Bob Mullaney won the Bottom Bulb and the Top Bulb race at the 2nd Annual Door Slammer Nationals at Atco Raceway this past Sunday. Mullaney used his trusty Franks Family Racing sponsored 1972 Chevrolet Nova to navigate his way through nearly 100 of the best door slammer racers in the North East.
The Bottom Bulb race was sponsored by Rob’s Automotive & Collision Center and featured some of the top names in the footbrake world. In 6 rounds Mullaney’s worst reaction time was a .032 and he averaged a .021 light throughout eliminations. In the semi finals he squared off against Atco Raceway’s 2012 Pro Track Champion Bud McNasby. McNasby cut a good .016 light but Mullaney pulled out a .002 and forced Bud to breakout at the top end. In the finals Mullaney faced Dave Nahill who just put the car in the sand when his brakes malfunctioned. A lot of credit has to go Nahill’s crew who got the car back together and ready for the finals. Mullaney dialed in 9.58 and Nahill was dialed in with a 9.70. Nahill was a bit better at the tree (.021 to a .026) but he broke top end when he went 9.666 to Mullaney’s 9.593. That gave Mullaney one trophy and check for the day but he was not content with just that.
The Top Bulb race sponsored by LRA Motorsports Dyno & Speed Shop and nearly 100 door cars packed the staging lanes. Mullaney, who still footbraked it, averaged a .019 light through 7 rounds of racing, with his best light being a .003 and his worst a .039. Mullany driving the same 1972 Nova that he used to win the Bottom Bulb race defeated Joe Mealey, Dave Miller, Dom Burgese, Bryan Balducci, Rick Cox and Dan Commorodo. In the finals it was Mullaney against the local kid Antoine Jett. Mullaney had a slight starting line advantage (.015 to a .020) but Jett ran into engine trouble and clicked it off early to give Mullaney his second victory of the day and a cool $5,000.
The 2nd Annual Door Slammer Nationals at Atco Raceway is promoted by local racer Rob Leipziger. After another successful event the management at Atco Raceway looks forward to hosting the race again next year.
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