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2006 NDRA New York

New York International Raceway Park Leicester, NY July 22-23, 2006

Stew Lawson
Apr 1, 2009

Rain, rain, go away come again another day. Thankfully that little nursery rhyme we all remember chanting as kids worked well this weekend, as at first glance the weather was looking very ominous, however Sunday ended up gorgeous!

After a few NOS energy drinks to help us Sunday morning, the racing got underway early. With the wash out on Saturday, two days of racing now had to take place in one. Bright and early Qualifying runs set the standard for the day. With a few new faces in the Pro all motor class, the final came down to the Clutch Masters duo of Saul Salceda and Norris Prayoonto. Norris in the K powered insight took the win over his teammate.

In the PRO FWD Jason Hunt in the Matco Tools Cobalt is just knocking on the 200mph mark. He took home the win with a 7.70 to a quick and charging Gary Gardella who ran a 7.9. In an odd and unusual moment Brent Rau lost in the final for Pro Outlaw RWD. He had been running consistent 7.00 all weekend and was sure to take the win. Unfortunately there were some auto start issues and he watched his opponent speed off down the track before he could stage up. In the Pro Compact class it was the American muscle car guys representing again. Kevin McCurdy in his ’01 Trans AM lined up against Ben Hopko in the ’96 Probe. This was the race of the weekend for the fans. Hopko got the jump on McCurdy, but at the end they had both ran a 6.71 – too bad for McCurdy, he lost on the tree.

Another mentionable moment was the 6.40 that Don Nase Jr ran on the Extreme Pro Compact class. He had some gremlins earlier in the day. They were attributed to a $5 cotter pin, but once they were solved he was absolutely flying. Look for big things from this car, because they are still getting the feel and running on low boost!

For the full ladder and results make sure to pick up the November issue of Modified Magazine, see you all in Atco!

By Stew Lawson
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