ATCO, NJ – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association’s (NEOPMA) return to Atco Dragway after a two-year hiatus will have to wait a little while longer, as this weekend’s race has been cancelled due to a rainy forecast, NEOPMA and Atco officials announced Thursday afternoon.
“A combination of factors led the track to cancel the event, and I stand by their decision,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “We need a really well-prepped, dry track, and this weekend’s forecast would make that nearly impossible. We’re expecting on and off showers Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday. We want to make sure our guys are safe and racing on a dry surface. Secondly, we have guys traveling from all over, from as far south as Virginia and as far north as Pittsburgh and beyond. We didn’t want them to spend the time and money in fuel to get here just to get rained out. The third is because of the rain, we were likely to lose a few racers who’d understandably prefer to stay home.”
The Atco event was supposed to be the second of eight points races on the NEOPMA 30th anniversary tour. There are no immediate plans to make up the race.
ATCO, NJ – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) is continuing its 30th anniversary season with a return to New Jersey’s historic Atco Dragway this weekend, May 13-14, for the track’s Pro Mod Warz. It’s the second race on the 2022 NEOPMA schedule, which includes eight points races and an eight-car invitational race.
Since last racing at Atco in 2019, the series made the switch from quarter-mile competition to eighth-mile racing. The group has seen an uptick in racer participation since making the change. Weather dependent, at least 16 cars are expected to compete at Atco this weekend.
“I think we can expect a really great show,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “We’re not going to have as many cars, but we will have great racers like the Deckers, Fredy Scriba, the King/Pilot/Miller team, Chuck Ulsch, Dave Norris, and Rob Hunnicutt, as well as new NEOPMA racer Joe Newsham. We’ll have a lot of fast cars; we just won’t have the volume. Like many others in the industry, a lot of our racers are having trouble getting parts.”
BUDDS CREEK, MD – Reigning Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) champion Mike Decker Jr. scored a season-opening win Sunday afternoon at Maryland International Raceway’s 14th annual Atomizer Racing Injectors Door Wars presented by ATI Performance Products. He defeated his son and tuner, Mike “Hollywood” Decker III, in the father-son duo’s first final round together.
“We’ve lined up against each other before [in Outlaw 10.5], but we’ve never beaten the whole field before we got there,” Decker Jr. said. “It’s very exciting and it just doesn’t happen.”
The younger Decker was making his NEOPMA debut as the driver of the team’s second car, the screw-blown Decker’s Salvage “Spare Change” ’20 Camaro. He qualified third with a 3.637-second pass at 209.04, while Decker Jr. struggled in qualifying and started eliminations from the No. 13 spot with his 3.958 at 143.70.
Decker Jr.’s performance improved for the first round of eliminations on Saturday night, using a 3.654 at 212.56 in his Decker’s Salvage “Big Change” ’20 Camaro to drive around Don Tolley’s 3.691 at 208.30 in the opening round. Decker III ran a 3.691 at 207.72 on a single, as first-round opponent Dave Norris couldn’t make the call.
BUDDS CREEK, MD – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) will kick off its 30th anniversary season this weekend at Maryland International Raceway’s 14th annual Atomizer Racing Injectors Door Wars presented by ATI Performance Products, April 29-May 1. NEOPMA has a rich history at MIR, and the club will build on that this weekend at the first of three 2022 appearances at Budds Creek.
“This is our 30th year and we’re working energetically to make it a banner year,” said John Mazzorana, president and founder, NEOPMA. “We want to make this a memorable season for everyone involved. At every race we’re going to have a BBQ or pizza party for all of our drivers and their teams. Aside from the racing, we’ll have an atmosphere of enjoyment and fun.”
There are a number of championship contenders confirmed for this weekend’s race, including past champions Fredy Scriba and his nitrous-fed “Sorcerer” ’69 Camaro, as well as Steve King and his screw-blown “Savage” Corvette. Defending champion Mike Decker Jr. is back with his screw-blown Decker’s Salvage “Big Change” Camaro, and his son, Mike “Hollywood” Decker III, will also compete for the title.
Canadian Pro Modified series back on track after several years to participate in two shows at Empire Dragway
This year the NEOPMA Challenge at Empire Dragway, Leicester NY was an amazing success. In 2022 the two self governing organizations will work together to make the Empire / NEOPMA Challenges on June 17-18 and August 5-6, 2022, Pro Mod extravaganzas.
“We have been thinking about a return for a while and patiently waiting for the right opportunity,” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA.
“Our groups have worked together successfully in the past”, stated John Mazzorana of the NEOPMA. “Everyone will remember the Superchargers Showdown ‘International Pro Mod Challenge’ at Maryland International Raceway in 2013.”
HUNTINGTON, NY – The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) will celebrate its 30th season of competition in 2022 with a full schedule made up of eight points races and an invitational, non-points race. The season will conclude with a special $30,000-to-win race at Maryland International Raceway.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the fact that we’re celebrating 30 years of fast doorslammer racing in 2022,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president of NEOPMA. “This club and its members have seen the highs and lows of the sport over the last 30 years and we’ve stood the test of time. We’ve adapted to keep up with the changing trends in the sport, but we’ve always acted in the interest of providing a safe, fun place for racers to compete and put on a show for the fans at the tracks that bring us in.”
The season will kick off at Maryland International Raceway’s Door Wars, April 29-May 1. The schedule continues with stops at Atco Dragway (May 13-14), Cecil County Dragway (June 3-4), and Empire Dragway (June 17-18). U.S. 13 Dragway will host an invitational eight-car, non-points race on July 8-9. NEOPMA will then return to Empire (August 5-6), MDIR (August 19-20), and Cecil County (Sept 2-4) before wrapping up the 30th anniversary season at MDIR for the $30,000-to-win special event.
BUDDS CREEK, MD – When it’s your day, it’s your day, and Tyler Hard’s day came on Sunday when he won the 2021 Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) season finale at Maryland International Raceway’s Superchargers Showdown, Oct. 1-3. Hard won on the starting line when Fredy Scriba Jr. went red by .006 seconds.
“It was good to see Tyler Hard, tuner Patrick Barnhill, crew chief/teammate Kevin McCurdy and the whole Hard Racing team back in the winner’s circle,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “They’ve struggled all season long, but they seem to be back together and they’re doing great. We really want to thank Brian Hard and the entire Hard family for being not only major racers, but also major sponsors of the club.”
In qualifying, Hard drove his ProCharger-boosted ’68 Camaro to a 3.691-second pass at 207.34 mph to end up No. 4 on the qualifying order. Mike Decker Jr., the newly crowned 2021 NEOPMA champion, was the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.647 at 209.59.