By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New Jersey drag racer Frank Aragona Jr. has passed away. He was 53.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, in recent months, he had been battling a form of cancer.
“I don’t think I’ll ever have the right words for this post,” Taylor Nobile said in a Facebook post. “RIP to one of the most kind individuals I have ever met. Frankie was not blood but he was sure family. I remember winning my first national event where we shared the stage and he was more excited that I won and didn’t even care that he won too. One memory I will forever cherish happened a few months back. Frankie was so excited when Riley was born he told me he wanted to meet her before he couldn’t, he went to Target alone because Bea was with Emma college shopping and he was so nervous that what he picked out wasn’t going to fit her.
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“He said it was his first time ever shopping alone for baby clothes, and he was so pissed at Target’s selection (that) he said there was nothing in the store. I am so thankful he was able to meet her and that I will always have pictures to look back on the amazing person he was. Bea, Emma, Little Frank, and the entire Aragona family you are in my prayers. You guys are tough and I know Frankie will always be looking over all of us. This isn’t goodbye it’s just see you later ❤️”
Nobile and Aragona Jr. won the 36th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania in 2021. Nobile’s family and her aunt Jackie Fricke were close with the Aragona family.
Aragona Jr. was a three-time NHRA Competition Eliminator Champion. He won the Championships in 2007 then again in 2018 and 2019.
He won 16 national events and 40 divisional events. He also won seven Division 1 Championships in his career.
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“Sad, sad news coming out of D1 this morning,” Auto Imagery said in a Facebook post. “Even if you are new to drag racing the Aragona name is one of greatness. Frank Aragona Jr. passed away this morning from a long health battle. Frank was a racers racer, He and his dad innovated, built, (and) conquered whatever class they decided to run and they ran multiple classes. Generally showing up with 2 cars, Frank had every intention of leaving on Sunday with 2 Wallys. Frank was (a) gentleman, eager to help others. He was a friend to all. Infectious smile. I will deeply miss him. R.I.P. Frank Aragona Jr.”
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