Second generation racer Taylor Chomiski raced to the Competition Eliminator title at the first of a double header Lucas Oil race at Virginia Motorsport Park in Dinwiddie VA. Chomiski, driving the ’19 Dart D/A owned by NC racer Art Hodges defeated the D/SM ’08 Sunfire of Randy Daniels from Grantsboro NC in the finals running a 7.658 on a 8.19 index to Daniels’ 8.404 on a 8.90 index.
Earlier in eliminations the Dallas TX racer defeated the C/DA of Ronnie Proctor and Epping NH winner Pete D’Agnolo in his D/SMA Cobalt on his way to the finals. Daniels had to get around Richard Schonberger’s I/SM Cavalier, Al Ackerman’s F/D and reigning Lucas champ Frank Aragona Jr to his shot for the title.
After the win Chomiski said, “I’m from Dallas and the car is based in North Carolina. The car number 5233 was my dad’s, Gary Chomiski, and he ran that # for over forty years. All through my life my dad had that # on his cars and this year I got the chance to use 5233 for myself and to win here is a great honor.” Chomiski continued, “We have a two car team with Art driving the Camaro and me with the Dart. My dad makes all the tuning calls for both cars. Before this year, I never drove a clutch car ever, even on the street. Art and my dad have been racing for 18 years and last year he came to my dad and said he wanted to put me in a car for 2020. So we tested in Vegas and went to Pomona. This is my 13th event this year and to finally win is great. “
Former Lucas World Champ Al Kenny drove his JEGS sponsored blown Top Dragster to his 10th career divisional win over the nitrous powered Dan Page dragster of Tewksbury MA racer Al Stafferi in the finals of Tommy Tape Top Dragster presented by Select Performance. Kenny was off the line first with a 0.017 light and caught Stafferi running a 6.135 on his 6.10 dial to Stafferi’s better 6.692 on a 6.67 dial but his 0.041 RT cost him the race.
Earlier Al’s son Jason Kenny defeated the ’67 Nova of Tom Smith in the finals of Super Gas when Smith left way before the green light giving Jason his 16th Lucas divisional. Earlier Smith got around multi time winner Iggie Boicesco in the semi finals as Jason had to beat former D1 and Lucas champ Tom Stalba to make the money round.
Shamong NJ racer Taylor Iacono, a second generation racer in her own right, won her second career Lucas Oil divisional in Super Street as she took her ’99 Chevy S-10 to a win over the ’72 Pontiac Ventura of Corey Lytch racing from Sherwood AR. Taylor was off first with a 0.012 light to Lytch’s good 0.022 RT and with the better light and running nearly right on with a 10.917, Lytch was forced to break out with a losing 10.888.
“If feels really great to win,” Iacono said. “This is my second ever win and being in the winner’s circle is wonderful. It’s a dream come true. After this win I am in first place in the division with one race to go. I gotta thank my parents Amy and Tony, Burnyzz Speed Shop, Big Oak Fuel, John Asta, Quik-Latch, and Clean Boost for all their help.”
Duncannon PA native Bryan Worner took the Worner Family Racing GT/JA ’87 Camaro to the Super Stock win beating D2 racer Hillarey Sloan’s beautiful ’71 FGT/K Duster in the finals. Worner was deadly on the tree with a 0.017 light to Sloan’s 0.064 and at the top end it was Sloan breaking out with a 9.978 on a 9.98 dial to Worner’s 9.915 on a 9.89 dial.
Earlier Worner defeated his twin brother Byron in round 4 and the GT/GA Olds of Pat Glade to get to the final. Sloan took out “Pie” Dent in round 4 and the Camaro of Herbie Null in round 5 after Null’s car would not fire.
Division Two racer Missy Phillips towed her ’70 F/SA Nova up to VMP and it paid off with her first ever Stock Eliminator win in Lucas Oil competition. Phillips faced the always tough Bubba Linke in the family B/SA Camaro. Linke cut the tree a little too close fouling out with a -0.003 red light as Phillips cruised to the win.
Long time NED racer Joey Cambria drove his NoSquat.com dragster to a win in Super Comp defeating the dragster of Chuck Krepela in the finals with a right on 8.90 to Krepela’s 8.924.
Naples FL racer John Taylor took the Tommy Tape Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance trophy back to the sunshine state after beating Ron Riegel in the finals. Taylor’s ’99 Dakota pickup ran a 7.113 on a 7.09 dial to Riegel’s better 6.883 on a 6.88 dial but Taylor’s superior RT at the start made the difference at the stripe.
Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car qualifying was also part of Friday’s action with A/FD Rich McPhillips Jr. from Phoenixville PA setting the pace in dragster with a career best 5.132 @278.63 MPH. In Funny car Whiteford MD racer DJ Cox Jr put his '19 Camaro on the top with a 5.427 @ 269.67 MPH.
Racing continues Saturday with the second part of the double header to be completed Sunday afternoon.