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Team ‘Blown Inheritance’ Nostalgia Drag Racing Blog 2019

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:53 am    Post subject: Team ‘Blown Inheritance’ Nostalgia Drag Racing Blog 2019 Reply with quote

‘Blown Inheritance’ Nostalgia Drag Racing Blog 2019

Race # 1 - Denton Spring Race

I have put a blog out the past several years of the exploits of ‘Blown Inheritance’, the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 front engine dragster that I own and compete with along with my son who does the driving. Last year we were down most of the year and made only one appearance on the Southwest Heritage Racing Association circuit, that being the final event of 2018 where we did runner up to my daughter in law Tera. This year we hope to be a contender in the points battle and make each race. The first event was this past March 16 in Denton and here’s how it went.

Last year we had to rebuild the Powerglide tranny and replaced the convertor and while at it choose to rebuild the rear end. That effort delayed our racing program last year, but this year I think we are ready. A new pair of Hoosier slicks were purchased over the winter and a new look paint job was completed. A new year and season, our expectations were high coming into the first event.

We showed up at the race at North Star Dragway in Denton along with a full house of other nostalgia drag racers. Our class, Alkydigger NE1 had 10 cars in competition and with the temperatures in the upper 50’s and dry air, this was going to be a tough event to tune to. At each event we now do a ‘Chip Draw’ where each of the Nostalgia Eliminator classes pick a chip with their ‘Index’ on it. Our normal index is 4.65 in the eighth mile, but we could pull a chip for the class to run quicker at 4.60 or slower at 4.70. With the great air and ample available horsepower, hopes were to see the 4.60 chip drawn. But no, the 4.70 chip was drawn and there was a collective groan from the participants in the class. It sometimes can be harder to slow down a car than to make it quicker and with the great air we were hoping to not have to slow our cars down.

With that, we prepared for our first of two qualifying shots. I don’t have a lot of data for air conditions like we had at this event as we normally run in warm to hot air with humidity. This was going to be a challenge. I made my decisions on the tune up and we went up when our class was called. Chris accidently ‘deep staged’ when he was pulling our dragster into the beams, which can hurt the Elapsed Time on the run. 4.70 is what we were looking for and on the run we got a 4.67, just 3 hundredths to quick! The run still counts, but by running to quick it puts us at the bottom of the qualifying order. For the second and last qualifying run, I decided to take fuel away and lean it out some. My expectations were to slow the car down to a high 4.70. On that run, Chris staged normally, and the run went flawless. But we ran QUICKER! A 4.52 at 159 MPH is what appeared on the time slip and boy did I miss that tune! I think this is the quickest and fastest we have ever pushed ‘Blown Inheritance’ so it was kinda neat to make such great run but for what we were doing it was the wrong direction!
We qualified with our 4.67 which put us #7 in the 10 car field. Obviously, others were having a hard time slowing their cars down! Eliminations began with us lining up against Chris’ wife Tera, who beat us at the last race of 2018 in the final and she won the series championship last year in Nostalgia Eliminator 1. We got lucky and ruined her day when we took her out with a 4.76 to her 4.99! In the second round we lined up against the 2017 NE1 Champ Tommy Drozd and again we came out a winner when Tommy ran to quick and ‘broke out’ with a 4.68 (remember we are running a 4.70 index) to our 4.73! Wow, I couldn’t believe the luck! Next up was the injected front engine digger of Ricky Marshall who won the championship in another series in 2012 called Jr Fuel. He qualified #1 at this event so we were in for another battle! But we got yet another win to advance to the final round when our 5.44 beat Ricky’s up in smoke 7.33! Our opponent in the final round would be #2 in points last year and the 2013 NE1 Champ Steve Matthews in a new front engine dragster making it’s first event. The ‘Red River Raiders’ lined up against ‘Blown Inheritance’ in an all front engine dragster final in true nostalgia drag racing fashion! Matthews had trouble and our car marched down the track in a early shut off 4.85 to take the event win!

Needless to say, team ‘Blown Inheritance’ was pretty happy after this first of six events. We are tied for first place with Steve Matthews who earned a few extra points in qualifying over us so we have our work cut out to see if we can hang on at the top of the points as we move forward. Below is our winners’ photo from the event along with the qualifying and elimination ladder. Our next event is in Wichita Falls on May 18th and we plan to be READY!

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'56 Corvette
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
Blown 427 nostalgia front engine dragster
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:45 pm    Post subject: Lucky Reply with quote

Lucky beats Good any day.
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