2010 Year in Review
With the final points tallied for the 2010 racing season, Boucher’s would like to congratulate some of the year’s top performers. Locally at New England Dragway, Mark Winterbottom drove to a 3rd place finish in Modified Eliminator, Mark Rodrigues finished in 3rd place in Top Eliminator, Jim Ditucci completed a 5th place finish in Quick Rod, and Val Digenova closed out the year with a 2nd place finish in Top Dragster. With the level of competition increasing in the area, finishing in the Top Ten in any category is always and accomplishment and one that should be recognized. Congratulations!
In the NHRA Northeast Division, there were 3 customers that finished in the top 10 in Super Gas. Mike Sawyer continued to be a threat for the title as he finished #2 just a mere 3 points out of the top spot. Chuck Rothermel put in a stong effort to finish #8 and Todd Logan landed himself in the 10th position. Boucher’s is always proud to be a part of a season’s worth of accomplishments.
Now that winter is creeping upon us in the northeast, Boucher’s would like to thank all our customers for another successful year. We here at Boucher’s appreciate your business and for allowing us to help you reach your performance goals at the race track. We are looking forward to bringing success to the race track again in 2011!
2010 Racing Season Comes to a Close
Finding ourselves in the later half of November and the 2010 racing season in the books, Boucher’s would like to take some time to review some of their customer accomplishments from the second half of the season.
On the NHRA circuit, Boucher’s customers once again found the late rounds at the Lucas Oil Racing Series event at Lebanon Valley Dragway. Mike Sawyer enjoyed racing close to home as he posted a big win on Sunday in the Super Gas category. Mike marched his way through a tough field and capped it off with a 0.018 reaction time and a 9.901 on the 9.90 index in the final. Congratulations to the entire Sawyer racing team. In super stock, Tom Boucher (1997 Firehawk, GT/DA) and Charlie Bubka (1967 Camaro, SS/HA) drove their way to semi-final finishes. Dave Casey also recorded an excellent semifinal finish in his gear jamming 1969 A/S 427 Corvette. Another notable was Brian Fink who qualified 5th in stock with his 1980 Chevy Malibu that runs strongly in the K/SA class. Following the race in New York, both Sawyer and Chuck Rothermel posted quarterfinal finishes at the divisional level. Sawyer accomplished the feat in Atco, NJ while Rothermel went to the late rounds in Englishtown, NJ.
In early October, Dave Casey was awarded with the best appearing car at the NHRA Toyo Tires Nationals in Reading, PA for his stunning 1969 Corvette. An award well deserved and well overdue. Later in the month, Casey would show that the car can run as good as it looks when he set the A/S national record at 9.94 seconds. Boucher’s would like to congratulate Dave and his family for the accomplishment of breaking the 10 second barrier.
Turning over to the IHRA circuit, New England Dragway in Epping, NH held their annual 3 races in 2 weekends. The first race was the North American Nitro Jam and for the second year in a row, Ray Knight brought home the Iron Man in Hot Rod. Along with the victory came a birth to the tournament of champions where Ray would go on to a quarterfinal finish and end the year in the #6 spot for the Hot Rod category. That is quite the accomplishment and Boucher’s is glad they were able to be a part of it. Other strong efforts over the weekend were put in by Val Digenova in Top Dragster and TJ Boucher in Super Stock. Both finished with semi-final finishes and were right in the hunt for claiming an iron man. Individuals who posted strong efforts in qualifying included Brian Fink (#7) and Charles Sousa (#10) in stock and TJ Boucher (#2), Tom Boucher (#5), and Vic Santos (#7) in super stock.
The following weekend which consisted two divisional races, Jim Ditucci ran his way to a runner up finish in quick rod on Saturday and then backed that up with a quarterfinal finish on Sunday. Other quarterfinal finishes over the weekend were achieved by Jeff Coyne and George Labelle in Stock, Paul Lorenti in Hot Rod, and Vic Santos in Super Stock. Pete Stickles would advance a little further into the semifinals before bowing out with his Malibu in stock. The big winner of the weekend was Allan Dame driving his 1970 SS/FA Plymouth Barracuda to the Super Stock Crown on Sunday. Congrats to Allan Dame and we look forward to seeing that beautiful ‘Cuda out in full force next year. Concluding remarks from the weekend include TJ Boucher taking his first ever #1 qualifying position in super stock with the Boucher’s Automotive GT/CA 1987 Camaro (along with a #2 effort in the second race). Also filling the stat sheets was Vic Santos with qualifying positions of 3rd and 4th, Tom Boucher with qualifying positions of 4th and 5th, and Jeff Coyne with positions of 5th and 10th over the two days. Boucher’s is glad to have a race so close to home in which customers continually have success.
Racing in the Northeast has begun
Racing is finally underway here in the Northeast as the points programs at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire have started. Boucher’s would like to congratulate some of their customers that are off to a hot start. Ray Knight seemed to pick up where he left off last year as he has claimed two victories in the New England Dragway Hot Rod program. Driving his 346 cubic inch powered mustang, his first win came on April 25th and the second came on May 22nd. Paul Lorenti with his Big Block Chevy powered Camaro was the runner up to Knight on the 22nd. Boucher’s congratulates both drivers as it is always great to see an all Boucher powered final round. In the Top Eliminator ranks, Mark Rodrigues also found himself in the winners circle on May 22nd using his newly built 540. On the weekend of May 15th and 16th, Brenda Mason claimed runner up finishes in the back to back races for the Dan Page Top Dragster program.
On the NHRA circuit, Vic Santos brought home the Super Stock GT/HA class Wally after traveling down to Englishtown, NJ for the NHRA SuperNationals. Santos ran a best of 10.21 at over 130 mph for the class win in his 1985 Firebird powered with a 400 cu. in. Pontiac. A few weeks earlier at the NHRA Division 1 race at Maple Grove Raceway, Todd Logan put in a great effort as he was the event runner-up in Super Gas losing a very close final round. Logan continues to be a consistent threat of going the distance at any race he enters. Congratulations to Santos and Logan, as well as all the Boucher’s customers that have gotten their race seasons underway.
Racers head south for some exciting class racing
With the highly popular Cajun Sportsnationals taking place at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, LA, some of Boucher’s customers retreated from the cold to take part in the event. In the extremely tough class of A stick, Dave Casey drove his 1969 Chevrolet Corvette to the class win running 10.07 at over 132 mph. Casey definitely has the 427 tri-power corvette running well and should dip into the 9’s in no time.
The following weekend, racers made their way to Concord, N.C. to participate in the inaugural NHRA Four Wide Nationals. With class eliminations being held, Boucher’s power took home three Wallys in Stock Eliminator. Sam Murray won J/S driving his 1972 Olds Cutlass to an elapsed time of 11.35 seconds at over 116 mph. That strong pass also put him in the #10 qualified position at -0.991 under the index. Jim Roberts drove his 350 powered, 1969 Camaro Convertible to the G/S class win and Billy Harper brought home the F/SA in his 1969 Nova. Bouchers congratulations each driver on their class win. Harper, along with Dave Casey, also had solid appearances in the eliminator as they wheeled their way to fourth round finishes. These racers will return home and be ready for more racing as the Northeast’s season opener is next month.