Running in the Sixes -- All Day

Nitro Coupes Just Love Thunder Valley

Tony Kelly Jul 8, 2003 0 Comment(s)

We know it's a beautiful place, but Bristol is a track that can hold horsepower -- and lots of it. Even the guys who stand at the side of the track taking photos can tell when the Nitro Coupes really "get a hold" of the pavement. It's more than just coincidence when every Nitro Coupe in competition qualifies in the 6-second zone during two consecutive sessions! Of course, it's best to be the big dog, like Dan Nickelson, qualifying in the low 6s, but we're still only talking a blink of an eye between a 6.20 elapsed time and a 6.99. We can't remember the last time this happened, and we're not crazy enough to expect it again real soon, even though the Super Chevy Show visits several of the greatest tracks in all of drag racing.

By the way, Nickelson finished off the weekend taking runner-up honors for the rained out Martin, Michigan, event, and then took the final round win light for the Bristol race. Both drivers running in those two finals, by the way, are the nearest to Dan in points -- Bruce Boland and Gary Irving. Good racing! Here's a hint to all those show car folks who ask about having us take a photo of their car. Please be at the award ceremony (both days) and then bring your car to our designated photo location. We seldom get the entire Top Ten Editor's Choice Show Car Award winner's photos, because they don't come around. Please don't settle for just having your name in the results list -- get your car photographed, too.

By the time you read this, we'll be on our way to Indy -- that's the big one. The following week is Maple Grove, which is darn near as big. We'll be there with Project "X" and we're hoping you get to come and see it. We'll look for you.

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Having a world-class NASCAR track over your shoulder adds a great deal more "cool factor" to our Bristol car show.

Extra long, crowd-pleasing burnouts sure helped the Nitro Coupes find their "sweet spot" for maximum traction in Bristol.

Our next generation of Chevy fanatics turn out in numbers down South with some well prepared Jr. Dragsters.

Incredible scenery surrounds the Bristol Motor Speedway complex. You wouldn't regret visiting this area (with your Chevy, of course).

"Run watcha brung" means anybody can win some loot by trying their hand at bracket racing. Consistency pays!

Jr. Dragsters just get prettier every year. Plus, the go-fast parts get more focus from the manufacturers.

Cool trucks just can't be overlooked. They're responsible for a large portion of the aftermarket parts business.

Tony really likes this car.

You can always count on the Jet Funny Cars to provide sizzle, pop, flames, and smoke. That's showmanship!

Bristol's beautiful tower/suites provide an awesome background for race watchers. This place is top notch!

Though pleanty of quick Novas leave the starting line at each show, they still seem outnumbered by Camaros.

Extra! Extra! The new two-piece camshaft made its debut at Bristol. Bet that caused some internal carnage.

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SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORJohnny Edmundson, Sweetwater, TN, 55 Chevy
BEST PAINTScott Teeters, Gibsonville, NC, 68 Camaro
BEST ENGINEMike Vinson, Sparta, TN, 55 Chevy
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.Roger Wellman, Galion, OH, 86 S-10
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIESTom Coleman, Asheville, NC, 48 Truck
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKBobby Wells, Elliston, VA, 62 Bel Air
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETWayne Sink, Glade Hill, VA, 68 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDBradley Gray, Rockwell, NC, 69 Camaro
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCEBruce & Jimmy Elliott, Chesapeake Beach, MD, 64 Chevy II
"TRANSPORT AWARD" FEATHERLITE TRAILERSLarry Hickman, Statesville, NC, 54 Truck
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Chris Clark, Bristol, TN, 89 S-10
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" ISCA Bryan Wilde, Huntingtown, MD, 56 Chevy
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDDavid Belt, Lawrenceville, GA, 87 GMC
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINEJim Payne, Mountain City, TN, 39 Chevy
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINERichard Branch, Reidsville, NC, 49 Truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINEN/A
TREMEC "TRICK STICK" AWARDEarl & Mary Lou Brotherton, Asheville, NC, 77 MG