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Kelly runs the number to capture crown




                                 Steve Kelly, near lane, won his first NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship with a final-round victory against Brock Moshier,
                                 10.274 (10.27 dial) to 9.191 (9.18).

by Kelly Wade
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kelly, representing the
B     etween winning the Pro title at the Division 6
      NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals and making
the trip down south from Ridgefield, Wash., to compete
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Northwest Division, scored
                                                                                                                                                                                                        an unreal victory over
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dennis Cameron’s ’27-T
in Pomona, Steve Kelly was caught in a whirlwind of                                                                                                                                                     Ford roadster in the semi’s.
frantic preparation that included the typical winter                                                                                                                                                    The margin of victory was
maintenance on his ’67 Camaro and taking the car out                                                                                                                                                    just a thousandth of a
to test at the last few events in the division. The                                                                                                                                                     second.
chaotic preparation paid dividends when he blasted
through three rounds of eliminations to claim his first        dial). Cameron clocked a .045-second starting-line               number 1 on my car. I’ve had some other
NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship                reaction to Kelly’s .046.                                        opportunities that I will explore, but right now, my
title in front of a huge group of friends and supporters.          “That round was probably the single most lucky               primary goal is to secure a spot in the Race of
    “It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun,       round of my entire life,” said Kelly. “For my opponent           Champions again next year so I can try to repeat.” ND
and it produced a good result,” said Kelly, who had to         to have a one-thou advantage at the Tree and
address several issues that popped up before the event,        then run two-thou off his dial, and for my
including a broken ladder-bar mount that required              win light to still come on, it’s almost an                                                                Pro Qualifying
welding and an oil-pump pickup that fell off during a          impossibility. When I got the time slip, I kept     1. Steve Kelly, Ridgefield, Wash. (’67 Camaro). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 6
race and necessitated an engine pull. Just before              looking at it over and over. I couldn’t believe     2. Joe Lee, Erlanger, Ky. (’95 S-10) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 3
Pomona, Kelly discovered a starter problem and                 what the numbers were. It was crazy.”               3. Dennis Cameron, Mt. Pleasant, Texas (’27-T Ford) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 4
purchased a replacement that proved faulty and had to              In the final round, Kelly concluded the         4. Bruce Wilson, Tallapoosa, Ga. (’70 Nova). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 2
be changed before his final two time trials on Saturday.       remarkable weekend and scored the win by            5. Mark Miyashiro, Torrance, Calif. (’71 Chevelle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 7
    “The first round on Sunday was very close,” said           again running the number, going 10.274              6. Andy Schmall, Lino Lakes, Minn. (’71 Vega) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division 5
Kelly, who was .014 to .031 off the starting line to           (10.27) with a .054 reaction to Brock               7. Brock 
								
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