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Mon, 07 Apr 2014, 20:00 PM

Veale Gets First Top Alcohol Dragster Win
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing
Photo copyright 2014 Diane Kubicke





DINWIDDIE, Va. -

Jeff Veale celebrates win.
In the final results from Virginia Motorsports Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., and Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. The Power in the Park event marked the first Northeast Regional Event of the year.

Veale, worked his way through the field and ran 5.33 seconds at 274.50 mph in his final round victory over Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., who clocked in at 7.762 seconds, 129.14 mph. Veale and Fricke were both looking for their first Top Alcohol Dragster career win. Both drivers nearly had the same identical reaction times off the line, but Fricke smoked the tires and Veale took his Dragster down the track for his first win.

Kris Hool faced off against Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., and posted a winning run of 5.754 seconds, 259.21 mph in his 2010 Monte Carlo. Steve Harker shook off the line and slowed to a 17.241 second, 57.54 mph lap for his runner up finish.


Kris Hool celebrates win.
In the Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series, Tommy Grimes, Winston Salem, N.C., was the winner in Top Fuel Harley with a run of 6.368 seconds, 233.64 mph in his 2014 Nitro Harley, with a victory over Larry Drums Brancaccio, Nutley, N.J., who launched and broke at the starting line. In Pro Fuel Harley, Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., ran 7.269 seconds at 180.91 mph with his win over Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., who was clocked at 7.316 seconds at 169.64 mph. Nilles had the starting line advantage but Vickers was quicker down the track to receive the win.

Other racers visiting the winner's circle this weekend were Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa, in Comp Eliminator; Bob Cupp, Alexandria, Va., in Super Stock; Amanda Boicesco, Warminster, Pa, in Super Comp; Cameron Manuel, Winston Salem, N.C., in Super Gas; and Shawn Fricke, Flemington, N.J., in Super Street. In the division's Top Sportsman class it was Michael Daniele, Wantagh, N.Y., taking the win while Rick Bell, Merrimack N.H., won in Top Dragster. Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa.,in Street Pro Harley; Charley Douglas, Staunton, Va., in Hot Street Harley; William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., in Pro Gas Harley; Nate Carnahan, Powhatan, Va., in SEP HarleyHarley and David Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., in Draggin’ Bagger..

Many of the racers in competition this past weekend will head south to Charlotte, N.C. for the 5th Annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 11-13. Up next for the Northeast Division Lucas Oil Series is Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa, May 23-25.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Virginia Motorsports Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Round 1
4) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.337, 272.28 def. 5) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.406, 263.67
2) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.460, 262.13 def. 7) Dan Page, Hampstead, N.H., 12.381, 77.83
1) Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., 5.237, 275.79 def. 8) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.340, 270.05
3) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.306, 280.72 def. 6) Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., 5.415, 263.77

Semifinals
Fricke, 5.326, 267.69 def. Meyer, 5.364, 271.19
Veale, 5.277, 282.60 def. Bourke, 5.353, 266.11

Final
Veale, 5.339, 274.50 def. Fricke, 7.762, 129.14

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Round 1
3) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.552, 260.46 def. 6) Matt Gill, W Bridgewater, Mass., '08 Mustang, broke
1) Kris Hool, Casper, Wyo., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.723, 257.92 def. 8) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '06 Monte Carlo, 7.298, 160.33
2) Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.578, 263.15 def. 9) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '03 Mustang, 14.608, 55.53 4) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.181, 247.88 def. 5) Todd Veney, Indianapolis, Ind., '06 Monte Carlo, 7.374, 174.03

Semifinals
Harker, 5.523, 262.08 def. Ferro, 5.812, 254.52
Hool, 5.604, 260.46 def. Pomponio, 5.605, 259.81

Final
Hool, 5.754, 259.21 def. Harker, 17.241, 57.54

COMP ELIMINATOR
Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '05 Ken Keir, G/EA, 8.126, 156.19 def. John Frech, Cortland, Ohio, dragster, F/D, 8.053, 140.78

SUPER STOCK
Bob Cupp, Alexandria, Va., '65 Chevelle, SS/KA, 10.271, 122.31 def. Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., '05 Cavalier, GT/BA, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Monty Bogan, Jonesville, S.C., '67 Camaro, E/SA, 11.295, 93.47 def. Mike Ficacci, Sporta, N.J., '14 Cobra JET, B/SA, foul

SUPER COMP
Amanda Boicesco, Warminster, Pa., dragster, 8.913, 177.74 def. Billy Upton, Taylors, S.C., dragster, 8.913, 173.90

SUPER GAS
Cameron Manuel, Winston Salem, N.C., '06 Cobalt, 9.921, 168.28 def. Nick Simon, Havertown, Pa., '96 Beretta, 9.950, 154.72

SUPER STREET
Shawn Fricke, Flemington, N.J., '02 Pontiac, 10.908, 132.15 def. Martin Ganjoin, Brick, N.J., '69 Camaro, 10.884, 132.08

TOP DRAGSTER
Rick Bell, Merrimack, N.H., '12 Dan Page, 6.972, 184.95 def. John Taylor, Oley, Pa., '09 Delarm, 6.978, 195.11.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Michael Daniele, Wantagh, N.Y., '05 Cavalier, 6.885, 196.13 def. Mark Payne, Waynesboro, Va., '06 Cavalier, 7.240, 191.32.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Brian Pretzel, Belding, Mich., '13 Ski Doo, 8.317, 154.83 def. Mark Wakem, Poland, Maine, '10 Skidoo, 8.852, 151.99

TOP FUEL HARLEY
Tommy Grimes, Winston Salem, N.C., '14 Nitro Harley, 6.368, 233.64 def. Larry Drums Brancaccio, Nutley, N.J., '01 Weekend, broke.

PRO FUEL HARLEY
Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., dragster, 7.269, 180.91 def. Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., dragster, 7.316, 169.64.

SEP HARLEY
Nate Carnahan, Powhatan, Va., dragster, 10.567, 118.31 def. Brad Croneberger, Valley View, Pa., '05 Buell, 10.519, 125.60.

STREET PRO HARLEY
Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., dragster, 8.749, 153.82 def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., '92 Sportster, 8.872, 157.50.

HOT STREET HARLEY
Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., '92 Sportster, 10.102, 128.46 def. Troy Young, dragster, 10.636, 118.79.

PRO GAS HARLEY
William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., '06 VRod, 9.450, 136.93 def. Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., dragster, 14.755, 107.93.

DRAGGIN’ BAGGER
David Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., ’07 Road Glide, 114.823, 118.49 def. unopposed.





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