Local racers take Sportsman wins at NHRA New England Nationals
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Eric Merryfield took the Super Stock title at NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, ninth annual NHRA New England Nationals and Tim Stickles and Rob Hyatt won Stock and Super Comp respectively at the New Hampshire facility.
Merryfield, from Andover MA took his popular “Bounding Beagle” GT/TD ’96 Dakota to a win over the GT/GA ’87 Camaro of many time New England champ Joe Santangelo from Marlborough Conn. Merryfield got the jump on the tree with a 0.023 light and ran an easy 10.802 on his 10.49 dial as Santangelo slowed to a high eleven second pass in the loss. The win was Merryfield’s first ever NHRA win.
Dover N.H. driver Timothy Stickles put his M/SA ’80 Malibu in the Stock Eliminator winner’s circle as his competition, the FS/G ’12 Mustang of Jean Philipp Tremblay from Beauceville PQ fouled out giving Stickles his second NHRA national event Wally.
Super Comp was also decided by a red light start as Brad Coryell (Far Lane) from Weare N.H. left too soon giving Rob Hyatt from Salem N.H. his first ever NHRA Wally in his first ever NHRA final.
Ted Leahy Jefferson MA driving the ex Warren Johnson ’91 Cutlass in Super Gas had his work cut out for him racing multi time NHRA champ Mike Sawyer from Leonminster MA in the finals. Leahy had the better light with a 0.015 RT to Sawyer’s close 0.018 and both drivers broke out with Leahy’s 9.899 winning over Sawyer’s 9.895.
Keith Mayers from Ellendale Del. has been on a roll recently in Super Street. Mayers, driving his unique’85 Porsche had back-to-back wins at Lucas divisional races at Cecil County and Maple Grove. But it came to a close at New England as John Olson from Whippany N.J. put the streak to an end in his’66 Chevelle. Mayers left 0.005 too soon handing Olson his second career Wally.
Top Sportsman winner “Fast” Freddie Perkins from has been on a roller coaster as of late. At the Cecil Lucas event, his swoopy ’57 Chevy blew the top off the motor in the finals forcing the Plainville Conn driver to go back to his trusty ’69 Nova for the New England Nationals. It worked out for Perkins as he won in a wild final over the turbocharged ’07 Mustang of Dennis Gaboriault from Millbury Ma. Perkins, dialed in at a 7.58 used a better light and a 7.594 to defeat Gaboriault’s close 6.125 on a 6.10 dial.
The win was Perkins’s first NHRA national event Wally and his second final of the year having runner upped at the Gators in March.
Pro Stock Snowmobile had two familiar competitors in the finals round as Brandon Beauregard from Freedom N.H. rode his Polaris to a win over Keith Culley from Sterling Mass. Beauregard posted a 5.607 to a 5.649 of Culley for the win.