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Tue, 2 Oct 2001, 01:22 PM

Northeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals Underway at U.S. 13
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

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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