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 The NHRA Heritage Series for nostalgia-oriented race cars returned to Wild Horse Pass
Dragstrip on May 5 & 6, after an open test session on Friday afternoon along with the regular Friday night drags. The turnout of Heritage cars on Friday test day was surprisingly strong. Although mostly composed of racers coming from California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Washington and other states, they were eager to try and adapt to the expected high temperatures in Phoenix for that weekend. Saturday and Sunday were both in triple digits, but the racers did very well in adapting to the scorching sun.
A/Fuel dragster as usual had the quickest and fastest cars, with Drew Austin running the event’s only
5-second run (5.990 in the first round) and a strong 6.050 in the hottest part of the day for the win over Rick Ewens. Favorite Kin Bates qualified #1 with
a 6.006, but brushed the wall in the second round to end his day.
The Junior Fuel combo class ended up between #1 qualifier and points leader John Marottek and Arizona’s own Kevin Carter who qualified #2. Carter, son of former two-time World Comp Eliminator Champion Dean Carter, grabbed the holeshot in the final to
win, 6.989/187.68 to Marottek’s losing 6.940/159.12 – margin of victory a scant .008! In 7.0 Pro Class, perennial winner Richard High and crew chief Richard High from Lake Havasu City took a holeshot win 7.083 to Derrick Moreira’s 7.027 (BIG holeshot!)
Nostalgia Eliminator 1, with it’s 7.60 index, was led off by John Lawson,
then Dustin Lee from Palmdale (in the world’s quickest gasoline LS-powered dragster) and Ed Silbermann, who beat series points leader Lee in (yet another holeshot final win today!) 7.642 to 7.640. Nostalgia 2 (your writer’s class) was taken by Robert Johnson with consistent 8.617, 8.632 and final of 8.635 to beat Todd Ferrendes’ breakout 8.588. Finally, Nostalgia 3 belonged to multi- time champion Lindsey Lister who took out another favorite, Ed DeStaute, who left first but ran off pace with a 9.681 to Lindsey’s 9.651.
The Gas Classes were well populated and fiercely contested. In A/Gas, the blown Rambler station wagon of Frank Merenda took the Wally, after the #1 and
#2 qualifiers bit the dust in round 1. B/ Gas was similar as both the points leader and #1 qualifier lost in round 1. On the other side of the ladder, Kevin Riley was wreaking havoc on the rest of the field. In a marvelous display of consistency, Riley ran 8.620/8.602/8.609/8.609 (an average of 8.610) ending with Kevin rolling his purple ’67 Barracuda into the winner’s circle. C/Gas saw two friends, Chris Rea & Scott Morgan in the final, where Rea holeshot Morgan for the win. And finally, in D/Gas, Bruce Boardman’s high flying ’55 Chevy took the win over #1 qualifier Ed Carey. Hot Rod was
an all-Arizona final with Tim Vargas rolling his white shoebox Chevelle to the win over Tony Cutala. v
Story by Hal Sanguinetti Photos by Stephen Justice
             Lary Alvey/Cottonwood AZ/7.0 Pro
A/Fuel winner Drew Austin Tacoma WA
    Hot Rod RU Tony Cutala Phoenix AZ
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