Cogswell, Godwin, Morrison, Ragland and Coker
Claim SHRA Summer Nationals Wins
Report and photos by Chris Graves, MaxCacklePhotos.com
The Southwest Heritage Racing Association presented by MalloryPrint.com held it's fourth event of the inaugural 2013 racing season on July 6th at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas. The SHRA series welcomed it's largest overall car count of the season to this steamy summer event as racers from all five classes came to battle the heat over the Independence Day weekend. Several new participants enjoyed a successful debut outing with the SHRA making it to the late rounds of their respective classes, while some drivers added to their season win total and points lead heading into the second half of the season.
HOT ROD RESULTS:
In the Hot Rod class, twenty two no electronics 79 and earlier door cars came for some action including April event winner Bill Cogswell and his 1971 Ford Pinto. Cogswell knocked out David Crow, Tim Baker and Brad Thompson to meet Charles Powell and his 1973 AMC Gremlin powered by a 571 Cadillac engine. Powell, driving for car owner Paul Fleming, marched through the field and met the undefeated Cogswell in the final looking to put an end to the Pinto's winning streak. Monte Barber took home the Harry's Hot Rod "Best Rd. 1 Loosing Package" bonus in his opening round loss to Dave Ranney. Lynn Stedje claimed his second straight Triple C Agency "Long Haul" bonus driving from Gruver, Texas to compete in Denton.
Cogswell and Powell brought their machines into the stage beams and watched the ambers drop ready to crown a Hot Rod winner in Denton. Powell was off the line first, but went red with a -.396 rt as Cogswell's win light came on and he streaked to a 6.34 at 107 mph to claim his second straight Hot Rod victory which stretched his points lead to 43 points over second place Timothy Lyons who surprisingly went out in round one. Congratulations to Charles Powell and company on a strong runner-up finish and to Bill Cogswell on the big win keeping his undefeated streak alive. The next event for the SHRA Hot Rod competitors will be the final event of the season, Saturday, October 5th back at North Star Dragway.
NOSTALGIA BRACKET RESULTS:
In the new look Nostalgia Bracket electronics class the SHRA welcomed a drastic improvement in car count with fifteen entries ready to battle the heat for a chance at taking home the winner's plaque and cash payout. Keith Darrow's 1923 T bodied altered found himself in the final round after defeating Art Howard, Brad Thompson and John Erwin. Darrow would line up with the wicked pink 1958 Corvette of Sharon Godwin who took out Carl Johnson, Jody Patterson and T.J. Clements to advance to the last dance in her first SHRA event. Bruce Bruno Jr. took home the Harry's Hot Rod "Best Rd. 1 Loosing Package" bonus in his opening round loss to John Erwin. Mike Shishkoff claimed the Triple C Agency "Long Haul" bonus coming all the way from Houston, Texas to compete at Denton. Shiskhoff doubled up in the bonus department by also winning the Competition Sales of Dallas "Luck of the Draw" at this event.
Darrow encountered mechanical issues in the final and had the best seat in the house to watch Sharon Godwin streak to the win light and claim the win in the Nostalgia Bracket class. Godwin not only whipped up on the boys in this class but also was pulling double duty as the hottest back up girl on the track when her husband Bee Godwin was competing in the Nostalgia Eliminator 3 category. Congratulations to the Godwin racing team on a strong showing at North Star Dragway.
NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 3 RESULTS:
In the 5.50 index Nostalgia Eliminator 3 class, a few new faces proved their abilities on the strip by knocking out some top SHRA performers this season. Dusty Rose qualified his "Foggy Mountain Special" front engine dragster in the number one spot with a 5.53 at 122 mph but was knocked out in the opening round when his 5.57 at 122 mph wasn't enough to hold off Rick Carrell's 5.51 at 122 mph. Rose did claim the North Texas Diesel "Closest To Index Rd. 1 Loser" bonus with his 5.57 on the 5.50 index. The biggest upset of the round came when Gary Mitchell's "Makin' Magic" altered took out the cagey veteran Ron Muncy. This opened the door for Doug Morrison to pad his points lead as he moved into the second round after defeating James Armstrong in round one. Ron Walden posted a "perfect" 5.50 at 123 mph and a .439 reaction time in the opening round which held up to earn the Good Vibrations "Quick Reaction Time" bonus in his solo pass after Charles Cathcart didn't answer the call for first round.
Morrison moved into his third final of the season by taking out Ron Walden in the semi-finals to meet Rick Carrell, who took out Gary Mitchell with an impressive 5.501 at 121 mph. In the final, Carrell wheeled his orange injected front engine dragster to the line ready to knock out points leader Doug Morrison in his Hemi powered bantam roadster. Morrison was off the line first by a small margin and clicked off a strong 5.51 at 123 mph to take the win over Carrell's break-out 5.47 at 123 mph. This marked Morrison's third win of the season and he now enjoys a 42 point lead over second place Ron Muncy in the NE 3 points standings.
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Final Qualifying Order:
1) Dusty Rose (Moore, OK) - 5.53 @ 122
2) Doug Morrison (Gainesville, TX) - 5.56 @ 116
3) Ron Muncy (Weatherford, TX) - 5.580 @ 123
4) Ron Walden (Kilgore, TX) - 5.583 @ 121
5) Charles Cathcart (Ardmore, OK) - 5.63 @ 119
6) James Armstrong (Crowley, TX) - 5.64 @ 120
7) Rick Carrell (Ardmore, OK) - 5.47 @ 124
8) Gary Mitchell (Dallas, TX) - 5.39 @ 119
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Round 1 Eliminations:
(W) Rick Carrell (.471 rt) 5.51 @ 122 mph vs. (L) Dusty Rose (.444 rt) 5.57 @ 122 mph
(W) Doug Morrison (.619 rt) 5.64 @ 118 mph vs. (L) James Armstrong (.555 rt) 5.71 @ 120 mph
(W) Ron Walden (.439 rt) 5.50 @ 123 mph vs. (L) Charles Cathcart (No Time) Broke
(W) Gary Mitchell (.442 rt) 5.60 @ 117 mph vs. (L) Ron Muncy (.450 rt) 5.61 @ 121 mph
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Semi-Final Eliminations:
(W) Doug Morrison (.452 rt) 5.51 @ 120 mph vs. (L) Ron Walden (.419 rt) 5.56 @ 122 mph
(W) Rick Carrell (.462 rt) 5.50 @ 121 mph vs. (L) Gary Mitchell (.517 rt) 5.55 @ 120 mph
Nostalgia Eliminator 3 Final Round Eliminations:
(W) Doug Morrison (.447 rt) 5.51 @ 123 mph vs. (L) Rick Carrell (.477 rt) 5.47 @ 123 mph
In the 5.00 Nostalgia Eliminator 2 class, a new kid on the block proved his talents as Rob Ragland qualified number one with a 5.04 at 132 mph followed closely by Russell Snyder, who made the tow all the way from Cordova, Tennessee and qualified his beautiful 23 T bodied altered number two with a 5.06 at 135 mph. Bee Godwin came into the event with the points lead and slid his front engine dragster into the field at the number five spot with a 5.13 at 132 with Junior Kolar rounding out the seven car field.
NOSTALGIA ELIMINATOR 2 RESULTS:
A pair of fine looking flamed altereds came to the line to kick off the first round of eliminations as Tommy Drozd and Russell Snyder lit the stage bulbs. Snyder was off the line first by Drozd drove around with a 5.09 at 135 mph to narrowly defeat Snyder's 5.12 at 135 mph. Ross Laird clicked off a strong 5.03 at 138 mph in a solo pass as his opponent Junior Kolar encountered mechanical issues. Rob Ragland's slingshot blasted to a 5.07 at 135 mph to take out newcomer Mike Mauldin's injected front engine dragster. Mauldin was the winner of the AlkyDigger.com "Luck of the Draw" bonus at this event. Ragland posted a .010 reaction time to earn the Good Vibrations "Quick Reaction Time" bonus for NE 2. Points leader Bee Godwin wrapped up the opening round to advance with a 5.29 in a bye run and earn a match-up in round two against number one qualifier Ragland.
Ross Laird and Tommy Drozd opened the semi-final round action and despite both drivers falling off pace, Laird was able to take the win and advance to the finals with a 5.21 at 119 to Drozd's 5.29 at 135 mph. In the final pair of the round, Bee Godwin blasted off the line with a .005 reaction time against Rob Ragland but his 5.15 at 135 mph wasn't enough to hold off Ragland's clean 5.05 at 135 mph as Laird and Ragland moved into the all Oklahoma final round.
In the final, Rob Ragland and Ross Laird staged their front engine dragsters and Ragland was off the line with a .001 reaction time and he needed it. Laird clicked off a quicker 5.05 at 138 mph but lost to Ragland's 5.09 at 133 mph as Ragland earned the NE 2 win in his first SHRA event on an impressive holeshot. Congratulations to both teams on a strong showing and to the Ragland racing team on their impressive win after qualifying in the top spot.
Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Final Qualifying Order:
1) Rob Ragland (Ardmore, OK) - 5.04 @ 132
2) Russell Snyder (Cordova, TN) - 5.0610 @ 135
3) Tommy Drozd (Lake Dallas, TX) - 5.0611 @ 136
4) Ross Laird (Ardmore, OK) - 5.068 @ 137
5) Bee Godwin (Iowa Park, TX) - 5.13 @ 132
6) Mike Mauldin (Wylie, TX) - 5.26 @ 130
7) Junior Kolar (Ft. Worth, TX) - 6.05 @ 121
Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Round 1 Eliminations:
(W) Tommy Drozd (.036 rt) 5.09 @ 135 mph vs. (L) Russell Snyder (.024 rt) 5.12 @ 135 mph
(W) Ross Laird (.029 rt) 5.03 @ 138 mph vs. (L) Junior Kolar (No Time) Broke
(W) Rob Ragland (.010 rt) 5.07 @ 135 mph vs. (L) Mike Mauldin (-.009 rt) 5.60 @ 129 mph
(W) Bee Godwin (.051 rt) 5.29 @ 129 mph vs. (L) Bye Run
Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Semi-Final Eliminations:
(W) Ross Laird (.063 rt) 5.21 @ 119 mph vs. (L) Tommy Drozd (.023 rt) 5.29 @ 135 mph
(W) Rob Ragland (.038 rt) 5.05 @ 135 mph vs. (L) Bee Godwin (.007 rt) 5.15 @ 135 mph
Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Final Round Eliminations:
(W) Rob Ragland (.001 rt) 5.09 @ 133 mph vs. (L) Ross Laird (.071 rt) 5.05 @ 138 mph
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Nostalgia Drag World -by Chris Graves; MaxCacklePhotos.com