"Mountain Motor Titles to Miller, Farmer" Budds Creek, Maryland (July 21) Ron Miller won the 21st annual Mountain Motor Nationals Pro Stock Championships at Maryland International Raceway Wednesday night over eight of the nation's top cars.
"Mountain Motor Titles to Miller, Farmer"
Budds Creek, Maryland (July 21)
Ron Miller won the 21st annual Mountain Motor Nationals Pro Stock Championships at Maryland International Raceway Wednesday night over eight of the nation's top cars. Miller led qualifying, placing the Moser Engineering Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the pole at 6.72 seconds, 205.85 mph. Number two qualifier was Tom Lee of Kingsport, Tenn., driving the Ultimate Brakes Ford Probe. Lee set Top Speed of the Meet at 206.92 mph on a 6.728-second effort. Third was Tim Nabors of Lawrenceville, Ga., in a Monte Carlo at 6.745, 204.70. Fourth was John Montecalvo of Center Moriches, N.Y., in the Citgo Monte Carlo at 6.765, 203.55. In fifth place was Doug Kirk of Lenore, W.Va. The former GM and Chrysler driver is trying his hand with Fords this year -- Kirk took his new Kirk Trucking Probe to a 6.768, 205.38 mph clocking. Sixth was Dwayne Rice of Grove City, Ohio, in a Pontiac Firebird at 6.826, 203.74. Johnny McLain of Salem, Va., was seventh, running 6.923, 196.33 in the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger. The eighth spot was taken by Harold Robinson of North Tazewell, Va., at 7.036, 196.10 in a Monte Carlo. Wayne Bishop of Raphine, Va., was the alternate at 7.122 seconds, 190.08 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro.
The first round kicked off with a great Chevy versus Ford battle between Montecalvo and Kirk. Kirk moved first with a .462 reaction time to Montecalvo's .505, but the Chevy had more horsepower and snuck by for the win, 6.741, 204.94, to 6.804, 204.70 -- a winning margin of about six feet! Up next were Nabors and Rice. The Chevy and Pontiac left the line evenly, but at 800 feet, Rice's car began to smoke the clutch. Nabors powered on to a 6.759, 204.66, to 6.869, 203.92 decision. Harold Robinson then had the Herculean task of facing Low Qualifier Ron Miller. The venerable independent gave it his best shot, but Miller made quick work of him, setting Low Elapsed Time of the Meet in a 6.710, 205.98 to 7.022, 190.70 romp. Ford fans suffered grave disappointment in the next pair, as number two qualifier Tom Lee broke on the starting line. Dodge campaigner Johnny McLain eased down the quarter mile to a 7.725, 175.00 win.
Round two began with Nabors facing McLain. McLain looked to keep his giant-killing spree alive with a superior 1.028 60-foot time -- the quickest of the night -- but tire shake set in and Nabors ended the Mopar's night with a bracket-like 6.759, 204.73 to McLain's 10 second shutoff. Ron Miller and John Montecalvo then staged the race of the night. At the green, Miller took a slight reaction time advantage, .481 to .521 seconds. He needed every bit of it, as the two Monte Carlos seemed welded together down the entire length of the MIR 1320. Miller nipped Montecalvo for the win, 6.730, 205.82, to 6.734, 205.63!
The final brought together Ron Miller and Tim Nabors. Both Chevy drivers had remained consistently in the 6.70 zone throughout the night, with Miller a few hundredths quicker each round. Nabors needed to make up the difference on the starting line, but it was not to be. Just as he did in every race of the night, Ron Miller left first, .442 to .488 seconds. Miller's starting line advantage, combined with another 6.713, 206.42 bombshell, left Nabors's otherwise close 6.762, 204.88 two car lengths behind.
Billy Farmer of Millersville, Md., won the Frantic Four Doorslammer competition and clinched the 1999 Frantic Four Doorslammer championship, defeating the 1997 and 1998 champions along the way. Farmer suffered a horrendous nitrous explosion at the last event, causing heavy engine damage that forced him to withdraw from competition. A quick check of the points standings told him that he needed only to qualify for tonight's race to win the 1999 championship. Farmer qualified in style, putting the G&B Racing 1963 Corvette on the pole and into the 1999 championship title at 6.909 seconds, 204.17 mph. Mark Pullen of Edgewater, Md., placed his Monte Carlo number two with a career best pass, 6.935, 203.40. 1998 series champ Bob Bailey of Glen Burnie, Md., ran 6.955, 195.62 for third position in his 1986 Monte Carlo Aero Coupe. 1997 series champ Frank Snellings, Jr., of Falmouth, Va., placed his non-nitrous Chevy Lumina into fourth at 6.962, 197.48. Non qualifiers included Marc Hayes of Laurel, Md., who fronted with a brand new 1999 Monte Carlo. Hayes's career best 7.011, 203.34 came up five hundredths of a second short of making the field. Chris Krajewski of Baltimore, Md., suffered tire shake in former world champ Randy Delano's '63 'Vette and shut off to a ten second pass. Tommy Howes ran a full pass in his supercharged 1992 Camaro, but left before the timing system was activated, providing him no time for his efforts.
Round one kicked off with Bob Bailey facing Mark Pullen. Bailey is always the picture of consistency. Pullen has shown flashes of competence, but his young team has had a hard time of putting down two quick runs in succession. The Pullen team seems to have put those days behind them, however, their show-quality Monte Carlo responding with a good 7.023 second, 204.60 mph first round effort. Unfortunately, Mark left the line too soon, lighting the red light and providing Bailey with a 6.960, 194.46 win.
The next race was a showdown between the 1997 series champion and the newly crowned 1999 series champion. In his championship season, Frank Snellings, Jr., was able to use deadly consistency and a 706 cubic inch motor to defeat his higher powered, but less consistent rivals. 1998 was a different story, however, as Bob Bailey took the championship with the same consistency, but with the additional power of nitrous oxide. Snellings decided to step up to a huge 802 cubic inch combination for 1999, but only recently has begun to massage the new combination into the consistency of his winning season. Farmer, on the other hand, has simply been the quickest hot rod in the place on every occasion in 1999. But on this night, in this heat, Snellings, Jr., seemed to be within striking distance -- exactly six hundredths of a second, in fact, according to the qualifying sheet. At the green light, Snellings, Jr., made up nearly all of that difference on the starting line, leaving on Farmer with a .458 to .504 second holeshot. At the top end of the racetrack, however, Farmer again raised the bar with a blistering 6.744, 206.57 pass that blew by Snellings and the FAS Racing Lumina's 6.940, 197.36 mph effort.
The final round was another showdown between series champions. This time Farmer had to face the 1998 champ, Bob Bailey. Bailey had the smallest engine in the field at 605 cubic inches, and his 1986 Monte Carlo -- aerodynamic by 1980's standards -- has roughly the drag coefficient of a large refrigerator. Bailey had used deadly consistency to win the title in 1998, but the big car with the little motor is at its limits in the low 6.80-second range. Bailey would require a career best effort to match Farmer 's 6.70s, and a career best effort is exactly what "Bullet Bob" delivered. Unfortunately for Bailey, Billy Farmer was busy chopping another tenth and a half off his own elapsed time in the other lane. Farmer's slick 1963 Corvette slammed through the quarter mile in 6.614 seconds, 206.57 mph to defeat Bailey's terrific 6.815, 200.11 effort. Billy Farmer punctuated his 1999 championship season with an exclamation point made out of monster performances. The 1999 off-season will have his competitors scratching their heads and refining their combinations in an attempt to keep up with the "Millersville Missile."