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Inaugural NMCA Cajun Nationals a Safe and Successful Event

Competition Engineering Hot Street

Yet another competitive category in "Cajun country" was Competition Engineering Hot Street, with the five top teams in the pits prepared to let it all hang out for the honor of posing for coveted winner's circle photos. Top qualifier on Saturday was Tim Davis, of Zionsville, Indiana, who earned the No. 1 spot with a run of 8.902, 151.94 behind the wheel of his '93 Dodge.

With Davis on ice until the second round, thanks to a bye, four other hopefuls ran off for the opportunity to join him in the semifinals. Up first were the 2000 Corvette of Guilford, Connecticut's Rick Moroso and the '88 Camaro piloted by Franklin, Wisconsin's Ken Schertz. In a great race, Moroso prevailed for the win, 8.859, 152.31 to 9.046, 150.33. The second pair featured the '65 Corvette of "Rocking Al" Miller out of Elk Grove, Illinois and the Memphis, Tennessee-based '67 Nova wheeled by Darrell Martin. "Rocking Al" rolled on to victory in this one, 8.906, 150.93 to 10.114, 143.61, earning a pass to the finals in the bargain.

The semifinal tilt between Davis and Moroso was one of the closest and most exciting races of the entire weekend. Moroso snatched a .015-second advantage off the line, but Davis was up to the challenge, and at the big end, he edged out Moroso for the win, 8.830, 152.95 to 8.881, 152.47 to head to the last stanza. Unfortunately for "Rocking Al," a negative .018 at the tree sealed his fate on this weekend, relegating him to the runner-up spot.

Real Street

Canastota, New York's Jamie Stanton made the most of his long pull to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana by qualifying his 2000 Camaro in the top spot on the Real Street qualifying sheet, running low E.T and Top Speed of the meet, and taking home the winner's share of the purse.

Stanton earned top seed status, and a bye run into the second round, with a best pass of 8.821, 154.00 on Saturday. The next day, he waited and watched during the first round of eliminations as Bill Vogt, of Souix City, Iowa, and Joe Trowbridge of Daphne, Alabama, were the first to square off. Vogt's '68 Barracuda proved to be the stronger of the two cars as he took out Trowbridge's '70 Nova, 9.712, 147.34 to 10.263, 132.97. The second pair featured the tough '79 Pontiac campaigned by Wilmington, Delaware's Bruce Maichle and the '67 Camaro of Frank Russo from nearby Luling, Louisiana. Maichle moved directly to the final when the local favorite broke at the line.

In round two, Stanton and Voght both left the line with identical .041 reaction times, and fought door handle-to-door handle all the way through the top end, with Stanton coming out on top, 9.023, 154.37 to 9.156, 148.22. Saving the best for last, Stanton uncorked an impressive 8.935, 154.42 in the final to overshadow Maichle's 9.111, 151.92 effort.

BFGoodrich Drag Radial Eliminator

One of the wildest classes in the NMCA today is BFGoodrich Drag radial Eliminator, and despite of the fact that there were only two cars in the field in Belle Rose, they more than made up for their numbers with some noteworthy performances.

Marengo, Illinois competitor Chris Singleton laid down a straight and strong 8.610, 156.89 during qualifying, and the following day he drove his '72 Nova into the winner's circle by virtue of another good pass of 8.699, 161.54 against the '89 Camaro of Indialantic, Florida's Michael Fratena.

Specialty Motorwerkes Nostalgia Super Stock

There were 10 classic Super Stock cars on hand at No Problem Raceway Park, and they put on a great wheels-up drag racing show for the assembled fans. On Saturday, Doug Sloan led qualifying by piloting his colorful Fairborn, Ohio-based C/NSS '64 Plymouth to a perfect elapsed time of 11.00 on his 11.00 index.

In the first round of eliminations on Sunday, Clay Kossuth, of Catawissa, Missouri, powered his A/NSS '63 Dodge past the AA/NSS `63 Ford Galaxie of Frisco, Texas competitor Mark Artis. Clay's wife Rosie Kossuth took her B/NSS '64 Dodge to the next round as well when opponent Tom Ferguson of Aubrey, Texas went -.006 red in his D/NSS '63 Plymouth Fury wagon. Macomb, Michigan's Scotty Jiles, who stood his B/NSS '64 Plymouth on the back bumper during qualifying, defeated the E/NSS '66 Chevy Impala campaigned by Jim Pidgeon of mechi, Ohio. Jim Wittenburg, of Venice, Florida, advanced his C/NSS '63 Ford Galaxie to the second round at the expense of Union City, Tennessee's David Coleman, who's E/NSS '64 Plymouth left before the tree was activated. In the last pairing, top qualifier Sloan also moved on as Butch Pritchett's Finley, Tennessee-based E/NSS '64 Plymouth left too soon.

In round 2, Clay Kossuth defeated Wittenburg, Rosy Kossuth took out Jiles, and Sloan moved on thanks to a single pass. In the semifinals, Sloan sent Clay Kossuth to the sidelines while Rosie Kossuth earned a bye run into the final round. In the climactic showdown, Sloan ran a too-quick 10.992 on his 11.00 index, and Rosie Kossuth had the first win of her Nostalgia Pro Stock career.

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