The 28th annual Mopar Nationals held at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, concluded with the winners crowned in all of the drag racing classes as well as the show car divisions.
In the biggest class on the grounds, Brett Spring was able to take the Mancini Pro eliminator title over fellow local racer Jack Waldren. Making the win extra special was that his father Mark Spring was successful in winning the Super Pro division over Lonnie Smith just a few minutes before. This marks the first time that both have visited the winner circle together on the same day. Also picking up wins at the event were Bill Stevens (Monicatti Quick 16), Terry McGee (Flowmaster Street), Larry Smith (Indy Nostalgia Shoot-out), Woody Kilgore (Mopar Muscle Young Guns), Chris Shaffer (Passon Stick Class), Josh Harris Jr. (Hemi), and James Reeves (FWD Challenge).
Bill Stevens, out of Monrovia, Maryland, was the Quick 16 winner when he defeated Jeff Hurst in the final round. Stevens powered his 1999 Avenger to the Door side win over Ben Cantrell while Hurst drove his 2001 Undercover chassis past Chuck Anderson on the Open side. In the final, Stevens got the jump at the tree and held the advantage throughout the pass to pick up the event win.
Mark Spring got the win in Super Pro over Lonnie Smith in the final round. Spring's Newark, Ohio-based 1973 Duster gave up a slight starting line edge at the tree, but was able to run a 10.944 on a 10.91, which was close enough to the dial in for the win.