2013 ASRA Banquet Report

By George Mirza

We had a packed house for the 2013 banquet, close to 90 guests made the trip to the Hotel Northampton to celebrate a great season of racing and kick off another.

It was John Gray's night as we recognized his first ASRA/Banks Championship. Not only did he take home the big prize he also won the Best Appearing Car award for his A/SA Camaro, the former Dave Lebrun car. John did his magic and turned a tried and true racecar to show quality and it's 8th ASRA Championship. Gregg Sutherland along with his brother Paul and father Milt were awarded the prestigious Peter O' Moran Sportsman of the year award. It's special moments like that that make the ASRA what it is. Joanne Labrecque who can sell a 50/50 ticket to anybody took home the Supportive Companion Award for here dedication and support of her hubby Marc. Steve Cappetta was picked as the racer to receive the "Racers Mind package" from Bruce Deveau and the lucky Vic Santos won the membership raffle.

The B.O.D. would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters, those who donated door prices and all the guess who attended the banquet.

2014 Race 1 is May 10 at Lebanon Valley.


JUNE 2013

Farrell Forces Through For All Star Win

By Ernie Raschke

     Race #3 got underway with a late start on a nice sunny day at Lebanon Valley.  A turnout of 66 competitors made it one of the biggest car counts in ASRA history.
Quarterfinal action saw John Gray wheel his ’69 Camaro A/SA to a 10.47 defeating a red lighting Paul Sutherland in is ’66 Nova SS/LA wagon.  In a heads-up F/SA battle the ’71 Challenger R/T of Mike Farrell was victorious over Billy Pires’ ’72 Nova, 10.85 to 12.39.  Joe Santangelo had the bye into the Semifinals.
Semifinal action saw Farrell hold of Santangelo with a dead on 10.83 to a losing 10.16 (10.15) for Santangelo.  John Gray had the bye into the final.
In the final Mike Farrell’s 10.84 (10.82) took the win when John Gray broke out with a 10.43 (10.47) pass from his A/SA’69 Camaro.

ASRA #1 Qualifier : Non Member
Markow Race Cars Dead on the Dial: Jeff Blais
Merryfields Best 1st Round Losing Package: Jeff Blais
Diamond RV Take out the #1 Qualifier: No winner
Boucher Bounty Hunter:  Tom Boucher

D.J. Pires Summernationals stock winner
Joe Santangelo Summernationals SS RU
Bob Broadbent LV LODRS stock winner
Mark Markow New England Nationals SS RU
Bob Horgan New England Nationals stock RU

Our annual cookout will take place July 27th at New England Dragway.  The ASRA will be supplying the hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, condiments and soft drinks.  Please bring a dessert, salad or side dish to add to the party!  Please be discrete with the adult beverages, as NED is a bit stricter with the rules.


JUNE 2013

Sutherland Sweeps Field for Second Win

By Ernie Raschke

After a torrential downpour the night before, All Star Race #2 was held at Lebanon Valley for the first time in 2013.  Forty-two dedicated class racers showed up for competition under gray cloudy skies.
Quarterfinal action saw Gregg Sutherland’s 10.39 (10.38) from his ’66 SS/GA Nova holding off Mark Markow’s 9.10 (9.11) breakout pass from his 2000 S-10 SS/TB truck.  In an all Pontiac Firebird match-up Jeff Blais’ ’75 K/SA Trans Am 11.96 (11.90) defeating Vic Santos’ 10.25 red light from his ’85 GT/IA entry.  Tom Boucher’s GT/CA ’96 Firebird used a 9.63 (9.59) to catch D.J. Pires 11.44 (11.46) breakout pass in his H/SA ’72 Nova.
Semifinals saw another battle of Firebird with Jeff Blais’ 11.94 (11.93) holding off Tom Boucher’s 9.62 effort.  Gregg Sutherland had the bye into the final with Blais and prevailed for his second win of the year 10.39 (10.37) to a breakout 11.90 (11.93) for Blais.

ASRA #1 Qualifier : Jacques Blais
Markow Race Cars Dead on the Dial: Dan Lynch
Merryfields Best 1st Round Losing Package: Greg Gay
Diamond RV Take out the #1 Qualifier: D.J. Pires
Boucher Bounty Hunter:  No winner

May 2013

Sutherland Storms to All Star Win
By Ernie Raschke

On a beautiful spring day the All Stars held their first race at New England Dragway on May 4th.  Fifty-two dedicated class racers showed up to do battle.
Quarterfinal action saw Gregg Sutherland’s 10.37(10.34) from his SS/GA ’66 Nova defeating Lee valentine’s 10.95(10.92) effort in his ’96 SS/JA Firebird.  Marc Labrecque’s 10.15 (10.11) from his GT/TC 2002 S-10 forced Bob Bruneau to a 8.99(9.00) breakout pass in his 2000 S-10 GT/TA.  In a battle of ’69 Camaro’s Bill Pomponi’s 11.29(11.25) H/SA held off John Gray’s 10.22(10.20) A/SA entry.  George Labelle had the bye.
Semifinal action started with Bill Pomponi’s 11.28(11.27) run got pass George Labelle’s 11.91(11.89) effort. Gregg Southerland’s 10.35(10.32) held off Marc Labrecque’s 10.31(10.11).
The final pitted Pomponi versus Sutherland with Gregg’s dial matching 10.29 for the victory over Pomponi’s breakout 11.25(11.27).

The next ASRA event will be at Lebanon Valley for a double the weekend of June 8&9.

ASRA #1 Qualifier: Marc Labrecque
Markow Race Cars Dead on the Dial: Lee Valentine
Merryfields Best 1st Round Losing Package: Mark Markow
Diamond RV Take out the #1 Qualifier: Gregg Southerland
Boucher Bounty Hunter: Adam Strang

John Gray for his Stock win, Bob Moran Stock RU at the New England Open.
Tom Boucher for his SS win, Raffe Karaguzian SS RU at New England Open.    
Don Pires Jr. for his Stock win at Maple Grove LODRS.