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    Joe Henderson

    2015 Diesel Direct Super Street Champion

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    Lee Roby

    2015 Dennis K. Burke Super Comp Champion


New England Dragway Office will be closed from 12:00 noon November 25, 2015 until 9:00 am Monday November 29, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

May we all be thank full for the good things in life we have experienced so far and look forward to many more.

Can you write a story? Want to see your name listed as a contributing writer on  our web site and Facebook. We are interested in stories about races, series, drivers, things of interest for NED fans. Submit your stories to stories@nedragway.com for consideration of publication by us.

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Check out our “66” t-shirts and sweatshirts!  Available in both youth and adult sizes.  Visit our online store  and as always, shipping is free!


2016 NHRA New England Nationals ticket renewal kits are on the way to you if you held reserved seats at the 2015 event. If you don’t receive yours please call the track office 603.679.8001 and speak to Deb.


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2015 VP Race Fuels ET Series Awards Banquet Announced

Mark your calendar for a two-day celebration honoring New England Dragway’s VP Race Fuels ET Series IMG_5350champions.  It all begins on Friday, January 29, 2016 with a special Racer Celebration featuring food, music and a return of the Reaction Time Winter Nationals presented by Power Technologies.  Cash and Trophies awarded to banquet ticket holders only. The winner of the reaction time event will be crowned King or Queen of the Banquet!   Then on Saturday night, January 30, it’s the annual New England Dragway Banquet and Awards Ceremony.  We’ll congratulate the 2015 champions for their hard work en route to claiming their respective number one spots, as well as those who campaigned throughout the season to make 2015 one of the most intense battles in track history.

This year’s celebration moves back to the Radisson Hotel.  The hotel recently went through a multi-million dollar renovation and their entire staff is excited about hosting this year’s celebration.  As a thank you to New England Dragway guests they are offering a special rate for all overnight guests, with an extra discount for those booking a "VFMLID=61866573"two-night stay.  Deadline for making your reservation is January 8, 2016.  You can book online at www.radisson.com/Nashua using the code NEDRAG or call them at (603) 888-9970.  Guests booking a two night stay also get a special Merrimack Premium Outlets VIP pass featuring tax free shopping.  Once you’re finished shopping you can visit Budweiser Brewery.  Their tours offer a unique look at the brewing process.  If you want something a bit more adventurous be sure to check out SkyVenture New Hampshire and their indoor wind tunnel where visitors can experience the thrill of skydiving.

Tickets for this year’s celebration are on sale now.  You can purchase them online by CLICKING HERE. Guests who wish to reserve a table must contact Deb Clark at (603) 679-8001.  Please remember that tables are on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay.


GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2015) – To increase sportsman racer participation and support member tracks, NHRA will streamline its competition license program effective January 1, 2016.2016 License Chart RELEASE

Updates will include three new classifications: Professional, Pro/Sportsman and Sportsman. Certain levels of competitors in the new Pro/Sportsman and Sportsman categories can obtain a license without a medical exam and will have a lower fee to boost entry level participation. Licensed racers at this level also will enjoy a simplified online renewal process.

In addition, all NHRA competition licenses will now incorporate NHRA membership benefits, including catastrophic medical insurance in effect at any NHRA member track or NHRA sanctioned event.  Existing license and membership expirations will be merged into a single expiration for current licensed competitors as they are renewed.

“This revised licensing process will make it easier than ever for those who want to race competitively in one of NHRA’s national touring series or as an ET racer at their local NHRA member track,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “The process will become less complicated and more streamlined for all involved. We are looking forward to increased competitor participation across the board, and especially at the grassroots sportsman ET level, through this updated licensing policy.”

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Tony Pedregon Becomes Part of 2016 Fox Television Team

GLENDORA, Calif. – NHRA and FOX Sports officials announced today that two-time Funny Car world champion Tony Pedregon will provide the analysis and color commentary for FOX Sports’ television coverage of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.Tony Pedregon

Pedregon, a 43-time winner on the NHRA circuit, has driving experience in several NHRA categories, including Funny Car, Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Dragster.  “All of us at NHRA are thrilled that Tony Pedregon will be joining our FOX Sports broadcast team next season as our expert analyst in the broadcast booth,” said NHRA President Peter Clifford. “As a two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion, a team owner and a top competitor for more than two decades, Tony brings an in-depth knowledge of NHRA and its teams and drivers.  As one of the most respected and personable competitors in our sport, we think Tony will connect with our existing fans and with new viewers.”

Pedregon, the youngest son of late NHRA driver Flamin’ Frank Pedregon, and one of three Pedregon brothers who have carried on the family tradition of competing in NHRA, including two-time world champ Cruz and oldest brother Frank Jr., has also been a great friend of the media during his driving career, giving impactful and insightful interviews and is always at ease on camera. As a team owner since 2004 he has an intimate knowledge of exactly what it takes to field a competitive entry in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“Tony brings a lifetime of experience to the telecast,” said Ken Adelson, NHRA vice president of broadcasting & digital content. “We know he’ll be a great asset to the NHRA broadcast moving forward. We’re looking forward to the future and building a team that will deliver great content to our viewers.”  Said Frank Wilson, FOX Sports VP of Event and Studio Production: “Introducing Tony to the booth allows us to have the insights of a two-time NHRA champion from a multi-generational family of racers.”

Pedregon has been racing in the Mello Yello Series since 1992. His first official race was in a Top Fuel dragster for team owner Larry Minor. He joined John Force Racing as driver of the team’s second Funny Car in 1996 and he won the Auto Club Road to the Future Award that season. He won his first Funny Car championship with Force in 2003. The next season he ventured out to start his own team. In 2007 he raced to his second world championship title and first in Funny Car during NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship era.

“I’m excited to become a part of something so big that will transition our sport and take us to new levels,” Pedregon said. “My time in the seat as an owner and driver is something I will always look back on with pride. The accomplishments were achieved through hard work and surrounding myself with good people and great sponsors. Now I look forward to the next chapter in my career, having the good fortune to work with NHRA and FOX Sports.”

Starting in 2016 the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be televised by FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with four events airing on the FOX national broadcast network during each season of the long-term agreement, providing the world’s fastest motorsport with live coverage of a majority of its events. FS1 will  provide coverage of Friday and Saturday qualifying and Sunday eliminations for each NHRA Mello Yello Series event, with a minimum of 16 Sunday eliminations shows to be presented in a live coverage format, and the remainder shown either in weekend afternoon or primetime time slots. Four of those live elimination shows will air on the FOX national broadcast network. The 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opens with the Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 11-14 from historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California.

Congratulations to the 2015 VP Racing Fuels ET Series Champions

Photo’s Courtesy of CLA Photography

Caissie and Corriea Bring Home the Hardware!

Dan Caissie wins Street in Bracket Finals at Atco NJ. This earns him a spot to compete for the National Championship at the Final NHRA race of the season in Pomona CA.

George Corriea wins Best Engineered with his ultimate BMW.

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Rotary Engine Rule Updates

Important Update for racers using Rotary Engines.New england Dragway
As outlined in the 2015 NHRA Rule Book 13.49 or quicker you must have an SFI 1.1 1.2 Flywheel and Clutch. Additionally 11.49 or quicker rotary engine cars must have a flywheel shield. For futher details and info refer the 2015 NHRA Rule Book.

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He is what many call a racing machine, A&B Tire Pro Eliminator Champion Mark Winterbottom.

Putting together a championship drive is tough.   Ask anyone who was lucky enough to come out onWinterbottom 2 top and they likely will tell you it’s a daunting task.  That isn’t lost on Mark Winterbottom.  But, to see him week in and week out you wonder if ever fazes.  He is what many call a racing machine.  Mark captured his 9th A&B Tire Pro Eliminator championship this year in dramatic fashion.  Yet, even when he was locked into a tight, four-way battle with brothers Jared Kinson and Jason Mazzotta, and long time friend Joe Silva, Mark kept his cool.

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A Tale of Two Knights

New England Dragway Ray Knight

It doesn’t come as a startling revelation that capturing a championship in any category at New England Dragway is the result of determination, skill and hard work.  This year’s Indy Auto Parts Super Pro Champion Ray Knight is the epitome of those attributes.  Ray has been part of the New England Dragway racing community for decades, recognized by his peers as one of the toughest drivers on the track.  But, if you ask him about the most thrilling aspect of this year’s hard fought battle you will not hear stories about margins of victories measuring in the ten-thousandths or near perfect reaction times.  Instead he will tell you it’s the opportunity to share the podium with his son Steven who captured the E.C.O.P.E. Junior Dragster crown.

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Lucas Oil continues its commitment to NHRA Sportsman racing.

Lucas Oil continues its commitment to NHRA Sportsman racing as the sponsor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.  “Having come through the Sportsman ranks myself, I know how important it is to have the support you need to compete,” said Morgan Lucas of Lucas Oil Products. “These are our people, these are our customers.

Read More:  Lucas Oil continues its commitment to NHRA Sportsman racing

2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Schedule Released

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The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns for a 14th season with premier events taking place across the country in all seven NHRA divisions it was announced today by NHRA officials. The 2015 schedule will feature 45 divisional events with a minimum of six in each of the seven divisions. There will also be 25 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes.

Read More:  2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Schedule Released

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