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Tales of Tucson

High Desert Adventures

Second only to Denver in elevation, many folks are surprised to learn that Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson is approximately 3,000 feet above sea level. The drag race tuners have to compensate for every bit of that, and more, depending on the local weather conditions.

Gary Irving was up to the task, however, as he turned in low e.t. of the event with a 6.28-second run during Saturday qualifying, and went on to win the finals on Sunday. However, that was not enough to overhaul Dan Nickelson, who clinched his second consecutive Nitro Coupe Championship, with a first-round win.

Irving should be tough to beat next year, particularly as the word around the pits is that Nickelson will be running an abbreviated schedule for 2004. We sure have enjoyed their head-to-head battles for points during all of 2003, and look forward to seeing some new talent in the Nitro Coupe ranks next year. Stay tuned for more word on what teams will be competing in Nitro Coupe for 2004; it will be interesting.

2003 TUCSON SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS
SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Dylan Broome, Tucson, AZ, Jr. DragsterKevin Dailey, Sandia Park, NM, 67 Camaro
Dave Fleetwood, Phoenix, AZ, 69 CamaroGreg Fleetwood, Phoenix, AZ, 76 Camaro
Mike & Kathy Hartigan, Tucson, AZ, 76 VegaRichard Leunen, Catalina, AZ, 55 Chevy
Kevin Mayo, Tucson, AZ, 65 MalibuAndrew Smith, Tucson, AZ, 72 Camaro
Matthew Smith, El Paso, TX, 72 VegaGreg Woolfork, El Paso, TX, Dragster
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Jerry Arpin, El Paso, TX, 68 CamaroErnest Barreda, Tucson, AZ, 66 Chevelle
Glen & Christine Dickens, Tucson, AZ, 68 CamaroGerald DiQuattro, Mesa, AZ, 69 Camaro
Robert & Violet Gustafson, Tucson, AZ, 57 Chevy Convt.John Hadorn, El Centro, CA, 60 Corvette
Bill Hendrickson, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 51 Sedan DeliveryRoy & Claudia Hester, Tucson, AZ, 57 Nomad
John Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, 65 Nova WagonMonty Waterhouse, Tucson, AZ, 69 Chevelle
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIORLes Hoctor, Glendale, AZ, 67 Chevelle
BEST PAINTDennis Scheepstra, Tucson, AZ, 34 Chevy
BEST ENGINERon Greulich, Tucson, AZ, 86 Truck
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED
BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
John Hadorn, El Centro, CA, 60 Corvette
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED
BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES
Ron Rockwell, Las Vegas, NV, 2000 Corvette
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCKDavid & Donna Wiliams, Anza, CA, 70 El Camino
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREETLloyd Whitt, Tucson, AZ, 65 Chevelle
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIEDBilly Sanchez, Cortez, CO, 69 Chevelle
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Paul Smith, Tucson, AZ, 39 Studebaker
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERSChuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, 59 Suburban
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.Chris Summerell, Santa Clarita, CA, 84 El Camino
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA Dave Lowther, Glendale, AZ, 55 Nomad
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARDBarry Ellis, Tucson, AZ, 55 Suburban
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD
STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
James Spencer, Tucson, AZ, 41 Chevy
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD
CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Chuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, 59 Suburban
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD
CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
Jessica Laya, Douglas, AZ, 41 Chevy
SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD
WORKMAT
John Hadorn, El Centro, CA, 60 Corvette
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD"
FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Chuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, 59 Suburban
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD
SOFFSEAL
Jag Amdahl, Fountain Hills, AZ, 67 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD--STREET
STREET & PERFORMANCE INC.
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, 71 El Camino
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURINGRoy Hester, Tucson, AZ, 57
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEALBill Hendrickson, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 51
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROSTerri Gard, La Mirada, CA, 68
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUPLes Hoctor, Glendale, AZ, 67
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'SDennis Scheepstra, Tucson, AZ, 34
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINERon Rockwell, Las Vegas, NV, 2000
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTTGlenn Looney, Tucson, AZ, 34
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.Chris Summerell, Santa Clarita, CA, 84
BEST MONTE CARLO--PARTS UNLIMITEDAdrian & Raymond Felix, Mesa, AZ, 70
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUESPenny Valentine, Glendale, AZ, 66
BEST OPEN--WORKMAT.NETMarvin Wolfmeier, Vail, AZ, 73 Vega
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED
AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Ron Greulich, Tucson, AZ, 76 Camaro
BEST TRUCK--WORKMAT.NETBarry Ellis, Tucson, AZ, 55
CLUB PARTICIPATIONSouthern California Chevelle Camino Club
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACERobert Pancer, Mesa, AZ, 55 Chevy
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOWJarod Miller, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 68 Camaro
FLOWMASTER DRAG RACE GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERConnie Weber, Casa Grande, AZ, 78 Camaro
FLOWMASTER CAR SHOW GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERLarry Manning, Tucson, AZ, 80 Corvette
MR. GASKET "BRACKET ONE"
GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERS
Brian Lopez, Tucson, AZ, 78 Malibu
Richard Verdugo, Douglas, AZ, 55 Chevy
GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD EL CAMINO--STREETFred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, 71
CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCKXavier Alcala, Las Cruces, NM, 57
'55-56-57--STREETRoy Hester, Tucson, AZ, 57
'55-56-57--MODIFIEDRobert & Violet Gustafson, Tucson, AZ, 57
BIG CAR '49-54--STREETVictor & Linda Olivarez, Tucson, AZ, 52
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIEDBill Henderson, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 51
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCKJohn Blair, Tucson, AZ, 66
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIEDAlex Jacome, Sahuarita, AZ, 63
BIG CAR '90-96--STREETJoe Sanchez, Litchfield, AZ, 96
CAMARO '67-69--STOCKGerald DiQuattro, Mesa, AZ, 69
CAMARO '67-69--STREETTerri Gard, La Mirada, CA, 68
CAMARO '67-69--MODIFIEDJarod Miller, Lake Havasu, AZ, 68
CAMARO '70-81--STREETJerry Reynolds, Alamogordo, NM, 70
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIEDSteve Hammond, Tucson, AZ, 70 _
CAMARO '82-92--STOCKRod Loveless, Phoenix, AZ, 83
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREETKathy Cease, Tucson, AZ, 2002
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCKJad Amdahl, Fountain Hills, AZ, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--STREETTim Munyer, Lomita, CA, 67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIEDLes Hoctor, Glendale, AZ, 67
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCKMonty Waterhouse, Tucson, AZ, 69
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREETJose' Alejandro, Hereford, AZ, 72
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIEDChristine & Glenn Dickens, Tucson, AZ, 71
CONVERSION '48 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDDennis Scheepstra, Tucson, AZ, 34
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--STREETRick Becker, Tucson, AZ, 2000 Trans Am
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIEDDon Calford, Tucson, AZ, 51 Henry J
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCKDave Sheffield, Tucson, AZ, 67
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIEDJohn Hadorn, El Centro, CA, 60
CORVETTE '68-82--STOCKDon DiGuardi, Tucson, AZ, 72
CORVETTE '68-82--STREETLarry Mathis, Tucson, AZ, 79
CORVETTE '68-82--MODIFIEDTom & Terry French, Sierra Vista, AZ, 76
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCKJoe & Barbara Endres, Glendale, AZ, 94
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREETBarry Ellis, Tucson, AZ, 99
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER --MODIFIEDRon Rockwell, Las Vegas, NV, 2000
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--STOCKSonny Hegarty, Albuquerque, NM, 32
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIEDGlen Looney, Tucson, AZ, 34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIEDJessica Loya, Douglas, AZ, 41
EL CAMINO--STOCKDavid & Donna Williams, Anza, CA, 70
EL CAMINO--STREETKen Coffman, Tucson, AZ, 77
EL CAMINO--MODIFIEDChris Summerell, Santa Clarita, CA, 84
MONTE CARLO--STREETAdrian & Raymond Felix, Mesa, AZ, 70
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIEDSteve & Cameron English, Tucson, AZ, 85
NOVA '62-67--STOCKJohn & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, 65
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIEDPenny Valentine, Glendale, AZ, 66
OPEN--MODIFIEDMarvin Wolfmeier, Vail, AZ, 73 Vega
PRO STREET--MODIFIEDRon Greulich, Tucson, AZ, 76 Camaro
STREET CRUISER AWARDS BY
TREMEC TRANSMISSIONS
Carlos Gonzalez, Tucson, AZ, 69 Truck
Kevin Bera, Tempe, AZ, 2002 Camaro
TRUCK '49-72--STREETBret Fishel, Tucson, AZ, 72
TRUCK '49-69--MODIFIEDRick Patino, Tucson, AZ, 68
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIEDJeff Wilson, Chandler, AZ, 94
SUV--MODIFIEDChuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, 59 Suburban
4X4 SUV--MODIFIEDBarry Ellis, Tucson, AZ, 55 Suburban
MINI SUV--MODIFIEDChris Wilson, Tucson, AZ, 87
DRAG RACE RESULTS
BRACKET 1
WINNERJuan Moreno, Albuquerque, NM, 80 Olds Cutlass, 11.393 @ 116.54mph
RUNNER-UPRobert Hall, Tucson, AZ, 62 Chevy II, 11.121 @ 112.72mph
BRACKET 2
WINNERRocky Salcido, Tucson, AZ, 55 Truck, 10.045 @ 133.68mph
RUNNER-UPTim O'Moore, Tucson, AZ, 70 Nova, 11.518 @ 115.40mph
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNERAndrew Smith, Tucson, AZ, 72 Camaro, 13.067 @ 100.08mph
RUNNER-UPDavid Pitera, Peoria, AZ, 57 Chevy, 11.565 @ 115.15mph
NITRO COUPES
WINNERGary Irving, Bolton, ON-Canada, 37 Chevy Coupe, 6.404 @ 222.14mph
RUNNER-UPAndy Neyer, Scottsdale, AZ, 93 Corvette, 6.728 @ 192.38mph
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNERChris Smith, Albuquerque, NM, 01 Grand Am, 16.536 @ 71.90mph
RUNNER-UPDennis Brownfield, Tucson, AZ, 70 Nova
JUNIOR DRAGSTERS
WINNERDylan Newberg, Tucson, AZ, 11.521 @ 54.61mph
RUNNER-UPMatt Hawk, Tucson, AZ, 8.669 @ 72.38mph
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