IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular
Featuring Match Race Madness
Words and photos by Bill Kloss
The racing season in Northeast Ohio has finally begun. One of the first events of the year was held at Dragway 42, a track with a rich racing heritage, The Matcham family runs a fine facility with some great events, one of which was the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular. One of the features of this race was an event within the event, called Match Race Madness. Cars of the Supercharged AA Gassers of America as well as 4 fuel altereds were the main attraction.
Kyle Hough in Nanook laying down some rubber.
Some historic and legendary cars were in attendance, names like Rat Trap, Nanook, Bradford’s and the 134 Fuel Coupe. Gassers of the Supercharged AA/Gassers of America were also there. The altereds put on a great show for the fans as they were treated to smoky burnouts and side by side action!
Amy Di gets fiance Alan Niespodzinski in the "Caged Heat" 33 Willys into the beams.
The gassers had a good showing as well. 6 cars were in the running, but in the end it was the Caged Heat 33 Willys of Alan Niespodzinski grabbing the win with a 5.10/138 over Brian Spotts It’s....Crazy II Anglia’s 5.16/138.
The next big event for nostalgia racing at 42 will be the Rock & Race in August. If you are in the area then, be sure to check out this show, you won’t want to miss it!
Don Moyer's restored Hart Automotive 33 Willys Gasser
Joe Morrison does the wheel work in Ted Brine's "134" Fuel Coupe.
Rat Trap heats the slick in preparation for a run.
The whloe crew of the 134 coupe was on hand to help Randy Bradford get the Fiat lined up.
J.J. Audet's 41 Willys Gasser.
Tom Fritz's "Goin Broke II" 33 Willys pick-up.
John Faust boils the hides in his AA/Gasser, "Lazarus".
Rat Trap Fuel Altered.
Fred Missall's 392 Hemi powered 51 Plymouth Wayfairer Coupe Gasser.
Randy Bradford works on the Bradford's Fiat altered with help from Paul M. Gold, aka Goldy.
Nanook Fuel Altered.
Paul Gold directing Joe Morrison in the 134 Fuel Coupe.
Tami Spotts gets husband Brian lined up in the "It's....Crazy" Anglia gasser.
Nostalgia Drag World - Words and photos by Bill Kloss