Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun Md. hosted the NA SHOOTOUT’s first race of 2010, the Kestral Weather Meter All Motor Nationals. There were 12 heads-up cars and 26 All Motor Index cars. In G-Force NA 10.5 John Langer took the top qualifying Spot with an 8.500. Langer’s Pontiac advanced to the final to face the screaming small block powered machine of Larry Rhodes where he had an .014 light to Rhodes .094. Rhodes Camaro was able to get around the holeshot and take the win with an 8.592 to Langer’s 8.852.
In Goodyear Drag Radial it was Bill Perkins taking the top qualifying spot with a 9.103. Perkins’ Ford advanced to the final to face Neil Owens’ Pontiac. Owens took an .082 reaction time advantage at the start and ran a 9.344 but it was not enough to hold back Perkins 9.165.
In Liberty Gears Pro N/A it was Merv Moyer’s Mustang taking the top qualifying spot and the win over Richard Scioscia’s Cuda. 7.497 to a 7.836. In the very popular Holeshot Wheels All Motor Index class Paul Mileski was the top qualifier running 11.002 on his 11.00 Index. The final came down to Jeff Hughes and Bruce Wilson in a close race. Hughes .021 light and 9.555 on his 9.50 Index was enough to squeak by Wilson’s .047 light and 10.541 on his 10.50 Index.
Race Two – Maple Grove
Pennsylvania’s Maple Grove Raceway hosted the NA SHOOTOUT’s second race of the season, The American Muscle Super Sunday Shootout. This beautiful day for racing, brought out 16 heads-up and 32 All Motor Index cars. In the G-Force NA 10.5 class it was Larry Rhodes who led the 9 car field in qualifying with an 8.572. Rhodes fought his was threw the field to face John Langer in the final. In almost a duplicate of the last event, Langer took a huge starting line advantage (.016 to .107) but he spun the tires allowing Rhodes to drive around the holeshot and take another win with an 8.579 to Langer’s 8.779.
In Goodyear Drag Radial it was Bill Perkins’ 9.116 taking the top qualifing spot in the 4 car field. Perkins beat Joe Boywitt and made it to another final. This time he faced Michael Peacock driving the family’s big block Nova. Perkins small block Ford Mustang ran another 9.11 in the final to outrun Peacock’s 9.32.
In Liberty Gears Pro N/A, Merv Moyer took the #1 qualifying spot with a 7.503. Moyer got a bye into the finals while NHRA Pro Stock Racer, John Gaydosh, faced NHRA Comp Racer Richard Schonberger. Gaydosh was driving Scott Rex’s Firebird and went red by .002 to allow Schonberger to advance. In the final it was Moyer winning with a 7.464 to Schonberger’s 8.452. In Holeshot Wheels All Motor Index, Jeff Hughes ran a perfect 9.500 on his 9.50 Index to take the top qualifying spot.
After some tough rounds, it came down to Dan Walleigh in the “Trial and Error” 1960 Falcon against Bruce Wilson in his Buick powered 1982 Jaguar. Walleigh had the better reaction time (.029 to a .066) and ran 10.515 on his 10.50 Index to take the win. Wilson broke out with a 9.980 on his 10.00 Index.
Race Three – MIR
The NA SHOOTOUT’s held it’s third race of the season, The TRC North vs. South Skirmish, at Maryland International Raceway. In the G-Force NA 10.5 class, it was Leonard Long who led the field in qualifying with an 8.574. The Northerner Long, met up with the Southerner Gary Lau in the final and ran a 8.477 to take the win.
In Goodyear Drag Radial it was Bill Perkins’ 9.061 taking the top qualifying spot. Perkins’ undefeated Ford advanced to the final to face the high powered Pontiac of Jeff Kinsler. Kinsler laid down a record setting 8.999 to beat Perkins 9.065.
In Liberty Gears Pro N/A, Merv Moyer took the #1 qualifying spot with a 7.400. Moyer drives the ex-Pro Stock Ford Mustang owned by Leonard Long. Moyer faced Greg Fisher in the final round and ran a 7.35 to Fisher’s 8.17 for the win.
In Holeshot Wheels All Motor Index, Bruce Wilson ran a 10.520 on his 10.50 Index to take the top qualifying spot. The final came down to Dan Walleigh in his 1960 Falcon against Bob Creel in his 1973 Camaro. Creel turned on the red light giving the win to Walleigh who still ran a 10.002 on his 10.00 Index. Unfortunately, due to lack of participation, the Pro N/A class was not run the rest of the season.
Race Four – MIR
The series was back at Maryland International Raceway for the All Motor Clash. In G-Force NA 10.5, it was Mark McCloud leading the 11 car field in qualifying with an 8.432 @ 162mph. In the finals, it was Charlie Booze’s Mustang stalling at the line and Mike Barry cruising to the winner’s circle with an 8.540 @ 160.
In Goodyear Drag Radial it was Jeff Kinsler with an 8.956 @ 151 for the number 1 qualifying spot. Jeff’s high powered Pontiac Firebird would face the Chevy Nova of Frank Peacock in the final. Peacock ran an 9.189 but it was not enough to get past Kinsler’s 8.913.
In Holeshot Wheels AMI, Dave Outten lead the 13 car field with a 10.038 on his 10.00 Index. Outten’s classic Corvette made it all the way to the final round to face the super tough Cliff Sebring. Dave Outten (10.033 on a 10.00) was slightly better on the tree (.061 to .075) and that was the advantage needed to get past Sebring who actually ran closer to his index (12.022 on a 12.00) Outten’s margin of victory was just 4 thousands of a second.
Final Race of the Season at Cecil County
The last event of the season was at Maryland’s historic Cecil County Dragway. In G-Force NA 10.5, 12 cars came to battle it out and it was Van Geibel running 8.29 @163mph took the number one qualifying spot and the record. In the final it was Charlie Booze against John Langer. Amazingly both cars ran 8.43′s. Langer’s 8.434 to Booze’s 8.438 and Langer getting a slight reaction time advantage (.017 to .024) to take the win.
The Drag Radial class, Jeff Kinsler lead the 9 car field with a mind blowing 8.84 @ 153mph blast. In the final it was Bill Perkins laying down an 8.88 to defeat Frank Peacock’s 9.02.
The Holeshot Wheels All Motor Index Class (AMI) had 30 participants and Matt Wilson was the number one qualifier with a perfect 13.000 on his 13.00 index. In the finals, Dan Walleigh, driving a borrowed Super Stock AMC, continued his winning ways when Jim Hostler’s GTO was slower on the tree and broke out by just 9 thousands. Rich Matrie, NA Shootout’s race director, added a 8.50 Index class at this last event that was opened up to power adder cars for this event. Lil’ Jack Pumphrey was the top qualifier with an 8.524. The class drew some beautiful machines and came down to Ed Bradley’s Mustang and Joe Timinski’s Grand National with both drivers having problems and Bradley taking the win.
NA SHOOTOUT 2010 CHAMPIONS:
Liberty Gears PRO N/A: Merv Moyer
G-Force NA 10.5: Larry Rhodes
Goodyear Drag Radial: Bill Perkins
Holeshot Wheels AMI: Dan Walleigh