The NHRA Northeast Division crowns their 2019 champions. 2019 World Champions Allison Doll and Frank Aragona highlight the all star list of sportsman champs.
After a long season which included seven Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events between May and October, the NHRA Northeast Division crowned its 2019 champions recently.
The list of Division 1 champions reads like a who’s who of NHRA sportsman racers including 2019 World Champions Frank Aragona and Allison Doll. Joining them at the champions table were Steve Comella, Tom Stalba, Charlie Kenopic, Brian Sawyer, Al Kenny, and 2018 World Champ Ronnie Proctor.
For more on each champion, see the 2019 Division 1 Recap below.
NHRA Northeast Division 1 2019 Champions
Competition Eliminator – Frank Aragona Jr.
On the strength of six final round appearances, Frank Aragona Jr. cruised to the Division 1 Competition Eliminator Championship. On the strength of his divisional success, Aragona also earned the NHRA Comp Eliminator World Championship. With a total of 455 points, Aragona easily held off contenders Lee Zane and Chip Ippolito Jr., who finished second and third respectively.
In his six LODRS final rounds, Aragona won five times including wins at Maple Grove, Lebanon Valley, Topeka, Atco, and Epping. His only final round loss came at the Baby Gators.
Super Stock – Steve Comella
Steve Comella drove his HEMI Dart to the Division 1 Super Stock Championship after battling with contenders James Antonette Jr and Joe Santangelo. Comella earned the 2019 Division 1 title after posting one win and several semifinal appearances. Steve finished with a total of 373 points.
His LODRS victory came at Cecil County Dragway in Maryland. Comella also had several late-round finishes at Numidia, Lebanon Valley, Atco, and Virginia Motorsports Park.
Stock Eliminator – Allison Doll
After a dream season which included five LODRS wins, Allison Doll became the first individual to ever post a perfect divisional score of 525. Doll also earned the NHRA Stock Eliminator World Championship on top of her divisional championship.
Doll nearly ran off with the title after a win at Cecil County, but not without a fight from Joe Santangelo and Bubba Linke. Santangelo proved to be a formidable opponent on both the divisional and national level. Joe finished second in both title chases to Allison. Bubba Linke finished the season with a third place effort in the Division 1 standings.
Doll’s five LODRS victories came at Numidia, Lebanon Valley, Cecil County, VMP, and Rockingham.
Super Comp – Tom Stalba Jr.
Tom Stalba Jr. earned the Division 1 Super Comp championship on the strength of two final round appearances. Stalba finished the season with two LODRS wins and several late round finishes. His 384 points outlasted 2018 Division champ Kyle Bigley and Michael Bodnar.
Stalba’s victories came at Maple Grove and Cecil County. A couple late round finishes at Atco and Epping helped secure the season title.
Super Gas – Charlie Kenopic
Charlie Kenopic locked up the Division 1 Super Gas Championship after nearly sweeping the series with four final round appearances. Kenopic finished with three wins and a runner-up in eight events. Charlie’s impressive 450 point total gaped second place by almost 100 points!
Ray Sawyer and Super Comp Champ Tom Stalba Jr. finished a distant second and third in the final standings.
Kenopic’s divisional wins included Maple Grove Dragway, Lebanon Valley Dragway, and Cecil County Dragway. His runner-up finish came at Atco Dragway.
Super Street – Brian Sawyer
Brian Sawyer picked up the Division 1 Super Street Championship after finishing the season with two divisional wins and a runner-up. Sawyer, who finished the season with 396 points, held off Keith Mayers and Don Garbinski to capture the season title.
Sawyer’s divisional wins came at Numidia Dragway and Virginia Motorsports Park. In addition to his runner-up at Lebanon Valley, Sawyer also posted late-round finishes at Cecil County and Columbus, Ohio.
Top Dragster – Al Kenny
Al Kenny earned the Division 1 Top Dragster Championship after scoring a total of 334 points with two final round appearances. Kenny’s season included two divisional wins and several late round finishes.
Rick Bell and Aldan Miller trailed Kenny by only 20 points after both tied for second place. Jeff Taylor came up one point shy of making it a three-way tie for second, ultimately finishing third.
Al’s two divisional wins came New England Dragway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He also posted several late round finishes at the Baby Gators, Numidia, and Atco Dragway.
Kenny traveled west to Vegas for the final LODRS event of the season. He came into the event needing a win to secure the division title. On Sunday evening, Kenny did just that as he earned the Vegas LODRS title and the Division 1 championship in the process.
Top Sportsman – Ronnie Proctor Sr.
2018 Top Sportsman World Champion Ronnie Proctor Sr. earned the Divisional 1 Top Sportsman Championship. He secured the Division 1 title after winning twice and earning several late-round finishes. With two divisional wins, he finished with a total of 336 points.
Proctor’s 336 score outdistanced second place Jeff Brooks by 43 points. In a close battle for second place, Brooks finished just 12 points ahead of third place Nicholas Meloni.
Proctor’s two Wally’s came at Atco Dragway and zMax Dragway. On top of his two victories, he went deep at Rockingham Dragway, Numidia Dragway, and Maple Grove Dragway which helped secure the title.
Congrats go out to all the NHRA Division 1 Champions on their successful seasons! See you on the racetrack next year!
About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. 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.