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Cycle News 2013 Issue 25 June 25

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ROUND 5/JUNE 23, 2013 NEW ENGLAND DRAGWAY/EPPING, NEW HAMPSHIRE DRAG RACING P88 NHRA PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP Hall Of Fame John Hall celebrates NHRA's first trip to New England Dragway by claiming his first Pro Stock title John Hall won the first NHRA Pro Stock title of his career at the inaugural New England Nationals. BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY NASTASE J ohn Hall almost gave up his dreams of an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle career when he left George Bryce's Sovereign/Star squad at the end of the 2012 season, but he's now glad that he didn't. Racing at NHRA's newest event, the in- augural Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, Hall became the series latest first-time champion when he defeated Lucas Oil Buell's Adam Arana in the final round. Hall and Arana both ran matching 6.92-second elapsed times, but Arana left the starting line too soon and red-lighted. "I don't think this has sunk in yet," Hall said. "I'm just a hobby racer from Connecticut, but I'm living proof that anyone can win a Wally [NHRA trophy]. In the final I saw Adam's bike get out in front of me and I thought he got the jump on me, but then I looked up to see if my win light was on and it was. I started jumping around on the bike. I was so excited. " Hall began eliminations from the number-six qualifying spot

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