By Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock® Inc. Staff
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UNION GROVE, Wis. – This event was short but sweet.
The two-day spring nostalgia event at Great Lakes Dragaway, now in its third season as the Memorial Day Classic, was run just one day this year due to a complete rainout on the second day.
But what fine weather for a Saturday show it was. Sunny, mild and dry with dew points in the 40’s and DA’s in the teens made ideal atmospheric conditions for making horsepower and traction, especially into the evening.
An 11-car NSS® Inc. field joined with other groups to put on a eight-hour classic, which provided full entertainment for the fans who filled the bleachers and enjoyed a snappy show which finished on time at 10 p.m.
NSS® Inc. ran four sessions, highlighted by some close match racing and the debut of Milt Schreindl’s ’65 Dodge Coronet named ‘Full Tilt’ with a graphic of a filled beer mug for those whose didn’t catch the wordplay.
Schreindl, father of Spencer Schreindl and who made a highlight reel of his own, made all four sessions, a rarity for a first-time machine. Milt Schreindl was very consistent around the 10.40 mark, including identical 10.381 times in the last two sessions.
“At first we had to do a lot of coaching because it had it been so long since he had driven a car in competition,” said Craig Schreindl, another son. “He was more than a little amped but eventually settled down and got into the routine very well.”
Despite Milt Schreindl’s new entry, the lineup became kind of choppy as the most steady NSS® Inc. racer for seasons, John Rousset, suffered two broken teeth on the torque converter ring gear of his ’63 Plymouth ‘Hard Days Night.’
Actually the trouble had started at the season-opener at Sikeston Mo., where the starter had worked loose and Rousset had to pull the fasteners back into place. But apparently at least one tooth had been damaged in the process and when Rousset did his pre-race maintenance he discovered the damage.
“I have a new converter on the way but it didn’t arrive in time,” said Rousset, who was able to make just one test-and-tune pass. “It sometimes will work with one tooth missing but with two gone it just spins and won’t engage.”
It was a rare occasion for Rousset to be on the sidelines and deprived the field of one of its most consistent and close match-ups with rival Doug Henderson.
However, Henderson made the most of early test-and-tunes and then ran all four official sessions for a total of 14 runs, an average on one an hour during total track time. “This is what we come to do,” said Henderson, whose best clock came in the first session at 10.178 at 130.41 mph. “I like to drive and the fans like to watch the car run down the track.”
Henderson and the ’64 ‘Never Too Late’ Plymouth alternated against Dale Chenoweth, who posted a 9.912 at 134.04 mph best in the second session in his ‘Agitator’ ’64 Plymouth.
Continuing to working in solving an intermittent low oil pressure problem, club president Rich Berlisk came back with some vacuum pump modifications that straightened out the high rpm decrease in the ’63 Plymouth ‘Asphalt Angel’ and paired against Mike Jessup’s beautiful ’68 Hemi ‘Cuda. The two ran three sessions in the 9.70’s and as important for Berlisk, his oil pressure also stayed in the 70’s.
Club vice president Joe Zajac and the ‘Rompin’ Redskin’ ’63 Pontiac arrived for the second session and clocked a 9.15 at 147.49 mph before breaking a rocker arm on a 9.210 effort in the third stanza.
The Seltzer and White ‘We Haul’ ’65 Chevelle was ready in the second session, ripping off an event-low 8.574 at 154.84 mph on a 0.069 reaction time against the 0.4 pro ‘tree. But then the right rear shock tore loose from its upper mount and subsequent fixes failed to restore the potential.
The feature pairing was between John Grinwald’s ’65 Dodge Coronet ‘My Gold Digger’ altered wheelbase car and Spencer Schreindl’s ‘ ‘Max Wedgie ’64 Dodge Polara, which was engineered into a 0.2 elapsed time improvement over the off-season.
In the first round, Grinwald edged Schreindl 8.799 at 151.84 to 8.831 at 154.05. In their final match up, Grinwald again ran the razor edge for the win, 8.727 at 152.98 to 8.771 at 154.26 for Schreindl.
“This was a great day, the most fun I’ve ever had at the track,” said Schreindl. “How could anyone not enjoy action like this? This is the best-ever.”
“This is about as good as it gets,” said Grinwald. “We can’t tell who will win any one race between us but we know that every race we do will be a good one for us and the spectators.”
The rain started falling in the early morning hours and by 9 a.m. it was clear that there would be no mercy from the moisture.
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