Eight racers took home wins and the NHRA Wally trophy this weekend at the NHRA Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season opener at Orlando Speed World Dragway.
Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., and Donny Urban, Selma, N.C., led the way taking the win in the Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster class and the Stott’s Ford Top Sportsman class respectively. Feist went up against Danny Waters Jr., Lagrange. N.C., as the pair left the line together with Feist clocking in at 6.266 seconds at 212.63 mph for the win with Waters running a 7.261 second at 182.75 mph. Urban took a close win against Travis Harvey, Burlington, N.C., running 6.707 seconds at 203.34 mph in his ’06 Cobalt to Harvey’s 6.779, 200.41 in his ’68 Camaro. This is Urbans second Top Sportsman divisional event win.
In Comp Eliminator, two of the east coast hitters went head to head for the win. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., ran his ’32 Altered to a 7.194 second, 181.30 mph lap to beat Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., in his dragster at 7.382 seconds, 167.55 mph. The win was Rampy’s 59th at the divisional level.
In Super Stock Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., and his ‘98 Grand Am, faced off against Tom Callis, Statesville N.C., in his ’69 Camaro. Callis left early and Bertozzi got his 19th divisional event win.
Jerry Wallace, Zebulon, Ga., went 11.159 seconds, 108.50 mph in his ’69 Camaro against Dick Kincaid, Navarre, Ohio, in his ’67 Chevy II for his first divisional event win in Stock.
Local racer Gene Quinn, Gainesville, Fla., was to race Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., in the Super Comp final. Miller could not make the call and Quinn went down the track solo with an 8.88 second, 161.04 mph run for his first divisional event win. Super Gas saw David Griffith, Winter Garden, Fla., power his ’65 Corvette to a win over Vito Basca, Bathurst, N.B., in his ’86 Camaro. This was Griffith’s first divisional event win as well.
In Super Street Matt Weston, Hendersonville, N.C., went up against another local racer in Brendan George, Gainesville, Fla. Weston took the win in his ’70 Camaro clocking in at 10.930 seconds at 137.58 mph to George’s 10.916 at 128.40 mph.
In the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League portion of the event, Maverick Palmatier, Logan Westmoreland and Dylan MacNicol all took home wins. Palmatier defeated Ozell Brown in the 13-17 year old class, Westmoreland beat Jimmy Cavanaugh in the 10-12 group and MacNicol took out Hayden Miller for the 6-9 year old win.
NHRA Southeast division racers head to Gainesville Raceway for their next Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, March 9-10.
The following are final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Dra g Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Orlando Speed World Dragway:
David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.191, 181.30 def. Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., N&P, E/DA, 7.382, 167.55.
Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., '98 Grand Am, SS/AS, 14.772, 57.97 def. Tom Callis, Statesville, N.C., '69 Camaro, SS/BA, foul.
Jerry Wallace, Zebulon, Ga., '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.159, 108.50 def. Dick Kincaid, Navarre, Ohio, '67 Chev II, E/SA, 11.263, 113.13.
Gene Quinn, Gainesville, Fla., '01 Undercover, 8.888, 161.04 def. Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., '18 Miller, broke.
David Griffith, Winter Garden, Fla., '65 Corvette, 9.877, 159.91 def. Vito Bosca, Bathurst, N.B., '86 Camaro, 9.848, 141.65.
Matt Weston, Hendersonville, N.C., '70 Camaro, 10.930, 137.58 def. Brendan George, Gainesville, Fla., dragster, 10.916, 128.40.
Donny Urban, Selma, N.C., '06 Cobalt, 6.707, 203.34 def. Travis Harvey, Burlington, N.C., '68 Camaro, 6.779, 200.41.
Les Feist, Clearwater, Minn., '13 Miller, 6.266, 212.63 def. Danny Waters Jr., Lagrange, N.C., '11 Race Tech, 7.261, 182.75.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 13-17
Maverick Palmatier, Deland, Fla., dragster, 7.874, 77.87 def. Ozell Brown, Renick, W.V., dragster, 8.025, 78.90.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 10-12
Logan Westmoreland, Greenwood, S.C., dragster, 9.069, 70.52 def. Jimmy Cavanaugh, Melbourne, Fla., dragster, 9.056, 71.14.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 6-9
Dylan MacNicol, N Port, Fla., dragster, 12.176, 49.08 def. Hayden Miller, Mobile, Ala., dragster, 12.027, 51.29.