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Drag Racing Results for October 13 - 17, 2021

Volume 1 – Issue 30
For the week of October 11 – 17, 2021

by Neil Van Zile

The 2021 drag racing season is quickly coming to an end, but there are still a few points series that have not finished up their programs or crowned a champion. Motorcycle and sled racers finished their seasons this past weekend at New England Dragway and Lebanon Valley Dragway.

The weather could best be described as “changeable”, with rain in the mornings, shorts weather when the sun was out, and longjohns and wool socks required when it was not. Rain at Lebanon Valley completely washed out the racing on Sunday and delayed the start on both weekend days at New England.

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Lebanon Valley Dragway hosted the final race of the year for the Orient Express Bike In The Valley series on Saturday. Champions in all three of the programs eliminators were determined. You can read more about that here.

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New England Dragway had a busy day scheduled for Saturday. There was plenty of racing, with the Buddy Scurto Memorial Gamblers race, Fast By Gast Top Bike, Street Fighter bikes, and the first of the two-day Jr. Dragster Weekend races. Sunday’s racing action was filled with more Jr. Dragster eliminators and the final race of the Pro Stock Sled season. 

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New Oxford Dragway hosted their final event of the season with an appearance of the Neil Murley “Dazed and Confused” and Eddie Parker’s “Cape Codder” funny cars, plus a full round of that track’s bracket classes.

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Special Championship Issue 

There are still two drag racing clubs that have not completed their racing seasons. Once those are finished, Northeast Drag News will publish a Special Championship Issue with a complete listing of all the champions and photos of as many of them as we can find in our archives. Look for that is at the end of October.

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Safety at the Drag Strip

As Managing Editor of Northeast Drag News, my job is to report the news. I don’t usually stick my nose in with opinions about what happens at the drag strips that we cover. But this past month has been exceptional in showing us all just how dangerous the sport we all enjoy can be, whether we are active participants or just enthusiastic fans.

Every dragstrip has safety protocols in place. When I made my return to the drag racing scene, I made a point of reading the most current racer’s handbook for each of the tracks I would be visiting. I had been away from the sport for a long time and knew that there would be changes in the rules and I didn’t want to unwittingly break any rules that hadn’t been in place when I was a working photographer in the 1990s.

I couldn’t help but notice that a number of the safety protocols in the various handbooks were not being enforced. It was understandable; we all realize that drag racing can be a dangerous activity, but we all also take that fact for granted and we all tend to get relaxed about stuff like safety protocols when everything is going well.

And then we have a month like we just had. By my count, there have been three incidents involving personal injuries at the tracks in the region, an unknown amount of property damage, and a serious hit to everyone’s enjoyment of this sport we all love.

I was at the starting line at the U.S. Nationals 25 years ago on the weekend that Elmer Trett and Blaine Johnson were killed. I very nearly packed up my camera bag and went home after Blaine’s crash rather than take part in a sport where that kind of thing can happen. I didn’t, and I am glad I didn’t. My involvement with drag racing, even in my admittedly small “career” as a drag racing photographer has given me many gifts – the excitement of being close to the action, lots of laughs, and innumerable friends that seem genuinely glad to see me. I wouldn’t give that up for anything.

I am sure that over this coming off-season the management of the drag strips in the region will be taking a hard look at their safety protocols. They will probably start to enforce rules that many of us have forgotten even existed, and they may implement some new rules. Some of those rules will probably feel intrusive.

Personally, I would rather have to endure a few intrusive safety rules than watch one more ambulance race off to the hospital with one of my friends in the back.

Saturday Scenes at NED

All New England Dragway photos are available from Richie Coury at Primetime Video and Photo

Sunday at New Oxford Dragway

Sunday, October 17 at NED

Drag Racing Results for October 13 - 17, 2021

Lebanon Valley Dragway

Saturday, October 16

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Orient Express
Bikes In The Valley
Street

11 entries
W: Bob Bradley (2009 ZX14) – 9.48 dial – 0.068 RT – 9.524 at 131.61 mph
R/U: Floyd Appleby (2007 GSXR1000) – 10.18 dial – 0.125 RT – 10.225 at 132.88 mph

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Orient Express
Bikes In The Valley
Pro

19 entries
W Bob Bradley (2009 ZX14) – 9.48 dial – 0.033 RT – 9.498 at 134.73 mph
R/U: Jeff Tisdale (1988) – 9.05 dial – 0.033 RT – 9.146 at 141.39 mph

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Orient Express
Bikes In The Valley
9.20 Below

9 entries
W Adam Sheran (2003 Hayabusa) – 9.07 dial – 0.088 RT – 9.151 at 140.86 mph
R/U: Guy Gardner (2013) – 9.20 dial – 0.187 RT – 9.255 at 132.24 mph

Adam Sheran

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No Box Gamblers
6 entries
W Kristina Curtis (1966 Chevelle) – 9.22 dial – 0.058 RT – 9.204 at 148.08 mph
R/U: Ned Mitchum – 10.31 dial – (-0.004*) RT – 10.300** at 130.26 mph

Kristina Curtis

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Electronics Gamblers
5 entries
W Mike Marvin – 8.56 dial – 0.089 RT – 8.579 at 12.23 mph
R/U: Rob Day – 10.04 dial – 0.057 RT – 10.038** at 11.72 mph

New Oxford Dragway

Sunday, October 17

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Box
Winner: Don Seib
Runner Up: Darby Merchant

Don Seib

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No Box
Winner: Ron Childs
Runner Up: James Bowden

Ron Childs

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Sled & Bike
Winner: Scott Ames
Runner Up: Austin Romano

Scott Ames

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Juniors
Winner: Logan Langlois
Runner Up: Kaleb Langlois

Logan Langlois

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New England Dragway

Saturday, October 16

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Buddy Scurto No Box
27 Entries
W: Mark Winterbottom – 6.23 dial – .027 RT – 6.234 at 108.520 mph
R/U: George Fisher – 6.68 dial – .031 RT – 6.670 at 106.550 mph

Mark Winterbottom

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Buddy Scurto Box
21 Entries
W: Jamie Blake – 4.94 dial – .021 RT – 4.930 at 137.900 mph
R/U: Kyle Murray – 6.51 dial – .018 RT – 6.483 at 104.610 mph

Jamie Blake

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Top Bike
W: Roy Resendes – 7.92 dial – .040 RT – 7.951 at 162.10 mph
R/U: Mark Hendrick – 9.74 dial – .060 RT – 9.787 at 134.52 mph

W: Paul Anderson – 7.99 dial – .064 RT – 8.003 at 169.17 mph
R/U: Tom Peterson – 7.94 dial – .045 RT – 7.985 at 166.13 mph

Paul Anderson (L) and Roy Resendes – Co-Winners

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Street Fighter
13 Entries
W: Keith Correia – 9.30 dial – .065 RT – 9.332 at 143.38 mph
R/U: Jeffrey Johnson – 9.14 dial – .140 RT – 9.119 at 150.41 mph

Keith Correia

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Jr B
W: Mason Varin – 14.10 dial – .746 RT – 14.304 at 43.580 mph
R/U: Maddox Mason – 14.32 dial – .120 RT – 14.317 at 42.620 mph

Mason Varin

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Jr 8.90 Index
6 Entries
W: Jacob Biron – 8.90 index .123 RT – 8.923 at 69.540 mph
R/U: Gavin St. Jean – 8.90 index .065 RT – 9.014 at 69.530 mph

Jacob Biron

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Jr 7.90 Index
W: Jack Davidson – 7.90 index .056 RT – 7.974 at 80.140 mph
R/U: Conor Baron – 7.90 index .122 RT – 7.880 at 82.270 mph

Jack Davidson

Sunday, October 17

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Pro Stock Sleds
19 Entries
W: Brandon Beauregard – .107 RT – 5.557 at 119.630 mph
R/U: Keith Culley – .113 RT – 5.649 at 119.100 mph

Brandon Beauregard

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Jr A
23 Entries
W: Maggie Trick – 7.90 dial – .025 RT – 7.908 at 82.190 mph
R/U: Haylee Clough – 8.00 dial – .028 RT – 8.028 at 78.600 mph

Maggie Trick

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Jr B
14 Entries
W: Makenna Mason – 12.26 dial – .170 RT – 12.325 at 50.430 mph
R/U: Ayla Lavoie – 12.03 dial – .320 RT – 12.070 at 54.690 mph

Makenna Mason

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Jr Gambler
W: Haylee Clough – 8.00 dial – .015 RT – 7.993 at 77.860 mph
R/U: Ayla Lavoie – 12.06 dial – .085 RT – 12.053 at 54.620 mph

Haylee Clough