Stock Eliminator at Gainesville
March 19, 2020 • Leave a Comment
Randi Lyn Shipp, a seven-time NHRA national event winner in the Stock Eliminator category, was at the 2020 'Sportsman-only' NHRA Gatornationals with her family, including father Randy (shown) and brother Joey. Both her father and brother were racing in Super Gas at the event.
Four-time national event titlist Tex Miller's classic E/SA '72 Mustang looked oh-so-sweet with wheels up in the first round of Stock Eliminator. The Pennsylvania-based Division 1 racer was almost .93-second under the E/SA index in qualifying but just missed victory in a heads-up first round meeting with George Warren.
Charlotte's 2012 NHRA Nationals Super Comp winner Scot Lamar was darn-near perfect at the Tree in Gainesville behind the wheel of his B/SA '95 Camaro, but his .004-second reaction time was nullified by a breakout 10.786 on a 10.87 dial.
Jimmy Hidalgo came from Donaldsonville, La., hoping for a repeat of his first national event win, which came in Stock Eliminator at the 2002 Gatornationals. His hope for a return to the Gainesville winner's circle in his G/SA '01 Corvette were dashed early, but The Country Dog will surely be back for more before too long.
Scott Gove made the trek from Dennysville, Me., with his AA/SA '69 Camaro and reached the second round. We hear he might be working on bringing back his old record-holding '71 Plymouth 340 Duster. Stay tuned; she's sure a beaut!
Randi Lyn Shipp with wheels up in her sleek D/SA '67 Pontiac Firebird. Miss Shipp was hoping to defend the title she earned at the Gatornationals last year, when she doubled-up with fiancee Bo Butner (he won Pro Stock), but she'll have to set her sights on the next national event.
John Gray's AA/SA '69 Camaro can't be missed, particularly as it leaves the starting line in fine form. Gray, of Hudson, Mass., was runner-up at the 2002 Gatornationals.
Can we get an 'amen' for this bad-to-the-bone Ruff n' Ready J/SA '66 Malibu Chevy wagon? Shane Oakes, who picked up his first Stock Eliminator trophy in 2018 at Maple Grove Raceway, was in the mix in Gainesville.
Jim Marshall gives a quick peek at the undercarriage on the launch in his I/SA '77 Nova. Marshall, of Indian Land, S.C., was nice and quick in Gainesville as the No. 3 qualifier.
David Latino, of Donaldsonville, La., locked in the first half of a double-up at the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oils NHRA Gatornationals with a Stock Eliminator triumph over Frank Aragona Jr. Latino, near lane, wheeled his C/SA '00 Corvette to the automatic win after Aragon fouled by .023-second in his A/SA '69 Camaro.
The 51st annual Amalie Motor Oils NHRA Gatornationals were an abbreviated affair as restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, known commonly as the "Corona Virus," went into place the very day that Sportsman racers began competing. NHRA moved swiftly to change the structure of the event, delaying the Pro and some Sportsman classes while those who had already begun racing were allowed to finish. After David Latino doubled at the restructured two-day race, he and his group of jesting cohorts demonstrated necessary precautions in the winner's circle.
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