It was that time of the year again; NHRA drag racing action started off with a bang in the 2006 season at Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach Florida. A few surprises were brought to the track proving that the off-season was busy for many teams. In the All Motor class, Scott Kelley brought out his new Corolla. Once this car is dialed in everyone in the class better look out! Vince Tiaga of Team Audiobahn / Bergenholtz had dipped into the low 10’s in qualifying proving that his Mazda 3 is no joke either. Lookofsky had switched to the K series ripping 9’s as well. At the end of the weekend however, the Clutch Masters’ team brought home the win with Saul Salceda behind the wheel.
Hot Rod class would crown their first female winner since 2001 as Stephanie Eggum not only qualified first but won the event as well. This is her first Wally and a much deserved win for the hard working team based out of Illinois. Consistent runs in the mid 8’s prove that Eggum isn’t going down without a fight this season!
Modified class brought Justin Humphreys back into the winner’s circle, a place he’s become extremely comfortable with. Battling with many of the South Florida natives, Humphreys proved that technology and pistons reigned supreme at this event.
In the Pro FWD class, Bergenholtz relived his first Wally experience with another win at Moroso. In the battle against the Cobalts, Bergenholtz finished off the day with a seven- second pass to secure his foundation towards another championship year.
The Pro RWD class brought on a couple of surprises as Matt Scranton and his team brought their competition Solara to Florida. Team Titan brought out their newly refinished flamed Celica with Gary White (Former Supra driver) behind the wheel. An All-Titan semi final would mean one Titan car would face Scranton in the finals and that would become Mr. Personett himself in the Scion tC. Reigning champion, Brad Personett and his Titan team would have to undergo a motor swap before the final round and they proved why they are the championship team by out running Scranton in the finals with a blazing 6.86 pass.
The Sportsman FWD class would bring out Matt Keller’s newly turbocharged K-Series Clutch Masters Integra and John Ferguson in the Mazworx Civic hatchback into the finals. A quick redlight from Ferguson would give Keller the win. The Sport RWD brought Julie Stepan back into the winner’s circle after also receiving the Best Appearance Car award. A pleasant surprise in the Sport RWD class was the debut of Mark Mazurowski’s S14 drag car (former Street Tire Champion). With only five passes on the car, he tore up the track with a 9.97 – he’ll definitely be someone to keep an eye on.
Look towards an upcoming issue of Modified Magazine for in depth coverage of each class.