staten Island, N.Y., ’70 Nova, 10.900, 132.19 def. George Forster, Greencastle, Pa., ’65 Chevy II, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Christopher Krajewski, Baltimore, Md., ’70 Camaro, 7.244, 188.54 def. Michael Kaufman, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., ’67 Corvette, 6.866, 205.10.

TOP DRAGSTER: Kyle Cultrera, Eliot, Maine, dragster, 7.225, 182.97 def. James Beckman, Warren, Conn., dragster, 7.039, 188.78.

CONTESTED SATURDAY

COMP ELIMINATOR: Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., ’15 Camaro, E/AA, 7.670, 153.58 def. Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., dragster, F/ED, broke.

OUTLAW: 10.5: Dale Collins Jr., Frankford, Del., ’02 Camaro, 4.198, 185.89 def. Mo Hall, Olney, Md., ’06 Corvette, 4.703, 170.95.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE: Brian Pretzel, Belding, Mich., ’14 Ski-doo, 8.402, 151.95 def. Gary Schweikent, Slatinton, Pa., ’03 Ski-doo, foul.