Biloxi, Mississippi, March 22 - Mechanical failure sidelined all
Dragster and Roadsters here today but with the big boys out of the
running, the gas and sports classes took charge of the program and
provided the spectators with just as much action even if it was at
a slightly slower speed.
In the Top Eliminator battle Tommy Penny's Olds powered A gas
1930 Model A Ford coupe went off against Grady Bitsworth with a B
sports fuel injected Corvette. The Corvette surged off the line
but was no match for the gasser when it swooshed ahead to win...
going away at 100.55 mph in 14.18 sec.
The first heat for Little Top Eliminator saw Jr. Bonicard in his
C gas Chev square off against the C gas Chev entry of Phillip
Bergeron. Both men came off the line at once amid at the squeal of
turning and odor of burning rubber. It was apparent that both
drivers. were getting everything possible out of their cars and
each was determined to win. Just at the finish line Bergeron edged
ahead to win with a speed of 91.83 mph in 14.83 seconds. The final
leg of Little Top Eliminator was Bergeron and the Frank Marshall
driven B gas Buick powered Ford. Bergeron grabbed a solid lead off
the line and lead most of the way. However, Marshall was not to be
denied and crossed the finish line first with a very creditable
top speed of 100.67 mph in 14.31 sec.
The powder puff derby provided competition for a large entry
list of lady drivers. Each of them threw caution to the wind and
drove like mad to win a trophy. The eventual winner in the
modified section was Zora Marshall in 14.83 seconds and a top
speed of 95.55. Ruff Blanchard was the Trophy winner in stock with
a 17.07 E.T. and a speed of 83.72 mph.
Cupit's Road Rebels Plate)
This was the final race to determine club championships for the
winter season. The lead has changed hands nearly every race and
the final results were not determined until the final half of the
race. The Road Rebels of New Orleans won with 584 points followed
by the PaceMakers with 529 points and the West Side Dragons with
Gulf Coast Drag Strip will be closed Sunday, March 29 in
observance of Easter.