CLERMONT, Ind. -- The tradition of class eliminations at the U.S Nationals is a well-known one, and few will argue that Super Stock battles are a fan and racer favorite. A class win at this forty-sixth annual event gives the car driver both glory and respect, not to mention a nice sum of contingency funds. This year's running found 163 cars on the property by the time qualifying finished on Thursday, and those racers were the first to hit the IRP quarter-mile when action resumed on Friday morning at 8:00 AM.
Of course, for fans of the division, the big fight is still in SS/AA, the sole domain of the Hurst-constructed Chrysler 426 Hemi Darts and Barracudas from 1968. Though Super Stock has seen an immense influx of late model cars in the past two decades, these 32-year-old beasts from the past still thrill with their high wheelstands and nine-second performances. There were 18 of the rare Chryslers at Indy this year, but parts attrition had already pulled three of those out of contention by Friday's first class runoff. The remaining 15 came from as far away as California and Canada to see who would win the crown this year.
With the field down to eight cars for the second round, controversy reared its head. Two of the quickest racers in the SS/AA class, Bucky Hess and "Little Joe" Teuton, had won but were tardy in reporting to the staging area due to mechanical problems. Therefore, both were unable to get in line for the round apparently due to the large number of Super Comp entries blocking the back of the lanes. As a result, they were disqualified despite the fact that Teuton had managed to arrive via the return road and pull toward the burnout area even as the final pair of the remaining six entries were crossing the finish line. Hess never got beyond the back of staging. Starter Rick Stewart made the tough call much to the disappointment of Teuton's crew and onlookers, but, as they say, he's the boss out there…
After the other Teuton entry driven by Sid Bonnecarre fell out in the semifinals, the money round came down to Gatornationals runner-up Richard Beshore in a Barracuda and second-generation racer David Barton, son of Hemi guru Ray Barton, in a just-completed Dart. Young Barton strapped a nice holeshot (.512 to .574) on the Michigan-based Plymouth, and Beshore was reeling the Dart in as the 1320 passed beneath. Unfortunately, his quicker 9.122 was not enough to beat Barton's comparable 9.137, and this year's prize and notoriety will go back to Pennsylvania to the Barton shop by .047.
The race Hemi contingent was by far the largest of the S/S divisions in 2000. Going into three rounds of competition were late model conversions in GT/BA, GT/EA, GT/FA, GT/GA and GT/HA, while standard Super Stock classes with five to eight entries included SS/HA and SS/KA. Hard fought battles between contestants in fields of three or four machines included stick cars in SS/D and SS/L, automatic machines in SS/DA, SS/FA, SS/GA, SS/IA and SS/LA, conversions in GT/AA GT/DA, and GT/JA, and modified entries in SS/BS, SS/BM and SS/DM.
Finally, two car battles were between contestants in GT/CA, GT/IA, GT/K, GT/KA, SS/EA, SS/JA, SS/K, SS/OA, SS/PA, SS/AM, SS/FM, SS/TB, SS/AX SS/B, SS/E, and SS/K. As a result of winning class, 12 cars were able to bump their way into the final 128-car field. This story was filed pending tech.
Below is a list of the Super Stock Class Champions from the 46th Annual U.S. Nationals
Num Class Driver 3133 SS/B Dickie Ogles, Bowling Green KY, '69 Corvette 2018 SS/C Jimmy Bridges, Nashville TN, '66 Corvette 3087 SS/D Ken Hutchinson, Indianapolis IN, '69 Camaro 3102 SS/E Kenny Schindler, Hendersonville TN, '68 Corvette 4998 SS/F Red Leblanc, Memphis TN, '69 Mustang 5502 SS/G Paul Anderson, Lewiston MN, '67 Camaro 4491 SS/H Tony Wood, Tulsa OK, '68 Camaro 3088 SS/I Bill Friebel, House Springs MO, '69 Camaro 3484 SS/K Stephen L. Koch, Mt. Wash KY, '66 Chevy II 5711 SS/L Don Sofranko, Davenport IA, '66 Nova 4477 SS/N James Lee, Tulsa OK, '55 Chevy 3073 SS/O Richard Feldman, E.Liverpool OH, '66 Impala 1990 SS/AA David Barton, Wernersville PA, '68 Dart 1005 SS/BA David Thomas, W. Chester PA, '69 Corvette 5006 SS/DA Alex Polewik, Cedar Rapids IA, '69 Camaro 5088 SS/EA Mike Bogina, Olathe KS, '70 Barracuda 3653 SS/FA David Haag II, Jeffersonville In, '68 Camaro 381 SS/GA Brian Olson, Peru IN, '67 Nova 3025 SS/HA JR Lambert, Louisville KY, '67 Camaro 2885 SS/IA David Rampy, Piedmont AL, '66 Nova 3269 SS/JA Jeff Dona, Gordonville MO, '69 Camaro 5091 SS/KA Dan Larson, St. Paul MN, '85 Camaro 5830 SS/LA Dennis Nelson, Hugo MN, '81 Malibu 5429 SS/NA Rick Ryan, Aberdeen SD, '88 Cutlass 4094 SS/OA Buggs Dennis, Shorter AL, '88 Cutlass 1928 SS/PA Richard Diorio, E. Brunswick NJ, '55 Chevy 3085 SS/FC Larry Nelson, Westerville OH, '82 Pontiac 378 SS/AX Jeff Sexton, Fairborn OH, '84 Camaro 3081 SS/BX Joe Covert, Saukville WI, '94 Regal 2568 SS/DX John Gallina, Marco Island FL, '87 Buick 107 SS/AS Wes Leopold Jr, Bridgeville PA, '93 Daytona 776 SS/BS Doug Lambeck, Irvine CA, '90 Camaro 4 SS/AM Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs IN, '98 Grand Am 1052 SS/BM Arnie Martel, Tewksbury MA, '99 Grand Am 777 SS/CM Bob Lambeck, Northridge CA, '98 Olds 362 SS/DM Teresa Butner, Floyd Knobs IN, '96 Achieva 3731 SS/EM Rick Katterjohn, Booneville IN, '90 Trans Am 3344 SS/FM Ernest Price, Navarre OH, '69 Camaro 4458 GT/A Mitch Autry, Henderson TN, '91 Calais 3155 GT/C Vic Krol, South Bend IN, '85 Mustang 3036 GT/E Charlie Westcott, Parma MI, '97 Grand Am 1665 GT/F Joe Mendillo, Hamden CT, '90 Camaro 2212 GT/G Eric Wingo, Springfield TN, '92 Grand Am 3697 GT/I Brad Zaskowski, Grand Rapids MI, '87 Camaro 2119 GT/K Jimmy Spell, Stedman NC, '90 Camaro 1499 GT/AA Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury MA, '92 Camaro 2282 GT/BA Robert Burgin, Cuthbert GA, '96 Achieva 7 GT/CA Ricky Decker, Charlestown IN, '94 Camaro 3232 GT/DA Joe Skinner, Columbia Station OH, '94 Cavalier 327 GT/EA Mike Beachy, Kokomo IN, '82 Firebird 3122 GT/FA Joey Wilkes, Zanesville OH, '86 Camaro 1184 GT/GA Wes Leopold, McDonald PA, '87 Daytona 3388 GT/HA Mark Nowicki, Gaylord MI, '98 Avenger 1227 GT/IA Michael Volkman, Pittsburgh PA, '00 Sebring 5723 GT/JA Ernie Penner, Pembina ND, '99 Firebird 1747 GT/KA Tim Worner, Duncannon PA, '88 Cutlass 2105 GT/LA Johnny Moore, Montgomery AL, '99 Firebird 4093 GT/MA Bob Dennis, Shorter AL, '97 Firehawk 339 SS/TA Pat Storey, Bradford ON, '99 Dakota 3400 SS/TB Ernie Neal, Columbus IN, '98 Dakota 240 GT/TB Fred Allen, Winamac IN, '00 S-10 1447 GT/TC Joe Scott, Sunbury PA, '00 S-10 7371 GT/TD Don Studley, Orange CA, '99 Dakota
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