The NDRA stopped by the South Georgia Motorsports Park this weekend and oh what a weekend it turned out to be. This would be the first time they held an event at this venue, it turned out to be a great decision. The track was new and well prepped allowing for record setting runs.
To kick things off we will start with a little less glamorous class but one that was the talk of the weekend, the Turbo Street class. With sub 10 second passes from Julie Stepan, Brian Ballard, Sam Mahdavi, and Mat Keller the racing was tight! Top qualifier was Sam Mahdavi running a very quick 9.48 @ 146 mph. He would have to fend off racers such as Mat, Julie and Brian who were only getting quicker and quicker. In the second round of eliminations Julie took out Brian Ballard by only .06 of a second. She ran a 9.49 @ 149 mph to Brian’s 9.55 @ 154 mph. Also in the second round Mat Keller ran a 9.59 @ a blistering 167 mph to take out top qualifier Sam Mahdavi, who ran a very decent 9.77 @ 122 mph. So in the final it would the Integra of Keller to face off against the Subaru WRX of Julie Stepan. Even though Julie had the faster time of the weekend, Mat dominated this day. Mat Keller ran a 9.65 @ 162 mph to defeat Julie who got to the end of the quarter at 9.77 @ 154 mph.
In the Pro all motor class there was only three cars competing. Leslie Armendariz (aka Leslie Durst) was out in her brand new and great looking Scion TC and ran the second fastest qualifying time of 9.99 @ 134 mph. The other two cars that showed up were the monsters from Cutch Masters, Saul Salceda driving the Integra and his mentor Norris Prayoonto in the Honda Insight. Norris had the fastest time of the weekend with a top qualifying time of 9.79 @ 141 mph. Unfortunately for Leslie she lost to Saul in the first round allowing Saul to face Norris in the final. Well here’s the catch, in Norris’ bye run he went full boar and blew the head gasket, and with Norris a no show the win went to Saul.
Another class that had few racers was the Pro 4 Cylinder class. Chuck Seitsinger and Arthur Wong. Chuck totally dominated the weekend and ran consistent 8.30’s. In the final he ran an 8.7 @ 169 mph.
The Pro Street tire class is where the import vs. domestic rivalry started to take off, with two Supras taking on two Mustangs. The top qualifier’s spot went to Mustang driver John Kolivar, after he ran an 8.5 @ 171 mph. In the first round of eliminations Kolivar and the ‘stang went against Georgia boy Chris Anderson from AAP in his Supra. Kolivar would be the victor on this day. He beat Chris by running a 10.5 @ 167 mph. In the second race of the first round Krystos Efantis took on Todd Armandus. Krys would come out on top in the match-up, he ran a 8.28 @ 176 mph. So when it came down to the final Krys in the MSP Supra faced off against Kolivar, and in perfect style the imports came out on top like they should. Krys ran a blinding 8.19 @ 180 mph.
Moving right along we come to the Pro Outlaw FWD class where Chris Rado was top qualifier on Saturday running a 7.87 @ 174 mph. Right behind him was Jason Hunt in Chevy Cobalt. Jason threw down a 7.9 @ 192 mph. First round of eliminations went sort of like this. Jason Hunt squared off against James Jones in his 95 Civic Coupe. Jason beat James by running a 7.55 @ 196 mph. By Jason winning he would have faced off against a Chris Rado in his Scion tC who had a bye into the finals. Unfortunately for Chris he d/q’ed in his bye due to him drifting over the centre line. That gave Jason Hunt a clear road to victory in the final.
There was four drivers in the Pro Outlaw RWD and Paul Efantis was top for the weekend with a sizzling 7.09 @ 199 mph. Paul is trying to become the second driver to hit the six-second mark. Brent Rau did it first last year during the finals in Norwalk Ohio. Paul faced off against Luis Corujo in the first round of eliminations. Paul still trying to hit that six gave it his all every pass in hopes to do so, he ran a 7.09 @ 196 mph. Unfortunately for Luis he was still battling the gremlins that are usually associated with a brand new car. We wish him the best so he can be out there thrashing with everyone else. Back to racing, also in the first elimination round Carl Stevens in his clean 350Z faced off against Mustang driver Dennis Lugo. Carl ran a 8.003 @ 138 mph. Dennis ran a 9.5 @196 mph. In the final it would be all import, Paul vs. Carl. But Paul being the competitor he is gave it his all again trying to hit that six. However the six-second pass would have to come on another weekend due to him running a 7.2 @ 195 mph in the final.
The Pro Compact class had a full field of eight cars, four import and four domestic. Kevin Mccurdy in his 2001 Trans AM would be top qualifier, and let me just add a WOW. This car was absolutely crazy, he ran a 6.51 @ 215 mph. In the second round of eliminations Brad Personett in the Titan Scion took out the 1996 Probe of Ben Hopko. Brad ran a 6.53 @ 217 mph. Also in the second round Matt Scranton took out the top seated T/A of Kevin Mccurdy. Matt ran a 7.49 @ 150 mph. So in the final it was an another Scranton Bros. vs. Titan Showdown. On this day is would be Brad taking home the win. He ran a 6.56 @ 217mph.
For more info on the classes and the outcomes check out a future issue of Modified Magazine.