After being on the road for the better part of a month, the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association returned to its home track, Great Lakes Dragaway for the August edition of the Nitrous Street Car Brawl. This race took on greater significance for us, the fans and the other participating groups. We join with the Chicago Wise Guys, the Midwest Gassers and Doorslammers, Pro E85, the 8.50 Index Racers and the No Time Shootout group in Standing With Great Lakes Dragaway.
Making their way through the gates were Bob Cattelino, Kelly Dill, Hannah Fleischman, Bob Lehor, Dan Manesis, Mike Morrill, Josh Parks, and John Sylos. Also with us in support were “Doc” Holliday’s Arlee and Margery Williams & Lamont Hanna. The ever present Rodney Daniels was with, and Allan, Dana and Andrew Haapakoski as well. And it was also great having Mark Ipsen join us for the day.
As it turned out many of those additional hands were needed when Steve Fleischman noticed a problem with Hannah’s Vega at the conclusion of an early day test run. Water under the engine revealed itself due to a blown freeze plug. MNPSA Teamwork got the job done in time for The Show.
Dan Manesis and crew have been working hard to get his new power plant up to snuff. Positive results have been evident in our most recent outings, and it showed again on Saturday with a 7.938 at 180.28 MPH.
Late afternoon brought the first of three rounds of racing. The first pair out was Kelly Dill and Josh Parks. Josh knew that he’d have to react quicker than Kelly in order to beat her. Leave on her he did, by .018, but his 8.948/149.08 wasn’t enough to overcome Kelly’s 8.302/161.69.
Bob Lehor was back behind the wheel of Jesse Branham’s Hillbilly Racing Camaro. Bob Cattelino in the “Night Moves” would be his opponent. Big burnouts by both showed each of them meant business, and when the tree came down it was Cattelino getting the starting line advantage. That advantage held to the finish line despite Lehor’s quicker ET of 9.899/137.48 to Cattelino’s 10.111/136.48.
The next match would test the strength of the repairs to Hannah’s Vega. She would take on Mike Morrill and the “Iaconio & Allen” Monza. Fleischman got the jump on the Monza with a best of the round .039 RT, but her 10.829/125.05 was not enough to hold off Morrill’s 10.087/130.05.
John Sylos went single in this round. He ran an impressive 7.583 ET at 180.61 MPH. This would be the day’s fastest speed.
In between rounds we were greeted by several enthusiastic young fans. This young lady appeared to have plans for taking over the wheel of the Cotton Pony someday.
We were fully under the lights as Round 2 began. Leading things off was Josh and Kelly in a rematch. Parks was intent on stepping up his game, and that was apparent when his .019 RT (best of the day), leaving Dill .041 behind. But despite running his best numbers (8.928/149.32), so did Kelly’s pink Pinto, 8.244/162.30.
While Bob Lehor was seeking a win, Bob Cattelino was after confirmation. It would not come in this round, as the Night Moves Camaro left much too early and recorded no time. Lehor took the win with slowing numbers.
Hannah and Mike matched up again, and their over exuberance resulted in double reds. Morrill carried it through, posting a 10.074/133.66, while Hannah was off slightly, putting a 14.147/125.41 on the time slip.
Sylos again on a single. He carded his best ET of the day in this round, a 7.569 at 172.44.
Here we go again! Kelly and Josh with big smoky burnouts that fog the starting line stands! Then a bit of a surprise with Kelly pulling fully into the beams with Josh not even pre staged! He goes in, and they both go red! Josh Parks takes the win light this time as Kelly was “redder”, so his 12.061/149.27 beats her 10.047/161.27.
Bob Cattelino and Bob Lehor. Cattelino was looking for redemption this time. Both drivers left with identical reaction times, and Cattelino had the “Night Moves” Camaro movin’, running his best numbers of the day, 10.076/137.02. Lehor slowed in the Hillbilly Racing Camaro, 11.365/90.27.
While Mike Morrill’s Monza was running a little quicker, Hannah Fleischman had a legit shot at taking this round. She had .404 in the bank as they left the starting line, and crossed the stripe with her best ET of the day, 10.523/124.84. Unfortunately for Hannah, Mike caught her just before the stripe, running his best also, 9.984/132.08.
While not getting the win light, Hannah & Steve Fleischman certainly are deserving of the Perseverance Award. And everyone that helped to get them on the track earned the Teamwork Award. Well done everyone!
Thank you to our racers and fans that came out to support us and Great Lakes Dragaway. Our next race will be the iconic Labor Day weekend Time Machine Nationals at GLD on September 2nd and 3rd. We invite you to make the trip to Union Grove, WI to see some great racing and continue your support of this classic drag race facility.
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Story and Photos by Bill Swanson