- Clay Millican wins Top Fuel at IHRA Amalie
Oil North American Nationals
|Top Fuel -- Clay Millican, 4.752 seconds,
310.02 mph def. Bruce Litton, 5.073 seconds, 298.70
(9-7-2003) - The guns were blazing in Epping on
the third and final day of the Amalie Oil North American Nationals.
Clay Millican took home Top Fuel honors, Carl Baker fought his way
through a devilish Sunoco Pro Stock field, Rob Atchison continued
to wow the fans in the funny car category and Shannon Jenkins finally
tasted victory in Pro Mod.
Sunoco Pro Stock has been THE class to watch at New England Dragway
all weekend long. The quickest field in IHRA history, one of the
tightest fields in IHRA history and great weather all combined to
make Sunoco Pro Stock the steel cage death-match class of the weekend.
It was anyone’s ball game all day long. On one side of the
ladder sat Carl Baker, staring down the likes of Chris Holbrook,
Jason Collins and John Montecalvo. On the other sat number two qualifier
Frank Gugliotta, looking at Elijah Morton, Pete Berner, and good
leaver Jeff Dobbins. Both men fought their way through three rounds
to meet in a final that would leave Baker victorious with a 6.567,
213.47 mile per hour blast. Gugliotta managed a 6.616, but it was
all for naught as he lit the red bulb.
Alcohol funny car action was a knock-down drag out battle itself.
Atchison and Mark Thomas held the top two qualifying spots and were
poised to meet in a titanic final round. Atchison side stepped Vince
Rastelli, Tony Bogolo and John Vouros to make his side of the final
round. The other half of the ladder was dominated by Mark Thomas.
Thomas stomped on Charlie Gambino, Larry Dobbs, and Fred Tigges
to make his way to the showdown with Rob Atchison. It was the 27
year old from Ontario that would have the last laugh though as he
beat Thomas to the finish 5.816 to Thomas’s 5.871.
|Pro Modified -- Shannon Jenkins, Chevy
Camaro, 6.316, 220.58 def. Mike Janis, Chevy Corvette, 6.390,
Pro Modified is the class that often times has the best story lines
at the national events. This one was no exception. Quain Stott was
trying to narrow the gap on brother Mitch, Billy Harper showed up
in Epping after leading qualifying number one in Indy, Shannon Jenkins
trying to salvage what is left of this season and local racer Steve
Salvadore opening everyone’s eyes to New England’s local
Pro Mod contingent. Quain Stott made good on his plan to get some
rounds on his sibling, but in the process wounded his Corvette on
the wall at New England Dragway. As all this action was happening
on one side of the ladder, Shannon Jenkins was calmly motoring through
his opponents like a hot knife through butter. One by one they fell,
Harold Martin, Mitch Stott, and finally Mike Janis to take the win
in Pro Mod. It took Jenkins a motor banging, 6.316, 220 mph pass
to get by Janis’s hard charging 6.390, 228 mph run. Janis
had the starting line jump by three one hundredths. The local hero
of the weekend was Steve Salvadore who slammed into the third qualifying
slot with a blistering 6.21 pass on Saturday night. He beat Mike
Faucher in round one and then was halted by Carl Spiering in round
two. Salvadore really rallied the New England fans.
|Funny Car -- Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird,
5.816, 241.02 def. Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.871, 238.41
Millican showed once again why the Werner team gets the job done
almost every time out. A cool head, great machinery and a good crew
got the team to the winner’s circle in Epping. The two cars
that all eyes were glued to were of course, Bruce Litton and Clay
Millican and the two did not disappoint. Millican lambasted Roger
Dean and Todd Paton on his way to meet Bruce Litton in the final.
On Litton’s side, he whooped Bobby Lagana Jr., and Grant Flowers
to gain access to the final round. When the two cars were brought
to the line Litton staged first, and then went in deep. Millican,
without an iota of hesitation followed him right in. When the tree
fell and the dust settled it was Millican’s 4.752, 310.02
atop a pedaling Litton’s 5.073, 298.70 pass. The New England
fans were on their feet for the final round.
|Pro Stock -- Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar,
6.567, 213.47 def. Frank Gugliotta, Ford Mustang, foul.
The Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England Dragway
proved once again that New England is a hot bed of drag racing activity.
Huge crowds packed the facility, almost 600 racecars packed the
grounds and smiles were on the faces of fans and winners alike at
the end of the evening. The cool, September air here in Epping,
provided the fans and the sanctioning body with one of the best
shows of the entire season.
The next event on the 2003 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series is the
12th annual Presidents Cup
Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, September 26 - 28.
|Top Sportsman -- Britt Cummings, Pontiac
Firebird, 7.281, 163.69 def. Eric Fitzgerald, Chevy Camaro,
|Top Dragster -- Phil Berger, 7.548, 176.22
def. Brian Lampton, 7.668, 179.21.
|Super Stock -- Terry Allison, Chevy S-10,
9.985, 132.15 def. Scotty Stillings, Pontiac Grand Am, broke.
|Stock -- Dean Ribeiro, Pontiac Firebird,
10.844, 120.95 def. Dennis Martins, Chevy Malibu, 12.475, 104.72.
|Quick Rod -- Rich Bonaventura, Dragster,
8.912, 161.37 def. Eric Cabral, Dragster, 8.923, 176.67.
|Super Rod -- Glenn Ferguson, Foed Maverick,
9.993, 127.47 def. Charlie Kenopic, Ford Roadster, foul.
|Hot Rod -- Henry Huard, Mazda RX-7, 10.930,
137.78 def. Scott Jahren, Chevy Camaro, 10.940, 117.84.
|ET Bracket -- Lee Vartanian, Chevy Nova,
11.094, 118.45 def. Edward Dubois, Dodge Charger, 10.169, 130.77.
Final round-by-round results from the 8th annual Amalie Oil
Nationals at New England Dragway, the tenth of 12 events in the
2003 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series -
ROUND ONE -- Jack Ostrander, 4.843, 308.11 def. Bobby
Lagana Jr, 5.133, 243.11; Bruce Litton, 4.914, 292.87 def. Grant
Flowers, 4.956, 299.20; Todd Paton, 4.886, 267.22 def. Donald Sosenka,
6.654, 124.91; Clay Millican, 4.689, 317.79 def. Roger Dean, 5.208,
SEMIFINALS -- Litton, 4.847, 279.67 def. Ostrander, broke;
Millican, 4.676, 317.68 def. Paton,
FINAL -- Millican, 4.752, 310.02 def. Litton, 5.073, 298.70.
ROUND ONE -- Quain Stott, Chevy Corvette, 6.376, 225.33
def. Paul Athey, Corvette, 11.565,
71.61; Roy Wasko, Chevy Camaro, 6.370, 219.99 def. Billy Harper,
Dodge Viper, 14.856, 53.92; Mike Janis, Corvette, 6.334, 227.84
def. Pat Moore, Chevy Bel Air, 14.657, 61.45; Mitch Stott, Corvette,
6.259, 225.33 def. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 12.971, 70.40; Steve Salvadore,
Bel Air, 6.604, 219.83 def. Michael Faucher, Camaro, 6.937, 213.92;
Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 6.284, 223.15 def. Harold Martin, Pontiac
Grand Am, 6.432, 223.49; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.269, 223.26
def. Steve Engel, Corvette, 6.393, 225.00; Carl Spiering, Bel Air,
6.322, 223.10 def. Carl Bullock, Willys, 6.351, 223.26;
QUARTERFINALS -- Q. Stott, 6.315, 227.96 def. Wasko, 6.393,
220.48; Spiering, 6.354, 223.04 def. Salvadore, 6.419, 222.66; Jenkins,
6.288, 224.32 def. M. Stott, 6.268, 226.13; Janis, 6.336, 227.61
def. Castellana, 7.191, 143.47;
SEMIFINALS -- Janis, 6.380, 220.42 def. Q. Stott, 9.741,
87.01; Jenkins, 6.477, 218.07 def.
Spiering, 6.374, 219.56;
FINAL -- Jenkins, 6.316, 220.58 def. Janis, 6.390, 228.83.
ROUND ONE -- Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird, 5.915, 239.80
def. Vincent Rastelli, Chevy
Corvette, 7.640, 140.75; Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.830, 240.38
def. Charlie Gambino,
Corvette, 6.457, 192.22; Fred Tigges, Chevy Camaro, 5.856, 239.17
def. Mike Comella, Avenger, 6.768, 148.09; John Vouros, Firebird,
11.465, 72.07 def. David Rowe, Oldsmobile Cutlass, foul; Ronnie
Midyette, Camaro, 6.142, 237.84 def. Joe Comella, Firebird, 6.444,
189.23; Larry Dobbs, Corvette, 5.852, 240.64 def. Bunny Burkett,
Avenger, 6.030, 238.53; Tony Bogolo, Oldsmobile Achieva, 5.928,
238.34 def. Terry McMillen, Avenger, 6.013, 232.25; George McNeil,
Cutlass, 6.044, 232.67 def. Jean-guy Genest, Dodge Daytona, 6.482,
QUARTERFINALS -- Thomas, 5.839, 241.15 def. Dobbs, 5.887,
240.38; Tigges, 5.931, 232.55 def. McNeil, 6.046, 232.37; Atchison,
5.902, 242.39 def. Bogolo, 7.024, 136.13; Vouros, 6.096, 233.82
def. Midyette, 9.327, 139.40;
SEMIFINALS -- Thomas, 5.865, 241.61 def. Tigges, broke;
Atchison, 5.828, 240.83 def. Vouros, 6.081, 231.30;
FINAL -- Atchison, 5.816, 241.02 def. Thomas, 5.871, 238.41.
ROUND ONE -- Tim Bell, Ford Mustang, 8.990, 119.96 def.
John Montecalvo, Chevy Cavalier, broke; Doug Kirk, Mustang, 6.592,
209.25 def. John Nobile, Cavalier, broke; Jeff Dobbins, Ford Probe,
6.632, 210.62 def. Rick Jones, Dodge Neon, 6.628, 211.26; Chris
Holbrook, Ford Escort, 6.656, 209.79 def. Floyd Cheek, Mustang,
6.677, 206.28; Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar, 6.563, 212.66 def. Jason
Collins, Cougar, 8.591, 115.31; Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.527, 212.26
def. Chuck DeMory, Mustang, 6.658, 209.49; Pete Berner, Mustang,
6.604, 210.87 def. John Bartunek, Cavalier, 18.078, 48.80; Frank
Gugliotta, Mustang, 6.569, 211.81 def. Elijah Morton, Mercury Cougar,
QUARTERFINALS -- Berner, 6.611, 211.06 def. Dobbins, 6.610,
211.91; Gugliotta, 6.581, 211.86 def. Kirk, 6.613, 209.54; Gahm,
6.576, 211.51 def. Bell, 6.617, 210.77; Baker, 6.570, 213.42 def.
Holbrook, 8.767, 112.69;
SEMIFINALS -- Gugliotta, 6.606, 212.06 def. Berner, 13.073,
65.38; Baker, 6.580, 213.47 def.
Gahm, 6.584, 211.36;
FINAL -- Baker, 6.567, 213.47 def. Gugliotta, foul.
|Al Barber might just take his gig to the
circle tracks where it is acceptable to turn left. (Jim Mayo
(9-7-2003) - Just when you thought
it was safe to go outside - John Bartunek’s weekend
of nasty luck continued in the first round of eliminations today.
Bartunek launched his car and a wheelie bar broke on the hit, causing
the car to get crossed up and forced him to abort the run. This
freakish breakage comes after the mystery valvetrain break earlier
this weekend that almost didn’t allow Bartunek to make a single
You mean all this happened in the first 100 feet? -
John Vouros made a vintage fuel altered pass this morning. The problem
was that he was driving an alky funny car. After seeing the red
eye in his opponent’s lane, Vouros decided to land on it anyway.
The car immediately began to spin the tires hard. John pedaled,
tried to save it, but the car had different ideas. With the centerline
looming large he decided to call it a day.
|Joe Comella had the official altitude
record at New England Dragway for his body during Sunday's eliminations..
(Jim Mayo photo)
Dewey defeats Truman - No one at New England Dragway
had given Roy Wasko a fighting chance in round 1. Billy Harper was
qualified #1 and Wasko was struggling. He barely made it into the
field in the 16th spot. Harper left the line and broke the tires
loose, pitching the car sideways and allowing Wasko to zip by for
And the results are in -
The official count for the Pro Modifieds.com Fans $500 is 23. Josh
Moore from Stratroi, Ontario Canada was the first to guess 23 correctly
and is the winner of the Fans $500 from Pro Modifieds.com
And it sucks to be this guy - Josh was not the
only person to guess 23 Pro Mods here at the Amalie Oil North American
Nationals. A member of our message board correctly guessed 23 and
even guessed the low ET, dead on. Unfortunately he did not fill
out an entry form and only
|The road was tough en route to the final
round for Top Sportsman winner Britt Cummings. (Jim Mayo photo)
posted his number on the board, so he kissed 500 clams good bye.
Postcards from the edge - Wheelstander driver/
stuntman Al Barber made contact with us this morning. He is very
sore, but otherwise uninjured. The truck is already disassembled
inside his garage. Al will be back… but will be performing
at circle tracks where left hand turns are far less destructive.
SATURDAY - Millican, Harper, Gahm,
and Atchison lead final qualifying at Amalie North American Nationals
|Clay Millican heads into final eliminations
as the quickest car on the grounds at New England Dragway.
(9-6-2003) - The second day of qualifying has
ended at the IHRA Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England
Dragway in Epping, NH and the leader board looks much the same as
it did yesterday. The quickest IHRA Sunoco Pro Stock field in IHRA
history, a track ET record for Clay Millican and possibly the most
monstrous crowd in New England Dragway history were highlights of
In Top Fuel, Clay Millican leads the field after the shortened two
round qualifying program. Millican’s 4.60, 318.58 mph sticks
him just ahead of second qualifier Bruce Litton’s Lucas Oil
sponsored machine, which managed a 4.87, 301.20. Millican managed
to eclipse his own track record by one one-hundredth of a second.
Pro Modified was the Billy Harper show again. Mitch Stott made a
valiant attempt at stopping the Harper juggernaut with a 6.19, 226
mph. That mark held for one round until Harper unleashed a blistering
6.18, 228 mph. Harper is the odds on favorite for the Pro Mod class
|Brian Gahm paced the quickest field in
IHRA Sunoco Pro Stock field in history.
Funny Car action was led again by Rob Atchison. His 5.783, 241.80
mph run, made yesterday in the second round remains the mark for
all to shoot for. Mark Thomas leveled both barrels at the Atchison
camp and let fly with a 5.795, 243.50 mph. The funny car category
will be exciting tomorrow.
The quickest field in IHRA Sunoco Pro Stock history is being led
by Brian Gahm’s 6.52. Many expected to see a high 40 out of
the field during the last session, but it was not to be. Frank Gugliotta
is sitting behind Gahm with a 6.535, 212.81. Gugliotta is concerned
about his first round match up with Elijah Morton a.k.a Mr. Starting
line, “I am going to get plenty of sleep tonight,” said
Local racers have made their marks in the program. Dave Ray sits
6th in the Funny Car field with a 5.90, 237 mph. The biggest waves
being made by a local racer are those swells that Steve Salvadore
and his team are stirring up. The Barre, Massachusetts native shot
in the top half of the Pro Mod field with a 6.21, 225 mph to garner
the third qualifying spot. They made good on their promise to step
on the car during the evening session.
Eliminations are set to begin tomorrow with major, season-ending
consequences. The Stott brothers will be battling for end of the
season bragging rights and the Kirk vs. Baker Pro Stock battle will
be played out before a full house here at New England Dragway.
First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for
the 8th annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England
Dragway, the tenth of 12 events in the 2003 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing
Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.
Top Fuel -- 1. Clay Millican, 4.604 seconds,
318.58 mph vs. 8. Roger Dean, 5.671,
242.19; 2. Bruce Litton, 4.875, 301.20 vs. 7. Grant Flowers, 5.306,
269.38; 3. Jack Ostrander,
4.891, 286.44 vs. 6. Bobby Lagana Jr, 5.282, 206.23; 4. Todd Paton,
4.916, 268.09 vs. 5.
Donald Sosenka, 5.162, 268.49.
Pro Modified -- 1. Billy Harper, Dodge Viper,
6.186, 228.48 vs. 16. Roy Wasko, Chevy
Camaro, 6.332, 221.62; 2. Mitch Stott, Chevy Corvette, 6.199, 226.52
vs. 15. Ed Hoover,
Corvette, 6.324, 226.47; 3. Steve Salvadore, Chevy Bel Air, 6.212,
228.07 vs. 14. Sal
Passarelli, Chevy Nova, 6.302, 223.82; 4. Mike Janis, Corvette,
6.227, 231.36 vs. 13. Pat
Moore, Bel Air, 6.288, 223.65; 5. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.247,
222.00 vs. 12. Steve Engel,
Corvette, 6.286, 226.47; 6. Carl Bullock, Willys, 6.257, 222.00
vs. 11. Carl Spiering, Bel Air,
6.281, 224.77; 7. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 6.262, 222.27 vs. 10.
Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.273, 225.39; 8. Paul Athey, Corvette,
6.265, 224.49 vs. 9. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.268, 228.31.
Funny Car -- 1. Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird,
5.783, 241.80 vs. 16. Vincent Rastelli,
Chevy Corvette, 6.120, 226.92; 2. Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.795,
243.50 vs. 15. Charlie
Gambino, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.052, 232.85; 3. Fred Tigges, Chevy
Camaro, 5.811, 241.74 vs. 14. Mike Comella, Avenger, 6.020, 231.60;
4. John Vouros, Firebird, 5.888, 235.66 vs. 13. David Rowe, Cutlass,
6.002, 235.78; 5. Ronnie Midyette, Camaro, 5.893, 240.00 vs. 12.
Joe Comella, Firebird, 5.979, 238.28; 6. Dave Ray, Ford Mustang,
5.905, 237.40 vs. 11. George McNeil, Cutlass, 5.966, 233.40; 7.
Larry Dobbs, Corvette, 5.911, 240.77 vs. 10. Bunny Burkett, Avenger,
5.959, 239.87; 8. Tony Bogolo, Oldsmobile Achieva, 5.913, 240.83
vs. 9. Terry McMillen, Avenger, 5.935, 236.03.
Pro Stock -- 1. Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 6.526,
212.61 vs. 16. Chuck DeMory, Mustang,
6.597, 210.18; 2. Frank Gugliotta, Mustang, 6.535, 212.81 vs. 15.
Elijah Morton, Mercury
Cougar, 6.591, 212.36; 3. Pete Berner, Mustang, 6.546, 211.76 vs.
14. John Bartunek, Chevy
Cavalier, 6.582, 210.97; 4. Carl Baker, Cougar, 6.547, 213.72 vs.
13. Jason Collins, Cougar,
6.579, 212.01; 5. Chris Holbrook, Ford Escort, 6.549, 212.46 vs.
12. Floyd Cheek, Mustang,
6.578, 210.62; 6. Rick Jones, Dodge Neon, 6.556, 212.81 vs. 11.
Jeff Dobbins, Ford Probe,
6.576, 213.21; 7. Doug Kirk, Mustang, 6.558, 211.31 vs. 10. John
Nobile, Cavalier, 6.572,
210.87; 8. John Montecalvo, Cavalier, 6.562, 214.28 vs. 9. Tim Bell,
Mustang, 6.564, 211.76.
SATURDAY - Early
Saturday Notes from Epping
|From the looks of the spectator count
at New England Dragway, the drag races were the only game in
(9-6-2003) - Hurry up and wait - Bruce Litton’s
car and rig arrived before the start of racing on Friday. Since
there was no fuel runs made before today the crew really had nothing
major to do. When asked what the morning’s activities were,
Litton responded, “Just getting ready. Nothing special.”
When asked his thoughts on only having 2 qualifying sessions, Litton
said, “We’ll take whatever we can get.”
Set your Ray gun on stun - Local funny car racer
Dave Ray really stepped on his Ford Mustang last night and ran career
best 5.90. Unfortunately he wounded the car. His dedicated crew
worked through the night to get the Butler Steel buildings funny
car back in order. Minutes ago they fired the car and will be making
a “safe” pass this round.
You mean there’s another race somewhere today? -
Fans continue to pack New England Dragway early. The crowd
for tonight’s event is sure to be a record buster. Track management
judges the crowd to be on pace to annihilate the previous attendance
record for the event.
Chairman of the board - Bill Bader was spotted
chatting with many members of New England Dragway’s board
of directors, to which one jokester said, “Hey I thought those
guys were only allowed to hang out once a month.”
Seperated at Birth - Jack Ostrander and Louis
Allison wheeled into Epping earlier this morning. A quick glance
at Ostrander and several people agreed that if we gave him a beard
trim and muscled him up he would be a dead ringer for Paul, the
father on the hit TV show American Chopper.
Kaase or can’t he? - John Bartunek may get
the worst luck award of the weekend. Bartunek arrived this morning,
already missing 2 qualifying shots. Things went downhill from there.
When they fired the car a valvetrain piece broke and they had no
replacement. John Kaase is here in Epping and is currently trying
find a remedy for Bartunek’s situation.
Charlie Gam-Blamo! - While Russia may have their
Chernobyl incident, Epping now has the Gambino incident. Charlie
Gambino, blew his Funny Car up nuclear style while headed through
the traps at New England Dragway. Gambino was unhurt aside from
a severely rung bell, but the body shattered like fine China.
|Steve Salvadore is enjoying one of his
finest outings ever in Pro Modified.
If he’s here how can he be? - Billy Harper
who had the #1 qualifying spot at the Indy Pro Mod challenge currently
sits on the top of the heap here at Epping.
If this goes well I feel bad for everyone else? -
Ed Hoover’s 6.42 yesterday is deceptively tame. It turns out
that that car was on a mid 6.20’s pass, but it blew top gear
out of the transmission, essentially throwing the car into neutral.
Hoover coasted to that number. He claims that they missed the clutch,
but they are not sure which way to go with it. His first pass today
should be interesting.
I love the night life - Steve Salvadore is loving
life today. Sitting pretty in the 4th spot of Pro Mod the team is
all smiles. The goals for today are pretty simple, this afternoon
they plan on going conservative and just getting the car down the
track, tonight they are going to step on it and try to better the
Bad Batch of Rubbers - All tires are not created
equal and the Sunoco Pro Stock drivers here in Epping know that.
It seems that the batch of Goodyear tires that all the teams are
running on are, well, weird. No one is having any luck getting the
tires to bite. Needless to say, there’s a lot of activity
in the pits today.
FRIDAY - Harper, Atchison
and Gahm lead first day professional qualifying at Epping
|Billy Harper gave up his top spot at Indy
to head to Epping. The first day of qualifying produced the
same result as he laid down the #1 spot in Pro Modified.
(9-5-2003) - A good crowd, record runs, and fine
weather all contributed to a banner first day at the Amalie Oil
North American Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, NH.
The first day of qualifying, which did not include fuel cars, showcased
banner performances from local and traveling racers alike. Early
qualifying leaders include Brian Gahm who broke the existing track
Pro Stock ET record with a blistering 6.52, 212.26 mph, Billy Harper
in Pro Mod with a 6.20, 228.48 mph and Rob Atchison in Funny Car
with his revolutionary Chevy powered funny car with a 5.78, 240
Local racer Steve Salvadore from Barre, Massachusetts is currently
qualified 4th in Pro Mod with a 6.23, 228 mph. David Ray and David
Rowe, both New England natives, are comfortably in the funny car
field sitting in the 5 and 12 slots respectively. New England racers
Dave Bureau and Terry Hall lead their packs in Top Dragster and
The Pro Stock field is qualified very tightly. Holding the first
5 spots are Brian Gahm, Pete Berner, Carl Baker, Chris Holbrook
and Doug Kirk. All 5 are Ford powered machines and the spread between
them is only 4 one hundredths of a second.
Pro Modified is shaping up very well for the weekend. The mix of
nitrous to blown cars is fairly even and the nitrous camp may have
a shot at claiming their second ever victory here at Epping. Billy
Harper pulled out the whooping stick with a 6.20, 228 MPH for the
pole. Mitch Stott holds the second spot with a 6.22. Mike Janis,
Steve Salvadore, and Paul Athey round out the field.
The Rob Atchison traveling road show continues with yet another
strong performance. He sits on the pole, leading number two qualifier
Mark Thomas by 2 one hundredths of a second. John Vouros, Ronnie
Midyette and Northeast racer David Ray round out the top 5.
With a high pressure weather system approaching, the talk at the
track is that below sea level air could be present tomorrow. If
that proves to be true, the evening qualifying sessions could be
record breakers. Atchison is currently 6 one hundredths off the
Pro Funny car record and seeing as Gahm already broke the track
elapsed time record and he sits only .05 off the national record
anything could happen.
With a bona-fide Top Fuel field chomping at the bit to run, day
2 of the Amalie Oil North American Nationals promises to be even
more speedy than day 1.
Results Friday after qualifying for the 8th annual Amalie Oil
North American Nationals at New England Dragway, tenth of 12 events
in the 2003 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue
Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.
Pro Modified -- 1. Billy Harper, Dodge Viper, 6.205,
228.48; 2. Mitch Stott, Chevy Corvette, 6.224, 225.84; 3. Mike Janis,
Corvette, 6.227, 231.36; 4. Steve Salvadore, Chevy Bel Air, 6.233,
228.07; 5. Paul Athey, Corvette, 6.233, 228.07; 6. Harold Martin,
Pontiac Grand Am,
6.273, 225.22; 7. Carl Spiering, Bel Air, 6.338, 223.21; 8. Mike
Lockwood, Corvette, 6.341,
222.22; 9. Steve Vick, Chevy Camaro, 6.352, 222.60; 10. Sal Passarelli,
Chevy Nova, 6.365,
220.21; 11. Roy Wasko, Camaro, 6.376, 219.83; 12. Charles Carpenter,
Bel Air, 6.383, 222.00; 13. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 6.389, 220.48;
14. Steve Engel, Corvette, 6.390, 222.44; 15. Michael Faucher, Camaro,
6.418, 221.13; 16. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.420, 217.44.
Funny Car -- 1. Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird,
5.783, 241.80; 2. Mark Thomas, Dodge
Avenger, 5.800, 241.35; 3. John Vouros, Firebird, 5.888, 235.66;
4. Ronnie Midyette, Chevy
Camaro, 5.895, 238.28; 5. Dave Ray, Ford Mustang, 5.905, 237.40;
6. Larry Dobbs, Chevy Corvette, 5.932, 238.47; 7. Fred Tigges, Camaro,
5.935, 236.84; 8. George McNeil, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 5.966, 233.40;
9. Joe Comella, Firebird, 5.979, 238.28; 10. Terry McMillen, Avenger,
5.983, 232.73; 11. Bunny Burkett, Avenger, 6.002, 239.55; 12. David
Rowe, Cutlass, 6.002, 235.78; 13. Mike Comella, Avenger, 6.020,
231.60; 14. Charlie Gambino, Cutlass, 6.052, 232.85; 15. Bill Naves,
Cutlass, 6.174, 228.42; 16. Vincent Rastelli, Corvette, 6.247, 225.67.
Pro Stock -- 1. Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 6.526,
212.26; 2. Pete Berner, Mustang, 6.546,
211.76; 3. Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar, 6.547, 213.72; 4. Chris Holbrook,
Ford Escort, 6.549,
212.16; 5. Doug Kirk, Mustang, 6.560, 211.31; 6. Jeff Dobbins, Ford
Probe, 6.576, 212.46; 7.
Jason Collins, Cougar, 6.579, 212.01; 8. Frank Gugliotta, Mustang,
6.580, 211.61; 9. Rick Jones, Dodge Neon, 6.599, 211.86; 10. Elijah
Morton, Mustang, 6.602, 211.41; 11. Floyd Cheek, Mustang, 6.603,
210.62; 12. John Nobile, Chevy Cavalier, 6.610, 210.42; 13. John
Montecalvo, Cavalier, 6.613, 212.71; 14. Daniel Seamon, Cavalier,
6.624, 209.25; 15. Steve Spiess, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.634, 209.35;
16. Chuck DeMory, Mustang, 6.643, 209.10.
FRIDAY NOTES - New Qualifying Procedures? Early candidate
for the "Doh!" Award
|Al Barber, a new wheelstander driver attempting
to finish up his licensing runs, found out the hard way what
happens when you set the front-end down with steering at full
(8-24-2003) - If all else fails - Go
with what you know. Brian Gahm, who has been having some “issues”
with his new Mustang brought an insurance policy with him…his
2002 Championship car. If he did not have a good run during 1st
round qualifying he was going to pull the old car out of the trailer
and run that. He currently sits on the pole after round 1 of qualifying.
When 40 Miles = 2.5 hours - Chock this story up
in the classic lore file. John Kaase, Chuck DeMory, and Paul Trussell
were slated to fly into a local New Hampshire airport. Unfortunately
for them, the airport was shrouded in fog and other nasty weather
conditions so their flight was diverted to Boston, which is about
45 miles from New England Dragway. The three men piled into the
same cab for what they thought was to be a pretty boring ride to
their hotel here in New Hampshire. Their cab driver, spoke very
little English and apparently had never left the city of Boston
before. The unnamed driver was hopelessly lost minutes outside of
the city. After a while of aimlessly driving around, the three intrepid
travelers started directing the driver. In the process, he drove
past the exit they needed 3 times, was accelerating to over 90 mph
and then landing on the brakes for no reason, and riding the center
line and outer boundary lines of the road. According to Trussell,
“I thought I was on an ocean liner. I was sea sick from rocking
back and forth so much.” Apparently Kaase was the first of
the trio to snap and demanded that the driver pulled the car over
until they could find someone who knew the area to guide them home.
Here’s the kicker. The airline had given all the passengers
vouchers valued at $50.00 to cover cab fare to their various destinations.
The bill was $270.00. They flipped the driver the coupon and instructed
him to figure out where the rest of the money was going to come
from. We suspect he is still trying to find his way home.
|The partnership of veteran Pro Modified
runner Charles Carpenter with Pat Dougherty has been a positive
for nitrous fans.
Changes to come with IHRA qualifying procedures? - This
event on the tour only features 2, count’em 2 rounds of Top
Fuel Qualifying. The reasoning? Most seem to agree that it is the
fact that if a small budget team runs well on Friday evening, they
sit out during the sessions on Saturday, when the largest crowd
packs the track. This change will put all the teams in the limelight
in front of everyone. It also forces them to make good quick because
they only have 2 shots to make the show.
Fuelah’s make the tow - The North American
Nationals typically does not draw a very large crowd of top fuel
dragsters (or as they say here in New Hampshire Top Fuelahs). This
year has seen an increase in the fuel car count. 11 Top Fuel cars
dot the pite here at New England Dragway…well 9 actually.
We are awaiting the arrival of Jack Ostrander and Louie Allison.
They will make the 10 and 11 cars. Yet another reason that those
2 qualifying sessions will be muy importante…people will be
headed home early.
When Worlds Collide - Pat Dougherty and the rest
of the “Men from Maine” are in attendance this weekend
with new teammate and cohort Charles Carpenter. The two nitrous
bombers, one North and one South have joined forces this year with
good results. Dougherty has been running better than ever this season
with his nitrous setup. So Yankee ingenuity and southern hard nosed
drag racing know-how have paid dividends. They both hope it will
continue this weekend.
|Tom Howell, one of the premier alky tuners
in all of drag racing usually has his hands full, but his weekend
his primary focus is the Boston Stock Exchange alky funny car..
Tommy Two-Tone - Tom Howell, one of the premier
alky tuners in all of drag racing usually has his hands full. On
a recent weekend he was tuning a dragster at a track, and tuning
two funny cars via telephone. This weekend his primary focus is
the Boston Stock Exchange alky funny car. He also tunes Jay Blake’s
NHRA Alky Funny Car, which is driven by Todd Veney. That car is
qualified at Indy and Tom is giving the crew some tips, but is concentrating
on the BSE car.
Blow or Be Blown - Ed Hoover is on the grounds
with the blown car this weekend. Team Trussell is trying to iron
out the bugs that have plagued the blown entry. Hoover was quite
clear on the team’s objectives this weekend, “We are
just trying to run the car in IHRA trim.” With a grin he added,
“We are not going to be breaking any records this weekend.”
Don’t count out those bottle battlers- After
1 rd of qualifying in Pro Mod the Mike Janis “Widowmaker”
is on the pole with a 6.22, 231. Nipping on his heels is Paul Athey’s
Nitrous injected Corvette’s 6.26, 224 mph. It’s going
to be a good weekend.
Guess who’s back….back again - Billy
Harper is in Epping this weekend. When asked why he didn’t
want to stay in Indy and beat up on those guys he answered (with
a smile), “We just thought we would come here and beat up
on all these guys.”
DOH!!! - Luckily this happened on Friday. Al Barber,
a new wheelstander driver was attempting to finish up his licensing
runs on Friday in his Lil’ Fire Truck Dodge Dakota wheelstander.
The pass went well until the finish line when the truck landed with
the steering at full left lock. A 90 degree left hand turn into
the concrete wall here at New England Dragway ended his weekend
and any hopes Barber has of licensing this season.
Awww Can I? Can I? - Mike Kloeber and Clay Millican
were spotted with Bill Bader earlier today requesting a chance to
make a pass with the Werner Enterprises Top Fueler. Kloeber was
concerned with the fact that his team would only have 2 chances
to get the car right for the weekend. The results of the conversation
have yet to be seen but as of this writing (3:45pm) no pass has