Thursday, February 22, 2024

Ken Moses Doubles at NHRA New England Nationals

Ken Moses wins both Super Comp and Top Dragster at the NHRA New England Nationals on Sunday.

EPPING, NH – Ken Moses had a career day at New England Dragway. He not only won his third national event, he won his fourth just minutes later. Ken defeated two first time national event finalist in Kyle Bigley (Super Comp) and Nick Meloni (Top Dragster).

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Super Comp

In his first final round of the day, Moses won a double-breakout race over DragChamp pre-race pick Kyle Bigley. Bigley, the 2018 Division 1 champ, was .020 take .014 in the final to find himself on the wrong end of a double-breakout affair (8.875 to 8.894). Moses was .015 and 8.894 to earn his third NHRA national event title.

In earlier rounds, Moses defeated Bill Worters, Brad Coryell, Gary Gilman, and Jack Sepanek. Moses survived several close calls throughout the event.

Second round opponent Coryell turned it red by .002 to allow Moses to advance. The following round Gilman was .012 take .044 to breakout by -.003-second giving Moses the win and a bye in the quarterfinal round.

2019 New England Nationals Super Comp Final Round
Super Comp Final

In the semifinal round, Moses advanced past Sepanek when his .023, 8.909 pushed Sepanek under the index by -.003-second.

Runner up Bigley posted his best package of the race in the other semifinal pairing. Bigley was .004 at the tree paired with a 8.908 to push Rich Dorr under by -.003. It was the second straight 8.90 for Bigley after he posted a 8.905 in the quarterfinals.

Ken Moses doubles at nhra new england nationals

Top Dragster

To reach the Top Dragster final, Moses won two double-redlight races. The first coming in round one where Vince Musolino kicked it red by -.002 advancing Moses who left second with a -.006 light himself.

His second double-redlight win came in the semifinal match up with Al Staffieri. Moses advanced to his second final of the day when Staffieri red-lighted first with a -.008 reaction. Moses followed with a -.002 light himself but advanced since Staffieri fouled first.

Outside of his two redlight starts, Moses was brilliant at the tree posting reactions of .015, .016, and .002 in the final. Good fortune followed Moses throughout eliminations as he won seemingly every round by just thousandth’s of a second.

2019 New England Nationals Top Dragster Final
Top Dragster Final

Moses posted his best package of the event in round two. His .015 and dead seven lap turned on the win light after opponent Val DiGenova broke out by .002. DiGenova was .004 at the tree but -.002 under his dial at the finish line.

In the third round, Al Kenny turned it -.003 red advancing Moses. In the final round, Moses was .002 and .027 above to take the win after Meloni broke out by .006. Meloni was .016 at the tree but took too much stripe in the breakout loss.

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