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2014 Super Chevy Show Bristol: Legends Of The Fall

Super Chevy made the thunder roll at Bristol

Rod Short Jan 12, 2015
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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.

Chevrolet Malibu 2/23

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.

1970 Chevrolet Model 3/23

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.

1975 Coswoth Vega 4/23

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.

1969 Chevrolet Malibu 5/23

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.

1964 Chevy 6/23

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.

1964 Chevy Impala 7/23

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 Chevrolet 8/23

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.

1957 Gasser 9/23

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.

1970 Chevrolet Nova 10/23

Picking up a coveted Gold Class Stock award was Steve Jones from Jasper, Alabama, for his ’70 Nova SS396.

1965 Chevrolet Chevelle 11/23

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.

1956 Chevrolet 12/23

All dressed up was Eddie Lovern’s ’56 Chevy from Christiansburg, Virginia.

1958 Chevrolet Custom Truck 13/23

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.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 14/23

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

Hood Corvette 15/23
Chevrolet Wagon 16/23
Tire 17/23

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
Bracket 2
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
Runner-Up: #358A -0.212 13.29 19.372 89.3
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



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