Monday, June 4, 2012
No Problem for Local Racers Hidalgo, Cummings in Belle Rose
by Eric Lotz
BELLE ROSE, La. -- Local racers Jimmy Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., and Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., led all winners this weekend at No Problem Raceway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Hidalgo drove his ’97 Super Stock Camaro to an 11.070 second pass at 118.59 mph to hold off Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La., and his ’91 Calais clocking in at 10.066, 132.76 mph while Cummings, Hammond, La., won for the second year in a row at No Problem beating another local racer David Latino of Donaldsonville. Cummings went 10.338, 107.48 to Latino’s 10.654, 94.40 in Stock Eliminator.
A total of six racers from the home state took home trophies as four more would visit the winner’s circle at the end of the day. Robert Cool, La Place, La., beat out division hitter Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., in the Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster Series and Vincent Catalanotto, Metarie, La., won in the Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman Series. Cool covered the quarter mile in 6.855 seconds at 183.87 mph to Raftery’s quicker 6.742, 195.39. Catalanotto ran186.46 mph in his ’02 Camaro, in defeating Jerry Jordan, Longview, Texas, with an ’03 Mustang running 7.435, 186 mph.
The Comp Eliminator win went to Justin Rosen, Harahan, La., over Joey Tanksley, Green Springs, La., with a lap of 7.696 seconds at 173.78 mph and Keith Altazin, Broussard, La., won in the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson against Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla.
A trio of Texans prevented the Louisiana sweep led by Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, in Super Comp with a perfect 8.900 second pass on the 8.90 index to beat Steve Evans, Moore, Okla. Lewis was joined by Terry Sullivan, Richardson, Texas, in Super Gas and Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, who won in Super Street. Sullivan won on a hole-shot to defeat Scott Wood, Baton Rouge, La., and Parson was one thousandth from perfect with a 10.901 on the 10.90 dial-in in his match up with Bart Nelson, LaPorte, Texas.
South Central Division racers head to Tulsa Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 22-24. Next up for No Problem Raceway is their test and tune event on Wednesday followed by their NHRA Summit King of the Track and Good Guy Challenge event on Saturday, June 9.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at No Problem Raceway:
Justin Rosen, Harahan, La., dragster, J/D, 7.696, 173.78 def. Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., dragster, C/D, 6.840, 193.85.
Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., '99 Firebird, B/SA, 10.338, 107.48 def. David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., '02 Firebird, B/SA, 10.654, 94.40.
Jimmy Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., '97 Camaro, SS/KA, 11.070, 118.59 def. Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La., '91 Calais, GT/EA, 10.066, 132.76.
Jimmy Lewis, Forney, Texas, dragster, 8.900, 185.33 def. Steve Evans, Moore, Okla., dragster, 8.868, 180.55
Terry Sullivan, Richardson, Texas, '67 Camaro, 10.002, 155.24 def. Scott Wood, Baton Rouge, La., '59 Wagon, 9.965, 154.14.
Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, '77 Nova, 10.901, 131.16 def. Bart Nelson, LaPorte, Texas, '77 Astre, 10.889, 140.97.
Keith Altazin, Broussard, La., '85 Suzuki, 9.905, 125.76 def. Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., '80 Kawasaki, 9.470, 133.04.
Robert Cool, La Place, La., dragster, 6.855, 183.87 def. Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.742, 195.39.
Vincent Catalanotto, Metarie, La., '02 Camaro, 7.332, 186.46 def. Jerry Jordan, Longview, Texas, '03 Mustang, 7.435, 186.02.