SHRA Celebrates Bee Godwin with Capacity Crowd
at Wichita Falls
Report by SHRA Media
The MalloryPrint.com SHRA racing community came together in fine form at Wichita Raceway Park to celebrate the life of Bee Godwin, who we lost this past April. WRP was Godwin's home track where he had made hundreds if not thousands of runs and also served as track manager. Friends and family of Bee came in from multiple states to be a part of this special race weekend and the support from racers and fans was immense. 126 racers overflowed the pit area which set a new attendance record for the SHRA series. Among those, a series record 16 cars were entered in AlkyDigger Nostalgia Eliminator 3 competition. This event held Saturday, September 10th, was presented by Don Hardy Racecars & Hot Rod Shop.
AlkyDigger Nostalgia Eliminator 1 (4.65 Index) competition was hot as five cars came into the event with a shot at the points Championship and only two events remaining. Richard Brady shot to the lead with his win two weeks prior at Texas Raceway, but had Chris Graves, Carl Johnson, Tera Graves and Jason O'Neill on his heels. Brady showed no mercy by clicking off a 4.663 at 147 mph to qualify number one for the ten car field. Tera Graves' 4.667 at 146 mph was a close second and Tommy Drozd's 4.68 at 145 secured the third spot.
Chris Graves - Tommy Drozd
By the semi-finals, Brady and both Graves' were still in competition. Number one and two in points, Brady & Chris Graves, were set to fire up when starter issues kept the Graves' dragster from firing and Championship hopes dwindled as Brady posted a strong 4.62 at 146 mph in a solo shot to the finals. Tera Graves had a bye run in the semis after benefitting from competition bye runs after Gary Ballard and Larry Bradford broke. Graves spun the tires to an 11.80 as Brady had the advantage on paper heading into the finals.
Runner Up - Tera Graves
In the NE 1 final round, Brady was looking to extend his points lead and claim maximum points by qualifying number one and winning the race in Wichita Falls. Tera Graves had gone from sixth to third in points in the last two races and was on a late season charge to the top. At the flash of amber, Graves was out first but immediately struck the tires and had the best seat in the house to watch Brady streak to an early shut off 4.92 at 114 mph to take the team's second straight win. Congratulations to Richard Brady, Al Mallory and the rest of the MalloryPrint.com team as they hope to clinch their first NE 1 title at the final event of the season in three weeks.
NE 1 Winner - Richard Brady
AlkyDigger Nostalgia Eliminator 2 (5.00) racing was short but sweet as a handful of SHRA regulars were unable to attend the event. Five cars were on hand and provided some great action as Garry Wheeler Jr scored his first top qualifier of the year with a 5.01 at 128 mph. Defending series Champ Bruce Dodson was number two with a 5.03 at 136 and Steve Sicking's crowd favorite blown coupe qualified third with a 5.13 at 140 mph.
Steve Sicking - Garry Wheeler Jr
Dodson bowed out in round one with a red light against Jeff Allen and that opened the door for points leader Jason Scott to increase his lead and he did just that. Scott met first time finalist Allen, who also serves as Official SHRA Chaplain, in the final round of NE 2. The drivers were off the line almost dead even and Scott posted a 5.09 at 130 mph to score his third win of the season over Allen's 5.84 at 87 mph. It was all smiles in the NE 2 pits and Jason Scott will enter the SHRA Championship Finals with a comfortable points lead over Dodson and Hixson.
Jason Scott - Runner Up Jeff Allen
NE 2 Winner - Jason Scott
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