NHRA Northeast Division : Numidia takes Team Championship

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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Series

NHRA Summit Racing Series
Northeast Division Finals
Atco Raceway, Atco, N.J.

NUMIDIA TAKES TEAM TITLE, FIVE HEADING TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The team from Numidia Dragway raced to the coveted Team Championship at this weekend’s NHRA Summit Racing Northeast Division Finals at Atco Raceway.  The Numidia, Pa., team racked up 72 points for the easy win with Cecil County Dragway and Island Dragway settling in at 50 and 43 points for the second and third positions.

Frank Szeg, Brock Moshier, Dan Caissie and Mark Schwalm captured individual championships and now advance to the NHRA Summit National Championship in Auto Club Raceway and the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif.  Joining these four will be the Pro Race of Champions winner Steve Dunn who will round out the 8-car field in Pro.  A special drawing was held earlier this year and the Northeast division was drawn to fill the eighth spot in the Pro class.  The eighth spot in Super Pro, Sportsman and Bike/Sled will be filled by racers from other divisions. 

Szeg out of Franklinville, N.J., was near perfect with a .006 second package as he left the line with a .003 second reaction time and ran 7.563 on his 7.56 dial-in at 177.44 mph to down John Richmond.  Richmond, Nottingham, Pa., went 8.368 at 154.67 in his Chevy II.

Two Pennsylvania racers battled in the Pro final with Moshier, Lititz, Pa., taking his ’71 Vega on a 9.059, 136.61 mph winning ride over Jesse Alberts.  Moshier was just a bit better at both ends of the track with Alberts, Bernville, Pa., clocking in at 10.873, 112.35. 

Dan Caissie raced to a runner up finish in Friday’s Race of Champions then took it one step further, taking home the Sportsman trophy on Saturday.  Caissie, Thompson, Conn., cruised to the win when Roger Dalton Jr. left early with a red light foul start.  Cassie ran it out to a 12.486 at 81.57 mph

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The final in Bike/Sled was a good one with Mark Schwalm, New Ringgold, Pa., knocking out Ron Blake, Oxford, Conn.  Blake was out first but Schwalm ran him down with a 7.755 second lap at 161.63 mph 

A High School class was also contested with Brent Novitsky taking the trophy back to Slatington, Pa., with a lap of 12.512 at 108.56 in his Trans Am.  Vincent Branca, Norristown, Pa., had a foul start, handing the win to Novitsky.

In the Race of Champions action that pits the top points earners from each track in head to head competition is was Dale Crouch, North East, Md., leading the charge as he ran dead on his dial of 7.63 at 174.73 mph to take out Todd Martin, Highland Lake, N.J., with a 7.547, 176.86 in the Super Pro final.

The Pro final was one of the closest of the day being decided by just 14 inches or .0070 of a second. Steve Dunn, Pottstown, Pa., went 9.241 at 139.83 mph in his ’79 Corvette to end Steve Knoerzer’s day.

Caissie had a big holeshot with a near perfect .002 second reaction time in Sportsman only to see David Harvey III come around him at the last second to take the win in his ’79 Lemans.  The Atco, N.J., racer went 11.589 seconds at 109.35 mph to Caissie’s 11.623, 110.50 in his Mustang.

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Rounding out the winners list was Dale Hamilton out of Mount Airy, Md., in the Bike/Sled class taking the win light right at the start when Mark Schwalm left early giving Hamilton the win.  Hamilton covered the quarter mile in 9.598, 135.62.

 

The following are final results from the 2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals:

TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Numidia Dragway                     72
  2. Cecil County Dragway              50
  3. Island Dragway                        43
  4. Old Bridge Twp Raceway        41
  5. Atco Dragway                          36
  6. Mason-Dixon Dragway            32
  7. Maple Grove Raceway             32
  8. New England Dragway             31
  9. Lebanon Valley Dragway          30
  10. South Mountain Dragway         24
  11. Esta Dragway                           21
  12. Spencer Speedway                   5

SUPER PRO

Frank Szeg, Franklinville, N.J., ’08 dragster, 7.563, 177.44  def. John Richmond, Nottingham, Pa., Chevy II, 8.368, 154.67.

PRO ET

Brock Moshier, Lititz, Pa., ’71 Vega, 9.059, 136.61  def. Jesse Alberts, Bernville, Pa., ’94 Camaro, 10.873, 112.35.

SPORTSMAN

Dan Caissie, Thompson, Conn., Mustang, 12.486, 81.57  def. Roger Dalton Jr., Aberdeen, Md., Dodge Super BEE, foul.

BIKE/SLED

Mark Schwalm, New Ringgold, Pa., ’85 Kawasaki, 7.755, 161.63  def. Ron Blake, Oxford, Conn., 9.606, 142.54.

HIGH SCHOOL

Brent Novitsky, Slatington, Pa., Trans AM, 12.512, 108.56  def. Vincent Branca, Norristown, Pa., S10, foul.

 

 

The following are final results from the 2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Race of Champions:

SUPER PRO

Dale Crouch, North East, Md., dragster, 7.630, 174.73  def. Todd Martin, Highland Lake, N.J., ’04 dragster, 7.547, 176.86.

PRO ET

Steve Dunn, Pottstown, Pa., ’79 Corvette, 9.241, 139.83  def. Steve Knoerzer, Blackwood, N.J., ’74 Dart, 11.178, 116.41.

SPORTSMAN

David Harvey III, Atco, N.J., ’79 Pontiac Lemans, 11.589, 109.35  def. Dan Caissie, Thompson, Conn., Mustang, 11.623, 110.50.

BIKE/SLED

Dale Hamilton, Mount Airy, Md., Busa, 9.598, 135.62  def. Mark Schwalm, New Ringgold, Pa., ’85 Kawasaki, foul.

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