Racing returns to Rockingham with Super Chevy Show

Harold Robinson, who for 40 years has campaigned “Mountain Motor” Pro Stock cars on the IHRA and match race circuits, will send his 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo against Terry Adams and the 1992 Olds Cutlass formerly campaigned by many-time NHRA event champion Frank Iaconio. An Oldsmobile!


Members of Chevy Nation will assemble this weekend (Sept. 28-30) at Rockingham Dragway where the Original Super Chevy Show promises a bit of everything for the bow tie brigade, from a massive two-day car-and-truck show to GM-exclusive drag races, a Chevy-themed swap meet and Chevy-focused performance marketplace.


Presented by the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority and open to all General Motors vehicles including GM-powered dragsters, roadsters and altereds, the three-day show-and-speed extravaganza begins Friday with a 1-7 p.m. test-and-tune session.


Racing begins at noon Saturday in Top ET, Footbrake, Street, and DOT classes with the first of three round of nostalgia Pro Stock at 1:15. On Sunday Top ET and Footbrake racing begins at noon. The DOT class will run on the quarter mile while the other classes will run to the eighth mile. 

Darlington will host PDRA Fall Nationals and IHRA Divisions 2 & 9 finals

Although the area suffered through the passage of Hurricane Florence, Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, SC, will host the PDRA Fall Nationals on Oct. 4-6.


The IHRA has rescheduled its Summit Team Finals for Divisions 2 and 9 to Oct. 10-14 at Darlington Dragway.  

Dragway 42 leads the way as IHRA Division 3 hosts Team Finals

Dragway 42 claimed the championship at the IHRA Division 3 (North Stars) Summit Team Finals held over the weekend at Keystone Raceway Park. Dragway 42 captured the team title 78-52 over Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway which finished the weekend in the runner-up spot. Other tracks who participated were: Quaker City Motorsports Park, Keystone Raceway Park, Empire Dragway, Thompson Raceway Park, Beaver Springs Dragway, I-64 Motorplex, and SkyView Drags.


Main Event:

Top: Billy Leasure (Dragway 42) .015 RT, 4.92 ET, 135.71 mph def. Joe Soucek Jr. (Dragway42) .004 RT, 6.08 ET, 113.90 mph.

Mod: Pete D’Agnolo (Empire Dragway) .023 RT, 5.99 ET, 110.84 def. Ryan Ricketson (Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway) .018 RT, 6.36 ET, 108.02 mph.

Street: Jeff Fryfogle (Quaker City Motorsports Park) .045 RT, 8.72 ET, 68.22 def. Steve Klacik (Quaker City Motorsports Park) .054 RT, 10.26 ET, 67.56 mph.

Junior Dragster: John Vergotz Jr. (Thompson Raceway Park) .044 RT, 8.30 ET, 75.94 def. Landyn Seal (Dragway 42) .093 RT, 7.92 ET, 82.22 mph

Bike: Matt Powell (Keystone Raceway Park) .092 RT, 8.27 ET, 84.78 def. Rick Poole (Quaker City Motorsports Park) .066 RT, 5.73 ET, 117.46 mph.


Team Captains Race: Gary Harper (Dragway 42) .049 RT, 10.34 ET, 64.31 def. Tim Goodman (Thompson) .080 RT, 11.97 ET, 55.85 mph.


Thursday’s Gambler’s Race

Top: A.J. Casper, Jeanette, Pa., .006 RT, 6.93 dial, 7.38 ET def. Schulyer Turner, Fostoria, Ohio, 1.003 RT, 4.78 dial, 7.14 ET.


Mod: Russell Terrill, North Benton, Ohio, .031 RT, 6.44 dial, 6.44 ET def. Jeff Jacko, LaGrange, Ohio, .045 RT, 6.95 dial, 6.96 ET.


Junior: Cadance Soucek, Rittman, Ohio, .044 RT, 8.95 dial, 9.02 ET def. Blake Molnar, Hinckley, Ohio, .105 RT, 7.95 dial, 7.98 ET.


Bike: Matt Powell, New Alexandria, Pa., .077 RT, 8.25 dial, 8.27 ET def. Dave Carpenter, Duncannon, Pa., .110 RT, 6.00 dial, 6.00 ET.


Race of Champions

Top: Steve Lenig (Beaver Springs) .049 RT, 4.91 dial, 4.91 ET def. Mike Lynd (I-64 Motorplex) .023 RT, 5.83 dial, 5.82 ET.


Mod: Niki Thomas (Keystone Raceway Park) .018 RT, 6.40 dial, 6.41 ET def. Rob Baab (Thompson) .027 RT, 6.77 dial, on a 6.77 ET.


Junior: Kyle Hughes (Quaker City) .033 RT, 8.09 dial, 8.14 ET def. Aiden Mackert (Beaver Springs) .035 RT, 12.18 dial, 12.17 ET.


Bike: Dave Carpenter (Beaver Springs) .071 RT, 5.93 dial, 5.95 ET def. Paugh Perry (Dragway 42) .112 RT, 5.14 dial, 5.12 ET.


Summit Team Finals continue this week as Division 1 races at Maryland International Raceway and Division 4 races at Xtreme Raceway Park. 

Dover hosts two gasser groups at Nostalgia Drags

The Supercharged AA/Gassers of America and the Nostalgia AA/Gassers each sent two cars to duke it out at Dover Drag Strip’s 10th Annual Nostalgia Drags in West Lebanon, NY.


Representing the Supercharged club were “Caged Heat” and “Goin’ Broke” while “Jar Racing” and “Hemi J” were racing for the Nostalgia club.


The racing was close and in the final “Jar Racing” was the winner with a 4.93 at 141.59 over a 4.94/141 for “Caged Heat.” Both teams are father-son duos with “Jar Racing” owned by John Reid and driven by his son Aaron.

“Caged Heat” is owned by “AA Al” Niespodzinski and driven by his son Alan ”Junior”.


“Goin’ Broke” is owned and driven by Thomas Fritz and “Hemi J” is owned by Larry Morton and driven by Michael Campolucci.  

NHRA Northeast Division crowns champs

Shayne Beck, Matt Ricchezza, Faith Warner and Don Hookway each grabbed big wins at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals and will now head to Pomona, Calif., and the Summit National Championship. Racers from host track Atco Dragway racked up 60 points to take the Team Championship.


Jim Larro, Vineland, NJ, had a near perfect .002 second reaction time on Beck out of Narvon, PA, and Maple Grove Raceway but Beck was better at the top end in the Super Pro final to take the win in his ’99 dragster. Beck clocked in at 7.937 seconds, 157.23 mph to Larro’s 7.966 at 170.64.


In Pro ET it was Ricchezza out of the gate first on Chris Cassidy as Ricchezza’s 10.031, 130.76 took out Cassidy’s 10.091, 132.10 and his ‘86 Monte Carlo.


Warner and Hookway hoisted the NHRA Wally trophies in Street and Motorcycle respectively. Warner, running for Mason-Dixon Dragway, had a great .006 second reaction time then held on for the win over Jonathan Northrop of Numidia Dragway running 12.219, 101.65 to the quicker 11.608, 112.38.


Hookway went 9.585 at 144.75 on his victory lap went Barry Stephens Sr. turned on the red light by just .002 seconds. Hookway, Flanders, NJ, was running for Island Dragway as was Stephens from Lafayette, NJ.


In the High School competition it was Steve Dustin III, Westminster, MD, and Mason-Dixon Dragway upending Josephine Mallow, Beallsville, MD, and South Mountain Dragway. Dustin went 16.126 at 73.60 mph for the win over Mallow’s 13.225, 105.21.


Atco Dragway racers gathered up 60 points in the Team Championship and held off Maple Grove Raceway who finished second at 57 followed by Island Dragway and Lebanon Valley Dragway at 44 and 43.


In Friday’s Race of Champions competition Nelson Belot Jr. and Aaron Vittorini both won close final rounds in Pro and Motorcycle respectively. Rich Pennington, Barto, PA, was out first on Belot, Dalton, MA, but Belot chased him down for the win by just 5 inches running 9.048, 145.52 to Pennington’s 9.598, 140.96.


Austin Youndt, Stevens, PA, took the early lead on Vittorini, Pennsville, NJ, only to watch Vittorini come by for the win in 8.804 seconds at 153 mph on his ZX 14 to Youndt’s 9.012, 143.75 on an ’05 Suzuki.


Ray Knight took the Race of Champions Super Pro trophy home to Fall River, MA, and New England Dragway with a pass of 9.687 at 138.69 in his ’93 Mustang after Roger Lewis, Bunker Hill, WV, fouled at the start.


In the Street ROC final Jonathan Gagnon, Pleasant Valley, CT, was better at both ends of the track in beating out Ray Williams Jr. Gagnon running for Lebanon Valley Dragway clocked in at 12.026 on the 12.02 dial while Williams of Cecil County Dragway tripped the clocks at 11.905, 111.95 for his runner-up finish.  

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