Team Northeast Dragway Brings Home A Win
During the start of each new racing season drivers enter a point’s series. Drivers compete in 12 different races throughout the year to earn points. Points are awarded in all class. The driver with the most points in each class is titled the track Champion. The points system enables drivers also a chance to earn a spot on the track’s team that competes yearly in the Summit IHRA Team Bracket Final’s. Tracks are placed in different divisions. Northeast Dragway is a part of Division 1. This division consisted of 11 teams from Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. Each track is allowed 40 members to attend the finals. The team is made up of drivers from the TOP Eliminators, Modified Class, and the Jr Dragster Class. This year’s finals were held at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, N.C. Throughout the three day event, various races and activities are held.
On Friday evening Northeast team member 13 year old Allie Wiesner of South Mills, NC competed in the Jr Dragster’s Gambler’s Race. Wiesner was on her game all night as she took out racers one round at a time. With reactions time that would make any driver envious, Wiesner found herself facing Austin Johnson the 2012 IHRA Summit World Jr Dragster Champion in the finals. Wiesner with a better reaction time ran dead on her dial in and beat the world champion. “She was on her game all night said Douglas Wiesner, Allie’s dad. Her reaction times were awesome. She had five double 0’s in a row and her worse light of the day was a 016. The car was consistent and my driver stated focused. This has to be her best career finish at such a big event with so many drivers to compete against. The Jr ‘s competing here are some of the best in their division.” Wiesner was unable to compete in five of the point’s races at Northeast but still took fifth in the points series for the 2013 season. “I can’t imagine where she may have finished had we been able to make those five races.”
The main event was held on Sunday. Drivers competed as individuals but with each round win their Team would collect a point. The team with the most points at the end of the event would be the new 2013 Summit IHRA Division One Team Champions. Northeast started out strong holding on to second place. But fell to 7th by the end of the event. Randy Trahan a TOP Eliminator’s driver for the team was credited for the most wins in his class for Northeast and Noah Siebert in his Jr dragster was the last man standing for team Northeast taking credit for the most wins for Northeast.
Northeast was awarded “The Most Spirited Team.” Drivers for team Northeast would make their way to stands daily between rounds, waving yellow and black pompoms, and shaking noise makers cheering their team mates on. Teri Trahan who helps coordinate the trip to the Bracket Final’s each year said “These drivers and their families are some of the best. Their support for each other is genuine. Northeast has some of the nicest drivers that you will ever meet. They will give the tires of their own car to help a fellow racers if it met that driver needed them to make it to the next round. My dad and husband have been racing at Northeast a long time and I am proud to be a part of this team.”
Northeast Dragway will run the second of a three race series “The Speed Oasis Desperado Shot Out” along with a 5.90 and 6.90 Index Race on Saturday October 12th. Gates will open at 11 a.m.; time runs start at 1 p.m. and racing starting at 3p.m.
For more information log onto www.northeastdragway.net