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Overcoming an event-record field of 84 cars, including 77 which answered the call for the first round of Sunday eliminations, Don Baierl defeated Jim Guy 10.019 to 10.501 to claim the championship of the fifth annual Dave Duell Classic Nostalgia Super Stock Nationals during Monster Mopar Weekend at Gateway International Raceway on September 12.
The previous record of 75 entries was set last year.
“This is so great to win this event,” said Baierl, who used a .025 to .047 reaction time advantage to edge Guy by an .0041 margin-of-victory (approximately nine inches at the finish line). “That light saved me.”
Running under the SharaDon Performance Group banner from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, Baierl wheeled his black NSS/A (10.00 index) 1964 Dodge to consecutive on-the-number passes in rounds four and five, 10.003 and 10.005, respectively, before a 9.986 bye in the semifinal set up his run for the title.
“Those dead-on runs really helped,” said Baierl. “We had to change some things around with tires and weight; we ended up taking one battery out. But the car performed so well.”
Guy, from Hilliard, Ohio, used consistency to take his second runner-up performance of the weekend with his white 1964 Plymouth after he was edged in Saturday’s NSS/B class final.
Surviving a potential breakout at 10.440 in Sunday’s first round, Guy was wasn’t more than 0.03 away from his 10.50 index the rest of the day.
Geary Bates from Wintersville, Ohio, was the other semifinalist. Also running his 1967 Ford in NSS/A, Bates skillfully picked his way through the field until tripping on a -.056 red light against Guy.