Sternotti Earns AHDRA Top Fuel Win In Thunder Valley
Joey Sternotti took home the Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel class during a thrilling weekend of AHDRA action at the Thunder in the Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
Sternotti defeated Douglas Horne of Aberdeen, Md. in the final round when Horne went red at the line. The Blackwood, N.J. native launched from the line and then clicked off his bike, rolling through the finish stripe at a leisurely 20.973 elapsed time at 43.91 mph. Sternotti was the top qualifier with a 6.346 E.T., while Horne had the top speed of the meet at 249.86 mph.
Shaun Reno of Hayes, Va. took home the Pro Stock category over John Marinelli of Debary, Fla. Reno had a slower reaction time, a .170 R.T. to Marinelli’s .025, but drove around Marinelli with an 8.233 E.T. The runner-up had an 8.527 E.T. pass.
While he came up short in Top Fuel, Horne came out on top in the Pro Fuel category, defeating Chris Streeter of Cleveland, Ohio. Streeter experienced trouble on his pass, allowing Horne to streak away to a 6.687 E.T. at 216.65 mph and the victory.
Keith Browne of Semora, N.C. outran Top Fuel champ Sternotti in the Pro Gas category. Browne’s 7.317 E.T. at 184.93 mph was good enough to outpace Sternotti’s 7.490 E.T. at 177.58 mph.
Scott Truett of Wichita, Kan. never looked back in his race against Bill Purvis from LaFayette, La. Truett left with a .086 R.T. and raced down the track with a 7.525 E.T. at 174.46 mph. Purvis had a slower .144 R.T. and a 7.936 E.T. at 163.06 mph.
Paul Diener of Frankfort, Ind. defeated Jeff Stevens from Bloomington, Ind. in the Draggin’ Bagger division, while Joey Thompson of Hopewell, N.J. put John Price from Emmitsburg, Md. on the trailer in Pro Mod action.
Bruce Croneberger III of Cressona, Pa. swept Street Pro and Hot Street competition, Nick Gonatas, Jr. of Cortland, Ohio won Screamin’ Eagle Destroyer, Scott Kirkpatrick of New Ellenton, S.C. took Super Gas and Bill Rowe from Hellertown, Pa. won Super Sport. Keith Carper of Laurel, Md. claimed both Super Eliminator and Screamin’ Eagle SEP, while J.P. Hendrzak of Delta, Pa. took Syn 3 ET competition.
Bristol Dragway returns to action on Saturday with Advanced BioServices Guy's Night at Fas Mart Street Fights on Saturday, August 13.
Street Fights fans always enjoy Bristol’s special Saturday night events, and this one is sure to please. Gates open Saturday evening at 5 p.m., with racing at 6 p.m.
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