Kevin Helms Wins Stock Eliminator
Several Mopar® drivers went multiple rounds in the Sportsman categories during the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, with Kevin Helms of Plant City, Florida, taking the Stock Eliminator win to add to his dozens of Wally trophies and four nationals championships.
Helms drove his A/SA 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT® featuring a 392 cubic-inch HEMI® engine to the win over Scott Wells with a pass of 11.296 seconds at 106.82 mph on an 11.25 dial-in. He left the starting line with a .036-second reaction time. Helms’ win at Bandimere was his second national event victory of 2017. He is the motorsports manager at Jeff Teuton’s Southland Dodge dealership.
“We built this car as a tribute to Mr. Jeff Teuton’s wife,” Helms said of his stout Furious Fuchsia Challenger. “She’s a 42-year cancer survivor and she drives one just like it on the street, so we made a racecar out of it. It’s been a pretty good car so far … we have a lot of fun.”
Kayla Mozeris, meanwhile, put her ’93 GT/KA Dodge Daytona in round three of Super Stock. Despite going red at the starting line in the round, Mozeris made a lap of 11.107 on an 11.02 dial-in at a speed of 107.02. Mozeris hails from Phoenix and is a former junior dragster racer.
Helms and Mozeris were each awarded the Dodge Top Finisher award for the weekend. The program is in place at all 24 NHRA national events in 2017 and awards $500 to the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competitor advancing the farthest in a Dodge or Plymouth vehicle.
Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers also took part in class eliminations at Bandimere Speedway. Helms took the Super Stock FSS/E win in his 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, while Barry Pollard from Regina, Saskatchewan, won the H/SA class in the Stock category with a ’76 Plymouth Road Runner.