Bowtie Boys had a blast at 50th Winternats!

There was a time when the Bowtie could be found on most of the winning pro class cars at the NHRA Winternationals. Sadly, that is no longer the case as almost the only legitimate Chevy part found on an NHRA professional class car, from an AA/FC to a Pro Stocker, is the Chevy Bowtie emblem itself.

But in the sportsman ranks it is a different story, my friends. Chevy racecars, bodies and powerplants continue to dominate the winners circle and the 50th Winternationals was no exception to that.

The quickest and fastest Chevys at the Golden anniversary Winternationals were the Monte Carlo-bodied, alcohol-burning Funny Cars driven by Sean O’Bannon and Doug Gordon. Gordon had top speed of the class at 261.22 and O’Bannon set the Elapsed Time mark at 5.541 seconds for the quarter mile. O’Bannon ran that ET in beating Gordon in the final round with a 5.541/259.96 effort to Gordon’s 5.642/259. 

The quickest and fastest doorslammers are found in the Comp Eliminator class where Justin Lamb from Henderson, NV, was the number five qualifier in his G/SMA '09 Cobalt with an ET of 8.693.

As the rounds went by Chevy star Dan Fletcher from Churchville, NY, just kept winning with his seven-second B/EA '08 Cobalt as did Duane Carter in his alky burning, injected, mouse-motored Chevy dragster, which is also a seven-second car. In the end, though, GM racer Lou Ficco beat Fletcher in the semis and Carter in the final.

Super Stock racing is another class where the Bowtie rules. The defending World Champion, Jimmy DeFrank, began the defense of his title with a trip to the final round with his brand new 2010 Chevy Cobalt.