Casper Wins Season Opener at Northeast Dragway
Carla Winslow


While the off season of drag racing brings time for preparation of the next season, it also brings time for relaxation. After four months off for the winter break, a drag racer finds themselves anxious to return to the drag strip.

Tony and Curtis Trueblood, track owner and operators scheduled four weekends of test and tune for their racers, but mother nature would not give the racers dry skies. On Saturday the track opened for its first points race. A perfect day for racing, with the track prepped and ready to go, racers paired up in the staging lanes as the announcer called each class.

Jesse Casper of Edenton, the returning 2013 Modified Points Track Champion had one thing on his mind as he pulled up to the tree and that was to win rounds. Winning all rounds and collecting valuable points towards the 2014 Points Championship, Casper found himself in the finals of the Modified Class, facing Bill Haskell. With both drivers wanting to run the same lane the coin toss favored Haskell for lane choice. Casper was thrown into the left lane, and as the lights came down on the tree, Haskell would jump the start giving the win light to Casper. The celebration was taken to the winners circle with the car owner Earl Watson and Casper's father. An emotional Watson was excited to start the year off on such a high note. "The car, a Classic 1972 Mercury Capri ran more consistent than it ever has. I have a lot of faith in my driver. I am dedicating this win to my brother who is ill." said Watson. With a firm handshake Casper handed Watson the trophy to take to his brother.

Sierra Eure of Suffolk, Va. met the 2012 Jr. Dragster Points Champ David Light in the finals. Eure would not let Light's Championship title intimidate her. With a better reaction time, Eure ran dead on her 7.90 dial in to beat Light. Eure's father, proud of his young daughter could not believe that she was making history winning her fourth opening season race.

Other winners included TOP ET Winner Jeff Moore, runner-up Jesse Lockhart. PRO BIKE winner Luke Boykin, runner-up Delton Dove. Calvin Boone of Hertford took Street Class honors in his 1998 Chevy S10, runner-up Tom Cornelissen.

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