Freehold Township, New Jersey native Frank Aragona Jr. was crowned the 2019 NHRA Competition Eliminator champion for the second consecutive season.
Back-to-back champion Frank Aragona Jr. was happy to add another world championship title to his collection. Especially after winning last year and claiming the title again in 2019. Aragona Jr. started racing when he was 16 years old and always dreamed of winning a world championship.
Beginning in 1994, Aragona Jr. started dipping his feet into the Competition Eliminator world and it didn’t take long to realize that was the class for him. In 2007, he claimed his first NHRA national championship.
With a total of 718 points, Aragona Jr. shook the world winning a plethora of races including the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the JEGS Allstars, and the NHRA Carolina Nationals. He took over the points standings after winning the U.S. Nationals, passing Craig Bourgeois and never looking back. Bourgeois finished 138 points behind in second place.
New Car, Same Result
Aragona Jr. began the 2019 season with his brand new ’32 Bantam Altered built by Ken Keir Race Cars. Running in J/AA, the new car carried him to most of his wins this year.
The engine is an inline 6-cylinder 298 CID engine based on a Chevrolet cylinder head by Slawko Racing Heads. It is electronically fuel injected with a turbo 350 automatic transmission and converter from Coan Transmissions and Converters. The little roadster runs 7.30’s at 180-mph in the 1/4-mile.
A Season of Domination
On top of winning the world championship this year, Aragona Jr. also claimed the LODRS Division 1 championship in Competition Eliminator. He swept the divisional series also, finishing the year with five divisional wins and one divisional runner-up. Frank finished with 455 points on the divisional side, 95 points ahead of second place.
After winning his third world championship, Aragona Jr. joined a special group of racers who have won three Competition Eliminator world championships. Aragona Jr. joins David Rampy and Bill Maropulos as the only racers who have accomplished that feat.
“I would like to thank my dad, Frank Aragona Sr.,” Aragona Jr. stated. “I grew up racing with him. We do it all together and I couldn’t do it without him.”
“Dave Yediny, who has been a very big part of team this year when he was able to get away from his main gig at Skillman Racing.”
“My wife Beatrice and my kids Emma and Frankie III for their support and putting up with me being away from racing a lot. My family and friends for their support over the years in many different ways.”
“Many programs support out program. A huge thank you to all of them, there are too many to name but each and every one of them carried us to this championship and past years.”
Congrats to Frank Aragona Jr. and his family on their 2019 World Championship! The DragChamp team is proud of you!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 21 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. Megan is a student at Western Kentucky University and is pursuing a degree in Photojournalism with plans to graduate in May 2020. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.