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A major change is on the horizon for New England Dragway News subscribers.  Because of ever increasing printing and postage costs, New England Dragway will begin publishing its newspaper digitally.


It’s a significant change to a publication that has been in print for nearly 30 years. But, according to New England Dragway General Manager Joe Lombardo, it’s one that is long overdue.  “We’re one of the few tracks in the country publishing its own newspaper.  Most of those that did distribute a printed version have gone to a digital version and abandoned the printed copy.”


Replacing the traditional printed version will be a digital edition that will contain the same information readers have grown accustomed to.   “Delivering a digital issue through our website or email subscriber list has a number of advantages.  First, it’s more efficient since it avoids the post office.  Readers can print out copies of articles or photos that interest them; especially winner’s photographs,” states Lombardo.  It also gives the track an opportunity to produce more issues throughout the year.


“Going digital will allow us to publish more content to more people. That includes content that highlights our racers and fans. I’ve talked to racers in the pits who have been coming here since the 70s and others who are running their car down the track for the first time at one of our street nights. Some people have made NED events part of their family tradition and others can’t believe they’ve never come here before and are hooked. It’s a really great atmosphere here at NED and we hope to highlight that in our e-news,” says inbound marketing specialist Hope Weaver.


The process of having New England Dragway News delivered to your inbox is quick and easy.  Simply go to the track’s website www.newenglanddragway.com and click on the New England Dragway News digital sign-up link.  “We want our e-news to be easily accessible and that includes a hassle-free sign-up process. We also offer a text-to-join option so readers can text “NEDRAGWAY” to 22828. The news will still be sent via email but it’s an easy way to subscribe using your cell phone,” adds Weaver.


If you’re hesitant because of junk mail, don’t worry.   “We’re sensitive to the fact people get bombarded with junk mail every day.  We do not sell any of our mailing lists,” Lombardo added.

This Saturday marks the halfway point with race #8 in the 2017 VP Race Fuels ET Series. At the conclusion of racing there will be a King of the Track Shootout between the top 2 points holders through Saturday’s racing in Red’s Shoe Barn Super Pro, A&B Tire Pro, Tim’s Speed and Custom Street, and MOMS Motorcycle/Snowmobile.

Your last round of competition reaction time during Saturday’s eliminations will be used to create a ladder.

10 minutes cool down time between rounds of this race.

Cross Talk will be turned on for Super Pro racers.

Cross Talk will be off for Pro, Street, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile.

If a competitor opts out of running the next lower points position will be offered the chance to run for the King of the Track “Wally”

Winner will receive Summit NHRA King of the Track Winner hat, banner, special edition “Wally” trophy, and a custom leather King of the Track leather jacket presented at the 2017 Awards Banquet.

Runner-up and Semi-finalists receive an NHRA Summit King of the Track Hat.


9-year-old Aidan Baker and his "Cookie Monster" dragster

9-year-old Aidan Baker and his "Cookie Monster" dragster

July 1, 2017

By Hope Weaver (hope@nedragway.com)

Aidan Baker was the talk of the town, known as the nine-year-old junior racer who had a 0.000 second reaction time at the NHRA New England Nationals last month at the New England Dragway in front of thousands of race fans. With a perfect run, he caught the eye of Mello Yellow Series drivers including sixteen-time Funny Car champ John Force and Aidan’s favorite racer, Top Fuel driver, Leah Pritchett. We caught up with Aidan and his parents to ask what everyone’s been wondering: Where did that kid come from?

Turns out, the junior drag racer from Cumberland, Rhode Island isn’t from a racing family; his parents aren’t even mechanics. Aidan’s interest in racing came from a family friend, who Aidan calls his Uncle, when he invited the family down to New Jersey to see him race. By the end of the weekend, Aidan had made ithis goal to get behind the wheel himself.

Brian Baker says he didn’t know anything about cars or racing; he can’t even change the oil on his own car, but he made a deal with his son: get your grades up and we’ll try it. Ever since then, Aidan’s grades have been up and his parents haven’t been able to get him out of the car. In his last five races, he’s brought his Cookie Monster junior dragster, named after his first stuffed animal and his love for cookies, to the final round three times.

Aidan and his family call New England Dragway their home drag strip. “It’s the funnest place to drive,” he added. Brian has become Aidan’s crew chief and he and his wife are hooked and love seeing how happy their son is when he’s racing. And while there aren’t many weekends the Bakers aren’t racing, when not at the drag strip, Aidan likes to ride his bike. “I like to be on four wheels or two wheels, just not two wheels when I’m going 100 miles per hour,” he smiles.

When asked if he brings his friends to watch him race and what they think, he replied like a pro, “I only usually bring friends (to the track) on test and tune days.” Other days, he’s training. But he admits, “Most of them are jealous.”

Aidan posted a 0.002 second reaction time during this weekend’s test and tune and is determined to be behind the wheel as much as he can. When asked where he wants to go with this racing thing, he replied, “I want to drive top fuel.”

Congratulations to the 2016 VP Racing Fuels ET Series Champions

Congratulations to the 2016 Outlaw 10.5 Series Champions

2016 “THE LIST” Final Results

Congratulations to Joe Brooks and Greg Kordis! They will hold the the #1 spot until the 2017 Season kicks off.

2015 VP Racing Fuels ET Series Champions

2015 Outlaw 10.5 Series Champions

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