Smida set for Super Gas semis

Staff report


Canfield’s Philip Smida won four more rounds of racing on Saturday in the Super Gas class to advance to today’s semifinals at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Smida defeated Nathan Vrooman in Round 5 by 0.0131 seconds (approximately three feet) to advance. He will face Iggie Boicesco.

Edward Toolis Jr. of Lisbon advanced to today’s semifinals in the Top Dragster event. He will meet Tyson Fabish. Toolis is the last of three local racers still alive in Top Dragster.

In other events involving local racers, Warren’s Marco Abruzzi lost in the second round of the Top Sportsman category, while Youngstown’s Tom Martino lost in the first round of Top Dragster and Abruzzi lost in the third round.

Cortland’s John Frech lost in the first round of the Competition Eliminator class.

This weekend’s event wraps up today, starting with Round 1 of the Nitro Eliminations at 11 a.m. For more details, visit

Defending season champion Shawn Langdon had a track-record run lead Top Fuel qualifying for the third time this season.

Langdon powered his 10,000-horsepower dragster to a 3.745-seconds pass at 325.22 mph for his first No. 1 qualifying position at Norwalk and the 16th of his career.

“Tonight, we felt like we could lay down and try to make the best run possible,” Langdon said. “The last couple races we’ve struggled in qualifying.”

Del Worsham topped the Funny Car field, points leader Erica Enders-Stevens was the fastest in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec led the Pro Stock Motorcycle lineup.

Worsham claimed the No. 1 spot with his Friday run at a track-record time of 4.000 at 321.88 in a Toyota Camry. Enders-Stevens had a track-record pass of 6.523 at 212.63 in her Chevy Camaro, and Krawiec earned his fifth consecutive No. 1 of the season with a 6.844 at 195.05 on a Harley-Davidson.

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