AutoZone Super Chevy Show at South
Georgia Motorsports Park
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rains washed out Friday’s race action, fans and racers gathered for the
AutoZone Super Chevy Show event at South Georgia Motorsports Park were
treated to beautiful blue skies on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the weather gods threw in some 20-30 mph winds.
Qualifying was limited to the eighth-mile distance for safety, but
was as exciting as ever.
Nitro Coupes made up the field. Current
series champion Randy Adler led qualifying with a blast of 4.169 at 174.93
in his 1957 Chevy. Wayne
Torkelson ran a 4.27 for second spot, followed by Mel Eaves in his new
Corvette (4.28), Tommy Howes (4.29), Dave Tomasino (4.37), Jeff Merritt
(4.617), and Mike Swinarski (4.619).
Bruce Boland ran his new ‘53 Corvette in the second session, but
did not appear on the official qualifying sheet.
year Top Sportsman was added to the Super Chevy program.
Dave Saul led qualifying with a 4.60 151.94, followed by Mike
Thompson (4.80), Terry Duffy (4.83), Frank Palmer (5.06), Clarence Cloud
(5.09), Flyin’ Brian Harrison (5.48), and Tommy Turner (6.87).
hot exhibition action, Bob Hall thrilled the fans with long wheelstands in
his Airborne Express van. Ken
Walsh made great frame twisting runs in his Mr. 409 nostalgia super
stocker. The high torque
action of this Chevy has to be seen to be believed.
Jessie Harris in the Queen of Diamonds jet and Watkinsville,
Georgia’s own Paul Miller in his US-1 made two great passes.
In her final attempt, Ms. Harris ran a great 3.564 225.90 in the
Queen of Diamonds when Miller fouled.
On Sunday, fans witnessed a great day of racing, with
competition in Jets, Nitro Coupes, Wheelstanders, Top Sportsmen, Super
Pro, Pro, DOT racers, and Jr. Dragsters thrilling the crowd.
the first round of jet competition, Jessie Harris and Paul Miller topped
300 mph side by side. Jessie
set the track record with a 5.269 at 301.00, edging out Paul Miller who
ran a close 5.310 300.00. In
the second of two scheduled runs, Jessica bettered her E.T. record with a
5.227 but the clocks failed to record her speed. Miller had problems and
was forced to shut off early.
Nitro Coupe competition, No. 1 qualifier Randy Adler looked like the man
to beat, but this is drag racing! In
round one, Adler (6.41, 217) beat Mike Swinarski (6.72, 202), Tommy Howes
(6.56, 213) beat Dave Tomasino’s beautiful stars and stripes Camaro
(6.80, 208), Mel Eaves in his new ‘63 Corvette (6.34, 223.88 low E.T.
and top speed of eliminations) beat Bruce Boland (7.05 215), and Wayne
Torkelson (7.55, 146) beat a troubled Jeff Merritt (13.11, 60.98).
In round two, Howes upset Adler with a 6.49, 214 to a losing 9.41,
92.91. Eaves ran a consistent
6.367, 223.73 to down Torkelson’s game 6.54, 214.
In the final, Howes ran 6.59, 209 to beat Eaves’ blower-exploding
6.86, 166.91. Experience and
consistency paid off for Howes as he beat the favorites on his way to the
In Top Sportsman presented by Procharger, seven cars battled for the honors over the eighth mile. In round one, Terry Duffy ran a 4.96 on his 4.70 dial in to beat a troubled Flyin’ Brian Harrison. Mike Thompson ran a 4.80 on his 4.79 dial to oust Clarence Cloud’s beautiful Willys, 5.07 on a 5.00 dial. Frank Palmer beat a fouling Tommy Turner. Palmer would have broken out on his run. Number one qualifier Dave Saul took a single in the odd car field. In round two, Thompson beat a fouling Palmer, and Saul ran an impressive 4.587 on a 4.58 dial in to beat Terry Duffy who broke out with a 4.75 on his 4.80 dial in. In the finals, Saul had staging problems and fouled to hand the win to Mike Thompson, who took an easy single.
cars battled for the Mr. Gasket Bracket #1 (Super Pro) bragging rights on
Sunday. This division also
ran the eighth-mile distance. In
the final, reigning Super Pro track champion Carey Locke had a perfect
.000 reaction time and ran 4.761 on his 4.74 dial only to lose to Mike
Ruff’s outstanding 6.234 on a 6.23 dial in and a reaction time of .001.
This is racing!
eighth-mile Pro action, 53 cars fought it out.
In round six, Brandon Wood’s wheelstanding red Nova ran a 6.825
on his 6.83 to beat a fouling J. R. Hamelink.
Kelly Spring took a single. In
the final, Wood ran a 6.832 on his 6.83 dial in (.033 reaction time) to
beat Spring’s 6.903 on his 6.89 dial in (.055 reaction time).
quarter-mile DOT eliminator boiled down to Brandon Tillman’s orange
Corvette out of Moultrie, Georgia and Lea Uhler’s van out of
Gainesville, Florida. In the
double breakout final, Tillman won with a 15.05 on his 15.14 dial to
Uhler’s very late light and 12.56 on a 12.70 dial in
Dragster was a family affair as reigning class track champion Bobby Mouat
beat sister Morgan. The
racing Mouat family had quite a weekend as dad Bruce won the special
Saturday night bonus race combining Super Pro and Pro.
Bruce ran a 4.904 on his 4.90 dial in to take the money.
Joe Williams in his beautiful “Undercover” dragster had to
settle for runner-up with a 5.08 on is 5.05 dial.
Hall brought out his exciting Airborne Express wheelie van to thrill
the crowd. After a couple of
great passes, he broke the crank. But
Bob was not finished. He dug
deep into his trailer and brought out the old Paddy Wagon wheelstander and
made more great passes to the delight of the crowd!
What a showman!
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