NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD
presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports
Osmosis Returns for Osborn
US 36 Raceway - Osborn, MO July 22, 2015
By Rich Berlisk and Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock® Inc. Staff
OSBORN, Missouri - After getting rained out of both the original June date and then a make-up attempt, Nostalgia Super Stock® finally got just enough dry-time to complete three sessions in its 18th consecutive annual appearance at Mike Franks’ US 36 Raceway on July 22. “What a Saturday!” said NSS® president Rich Berlisk. “This was the largest crowd at this venue that I have ever witnessed. Mike told me he even had to park cars on the circle track.”
It had rained the previous night and with the sky still threatening to moisturize the macadam again, the schedule was advanced to begin the show at 5 p.m. Good choice. The nine car field was a little thin at the top with Dennis Sherer’s ‘Repeat Offender’ 1963 Ford Galaxie leaking oil on its first pass, followed by 7.04 and 7.21 clockings, and also at the bottom with no ideal match for John Grinwald’s ‘Gold Digger’ 1965 Dodge, which recorded 5.70, 5.69 and 5.76 against Berlisk’s efforts of 6.39, 6.03 and 6.36 during three tries.
The middle pairings of the second session showed the closest racing as Wayne Keimig’s ‘Kansas Comet’ 1965 Mercury edged out Doug Henderson’s ‘Never Too Late’ 1964 Plymouth 6.53 to 6.56 at the stripe.
In the next race, the ‘Rebel Rouser’ 1964 Dodge of Jim Brandon defeated the ‘Hard Days Night’ Plymouth of John Rousset by a 6.41 to 6.45 margin. Guest Marty Bittle broke the 6.80 barrier with a 6.74 in the final session after Dale Chenoweth’s ‘Agitator’ 1964 Plymouth went 6.55 in session one but broke something in the valve train on his second attempt.
With rain surrounding the track, the NSS cars were put away at 10 p.m. but the rest of the program continued despite an irritating drip, drip, drip. “The track was down for maybe 20 minutes or so,” said Berlisk after Franks had walked an air dryer down both lanes. “We never left the bleachers and it stopped drizzling.” A nice constant breeze helped dry the track some more and kept it dry the rest of the night, allowing the program to finish. “Some of us hung out with Mike and ate ribs until 2:30 in the morning, a typical grand finale at Osborn,” said Berlisk.
In addition, NSS Hall of Fame members Dave and Emma Campbell (the “Faded Memories’ 1963 Chevrolet) attended and enjoyed both the racing and the visiting. “I was happy with the results,” said Franks, who has been rained out most weekends this season. “It was good to get this one in.”
NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD - By Rich Berlisk and Bob Wilkiewicz
Fun In The Sun At Norwalk
Summit Motorsports Park - Norwalk, OH July 31-August 2, 2015
By Joe Zajac
Nostalgia Super Stock® Inc. Staff
NORWALK, Ohio - Already looking for more next season, Nostalgia Super Stock brought ten members and two guests, running at the Pontiac Tri-Power Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park July 31 through August 2 this year. “Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Pontiac Nationals and we have already been invited,” said NSS® vice president Joe Zajac. “We just need more Pontiacs.”
There were seven Mopars in the NSS field, led by John Grinwald’s ‘Gold Digger’ 1965 Dodge altered wheelbase Hemi®-powered Coronet, which posted a field-best 8.79 at 152.89 mph. Other performances included Rich Berlisk in the ‘Asphalt Angel’ 1963 Plymouth at 9.69 at 139.07 mph; Larry Kaufman’s ‘War Chief’ 1961 Pontiac with a 9.90 at 137.54 mph; John Rousset in the 1963 Plymouth ‘Hard Days Night’ with a 10.12 @130.94 along with Doug Henderson’s ‘Never Too Late’ 1964 Plymouth at 10.31 at 129.82 mph.
A four car group ran within 0.01 of each other, led by the ’Teacher’s Pet’ 1963 Plymouth of Bob Durling’s at 10.55 at 127.02 mph; Gerry Gostenik’s 1961 Chevy black bubble top with 10.57 at 126.27 mph; Gary McKenzie with the ‘Thunderweight’ 1963 Ford running 10.58 at 128.66 and Craig Pfohl’s Sox & Martin ‘Lil Boss’ replica 1967 Plymouth Barracuda with 10.59 at 125.37 mph.
Tom Cartwright in the ‘Polara Missile’ 1964 Dodge clocked 11.97 at 112.79 mph to round out the member performances.
The guests included Glenn Gibbson of Scottsdale, Arizona, in a 1964 Lemans at 9.92 and 133.29 mph along with Kal Schultz from Waukesha, Wisconsin, driving a 1963 Pontiac to 10.68 at 125.31 mph.
“We had good weather on Friday with lots of sun and mid 80’s temps and had four time runs on an OK track,” said Zajac. “Saturday’s weather was great, 80’s and some clouds. We did one time run and two exhibition runs.”
“On Sunday we made two runs, one time run in the morning and the show run at 1:30pm. After our run we loaded up and headed for home. It was a little warm but the passing clouds were helpful. The ice cream was great and still costs $1.00 for a pound.”
NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD - By Joe Zajac