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Twenty-three Victory Performance Parts NSS cars came to Cordova, Ill., for the first points race of the five-race series and the field included all of the past and defending series champions.
When the lane call came for the first round of eliminations, 17 of the cars came to the lane. Five cars had dropped out because of various mechanical issues, which is not uncommon at the first race of the year in any series.Among those racers was defending series champion Clay Kossuth, who spun a bearing in his engine during qualifying. He was out of the first race, but he went home on Monday, put his spare engine in, and went to Bowling Green, Ky., the next weekend for the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion and was runner-up in the Nostalgia SS race.