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NMCA Bluegrass Nationals


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. 


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. 


Steve Summers’ twin-turbocharged ’16 Promod Camaro took top honors in qualifying with 3.81@214mph (1/8 Mile).


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


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.


Thomas Jones’ Promod Mustang Twin Turbo Hemi drove left on his first qualifying attempt. Jones made an adjustment and then went on to record 4.04@186mph on a soft “A to B” tuneup in the second qualifying session, fast enough to place 9th.


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


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.


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


Not able to make a clean pass Jim qualified 13th with a 4.25@191mph. He went down to Billy Harper in Round 1.


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.


He ran a 4.16@186 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.


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


Jeff qualified #1 with 7.33@186mph (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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