Winners & Class Champions Crowned at SHRA Finals
Event #8 - Texas Motorplex - November 8th, 2014
by SHRA Media
The final stop of the eight race Southwest Heritage Racing Association 2014 tour brought the series to the historic Texas Motorplex on Saturday, November 8th for the SHRA Championship Finals. The MalloryPrint.com SHRA series racers highly anticipated the season finale as class Champions would be crowned in all five categories where some heated points battles were underway coming into this event.
Both the Old School No Electronics and Old School Electronics class titles were up for grabs by a handful of hungry drivers and the Nostalgia Eliminator 2 crown was also in a tight battle and would be decided at the Motorplex. Over eighty five cars packed the pit area early Saturday morning and after a 9:15 am drivers meeting, drivers returned to their pit area to warm up their hot rods as the call went out to bring the SHRA classes to the lanes for the first of two time trials.
SHRA Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Champion Tera Graves
In the 4.65 index Nostalgia Eliminator 1 class, Tera Wendland-Graves entered the event with a commanding lead over second place Chris Graves. By showing up and making the first time trial round, Wendland-Graves locked up her first NE 1 Championship for team owner and crew chief Darrell Walden. In that first time trial, a mechanical failure sidelined the team for the remainder of the event and the Championship celebration started earlier than planned in the Walden pits while the rest of the NE 1 teams raced on.
After two qualifying sessions, Andy Mears' "Dragon Slayer" 1957 Chevy Funny Car led the eleven car field into eliminations with a "perfect" 4.65 elapsed time. Clay Cunningham's 1948 Fiat bodied blown altered clicked off a 4.68 to qualify number two and Ron Muncy's injected slingshot dragster posted a 4.70 to earn the number three slot. These two qualifying rounds also included the elimination rounds of the Good Vibrations NE 1 Shootout which was won by Steve Dunkin over his teammate Ron Muncy.
As the rounds dwindled down to the semi-finals, Clay Cunningham and the team from Dumas, Texas found themselves lined up with Ron Muncy. Cunningham was looking to move into the first NE 1 final of his career in SHRA competition and did just that when Muncy left the line with a -.003 red light, while Cunningham posted a 4.89 at 142 mph to advance. Brian Briggs was out next in his Louisiana based injected dragster and benefited from the bye run to move into his second NE 1 final of the season, posting a 4.72 at 147 mph.
(L) NE 1 Winner Clay Cunningham - (R) NE 1 Brian Briggs Runner Up
SHRA Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Race Winner Clay Cunningham
In the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 final, with dark skies and temperatures dropping quickly, the track conditions were tricky. Cunningham blasted off the line first in his blown altered and took the lead when Briggs struck the tires at the hit of the throttle. Briggs pedaled his dragster twice but it was to no avail, as the starting line erupted in celebration by the Cunningham crew as they took home their first ever SHRA event win. Congratulations to Clay Cunningham and team on a well-deserved victory.
The 5.00 index Nostalgia Eliminator 2 class hosted a dandy of a points battle all season between defending Champ Bee Godwin and friendly rival Tommy Drozd. Godwin held a slim fourteen point lead over Drozd entering the SHRA Finals and both drivers came with their game at the Motorplex. After two qualifying sessions, Bruce Dodson led the pack for the third time this season posting a "perfect" 5.00 elapsed time. Bee Godwin's 5.02 earned him the number two spot and Thomas Hixson's 5.03 qualified him third behind Tommy Drozd in fourth with a 5.04. The Meyer Enterprises NE 2 Shootout was held during the two qualifying rounds as Bee Godwin met Bruce Dodson in the final. Godwin used a .001 reaction time to take a hole shot win over Dodson in a great side by side drag race. No points were up for grabs in the Shootout eliminator, just big money, as Godwin hoped to carry his momentum into the elimination rounds of the SHRA Finals to hold off Tommy Drozd.
SHRA Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Champion Tommy Drozd
The NE 2 Championship came down to a powerhouse match-up between Godwin and Drozd in round two action. Per the ladder, the winner of this round would benefit from a bye run in the semi-finals which meant if Drozd beat Godwin in this round, he would earn enough points to take the lead and become the 2014 NE 2 Champion. On the starting line, the pressure was on as the drivers crept into the stage beams. Drozd was off first with a .023 reaction time to Godwin's close .034. Godwin started spinning the tires early as Drozd pulled ahead and at the stripe Drozd's 5.04 at 122 took the win over Godwin's 5.17 at 136.
Bruce Dodson NE 2 Runner Up
Tommy Drozd and company were now officially the 2014 NE 2 Champions and could now cap off a Championship season with a win at the SHRA finals. In semi-final action, Bruce Dodson met Don Holley to kick off the round. Holley had troubles at the line, while Dodson blasted to a 4.99 at 136 to move into the final against Drozd who moved into his sixth NE 2 final on a bye run.
SHRA Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Winner Tommy Drozd
The NE 2 final was on the line as Dodson and Drozd brought their altereds to the line. At the flash of amber, Dodson left with a -.001 red light which sent the Drozd crew into celebration on the starting line while they watched their driver click off a 4.92 winning elapsed time to Dodson's 5.02. Tommy Drozd and company capped off a stellar weekend with the Championship and the win in a well-deserved effort. Congratulations to the entire team on a stellar season.
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