The "thud" heard just outside of Detroit, Michigan Sunday (9/10) mayhave been Randy Adler shutting the door on the rest of the field in theSuper Chevy Show's Mickey Thompson Nitro Coupe challenge. Adler, fromTinley Park, IL, outdueled Michigan's Brian Robbins for the Nitro Coupetitle in Milan. That win leaves the other championship contenders withonly three events left to haul in Adler, who scored the Nitro Coupeworld championship in 2004 as a rookie.
In the final, Adler turned in a workmanlike 6.431 at 222.81 miles perhour in his 2006 Pontiac GTO to take the win over Robbins, whose HurstOldsmobile turned in a 6.538 at 222.63 miles per hour. Adler now leadsthe World Championship chase by 50 points over his nearest rival, Tony"Sandman" Williams of Millington, Tennessee, with only three events leftto make up ground.
In the TREMEC Transmission Car Show, a Canadian beauty made it to the"Car of the Show" as the 1955 Chevy of Richard Ruiter of Guelpli,Ontario took the top prize. Cars from North of the border competed in atough field in two days of judging.
Chevy fanatics in the Milan Dragway crowd got to feast their eyes on thenew Camaro as well as several other new models and concept cars from GM.
The Milan drag strip kept its reputation for quickness and tractionthroughout the event with a big crowd of not only Chevys but also all GMbrands which are welcome in the three classes of racing (complete raceresults follow).
It's Homecoming weekend for the Super Chevy Show this weekend with anevent at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. After that it's outto San Antonio September 29 -October 1 before the season finale atGainesville Raceway October 20-22.
Nitro Coupe Qualifiers Qualifying Position Driver/Hometown Car ET MPH 1 Randy Adler, Tinley Park, IL '06 Pontiac GTO 6.27 218.28 2 Larry Sinke, Wellman, Ontario '67 Nova 6.45 218.63 3 Alex Hossler 6.511 187.36 4 Tommy Howes, Laytonsville, MD 6.52 204.45 5 Brian Robbins, Highland Michigan '72 Olds 6.525 225.19 6 Jeff Merritt, Merrillville, IN '00 Trans AM 6.537 206.23 7 7.535 183.7 8 Cathy Belcher, Rantoul, IL '90 Chevy 9.099 133.33 Nitro Coupe Eliminations Finals R/T ET MPH Randy Adler def. 0.058 6.431 222.81 Brian Robbins 0.058 6.548 222.63
Low E.T. for season---------- 6.138 Zach Barklage (Chicago)
Top M.P.H. for season------ 228.65 mph - Zach Barklage (Chicago)
Mickey Thompson Nitro Coupe Challenge Points after 15 National Events Position Driver Points 1 Randy Adler, Tinley Park, IL 170 2 Tony "Sandman" Williams, Millington, TN 120 3 Bruce Boland, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada 85 4 Tommy Howes, Laytonsville, MD 75 5 Jeff Merritt, Merrillville, IN 65 6 Dave Tomasino, Holley, NY 40 7 Mike Swinarski, Hamburg, NY 30 8 Dan Nickelson, La Verne, CA 25 9 Wayne Torkelson, Belpre, OH 15
Bracket Racing Series Eliminations Sunday (All classes raced at 1/4 mile)
Trim Parts Low Qualifier Driver ET MPH Randy Adler, Tinley Park, IL 6.27 218.28 Mr. Gasket Bracket One Pro Eliminator Driver R/T Dial-in ET MPH (Winner) Kirby McLennan, Temperance, MI, 'RED N/A N/A 7.47 179.11 (Runner-up) Todd Mariel, Carlton, MI, '70 Camaro N/A N/A 9.28 144.22 Bracket Two Eliminator Driver R/T Dial-in ET MPH (Winner) Doug Henisch, Whitehouse, OH N/A N/A 9.85 101.3 (Runner-up) Mickey Adams, Ypsilanti, MI N/A N/A 15.29 44.57 DOT Driver R/T Dial-in ET MPH (Winner) Robert Ewald, Auburn Hills, MI N/A N/A 11.38 112.44 (Runner-up) Ron Hagar, Clark Lake, MI FOUL N/A 12.9 105.4 TREMEC TRANSMISSION BONUS RACE Driver R/T Dial-in ET MPH (Winner) Scotty Batyik, Tecumseh, MI N/A N/A 7.58 166.8 (Runner-up) Phil Silardi FOUL N/A 9.18 146.11