When the boys and girls of summer arrive at Super Chevy Bristol every year, it’s always with the anticipation of witnessing one of the best shows on the circuit. The tail end of the 2014 season was no different as onlookers were treated to a massive car show and drag race, which was topped in spectacular fashion by a special booked-in show of motorsports entertainment for the entire family.
With three days of buying and trading at the swap meet and car corral, an open racecar pit area, huge car show, and lots of on-the-track action, there are few series that have been at it—or been so successful—for so long.
With the names of the Bristol Dragway Hall of Fame inductees looking down at the track, Chevy racers continued to make legends of the cars and trucks they drove—and of themselves as well. Yet, with this being the third to last race of the year, Bristol signaled the beginning of the conclusion of yet another good season. With that in mind, everyone put the weekend to good use with great friends, food, stories, and automotive entertainment.
It was a great weekend – and the legend of Super Chevy at Bristol continues.
It wasn’t the fastest machine on the grounds, but Brandon Bailey’s Malibu, which he found on eBay, was a consistent player. With a basic 350 and a stock drivetrain, he was runner-up in both the DOT and Bracket 2 classes.
From nearby Abingdon, Virginia, Darrell Davenport’s pristine first-gen Camaro Z/28 had a lot of people scratching their heads, for this rare dual-quad 302 was titled as a 1970 model.
Tucked back in a corner of the swap meet was this seldom seen ’75 Cosworth Vega with 83,000 miles. With a 122-cubic-inch DOHC engine and factory fuel injection, just over 3,500 were built between 1975-’76.
One of the quicker doorslammers running in Bracket 1 at Bristol was Bill Harrison’s ’69 Malibu SS396. Harrison ran as quick as a 5.59 at 124 mph in the eighth-mile with a 632 topped by a single 1,450 carb and backed by a Powerglide.
Todd Stevens of Boone, North Carolina, was in hot pursuit off the line with this ’64 Chevy II that he used to drive in high school. Power for this 2,800-lb Bracket 1 car comes from a 415-cubic-inch small-block with a ’Glide and a 12-bolt rear.
With twin radio aerials jutting from the trunk, seeing a big rig like this ’64 Impala is something of a rare sight in the faster bracket classes. Eddie Walker of Kingston, Tennessee, ran in Bracket 1.
Phillip Delong just missed winning the 13-second category in True Street after completing his three round robin time runs with a 13.028 average. Delong uses a 402 small-block with an M22 Rock Crusher tranny and is a regular in this class.
After suffering through some clutch troubles on Saturday, Dale Wilson was all smiles after winning an Editor’s Choice Top 10 Drag Car plaque with his ’57 gasser.
Picking up a coveted Gold Class Stock award was Steve Jones from Jasper, Alabama, for his ’70 Nova SS396.
Gary Houchins from Prince George, Virginia, brought in this ’65 and went home a winner in the Street category in the 1964-’67 Chevelle class.
All dressed up was Eddie Lovern’s ’56 Chevy from Christiansburg, Virginia.
After some close judging on Sunday, Donald Sparks from Springfield, Tennessee, was a winner in the 1949-’58 Modified Truck category with this desirable ’58 custom.
Tim Clark’s 427-powered ’67 Chevelle is a regular at Super Chevy Bristol when he’s not competing in the NMCA A/Nostalgia Muscle Car class. Clark’s pristine racer runs in the mid-10.50s in the quarter-mile.
|Editor’s Top 10 Show Cars|
|Carroll Rhodes, Hendersonville, NC||1964 Chevelle SS|
|Calvin Suttle, Franklin, PA||1955 210|
|Bill and Trudy Crawford, Inwood, WV||1977 Monza Spider|
|Donald Sparks, Springfield, TN||1958 Fleetside|
|Dennis Brady, Asheville, NC||1964 Impala SS409|
|Doug Van Kalker, Candler, NC||1967 Impala SS427 Ragtop|
|Darrell Davenport, Abingdon, VA||1970 Camaro Z28|
|Carl Looney, Grundy, VA||1970 Nova|
|Jere Moore, Harrison, TN||1964 Corvette|
|Josh Bailey, Maryville, TN||1957 150 Sedan|
|Editor's Top 10 Drag Cars|
|Billy Cupe, Bean Station, TN||1962 Impala SS|
|Bill Harrison, Murphy, NC||1969 Chevelle|
|Michael Davis, Asheville, NC||1981 Malibu Wagon|
|Todd Stevens, Boone, NC||1964 Chevy II|
|Bill Roberts, Bluff City, TN||1955 Chevy|
|Mike Rogers, Brevard, NC||1966 Chevy II|
|Lewis Markham, Elizabethton, TN||1966 Chevy II|
|Dale Wilson, Asheville, NC||1957 Gasser|
|Ray Stowers, Rural Retreat, VA||1968 Chevelle SS|
|Brandon Bailey, Abingdon, VA||1979 Malibu|
|Best in Show|
|Big Car: Dwight Bower, Bassett, VA||1964 Impala|
|Camaro: Larry Barnaby, Woodstock, GA||1968 Camaro|
|Chevelle: Sandy Malcom, Monroe, GA||1968 Chevelle|
|Corvette: Teri McCauley, Cranberry, PA||1965 Corvette|
|Conversion: Gary Hood, Fall Branch, TN||1947 Willys Delivery|
|Early Chevy: Bobby Emmert, Bristol, TN||1932 Chevy Victoria|
|El Camino: Gary Arsenault, Middle River, MD||1967 El Camino|
|55-56-57: Roger Jennelle, Petersburg, VA||1956 Chevy|
|Monte Carlo: Harold & Jennifer Lee, Fayetteville, NC||1986 Monte Carlo|
|Nova: Jimmy Ellenburg, Rutherford, NC||1967 Nova|
|Pro Street: Carl Looney, Grundy, VA||1970 Nova|
|Truck: Johnny Golden, Pickens, SC||1972 Truck|
|Gold Stock: Steve Jones, Jasper, AL||1970 Nova|
|Gold Modified: Jennings B. White, Manchester, KY||1955 Bel Air|
|Award Of Excellence: Paul Carter, Kingsport, TN||1957 Chevy|
|Best In Show: Jennings B. White, Manchester, KY||1955 Bel Air|
|Sunday Race Results|
|Driveduracell.com Bracket 1||Rt||DI||ET||MPH|
|Winner: Tommy Shackleford, Harrogate, TN||-0.005||5.39||5.398||127.84|
|Runner-Up: Sonny Gambill, Mountain City, TN||-0.008||6.12||6.131||111.61|
|Winner: Russ Almand, Spring Hill, TN||0.018||6.62||6.621||102.55|
|Runner-Up: Brandon Bailey, Abingdon, VA||0.002||9.64||9.676||70.41|
|Winner: JC Lovett, Bee, VA||0.079||15.73||15.73||84.72|
|Runner-Up: Brandon Bailey, Abingdon, VA||0.051||15.03||15.026||88.51|
|Camaroguys Gen 5 presented by S&W Race Cars|
|Winner: Tom Johnson, Newport News, VA||0.015||10.6||12.527||66.47|
|True Street/ Best Avg.|
|9.00 Index Winner: Tom Deskins, Abingdon, VA||9.718|
|10.00 Index Winner: David Rogers, Brevard, NC||11.545|
|11.00 Index Winner: Adam Green, Jonesborough, TN||11.09|
|12.00 Index Winner: Dekan Branham, Raccoon, KY||12.027|
|13.00 Index Winner: Frank Estro, Charlotte, NC||13.002|
|14.00 Index Winner: Dalton Watts, Cyclone, WV||14.019|
|15.00 Index Winner: Jessica Hicks, Mt. Carmel, TN||15.012|