The 5.00 AlkyDigger Nostalgia Eliminator 2 category welcomed eight cars to the Alamo city including first time SHRA racer David Crow from Hutto, Texas in a beautiful injected front engine dragster. Jeff Cameron's "Dooley & Sons / Be An Angel" 1948 Austin was looking for a solid outing after fighting engine gremlins in their previous two events. Cameron ripped off a 5.012 at 138 mph in his first qualifying pass straight off the trailer to take his first career top qualifying spot. Mark Cottrell wheeled his front engine dragster to the number two spot with a 5.015 at 138 mph while Garry Wheeler Jr and Bruce Dodson rounded out the top half of the field with 5.03's.
AlkyDigger Nostalgia Eliminator 2 Final Qualifying Order:
1. Jeff Cameron (Magnolia, TX) - 5.012 @ 138
2. Mark Cottrell (Choctaw, OK) - 5.015 @ 138
3. Garry Wheeler Jr (Wagoner, OK) - 5.033 @ 135
4. Bruce Dodson (Grand Prairie, TX) - 5.039 @ 135
5. Jason Scott (Weatherford, TX) - 5.06 @ 135
6. Mike Caknupp (Choctaw ,OK) - 5.08 @ 135
7. Kevin Wendland (Celeste, TX) - 5.12 @ 135
8. David Crow (Hutto, TX) - 4.94 @ 138
Let the upsets begin, starting off with points leader Garry Wheeler going -.027 red against Kevin Wendland which put the points leader out in round one. Next out, top qualifier Cameron blasted off the line with a .000 reaction time to take out defending series Champion Jason Scott in round one. Wendland and Cameron advanced to the semi-finals joined by Bruce Dodson and Mike Caknupp.
Semi-finals got underway with Dodson posting a 5.06 at 130 mph to defeat Caknupp's off pace 5.29 at 128 while Cameron's march to the finals continued as his 5.04 at 130 mph took out Wendland's 5.09 at 135 mph. Cameron was moving into his first career SHRA final round to take Dodson who has more finals under his belt that we can count.
With a starting line crowd full of Dooley & Sons and Be An Angel staff and supporters, Cameron laid down his final burnout of the night alongside Dodson as they made final adjustments and crept into the stage beams. The tree dropped and they were off with Cameron taking a slight advantage. Side by side through the traps they went and the win light went to Cameron with a 5.02 at 135 mph to Dodson's very close 5.04 at 135 mph. What a night for Cameron and company who was joined by a huge crowd in the winners circle as team Dooley & Sons / Be An Angel celebrated a very well deserved and long overdue first career SHRA event win! Garry Wheeler Jr was able to hold onto his points lead but has Jason Scott and Bruce Dodson nipping at his heels.
NE2 Winner - Jeff Cameron
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