Champions Crowned at Inagural NHRA State Championship - Aversa Streaks to 3rd-Straight Trophy Win

June 20th - Today the sun finally shined on us and we had a great turnout for the NHRA State Championship Race. With over 250 vehicles entered all the racers were trying for the coveted wins and add to their points in the season long Summit E.T. Series.

In Super Pro it was Ken Miller driving his ’72 Maverick to the narrow win over Ken Taylor who was in his dragster. In a race decided by .0009 it was Miller’s .507 initiated 10.809 at 121.68 mph run on his 10.81 dial just holding off Taylor’s .513 initiated 8.783 at 152.09 mph run on his 8.79 dial. Scott Forbes and Carl Drake Jr. were the semifinalists.

In Pro it was Howard Smith driving his ’80 Malibu Stocker to the win stopping Steve Marshall who was driving his ’91 Firebird. Steve held the slight r.t. advantage .557 to .573 but Howard nailed his 12.23 dial with a 12.230 at 106.12 mph while Steve was right there with an 11.937 at 113.16 mph runner up effort on his 11.90 dial in. Anthony Zangari and James DeGarmo were the semifinalists.

The Pro MX final came down to Jeff DeSellems on his Ski-Doo and Ron Smith who was on his Arctic Cat. This one was over early as Ron lit the red light allowing Jeff to cruise to a winning 11.558 at 84.27 mph run on his 11.40 dial. Matt Luke was the semifinalist on his ’05 Honda.

If you want to win the Street Money class this year you have to figure out a way to stop Anthony Zangari. Today in the final Jack Hayes driving his ’69 Dodge gave it a try but his otherwise great .523 light could not stop Anthony’s telepathic .500. Anthony took the win with an 11.936 at 111.39 mph run on his 11.85 dial while Jack ran under his 12.79 dial with a 12.739 at 100.20 mph runner up effort. Theodore Lewis and Terry Lee were the semifinalists.

Modified was also decided by a red light as Myles Higby in his ’69 Dodge was the benefactor of Jeremy Raineri’s foul start. Myles had a .549 light and ran 11.651 at 113.05 mph on his 11.62 dial. Jeremy who I think was competing for the first time this year in the families ’76 Aspen was just a bit anxious in the final with his .415 foul and ran 11.358 at 116.56 mph on his 11.31 dial to take home the runner up honors. April Martin and Ken Miller were the semifinalists.

Two veteran campaigners were vying for the Street Trophy title as Dick Aversa and Carl Scarano locked up in the final round. Dick had this one all the way as won with a .589 initiated 13.033 at 94.55 mph on his 13.04 dial while Carl could only muster a .696 r.t. and lost with his 13.267 at 100.43 mph run on his 13.30 dial. Todd Minerd was the semifinalist.

Matt Luke rode his ’05 Honda to the Bike / Sled Trophy win by defeating Nick Washburn who was on his ’03 Ski-Doo. Matt had a .576 light and ran 10.715 at 100.43 mph run on his 10.69 dial. Nick had to settle for the runner up spot. Nick had a .764 light and ran 9.888 at 127.43 mph run on his 9.90 dial. Kevin Wuest and Troy Liebi were the semifinalists.

In the Jr. Dragster “A” class it was Samantha Wilson driving her Jr. hot rod to the win by defeating the always tough Shaquille Scott. Shaq had the r.t. advantage .541 to .575 but it wasn’t enough as Samm ran 7.951 at 80.65 mph on her 7.94 dial while Shaq broke out with a 8.119 at 79.10 mph run on his 8.13 dial. Mike Reynolds was the semifinalist.

In Jr. Dragster “B” it was Shannon Harrison scoring the win by stopping Jacob Snyder. Shannon had the better light with a .589 to .649 advantage and she won with a 9.074 at 73.20 mph run on her 8.99 dial while Jacob ran 9.169 at 69.86 mph on his 9.12 dial for the runner up spot. Casey BeDell was the semifinalist.

Congratulations to all the winners, they fought their way through some tough fields to earn their respective victories.

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