THE TIME SLIP
Drag Racing Results for August 18 - 22, 2021
Volume 1 – Issue 22
For the week of August 16 – 22, 2021
by Neil Van Zile
The weather again played a role in last weekend’s drag racing action in the Northeast. Hurricane Henri forced the cancelation of all racing on Sunday, and cut the planned four-day Division 1 race at New England Dragway into a two-day affair, with qualifying on Friday, and eliminations on Saturday.
New England Dragway was the site of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional race this past weekend. 360 cars were entered in the competition, even though the Canadian contingent of racers is still unable to cross the border.
They almost finished the racing at NED before heavy fog enveloped the full quarter-mile, cutting visibility and laying down a damp mist, forcing an end to the racing. Five out of the 13 classes were able to run their final rounds, leaving eight final round matchups to be completed at a later date.
In Jr. Dragster 13-17, the Genualdo family drivers, Kaylee and Kyle will face each other at the next scheduled points race at NED for the Wally.
The remaining seven final rounds will be run at one of the three remaining Division 1 races this season.
Top Alcohol Funny Car – Matt Gill vs. DJ Cox
Top Alcohol Dragster – Jackie Fricke vs. Karen Stalba
Super Comp – Brian Bell vs. Howie Smith
Top Sportsman – Jeff Brooks vs. Frank Volpe
Super Street – John Harper vs. Shawn Fricke
Stock Eliminator – Timothy Stickles vs.Todd Bednaz
Super Stock – Lincoln Morehead vs. Gregory Gay
Lebanon Valley Dragway had to race Hurricane Fred on Wednesday night, but was able to complete all eliminators before the rains came. The track ran Gambler’s races on Friday night and Saturday. Sunday racing was canceled due to Hurricane Henri.
New Oxford Dragway was host to the NH Muscle Cars Association Car Show and Drags on Saturday. The Friday night bracket program went off without a hitch.
Winterport Dragway went back in time as the site of the first-ever Pine Tree Jamboree. The event was for Flatheads only, whether 4, 6, 8, or 12 cylinders, and no slicks, aluminum mags, or radial tires were allowed. Drag racing was grudge racing only. You can see some cool photos and videos of the event on the Winterport Dragway page on Facebook.
Meloni and Sawyer lead winners at Division One Romp
By Billy Anderson
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returned to New England Dragway August 20-21, and while mother nature terminated the event prematurely, there were still some titles handed out, and some New England hopefuls still alive in competition when the race is completed.
Tommy Tape Top Dragster presented by Select Performance
Nick Meloni of Brentwood, NH, fresh off a victory at the PDRA Northern Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, continued his winning streak at New England Dragway, beating a full field of Tommy Tape Top Dragster presented by Select Performance. Meloni took out Plainville, CT’s “Fast Freddy” Perkins in round one. Perkins had qualified number one, but could not run his dial-in. After a round-two win over David Petrofske with a superior .008 reaction time, he took out a fouling Scott Douglas, who hails from Wolfeboro, NH.
The semi-finals was an all-New England affair, and Meloni made sure he was the All-Star, as he produced a perfect run! Meloni left with a .000 reaction time, and ran a 6.790-second run on a 6.79 dial to ice out Eliot, ME’s Kyle Cultrera, who was left nowhere to go with a phenomenal .003 reaction time, and took the finish line stripe, but broke out by .006 seconds, 7.104 on a 7.11 dial-in.
In the other half of the semi-finals, Bill Silva of Merrimack, NH defeated Debbie DiGenova of Derry, NH in a double breakout affair. In the final, both drivers had stellar reaction times, but Meloni’s .005 bested Silva’s .016 and proved to be the difference as both drivers ran .02 over their dial-in.
Meloni put on an impressive driving clinic, adding to his Division One win at the June Lucas Oil event in 2020 in the process.
Super Gas was also an all-New England affair in the semi-finals. Mike Sawyer of Leominster, MA, who has been a nationally-ranked driver before, took on the third place nationally ranked driver, Justin Lopes of Lakeville, MA. In the battle of heavyweights, Sawyer’s ’18 Corvette roadster came out on top over Lopes’ ’63 Nova, 9.913 vs. 9.885.
In the other half, which could have been a pair of show cars, Stephen Paquin’s North Kingston, RI-based ’55 Bel Air used a .009 reaction time to push Darren Wood’s Barkhamsted, CT’s ’67 Chevy II under the index. In the last full-bodied car final of the evening, before the dew point and moisture got too bad, Sawyer survived a double-breakout affair over Paquin, 9.886 to a 9.876. The win earned Sawyer his 20th Wally in Divisional competition.
Competition Eliminator was also completed, and making the final was Todd Logan from Kingston, MA in his ’32 Bantam A/EA. On his way to the final, he defeated two New England racers, first Rocky Hill, CT’s Michael Hanratty, and then Laconia, NH’s Chip Ippolito, before a bye-run to the final. Unfortunately, Logan fouled by .005-seconds, handing the win to former National Champion Frank Aragona.
Alicia Gouveia from Rehoboth, MA, finished as runner-up in the 6-9 Jr. Dragster category.
Top Alcohol Funny Car
In Alcohol Funny Car action, Matt Gill of West Bridgewater, MA made the final round and will have lane choice over nationally-ranked DJ Cox, Jr.
Greg Gay of N. Walpole, NH, and his ’80 Mirada made the final round in Super Stock and will face Lincoln Morehead when that is scheduled.
When the Stock final convenes, it will be an all-New England affair as Tim Stickles of Dover, NH will take on Todd Bednaz of Plymouth, CT.
Brian Bell of East Hampstead, NH made the Super Comp final and will face Howie Smith at a future date.
New England Nationals winner John Harper of Wiscasset, ME took his ’55 Bel Air to the Super Street final, where he will race Division One hitter, Shawn Fricke.
The Junior Dragster 13-17 final paired down to a family affair between Kaylee and Kyle Genualdo of Sandown, NH.
Top Alcohol Dragster
Top Alcohol Dragster also did not run to completion, but it did mark the return of Hampstead, NH chassis builder Dan Page behind the wheel. He ran a best of 5.423 on his way to a semi-final finish. The final will be between the only drivers in the field who have won this event previously, Karen Stalba and Jackie Fricke.
Tommy Tape Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance
In Tommy Tape Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance, Richard Lachapelle lost a heartbreaker in the semi-finals after his opponent Jeff Brooks had traction issues, but Lachapelle broke out in his ’94 Beretta, handing the win to Brooks. Perkins was also competing in Top Sportsman and lost to Frank Volpe in the semi-finals.
The Night of Fire also occurred in conjunction with the Division One event, with Jet and Wheelstander action. Longtime Lebanon Valley racer Ernie Bogue took the Beast From the East Jet Dragster to a 5.239, 303.03 mph, much to the delight of the crowd.
It was unfortunate that the event couldn’t be fully completed as the weather moved in, but there were plenty of highlights and plenty of happy New England racers from the action of the day.
Drag Racing Results for August 18 - 22, 2021
Lebanon Valley Dragway
Wednesday, August 18
W: Billy Kirpens, Jr. (1994 Dakota) 11.91 dial – 0.022 RT – 11.880 at 105.27 mph
R/U: Rocco Saccone, Jr. (2019 Mustang GT) 13.05 dial – (-0.039*) RT – 13.140 at 111.05 mph
W: Colby Pitcher (2004 SXT) 16.75 dial – 0.078 RT – 16.755 at 84.12 mph
R/U: Ken Boyer (1981 Corvette) 11.79 dial – 0.097 RT – 11.831 at 109.71 mph
Pure Street Motorcycle
W: Bob Bradley (2009 ZX14) 9.67 dial – 0.036 RT – 9.634 at 137.14 mph
R/U: Kevin Manchester (2013 Hayabusa) 8.75 dial – 0.070 RT – 8.696** at 148.43 mph
W: Joseph Wilkinson (2006 Mustang GT) 12.48 dial – 0.006 RT – 12.578 at 112.84 mph
R/U: Anthony Depasquale (2015 Challenger R/T) 13.98 dial – (-0.106*) RT – 14.484 at 84.25 mph
Friday, August 20
W: Jamie Dymond (1999 Dragster) 7.52 dial – 0.005 RT – 7.535 at 177.26 mph
R/U: Stephen Pray (1970 Nova) 9.39 dial – (-0.001*) RT – 9.379** at 142.95 mph
W: Chris Lofgren (1970 Nova) 9.56 dial – 0.085 RT – 9.552 at 138.41 mph
R/U: Rodney Humisten (1978 Malibu) 9.61 dial – (-0.060*) RT – 9.650 at 138.16 mph
Saturday, August 21
W: Keith Lauzier (2004 Dragster) 8.09 dial – 0.019 RT – 8.124 at 163.56 mph
R/U: Grant Nichols, Sr. (2003 Dragster) 7.78 dial – (-0.005*) RT – 7.787 at 171.04 mph
No Box Gamblers
W: Ethan Sutherland 10.83 dial – 0.096 RT – 10.867 at 119.18 mph
R/U: Jeff Kraenzle 10.26 dial – (-0.084*) RT – 10.401 at 126.55 mph
W: Louie Supczak (1965 Malibu) 11.04 dial – 0.042 RT – 11.039 at 117.13 mph
R/U: Britt Taylor (1968 Camaro) 10.16 dial – 0.118 RT – 10.140** at 133.71 mph
W: Stew Drozd (1995 Impala SS) 13.55 dial – 0.109 RT – 13.563 at 100.53 mph
R/U: Norman Pelton (1995 Impala) 13.03 dial – 0.034 RT – 13.024** at 104.00 mph
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New England Dragway
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional
W: Nick Meloni – 6.78 dial – .005 RT – 6.802 at 192.69 mph
R/U: Bill Silva – 7.12 dial – .016 RT – 7.147 at 185.33 mph
W: Frank Aragona – 7.95 dial – .049 RT – 8.040 at 122.41 mph
R/U: Todd Logan – 7.88 dial (-.005) RT – 10.821 at 84.78 mph
W: Mike Sawyer – 9.90 index – .028 RT – 9.886 at 168.98 mph
R/U: Stephen Paquin – 9.90 index – .025 RT – 9.876 at 155.02 mph
Jr. Dragster 10-12
W: Emily Stalba – 8.92 dial – .011 RT – 8.990 at 69.750 mph
R/U: James Stack, Jr. – 8.99 dial – .046 RT – 8.981 at 69.460 mph
Jr. Dragster 6-9
W: Evan Stack – 14.38 dial – .118 RT – 14.388 at 42.860 mph
R/U: Alicia Gouveia – 12.42 dial – .142 RT – 12.398 at 53.450 mph
New Oxford Dragway
Friday, August 13
Winner: Joe Cooper
Runner-up: Wesley Stevens
Winner: Joseph Greco
Runner-up: Dan Brown
Winner: Dan Poirier
Runner-up: Russ Abbott
Sled & Bike
Winner: Jim Hess
Runner-up: Keith Wood
Winner: Cory Small
Runner-up: Josh Edmonds
Winner: Josh Blais
Runner-up: Izaac Langlois
Saturday, August 21
Muscle Car Mania with NH Muscle Cars
Winner: Blake Babineau
Runner-up: Jeff Bursey
Winner: Dickie Cooper
Runner-up: Kelsey Smith
Sled & Bike
Winner: Tyler Romano
Runner-Up: Tod Stiles
King of the Hill Winner