PSCA at Las Vegas
Chris Alston Chassisworks Labor Day Nationals
While the NHRA “Big Go” was happening at Indy, the Las Vegas fans were treated to a good ol’ fastest street car race at the Strip. After the winds died down and the thundershowers delayed this event by about two hours, qualifying was hot and heavy at LVMS. Only two rounds of the scheduled three round qualifying sessions were completed, but outstanding side-by-side qualifying was the result for the PSCA fans.
Again on Sunday we were threatened by heavy wind and desert thundershowers but even though it took till 2:30 a.m. to complete this fantastic event, plus an hour in winners circle, but the Chris Alston Chassisworks Labor Day National are now complete at a record setting pace.
Leading the way during the qualifying was surprise #1 Clint Hairston and his family-owned GTO out of Bakersfield, Calif. Dad Jim and brother Jake really had a handle on the radial turbocharged car this weekend, when they pulled out a fine 6.544, 217.00 while racing veteran Pro Stock and Pro Mod driver Randy Hagerty from Phoenix, who clocked the second quickest in qualifying at a fine 6.561, 215.75 mph with his nitrous big block Corvette.
Current record holder Giuseppe Gentile slipped a little during qualifying at a still nice pass of 6.590, 220.69 mph.
Valencia, California’s Tim Henry had his immaculate ‘97 Pontiac Firebird up to par at 6.617, 211.56 mph. This nitrous burning Pat Musi big block tuned by his brother Mark Henry looks like one to watch in the future.
Current point’s leader John Mihovetz from Ontario had to settle for a sub-par 6.661, 213.06 mph which they were not happy with, but lotsa racers would have loved. West Coast Pro Mod racer Wayne Glasgow in his Corvette was next at 7.190, 195.06 mph. Mike Maggio had Dan Nickerson’s old nitro Vette running and not only licensed but qualified at 7.316, 192.02 mph running four passes including testing all straight as an arrow.
Jay Diedrich debuted his brand new black ‘57 Chevy on the PSCA circuit for the first time and had to settle for #9 at a 7.429, only 163.20 mph. Tony Kane drove Randy Hagerty's other Vette to the #10 spot.