GM/Chevy Champions Crowned at Maryland International Raceway Team Chevy's Hunt win in Pro Outlaw FWD, Ballard Scores in Turbo Street - Nase Rolls to Pro Extreme Title BUDDS CREEK, Md., Aug. 26, 2007 - Competition in the NOPI Drag Racing ...
GM/Chevy Champions Crowned at Maryland International Raceway
Team Chevy's Hunt win in Pro Outlaw FWD, Ballard Scores in Turbo Street - Nase Rolls to Pro Extreme Title
BUDDS CREEK, Md., Aug. 26, 2007 - Competition in the NOPI Drag Racing Association came to a close on Sunday at the season finale at Maryland International Raceway with impressive race wins and series championships for GM drivers in Pro Outlaw FWD, Turbo Street and Pro Extreme.
Driving an Ecotec-powered Chevy Cobalt, Jason Hunt captured his fifth NDRA event victory of the year, drove in his seventh final round and put the finishing touches on his third consecutive Pro Outlaw FWD championship.
Hunt qualified in the No. 1 position on Saturday after running a 7.465 e.t. at 199.02 mph. During eliminations on Sunday he was unopposed in the final round, but the Maryland resident still posted a 7.337 second e.t. at 199.08 mph.
"That's a great way to finish up the NDRA season," said Hunt. "This is our home track, and for Charlie Schafer (team owner) and myself, you couldn't ask for a better venue to put the exclamation point on another championship year for Matco Tools, Chevrolet, GM Racing and Ecotec. We've still got a lot of work to do, though, and it's off to Indianapolis to see if we can't win NHRA Pro FWD category at the U.S. Nationals. That 7.33 lap in the finals was a nice tune-up run for Indy."
Hunt's teammate, Brian Ballard, had a tough road to his race win in the Turbo Street category. Ballard qualified the K & N Filters Chevy Cobalt in the No. 3 position after running 9.745 seconds at 137.18 mph. On raceday, Ballard defeated Mikey Williamson in round one with a 9.667 second run at 136.37 mph, Dave Campos in round two with a 9.570 e.t. at 149.25 mph and Jason Greenewalt in the semifinals with a 9.479 second e.t. at 152.83. In the finals against Joe Simpson, Hunt's Chevrolet crossed the finish line with a winning 9.588 second run at 148.53 mph. Simpson followed in 9.693 seconds at 155.76 mph. Ballard's margin of victory was .268 of a second.
For Ballard, it was his fourth win of the year in six final-round appearances in the NDRA series. It was also his fourth straight NOPI championship, and his second consecutive title in a Chevy Cobalt in the TurboStreet category. Earlier this season, Ballard clinched his first NHRA Quick 16 East crown driving the same K & N Filters Ecotec-powered Chevy Cobalt.
"This is an awesome group to work with," said Ballard. "Charlie Schafer has put together a great program at CSI Racing and to win a second TurboStreet championship was a tremendous team effort."
Don Nase also won his second straight NDRA Pro Extreme championship. Nase drove his Ecotec-powered dragster to his seventh victory of the season to claim his second NDRA crown.
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