August 29, 2004
By Alfonso Acevedo Jr.
(Idalou, TX) With only two races left in the NHRA Summit Series points
chase, competitors fought through the exceptional field to stake their claim
to being top dog in their respective classes.
In Super Pro, Jimmie Dickey (Lubbock, TX) and his `94 Beretta stood between
the top two contenders in Super Pro. In the semis, Dickey cut the tree down
with a .002 and an 8.077(8.08) to take out Mike Belk’s (Plainview, TX) `84
Duster. Dickey’s great run at the title ended prematurely when he turned on
the red bulb against points leader James Walthall (Amarillo, TX). Walthall
piloted his T-Roadster to victory and the Craig Hughes Bonus Bucks.
In Sportsman, Don “The Fuel Man” Mandrell (Lubbock, TX) took the night off
to score his first win of the season over Lee Polk’s (Lubbock, TX) `77 Vega.
In the semis, Jimmie Anderson fell short to Mandrell’s `70 Nova.
In Modified, Brad Gore (Levelland, TX) recorded his fourth win of the season
in his `82 Camaro. John Pichla (Levelland, TX) in his `80 Camaro was trying
to get the edge on the tree against Gore but jumped the gun with a -.021
light. Jessie Marez and Robby Bunch were the class semis.
In Street, number two in points Peter Asjes (Lubbock, TX) defeated David
Warshauer and advanced for a show down with points leader Stacy Acevedo
(Wolfforth, TX). The finals did not disappoint when Acevedo left first with
a .017 light and Asjes gave chase with a .013 light and at the finish line,
a double break out. Asjes’ in his`69 Chevy PU committed the lesser foul
14.180 (14.20) over Acevedo’s `96 Mustang 15.688 (15.72) Making this Asjes
first appearance in the Precision Auto Parts Winners Circle this season .
In Jr. Dragster, Mica Shipley (Littlefield, TX.) was set to grab the prize
in Jr. Dragsters with a great light but was derailed by Sonjia Cortez
(Plainview, TX) who would add to her win streak by defeating her sister Sara
Cortez (Plainview, TX.) in the finals.