Summit Motorsports Park played host to nostalgia racers from the Midwest by opening the gates for the 15th Annual Wanda AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise and, thanks to that Bader family touch, is turning itself into the premiere nostalgia racing event in the Midwest.
This year we were greeted by more than the smiling staff at SMP, but also that of a happy and mild mother nature and we made it through the event without weather becoming a factor. Also greeting the staff at SMP was a record turnout for the NDRL with 118 racers signed up for competition.
Quick Fuel Technology PRO Gas swung for the fences first and they did not disappoint. Leaving little room to move, the top ten cars were separated by .022. Mopar fanatic Bob Mitchell landed fifth running .011 over his E/G index but was no match for Chad Sweitzer running dead .007 on his E/G Index to take the point over Tom Strayer, Ray Rumball, Bob Frazee, and Mitchell rounding out the top five.
Semifinals found young Jaxon Messamore dropping Strayer off for lunch and Dishon advancing to the final on a bye. The final was all Dishon as a hole shot advantage left him room to take his first BSC win.
Hot Heads PRO Comp would be next on the field and Dan Dishon wasted no time in letting the rest of the field know the deal by dropping a dead .008 on his C/C index to follow it up with a dead zero pass to take and hold the number one spot on race day. James Howe, Brian Bourne, Shane Rasler, and Jack Sedor rounded out the top five.
Semifinal pairings found Gary Leever advancing over a red bulb start for Bill Horvath and Adam Satterfield taking a decisive hole shot over Bourne to advance. The final was decided at the stripe as Leever crossed first after leaving last to take his first BSC win.
Phenix Industries PRO 7.50 left familiar faces in familiar places with the usual list hanging out at the top of the heap. Reigning NDRL-IAM Champion Wayne Sears gave it his best shots and ended up fifth running .045 over. Pat Malloy, Jarrod Bradshaw, and Ross Smith followed Kerry Millet into race day with Millet taking the pole and the bye into race day running .019 over. Semifinal pairings found newcomer Tim Devore advancing over Ric Burdine and Bo Boles taking the bye into the finals. The final was decided on the line with Boles taking over a tenth of a second advantage and cruising to take the win.
Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.00 is getting tougher with every race and this race proved that point. It took a .07 lap to break into the top 15 and a .04 to get into the top five. Crafty Veteran Preston Davis launched his FED into the point running dead on .005 only to lose it later to Jamie Palmer who also ran .005 over but did it 26 MPH faster taking the pole into race day. Robbie Freels, Gordon Horn, and Coy Millet rounded out the top five. The semifinals ended up being the final as Dana Glick had a bye into the final and Walczak advanced with a break single as Millet roached an input shaft and could not return. The final was more of the same as Glick could not get it to the stripe allowing Walczak to take the win.
The next event on the NDRL-IAM championship series will be at Gateway Motorsports Park for the Freedom Racing Engines Hot August Nights on Aug 26-27. We also have been invited to bring the Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.0 cars back to SMP for the Night Under Fire for a invitation only 8 car race on August 13th.
As always we would be nothing without all the partners that we have and the racers that support us. We would be nothing without all of you. Machinists Union (IAMAW), Quick Fuel Technology, ScottRods Custom HotRods & Fiberglass, ET Genie, Sexton Wilbert Corporation, Ross Racing Engines, Hot Heads Research, Phenix Industries, Freedom Racing Engines, Arias Pistons, Xs Power, Howards Cams, Saldana Racing Products, Competition Products, Shorty Rader Racing, Deist, Renegade Racing Fuels, DJ Safety, Moser, Westside Motorcoach, Hoosier Gear.
Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.00
Winner- Steve Walczak (Lake Havasu, Az)
Runner up- Dana Glick (Lima, Oh) foul
Phenix Industries PRO 7.50
Winner- Bo Boles (Slaughters, Ky) email@example.com
Runner up-Tim Devore (Forest, Oh) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Heads PRO Comp
Winner- Gary Leever (Kettering, OH) email@example.com
Runner up- Adam Satterfield (Lexington, Ky) firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick Fuel Technology PRO Gas
Winner- Nick Dishon (Lafayette, In) email@example.com
Runner up-Jaxon Messamore (Hanson, Ky) firstname.lastname@example.org