Street Car Super Nationals 2012 Same Day Coverage

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It’s the last major, and certainly largest, doorslammer drag race of the year this weekend in Vegas for Street Car Super Nationals. From 46 Pro Street to 26 Outlaw 8.5 cars, the classes are packed. With cool, overcast weather look for some record breaking runs this weekend.

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It's race day with Pro Street in the lanes! Needless to say, we all hope that the day goes smoother from a race day perspective.

Eliminations Round 1 Results

Eliminations Notes

Steve Matusek's weekend would come to an end when he would suffer massive tire shake right off the hit, which sent him into a violent spin into the wall. Matusek did a good job slowing the car down before the hit and only suffered minor damage.

Concluding his burnout, Mike Bowman was unable to get his car into reverse and had to abort his run.

 

Jose Gonzalez' Pro Mod runs like a true bracket car, continuing along with the 5.7X passes which netted him the fastest run of first round. Since Walsh was eliminated in round two, our current prediction is that the Pro Street final round will be Coughlin and Gonzalez.

While we all figured it was going to be a Don Walsh Jr versus Jose Gonzalez final round race in Pro Street, Walsh's day was unexpectedly cut short in the second round when a turbo flange clamp came off during his burnout. This gave the win to Clint Hariston who ran his best run of the weekend with a 6.070 at 251.16 mph

Jeff Lutz' beautiful Camaro would succumb to wall damage after oil from Lutz' breather ended up under his wheels. This gave Rob Cacioppo the win with a 6.148 at 229.98 mph.

Glidden's backfire during qualifying yesterday would be an unfortunate preview to what came today during the first round of Outlaw 10.5. At around the eighth mile marker, smoke could be seen trailing out of Glidden's Mustang. Stopping on the top end, the safety crew would have to put out the engine fire for him. Glidden suffered from a pair of melted carbs and was unable to get the car fixed for the second round.

On the way into the track today we saw Shawn Fink's super cool Outlaw 10.5 Nova wagon on the side of the road (yes, you heard that right) with the rear tires off the car. After a two hour affair to fix the tubes in his slicks, he made it to the track. "It must have been the burnout I did on Fremont Street last night that did it," Fink laughed.

Last night Murillo's last qualifier pass was cut short by a transmission that wouldn't go into high gear. All of that was fixed today and went on to win against tuner Brian Macy's beautiful Camaro. Macy's car is still new to him and he has been creeping up on his combination slowly.

The MMR crew with their Pro Street Mustang out of contention put the pressure on Mark Luton to go rounds on behalf of the company. The team had struggled with the Coyote-powered Mustang all weekend but seemed to get the car sorted better during round one. Luton would be .057 on the tree against Arnie Fisher's .176 and Luton would loose it at the strip by a margin of .003.

 

WIllard Kinzer continued to mop up the Extreme Drag Radial field through the second round of eliminations where he ran a 6.588 at an unbelievable 234.61 mph against Neil Richards.

Al Jimenez would have a bitter sweet first two rounds of eliminations. During the first round Jimenez would become the first leaf spring-equipped doorslammer to run a 6-second quarter mile with a 6.993 at 206.83 mph. In the second round Jimenez would face off against Rich Hoyle where he would get out of shape, giving the 7.433 at 183.34 mph win to Hoyle.

 

Neil Richards and Brant Palmer would win the pedalfest of the round award. Palmer's Camaro would begin to wheelstand right off the hit while slightly down track Brant's car would begin to come up. As both bounced their way down the quarter mile, it would be Richards who would edge out the win with a 8.205 at 171.45 to Palmer's 8.250 at 189.36

The run to talk about in Hot Street was Michael DeMayo's fastest run of the weekend - a 8.193 at 163.28 mph run during the second round.

It was a sloppy round in Wild Street - plagued by broken car no shows and bad reaction times. During the first round only two of the five races had both competitors racing. By the second round, it would be Artis Houston who had a competition single that would advance to the semis. The other two would be Kevin Young over Mike Orban and Jeff Young over Warren Saunders.

 

The excitement never ends in Vegas as Aaron Wells' engine let go slightly past the 330 foot cone. What started as just smoke steadily developed into a full fledged fire. As Wells crossed the stripe, the car begin to spin in the middle of the track, coming to a rest without crashing into the wall.

Jeff Young, with wheels in the air, defeated Artis Houston in the semi final round of Wild Street with a 7.598 at 187.70 mph to Houston's 8.041 at 177.93. It will be an all-Young final in Wild Street with brother Kevin not showing up, handing the win to Jeff.

In a holeshot victory upset in Hot Street, Victor Brum beat number one qualifier Tony Aneian who was sleeping on the tree with a .246 light. At the stripe Brum took it with a slower 8.261 a 164.67 to Aneian's 8.201 at 165.94. Mike DeMayo moves to the finals with a win over a non-appearing Rod DeWild.

Eric Dillard ran the fastest pass of the round on Extreme Drag Radial with a 6.763 at 226.96 mph run, taking out Chris Groves. Willard Kinzer won on a lifting 7.414 at 188.38, though we are unsure if it was an intentional lift or he suffered from parts failure. We did note that Kinzer's car had been smoking most of the day.

 

 Final Round Notes

In a disappointing turn of events Jose Gonzalez ended up with a rod kicked out the side of his block during his semi-final run, giving the win to Coughlin. On a bye Coughlin ran his best time of the weekend - a 5.802 at 254.18 mph.

This is the most consistent we have ever seen Mike Murillo run. Every pass was straight down the track without any drama. Murillo ended up in the finals against Richard Klann where Murillo ran a 6.713 at 219.44 mph to Klann's 7.051 at 190.57. When Murillo came to pick up his money he said what he was using it for...a vasectomy...ouch.

Eric Dillard was another that kept the consistency going which netted him the win in Extreme Drag Radial against veteran Dave Bowman, who suffered from traction problems. Dillard's pass was a 6.705 at 228.96 mph to Bowman's 7.272 at 200.26.

It was a tight battle as usual in Hot Street as Michael DeMayo edged out Victor Brum on a 8.211 at 162.20 to a 8.226 at 163.65.

Ryan Jones in his really nice '65 Nova took the win over Brent Ramsey - a 5.179 at 144.43 to a 5.273 at 134.46 on 8.5-inch tires!

Final Eliminations Ladders

 

 

About the author

Mark Gearhart

In 1995 Mark started photographing drag races at his once local track, Bradenton Motorsports Park. He became hooked and shot virtually every series at the track until 2007 until he moved to California and began working as a writer for Power Automedia. He was the founding editor for its first online magazines, and transitioned into the role of editorial director role in 2014. Retiring from the company in 2016, Mark continues to expand his career as a car builder, automotive enthusiast, and freelance journalist to provide featured content and technical expertise.
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