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2006 NDRA Season Opener

Firebird International Raceway Chandler, Arizona March 18-19, 2006

Stew Lawson
Mar 28, 2009

After what seemed to be the longest winter ever, racers and fans converged on Firebird Raceway to kick off the 2006 NDRA race season! With rain in the forecast, Saturday started out surprisingly well. However we wouldn’t be so lucky on Sunday. Waking up to rain we thought the racing would surly be cancelled, but to our amazement the clouds parted and the track was dried to finish off what had been started the day prior.

Pro Stock had a 6 car field, with some of the usual suspects like Saul Salceda, Norris Prayoonto and Scott Kelly in his new all motor Toyota Corolla. The Clutch Masters cars were running well as usual and they would be the cars to beat this weekend. Saul took out Scott Kelly to face his mentor and team-mate Norris who had beaten Marc Heald. With both cars running consistent 9.80’s this race would have to be won on the tree.

With many of the California racers not showing up due to poor forecasts the Pro 4 Cylinder class only had a 5 car field. Plagued with opening day jitters the class was a little slower then usual. With Chuck Seitsinger breaking in the second round and Eric Del Rosario not making it past the first, it was up to Steven Tan and Bryan Bridges to show the crowed how to work it.

Even thought only 3 cars showed up for the Pro Outlaw FWD class, we still had the top dogs like Chris Rado, Jason Hunt and Ali Afshar. Ali had a bye into the final and it was up to either Rado or Hunt to take the other open spot. With a battle on the tree Rado ran a 8.42 @170mph. Even though Hunt had a quicker time of 8.25, his reaction time of .752 was not quick enough compared to Rado’s .233 with won him the race. So the final was to be Ali and Chris. However in the run against Jason Hunt, Rado snapped a drive shaft and was unable to give it his all in the final. Rado’s team managed to get the car to the line to solidify second place points.

The NDRA this year added a new class, Pro GT. This class is a blend of the old Hot Rod cars, spiced up with some American Muscle. Mustangs with 10.5 inch slicks. Although this new addition to the NDRA has been meet with mixed reviews, we think it will add people to the stands and create some great rivalries. Gary Gardella showed up with a new paint scheme but same old power. Bryan Jimenez also had a brand new Cobalt to make sure the rest of the class were on their toes. But if that wasn’t enough ,the 93 Mustang of Manny Bugings made sure everyone brought their best!

Check out the next issue of Modified Mag for all the results.

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