Quick Fuel Technology Battle at the Arch is in the Books
- Posted May 12, 2014 -
Nostalgia racing made its way back to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2010 and what a return it was. The NDRL was primed and ready for the return marking its first race of the NDRL-IAM Championship season, the Quick Fuel Technology Battle at the Arch.

Running alongside the DRO Funny Cars and the Victory Nostalgia Super Stockers, the NDRL unloaded with its four classes of cars and the action started early. The weather was a threat all weekend and finally showed its head after the finals were ran on Saturday night leaving racers just enough time to get loaded and inside to safety.

Quick Fuel PRO Gas qualifying was to the lanes first and it didn’t take long for that to get exciting. B/Gas regulars rose to the top quickly with local racer Butch Hill running .014 over to take the top spot but he wasn’t there long as Rob Davis followed that pass running .010 to take and hold the top spot and the bye run going into Eliminations. Semifinal pairings were decided with Dave Mullin rolling through the beams handing the win over to Frankie Radake advancing him to the final with Jeremy McKague who was advancing from his bye run. The final was decided on the starting line with McKague taking a huge advantage and carrying it out for his first NDRL Victory.

PRO Comp pulled thru the lanes next and after Friday night’s session New York native Glenn Lever was on top of the pile running .023 over on his PC/A index to take the top spot. Troy Wilson waited till the third qualifier on Saturday afternoon to take that spot away and ran .019 over his PC/C index and stayed there going into first round. Semifinal pairings had Lever downing Dale Fidler and newcomer Shorty Rader taking the bye to advance to the final. Lever sealed his fate on a breakout pass going .003 under trying to best Raders pass running dead on his index with Rader earning his first NDRL victory.

PRO 7.50 thundered to life and the action got tighter as we went. 2013 NDRL champion Wayne Sears would round out qualifying with a 7.507 and found himself sitting third…you read that correctly. The pride of Island, Ky Pat Freels found himself sitting in a great spot behind the wheel of The Islander ripping off a 7.504 to take second spot leaving the top spot to Ric Burdine running a dead on pass of 7.500 to take the pole. Semifinal pairings had Pat Malloy advancing when Burdines Mustang was instructed to shut off. Sears advanced over Darrell Wathen running dead on 7.50 besting Wathen to the line by roughly 3 feet. Malloy earned his victory in the final with a hole shot advantage and carrying it down to take the win.

Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.0 pulled under the tower with its versatile mix of hot rods ready to grind it out. The fastest class with the most variety did not disappoint with top 5 all running less that .10 over the 7.00 index. Justin Malott bumped up to PRO 7.0 this season and he did it with a very loud boomer over the bow running 7.00 nailing the index. Robbie Freels was in tow running 7.03 with Hoosier Mark Vaught rounding out the top three with a 7.046 lap. Semifinal action found Freels advancing over Will Foerhing and Steve Walczak loading Steve Knopp setting up the final. Walczak left with the advantage but Freels ran him down and took the stripe for the win.

As always, we would like to thank all of our loyal sponsors and racers as without them we would have nothing. IAMAW, Quick Fuel Technology, Briggs & Stratton, Ross Racing Engines, ET Genie, Hot Heads Research, Sexton-Wilbert Vault, DJ Safety, Renegade Race Fuels, Saldana Racing Products, Moser Engineering, Howards Cams, Deist Safety, Competition Products, Freedom Racing Engines, Wood River Auto Parts, ScottRods, Vintage Racing Supply, and Shorty Rader Racing
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