Nostalgia Drag Racing League 2014 Recap
by Troy Wilson
Here I sit, sacked out in my recliner, watching the dogs sleep and promising Rob that we would have a rundown of the 2014 NDRL- IAM Championship season for the next issue and im here, typically, waiting till the last minute to do it. Working NDRL stuff in between family, work, and my own racecar resting in the shop is hard to do but the committee members do it because we know if we keep it moving forward the sky is the limit. We have come a long way in four years and 2015 looks like the best yet.
Our season opener for the 2014 season was the “Quick Fuel Technology Battle at the Arch” over the second weekend in May at Gateway Motorsports Park. Running with the Super Stockers and the DRO Funny cars, the event went off without a hitch and we beat the weatherman’s predictions as the storm blew in as we were handing out the checks to the drivers. Im proud to say that Chris Blair and Tony Spatola were very pleased with the group that they locked us in for 2015 before the race was finished….these deals make booking races a lot more easier.
Gateway Motorsports Park
Our June race found us once again running in conjunction with the 14th annual NHRA Hot Rod Reunion at Beech Bend in Bowling Green, KY. This is one of the largest nostalgia events in the country drawing competitors, hot rods and spectators from coast to coast in the US and Canada. The place is always packed and the entire facility was filled to capacity with nostalgia drag race cars and enough show cars to make your head spin. This was our second year working with Steve Gibbs and his staff at this event and again im proud to say that the NDRL members took 5 cars into the 8 possible final round spots and came away winning three of the four finals….these guys never fail to keep impressing me.
Beech Bend in Bowling Green, KY
Next up was the Blue Suede Cruise held at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk OH, in July. John Force is quoted as saying that Bill Bader is the PT Barnum of racing and he is absolutely correct. Norwalk is a top notch facility and Bader makes it that much more with a live rock and roll show, fireworks, burnout and flame throwing contests, and let’s not forget the dollar a pound ice cream. The 3 day show packs the place as more than 250 nostalgia race cars participated alongside 1700 plus show cars and hot rods. We are the featured group at this race and we will be returning in 2015 and will also have our PRO 7.0 cars as a feature group for the Night of Fire where ol’ PT Bader really shows what he is made of. Seeing our group in front of 40,000 people will be awesome.
Summit Motorsports Park
New for 2014 was the August race at Route 66. The Briggs & Stratton Hot August Nights, in conjunction with the Route 66 Classic, was our first ever points race at this track. It’s an amazing place as it really is a motorsports stadium. The stands were full and the spectators received a good show from the NDRL racers and from the other booked in cars that were on the property. The best part of the evening was knowing that we still had three out of four classes with the point races wide open and all of them having multiple chances for a champion. PRO 7.0 had 10 cars with a mathematical chance to become champion and that gives tons of credit to the racers and the toughness in these classes.
Route 66 Raceway
The final race for 2014 season was the ET Genie Fall Finals held at Milan Dragway. The track told me that the place would be packed and it was…as in sardines in mustard packed. There were 450 race cars on hand easily not including the swap meet and the show cars. The race did run into the night and we finished the event on the next day crowning the final three Champion.
Finally to end the season we have the banquet in Brownsburg, IN. The Green Street Eatery has been really good to the group from day one and even though it’s a little cramped, the food served and the service provided make it worthwhile. We have well over 100 people attending every year and it’s always a good time. This year we were blessed with Mike Lewis (DSR Vice President/Nostalgia Driver) as a guest speaker and we ended up the night handing out gold cards, leather coats, and checks to the drivers for the hard work and great racing they gave us all summer.
For the first year we were fortunate enough to have enough money in the bank to do payouts for the drivers and that we did. The top five in each class left with a check and we will do it again and for as long as we can. Getting rich doing this was never a thought in our heads (and trust me we are not) but making sure we deliver on our promises to give the drivers an organization they can be proud of is in our heads and that we will continue to do…Promise.
I would feel like im not doing my job correctly if I do not throw in the cheap sponsor plugs as we would not be here if it wasn’t for them…Thanks to all of you.
IAMAW, Quick Fuel Technology, Briggs & Stratton, Ross Racing Engines, ET Genie, Hot Heads Research, Sexton-Wilbert Vault, DJ Safety, Renegade Race Fuels, Saldana Racing Products, Moser Engineering, Howards Cams, Deist Safety, Competition Products, Freedom Racing Engines, Wood River Auto Parts, ScottRods, Vintage Racing Supply, and Shorty Rader Racing.
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Nostalgia Drag World - by Troy Wilson - photos by Leslie 'aka Crazy Lady Photos' Bradshaw
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