NSS Inc. Invade Central Illinois Dragway
by Rich Berlisk and Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Staff
HAVANA, Ill. - At least the elements were a little better.
Instead of a complete wash-out on June 7, Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. was able to run two sessions before the sky ripped open and the rain came down June 21. The last calculated probability was a 30% chance of showers but as our luck has been this season with rain we eventually got within that one-third.
At first call about 1:30 p.m., the sky was sunny, the temperature 88 degrees and with a nice steady breeze coming out of the south and blowing straight down the track. That session was good for all except John Grinwald in the ’64 ‘High Voltage’ Fairlane. He pulled the wheels about three feet only to come down and do some front suspension damage. Fortunately, he had also brought the ‘Asphalt Elephant’ ’62 Dodge along to make a pass or two for break-in after the winter freshen-up.
Things got more interesting after second call at 2:45 p.m. Our group was prompt and by the time the last pair pulled up into the staging lanes the first pair were were summoned to the water box. All passes were made cleanly without any delays. However, at the same time, mother nature was changing the scenery in the sky, not noticed by most.
I went up to the tower to get the run sheet and Ron the announcer said look at that sky to the north said Berlisk. It was looking really black and nasty. By the time I walked back to our pit area the wind had changed and did a 180-degree turnaround coming in briskly from the north. Several of our members witnessed a low funnel cloud several miles away to the north kicking up dust and debris.The temp dropped at least 20 degrees, into the 60's. and within minutes it was raining and I mean raining!
The storm lasted just 45 minutes but left a long-lasting mark. The NSS pit near the food stand the was now under six inches of water and to avoid further problems the group moved up track to higher ground. However, unfortunately at this point the event was cancelled due to the total amount of water dumped on the property.
A brief summary of the shortened program.
Round One :
John Rousett’s 6.5441 to Dale Chenoweth's winning 6.3763
Howard Crull's 8.7921 to Dennis Sherer's winning 7.4399
Wayne Keimig's 6.8040 to Doug Henderson's 6.4987
Bill White's 5.6908 to Mike Ciccarelli's hole-shot winning 5.7499
John Grinwald's incomplete to Larry Quinn's winning 5.6799
The timing system glitched, resulting in no times recorded for Brad Shoemaker and Ernie Keppler.
Sherer's 7.1631 win over Crull's 8.4159
Chenoweth's 6.3490 win over Henderson's 6.4179
Rousett's 6.4950 win over Keimig's 6.7310
Keppler's 5.6451 win over Shoemaker's 7.0012
Grinwald's 5.6891 win over Quinn's 5.7930
White's 5.6491 win over Ciccarrelli's 5.7279
In the first session, Rousett and Chenoweth posted identical 60-foot times, both with 1.3971, a rare phenomenon on a pair of cars.
Thanks to Howard Crull from Rosedale, Ill. for bringing his ‘65 Plymouth ‘Crazy Injun’, an original race car from the ‘60's restored and brought back into service.
And a special thanks to the ‘Kitchen’ for getting food out after the rain, including Betty Devening, Robyn Owens and Sharon Keppler.
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