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The Favorites Were Dropping Like Flies

But It Wasn't Easy

Route 66 Dragway is a great track and it was apparent during the first round of qualifications that it could handle what the Nitro Coupes were laying down. Dan Nickelson dialed in as much clutch as he thought the Joliet 1320 could take and blistered his way to a 6.156-second elapsed time at 236.05 mph--a season high! Then a couple of runs later, Gary Irving cranked up and ran 6.166-second e.t. at 228.54 mph--spectacular, but only good for number two that day. With current points leader Randy Adler in the field at number five and Bruce Boland starting to see his Corvette Nitro Coupe's potential, turning a 6.378-second e.t--good for the number three spot--this was shaping up to be a tight field for the trophy. Sure enough, during Sunday's eliminations, out of the blue came Big Mike Swinarski to topple good buddy Boland running his '57 to a 6.454 e.t. at 218.80 mph to overcome Bruce's 6.463 e.t. Nickelson handled his first-round opponent Jeff Merritt, but in the second round, Dan saw his splendid 6.226 e.t. go for naught when Adler cut a .060 light to Nickelson's very good .116, allowing Randy to prevail. Irving outran Swinarski to set the stage for a final between Adler and Irving. Gary's car appeared to have finally met the limit for the race surface and fried the tires off the line, giving Adler another win and extending his lead in the Nitro points season chase. For a guy in his first season running Super Chevy, Adler has shown the veterans how it's done.

Since the second show of the year, the traditional Super Chevy Show car show categories have been eliminated. Cars were no longer grouped or judged as either Stock, Street, or Modified as had been the case for many seasons. This provided the flexibility to judge cars for their overall workmanship and presentation in the show, but caught many car show exhibitors unaware until they entered the show. After much consideration of owners comments, and with a sincere desire to be as fair as possible to those builders and owners who have put much work into their vehicles, and have been loyal to Super Chevy Shows, the categories of Stock, Street, and Modified are once again in effect. The full explanation of these categories is in the official Super Chevy Show program handed out at the shows, and is on the Autostar website,

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