By Bob Wilkiewicz – Peter Ores Photos
Nostalgia Super Stock® Inc. Staff
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Union Grove, WI, July 25-26 2015…… Mike Seltzer might have been a little too hard on himself considering it was the difficult sport of drag racing – but then again perhaps not too much.
“This is exactly what I should get for putting it on ‘kill,’” said the disappointed car owner/tuner.
After working all weekend to get the Seltzer and White ‘We Haul’ 1965 Chevelle back into its usual elapsed time zone, the two blew through what the track would hold and Bill White slipped and slid to 9.314 at 144.50 mph in the match race final against the ‘Keepin’ The Faith’ 1963 Plymouth driven by Paul Habura, who clocked his second-best run of the two-day Mopar/American Motors Festival at Great Lakes Dragaway July 25 and 26.
Habura recorded 8.622 at 155.76 mph for Nostalgia Super Stock® Inc.‘s event low E.T and Top Speed in Sunday’s first session among an eventual 11-car field.
White went 8.791 at 146.96 in the second session to set up the final showdown after they finally found a bent throttle transfer rod under the gas pedal to end almost two days of the frustration of knowing they shouldn’t have been running in the nines.
Meanwhile, Habura was also laboring to get the right setup for the tricky surface and schizophrenic atmosphere, which ranged from more than 4000-foot density altitude to 1500 feet at times. “I’ve set the bars dead flat,” he said after Sunday’s first session.
The group ran a total of eight sessions, five on Saturday and the remaining three starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday as rain again threatened but this time wasn’t quite able to wash yet another show this season.
“It was good to get this one in,” said NSS® Inc. president Rich Berlisk, who also with Habura’s help, accomplished some problem solving on his “Asphalt Angel’ 1963 Plymouth by replacing a set of cranky carburetors that had started acting out the previous week at Indianapolis. “The boys were ready to race.”
Berlisk ran a bunch of 9.70’s, “almost like a bracket car,” he said, including a best of 9.738 at 138.29 mph. “It picked more than a mile per hour and we’re not sure if the jetting is the best yet. There might be more in it.”
Dennis Sherer made his first event in a while and ran 10.80’s when his 1963 Ford Galaxie ‘Repeat Offender’ would grab the track. “It’s great to be running again,” he said.
Also in his first appearance of the season, Dan Hradisky and his 1963 Chevrolet Bel-Air ‘Home Wrecker’ 4-speed car rowed to some 10.70’s against Sherer, including a 10.708 at 124.15 mph in the last stanza.
In the ‘Hard Days Night’ 1964 Plymouth, John Rousset made the best of a bad torque converter, running all seven sessions at 129 mph, while ranging from 10.20 to 10.50 on the times.
“They made a mistake and shipped me a tight eight-inch instead of the correct nine-inch,” he said. “That’s absolutely as fast as it can go this way; it blows right through the motor’s 4000 rpm torque range.
“The first time it happened, I thought maybe something went wrong in the tach or wiring because the shift light stays on all the time. They will send me a new one but it’s going to take a couple of weeks until I can get it out of the car.”
Rousset rumbled with veteran/rookie Milt Schreindl’s ‘Full Tilt’ 1965 Dodge Coronet in the third event of his first season as a member, with a 10.364 at 127.40 mph best. Some black-tipped spark plugs taken out after the event showed some carburetor tuning work could also be done to his motor.
Len Grimsley Jr. continued his bracket-like consistency from Indy when his 1964 Plymouth ‘Fire and Faith’ put down a 9.134 at 148.17 best in Sunday’s last run.
Ken Kleiner came out for the first time this year with his new FX-style 1965 Mercury Comet, clocking a 10.783 at 124.24 best against his son, Keith Kleiner in his 1963 Chevrolet Bel-Air, which put down a 10.474 at almost 126 mph in Saturday’s third session.
Free lancer Mike Therrin ran in Sunday’s last two sessions as a guest with his Hemi-powered ‘Chi-Town Shaker’ 1969 Dodge Dart, going a 10.288 at 128.53 best in a mostly stock machine.
And even after the racing ended, Seltzer and White had one more problem to solve. They were all packed up and ready to leave when some members called them out of their motor home and pointed out a flat left front tire, off the rim of the wheel.
However, within a half hour, they were able to complete the repair and were more than happy to be rolling down the road and leaving behind a hard lesson.