Lucas Oil Divisional Finishes off Double Header at Numidia. Costa, Kennedy, Pazak Take Wins on the Mountain
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Michele Costa from Freehold, N.J. drove her ‘20 Keir G/EA, to a Competition Eliminator win taking out defending D1 Comp champ Steve Szupka in the finals. Szupka, from Northampton PA. went red giving Costa her second career NHRA Wally.
Szupka, far lane, went red in the finals giving the win to Costa
Earlier, Costa, who qualified her Bantam in the #1 spot with a 0.572 under 8.228 defeated the F/DA of Chris Piston and the A/EA of Todd Logan on her way to the winner’s circle. Szupka got around the S-10 of Chip Ippolito and the C/DA of Don Eckel in earlier rounds.
Wilkes Barre, Pa racer Bill Kennedy won his first ever NHRA Lucas event at Numidia defeating the ’90 Cavalier SS/BM of D3 racer Aaron Allison. Kennedy ,in his ’85 Firebird GT/MA got the better light and ran a 10.497 on his 10.47 dial as Allison who dialed in at a 8.95 lost with a 8.987.
David Pazak from Upper Burrell Pa., won his second Lucas Oil Divisional taking the Stock title at Numidia in his D/SA ’68 Plymouth GTX, defeating former NHRA World Champ Allison Doll in the finals.
Doll, who had been great on the lights all day in her A/SA Firebird, was second off the line with a 0.019 light to Pazak’s better 0.010 and broke out running a 10.336 on her 10.34 dial losing to Pazak’s right on with a seven, 10.827 on his 10.82 dial.
Ream, near lane, had a near perfect light in the finals against Smith
Lee Ream from Narvon, Pa., drove his ’18 American chassis dragster to his 3rd Lucas career win beating Hughestown PA racer TC Smith in the finals. It was basically over on the starting line as Ream had a near perfect 0.001 llight to Smith’s 0.046 and ran a 8.927 to Smith’s 8.936 for the win.
Winning his second NHRA Wally in Super Gas was East Longmeadow Mass. racer Mac Starks. Starks driving his beautiful ’19 Corvette roadster defeated former NED champ Rich Price in the finals on a hole shot.
Starks was off the line first with a 0.013 RT to Price’s 0.034 and ran a 9.938 for the win as Price ran a better but later, 9.926 in the loss.
In Super Street, defending D1 Champ, Keith Mayers drove his unique ’87 Fiat Spider to a win in a double breakout final. His competition, the ’73 Nova of Scott Lang ran a 10.870 losing to Mayers’ 10.887.
The win at Numidia was Mayers’ 11th Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wally.
“Fast Freddy” Perkins from Plainville, CT. made up for his final round loss in Top Dragster in the Micro Strategies National Open on Friday by taking Top Sportsman in his Nova. Perkins, up against the Cobalt of Brian Vollman, got a slight edge with a better reaction time, and both were oh so close, Vollman breaking out with a 4.759 on a 4.76 as Fred was right on with a 4.908 on his 4.90.
The win at Numidia, was Perkins’ second Lucas win and moved him up to #4 in the Top Sportsman point chase.
Musolino, near lane, is off and gone on his way to a Top Dragster victory at Numidia
Top Dragster went down to who got the better reaction time. Vince Musolino from Bridgeport, N.Y. was way out in front with a 0.014 light to his opponent, Marty Jones’ terrible 0.110 and Jones, seeing that he was behind, pushed his dragster too quick and broke out with a 4.144 on a 4.17 dial as Musolino cruised to his 7th career Lucas win with a 4.283 on a 4.27 dial.
The win at Numidia puts Musolino solidly in first place in the NED Top Dragster points race.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 10-12
Minutes before his dad Bill Kennedy won Super Stock, Landen Kennedy took Junior Dragster 10-12. In the finals Madison Boyd from Hagerstown MD went red giving Kennedy the win.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 13-18
Riley Sorce from Orangeville, Pa. got his ‘12 Sorce dragster off the line first with a 0.064 RT to Zack Gale’s 0.099 and got the hole shot win. Sorce posted a 7.931 on his 7.91 dial as Gale, from Yardley, Pa., lost with a better 8.136 on an 8.12 dial.
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