Picillo Prevails in ASRA Opener

By Dave Casey

Saturday May 9th started off cloudy and turned into a perfect race day as the All Star Racing Association kicked off their 2015 season at New England Dragway. 52 racers hit the track for some great racing with temps in the high 60’s . Action started with Mark Markow securing the ASRA #1 qualifying award with a perfect reaction time right out of the box in his beautiful blue Markow Race Cars/ Bob Bruneau powered SS/TB S10 pickup. Mark’s fun ended early as fellow Connecticut racer Woody Pagano in his A/SA Nova took home the “Diamond RV Beat the #1 Qualifier” award in round one by knocking off Markow.

Other round 1 action saw Brian Fink who has been laying down some fast numbers with his Boucher's powered K/SA Malibu get beat but took home Eric Merryfield’s Northeast Software sponsored “Best losing package” award for his gallant effort. John Canatta hit the dial and took home the “Markow Race Cars Dead On “award as the first to hit his dial on a winning run at the race. The Boucher's sponsored “Bounty Hunter “ award was not awarded at this event and is gaining dollars after 2 events with no winner. Picking up action in the Semi’s , two former ASRA Champions squared off as Justin Picillo got the win with a .038 initiated 11.69 on a 11.70 to John Gray’s -.002 redlite and a 10.95 on a 11.00 dial. Then a couple of guys from Connecticut lined up as last year’s #2 in ASRA points Todd Bednaz took on friend and everybody’s favorite “Shrimp Boat Captain” Woody Pagano , Todd prevailed with a .042 initiated 10.53 on a 10.46 to Woody’s .051 start and a 10.46 on a 10.35 dial.

In the final Justin cut his 72 Chevelle loose with a nice .017 leave and ran a 11.73 on a 11.70 dial to take the win over Todd’s .064 started 10.48 on a 10.46 dial in his 68 Camaro. Thanks to all the fans, racers and sponsors who made up for a great event.