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Driving a turbo-powered ’70 Duster that showed loads of potential this weekend in Memphis, Tutterow was the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.90, went more than 200 mph during eliminations and then wrapped it up with his first victory in the class.
“We knew the potential was here in these cars and I think this turbo thing can really catch on,” Tutterow said.
It was a historic win for Marco Abruzzi in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, as he became the first driver in the history of the class to win two events after going 4.247 to beat first-time finalist Rick Corn.
It also marked a resounding turnaround for Abruzzi, who had struggled so much as of late that he had lost his points lead. But after staying on point in the 4.20s again, Abruzzi is back on top in the highly-competitive class.
“This is a very gratifying win and took a lot of hard work,” Abruzzi said. “This hasn’t been a great last 3-4 events for me. We got off track and I had a friend work on the car, and now everything is good again.
“We’ve done a lot of testing to get this car happy again. We’ve been working really hard and I was just able to get my head straight.”
Dennis Sugrue was nearly overcome with emotion after running 4.029 at 192.93 to win an all-underdog final against Lamar Swindoll Jr. in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5. Swindoll knocked off Billy Glidden to reach the final, while Sugrue upset points leader Alan Pittman in the semifinals before getting his first ADRL win.
“This feels like we really accomplished something. I’m just blessed to I’m just really happy for our guys,” Sugrue said. “This is the big leagues.”
In Pro Junior Dragster, Tracy Armer won with a 7.871 over Jackson Core.