“Fast” Eddie Rogers would claim event victory in the Chris Duncan Race Cars Pro Mod Super Series at the Doorslammer Shootout at Eddyville Raceway Park on Saturday night in a weekend that produced tough conditions. Rogers would sit on the top spot with an off-the-mark number on Friday night after the track was dried from light rain earlier in the day, but cool track conditions would leave teams struggling through the Friday night session.
Saturday would bring the opposite in conditions as blistering temperatures would launch track temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. At the end of two more qualifying sessions on Saturday afternoon it would be Mike Bell capturing the top spot with a 4.18 elapsed time at 179 mph. Rogers would qualify in the second spot with a 4.31 at 168 mph while Monte Grace would take the third qualifying position with a 4.34 at 165 mph.
Round one saw Mike Chitty defeat rookie driver, Dan Devore, after Devore shook the tires in his ’68 Camaro. Rogers pedaled to beat Tom Harger’s Oldsmobile Cutlass. In the third matchup Cathy Belcher took on Monte Grace. Both cars pre-staged, then, Grace moved into the stage beam. Belcher bumped into the stage beam a moment later, then, before the tree was activated, Grace left and Belcher followed, with neither driver activating the tree. Belcher was awarded the win by track officials as she clearly left second and Grace’s day was over. In the final round of the day Bell clicked off his quickest run yet, a 4.09, but few people noticed as the turbo-charged entry of John Welter ran into transmission fluid that leaked out of his Pontiac Firebird and made a hard hit into the right wall. Welter was checked out by the track medical staff and was released.
Rogers received a second round single as Belcher’s IROC Camaro dropped a valve in the previous run and would not be able to continue in competition. Rogers, aiming for lane choice, would struggle and he would peddle the car to a 4.30. In the next run of the semi-finals Bell would roll through the stage beams as his trans-brake would not hold due to too little air pressure in the bottle. Chitty would run his quickest run of the weekend in his 2000 Cavalier, which is normally found in Top Sportsman competition, with a 4.53-second lap.
In the final round Rogers would tune down his Chris Duncan Race Cars built 2000 Z06 Corvette. The drivers would launch nearly even and Chitty would make another 4.54 second pass while Rogers would make a clean pass of 4.23 seconds at 167 mph. The next event for the Chris Duncan Pro Mod Super Series will be held at Cordova Dragway during Door Warz June 15-16.