New England Dragway - NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Results
7/21/2015
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 In the final results from New England Dragway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., and Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Shields worked his way through the field and ran 5.348 seconds at 272.34 mph in his final round victory over Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., who clocked in at 16.857 seconds, 44.93 mph. Shields had the advantage off the starting line against McPhillips but McPhillips had problems early in the run and smoked the tires. With this win, Shields wins his 28th Lucas Oil Regional race and this is his fourth Wally trophy this year.

Pomponio faced off against Matt Gill, Brockton, Mass., and posted a winning run of 5.695 seconds, 254.33 mph in his 2010 Monte Carlo. Gill drove to a 5.664 second, 253.52 mph lap for his runner up finish. Pomponio had a great reaction time off the line of 0.006 seconds and was able to hold on to the lead and take the hole shot win over Gill and received his sixth Lucas Oil Regional event win.

In Super Gas, Mike Sawyer, Leominster, Mass., faced off against his father Ray Sawyer, Acton, Mass., in the final round. Mike had the starting line advantage and posted a winning run of 9.901 seconds at 162.49 mph. Ray posted a runner-up finish of 9.880 seconds, 174.12 mph. With this win over his father, Mike wins his 15th Lucas Oil Divisional race and wins this race for the second year in a row.

A racer winning his first Lucas Oil Divisional Wally this weekend was Peter Luciano, Malvern, Pa., Luciano faced off against Joseph Santangelo, Marlborough, Conn., and had a winning run of 8.663 seconds, 154.67 mph. Santangelo had a runner-up finish of 7.829 seconds, 169.40 mph.

In Stock, Anthony Fetch, Colonia, N.J., met Allison Smyth, Uxbridge, Mass., in the final and took the win. Fetch had a perfect light and ran 11.375 seconds, 109.25 mph to get the win over Smyth. This was Fetch’s ninth Lucas Oil Divisional win and his seventh in Stock.

Derek Mota, Peabody, Mass., took on Jason Kenny, Kutztown, Pa., in the final for Super Comp. Kenny had the starting line advantage but took too much stripe in a double breakout. Mota had a winning run of 8.895 seconds, 171.53 mph to receive his first ever Lucas Oil Divisional race.

In the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster presented by Select Performance, Joe DiPasquale faced off against Albert Staffieri. DiPasquale had the starting line advantage off the line and took the win with a run of 6.923 seconds, 195.51 mph. This was DiPasquale’s fourth Lucas Oil Divisional race win and his third in Top Dragster.

The MXI/Magnaflux Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance also competed at the event and Frederick Perkins, Plainville, Conn., drove his ’57 Belair to the finish line to beat Ray Bamond, Paterson, N.J. Bamond was took quick on the tree and turns on the red light. Perkins run of 6.861 seconds, 202.79 mph gets him the win and his third Lucas Oil Divisional Wally.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Jeff Roell, Poughquag, N.Y., in Super Stock; John Olson, Lynbrook, in Super Street and Frank Berard Jr., Troy, N.Y., in Pro Stock Snowmobile.

Northeast Division racers head to Atco Dragway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, July 31 – August 2.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at New England Dragway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
Round 1
1) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.432, 271.57 def. 8) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., 5.648, 255.48;
3) Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., 5.364, 265.27 def. 6) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 6.001, 245.45; 5) Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., 5.461, 265.38 def. 4) Dan Mercier, LaPrairie, Quebec, 5.458, 268.92;
2) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.283, 278.75 def. 7) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 8.684, 102.84;

Semifinals
Shields, 5.342, 272.12 def. Stalba, 5.434, 267.53;
McPhillips, 5.337, 276.24 def. Morris, 5.894, 194.21;

Final
Shields, 5.348, 272.34 def. McPhillips, 16.857, 44.93.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
Round 1
3) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.644, 258.22 def. 6) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass.,
'01 Avenger, foul;
7) Eric Lourie, Terryville, Conn., '02 Camaro, 5.799, 245.54 def. 2) Todd Veney, Indianapolis, Ind., '14 Camaro, 5.901, 259.51;
1) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '11 Monte Carlo, 5.643, 251.53 def. 8) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '03 Mustang, 6.700, 133.03;
5) Matt Gill, Brocktown, Mass., '08 Mustang, 5.593, 259.06 def. 4) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.664, 256.31;

Semifinals
Gill, 5.574, 260.66 def. Ferro, 5.730, 257.53;
Pomponio, 5.701, 258.27 def. Lourie, 5.742, 247.38;

Final
Pomponio, 5.695, 254.33 def. Gill, 5.664, 253.52.

COMP ELIMINATOR
Peter Luciano, Malvern, Pa., '10 Colbalt, L/AA, 8.663, 154.67 def. Joseph Santangelo, Marlborough, Conn., '34 Roadster, B/SR, 7.829, 169.40.

SUPER STOCK
Jeff Roell, Poughquag, N.Y., '10 Mustang, FSS/G, 9.505, 140.21 def. Bryan Worner, Ducannon, Pa.,
'90 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.144, 129.18.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Anthony Fetch, Colonia, N.J., '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.375, 109.25 def. Allison Smyth, Uxbridge, Mass., '98 Firebird, A/SA, 10.277, 129.64.

SUPER COMP
Derek Mota, Peabody, Mass., '99 Dan Page, 8.894, 171.53 def. Jason Kenny, Kutztown, Pa., '07 Dan Page, 8.887, 164.41.

SUPER GAS
Mike Sawyer, Leominster, Mass., '03 Cavalier, 9.901, 162.49 def. Ray Sawyer, Acton, Mass., '02 Camaro, 9.880, 174.12.

SUPER STREET
John Olson, Lynbrook, N.Y., '66 Chevelle, 10.964, 134.93 def. Bill Arpine, Hamden, Conn., '05 Pontiac, 10.888, 127.43.

MXI/MAGNAFLUX TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY SELECT PERFORMANCE
Frederick Perkins, Plainville, Conn., '57 Belair, 6.861, 202.79 def. Ray Bamond, Paterson, N.J.,
'68 Camaro, foul.

MXI/MAGNAFLUX TOP DRAGSTER PRESENTED BY SELECT PERFORMANCE
Joe DiPasquale, Palmyra, N.J., '12 Miller, 6.923, 195.51 def. Albert Staffieri, Tewksbury, Mass.,
'04 Dan Page, 6.892, 194.66.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Frank Berard Jr., Troy, N.Y., '03 Ski DOO, 8.429, 153.70 def. Heath Smith, Westmoreland, N.Y., '01 Ski DOO, 8.595, 143.87.

STOCK/SUPER STOCK TOP 8
Allison Smyth, Uxbridge, Mass., '98 Firebird, TFD, 10.200, 129.49 def. James Daniels, Yardley, Pa., '84 Camaro, TFD, 10.435, 125.42.

SUPER COMP TOP 8
Kent Hanley, Newtown, Conn., '01 Ed Quay, 8.941, 164.69 def. Stephen Logan, Weymouth, Mass., '02 Page, 8.926, 160.92.

SUPER GAS TOP 8
Chuck Rothermel, Kinderhook, N.Y., '95 Cutlass, 9.893, 166.89 def. Kevin Carey, Winsted, Conn.,
'27 Ford, 9.880, 137.72.

SUPER STREET TOP 8
Tom Depascale, Sayerville, N.J., '74 Vega, 10.873, 140.25 def. Anna Lise Leblanc, Manchester, N.H., '84 Cutlass, 10.871, 127.73.

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