Stack, Stalba Win Wallys Before Weather Halts Action at Epping LODRS Event
Aug. 31, 2021

Photos by Diane Kubicke

Mother Nature was the big winner of the New England Dragway NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, postponing most racing to a later date. But two Jr. Dragster categories were completed before rain hit, and Evan Stack (age 6-9) and Emily Stalba (10-12) earned Wallys for their efforts. The 13-17 class final was delayed by rain, but it was later completed, and Kyle Genualdo won the Wally.

In the 6-9 final, Stack, far lane, got off the starting line first and ran right on his 14.38 dial to turn on the win light against Alicia Gouveia, who broke out with a 12.398 (12.42).

Stalba, near lane, denied the Stack family a double win when she bested James Stack Jr. in the 10-12 title round. Stalba was better at the Tree, .011 to .046, then eased her car to an 8.990 (8.92) to defeat Stack’s breakout 8.981 (8.99).

Kyle Genualdo earned the 13-17 age-group Wally when he defeated sister Kaylee in the delayed title round. In the final, Kyle got off the starting line first by more than a tenth and turned that into an 8.496 (8.48) to 7.966 (7.91) win against Kaylee.