Reminder to all Indy Auto Parts Super Pro Racers the last $1K to win race that was rained out has been rescheduled to this Labor Day Weekend Saturday Sept. 5, 2015. We also have tools to awarded to best losing packages in Super, Pro, Street, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile thanks to JV Tool.
Special thanks to a couple of racers (Rick Bell and Al Staffieri) who have stepped up to make this Labor Day weekend Sunday Sept. 6, 2015 another guaranteed to win $1K in Indy Auto Parts Super Pro.
Eliminations in each of the racing categories took place during the day with exciting on track action. Winners of the car show portion of the event were announced as well.
In Nostalgia Top Fuel, Tony Bartone continued his winning ways with solid performances all weekend. The defending winner posted a 5.601-second pass at 248.93 mph to defeat Dusty Green, who fouled out on the starting line.
In the other categories raced during the weekend, Rick Bernasconi won 7.0 Pro, William Masiello took home the top spot in 7.5 Pro. In Competition Eliminator, Stephen Broad was the winner, Scott Lucky Hudson took the title in Gas Eliminator and Norbert Viveiros Jr. was the Modified Eliminator champion. Nostalgia Super Stock was secured by Earl Storey, Mike Clifford won Top Stock Eliminator with Jason Mazzotta winning the Hot Rod Eliminator category. Wayne Hofmann was victorious in Pro Comp, Doug Adams took home the victory in Flat Head Inline and Frank Silva picked up the victory in East Coast Gassers. Fred Clark was the winner in Top Sportsman.
The deserving winners of the car show were presented their awards following the conclusion on racing on Saturday. The winners were:
Honorees Pick – Peter Gibson, Gorham, Maine, A/A Top Fuel
New England Dragway Favorite – Chip Brown, Pennsville, N.J., 1964 Chrysler 300k
Favorite Competition Car – Chip Brown, Pennsville, N.J., 1964 Chrysler 300k
Coolest Competition –Jean Felix Bouchard, Saint-Eustache, Quebec, 1968 Pontiac Beaumont
Dynamat Pick – Paul White, Portland, Maine, 1956 Chrysler Imperial
Early Iron – Peter Hussey, Southboro, Maine, 1927 Ford “T” Roadster Pickup
Thrilling 30’s – Cam Soles, Epping, N.H., 1930 Ford Model A Coupe
Fabulous 40’s – John Forman, South Portland, Maine, 1940 Ford Tudor
Finest 50’s – Donald Philla, Mattapoisett, Mass., 1950s Olds Convertible
Sensational 60’s – Mike Souliere, Dayton, Maine, 1967 Ford Ranchero 427
Killer Kustom – Dick Edwards, Exeter, N.H., 1950 Merc
Best Shine & Detail – John Beam, Fitchburg, Mass., 1955 Chevrolet 2 Door 150
Timeless Tradition – Chris Boutilier, Lakeville, Mass., 1934 Roadster
Director’s Choice – Ron Perkins, Paxton, Mass., 1932 Stubebaker Rockne Coupe
Curator’s Pick – Ron Normann, Hebron, Ill., 1939 Willys Coupe
Dazzling Deuce – Alex Finnegan, Leominster, Mass., 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
The day came to a thrilling conclusion when the final exhibition of jet cars rocketed down the dragstrip, officially ending the third edition of the New England Hot Rod Reunion.
“We’ve had great weather and it really puts people’s attitudes in a good place,” said Steve Gibbs, event director. “There was something for everybody at this Reunion. It was a car show, a race and a social event. It was a chance to rub elbows with legendary racers of the past. It was definitely a one-stop shop to see the better elements in drag racing.”
Rotary Engine Rule Updates
Important Update for racers using Rotary Engines.
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.
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 on 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.
A Tale of Two Knights
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.
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.
2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Schedule Released
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.
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