NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD
presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports
SHRA Racers Rock Little River Dragway
September 12th, 2015 - Temple, TX
By SHRA Media & MaxCacklePhotos.com
The MalloryPrint.com Southwest Heritage Racing Association packed the pits with old school hot rods as all six series classes returned to action at Little River Dragway in Temple, Texas. Coming into this event, tight points battles were underway especially in the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 4.65 index class and Old School Electronics bracket class. With over eighty cars in the house eager for some track time the call went out for the first of two time trials in each class and as the staging lanes and grandstands filled, it was time to go drag racing.
Driver's Meeting - Working in the pits
NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 1
A four way battle in Nostalgia Eliminator 1 provided some high pressure scenarios as every possible point would prove crucial in the Championship hunt. Points leader Chris Graves in the "Blown Inheritance" slingshot dragster was able to nab the top qualifying spot with a 4.672 at 151 mph. Nipping at his heels was Jason O'Neill in the "Bad Behavior" blown altered who came into the event fourth in points, slid into the number two qualifying spot with a 4.679 at 139 mph. Richard Brady and Clay Cunningham rounded out the top half of the field heading into eliminations.
Leonard Ament and Richard Brady kicked off the first round of NE 1 as both cars struggled off the line, but Ament was able to gather it up and take the stripe with a 5.48 at 120 mph. Tera W. Graves entered the event in the third points position, but ran under the index in qualifying and qualified seventh, earning her a first round match up with Clay Cunningham in the "Still Crazy II" blown altered, who was second in points and looking to make a move to the top. Cunningham was .007 on the tree (earning him the Good Vibrations Motorsports "Quick Light" bonus) and never trailed, while W. Graves had her hands full fighting for traction and getting her dragster wildly out of shape until Cunningham's 4.82 at 126 mph took the win. Jason O'Neill and Tommy Drozd were out next as Drozd rolled through the beams with an apparent trans-brake issue, while O'Neill lost traction at the hit but moved to the next round with a 7.27 at 54 mph. Chris Graves benefitted greatly from the odd numbered seven car field and earned a bye run in first round. Like several others, traction was a problem as Graves blew the tires off at the hit and idled to the win light with three of the top four in the standings moving into the semis.
NE 1 driver Chris Graves with his game face on
Jason O'Neill and Leonard Ament kicked off the semi-final as the teams continued to struggle to get a hard launch off the line. Ament went red, giving O'Neill a clean trip to the finals as he idled down to a 10.15 at 45 mph. Cunningham and Graves were up next in a pivotal points match up. If Cunningham could win this round, the door would open to make up ground in the standings. At the hit, Cunningham was off first and Graves again blew the tires off. A quick pedal job from Graves got him back in action but it was too little too late as Cunningham lit the scoreboards with a nice 4.74 at 128 mph to advance to the finals to battle with Jason O'Neill.
NE 1 Semi-Final - Clay Cunningham vs Chris Graves
By this point, O'Neill had passed Tera W. Graves in the standings to move into third and Cunningham was just a few points from stealing the lead from C. Graves. At the flash of amber, both cars made clean launches and the race was on. Cunningham was .009 on the tree and held a wheel on O'Neill as the cars blasted towards the finish line. At the stripe, Cunningham's 4.67 at 131 mph took the win light over O'Neill's 4.69 at 145 in a great side by side finale. After it was all said and done, Cunningham moved into a tie with Chris Graves for the top spot in NE 1 with just two events remaining in the 2015 season. O'Neill sits two rounds up in third place over Tera W. Graves who still holds a mathematical chance at defending her 2014 title. Boy will this Championship bout be fun to watch as the season concludes this fall!
NE 1 Runner Up - Jason ONeill
NE 1 Winner - Clay Cunningham
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