NHRA Story
Numidia goes back to back for Division 1 team title
Wednesday, September 19, 2012


WEST LEBANON, N.Y. – The team from Numidia Dragway took home the coveted NHRA Summit Racing Series team championship for the second year in a row with a three-point win over Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at the Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Lebanon Valley Dragway.

Fourteen teams, from states across the Northeast and Canada, came for the battle, in which Numidia gathered 63 points to top Raceway Park in second with 60. Mason-Dixon Dragway was third with 58, and host track Lebanon Valley was fourth with 51.

Vinny DiMino led the team from Numidia with a win in the Pro class over Craig Sonderfan. The Hawley, Pa., racer got the early lead and held on for the win with a 9.397, 142.98 to Sonderfan’s 9.805, 138.80. DiMino is no stranger to the Summit Series winner’s circle; he took the win in Super Pro two years ago.

In Super Pro this year, fellow Pennsylvania racer Rob Leipziger scored a holeshot win over Art Paltz, of Edison, N.J. Leipziger was .022 on the Tree, taking the win in 7.638 seconds at 167.46 mph. Leipziger posted a .007 reaction time in his semifinal race and had a .014 in the quarterfinals. Paltz posted a 7.909 on his 7.90 dial but could not make up for the starting-line advantage of Leipziger.

Ken George and Ed Talbert also took home trophies; George won in Bike, and Talbert beat Brian Mullaney in Street. Landing, N.J., racer George won on his ’97 GSX-R when David Thoman left early with a red-light.  George rode it out to an 8.571, 149.04.  Talbert, of Woodbine, Md., won on a double breakout, using a .037 starting-line advantage to force Mullaney to run too fast.

The four will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in November in Pomona, where they will race for a purse of more than $100,000.

The final trophy of the weekend went to Austin Argoe in the High School class in his ’06 Silverado. Argoe, of Middletown, Del., defeated Steve Knight, of Fall River, Mass., with a 17.492, 70.24 to Knight’s 17.877, 77.82.

The following are the final results from the Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Lebanon Valley Dragway.

SUPER PRO
Rob Leipziger, Langhorne, Pa., 7.638, 167.46 def.
Art Paltz, Edison, N.J., '00 Dragster, 7.909, 168.04

PRO
Vinny DiMino, Hawley, Pa., '99 Camaro, 9.397, 142.98 def.
Craig Sonderfan, Midland Park, N.J., 9.805, 138.80

STREET
Ed Talbert, Woodbine, Md., '00 S-10, 11.959, 106.79 def.
 Brian Mullaney, Morristown, N.J., '83 Monte Carlo, 11.817, 107.00

BIKE/SLED
Ken George, Landing, N.J., '97 GSX-R, 8.571, 149.04 def.
David Thoman, Newburgh, N.Y., 10.706, 116.90

HIGH SCHOOL
Austin Argoe, Middletown, Del., '06 Silverado, 17.492, 70.24 def.
Steven Knight, Fall River, Mass., 17.877, 77.82

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Numidia Dragway 63
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park 60
Mason-Dixon Dragway 58
Lebanon Valley Dragway 51
New England Dragway 49
Atco Raceway 46
U.S. 13 Dragway 45
ESTA Safety Park 44
Maple Grove Raceway 38
Island Dragway 37
Cecil County Dragway 31
Team Canada 21
Spencer Speedway 16
Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way 8


Saturday
VP Race Fuels Race of Champions winners crowned
Four champions were crowned on Friday in the Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series VP Race Fuels Race of Champions event at Lebanon Valley Dragway, with a pair of home-state racers leading the way.

Mark Goyette, of Rouses Point, N.Y., and Mike LaRose, of West Monroe, N.Y., took home the Race of Champions trophies in Super Pro and Pro, respectively. Goyette posted a 7.453-second lap at 181.82 mph in his ’00 dragster, taking the win over red-lighting Frank Lecates, of Salisbury, Md. LaRose was .013-second from perfect as he combined a .007 reaction with a 10.846 on a 10.84 dial to defeat Dave Stock, of Weedsport, N.Y.

The Street class went to the ’80 Malibu of Paul Werner, of Sinking Spring, Pa., who clocked in at 11.536, 116.31. Werner beat David Harvey III, of Atco, N.J., who left early with a red-light followed by an 11.629 at 113.92.

Mark Schwain, of New Ringgold, Pa., took the Bike and final trophy for the day with an 8.633-second ride at 145.99 mph to knock out Ryan Orizino. Chittenago, N.Y., resident Orizino had the early lead but slowed to a 10.281 at 123 mph as Schwain came around him for the win.

Action continues on Saturday with the Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals as top points earners from tracks across the region battle for a chance to take on the winners from NHRA’s six other divisions for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship. Saturday’s winners in Super Pro, Pro, Street, and Bike will advance to the contest in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where more than $100,000 will be up for grabs.

The following are the final results from the Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Race of Champions event at Lebanon Valley Dragway:

RACE OF CHAMPIONS
SUPER PRO

Mark Goyette, Rouses Point, N.Y., '00 Dragster, 7.453, 181.82 def.
Frank Lecates, Salisbury, Md., ‘01 Dragster, 8.015, 167.64

PRO
Mike LaRose, West Monroe, N.Y., 10.846, 121.79 def.
Dave Stock, Weedsport, N.Y., 10.448, 126.23

STREET
Paul Werner, Sinking Spring, Pa., '80 Malibu Wagon, 11.536, 116.31 def.
David Harvey III, Atco, N.J., '00 LeMans, 11.629, 113.92

BIKE
Mark Schwaim, New Ringgold, Pa., 8.633, 145.99 def.
Ryan Orizino, Chittenago, N.Y., 10.281, 123.03


Preview
NHRA’s top drag racers from tracks across the Northeast Division will be at Lebanon Valley Dragway to square off in head-to-head competition at the Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals Sept. 20-22. Top points-earning drivers in five classes will compete for team and individual honors: Super Pro, Pro, Street, Bike/Sled, and High School.

Friday’s action will also feature the Race of Champions, in which top points earners from each track will face off in a best-of-the-best battle in Super Pro, Pro, Street, and Bike/Sled. Event eliminations kick off on Saturday, when more than 500 racers will vie for top honors and a chance to compete for a national championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November. They’ll run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a purse of more than $100,000.

Gates at Lebanon Valley Dragway will open at 7 a.m. each day. Time trials will start Thursday morning at 9 and continue Friday at 8:30 a.m. The first round of eliminations for the Race of Champions starts at 4 p.m. Friday. Final eliminations for all classes begin Saturday after the High School eliminator time trial at 8:30 a.m.

Lebanon Valley Dragway is on Route 20, halfway between Pittsfield, Mass., and Albany, N.Y.  For more information, log on to www.dragway.com or call 518-794-7130.

NORTHEAST DIVISION NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS: Fact Sheet
WHAT: Northeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Northeast Division compete in five classes for individual and team honors: Super Pro, Pro, Street, Bike/Sled, and High School. The Race of Champions, a race within a race in which the top points earners from each participating track run head to head for individual honors, will run on Friday.  Event winners from Saturday’s action in Super Pro, Pro, Street, and Bike/Sled will advance to a national runoff at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. 
 
WHERE: Lebanon Valley Dragway, West Lebanon, N.Y., on Route 20, halfway between Pittsfield, Mass., and Albany, N.Y. For more information, log on to www.dragway.com or call 518-794-7130.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Sept. 20 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Time trials begin at 9 a.m.

FRIDAY, Sept. 21 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Time trials begin at 8:30 a.m. Race of Champions time trial will run in two sessions, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. First round of eliminations for Race of Champions is at 4 p.m. LCCC High School eliminator time trials begin at 8 p.m.
 
SATURDAY, Sept. 22 – LCCC High School time trials begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by round one of eliminations. 

PURSE: The NHRA Summit Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Street, and Bike/Sled will compete for cash and contingency of more than $75,000. 

Event winners in Super Pro, Pro, Street, and Bike/Sled will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November. They will each receive $3,500 for competing at the Finals, and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000.

In addition to the event purse, Friday’s Race of Champions purse will be $3,750.

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Numidia Dragway, team champion; Jimmy Harrison Sr., Super Pro; James Young, Pro; Tom Harhart, Street; Michael Tremblay, Bike/Sled

FEATURES: More than 500 drivers in five racing categories: Super Pro, Pro, Street, Bike/Sled, and High School.