Don Walsh Jr. had a great weekend coming into the season opener, running consistently all weekend, save for round two today where he spun the tires against Andrew Handras. Luck went Walsh’s way, however, as both cars struggled and he was able to recover quicker and earn the round with a 4.05 at 199. Joe Baker had problems keeping the car running once engaged in gear in the semi-final and was unable to make it to the line. Number two Jason Hamstra went 3.77 at 203 to take out Robert Abbott then faced off with Mark Luton in the semi-final going a 3.73 at 204 as Lutton shook hard near the 330′ and slowed to a 4.28 to set the final with Walsh.
The pair left together in the final, with Walsh scooting to a 3.705 at 208.96 and low ET of the event — below the 3.729 2017 record actually –to earn the win over Hamstra’s 3.747 at 204. I am not sure of the official policy for ProMedia event records but Walsh did not claim any runs for record consideration this weekend, not aware they reset upon a new season with the NMCA series.
Privateer racer Joseph Welch, Patrick Barnhill,and Jason Lee from PTP, Chris Holbrook and crew came down early to test in Florida bringing the number 2 Challenger with them to prepare for the NHRA Gator Nationals and get some laps on the Mopar after it had not been run in over a year. At Jason Lee’s suggestion Welch signed up for the NMCA test session and wound up making several good laps to entered the Factor Super Car class and put himself up as number three qualifier. Originally from Kansas Joseph raced AHRA Pro Stock in the late 60’s and early 70’s while in college but ironically could not afford to race after graduating, getting married and going to work as an engineer and sold his car and operation raised a family before jumping back in the game with a COPO Camaro back in 2012.