DePascale, Ream repeat as champions to highlight Division 1 Championships event
Aug. 16, 2017

Tyler DePascale (age 6-9) and Cory Ream (13-14) took home division titles for the second straight year during the Division 1 Jr. Championships at Numidia Dragway. DePascale, who earned the 8-9 title last year, outlasted 2015 and 2016 6-7 champ Harley Ely to earn his second division title. Ream, the 2016 12-13 class winner, stopped 2017 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Peformance champ Richie Fluck to claim top honors in the 13-14 class this year.

Joining DePascale and Ream in the winner's circle were Jaiman Dietz (10-12), Allison Lloyd (15-17), Jonathan Northop (Race of Champions), and Nicholas Bealer (Jr. Street). Maple Grove Raceway earned teh team title, tallying 17 points. Virginia Motorsports Park was second with 14 points, followed by Numidia Dragway (12), Mason-Dixon Dragway (10), and Lebanon Valley Dragway (9).

Final-round results from the Division 1 Jr. Championships event at
Numidia Dragway in Numidia, Pa.:

Driver Hometown Reaction E.T. (Dial)
Tyler DePascale Parlin, N.J. .118 12.118 (12.13)
Harley Ely Mont Alto, Pa. -.044 11.957 (11.94)
Jaiman Dietz Hanover, Pa. .014 9.126 (9.09)
Brody Harp Souderton, Pa. .124 9.044 (9.10)
Cory Ream Narvon, Pa. .014 8.096 (8.07)
Richie Fluck Sellersville, Pa. .093 7.938 (7.92)
Allison Lloyd Doswell, Va. .058 7.925 (7.90)
Shawn Nichols Marlborough, Conn. .074 8.013 (7.98)
Race of Champions
Jonathan Northop Perkasie, Pa. .004 7.943 (7.98)
Melissa Wilson Highland Lakes, N.J. -.018 8.012 (7.99)
Jr. Street
Nicholas Bealer Douglasville, Pa. .210 10.051 (10.10)
Taylor Zajac Manheim, Pa. -.007 10.287 (10.31)

Photos by Diane Kubicke and Shari Ferguson (

6-9 final round
Tyler DePascale, far lane, got the automatic nod in the 6-9 class final when Harley Ely red-lighted.

10-12 final round
Jaiman Dietz, near lane, turned a reaction-time advantage of more than a tenth into victory over Brody Harp in the 10-12 title round.

13-14 final round
Cory Ream, far lane, earned his second straight Division 1 championship when he bested Richie Fluck in the 13-14 final.

15-17 final round
Allison Lloyd, near lane, had the better reaction time and ran closer to her dial to turn on the win light against Shawn Nichols in the 15-17 age-group final round.

Race of Champions final
Jonathan Northrop, far lane, took home the Race of Champions trophy, earning it when Melissa Wilson went red in the money round.

Jr. Street final round
Nicholas Bealer, near lane, got the automatic win in the Jr. Street final when Taylor Zajac fouled out.