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Busy Saturday at LVD Crowns Some New Winners

The Northeast Pro Stock 800 Series visits the Valley for the first time in 2024.

It truly happened!! A first for the 2024 season. Friday, May 20 saw a great track rental with extra prep conditions brought to you by Scottie Wheels and Ralph Miolla. And guess what?? The weather was great! It's okay if you missed it. They'll be bringing it back on Friday, July 12, so don't miss it.

Saturday was awesome with a very busy day at the dragway under more bright skies with competition classes in the Northeast Timing Organization (NETO), Prostock 800 Sleds, Northeast Super Street (NESSA), the All Star Stock/Super Stock Association and Gamblers races along with test and tune.

Beginning with NETO, they ran two classes. In NETO Competition Vinny Laurita, Sr. of Lagrangeville, NY took his '69 Camaro to the winner circle when he defeated Cody Powell of Cochecton, NY. Christian Huebner of Rock Tavern, NY finished in the semi-finals.

NETO Nostalgia was won by Lou Taraseio of Lake Hopatcong, NJ with his '68 Camaro when he defeated Steve Consentino of Damont, NJ. Fred Michel of Barrington, NJ finished in the semi-finals.

A new class at Lebanon Valley this year was the Prostock 800 sleds. This eighth mile, heads up class will return for some exciting side by side action on June 8. The winner of the first of the series at the track was Jessie Loura of Casco, ME when they defeated Larco Philippon of Allentown, NH. Joshua Hoxie of Winsted, CT and Benny Rosudo of Sandown, NH finished in the semi-finals.

The Northeast Super Street Association make their first appearance this year with their opening points day. Nicholas Volpe of Poughkeepsie, NY knocked down his first win when he defeated past champion Ray Butler of Enfield, CT. Laura LeQue of Troy, NY finished in the semi-finals.

The All-Star Stock/Super Stock Association made their first visit of the season to the Valley of Speed with awesome side by side wheels up action that saw a first time winner when Peter Foster of Rockport, MA defeated Gary Parker of Westfield, MA in the final. Todd Bednaz of Plymouth, CT finished in the semi-finals.

Then there was the Gamblers races, which were run on the quarter mile. Hannah Bogusz-D'Astous took the win in the Non-Electronics Gamblers class when she defeated Steven West. Warren Wright and Ned Mitchum finished in the semi-finals. There is a bit of a story with the runner up of this race. For one who is brand new to the sport and drives a stick shift and needed some guidance, Steven West ("with a v") did one heck of a job to runner up in a large Saturday gamblers race.

The Electronic Gamblers was taken by Ray Stanton of Poughkeepsie, NY when he defeated Grant Nichols, Sr of Marlborough, CT. Stephen Pray of Berlin, CT and Ed Martelli of Schenectady, NY finished in the semi-finals.

The question at the end of the race day was, would we get a race day in on Sunday? With the project weather being good, there were many who stayed the night to get their answer in the morning. Could we get a three day weekend in? Only time would tell.



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