The Victory group held a memorial for their friend and teammate Larry Pelts who had passed away the month before.
Ralph Dehne gave the Chevy fans something to cheer for in a sea of Mopar Super Stocks.
Don Bruemmer's Hemi Plymouth took home the Mega Parts Heritage Award.
Don Bruemmer edged out Bob Lantero with his 9.503 on his 9.50 Index. Dick Monaco ended George Justice’s day with a strong run from his Ford. Jim Hagenhoff’s Hemi defeated a red-lighting Jeff Roberts. Tom Hoffman took out the third member of the Kossuth Racing Team, Clayton Kossuth, with another solid pass. Tim Frees sent Damon Kuhn back to Texas in a battle of red Mopars. Bruce Lang showed the first round was no fluke with another incredible .023 Reaction Win over Clay Kossuth. Three-time Series Champion Russ Berens ended Doug Duell’s hope of a repeat win with a very nice .033 light.
The remaining Super Stocks returned for Round 3. BJ Bax took the win when Bruce Lang pushed it a little too close and red-lighted with a -.009 RT. Don Bruemmer’s high flying Hemi defeated the Ford of Dick Monaco.
Jim Hagenhoff moved on over an uncharacteristically tardy Rosie Kossuth. Tim Frees strapped a .016 light on close friend and fellow Wisconsinite Russ Berens to take the win.
Joe Ewing moved on with another great .020 light. Tom Hoffman made good use of his bye run with a nice .019 RT.
The tension was building as the Victory cars moved up for Round 4. BJ Bax won over the red-lighting Bruemmer. Tim Frees’s .028 light and 10.52 on his 10.50 Index was too much for Hagenhoff to overcome. In one of the best races of the day, Joe Ewing’s .008 light and 10.51 on his 10.50 Index edged out Tom Hoffman’s .013 RT and 10.79 on his 10.75 Index.
This left just three combatants left for Round 5. Bax drew the bye, guaranteeing him a spot in the finals. This left the two Wedge-powered red Mopars of Frees and Ewing to decide the other finalist. They both were on 10.50 Indexes, making it a heads-up race. The two mighty Mopars left almost identically and marched down the track side by side. As the two crossed the finish line, the win light came on in Frees’ lane.
Now the stage was set for a classic final. Plymouth vs Pontiac, Wisconsin vs Missouri. The two veteran racers quickly prepared their cars and returned to decide who would take home the Victory trophy. Once again, both cars left with almost identical Reaction Times. The crowd was on their feet as the two charged down the track. In the end, Frees’s .01-over defeated the very game .03-over run of Bax.
Wisconsin racer Bruce Lang (shown) won the all Barracuda battle over Jay Freihage with a very nice .014 Reaction Time. He won the Clay Kossuth & Sons Star of the Race award.
Series newcomer George Justice enjoyed his first Victory NSS round win with a stout .021 light. Tim Frees’ hard launching Max Wedge Wagon took out the beautiful Chevy of Jerry Bolton.
Jim Hagenhoff returned to action with his fan favorite wheelstanding Plymouth with a win over Bill Ping.
Jeff Roberts in his Ed Bax-prepared Pontiac took out the always tough Bob Westhoff in his big Ford.
The winners cooled their cars and returned to the lanes for Round 2. Randy Spurgeon set the tone for the round with an incredible .006 RT to move on to the next round.
BJ Bax (shown) continued with his Pontiac over a red-lighting Bill Schlee.
Kenny Gresham and his classic 409 Chevy.
Rosie Kossuth took out local legend Kenny Gresham in a very close double breakout race. Joe Ewing moved on with a great .025 and almost dead-on run.
For the third year in a row, the Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks opened their six-race points series at the Nostalgia Rendezvous. This ever-growing event held at Gateway Motorsports Park has been thrown curve-balls by Mother Nature the last two years. This time, the racers and fans were greeted with sunshine and beautiful weather all May 12-14 weekend. When the gates opened at GMP, 43 classic Super Stocks from seven states rolled in to do battle.
Along with the large field of NSS cars, there were two GLNFCC Funny Cars, a great gathering of NDRL racers, gassers, Super Shifters, show cars and more for the excited fans to enjoy.
Doug Duell took the #1 Qualifier award as well as the A&A Transmissions Best Appearing award.
Friday evening and Saturday, the Victory cars made three qualifying runs. As usual, the competition for the #1 position was incredibly close. Last year’s event winner, Doug Duell, made the haul from Indiana and grabbed the pole with an incredible 9.501 on his 9.50 Index. Right behind him, there were seven other racers within .01 of their Index.
Saturday afternoon, two long rows of vintage Detroit iron pulled behind Gateway’s beautiful tower to start Eliminations. All 43 of the Victory cars made the call for Round 1 of Eliminations. Local favorite, Rosie Kossuth starting the action with a win over her friend and veteran racer Steve Stahlschmidt.
Not to be outdone by his wife, Clay Kossuth (shown) defeated Dennis Spurgeon in his newly revamped Dodge Dart.
BJ Bax won an all Pontiac battle over Bob Lister. Last year’s Series Champion, Tom Hoffman, continued where he left off, with a win over fellow Mopar racer Jon Landwehr.
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Frees drove up the return road with a grin that could be seen from the top of the Grand Stands! Tim and his gorgeous Wagon were joined in the Winners Circle by a large Group of Fellow Competitors and Friends. He proudly hoisted the custom-built Gary Ball trophy with pride, knowing that he had defeated some of the best racers in the country.
Frees will take the momentum and points lead into Eddyville, Iowa, on June 9-11 for the second race of the Victory NSS Series.