EPPING, NH – Acton, Ontario’s Tiina Duncanson earned her third consecutive National Hot Rod Association victory in the New England Nationals. As part of the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series event that is held annually at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
The former NHRA Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile Series
made it quite clear. That time away from the racetrack hasn’t hurt their race program much at all, if any. As they put on a virtual clinic in ‘making rounds’ at the New England Nationals over the holiday weekend. Meaning they weren’t necessarily the quickest machine in every round. However, they did manage to advance every round and were the quickest when it mattered. Taking home the honor, the prestige, and the Wally for an impressive third consecutive time before a sold-out crowd and a National television audience.
First up in Round One of Eliminations(E-1) would be the pair comprised of number one qualifier Tiina Duncanson and the eighth-place qualifying machine of Keith Wood. Where Duncanson’s beautiful black and pink Ski-Doo bodied machine would start off the round with a win over Wood’s and the Woody’s Performance Center Yamaha turbo. Recording an 8.600-second pass at 154.30 miles-per-hour, versus the losing 8.78 with a five at 140 and change of her opponent. Advancing into the Second Round of Eliminations, .256 tenths off her qualifying pace.
Up next in the Opening Round of Eliminations would be the pair of fourth place qualifier Frank Berard Jr. and the fifth place man in the qualifying order, Benny Rosado. With the 2017 NHRA Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile Champ Berard Jr. making quick work of Rosado and the Chuckaroo Ole School Mach Z. Running an 8.415-second pass at 151.19 miles-per-hour for the win, versus the 8.443 at 152.30 miles-per-hour of his opponent. Guaranteeing that the two former NHRA Division One Champs would meet each other in round number two.
The third pairing of the First Round would consist of number two qualifier Brian Garbus and the seventh place machine of Gary Schweikert. Where Garbus, the latest winner on the NHRA Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile Series by Timken, would easily advance. With an 8.582-second pass at 150.18 miles-per-hour, to the losing .780 at 152.30 miles-per-hour in defeat. Sending the sharp looking silver Ski-Doo bodied machine of Schweikert to the proverbial trailer.
In the final pairing on the ladder for Round Number One. It would be the sixth place qualifier Dan Meyer riding his normally aspirated Arctic Cat. Up against the turbocharged, or artificially aspirated, Arctic Cat machine of third place qualifier John Parenteau, from nearby Brentwood. Who would take a slight starting advantage and easily win the round. With an 8.564-second pass at 152.26 miles-per-hour, to the 9.22 with an eight at 122.52 miles-per-hour for the slowing PCS Performance built machine of Raymond, Maine’s Dan Meyer.
Round Two would kick-off with the two former Series Champs, Duncanson and Berard Jr. going head to head. With the 2017 NHRA Division One – Pro Stock Snowmobile Series Champion Berard Jr. reacting first out of the hole, with practically a .10 tenth of a second in the bank.(.098/.192) However, the defending event winner would dodge another bullet. As Berard Jr.’s Bichteman Racing Ski-Doo couldn’t run the number and Multi-Time Divisional Champ Tiina Duncanson move on to face the winner of the next pair in the final round. Tripping the clocks with an 8.550-second pass at 154.71 miles-per-hour to the losing 8.79 with a six at 151 miles-per-hour and change for the defending divisional champion in defeat.
The last pair of Round Two would feature the two latest winners in the Series and a rematch of the final from Lebanon Valley. With the J&R Racing Team’s turbocharged Arctic Cat lined up beside the BTG Performance tuned, Chuckaroo Motorsports Yamaha turbo of Brian Garbus. Who was quicker out of the gate and made even quicker work out of his opponent. Running a .37 with a four at 150.98 miles-per-hour versus the 8.429-second pass at 152.40 of Parenteau to end the round. As the number two qualifier advances to meet the number one qualifier in the finals.
As the two finalists approached the starting line before a sold-out crowd and a national tv audience. The defending race champion and her rookie opponent tried to focus their attention on the starting beams and not the television cameras. With the rookie Garbus taking a slight starting line advantage, maintaining the lead at the 660′ stick, only to be overtaken at the finish line. By the multi-time divisional champion, Tiina Duncanson and the ‘That Girl Racing’ team’s beautiful Ski-Doo bodied machine. Breaking the beams with an 8.26-second pass at 155.69 miles-per-hour, versus the .34 with a five at 152.23 miles-per-hour of her opponent Brian Garbus. Making the quickest pass in competition of the weekend. Taking home the honor, the prestige, and the Wally. For an impressive third consecutive time from the New England Nationals at New England Dragway in 2018.
- Tiina Duncanson 127 – Acton, ON – ’10 Ski-Doo – 8.344 at 155.13mph
- Brian Garbus 1777 – Terryville, CT – ’18 Yamaha – 8.348 at 153.44mph`
- John Parenteau 100 – Brentwood, NH – ’12 Arctic Cat – 8.423 at 152.92mph
- Frank Berard Jr. 143x – Troy, NY – ’12 Ski-Doo – 8.427 at 152.06mph
- Benny Rosado 1989 – Sandown, NH – ’03 Ski-Doo – 8.540 at 150.03mph
- Dan Meyer 1526 – Raymond, ME – ’02 Arctic Cat – 8.658 at 151.07mph
- Gary Schweikert 1000 – Slatington, PA – ’15 Ski-Doo – 8.739 at 145.96mph
- Keith Wood 159 – Sabattus, ME – ’17 Yamaha – 8.823 at 144.41mph