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Mon, 23 Jun 2014, 17:21 PM

First Time Winners Highlight New England Nationals
Courtesy of NHRA Communications
Photo copyright 2014 Auto Imagery, Inc.





EPPING, N.H. --

Matt Harper defeated Marc Caruso
Five NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racers scored their first ever NHRA national event win this past weekend at New England Dragway and the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H.

Leading the charge was Matthew Harper in Top Sportsman who paired a near perfect reaction time of ..005 seconds with a 7.544 run on his 7.54 dial for a .009 package in the final round against Marc Caruso. The Wiscasset, Maine, resident Harper crossed the finish line at 183.10 mph to the quicker Caruso at 6.986, 192.44.

Super Gas and Super Street were guaranteed first time winners as Ray Balian met up with Brian Khoury in Super Gas and Art Gardner with Frank Quarno Jr., none of which had ever advanced to a national event final round. Both were close as the start with Balian, Messapequa, N.Y., pulling away for the win over Khoury, Derry, N.H., in his '91 Ford for the Super Gas title and Gardner, Somers, Conn., won in his '67 Nova IN Super Street when Quarno, Morris Plains, N.J., broke out.

Ron Infantino and Timmy Markoglu rounded out the first time winners as Infantino, Paramus, N.J., qualified number one and was better at the finish line to overcome a starting line advantage by Joe Lisa, Vernon, N.J., for the win in Stock Eliminator. Markoglu got the early lead on Kyle Cultrera, Eliot, Maine, and held on for the win in Super Comp in his '10 dragster by about two feet.

A pair of heavy hitters battled for the Super Stock crown as Joe Santangelo, Marlborough, Conn., meet up with Dan Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., with Santangelo taking his sixth national event win in his '87 Camaro when Fletcher left early with a red light foul start.

Tiina Duncanson joined in on the winner's circle celebration defeating Mark Case Jr. in Pro Stock Snowmobile. The pair left the line together but Duncanson pulled away for the win in 8.289 seconds at 156.52 mph.

The following are NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series final results from the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals event at New England Dragway:

Super Stock -- Joe Santangelo, Chevy Camaro, 10.903, 93.11 def. Dan Fletcher, Camaro, foul.

Stock Eliminator -- Ron Infantino, Chevy Camaro, 11.060, 116.70 def. Joe Lisa, Camaro, 10.962, 116.99.

Super Comp -- Timmy Markoglu, Dragster, 8.924, 176.49 def. Kyle Cultrera, Dragster, 8.920, 178.83.

Super Gas -- Ray Balian, Ford Probe, 9.924, 162.90 def. Brian Khoury, Chevy C-10, 9.943, 153.74.

Super Street -- Art Gardner, Chevy Nova, 10.922, 149.81 def. Frank Quarno Jr, Nova, 10.893, 135.40.

Top Sportsman -- Matt Harper, Pontiac Grand Prix, 7.544, 183.10 def. Marc Caruso, Chevy Cobalt, 6.986, 192.44.

Pro Stock Snowmobile -- Tiina Duncanson, Ski-Doo, 8.289, 156.52 def. Mark Case Jr., Ski-Doo, 9.534, 149.46.





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