Byron Worner wins his seventh NHRA national event at the 2019 New England Nationals.
EPPING, NH – Byron Worner cruised to the Super Stock win in New England after final round opponent Richard Kay could only idle down the track. Worner, a seven time national event winner, rolled through a tough field at New England Dragway to earn his latest NHRA Wally.
Worner earned wins over Larry Jewell, Doug Chervanik, Jeff Tripp, Herbie Null, and Marty Rinehart to reach the final round.
Byron won a couple of close double breakout races in rounds two and three. In round two, his -.020 under bested Chervanik’s -.024 under. His round three match up with Jeff Tripp ended in a similar manner when Worner’s -.021 under lap was closer to his dial than Tripp’s -.029 under.
A .009 light was enough to force fourth round opponent Herbie Null into a breakout and advance Worner to the semifinals. There he defeated a red-lighting Marty Rinehart to move into the final round. Rinehart just missed the tree fouling by -.002-second.
Runner up Richard Kay looked to have broke something in his quarterfinal win. In that round, Kay defeated Guy DesJardins’ on a holeshot to earn a bye run to the final. After taking the green light on his bye run, Kay skipped the burnout in the final, staged, and idled down track.
Worner obviously was aware of Kay’s troubles as he posted a conservative .127 reaction in the final round and coasted to a .633 over 10.453.
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