Less than a month remains for New England Dragway’s celebration recognizing a season of hard-fought championships. Competition in 2019 was tough, with several championships decided on the last day of the track’s VP Race Fuels ET series, as well as the specialty classes. Here’s a partial rundown of this year’s honorees.
Celebrating another championship in Red’s Shoe Barn Super Pro is Ray Knight. He joins Jared Kinson who came from behind to claim another gold cup for the top spot in A&B Tire Pro Eliminator. Wayne Seavey, a relative newcomer to drag racing at New England Dragway, came away in 2019 as number one in Tim’s Speed and Custom Street Eliminator. Tom Peterson fought off tough competition from veterans with decades of experience in New England Dragway Motorcycle Eliminator to earn his championship in the class. In Fast By Gast Top Bike Roy Resendes changed rides mid-season debuting an entirely new combination that found its way to the top spot in 2019.
Dan Rees powered his dragster to a berth on the podium in Dennis K. Burke Super Comp, while Joe Henderson battled his way to number one in Diesel Direct Super Street. Rounding out the champions in New England Dragway’s dot-ninety classes was Bob Pais claiming hardware in Leahy Excavating Super Gas. A new ride for Kyle Genualdo presented the team with some issues early on, but the youngster overcame the challenge with the help of his family to take the title in the Dennis K. Burke Junior A series presented by Red’s Shoe Barn. Lucas Willard carried on the family tradition of winning races to bring yet another trophy home for the Willard clan in Dennis K. Burke Junior B competition presented by Red’s Shoe Barn.
Track specialty classes saw some new faces joining familiar names earning championships in Outlaw 10.5 racing. Steve George earned another title in True Street, along with Ron Childs in Real Street. Andy Decastro earned his first title in Fast Street. Greg Boudreau emerged as the top gun in Super Street and Dave Dufresne powered his way to number one in Wild Street. Finishing out the specialty categories was Tony Ficher earning another title in Street Fighter and Nick Meloni bringing home the honors for TT Motorsports in the Iannotti Brothers Select Cars Top Sportsman category.
Besides awarding the 2019 champions their well-earned hardware is a wide range of specialty awards given to racers in all of the VP Race Fuels ET categories. They include Best Engineered, Best Appearing, and Racer of the Year, among others.
Tickets are still available for the annual celebration, which is set for January 25, 2020 at the Radisson Nashua in Nashua, New Hampshire. If you’re looking for a break from another New England winter remember the weekend kicks off on Friday, January 24, with the annual New England Dragway Reaction Time Nationals featuring a buffet table and cash bar. To get your banquet tickets call the New England Dragway office at 603-679-8001 or click here. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 603-888-9970 or visit