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2005 NDRA Finals Norwalk

Norwalk Raceway Norwalk, OH October 15-16, 2005

Stew Lawson
Mar 23, 2009

The racing started early Saturday afternoon with a preview of NDRA’s new Pro Extreme Compact class. For those of you unaware of what the class is you’ll have to wait and see…just kidding! They are rail cars or better known as “dragsters”. Don Nase Jr and Ara Arslanian brought out their beasts to show the spectators what is in store for the ‘06 season.

The track was very well prepped and if you stood on it in the same place for more the 10 seconds it would claim your shoes. So it meant that the cars would be hooking incredible times all weekend. The Pro Stock class got underway first and had a pretty hefty class of nine cars. Racers even came down from the great white north (Canada) to join in the fun. Norris Prayoonto would be top qualifier for Saturday with teammate Saul Salceda on his coat tails. Eliminations went smoothly for the Pro Stocks and in the end it was Saul claiming top spot late Sunday with a 9.989 @134mph.

On to the Pro 4 cylinder class sponsored by none other then Modified Magazine. With a full eight-car field everyone was hoping for Gary Gardella to be a little off on his game. Only time would tell though. At the end of the day it was Gardella qualifying number 1 with a 7.87 and two crazy Canadians - Paul Bhawan and Stephane Beauregard - knocking at his back door. When it all came down to the end it was Gardella vs. Bhawan, Chevy vs. Honda. On this day it would be Gary Gardella taking home the win and the class championship. He ran a 7.709 to finish of the race and the NDRA season.

With a small gathering in the BF Goodrich Pro Street tire class it was to be Titan vs. the Lucas Oil Sponsored team of MSP. The number one qualifier for the weekend was Kris Efantis in his Supra running a 7.995 185mph. He would go on to take the win Sunday as Gary White in his Titan Motorsports Supra Broke and could not make it to the final.

With only three cars in the Pro outlaw Fwd class the points were up for grabs. Jason Hunt in his Matco tools Sunfire qualified first running a 7.99 @ 177mph. Female driver Stephanie Eggum ran a personal best of 8.48 @172 mph but couldn’t make it to the finals. Marty Ladwig in his Cobalt went up against Series Points leader Jason Hunt in the finals and too bad for Jason it wasn’t his day to win. He ran a very very decent 7.94 @180mph but just couldn’t come close to Marty Land rocket Cobalt. Marty ran a ridiculous 7.29 @201 mph. Remember folks…this is a front wheel drive vehicle!

Pro Outlaw RWD had some great action! Luis Corujo ran a personal best of 8.06@ 164. But speaking of personal bests and records, Brent Rau in his Osofaast Racing Eclipse ran a 7.0 in the first round and then a unreal 6.97 @ 198mph. That broke the record for the fastest 4 cylinder in the world! Everyone in this class had personal bests this weekend but it would be Brent who would take the event win, and Justin Humphreys would take the series championship.

And last but not least the Pro Compact class. Top qualifier for the weekend was Brad Personett with an awesome 6.50 @216mph…that’s fast! Second place qualifier was Ara Arslanian with a 6.53 @213mph and qualifying in 3rd was Ed Marx with a 6.70 @209mph. One interesting sight to see was the rear-wheel drive ‘04 civic of John Stanley, you got it people…REAR WHEEL! He was fourth in qualifying with a 7.8 @142mph. So in the finals it was Tirso San Juan (making a return after wrecking the car earlier in the season) vs. Ed Marx in the Titan Celica. If you were only able to catch one race this weekend this would have been the one too see! Both cars got squirrelly, with both drivers getting on and off at different points but when they both finally got on it again it was Tirso playing catch up for the win with a 8.876 @ 154 to Ed’s 8.883 @ 110. Congrats to Tirso for never giving up!

For the full story, make sure you pick up the January issue of Modified Mag!

By Stew Lawson
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