Monumental Weekend at Moroso for Hot Rod Magazine's Power Festival on February 21 & 22, 1998 (West Palm Beach, FL) - Old rivalries were renewed while new rivalries were established at the Hot Rod Magazine Power Festival, sponsored by BFGoodrich...
Monumental Weekend at Moroso for Hot Rod Magazine's Power Festival on February 21 & 22, 1998
(West Palm Beach, FL) - Old rivalries were renewed while new rivalries were established at the Hot Rod Magazine Power Festival, sponsored by BFGoodrich Tires and Genuine Chevrolet, featuring the season opener of the NMCA - Comp Cams Street Car Drag Race series where the World's Fastest Street Cars meet and compete. Hundreds of magnificent street cars mesmerized the crowd in wild, nitrous-powered, engine blowing head to head competition which led to some of the most exciting finals ever to be seen in grass roots street car drag racing.
Beginning with the Mr. Gasket Fast Pass on Friday when a reporter from the local ABC affiliate, channel 25 went for a pass down the track with Outlaw Street racer Ross Stomp in his brand new '96 Monte Carlo, to the second round of qualifying on Saturday, when Jon Anderson of Allison Park, PA displayed extraordinary driving skills as he lost, then regained control of his 1978 Malibu, avoiding catastrophic results. When all was said and done during qualifying, the fastest cars of the weekend had positioned themselves into the final rounds that took place on Sunday in front of well over 18,000 cheering fans glued to the edge of their seats.
The Pro-Street finals came down to Tony Christian, 1997 Hot Rod World Champion against the newest racer to join the series - Bob Reiger - who had run the lowest ET at 7.13 and fastest speed of 195..01 MPH, until the finals when Reiger pulled a red light allowing Christian the win. In Outlaw Street, Rod Saboury recorded a victory by screaming down the track at 184.65 MPH and had an ET of 7.35, beating Randy Adler to the finish line.
Super Street competition culminated in the final run between Spiro Pappas of Nicks, IL and Jason Inman in his brand new '96 Corvette. When the dust settled, it was Pappas with the victory at the speed of 163.90 MPH and an ET of 8.43. Hot Street saw Tim Davis, one of the top drivers from last year matched up against Mark Enwina of Skoke, IL. Davis got the win at 141.17 MPH with an ET of 9.48. Real Street's 1997 second place points winner, James Phipps barely squeaked out a victory over Howard Spines by pulling a faster ET of 9.65 at 141.62 MPH. The EZ Street victory went to Bobby Joysey of Ortinville, MI in his '71 Camaro with an ET of 9.72 at 140 MPH over runner up Tracy Dennis of Snyder, TX, and rounding out the classes was Nostalgia Super Stock with Kurt Neighbor running a 113.42 MPH with an ET of 10.67. Bracket racing was at it's best with Bruce Limmerman running a 130.03 MPH and an ET of 10.67 in the Super Pro category and Ron Berland taking the victory in the Pro category with an ET of 12.20 and top speed of 109.06.
The next opportunity for these racers to line up against each other in the NMCA-Comp Cams Steet Car Drag Race Series will be on March 28 & 29 at Huntsville Dragway in Toney, AL in the one and only 1/8 mile race of the season. Visit their website at http://huntsvilledragway.com.