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2008 Buick GS Nationals In Beach Bend Raceway Park - 6 Seconds At The GS Nats!

Gallina/Freeman Racing Headlines The GS Nationals With A 6.984 At 197.22

Brett Wallace Jan 1, 2009

The Buick GS Nationals is the biggest and fastest Buick event in the world-and thanks to record-setting runs by Freeman (6.9) and TSO's Dave Fiscus (8.4), it definitely lived up to the billing!

The Nats are held every May in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Beech Bend Raceway Park. This is a quarter-mile, NHRA drag strip that offers paved pits, pit tent rental for race cars, grassy areas, covered spectator seating on both sides of the track, and much more, nestled into the rolling hills and green pastures of Kentucky. In the Buick community, there are several racing events, but the GS Nationals has kicked off the season for the past 28 years. Although it is only one week, testing and tuning happens every day of the year, because when the GS Nationals roll into BG for a week of racing and talking smack, it is time to step up or step back!

The schedule is generally test & tune Tuesday through Saturday, vendors and swap meet Tuesday through Saturday, gamblers racing Wednesday and Thursday, heads-up and Super 16 qualifying Friday & Saturday, car show on Friday, and finally, eliminations from Saturday noon until the kings are crowned! However, during the 2008 event some overcast, cool, rainy weather rolled in Wednesday evening and didn't clear up until late Thursday night. So Thursday racing was cancelled and Friday racing was bumped up three hours to begin at 11:00 am, which overlapped the car show. Everything went smoothly; however as a spectator, changes were made in the schedule which meant a very long day on Friday with the car show from 8 to 5 and racing from 11:00 to 8:30, which made for 13 hours of Buick excitement! In addition, Saturday's weather allowed the perfect setting for six hours of test & tune, qualifying and eliminations. Due to racing being cancelled on Thursday, it was the perfect time to work on cars, socialize with old and new friends, and speak to racers about their expectations for the final two days of testing, tuning, qualifying and eliminations.

The GS Nationals offer 20 race classes, including the Big Gun Shootout. However, there's much more than just racing: cruising around Beech Bend Raceway Park on a golf cart talking to racers, engine builders, tuners, and vendors; searching for hard-to-find NOS parts; shooting photos and gathering details about the photos captured. The Nats are worth one week of vacation, like a family reunion of old and new friends with one common interest, BUICK! At the end of the day, the Buick excitement doesn't stop, it migrates into the Bowling Green community via hotels, motels, restaurants, shopping, and cruising down local streets and highways. The sight of several Grand Nationals & Ts cruising around is the norm, and the droning sound of a turbo V-6 exhaust can be heard buzzing all over the city, like busy bees. Be careful, you might get stung and want one in your garage! This is an awesome event, so remember to mark May 12-16, 2009 on your calendar for the 29th Annual GS Nationals.


This Ken Duttweiler original was purchased by John and Marka Gallina and Len Freeman at the 2006 GS Nationals. The Gallinas and Len Freeman, seasoned racers themselves, acquired this vehicle with one thing in mind: they wanted to go 6s! They have experience in breaking records: John and Marka are NHRA record holders and know how to go fast. The Gallinas and Len Freeman joined forces with Ken Duttweiler to build this record setting V-6. With Len Freeman behind the wheel and Ken Duttweiler building and tuning the engine, everyone knew this car was something special. On the last day of the '08 GS Nationals, our dream came true in the final run of the Big Gun Shootout. The car ran 6.98 at 197 mph! The future plans for this car are to run in the 10.5 Outlaw series of the Pacific Street Car Association. We are looking to run 7.0s at 200 mph in our class.

We would like to thank everyone involved in helping us with obtaining our goal. Special thanks to: John and Marka Gallina, Lisa Baca, Tim Freeman, Jessi Freeman, Dan Berry, Crew Chief Jan Moeller, and last but not least: Jake Hartline-Len Freeman

Final Race Results
Big Gun Shootout - 6.984 at 197.22 mph
1. Len Freeman, Las Vegas, NV ('87 Buick GN)
2. Wayne Emmott, Magnolia, TX

Super 16 - 10.164 at 124.66 mph
1. Jerry Siwiec, Canfield, OH ('67 Buick)
2. John Massoud, Fall River, MA

TSO - 8.454 at 164.59
1. Dave Fiscus, Batavia, OH ('86 Buick)
2. Chris Lyons, Boardman, OH

TSL - 9.230 at 150.46 mph
1. Willard Brown, Lutz, FL ('86 Buick T-Type)
2. Gary Harmon, Spring Hill, FL

TSM - 9.613 at 141.49 mph
1. Jason White, Florence, MS # 2479 ('87 Regal)
2. Don Cruz, Valrico, FL # 6770

TSE - 9.611 at 144.57 mph
1. Red Armstrong, Olmsted, OH ('87 Buick GN)
2. Scott Bolek, North Ridgeville, OH

TSS - 10.406 at 132.48 mph
1. Greg Kirchner, Parma, OH ('87 Buick GN)
2. Mark Novak, Akron, OH

TAI - 11.553 at 118.62 mph
1. "JD" Jack DiLorenzo, Englewood, FL ('87 GNX Clone)
2. Jason Papageorge, Rogers, AR

TSA - 11.996 at 112.24 mph
1. Clay Arnold, Corydon, IN ('86 Buick T-Type)

Buick Pro Street - 9.245 at 144.63 mph
1. Warren Heaps, Ashland, MA ('68 Buick GS 400)
2. Mike Zaffino, Midlothan, IL

GSE - 11.453 at 114.92 mph
1. N/A
2. N/A

RM - 12.293 at 110.69 mph
1. Todd Patterson, N. Vernon, IN ('87 Buick Regal)
2. Don Palumbo, Port Orange, FL

Buick Stock Appearing - 12.629 at 107.45 mph
1. David Hemker, Montrose, MI (Buick GS)
2. Nickolas Sloop, Houston, TX

Hybrid Open Comp - 10.979 at 122.27 mph
1. Larry Bell, Moro, IL ('67 Yellow Corvair)
2. Open

B1 - 10.182 at 130.09 mph
1. Bob Frazee, Bronte, TX ('70 Buick)
2. Robert Wilson, Winchester, KY

B2 - 11.186 at 111.69 mph
1. Joe Reif "Jr", Paola, KS ('87 Buick Turbo)
2. Larry Bell, Moro, IL

B3 - 11.911 at 102.22 mph
1. Jesse Hicks, Greer, SC ('67 Buick GS)
2. Jeff Peoples, Madison, MS

B4 - 12.766 at 106.57 mph
1. William Page, Gillespie, IL ('87 Buick GN)
2. William Beatty, Columbus, MS

B5 - 13.743 at 92.92
1. Steve Godfrey, White Pine, MI ('70 Buick GS)
2. Keith Bisher, Bowling Green, KY

Supercharged FWD 3800 - 16.945 at 73.64 mph
1. Daniel Right, Ringgold, GA
2. Alan Oldfield, Cedar Rapids, IA



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