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John Montecalvo found the 6.50s with a 6.596, 210.37 defeat of Frank Gugliotta, now driving the Jon Yoak Ford Probe. Gugliotta nearly pulled off the win when he coupled his 6.684 at 209.85 to a .463 to .537 holeshot. Montecalvo held off the Ford by only .014 seconds! Carl Baker then backed up his qualifying run with a booming 6.562, 213.40-mph defeat of Terry Walters, whose psychedelic Monte Carlo ran a career best, but inadequate, 6.788 at 202.82. Walters said he would return for the IHRA Mid Atlantic Nationals in September only if he could find additional horsepower.

The Pro Stock semifinals began with Frank Snellings dream evening ending in tire spin and a 14-second shutoff. John Montecalvo stayed close to Baker with a 6.585 at 208.78. Carl Baker then earned lane choice in the final with a 6.553, 206.54 defeat of Wally Stroupe, who ran a good 6.665 at 209.36. Wally made it close with a .449 to .487 holeshot, but 6.50s were the order of the day.


The Ford versus Chevy final was a Pro Stock lover's dream. Montecalvo's Citgo Cavalier had been a few hundredths behind Baker's Summit Cougar all day so he needed to get a jump at the start. John did get a holeshot, but it was a minor one, .471 to .479. By half-track, Baker's iridescent Mercury was clearly ahead and he finished off the Citgo Chevy with an amazing 6.537 at 213.50 to John's 6.602 at 210.64. The win was Baker's second Mountain Motor Nationals title in the past three years.

MIR's popular Frantic 7 category was on hand to round out the evening for the doorslammer crazy Southern Maryland fans. Former nitrous Top Dragster star Larry Plummer took his new '63 Corvette to a win over two-time 2002 winner Kent Ferrell.

After two rounds, the Frantic 7 field was set. (Frantic 7 qualifies seven cars, and offers the low qualifier a first round bye as incentive.) The field lined up as follows:

1. Kent Ferrell, nitrous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, 6.518, 214.76
2. Larry Plummer, nitrous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, 6.528, 213.77
3. Mark McHugh, nitrous 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, 6.551, 215.79
4. Ed Burnley, nitrous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, 6.610, 212.90
5. Tommy Howes, supercharged 1991 Chevrolet Camaro, 6.612, 214.45
6. Marc Hemling, nitrous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, 6.706, 211.36
7. Allan Juhasz, nitrous 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 6.731, 207.50


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