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New England Nationals in Epping: Hot rods, cool event
A longtime employee of John Force Racing, Miglizzi got down and dirty, and intently studied the concrete racing surface of the dragstrip at New England Dragway a little after noon on Wednesday. Then studied it some more.
Miglizzi's boss, John Force, and rest of the racers of the National Hot Rod Association hit New England Dragway this weekend for the NHRA New England Nationals.
"This is it; it's really going to happen," said Joe Lombardo, the dragway's general manager. "You start to realize you're going to make history for the track as well as the state. You kind of lose sight of that a bit and don't think of it that way when you're doing all the work to get ready for it. But you think about it as it ramps up. This is really going to be cool."While John Force, one of his racing daughters, Brittany, and fellow racers Robert Hight and Bob Tosca III were down in Boston doing promotional work at lunchtime on Wednesday, preparations for the weekend continued at the dragway.
Brightly colored haulers carrying the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycles that will compete this weekend jockeyed into position and unloaded at the track.
A "Fast & Flirty" Courtney Force collapsible cooler — coozie, if you prefer — to keep your favorite beverage cold, goes for $5 at the John Force Racing Travelin' Roadshow trailer. Same price for the "Fastest Force: Brittany" one supporting her sister.
"Everyone is so excited to have the NHRA here," Schibbelhute said. "Excited is an understatement. The public is all talking about it. Anyone who knows you work here is asking about it. They don't stop talking about it."Miglizzi was back out on the track, down on his stomach again on his wheeled platform and looking down the track through his binoculars. He got back up and jotted a few more particulars down in his notebook and then headed back to the starting line to get the temperature of the track again.It was 107 degrees at 11 a.m. under blue skies. It was up to 112.5 at 11:30 a.m. and 122 at 1:15 p.m., he reported.
"We're one big family," he said.
One big family throwing one big block party — Lombardo expects crowds of 17,000 to 20,000 each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — this weekend.