Chevrolet drag racers once again flexed their muscle during the Virginia NHRA Nationals held at picturesque Virginia Motorsports Park. The eighth stop of 23 NHRA national events for 2019 played out under trying and heated atmospheric and track conditions.
Three Chevy racers emerged victorious in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA’s Sportsman racing program, including Camaro wins in both Stock and Super Stock.
Racing his high-flying C/SA 1998 Camaro, Maryland’s Wallace Dent claimed his first ever NHRA national event win in Stock Eliminator. Dent ran a final round 10.62 at 123.40 mph to defeat the E/SA 1968 Camaro of Joe Lisa. Dent’s breakthrough win started from the 11th qualifying position after running a very stout -0.849 sub index run.
Joe Santangelo, who drives Chevy Camaros in both Stock and Super Stock eliminators scored in Super Stock behind the wheel of his GT/KA ’97 model. This was Joe’s 14th national event win of his great career. The Connecticut-based driver sealed the deal with a final round 10.25 at 118.73-mph pass.
The event’s 9.90 index Super Gas championship round was an all-Corvette affair with a topless ’58 versus a topless ’17 model. Tom Goldman, who is from Allentown, Pennsylvania, took his classic C1 to a second career NHRA national event title when he ran a 9.909 to defeat Michelle Furr’s 9.870 breakout run.
The “Bo Beat” rolled on in NHRA Pro Stock when current points leader Bo Butner won for the fourth time this season. Butner won another all-Camaro final round, this time over Greg Anderson, with a 6.599 at 209.01 to Anderson’s 6.607 at 210.18. Butner’s stealth-looking Camaro qualified third entering Sunday’s eliminations, defeating Wally Stroupe, Chris McGaha, and Jeg Coughlin in the earlier rounds.
The Virginia NHRA Nationals Pro Mod title was taken offshore when Brazil’s Sidnei Frigo collected the victory. For Frigo, a newsprint paper magnate in South America, the win—driving his turbocharged 1969 Camaro—was his third NHRA national event score. Sidnei prevailed over current NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod points leader Steve Jackson in the championship round on a holeshot: 5.796 to a 5.768. Jackson’s supercharged Camaro had set low elapsed time of the event at 5.758 earlier in eliminations.
Photos By Bruce Biegler and Dave DeAngelis
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