Norwalk,Oh. 07/20/15: Summertime is in full swing and in the Midwest that brings heat, humidity, and rain. During the 14th annual Akzonobel/Wanda Blue Suede Cruise, racers had to deal with all three over the weekend. Besides that, the racers and fans were treated to the greatest experience that they can have as the Bader family and the staff at Americas Racetrack never let down and make your time there unforgettable.
The NDRL-IAM Championship Series made its third stop of the season at the summit and the action came quick and in droves. This race marked the highest racer attendance in NDRL history with 109 cars lined up to get down making passes down the famed ¼ mile.
Quick Fuel Technology PRO Gas started out qualifying with a bang and gave hope to each of the Big 3 automakers to the same time. These guys were out for blood early and Kenny Robinson hit it early running .003 over his E/G index to earn the third qualifying spot. Bob Frazee took his Plymouth to the second place spot matching Robinsons .003 over on his E/G index leaving Brent Wright on top of the stack earning him the bye taking .001 over on D/G index. The rain came during the semifinals ending the race leaving Robinson, Sam Patrick, Robert Eaker, and Dave Mullin to split the purse.
Hot Heads Research PRO Comp was up next and the qualifying numbers were staggering as well. Jim Howe unloaded with a .022 over on his B/C index to take the fifth spot going into race day. NHRR winner Don Loechel started where he left off last month running dead on 5 to take the fourth (yes, you read that right) qualifying spot. Dan Snyder bested Loechels effort going .004 over his B/C index to take third spot. Pat Lamont had enough in the bank to land firmly in the second spot going .002 over his A/C index leaving the top spot for Brian B Bourne. Bourne earned the top spot running dead on with a 9.000 lap to carry the bye into round one. Stan Hunter, Tim Reis, Jim Howe, and Dale Fidler split the purse after the rains came.
Phenix Industries PRO 7.50, our first all heads up racing, never fails to impress. Kerry Millet, returning to racing after a crash at LORP, didn’t take long to plant his feet and landed fifth with a 7.528 with his new Willys coupe. Michelle Lewis rolled her Gilmore FED into fourth running .026 over narrowly missing out on third which was held by Wayne Sears and the “Super Mouse” Bantem with his .023 over pass. Ross Smith and his gorgeous Willys held the second spot with a .010 lap to leave Pat Malloy holding the bag running dead on .006 to earn the pole and the points that come with it. Bo Boles, Derek Mcuistion, and Darrell Wathan split the purse.
Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.00, the fastest class that the NDRL offers is the epitome of awesome as you never know what will roll into the water box next. The class is also in a heated point race and this event is also the gateway into a special invitation only event next month. Rocketman Robbie Freels unloaded his Canode Altered with a 7.066 to take the fifth spot earning only one qualifying point towards the season ending championship. Justin Malott took his FED to the fourth starting running 7.057 to take fourth going into race day. 2014 Champion Billy Smith narrowly missed the second spot held by Jeffrey Sanborn rolling in .045 over to Sanborns .041. Newcomer Jamie Palmer landed on top of the pile in his 1937 Chevy coupe taking the spot and the possible bye with his 7.01 lap. Smith, Palmer, and Pat Freels split the purse.
The next chance to see the NDRL will be at the Kelly Services Night under Fire at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Oh. Our Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.00 class has been invited to bring their racing program into the greatest spectacle in drag racing.
The next stop in the NDRL-IAM Championship Series will be at Gateway Motorsports Park for the Briggs & Stratton Hot August Nights. This race is held in conjunction with the Street Car Super Nationals held August 27-29
We would like to thank the racers, the families, marketing partners, and the fans that support this group. As always, we would be nothing without the great marketing partners that support us: International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), Quickfuel Technologies, Briggs & Stratton, ScottRods Custom HotRods & Fiberglass, ET Genie, Sexton Wilbert Corporation, Ross Racing Engines, Hot Heads Research, Phenix Industries, Freedom Racing Engines, Howards Cams, Saldana Racing Products, Competition products , Shorty Rader Racing, Deist Safety, Renegade Racing Fuels, and DJ Safety.