Record Results at NSS Inc. Opener
By Rich Berlisk and Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Staff
UNION GROVE, Wis. - Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. opened its 2014 season at Great Lakes Dragaway during the Memorial Day Classic, which went on only after an outstanding clean up effort by track staff following flooding from eight inches of rain earlier in the week.
The entire pit area had been underwater, including up to two feet deep in some of the support buildings. The staff had to remove mud, restore electrical service and make the facility functional in five working days.
The season opener for NSS Inc included a colorful array and variety of makes of super stock muscle from the 1960's included ; Max Wedge Dodges and Plymouths, Super Duty full sized Pontiacs, Pontiac Tempest 421, Hemi Dodge, Ford Fairlane,409 Chevrolets and a Mercury Comet.
The 1965 Mercury Comet "Altered Wheel Base" owned and driven by Ken Kleiner from Downers Grove IL made its maiden voyage with the organization. Ken is a long time member of NSS Inc and previously owned and drove a 64 Comet 427 FE with this group. The new Comet ran good and even had several nice wheelies.
Also making his debut as a new member this weekend was Bill White in his 1965 Chevelle Z16 "We Haul" car along with his long time crewman Mike Seltzer.
John Grinwald left his fan favorite 1962 Dodge "Asphalt Elephant" at home and entered his newly finished (September 2013) 1964 Ford T-Bolt 427 Fe.
Dennis Sherer in his 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie "Repeat Offender" known for his tire smoking long burnouts made it back out after a year plus of re-grouping his program.
Four of the hotrods in the field were stickshift entries, Two Pontiacs, a Ford and a Chevrolet.
Highlight heads-up matches of the weekend included:
Gerry Gostenik from Dearborn MI in a 1961 Chevy Belair bubble top 409, running 10.690 at 125.36 mph and winning on a holeshot over Bob Cattelino from Jefferson WI in the ‘Faded Memories’ 1963 Chevrolet Belair 409 who posted10.689 at 123.52 mph.
Dale Chenoweth from Morton IL with a 1964 Plymouth Max Wedge 426 ran 9.85 at 133.86 mph but lost on a holeshot to Pete Stamm of Waukesha,WI in his 1963 Pontiac Lemans at 9.889 at 135.17 mph.
Two long-time rivals, Doug Henderson of Columbia MO in his ‘Never Too Late’ 1964 Plymouth Max Wedge and John Rousett in his ‘Hard Days Night’ 1963 Plymouth Max Wedge went at each other all weekend, with Henderson finally prevailing 10.118 at 131.40 won over Rousset’s 10.187 at 130.51 mph.
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