The Briggs & Stratton Summer Jam is in the books!!
- Posted December 19, 2013 -
Summit Motorsports Park was the place to be for the third stop of the NDRL-IAM Championship season. The Bader family decided to return the Blue Suede Cruise back to its previous form and that was including nostalgia racing. The NDRL brought its four traveling classes in and it will be a key race in NDRL history. Our portion of the race, The Briggs & Stratton Summer Jam featured a record car count of 74 entries as the racers know that they will get the best that SMP has to offer at all times.

The weather threw out major curve balls all weekend as the adjusted altitude was just over 4100 feet for qualifying and at the end of Saturday the final session was washed out.

PRO Gas was out of the gate first with 31 entrants and newcomer Larry Yarnelle taking the top spot running .003 over his 10.00 index earning him the Bob Sloan Bonus Bucks. The top five spots were separated by .034 so you knew the racing would be tight.

PRO Comp delivered 20 drivers ready to race and it was NDRL veteran Tim Reis taking the point after three sessions running dead on 9.000 earning him the Sloan Bonus Bucks. As with gas, the top five were separated by .027 showing the drivers were here to race.

PRO 7.5 saw familiar faces in familiar places as Wayne Sears topped the heap running 7.507 on his 7.50 index taking home the low qualifier money. He narrowly bested Pat Malloy by .004 and the rest of the field. You could have thrown a blanket over the top 5 as well with Pat Freels running .036 over.

PRO 7.0 thundered to life last and the fans were delighted with the adversity. Island Kentucky’s own Robbie Freels climbed to the top running .027 over narrowly outrunning Mark Vaughts pass running .030 over and the extra Sloan Bonus Bucks. Ronny Robinson rounded out the top 5 running 7.106 in preparation for Sunday’s eliminations.

PRO Gas started eliminations first on Sunday and after four rounds saw NDRL regulars Sam Patrick and Dave Mullin taking on newcomers Kurt Neighbor and Bob Frazee. Mullin and Neighbor were up first with Mullin advancing on a B/O pass in the other lane. Patrick took the tree first and made Frazee show his hand and going under giving Patrick the Win. The final was decided on a false start in Mullin’s lane handing the win to Patrick.

PRO Comp was ready to battle next and the newcomers were standing strong. After three rounds, we were left with three cars. Don Nave narrowly escaped the wrath of Brian Bourne and his Fiat leaving Michigan native Dan Mannor taking the bye to the final. The final was all Nave as he took the tree and carried it down for the win.

PRO 7.5 came around the corner next and the semi final pairings had number 1 qualifier Sears dancing with Dave Waters and his Willys. The ending was not in Waters favor as he lit the tree red sending Sears to the final. The Bob Sloan Memorial Bonus Bucks also hands out $100.00 to the best package in elims. This is the first time it was earned on a bye run as Pat Malloy chopped the tree down with a .002 bulb and running a 7.522 taking the bonus back home to Virginia. The final however did not go his way as Sears owned the tree and carried it to the win.

Our final group, PRO 7.0, ended the runs for the day.The semi final pairings had number #2 qualifier Mark Vaught advancing over Steve Walczak when he shut it down in the water with mechanical gremlins. Rocketman Robbie Freels took it to half track on the bye preparing for the finals with Vaught. The finals were over early as Freels took the tree and speed away with Vaught suffering mechanical issues and slowing down track.

The next stop for the NDRL-IAM Championship Series will be at Edgewater Sports Park on August 23-24. We will qualify on Friday and Saturday mid day and go into eliminations ending the event on Saturday.

As always, we would like to thank our racers, members, and sponsors for your support.
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