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Martin Reborn

Super Chevy Visits The Refurbished US 131 Motorsports Park

It's been more than two years since the Super Chevy Show last put up its tent in Martin, Michigan. That's because the track, formerly called US 131 Dragway closed to undergo an extensive refurbishment. The old dragstrip, a mainstay of Midwest racers for decades, was simply not meeting the expectations of racing and car show fans, nor were the facilities up to the standards necessary to draw IHRA National Events.

That's all changed with the re-christened US 131 Motorsports Park. Simply put, it's one of the most modern, thoughtfully laid out tracks in the region. One of the biggest and best changes of all is the new entrance gates, which are now paved. Those of you who hated bumping down that dusty (sometimes muddy) stretch of dirt to get to the former entrance can rejoice; it's all pavement from the freeway to the track's starting line.

US 131's revamp is already paying dividends, as it is now the host of IHRA's Northern Nationals. And, of course, the Super Chevy Show has returned. Unfortunately, one aspect of the Martin show's past has not changed -- Michigan's unpredictable and rapidly changing weather. Though relatively mild on Saturday, the weather on the show's big day, Sunday, kept chamois and Absorbers twirling.

Thankfully, after a powerful early morning downpour, the track dried out long enough to get in a couple rounds of racing, including the always-popular Nitro Coupes, Chicago Outlaws, and jet cars. Mike Swinarski's red '57 Chevy Nitro Coupe wowed the crowd, as did blistering passes from Bruce Boland and his Canada-based Willys Nitro Coupe. By mid-afternoon, however, the black clouds returned. Racers pulled to the line as though it would be their last run before the rain, and the car show judges scurried between the vintage Chevys with one eye on the vehicles' details and the other on the threatening sky.

The traditional Super Chevy Show awards ceremony was held early in an attempt to beat the rain, but just as the first award plaques were handed out, Mother Nature decided the Chevrolets gathered in Martin needed a rinse. For many, however, it was merely a soggy end to a great weekend back at Martin; and most hearty award recipients endured the blustery weather long enough to pose for the traditional winner's photo alongside the Super Chevy trailer.

Unfortunately, the scenario at Martin wasn't unique to the 2003 Super Chevy schedule, said promoter Roger Gustin. "Seems like we've had weather like this since the start of the season," said Gustin, from the relative dryness of his covered golf cart. "What can you do? We just appreciate everyone who ignores the weather reports, shows up, and still has a great time." Despite the wet ending, we were glad to be back at Martin again. The racetrack is better than ever, and so is the Super Chevy Show.

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Dr. Don Beck, St. Johns, MI, 85 CadillacBill Bennett, Grand Rapids, MI, 2000 Camaro
Rod Bowden, Byron Center, MI, 56 ChevyJeff Butte, Indianapolis, IN, 2001 Corvette
Dave Dyer, Leroy, MI, 68 CamaroRobert Flowers, Mendon, MI, 2002 Corvette
Bill Horvat, Highland, IN, 62 BiscayneBob Janvrin, Battle Creek, MI, 64 Corvette
Duke Lopez, Bay City, MI, 64 CorvetteWilliam J. Marks, Portage, MI, 2002 Worthy Dragster
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Bob & Sandy Beuter, Presque Island, MI, 58 ChevyBernard Hickey, Nashville, MI, 64 Chevy
Robert Kelly II, Hamilton, MI, 70 ChevelleMike Leversee, Richland, MI, 67 Nova
Tom & Lynn Niesley, Clayton, OH, 67 ChevelleDan Owens, Lewisburg, OH, 67 Camaro
Dan Przano, Plainwell, MI, 68 TruckJack Siegel, Kalamazoo, MI, 61 Chevy
Lee Stickney, Middleville, MI, 66 NovaAlan Tompsett, Granville, MI, 57 Truck
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORPeter Ruiter, Guelph, ON-Canada, 55 Chevy
BEST PAINTBob Parris, Birmingham, MI, 70 Chevelle
BEST ENGINESteve & Bev West, Normal, IL, 72 Chevelle
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.Randy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66 Chevelle
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIESMatt & Kendra Grady, Swartz Creek, MI, 35 Chevy
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKEd Coffel, Bremen, MI, 66 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETKirk Johnson, Angola, IN, 69 Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDJohn Shrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, 66 Chevy
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCERon Carpenter, Battle Creek, MI, 48 Truck
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 54 Corvette
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Ron Willit, Grand Rapids, MI, 64 Corvette
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCABrent & Lori Clark, Coshocton, OH, 55 Chevy
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDDave Miller, Kalamazoo, MI, 79 Truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINELes & Ruth Hempsted, Battle Creek, MI, 48 Sedan Delivery
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINESkip Weller, Grand Rapids, MI, 72 Truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINETim & Debbie Early, Waterford, MI, 53 Chevy
TREMEC "TRICK STICK" AWARDBrian Cornish, Lawton, MI, 69 Camaro
SUNDAY AWARD
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMATJ.R. Shrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, 66 Nova
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCERon Carpenter, Battle Creek, MI, 48 Truck
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEALBrent & Lori Clark, Coshocton, OH, 55 Chevy
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK--STREET & PERFORMANCE, INC.Randy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.N/A
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGPeter Ruiter, Guelph, ON-Canada, 55 Chevy
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALBernard Hickey, Nashville, MI, 64 Chevy
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSGuy Price, Livonia, MI, 68 Camaro
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPEd Coffel, Bremen, IN, 66 Chevelle
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SWilliam Chester, Vicksburg, MI, 33 Ford Panel
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINEDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 54 Corvette
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTLee Baldridge, Hastings, MI, 27 Chevy
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.Gale Klein, Marne, MI, 67 El Camino
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDMickey Gaydos, Taylor, MI, 84 Monte Carlo
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESMike Leversee, Richmond, MI, 67 Nova
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETJon Wiese, Niles, MI, 72 Vega
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTSMatt & Kendra Grady, Swartz Creek, MI, 35 Chevy
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETJ.K. Curtis, Jackson, MI, 71 Truck
CLUB PARTICIPATIONStreet Machines Chicago Style
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARDJohn Grivens, former owner of US131 Dragway
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACEJohn Pranger, Wyoming, MI, 87 Firebird
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOWJason Curtiss, Middleville, MI, 80 Truck
FLOWMASTER DRAG RACE GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERAngie Piechocki, Wyoming, MI, 68 Camaro
FLOWMASTER CAR SHOW GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERMitch Berger, Battle Creek, MI, 64 Chevelle
MR. GASKET "BRACKET ONE" GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERSTim Conrad, Battle Creek, MI, 79 Camaro Bob Carter, Alto, MI, 2001 Dragster
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSONRick Baad's RWB Racing team of Mattawan, MI
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARDMatt DeJong, Grand Rapids, MI, 87 Camaro
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKRandy Kirker, Sanborn, NY, 66
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCKJohn Madges, Grand Rapids, MI, 57
'55-56-57--STREETDan Lenhart, Wayland, MI, 55
'55-56-57--MODIFIEDBrent & Lori Clark, Coshocton, OH, 55
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIEDCraig Holley, Bellevue, MI, 53
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKBernard Hickey, Nashville, MI, 64
BIG CAR '58-89--STREETRalph Oudekerk, Otsego, MI, 67
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDBob & Sandy Beuter, Presque Isle, MI, 58
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIEDTim & Theresa Roberts, Kalamazoo, MI, 91
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKGuy Price, Livonia, MI, 68
CAMARO '67-69--STREETTerry Chandler, Plainwell, MI, 69
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDBrian Cornish, Lawton, MI, 69
CAMARO '70-81--STREET Howard Sipple, Muskegon, MI, 71
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDGary Britten, Kalamazoo, MI, 79
CAMARO '82-92--STOCKJan Owen, Lewisburg, OH, 91
CAMARO '82-92--STREETMatt DeJong, Grand Rapids, MI, 87
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIEDTerry Andrews III, Grand Junction, MI, 94
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKEd Coffel, Bremen, IN, 66 Chevelle
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETTom & Lynn Niesley, Clayton, OH, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIEDMike Rice, Oscoda, MI, 64
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKMark & Taylor Ragland, Elkhart, IN, 69
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETRobert Kelly II, Hamilton, MI, 70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDSteve & Bev West, Normal, IL, 72
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDWM Kiester, Vicksburg, MI, 33 Ford
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 54
CORVETTE '53-67--STREETDoug Peterson, Williamsburg, MI, 66
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIEDDwight Theodore, Kalamazoo, MI, 58
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCKPete Thysse, Portage, MI, 76
CORVETTE '68-82--STREETPete Thysse, Portage, MI, 76
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIEDDoug Roblyer, Allegan, MI, 72
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKDave Whitchurch, Englewood, OH, 95
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --MODIFIEDGreg Damveld, Dorr, MI, 2003
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDLee Baldridge, Hastings, MI, 27
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDRon Carpenter, Battle Creek, MI, 48
EL CAMINO--STREETMike Wesseling, Kalamazoo, MI, 85
EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDGale Klein, Marne, MI, 67
MONTE CARLO--STOCKTom Niemi, Otsego, MI, 2002
MONTE CARLO--STREETRich Sutton, Hastings, MI, 87
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIEDMickey Gaydos, Taylor, MI, 84
NOVA '62-67--STREETLee Stickney, Middleville, MI, 66
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDMike Leversee, Richland, MI, 67
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCKMike Kozlowski, Alto, MI, 69
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREETDon Pierce, Vermontville, MI, 70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDScott Shriner, Goshen, IN, 72
OPEN--MODIFIEDJon Wiese, Niles, MI, 72 Vega
PRO STREET '50's--MODIFIEDJerry Swing, Walled Lake, MI, 57 Corvette
PRO STREET '60's--MODIFIEDJ.R. Shrewsbury, Pontiac, IL, 66 Nova
PRO STREET '70's--MODIFIEDWally Baker, Kalamazoo, MI, 70 Camaro
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIEDTommy Jameson, Plainwell, MI, 89 S-10
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIEDMatt & Kendra Grady, Swartz Creek, MI, 35 Chevy
STREET CRUISER AWARDS BY TREMEC TRANSMISSIONSMark Black, Kalamazoo, MI, 70 Monte Carlo Doug & Merle Hilderbrant, East Jordon, MI, 55 Chevy
TRUCK '49-72--STOCKSkip Weller, Wyoming, MI, 72
TRUCK '49-72--MODIFIEDJ.K. Curtis, Jackson, MI, 71
TRUCK '73-87--MODIFIEDJohn Smolinski, Lincoln Park, MI, 75
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIEDBrad Herrington, Plainwell, MI, 91
4X4 TRUCK--STOCKGreg Dewaard, Brantford, Canada, 98
4X4 TRUCK--STREETDave Miller, Kalamazoo, MI, 79
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIEDGary Thomas, Middleville, MI, 2000
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDKeith Heintz, Caledonia, MI, 94
4X4 MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDCraig Jurkowski, Cedar Springs, MI, 97
DRAG RACE RESULTS
BRACKET 1
WINNER--Purse was split due to rainRUNNER-UP--
BRACKET 2
WINNER--Purse was split due to rainRUNNER-UP--
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--Purse was split due to rainRUNNER-UP--
NITRO COUPES
WINNER--To be completed at BristolRUNNER-UP--
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--Rob Gregory, Ionia, MI, 80 Malibu, 9.812 @ 134.82mphRUNNER-UP--Pat Weeks, Boyne City, MI, 90 Beretta, 8.756 @ 154.13mph
JUNIOR DRAGSTERS
WINNER--Rained outRUNNER-UP--
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