Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Races Bunker Hill
by Rich Berlisk and Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Staff
BUNKER HILL, Ind. - In the qualifying, it was a reminder of the risk and in the final race, a black-and-white snapshot.
Bill White in the white 1965 ‘We Haul’ Chevelle slipped past a hole-shooting Joe Zajac in the black 1963 Pontiac ‘Rompin’ Redskin’ to rake in the victory in the final runoff at the Bunker Hill Shootout July 19 for Nostalgia Super Stock Inc.
Zajac, who took top trial honors for the event with a 5.92 in the first qualifier, took a 0.1138 to 0.3210 reaction time advantage but saw it slide away by half track. “I put it in third gear and felt the clutch start to slip,” said Zajac, who had gone 5.96 in the second session to be the most consistent car in the 12-car field on a track hard to get a handle on all evening. Zajac went on to finish with a 6.0811 at 111.44 mph. White, who went by to write 5.6530 at 122.92 over the 1/8-mile on his time ticket for best ET and speed in the NSS portion of the meet.
The narrow track, built in 1956, proved hard to handle in power producing conditions of moderate ambient temperatures and density altitudes in the 2000 to 2700-foot range all evening. Larry Quinn, 2012 R/U with his 1962 ‘Blast From The Past’ Pontiac, couldn’t grab a firm hold onto the surface, stumbling in the staging lights for no time in the first session and then slipping and sliding to a 6.30 in the second session in the best-two format.
In the second-to-last pair in the second qualifier, Pete Stamm’s 1963 Pontiac Tempest ‘Injunuity’ broke loose at the hit and headed for the right hand guardrail before he got out of it to straighten up and motor out to a 9.36. This compared to his 6.17 run in the first session. “When I saw what happened to Pete, I knew I was in trouble,” said Quinn.
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