Kyle Bigley revisited his favorite dragstrip in the Northeast, New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire for the NHRA Division 1 divisional September 7-9th. Last year Bigley got down to 4 and bowed out in the Semi-final round after losing to a 5-package. That was, until the 2018 season where he came back for vengeance to claim the win.
Round 1 Kyle lined up against friend Shawn Fricke in what was the closest race of the week by far. Shawn Fricke started off behind with a .030 bulb to Bigley’s better .015 with Bigley putting it on an 8.921 to take… .001 stripe beating Shawn’s 8.907 pass. Fast forward to round 4, Kyle has his most important race of the season for the lead in points of Super Comp racing Chris “3-Step” Garretson. Bigley bettered Garretson .067 bulb with a .029 and put it dead on with a 1 as Chris’s 3-Step malfunctioned in the midst of championship pressure giving Bigley the bye run next round.
After many great rounds of racing, and some luck, Kyle managed to drive his way into the Final Round here at Epping in 2018 to find himself against Michael Handras. Both drivers post .026 and .027 lights respectively and with it too close to call at the start comes down to top end driving. Kyle, doing what he does best, drives his Undercover Dragster to an 8.909 giving him the win for the event and his second win in Super Comp this season.
This performance and win at Epping put Bigley in the points lead and helped close the gap. “I’m super happy with how the car and I were this weekend,” said Kyle. “We had a little drama coming into the pre-first round then had our luckiest round of the event against a well-respected competitor and friend Shawn Fricke. Just goes to show you how 1 round and 1 thousandth of a second can change everything. But at the end of the day we came out on top and finished what we couldn’t last year, so I couldn’t be happier.”