MUSI GETS 6TH CONSECUTIVE NMCA WIN
Words and photos by Rod Short
Defending Pro Street champion Pat Musi overcame a broken
motor in qualifying to win his sixth consecutive event of the season
as the National Muscle Car Association made their first-ever stop at
historic Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio. The team fixed a broken
rocker arm and went on to win the event and extend their series points
lead. Teammate Marc Dantoni overcame the effects of a crash the previous
weekend to also win and extend his Pro Outlaw Street points lead.
Wins by Dale Pittman (Nostalgia Pro Street), Charlie Booze,
Jr. (Pro Nostalgia), Jim Huber (Super Modified), Bruce Lagory (Real
Street), and Dan Forcucci (Traction Advantage) helped each of these
racers in their march towards the 2002 championships.
|While Dave Lauer has never been the quickest
or fastest entry in EZ Street competition, wheels-up launches from
this heavyweight Olds has won him a lot of fans.
While the season championship race has been all but wrapped
up in both of these eliminators, several seesaw battles for the season
title continued in other categories. Bob Curran, who was three points
out of first place in EZ Street prior to Salem, overcame a huge hurdle
when Phil Hines was upset in the first round. Curran won the event and
left with a 16-point lead over Hines.
|Doug Smith from Brookville, Indiana grabbed
his firt career victory in Super Street when he took his 1995 Olds
Achieva to the upset win over points leader Elias Dellatorre with