DELMAR, Del. -- Over 700 racers, representing NHRA's Northeast division took to the track for the first day of time trials at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals. A total of 16 member tracks are expected to complete for team honors, at U.S. 13 Dragway, with defending track champion, Atco Raceway, hoping to defend their title.
Friday morning, racers will once again suit up for a round of time trials. Friday afternoon, the top racers from each track in Super ET, Heavy ET, Bike/Sled and Street will compete in the Race of Champions. With over $4,500 total up for grabs, the competition for the cash prize will no doubt, be fierce.
Saturday's action will feature the highly regarded individual championships in Super ET, Heavy ET, Bike/Sled and Street, which will qualify four drivers for the Summit Racing NHRA National E.T Finals, to be held at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, November 8-11 in Pomona, Calif. There they will complete for a "winner-takes-all" $5000 purse.
Saturday will also feature the High School Eliminator Challenge presented by Luzerne County Community College. Open to competitors currently enrolled in High School, or 2001 graduates, the High School Eliminator Challenge is a no-electronics eliminator. The winner of the eliminator will receive a $1000 U.S Savings Bond, NHRA/Summit Racing Series ET Gold Card, Champions Jacket and trophy, all to be presented at the NHRA Northeast Division Championship Banquet being held January, 12, 2002. His or her school will also receive $1000, donated by the Northeast Division track operators to be used in the promotion of motorsports education.
Gates will open tomorrow at 7 a.m. Time trials begin at 8:30 a.m., with eliminations for the Race of Champions set to begin at 4 p.m. The following is the list of racers who will be competing in the NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals Race of Champions:
75-80 Dragway; Monrovia, Md. Scott Bodmer Steve Hoff Mike Myers Ken Luzupone Atco Raceway; Atco, N.J. Gene Irvin Jeff Pasquariello, Jr. Brian Mullaney John Snyder Capital Raceway; Crofton Md. Terry Sinke Bart Tremper Carlos DeJesus Jimmie Miller Cecil County Dragway; Rising Sun, Md. Dom Balducci John Pinno Jason Raser Danny Boyer ESTA Safety Park; Cecero, N.J. Scott Forbes Rob Forbes Ron Koskowski Kim Johnson Island Dragway; Great Meadows, N.J. Steve Sperone Bob Green Bob Larrison Don Hookway Keystone Raceway Park; New Alexandria, Pa. Rich Zemrose Joseph Seneca Dennis Weimer Dick Gumbert Lebanon Valley Dragway; West Lebanon, N.Y. Frank Berard Ken Rafferty Bill Kirpens, Sr. Jon Tisdale Long Island Motorsports Park; West Hampton, N.Y. John Graziano Gary Romonouske Donna Graziano Todd Fortunato Maple Grove Raceway; Reading, Pa. Jack Grater Jody Ames John Pehlman Butch Zelinsky Mason-Dixon Dragway; Hagerstown, Md. Ronnie Horwath Steve Dusin Gordon Stuckey Jerry Heil Numidia Raceway; Numidia Pa. Durwood Gunton Shane Garinger Tom Harhart Bob Larish Old Bridge Township Raceway Park; Englishtown, N.J. Scott Albrecht Brian Brown Jeff Morena Ron Reagan South Mountain Dragway; Boiling Springs, Pa. Terry Smith Brian Shaffer Richard Zeigler Joe Nonemaker Spencer Speedway; Williamson, N.Y. Sam Cappilzi John Hurlbert Steve Galle Gregg Fillmore U.S. 13 Dragway; Delmar, Del. Bobby Insley Brian Martel James Farmer Steve Waters
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