DENTON, Texas --
In just four months, the SHRA put together a five class program that provides grassroots racers an affordable and fun place to race in the southwest. With sponsorship support from Mallory Screen Print & Embroidery, Robinson Restoration and Service and Meyer Enterprises and bonus programs from Good Vibrations Motorsports, Harry's Hot Rod & Truck Accessories, Triple C Agency, North Texas Diesel, Competition Sales of Dallas and Alky Diggers, the call went out to bring the first SHRA classes up to the lanes and time trials got underway.
The Hot Rod and Nostalgia Bracket racers laid down big burnouts and wheel standing action throughout their time trial rounds and got their cars dialed in and ready for eliminations. In Nostalgia Eliminator class action, Mickey Smith qualified number one in the Nostalgia Eliminator 3 (5.30 index class) after making the tow from Little Rock, Arkansas. Johnnie Laird put his Oklahoma based injected front engine dragster at the top of the qualifying chart in the (4.90 index) Nostalgia Eliminator 2 and fellow "Okie" Ted McCord took the top spot in the (4.65 index) Nostalgia Eliminator 1 class qualifying.
Final Nostalgia Eliminator Qualifying Order: Nostalgia Eliminator 1 - 4.65 Index 1. Ted McCord (Claremore, OK) - 4.68 @ 150 mph 2. Chris Stouffer (Cleburne, TX) - 4.70 @ 147 mph 3. Steve Dunkin (Aledo, TX) - 4.71 @ 148 mph 4. Steve Matthews (Ardmore, OK) - 4.76 @ 146 mph 5. Wes Breiten (Wolfe City, TX) - 4.91 @ 134 mph 6. Leonard Ament (Denton, TX) - 5.12 @ 137 mph 7. Eddie Taylor (Arlington, TX) - Broke 8. Chris Graves (Carrollton, TX) - Broke Nostalgia Eliminator 2 - 4.90 Index 1. Johnnie Laird (Ardmore, OK) - 4.95 @ 139 2. Thomas Hixson (Keller, TX) - 5.25 @ 131 3. Don Holley (Aubrey, TX) - 6.66 @ 99 4. Junior Kolar (Ft. Worth, TX) - 6.71 @ 110 5. Richard Brady (Ft. Worth, TX) - 4.88 @ 141 6. Bee Godwin (Iowa Park, TX) - Broke Nostalgia Eliminator 3 - 5.30 Index 1. Mickey Smith (Little Rock, AR) - 5.30 @ 127 2. Tom Drozd (Lake Dallas, TX) - 5.37 @ 115 3. Doug Morrison (Gainesville, TX) - 5.426 @ 126 4. Dusty Rose (Norman, OK) - 5.427 @ 123 5. Ron Walden (Kilgore, TX) - 5.45 @ 123 6. Ron Muncy (Weatherford, TX) - 5.62 @ 120
HOT ROD ELIMINATIONS
In the Hot Rod class final, Cogswell used a starting line advantage and a 6.50 on a 6.48 dial in to take the win over Lyons who's 8.87 on and 8.86 dial came up just short at the stripe. Cogswell claimed the first SHRA Hot Rod class victory in his 1971 Ford Pinto and was all smiles in the winner's circle after putting together five consecutive win lights to come out on top.
Hot Rod Final Round Results:
NOSTALGIA BRACKET ELIMINATIONS
James Armstrong of Crowley, Texas and Thomas Resar of Moore, Oklahoma brought their machines to the line to crown the first SHRA champion in the Nostalgia Bracket final round and Resar was off the line first but at the stripe broke out with an 8.99 on a 9.41 dial. Armstrong, who had the lucky hand with opponents breaking out against him three rounds straight, posted a 6.08 on a 5.68 dial to secure the first SHRA Nostalgia Bracket win of the season for the Jon Woodford owned "Leprechaun Racing" team. Congratulations to the entire team on their first win as a team and historic win at the SHRA debut event.
Nostalgia Bracket Final Round Results:
NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 3 (5.30 INDEX) ELIMINATIONS
Muncy and Morrison brought their alcohol injected altereds to the line in the NE3 final round, both experienced racers ready to battle for the first win of the season. Morrison had this one from start to finish as he left on Muncy and never looked back, posting a winning 5.43 at 120 mph to Muncy's 5.63 at 121 mph. Congratulations to Doug Morrison and team on their victory in NE3 as he will lead the points heading into the second event of the season on April 20th at the Texas Motorplex.
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Final Round Results:
NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 2 (4.90 INDEX) ELIMINATIONS
In an altered vs. dragster final round, Brady and Kolar brought their machines to the line to battle for the win in NE 2. Brady was off the line first and his 5.00 at 130 mph was more than enough to take the nod over Kolar's 5.41 at 119 as Brady earned the NE2 win at North Star Dragway. Congratulations to the Mallory & Brady injected dragster team on their victory.
Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Final Round Results:
NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 1 (4.65 INDEX) ELIMINATIONS
Steve Matthews and Wes Breiten were out first in the semi-final round of NE1. Breiten took a large starting line advantage but at halftrack smoke erupted from the header pipes of the "Bad O'Man" altered as engine damage slowed Breiten and Matthews posted a strong 4.69 at 147 mph to advance to the final. Chris Stouffer drew the lucky bye run and posted a 5.08 at 114 mph to move into the final round to face Matthews.
A pair of silver blown front engine dragsters laid down side by side burnouts and after final adjustments from the crew, the drivers crept into the beams to battle for the first SHRA NE1 event title. Steve Matthews left the line first and held strong to click off a winning 4.72 at 147 mph to Stouffer's 4.88 at 141 mph as the Matthews Racing Team of Ardmore, Oklahoma claimed the SHRA Spring Nostalgia Nationals crown in Nostalgia Eliminator 1.
Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Final Round Results:
After a full day of old school drag racing at North Star Dragway, the SHRA's debut event was a wrap. The sportsman classes will return to North Star Dragway for their next SHRA event on July 6th with a chance to showcase their talents at the track's biggest event of the year. Meanwhile, the SHRA Nostalgia Eliminator teams will have just one week off before heading to the Texas Motorplex to strut their stuff at the 2nd Annual "Old School Showdown" on April 20th in Ennis, TX.
For more information on the MalloryPrint.com Southwest Heritage Racing Association visit the series website at www.shraracing.com.
SHRA Bonus Program Winners: Good Vibrations Rd. 1 Quick Reaction Time Nostalgia Eliminator 1 - Wes Breiten (.036) Nostalgia Eliminator 2 - Thomas Hixson (.004) Nostalgia Eliminator 3 - Mickey Smith (.018) Harry's Hot Rod & Truck Accessories Best Losing Rd. 1 Package Hot Rod Bracket - Bill Robinson Nostalgia Bracket - Keith Darrow Triple C Agency Long Haul Hot Rod Bracket - Paul Stavlo & Lynn Stedje (Gruver, TX) Nostalgia Bracket - Mark Midler (North Mankato, MN) North Texas Diesel Closest To Index Nost. Elim Rd. 1 Loser Steve Dunkin - Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Competition Sales Of Dallas Luck Of The Draw John Wilson Alky Diggers Luck Of The Draw Nost. Eliminator Ron Walden
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