SHIELDS, POMPONIO HEADLINE LEBENON VALLEY EASTERN REGIONAL WINNERS
The Lucas Oil Drag Series, NHRA Northeast Division event concluded at Lebanon Valley Dragway Sunday evening. Winners hoisted their Wally trophies in the air as they celebrated in winner's circle with their teams.
Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., traveled across the country and took the victory in the Top Alcohol Dragster final round. Shields ran 5.431 seconds, 269.65 mph to outrun Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., who clocked in at 5.992 seconds, 236.67 mph.
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car finale, Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., took the starting line advantage and never let Phil Burkart, Yorkville, N.Y., back into the race, completing a victory pass of 5.829 seconds, 253.52 mph. Burkart runner upped at 6.593 seconds, 154.08 mph.
Comp Eliminator standout Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., had an easy final round as the 2016 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series World Champion, Doug Doll, Douglas, Mass., turned on the red light, giving Aragona the win. The New Jersey racer cruised down the track at 7.907 seconds, 129.94 mph.
Brian Bell, Lowell, Mass., earned his first win in the Top Sportsman class as Hong Lee, Epping, N.H., triggered the red light at the starting line. Bell ran 7.601 seconds, 180.40 mph in the MXI/MAGNAFLUX Top Sportsman Presented By Select Performance final round.
In the MXI/MAGNAFLUX Top Dragster Presented By Select Performance final round; Bob Vojtila, Southington, Conn., activated the red light at the starting line and gave the win to Shawn Fournier, Georgia, Vt. Fournier scored his first win, running 6.917 seconds, 194.52 mph.
The other drivers visiting the winner's circle were Jerry Hatch in Super Stock; Thomas Fletcher in Stock; Joey Cambria in Super Comp; Iggie Boicesco in Super Gas; Grant Nichols in Super Street; Brandon Miller in Junior Dragster 13-17; Jenna Nichols in Junior Dragster 10-12; James Stack Jr., Junior Dragster 6-9; and Brian Garbus in Pro Stock Snowmobile.
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division event at Lebanon Valley Dragway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
2) Dan Mercier, Saint-Michel, Quebec, 15.751, 55.68 def. 7) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., broke;
1) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.331, 272.63 was unopposed;
3) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.494, 271.82 def. 6) Richard St. Pierre, St. Lin Laurentides, Quebec, 5.625, 252.43;
5) Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., 5.717, 251.83 def. 4) Tom Fox Jr., Shamong, N.J., 7.535, 115.86;
Shields, 5.549, 269.48 def. Mercier, 7.703, 114.58;
Stalba, 5.703, 236.85 def. Fricke, 5.929, 229.15
Shields, 5.431, 269.65 def. Stalba, 5.992, 236.67.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
1) Phil Burkart, Yorkville, N.Y., '15 Camaro, 6.361, 135.37 was unopposed;
2) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '17 Camaro, 5.646, 262.21 def. 7) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '00 Avenger, 7.509, 129.21;
3) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.732, 256.00 def. 6) Matt Gill, Brockton, Mass., '16 Camaro, 6.038, 193.72;
4) Eric Lourie, Terryville, Conn., '03 Camaro, 64.999, no speed def. 5) Jeff McCulloch, Roseneath, Ont., '18 Camaro, 64.999, no speed;
Pomponio, 5.771, 254.83 def. Cox Jr., 7.242, 77.03;
Burkart, 5.662, 256.18 def. Lourie, 5.925, 242.40;
Pomponio, 5.829, 253.52 def. Burkart, 6.593, 154.08.
Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '16 Neil & Parks, E/DA, 7.907, 129.94 def. Doug Doll, Douglas, Mass., '07 Mckinney, F/DA, foul.
SUPER STOCK PRESENTED BY ATI
Jerry Hatch, Lubec, Maine, '70 Dodge, SS/HA, 9.866, 131.73 def. Michael Iacono, Wading River, N.Y., '87 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.006, 132.23.
STOCK ELIMINATOR PRESENTED BY ATI
Thomas Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., '69 Camaro, G/SA, 12.439, 74.96 def. Clint Walters, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., '67 Nova, F/SA, foul.
Joey Cambria, Shillington, Pa., '03 Kens Cust Chas, 8.940, 163.94 def. Kevin Scholl, Eagleville, Pa., '95 Dragster, 8.914, 163.76.
Iggie Boicesco, Warminster, Pa., '17 Corvette, 9.918, 165.00 def. Michael Handras, Hicksville, N.Y., '04 Cavalier, 9.894, 171.83.
Grant Nichols, Marlborough, Conn., dragster, 10.919, 125.44 def. Drew Wonderly, Hurley, N.Y., '70 Camaro, 10.939, 131.95.
MXI/MAGNAFLUX TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY SELECT PERFORMANCE
Brian Bell, Lowell, Mass., '06 Camaro, 7.601, 180.40 def. Hong Lee, Epping, N.H., '69 Camaro, foul.
MXI/MAGNAFLUX TOP DRAGSTER PRESENTED BY SELECT PERFORMANCE
Shawn Fournier, Georgia, Vt., '05 Dan Page, 6.917, 194.52 def. Bob Vojtila, Southington, Conn., '17 Dan Page, foul.
DIRECT CABINET SALES PRESENTS JUNIOR DRAGSTER 13 - 17
Brandon Miller, Canterbury, Conn., dragster, 8.091, 81.56 def. Cassie Diamond, Saugerties, N.Y., dragster, foul.
DIRECT CABINET SALES PRESENTS JUNIOR DRAGSTER 10 - 12
Jenna Nichols, Marlborough, Conn., dragster, 8.949, 72.53 def. Paul Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., dragster, 9.032, 72.16.
DIRECT CABINET SALES PRESENTS JUNIOR DRAGSTER 6 - 9
James Stack Jr., Gilbertsville, Pa., '04 Halfscale, 14.470, 42.01 def. Emily Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., dragster, 12.091, 52.57.
PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE
Brian Garbus, Terryville, Conn., '18 Yamaha, 8.499, 148.82 def. John Paranteau Sr., Brentwood, N.H., '12 Artic CAT, 8.483, 151.77.