BELLE ROSE, La. --
Simoneaux qualified in the Stock class and faced off with double-entry Slate Cumming who qualified for the 16-car field in both Stock and Super Stock. Simoneaux beat Cummings in the round one stock match up then had to face him again in round two when Slate beat his dad Larry in his round one Super Stock match up.
The Napoleonville, La., racer took out S. Cummings in round two with a 6.280 second pass on a 6.26 dial-in, then beat series hitter Jimmy Lewis in the semifinals before pairing up with Super Gas racer John Slater in the final. Simoneaux's '99 Firebird clocked in at 6.268 for the win and the Moser Sportsman Shootout trophy.
The 16-car field was stacked with competition including reigning Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Gas World Champion Jeff Lopez, five NHRA South Central division champions and seven other divers that finished in the top 5 divisionally last year.
Racers from Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualified through a season long points competition with the top two Moser points seeded into the field. Two randomly drawn entries from an online registration program with Moser Engineering rounded out the 16-car field. To level the playing field for the wide variety of NHRA sportsman classes involved the race was contested on the eighth-mile with a full countdown starting 'Tree. Racers selected their individual dial-in index for the handicap starts and breakout eliminations.
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