NMCA Bluegrass Nationals

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Racers defied inclement weather conditions as the NMCA Bluegrass Nationals in Bowling Green KY saw plenty of ups and downs with a lot of rain in between. 

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Racers’ and officials’ patience was rewarded as the storms eventually passed and the cars were able to get down the track with some good racing had by all. 

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Steve Summers’ twin-turbocharged ’16 Promod Camaro took top honors in qualifying with [email protected] (1/8 Mile).

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Steve had a Bye run in Round 1, then defeated Higgenbotham in Round 2.

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Having broken the rear end gear in Round 2 Steve rushed to get it replaced it in time for the next round. Competing against against Daniel Pharris in Round 3 Steve uncharacteristically spun the tires just after launch and was unable to run Pharris down after briefly pedaling the car to recover from the tire spin.

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Thomas Jones’ Promod Mustang Twin Turbo Hemi drove left on his first qualifying attempt. Jones made an adjustment and then went on to record [email protected] on a soft “A to B” tuneup in the second qualifying session, fast enough to place 9th.

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Unfortunately Jones was defeated in the first eliminator by MMR’s Mark Luton.

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Jim Bersani’s ’69 Chevelle drew plenty of attention at the event. Lower and narrower than a stock-bodied Chevelle and powered by a twin turbo Hemi mill it showed plenty of potential.

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Jim and his crew chief Paul fought tire shake issues all weekend, despite having Patrick Barnhill helping with the tuning.

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Not able to make a clean pass Jim qualified 13th with a [email protected] He went down to Billy Harper in Round 1.

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Travis Essleman’s Radial Wars Twin Turbo BBC Corvette was another familiar sight. The car is technically setup as a Limited Drag Radial (LDR) and Travis was basically using the event to practice for upcoming Prize Fight race at Ohio Valley on June 9th-10th.

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He ran a [email protected] in qualifying which qualified him 4th. An excellent result for this car, within a few hundredths of Travis’ PB. Unfortunately mechanical gremlins prevented him from making a clean pass in E1.

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Jeff Rudolph’s Nitrous Pro Street Nova running BBC with a single stage nitrous injection as per NPS rules.

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Jeff qualified #1 with [email protected] (1/4 mile). With a Bye in 1st round, he then defeated 2016 NPS champ Joe Bucaro finally going down to Don Baskins in the Finals.

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