2011 Season Ending Update
Las Vegas, NV (October/November) – HMR concluded their 2011 season campaign participating in the NHRA Pro Mod finale at the Strip followed three weeks later by the Street Car Super Nationals.
This was Clint’s first appearance at a NHRA National event and he and the team did not disappoint qualifying the Duttweiler built 396 CID twin turbo small block with a 6.077 at 243.72 to secure the #14 spot. The little orange GTO was a crowd favorite holding its own against the bigger cubic inch nitrous, blown and turbocharged field running with no weight break. The first round pitted the GTO against the #3 qualifier Melanie Troxel with the R2B2 big block twin turbo Corvette. Leaving together with identical reaction times, Clint was slightly ahead at the 330 but Melanie got the best of us running a stout 5.935 at 253.56 to our respectful 6.045 at 245.18. Although we didn’t get a round win, to experience the competition at that level was “priceless”. .
The Street Car Super Nationals followed three weeks later back at the Strip. Over 50 of the fastest Pro Street cars in the country showed up to earn a spot in the 36 car field racing for $20,000 and loads of contingency money. We got behind the eight ball very early trying to run a new turbo combination and found ourselves not in the program going into the fourth and final round of qualifying. We decided to put the car back to where it was three weeks early which proved to be a great move. As they say from the “outhouse” to the “penthouse”, Clint put down a great pass driving through some early tire shake to a 6.068 at 245.58 putting us into the #12 spot.
First round of eliminations put us side by side with our great friend Monty Berney, the father of Pro Street racing. Both Clint and Monty found themselves in a pedal fest losing traction early in the run. The little GTO prevailed in a close race 6.529 at 243.02 to Monty’s 6.551 at 211.36. Second round action matched us against Troy Coughlin who had run in the 5’s and set top speed of the meet at over 256 MPH. As many know, Troy had used our car earlier in the Pro Mod season until his new car was completed. Unfortunately for Troy, an equipment malfunction during staging caused the car to creep through the staging beams giving Clint the win with a red light. A bitter sweet win for us since it was Troy who had made it possible for us to race in Las Vegas by bringing our car to the track and allowing us to pit with them. Into the quarterfinals against Sean Rentiera and just one great race with Clint taking the win with a 6.035 to Sean’s 6.054. Our dream of a second SCSN final round appearance ended in the semifinals with loss to our good friend Mike Maggio. Considering the level of competition, getting to the final four cars was very gratifying and of course we look forward to coming back next year.
Hairston Motorsports & Racing would like to give special thanks to Lucas Oil for being our title sponsor this year and also thank our many other loyal sponsors; Pertronix, Duttweiler Performance, Precision Turbo, XS Power, Powermaster, Racepak, Hoosier Tire, K&N, Crower Clutches, Lenco, Comp Cams, Dart, T&D Machine, Scat crankshafts, Hogan Manifolds, Jesel, Strange, Motive Gear, Inland Empire Driveline, SCE Gaskets, Starside Design, Specialty Fasteners, Russell, Brodix and ARP for their continuing support and our great crew including Doug Stewart, Tom Esbri, Dustin Lee and Bill Hickok.
Nikki Lanser, Marketing Director