PSCA Fall Nationals at Las Vegas
From the first night of practice the Mickey Thompson Tires Fall Nationals had that element about it that this was going to be a race to remember. The Pacific Street Car Association had all of their usual classes plus Top Comp, Vettes VS Vipers, and over 50 entries in the MDRA bike classes. Read on if you dare.
A nice even total of 12 Pro Street entries were on hand at the MT Falls, with the guys that swept the Arizona Nationals just a couple of weeks ago, Clint, Jake, and dad Jim Hairston, setting the pace at a fine 6.389 for low ET qualifier -- and this was after they had run an even better 6.37 during test ‘n tune. The family operation along with chassis expert Bill Hickok, have really got the Petronix Perf./Patriot Exhaust/Duttweiler Turbo twin turbo GTO (above) flying.
Right behind the bright orange GTO was the present ET record holder Giuseppe Gentile and his awesome turbo Mustang. Gentile, who drives the fastest and quickest Mustang in the world, cranked out a fine 6.415 for the number 2 spot. Bob Griffith and his great crew, including Kirk Kuhns, have really got the Dodge Viper coming around, posting a 6.515 for the third-best qualifying pass. The smallest power plant in the field Accufab with John Mihovetz and his potent little turbo Cougar held down the #4 spot at 6.613, while Arizona’s Kelly Bluebaugh with lady crew chief Deborah Woodard were #5 at a 6.614.
Santa Clarita’s Tim Henry and his brother run a Pat Musi 737 ci big block, and laid down an easy 6.705 for #6. Jay Syvertson was still having some handling problems with his immaculate ‘37 Chevy with John Scialpi power but had to settle for #7 at 6.777.
Newcomer Mike Maggio (above) in Dan Nickerson’s former Nitro Coupe Corvette is still getting used to this fine ride, and he was #8 at 6.819. Tim and Dan Vogt made the journey all the way from Regina , SK, Canada, with their awesome 1963 Corvette and qualified at 6.901 for #9.