New England sure does love its racing! Amazing crowds showed up for both event days, and everyone including the Modified crew had a blast. The action was literally non-stop all weekend, from the regular drag racing action, all the way to the drift demos, Jell-O wrestling and swimsuit competition.
Records were demolished this weekend in all classes. In the all motor Class Leslie “A” as we like to call her was plagued with some major gremlins. Her and her team were unable to work them out so she had to take an unusual spot at the sidelines to watch Norris Prayoonto in the ClutchMasters Insight lay down the world record setting pass of 9.61 @ 140 mph. Earlier in the weekend he had set his sights on the record by running a 9.64, so when he backed it up in the eliminations it was official. Unfortunately he fell to his teammate Saul in the final due to some problems at the tree. Somehow we don’t think he minded very much.
For the Modified Mag Pro 4 cylinder class Check Seitsinger was looking to keep his wining streak alive. He was looking to do so until they popped a motor in a late qualifying run on Saturday. He and his crew did what they could to piece together a new motor for the finals. With second qualifier Bill Lowe only a second behind he had to make sure that it held together. Lucky for Chuck it did and took him into the finals to face Darryl Hudson in Eclipse. In the final Chuck ran an 8.35 to take the win and keep the streak alive!
The Pro Outlaw FWD class was small but nonetheless full of excitement. Chris Rado had his new Scion tC out on the track for its second event after unveiling it a few weeks ago. Still in testing mode but always very competitive Rado ran an 8.20 @ 171mph. Jason Hunt who always bring the A game was looking for another win with his qualifying run of 7.54 @ 198mph. Unfortunately (and it seems like we have been using this term a lot lately) he cracked a custom flywheel and without a replacement was unable to continue into the final. Chris Rado pulled to the line and took his solo run for his first victory in the new car in only its second outing.
The records were falling in Pro Outlaw RWD. Mr, David Hance in his ’05 Mustang set the MPH record for the class in eliminations – a blinding 205mph. He was also the number one qualifier thanks to his 7.18 @ 201 mph. Manny Buginga also piloting another Ford Mustang was second with his 7.44 @ 200 mph. In the final it all came down to Hance and Buginga, number one and two. On this weekend it was David Hance’s turn to shine. He took the win light with a 7.31 @ 204 mph.
The NOPI TV Pro Compact class is always full of action. With four American muscle cars showing up, we are starting to think the imports may be a little scared to show up. Ben Hopko in the stunning Ford Probe was number one qualifier again running a 6.61 @ 218 mph. That’s right folks, that was another new MPH record set this weekend. David Hance (sound familiar?) took second spot with a 6.75 @ 215 mph, and rounding out third was George Landis in the earthshaking 2006 Pontiac GTO with a 7.33 @ 184. There’s only one spot on the podium for first. Ben Hopko, whose Probe would be a shoo-in for ‘Best Paint’ at any show took the win against David Hance by running a 6.72 @ 217.
Overall a great weekend was had by all and we look forward to the next NDRA event. Go to www.nopi.com to see when NOPI is rolling into a town near you.