DINWIDDIE, VA.- For a gentleman whose racing focus is not on driving, Dave DeAngelis proved that he's multi-talented. The 36-year old, professional photographer from Middlesex, NJ., was impressive as he pushed Steve Zavor's Federal Mogul Dragster...
DINWIDDIE, VA.- For a gentleman whose racing focus is not on driving, Dave DeAngelis proved that he's multi-talented. The 36-year old, professional photographer from Middlesex, NJ., was impressive as he pushed Steve Zavor's Federal Mogul Dragster to a quarter-final finish at the recently completed NHRA Moto1.net Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, located in Dinwiddie.
The weekend started out on a bright spot for the award-winning lensman as he claimed a spot in the top-half of the program by slipping into the eighth spot with a conservative 6.115/222.44.
That matched him against the ninth qualifier Bill Reichert in Saturday's first round of eliminations. Knowing that his foe was equally as strong, DeAngelis gambled on the tree and emerged with a .075 holeshot. That proved to be added insurance as he outmuscled Reichert to the finish line with a 5.804/233.36. Reichert lost with a 5.808/235.02. How much of a holeshot did DeAngelis accrue in terms of real estate? He rolled through the trapped a full 27-feet ahead of his foe.
In the quarter-finals, there was a bit of controversy as one of opponent Arthur Gallant's crewmembers stepped into the lights. Thinking it was the driver breaking the beam; the already pre-staged DeAngelis rolled in and lit the stage beam. That might have rattled some drivers, but not the sophomore driver. He nailed Gallant on an .089 holeshot and ran a career best 5.760/234.29. However, at the finish, Gallant posted a 5.379/257.24 and the win.
DeAngelis was pleased with his first of three scheduled national event outings. He also plans for five NHRA divisional outings.
As always, DeAngelis was just happy to be there.
"I can't complain at all," smiled DeAngelis. "There's no way to describe how pumped I was when we won the first round. It was like a dream come true. I guess I should say another dream come true. Just being out here competing is already a dream come true."