NDRL Invades Bowling Green for the June Meet
- Posted December 19, 2013 -
The NDRL-IAM Championship Series made its second stop of the season for the June Meet ran as part of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green Kentucky. The NHRR is one of three reunions planned for 2013 across the nation and they bring out racers and fans alike for the festival celebrating all things nostalgia.

The weather was typical Bowling Green and the heat and humidity finally arrived as the racers knew it would. The Gassers hit the lanes first and after three sessions NDRL driver Rick Hammond was sitting on top with a dead on 9.500 to take the top spot and the Bob Sloan Memorial low qualifier money.

PRO Comp (C/E) was around the corner next with 27 cars in attendance. Arkansas native Herschel Smith needed all three qualifiers to get his 23T lined up and he laid claim to the top spot with a 8.502 on his 8.50 index earning the Sloan low qualifier money.

PRO 7.50 (7.5 Pro) headed to the lanes and NDRL member Pat Malloy stormed to the post and held that spot till the third and final session. Pat Freels had other ideas and showed the rest of the filed what the weekend was going to look like when the big GTO roared to life and took the top spot and the low qualifier money from Malloy running dead on with a .004@ 180 plus. NDRL member Michelle Lewis made her career best speed in this session with a 215.03 lap giving her top speed for the class.

PRO 7.0 (7.0 Pro) was last and certainly not least. Nineteen drivers rolled out and Ron Huegli set the mark early buy taking the his Tiki Warrior Chevy Monza to the top with a 7.054 but he has unseated in short time when Will Foehring rolled out the injected hemi dragster and clocked a 7.031 and held that spot through the final session leading into eliminations.

Eliminations came on Friday for the Gassers. Adam Cline came out swinging earning the Bob Sloan memorial money for best package in eliminations with a .017 running dead on with 5 for a overall .022. Cline carried that momentum to the final meeting NDRL driver Sam Patrick. Cline had a slight advantage off the line and carried it down to take his third win at this event.

PRO Comp (C/E) saw familiar faces in familiar places with Tommy Cook and Don Nave stomping paths to the finals. Both have been here before and achieved success but this day it could be only one. Cook held a small starting line advantage when they left and carried it down forcing Nave to show his hand and running under handing Cook the win.

PRO 7.5 (7.5 Pro) never lets the fans down. The different types of cars in this group are always a show stopper and this race was going to be no different. Freels began where he left off in qualifying and took his massive GTO to the final round to meet NDRL member Ric Burdine in a all door car final. Burdine owned the tree but The Islander come hunting running dead on to take the win. This win makes it back to back for the Freels family as son Robbie won the PRO 7.0 class in 2012.

PRO 7.0 (7.0 Pro) entertains just as much as any class on the grounds with the cars coming in all shapes and sizes. From the nitro in Foehrings tank, to Huegli taking the Tiki to 1/8 mile burnouts, to Larry Harlen rowing gears with the wheels up, this class has it all. The semi finals showed that with Mike Smith traveling from San Diego in his FED downing the Monza F/C of Huegli. This pass sat up the final with Smith and NDRL member Harlen for the championship. Smith took the tree with Harlen in tow but the Anglia lost power and coasted thru handing the win to Smith and the Crower team.

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