The NHRA Carolina Nationals featured a deep field of Sportsman competitors, with Mopar® power turning in solid performances in the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator categories.
In Stock Eliminator, Jack Zimmerman of Clemmons, North Carolina, advanced to the third round in his B/SA 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T featuring a 440 Six Pack V8. There, he made his best pass of the elimination rounds despite being bested by just two feet. Zimmerman turned in a 10.407-second lap on a 10.40 dial-in with a speed of 125.30 mph. He had a .067-second reaction time.
In Super Stock Eliminator, Ray Thurston of Clarence, New York, put his FSS/H 2009 Challenger in the second round, before bowing out after a pass of 10.198 on a 10.15 dial-in at 123.35. He left the starting line with a reaction time of just .004.
Zimmerman and Thurston were each named the Dodge Top Finisher of the event. The program provides $500 to the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock Eliminator drivers who advance the farthest at all 24 NHRA national events. Zimmerman also won the award during the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in the spring.
In class racing during the Carolina Nationals, David Collette of Perryville, Maryland, took home a Wally trophy with the FSS/F victory in his ’11 Challenger.