2014 New England Dragway
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Boston, North Shore
January 31, 2015
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It doesn’t come as a startling revelation that capturing a championship in any category at New England Dragway is the result of determination, skill and hard work. This year’s Indy Auto Parts Super Pro Champion Ray Knight is the epitome of those attributes. Ray has been part of the New England Dragway racing community for decades, recognized by his peers as one of the toughest drivers on the track. But, if you ask him about the most thrilling aspect of this year’s hard fought battle you will not hear stories about margins of victories measuring in the ten-thousandths or near perfect reaction times. Instead he will tell you it’s the opportunity to share the podium with his son Steven who captured the E.C.O.P.E. Junior Dragster crown.
Steven started coming to the track shortly after he was born. His mother Nancy would wheel his stroller to the grandstands and watch Ray battle week in and week out for the coveted championship. You would think that his was a natural progression into the Junior Dragster ranks, but it took Steven a while to warm up to the idea of competition. He was a bit timid at first. Yet, once he became comfortable in the cockpit the young Mr. Knight’s DNA took over and he emerged as a tough competitor in his own right.
According to Ray their anticipation for the 2014 season seemed different than previous years. While they always dreamed of each winning their respective categories this year felt different. There was an underlying feeling among the tight knit family that this could be the year they both earned championship hardware. Steven reinforced that when he set the tone on May 4, picking up the first of three eliminator wins in 2014. Ray was going rounds in Super Pro and accumulating points, keeping pace with Steven. Not an easy task considering he was working as Steven’s crew chief and then rushing back to the pits in order to be ready for the next round of Super Pro. Fortunately he had Nancy and long time friend Mark Winterbottom to help.
During the week prior to their last VP Race Fuels ET Series event of the season on September 28 the family started to realize they were on the verge of accomplishing something no one had done. They could very well leave New England Dragway as the first father and son team to capture championships in their respective category. “We talked about this all week,” said Ray, still beaming with pride as he reflected on the duo’s championships. He added, “I still can’t believe it. This is one of the best days in all my years of racing. We finally did it.” A footnote to all this is the aforementioned Mark Winterbottom. He will share the podium with his racing family as this year’s A&B Tire Pro Eliminator champion.
Lucas Oil continues its commitment to NHRA Sportsman racing as the sponsor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. “Having come through the Sportsman ranks myself, I know how important it is to have the support you need to compete,” said Morgan Lucas of Lucas Oil Products. “These are our people, these are our customers. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the core of our sport. I know I speak for everyone at Lucas Oil when I say that we’re honored to continue title sponsorship of this series.” New England Dragway General Manager Joe Lombardo is equally excited about the announcement. “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting series. This is a marquee event dedicated to the backbone of NHRA drag racing. It’s their chance to shine in front of the fans in an event dedicated solely to sportsman competition.”
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns for a 14th season with premier events taking place across the country in all seven NHRA divisions it was announced today by NHRA officials. The 2015 schedule will feature 45 divisional events with a minimum of six in each of the seven divisions. There will also be 25 regional events featuring the 260-mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes.
That’s a wrap on the 2014 racing season! What a great year it was! From NHRA Mellow Yellow Racing Series to Friday Night King of the Hill races we saw some great racing action.We would like to thank spectators and racers alike for making this year so awesome. We appreciate you spending your hard earned entertainment dollars with us.
Some hard fought battles in our VP Race Fuels ET Series came right down to the wire to determine this year’s champions. Next year’s competition is setting up to be even tougher with some very good racers moving up from the ranks of Jr Dragster racing to full size cars. Speaking of Jr Dragsters, with the new age limits in place for Jr Dragster racing we look forward to seeing some new faces next year. The new age limits consist of 5 yr. olds being allowed practice single runs and 6 & 7 yr. olds are allowed to compete. NHRA’s new youth racing program has raised the eyebrows of many looking forward to getting an early start on their racing career. Full details and rules are available at: http://www.nhraracer.com/images/NHRAYouthRacing2014.pdf . New England Dragway is looking into putting a class together for these racers based on interest and participation. Watch for further details on this web site and Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-England-Dragway-Motorsports-Park/161053320616606?fref=ts
We are putting next year’s schedule together as you read this. Stay tuned for updates on the 2015 Racing season, it’s going to be great!
A2 WIND TUNNEL PRODUCES ON-TRACK RESULTS - 301.33 MPH
Enfield, CT – October 22, 2014 – The President of Hanna Motorsports Jets, Al Hanna, today announced the post wind tunnel performance results of the Queen of Diamonds II jet dragster. The head-turning performance was the direct result of the Hanna’s day of testing at the A2 Wind Tunnel complex, located in Mooresville, North Carolina.
This year’s Buddy Scurto King of the Hill Memorial Race was a fitting tribute to the man who truly loved the sport of drag racing. In the electronics category Scott Menard powered his way through the field to set up one side of the final pairing, while Don Pires, Jr., emerged as the top gun in the non-electronics class. During the runoff Menard overcame a hole shot deficit to run on his number for the win over Pires.
By Jason Mazzotta
To find the future stars of both the NHRA and New England Dragway, there is no need to look any further than the Junior Dragster ranks, where each young driver learns the basics of drag racing as well as the tricks to turn on the win lights. Over the weekend of August 8-10, 2014 NHRA Division 1 held the Junior Dragster Divisional race that saw hundreds of Junior Dragster racers face off for the top spot in each age group, as well as the Race of Champions, and Spirit award.
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How would you like a chance to win $5,000? Here’s how it works. Beginning with the New England Dragway Banquet and Awards Ceremony we will begin selling 200 tickets for the 2014 race season for $60 each. Only 200 tickets will be sold. Once they’re sold we will pay out:
|Sat Jan 31 @ 6:00PM - 12:00AM|
2014 VP Racing Fuels Awards Banquet
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