Numidia takes 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 Pacific Division 7 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.
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.
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.