- Posted September 30, 2014 -
Milan Dragway played host to the fifth and final event of the 2014 NDRL-IAM Championship, The ET Genie Fall Finals. Pit gates opened early for the NDRL travelers and it was a good thing as there were over 400 cars on the grounds by Saturday morning. This race would be pivotal as three of the NDRL Championships were still on the line.

Quick Fuel Technology PRO Gas took to the track first with 22 entrants but it only took two rounds for the NDRL regulars to take the top five. Bob Eaker took his gorgeous Nova wagon to the point running dead on .003 over to lead Kenny Robinson, Sam Patrick, Dave Mullin and David Conover into race day. Semifinal pairings found Conover shoving Gary wildy under advancing him to the final while Bob Sarkisian and his “Hellacious” Anglia took the win over Eaker. Sarkisian held the momentum at the line and carried it down running dead on .004 to take his first NDRL win of 2014. Sam Patrick is the Champion for 2014 PRO Comp Driver Bob Darlington towed to Milan to do some damage and it only took one qualifier for that to happen. Darlington and his 29 Chevy hammered the index running 10.009 to take the top spot. 2014 Champion Don Nave took the second spot with Dave Bommarito, Dale Fidler and Eric Carnes rounding out the top five. Semi Final pairings found newcomer Carnes using a holeshot lead to take the win over Shawn Girdham. Troy Wilson earned the bye into the semis for his matchup with Carnes. Both drivers left the line quickly with Carnes running a perfect pass of 8.000 to take the win over Wilson break out attempt. Don Nave finished the year with his second NDRL Championship.

PRO 7.50 also had a championship to decide as Wayne Sears led Pat Malloy by less than two rounds. Both driver qualified in the middle of the group with Ric Burdine and his Mustang stealing the show running .003 over his index to take the top spot over another dead on lap from Michelle Lewis taking her dragster down the track running .006 over. Derek Mccuistion, Brandon Anderson, and Sears rounded out the top 5. Malloy took a chop at the tree and hit it forcing Jarrod Bradshaw under advancing Malloy to the final along with Sears who advanced on a bye run. Malloy swung for the fence again with a .013 reaction time but was under .02 under handing the win to Sears.

Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.00 rounded out the day for the NDRL classes. 2012 Champ Steve Walczak fresh from a engine swap took his Arias powered bantam to the top spot running .04 over his 7.00 index. Local favorite Sue Christophersen came home second in her beautiful red ’57 Chevy F/C running a 7.06. Steve Knopp, Robbie Freels, and Larry Harlen rounded out the top 5. Harlen rode the bye into the final coasting down the track saving the “Bad Anglia” for the final. Mark Vaught advanced over a red lighting Smith to set the final. Vaught took the hole shot advantage and both drivers peddled down the track with Vaught taking the win. With his Semifinal showing, Smith became the 2014 NDRL Champion.

We would like to take the time to thank all of our marketing partners. ET Genie inventor Kim Lee and his son Brett flew in from Nevada and enjoyed the entire weekend with the racers and fans. ET Genies participation in this event was huge. We would also like to thank IAMAW, Quick Fuel Technology, Briggs & Stratton, Ross Racing Engines, 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.

Our Championship banquet is up next and the details will be posted in the coming days.

Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.0
W- Mark Vaught 7.46@155.74
RU- Larry Harlen 9.60@100.76

PRO 7.50
W- Wayne Sears 7.54@177.12
RU- Pat Malloy 7.48@167.29

PRO Comp
W- Eric Carnes 8.00 (8.00)@164.26
RU- Troy Wilson 8.96 (9.00)@139.87

Quick Fuel PRO Gas
W- Bob Sarkisian 8.50 (8.50)@155.75
RU-Gary Wildy 10.06 (10.00)@134.49
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