Time Machine Nationals - Great Lakes Dragaway
By Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Staff
UNION GROVE, Wis. - The knives were cutting at the Time Machine Nationals Labor Day weekend at Great Lakes Dragaway for Nostalgia Super Stock Inc.
After the crowded program struggled through four rain delays, plus various oildowns and crashes on Saturday, president Rich Berlisk put the 15-car session four in the trailers at 10:30 p.m. as the dew came on and it became apparent the group would not be called to staging for at least another hour.
“Good racing is safe racing and with fast cars and small tires we’re always thinking about both,” said Berlisk, who had posted a 9.82 in his first driving appearance in almost a year after installing a new motor the night before the event.
On Sunday, concern about low oil pressure would eventually cause Berlisk to put the ‘Asphalt Angel’ 1963 Plymouth into the trailer.
Meanwhile, Paul Habura’s ‘Keeping The Faith’ 1963 Plymouth would prove to be unbeatable with a 8.69 in the first session and 8.74 in the second with data unavailable for the third round. On Sunday, Habura went 8.654 for low time of the event.
John Grinwald in ‘The Asphalt Elephant’ 1962 Dodge and Bill White in the ‘We Haul’ 1965 Chevelle attempted to keep pace but came no closer than White’s 8.79 in the second session.
The tight threesome of Gerry Gostenik, Bob Cattelino and Craig Pfohl in a 1961 Chevrolet bubble top, ‘The Faded Memories’ 1963 Chevrolet and the 1967 ‘Lil Boss’ Plymouth, respectively, rotated runs in the 10.60 to 10.70 range.
Pete Stamm and the ‘Injunuity’ Pontiac would have been a good pairing with the ‘Angel’ as he posted a his event best 9.70 in the second session.
The 1964 Dodge ‘Rebel Rouser of Jim Brandon struggled in the low 10’s and high nines before he ran his event-best of 9.75 in the third Sunday session.
Dale Chenoweth’s 1964 Plymouth ‘Agitator’ was steady in the 10 teen’s as Dennis Sherer in the ‘Repeat Offender’ 1963 Ford Galaxie smoked long burnouts before running in the 11.50 and 11.17 range.
The usually glued together pairing of John Rousset and Doug Henderson was a little looser as Rousset ran his all-time bests in the 10 teens while Henderson was hampered by carburetor hassles and clocked in the 10.30’s.
That situation allowed a new pair, Len Grimsley Jr. in the 1964 Plymouth ‘Fire and Faith’ and Spencer Schreindel in the 1964 Dodge ‘Max Wedgie’ to emerge as close rivals with runs ranging from 9.15 to 9.25.
The two agreed to contest a best two-of-three match race on Sunday, and each won one leg. But they were unable to complete the contest as the fourth session was cut by track management due to not enough time and too many race cars.
Finally, an all-driver reaction challenge was was contested over Sunday’s three sessions.
Cattelino took first, with an average 0.091 seconds and a best of 0.073 while Pfohl was second at an 0.127 average with a best of 0.108 seconds against the 0.4 pro ‘tree.
Grinwald, White and Schrenidel were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
“It wasn’t the best nor worst the event we’ve had,” said Berlisk. “The stands were pretty full both days. We appreciated the opportunity to show our stuff and think the fans liked what they saw.
“All of us - our racers and the track staff - will keep working together to bring the best possible program to the spectators.”
Copyright 2014 by Nostalgia Super Stock Inc.
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