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The First Nitro Coupe Repeat Champion!

"Dangerous" Dan Nickelson Pulls It Off

Beginning 2003 with a brand-new car, Dan Nickelson tackled all the problems inherent with "sorting out" a racecar, while defending his 2002 Nitro Coupe Championship. Early on, it became apparent that Dan's C5 Corvette, beautiful as it might be, was not as ready as Nickelson was to carry the Championship flag. Riding along in third place after the Pomona Super Chevy Show in early May, Dan made the switch to the "old" racecar -- his Championship-winning Beretta from last season.

Amazingly, Nickelson jumped back into the Nitro Coupe points lead in Dallas, and never looked back. It's a good thing he didn't, because two fire-breathing teams from Canada, Bruce Bolton and Gary Irving, were coming on strong. Responding to the challenge, Nickelson's team had enough to stay out front and eventually collect the $10,000 prize from Muscle Machines, along with another $5,000 from AutoStar Productions.

We don't know what to expect from the Nitro Coupes in 2004, but looking at the way teams finished up 2003, it should be really fast, really loud, and really exciting! All the action on the track, and all the beauty in the show-car grounds is displayed in Super Chevy magazine. Please keep an eye out for the full coverage in an upcoming issue.

2003 LAS VEGAS SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS

SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Preston Anderson, Salina, UT, 68 CamaroRick Beaver, Grand Junction, CO, 67 Nova
Doug Bullard, Anaheim, CA, 70 Camaro John Castro, Los Angeles. CA, 69 Nova
Karen Comstock, Newark, NJ, 55 ChevyCraig Diller, El Segundo, CA, 70 Chevelle
Tim Ebbett, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 65 NovaNeisha MacKay, Sandy, UT, Jr. Dragster
Jeff Patton, Alta Loma, CA, 71 CamaroRobert Powers, Las Vegas, NV, 2001 Camaro SS

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Dennis Anderson, Logan, UT, 69 Yenko NovaRandy Combs, Castle Rock , CO, 57 Chevy
Larry & Sharon Cox, Modesto, CA, 66 NovaDick Fleener, Upland, CA, 59 El Camino
Shirley Goldstrom, Las Vegas, NV, 49 ChevyGary Kostrivas, Long Beach, CA, 55 Nomad
Steve Kramer, Foster City, CA, 61 ImpalaLisa O'Shaughnessy, N. Las Vegas, NV, 76 Corvette
Willie Tyson, Las Vegas, NV, 69 CamaroDick & Muriel Uhlenkott, Clarkston, WA, 62 Impala
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORGene & Lucille Lambert, Wellsville, KS, 64 Chevelle
BEST PAINTBill Holderby, Moreno Valley, CA, 95 GMC
BEST ENGINETodd & Kerry Yates, Strasburg, CO, 73 Nova
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY
RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
John Hadorn, El Centro, CA, 60 Corvette
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY
WATERLOO INDUSTRIES
Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, 57 Chevy Convt.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKNeil Anderson, Nibley, UT, 70 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETJohn & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, 65 Chevy II
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDKim & Diane Lapick, San Clemente, CA, 69 Chevelle
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Bob & Nancy Smith, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 55 Nomad
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSJuls Smith, Las Vegas, NV, 69 Camaro
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Chris Clark, Bloomington, CA, 98 Truck
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCATony Maiorana, Clarkston, WA, 67 Camaro
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDTom Tait, Camarillo, CA, 74 Truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD
STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
Jay & Lory Claiborne, Auburn, CA, 34 Pheaton
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD
CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Bruce Bartlett, Boulder City, NV, 48 Chevy
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD
CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
Heaven Allison, Las Vegas, NV, 42 Chevy Convt.
SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD
WORKMAT
Bob & Nancy Smith, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 55 Chevy
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD"
FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, 48 Truck
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD
SOFFSEAL
Gene & Lucille Lambert, Wellsville, KS, 64 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STOCK
STREET & PERFORMANCE, INC.
Barb & Chuck Hawkins, Hollister, CA, 57 Chevy
BEST OF GOLD--STREET--STREET &
PERFORMANCE INC.
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, 71 El Camino
BEST OF GOLD--MODIFIED--STREET &
PERFORMANCE INC.
Chris Pilos, Athens, OH, 57 Chevy
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--STREET &
PERFORMANCE INC.
Don Carlile, Salinas, CA, 39 Ford
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--STREET &
PERFORMANCE INC.
Rick Clutter, Lancaster, CA, 57 Chevy
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGJerry Yoder, Sumner, WA, 57
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALShirley Goldstrom, Las Vegas, NV, 49
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSJuls Smith, Las Vegas, NV, 69
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPNeil Anderson, Nibley, UT, 70
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SHazel Ellis, Downey, CA, 56 Ford
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINERon Rockwell, Las Vegas, NV, 2000
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTHeaven Allison, Las Vegas, NV, 42
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, 72
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDMichael Knight, Las Vegas, NV, 2002
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESChuck Immormino, Victorville, CA, 71
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETJoe Benites, Las Vegas, NV, 66 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED
AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Kim & Diane Lapick, San Clemente, CA, 69 Chevelle
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETTom Tait, Camarillo, CA, 74 Truck
CLUB PARTICIPATIONSCCCC of Southern California
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARDChris Pilos, Athens, OH, 57 Chevy
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOWDon Carlile, Salinas, CA, 39 Ford
FLOWMASTER CAR SHOW GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERRonald Anderson, Las Vegas, NV, 91 Caprice
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARDTyler Kurth, Alta Loma, CA, 84 El Camino
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD '55-56-57--STOCKBarb & Chuck Hawkins, Hollister, CA, 57
GOLD CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDDon Carlile, Salinas, CA, 39 Ford
GOLD EL CAMINO--STREETFred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, 71
GOLD PRO-STREET--MODIFIEDChris Pilos, Athens, OH, 57
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCKJerry Yoder, Sumner, WA, 57
'55-56--MODIFIEDHarold & Linda Davids
'57--MODIFIEDDoug Weitman, Malibu, CA, 57
'55-56-57 NOMAD ONLY--MODIFIEDBob & Nancy Smith, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 55
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIEDShirley Goldstrom, Las Vegas, NV, 49
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKSteve Kramer, Foster City, CA, 61
BIG CAR '58-89--STREETButch Jeter, Redding, CA, 60
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDRichard Uhlenkott, Clarkston, WA, 62
BIG CAR '90-96--STREETBrian Garrett, Las Vegas, NV, 96
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIEDRonald Anderson, Las Vegas, NV, 91
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKDennis Smith, N. Logan, UT, 69
CAMARO '67-68--STREETTerri Gard, La Mirada, CA, 68
CAMARO '69--STREETBill May, Las Vegas, NV, 69
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDJuls Smith, Las Vegas, NV, 69
CAMARO '70-81--STOCKGreg Allison, Murrieta, CA, 70
CAMARO '70-81--STREETJohn Tsutsui, Ivins, UT, 70
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDDavid Attaya, Las Vegas, NV, 79
CAMARO '82-92--STOCKLarry DeCamp, Renton, WA, 82
CAMARO '82-92--STREETDane Mattoon, Henderson, NV, 88
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIEDDonald Lecher, Covina, CA, 92
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCKRomeo Acacio, N. Las Vegas, NV, 2000
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREETSteve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, 2002
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKErnie Miller, Mesa, AZ, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETDarryl & Peggy Nance, Fountain Valley, CA, 64
CHEVELLE '64-65--MODIFIEDGene & Lucille Lambert, Wellsville, KS, 64
CHEVELLE '66-67--MODIFIEDLes Hoctor, Glendale, AZ, 67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKNeil Anderson, Nibley, UT, 70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETDave Sullins, Boulder City, NV, 70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDSandy VerSchave, Las Vegas, NV, 71
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDMark Gulante, Las Vegas, NV, 26 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREETMichael Kulp, Grand Junction, CO, 98 Trans Am
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIEDHazel Ellis, Downey, CA, 56 Ford
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKEdward Hoffman, Henderson, NV, 57
CORVETTE '53-67--STREETPaul King, Bakersfield, CA, 64
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIEDJohn Hadorn, El Centro, CA, 60
CORVETTE '68-82--STREETBill Melinat, Altadena, CA, 78
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKDavid & Donna Williams, Anza, CA, 2001
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREETJoe Allen, Las Vegas, NV, 92
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --MODIFIEDRon Rockwell, Las Vegas, NV, 2000
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--STOCKBob Whitt, Twentynine Palms, CA, 27
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDJay & Lory Claiborne, Auburn, CA, 34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDSteve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, 48 Truck
EL CAMINO--STOCKDave Williams, Anza, CA, 70
EL CAMINO--STREETDarwin Valentine, Buena Park, CA, 66
EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDRandy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, 72
MONTE CARLO--STOCKJim Price, Las Vegas, NV, 71
MONTE CARLO--STREETMichael Knight, Las Vegas, NV, 2002
NOVA '62-67--STOCKJohn & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, 65
NOVA '62-67--STREETJohn & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, 65
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDLarry & Sharon Cox, Modesto, CA, 66
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STREETDennis Andersen, Smithfield, UT, 69
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDChuck Immormino, Victorville, CA, 71
OPEN--STOCKJoe Benites, Las Vegas, NV, 66 Corvair
PRO STREET--MODIFIEDKim & Diane Lapick, San Clemente, CA, 69 Chevelle
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIEDAngelo Palmer, Downey, CA, 55
PRO ENGINEERED--MODIFIEDNorm Infanti, Burnaby, BC, 67 Chevy II
STREET CRUISER AWARDS BY TREMEC TRANSMISSIONSFrank Terrano, Las Vegas, NV, 83 Monte Carlo
Dave Fernandez, Mission Viejo, CA, 74 Vega
TRUCK '49-69--MODIFIEDKenny Ong, Las Vegas, NV, 55
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREETSteve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, 2002
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIEDBill Holderby, Moreno Valley, CA, 95
4X4 TRUCK--STREETDarryl & Shawna Dudas
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIEDTom Tait, Camarillo, CA, 74
MINI TRUCK--STOCKJames Day, Chino, CA, 2001
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIEDCurtis Ackerman, N. Las Vegas, NV, 94
SUV--STREETTeri Peck, Henderson, NV, 2002
SUV--MODIFIEDChuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, 59
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