Mears, Hixson, Moseley, Treitsch & Jarvis
Notch North Star Dragway Victories
Event #7 of 8 - North Star Dragway - Denton, TX - Oct 4, 2014
Report - Chris Graves / Photos - Chris Graves & Russell Brown
The Southwest Heritage Racing Association presented by MalloryPrint.com brought a fleet of old school drag racing machines through the gates of North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas for their annual Fall Nostalgia Nationals event. This seventh event of the 2014 SHRA racing season marked the final event for Nostalgia Eliminator teams to earn points in their NE Shootout program. This event also would play a critical role in the SHRA Championship chase this season, especially in the bracket classes and heated Nostalgia Eliminator 2 points chase.
The weather could not have been better as a day filled with temperatures in the low 80's and beautiful blue skies welcomed a capacity crowd to Denton, Texas with stands full of eager fans and racecars overflowing into the top end of the facility. Racing got underway at 3 p.m. with the first of two time trails for all five SHRA classes.
NE 1 (L-R) Steve Dunkin (Aledo, TX) - Andy Mears (Lubbock, TX)
In the 4.65 index Nostalgia Eliminator 1 Steve Dunkin wheeled his "Foolish Pleasure" blown slingshot dragster to the top spot with a "perfect" 4.65 at 151 mph to lead the field of thirteen into eliminations. Dale McKee nailed down his best qualifying effort of the season in second with a 4.66 at 157 mph and Clay Cunningham rounded out the top three in his beautiful blown Fiat with a 4.69 at 156 mph. After two rounds of eliminations, Steve Dunkin and Gary Ballard were paired up in the first match of the semi-final round. Dunkin used a holeshot and 4.81 at 143 mph to take out Ballard's quicker 4.79 at 146 mph as Dunkin moved into his second final round of the season to take on the winner between Andy Mears and Dale McKee. Mears also used a holeshot to advance to his first SHRA final of the season as his 4.79 at 130 mph held off McKee's quicker 4.75 at 138 mph.
NE 1 Winner - Andy Mears
In the final of Nostalgia Eliminator 1, Steve Dunkin took the starting line advantage and never trailed but at the stripe he broke out with a 4.59 at 152 mph as Andy Mears' "Dragon Slayer" team celebrated their first career SHRA event victory with a 4.74 at 149 mph pass. The stunning 1957 Chevy blown alcohol funny car made its way to the winners circle and it was all smiles at the Mears camp in Denton. In the Good Vibrations Motorsports NE 1 Shootout standings, Clay Cunningham, Gary Ballard and Ron Muncy all secured their spot in the field with Tera W. Graves leading the ladder into the SHRA Finals November 8th at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. Tera W. Graves also has a healthy lead over husband Chris Graves in the NE 1 points standings and looks to lock up the NE 1 class Championship at the Motorplex.
NE 2 (L-R) Bee Godwin (Iowa Park, TX) - Thomas Hixson (Keller, TX)
In the 5.00 index Nostalgia Eliminator 2 class, Bruce Dodson wheeled his altered to the top spot with a nice 5.02 at 139 mph, his second top qualifier this season. Steven Hansen, in his first SHRA appearance in his injected altered, qualified number two with a 5.03 at 139 and Don Holley rounded out the top three qualifiers with a 5.06 at 138 mph. Semi-final round action brought defending series Champion Bee Godwin to the line to take on Steven Hansen in the first pair. Godwin took the advantage at the start and he needed it as his 5.12 at 139 mph defeated Hansen's quicker but loosing 5.10 at 139 mph. Ardmore winner Thomas Hixson was out next alongside top qualifier Bruce Dodson to see who would battle Godwin in the final. Yet again this one was decided on the starting line as Hixson left first and posted a 5.05 at 139 mph to take out Dodson's quicker but loosing 5.01 at 140 mph.
NE 2 Winner - Thomas Hixson
In the final of Nostalgia Eliminator 2, two veterans Bee Godwin and Thomas Hixson brought their front engine dragsters to life and after their burnouts came to the line ready to crown a winner. Hixson was ready for action and his .001 reaction time coupled with a 5.03 at 140 mph sealed his second straight NE 2 win over Godwin's very close and almost identical 5.03 at 140 mph. Congratulations to the "One Wild Ride" team of Hixson who would like to thank Red Truck Promos and FDT's for their support of the team this season. Godwin gained enough points with his runner-up finish to re-claim his points lead over Tommy Drozd who went out in round one. Just fourteen points separate the two heading into the SHRA Finals at the Texas Motorplex. Tommy Drozd did secure the lead in the Meyer Enterprises NE 2 Shootout field heading into Ennis on November 8th.
NE 3 (L-R) Josh Moseley (Combine, TX) - Doug Morrison (Gainesville, TX)
In the 5.50 index Nostalgia Eliminator 3 class, Gary Mitchell clicked off a "perfect" 5.50 at 124 mph to qualify his "Makin' Magic" altered in the top spot for the first time this season. Ron Walden, Robert Springstead and points leader Dusty Rose all posted 5.51 elapsed times in this close field with Carl Johnson rounding out the seven car field. In semi-final round action, Josh Moseley was set to do battle with defending series Champion Doug Morrison. Moseley, in his first SHRA appearance in his altered, advanced to the finals with a 5.57 at 125 mph as Morrison broke out by .0003 of a second with a 5.4997 at 118 mph. Dusty Rose and Gary Mitchell continued their friendly rivalry in the final pair of the semi-finals. Rose took the advantage at the starting line and his 5.56 at 117 mph took the nod over Mitchell's quicker 5.55 at 124 mph as Rose moved into his impressive sixth final round of the year to take on the new comer Moseley.
NE 3 Winner - Josh Moseley
In the final, Moseley was off the line first and his 5.56 at 125 mph held off Rose' quicker 5.54 at 115 mph as Moseley notched his first career SHRA win in his first appearance with the series. Rose had to settle for runner-up in Denton, but will lead the AlkyDigger.com NE 3 Shootout field into that eliminator at the Motorplex in November and is a sure bet to lock up the NE 3 class Championship by simply pulling through the gate in Ennis next month.
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