MOHNTON, PA – Brentwood, New Hampshire’s John Parenteau earned his first National Hot Rod Association victory in the Ultimax Pro Stock Snowmobile Series by Timken. Run in conjunction with the NHRA Northeast Division – Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. In a final round victory over Number One Qualifier Benny Rosado, with an 8.753-second pass at 150.11mph. Versus the quicker but losing time, of 8.729 at 152.37 miles-per-hour, for the City Oil sponsored Chuckaroo Ski-Doo. Leaving a margin of victory(MOV) of .024 hundredths of a second at the finish line for Parenteau. Etching his name in the NHRA Division One record books, while also scoring the first win by a turbocharged machine. Since the Northeast Division changed their engine rule package’s to include the four-stroke turbocharged engine configuration in their Pro Stock Snowmobile class for 2017.
First up in the Opening Round of Eliminations would be the pair of John Parenteau and Brian Garbus. Aboard the #1777 Yamaha turbo also being fielded by Chuckaroo Motorsports and the one and only Chuck Hamrah. However, the J&R Racing Team’s – D&D Arctic Cat twin cylinder turbo of Parenteau. Would ironically take a 0.026-second starting line advantage and turn it into a first-round win with the same identical 0.026 margin of victory. After an 8.619-second pass at 151.61 miles-per-hour to the losing 8.645 at 148.10mph pass of Terryville, Connecticut’s Brian Garbus.
Next up in the Opening Round would be the third and fourth place qualifiers of Gary Schweikert and Frank Berard Jr.. Where the defending National Hot Rod Association – Division One Champion Berard Jr. would react first. Taking the advantage out of the hole on the Bichteman Racing – Ski-Doo bodied mount. Only to have Schweikert drive around him, and on into the next round with an 8.690 at 146.04mph pass, to the losing 8.926-second run of Berard.
In the final pairing of the First Round of Eliminations(E-1), Benny Rosado and Rich Daly would line up belly pan / air-dam to air-dam in opposing lanes. Although only for a moment, as Daly would leave too soon. Red-lighting his way out of eliminations, changing the whole complexity of the Round, with no times being recorded. Leaving Rosado with a bye into the final, and Parenteau’s four-stroke turbo up against the two-stroke triple of Schweikert’s in the semi-final. To see which machine would face Hamrah and the billet-based Chuckaroo Motorsports two-stroke triple ridden by Rosado in the Finals.
(Complete Qualifying Order and Eliminations Ladder listed below)
In the semi’s, Schweikert reacted first but would slow to an 8.734-second pass at 144.46 miles-per-hour. Handing the semi-final win to the D&D four-stroke powered Arctic Cat turbo of Parenteau. Who tripped the timing beam’s with an 8.552 second run at 152.95mph, on his way into the final round to face Rosado. Who sadly was trying to avenge the loss of a childhood friend, that had passed away while Rosado was in route to compete at Maple Grove, by taking home another Wally to Sandown, New Hampshire in his honor.
However, in the Final Round of Eliminations of the Ultimax Pro Stock Snowmobile Series by Timken. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. As the J&R Racing team’s D&D Arctic Cat four-stroke turbocharged twin reacted first and never looked back. Posting, as reported earlier, an 8.753-second pass at a tick over 150 miles-per-hour. On it’s way to earning the team its first win in only their second season of NHRA Pro Stock Snowmobile competition. Where the soon to be sixty-year-old drag racer earned himself a Wally and a spot in the National Drag Racing Association – Pro Stock Snowmobile record books.
After several years of bracket racing, and forty years of marriage, John would like to thank his wife Ruthann “for being my crew.” As well as Dale Roes and his staff at D&D Racing LLC for their engine program and ultimately their support. In helping John and Ruthann’s – J&R Racing Team’s Arctic Cat score their first NHRA victory. While also claiming the first official win for a turbocharged machine in NHRA Northeast Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile competition.
Congratulations to John and Ruthann on their win, and hats off to all involved in helping to make this historic event take place.
The next race on the NHRA Northeast Division schedule is set for the weekend of June the 29th thru July the 1st at Lebanon Valley Raceway in West Lebanon, New York.
- Benny Rosado 1989 – Sandown, NH – ’03 Ski-Doo – 8.551 at 154.09mph
- John Parenteau 100 – Brentwood, NH – ’12 Arctic Cat – 8.551 at 152.11mph
- Gary Schweikert 1000 – Slatington, PA – ’15 Ski-Doo – 8.693 at 146.43mph
- Frank Berard Jr. 143x – Troy, NY – ’12 Ski-Doo – 8.975 at 147.89mph
- Brian Garbus 1777 – Terryville, CT – ’16 Yamaha – 9.000 at 148.49mph
- Rich Daly 116 – Union Springs, NY – ’02 Ski-Doo – 9.654 at 113.61mph