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Doorslammer racers and fans couldn’t have asked more from a race and a championship season that what the last race of the Victory Performance Parts 2011 Nostalgia Super Stock Series delivered at the 58th annual World Series of Drag Racing at historic Cordova (Ill.) Dragway Park. By the end of the race the racing Frees brothers from Menasha, Wisc., had nearly as much influence on the championship that the two drivers that were trying to win.
Let’s set the scene. After winning two series events each during the season, GM racer Dan Beale driving a Pontiac and professional Mopar sportsman racer Al Corda came to the World Series needing to go only one more round than their opponent to clinch the championship.
To make it even more dramatic, Beale and car owner Dan Driscoll had thrown a rod out of their Indian and had to build a new engine, which they finished in the early morning hours of the day the race started.
None of those issues faced Al Corda.
The all-run N/SS field at this year’s World Series of Drag Racing event was the largest in the history of the series. Thirty-two nostalgia factory muscle cars attempted to qualify and 30 cars lined up for the first round of eliminations after two cars succumbed to mechanical failure in qualifying.
Ironically, both Corda and Beale were qualified in a position that meant they couldn’t race each other until the finals, so in the semifinals the point leaders each raced a Frees brother.