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Drag Racing in New England in June

More than just a National Event

by Neil Van Zile

After a month of May that was a disappointment weather-wise, (too cold, too hot, too windy, and too rainy), June is the true beginning of summer and we can finally expect to see consistently warm temperatures and sunny weather. 

And there is a lot more going on in the world of drag racing than just the NHRA National Event.

Let’s run down the list of events for the month, starting with the big one…

New England Dragway is hosting the 8th Annual NHRA New England Nationals presented by Bandero Premium Tequila on the weekend of June 11-13, 2021. The track will be closed starting on Friday, June 4 until the event starts so that they can prepare for the race. We know that a lot of you will be attending and racing and we want to wish everyone good luck and great weather.

Northeast Drag News will have coverage of the regional racers after the event. Live coverage will be available through and and on TV via Fox Sports.

But that is not the only drag racing that is going on in June.


Week One

Friday, June 4

There will be racing at Lebanon Valley (G&J Auto Body Rental + LVD Drift #2), and the weekly points race (with Jr. Dragsters) at New Oxford.  Friday Street Night at New England Dragway has been canceled for this week.

Saturday, June 5

Lebanon Valley Dragway is hosting the Northeast Old Drag Racers And Musclecar Association (NODRAMA) series and the Supercar Shootout.

Winterport Dragway is the site for the Coastal Mustang Cruise.

Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH is holding their semi-regular Sand Drags event.

The Northeast Motorsports Museum is hosting the NH Musclecar Club’s Muscle at the Museum show, featuring a nostalgia funny car display with six funny cars on display:

      • Boston Challenger Plymouth owned by Paul Zona
      • Boston Strangler Mustang II owned by Paul Zona
      • 1976 Country Girl Duster owned by John Knox
      • Follow a Dream Camaro owned by Jay Blake
      • 1940 Ford Funny Car owned by Dennis Champney
      • Corvette Funny Car owned by John Card
Sunday, June 6

Lebanon Valley Dragway plays host to the Import Face-Off.

Winterport Dragway has their weekly bracket points race on the schedule.


New Oxford Dragway starts its Midweek Madness in June

There are four sand drag racing events in the month of June


Week Two

On the second weekend in June, Lebanon Valley Dragway has a full weekend of racing, with Doc Z’s 5th Annual Northeast Outlaw Shootout on Friday, June 11, Bikes in the Valley, NODRAMA, and a Port-A-Tree Gamblers race on Saturday, June 12, and a bracket points race in conjunction with the Capital Area Rods Nostalgia Car Show on Sunday, June 13.

Winterport Dragway also has two days of racing planned for that weekend, with the Gassah Guys and T&L Gamblers races on Saturday, June 12, and a bracket points race on Sunday, June 13.

In addition, the New England Off-Road Vehicle Competition Association (NEORVCA) is holding two days of New England Sand Drags at Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds in Hiram, Maine on Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13.


Week Three

Week three in June features the start of New Oxford Dragway’s new bi-weekly Midweek Madness program. Starting on Wednesday, June 16 New Oxford will begin hosting grudge racing and a car show. More information will be available from the track’s Facebook page as it gets closer to the date.

Lebanon Valley Dragway plays host to an NHRA Lucas Oils Divisional Racing Series Regional race on the weekend of June 18-20. Since this is a Regional event, the Top Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters will be competing, so this should be an exciting event.  

New England Dragway is planning a full weekend of high-powered racing that weekend as well. On Saturday, June 19 the track is hosting the Outlaw 10.5 series, the Central Mass. Drag Racers (CMDR), Pro Stock 800 Sled and Pro Mod Sled Asphalt Series, and Fast By Gast Top Bike.

And then on Sunday, June 20, New England Dragway will play host to another round of  Outlaw 10.5 racers, Pro Stock 800 Sled, as well as the East Coast Flat Heads, and the six-second action of the East Coast Pro Comp Association (ECPCA).

Winterport Dragway will hold Race #6 of their WPD Bracket Points Series on Sunday, June 20.

Also on Sunday, June 20, New Oxford Dragway is hosting their special Father’s Day Jr. Dragster Bash and Street Shootout. There payouts of $1,700 for the Street Shootout and $2,750 for the Jr. Dragsters. 


Week Four

The final weekend of June sees a return to a more normal schedule of bracket points races and drag racing club and association races.

The Pure Speed Racing Experience will be at New England Dragway on Thursday, June 24. They are coming back to the area in October to both New England Dragway and Lebanon Valley Dragway, so you will have another chance to Drive A Dragster! 

New Oxford Dragway has their Weekly Points race, with Jr. Dragsters on the schedule for Friday, June 25. 

All-Star Racing Association

Lebanon Valley Dragway is host to both the All-Star Racing Association (ASRA) and the Northeast Super Street Association (NESSA) on Saturday, June 26.

New England Dragway also has a full roster of clubs on Saturday, June 26. Racing by New England No Time, Fast By Gast Top Bike, Street Fighter, and Iannotti Brothers Select Cars Top Sportsman Series will make for a full day of competition.

The month finishes off with bracket points races at both Lebanon Valley Dragway and New England Dragway on Sunday, June 27.

In addition, the All-Star Racing Association (ASRA) will have another race at Lebanon Valley Dragway on Sunday.

New England Sand Drags Race Day #5 will also take place on Sunday, June 27 at Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, in Hiram. Maine.

And finally, New Oxford Dragway will have its second Mid-Week Madness on Wednesday, June 30. 

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