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Nobile wins it ALL in Norwalk, NHRA and K&N titles

Larry Hill’s ’71 cuda gets Stock title
Posted July 9 2012 06:41 AM by RBolig 
Filed under: Mopar News, RANDY BOLIG

Hill Wins A/SA

More than just the weather was hot in Ohio on the 4th.

By Geoff Stunkard

Nobile Wins

For Vincent Nobile, the NHRA’s July 4th extravaganza at Summit Motorsports Park in northern Ohio, created big memories. Nobile came into Norwalk looking to make waves in the Pro Stock class and took home dual titles, in the special K&N Horsepower Challenge on Saturday and the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals on Sunday, leaving the event sponsor’s flagship Camaro and Summit driver Jason Line as a bridesmaid both days.

Nobile and his Mountain View Tire Avenger, however, was not top qualifier; that honor again fell to Allen Johnson, who recorded a great 6.663 at 207.43 on Friday evening to take the top slot (his fourth pole in five events). Brutal temperatures that blanketed much of the eastern half of the country created daytime conditions that saw the track temp hit over 140 degrees and a corrected altitude of 4600 feet. Nobile was fifth, right behind V. Gaines. Jeg Coughlin Jr. was tenth, and Chris McGaha did not make the final program.

As Saturday’s qualifying continued, eight racers were paired up to run for the big-buck K&N title. Nobile outpowered Allen Johnson in round one, 6.71 to 6.73, then beat Mike Edwards 6.733 to 6.733. That race was won on the starting line by just .006 (.051 to 057 reaction times). In the final, Nobile again used his starting line prowess to get a jump on Jason Line, (.037 to a .066 for Line). At the stripe, Nobile won by three feet (.011), clocking a 6.750 to Line’s closing 4.732. That’ll be $50,000, pal!

Sunday dawned cooler and most first round winners were below their best times in qualifying; Jeg ended Erica Enders hopes to be a back-to-back winner, Gaines beat Greg Stanfield, AJ went Low ET of the event with a 6.616 trouncing of Ronnie Humphrey, and Nobile finished it off with a solid 6.630 win over Warren Johnson. Round two found Nobile and Allen Johnson advancing, and they subsequently faced each other in the semifinals, where Nobile parlayed a 7.79 to victory when Johnson shook the tires and shut off. That set up a final with Line for the second day in a row. At the green, Nobile was a little later than Line, clocking a .020 to Line .010, but the Johnson & Johnson power made up the difference and at the finish line the gap had widened to 11 feet as Nobile ran a 6.6618 to Line’s 6.705.

Funny car action found Johnny Gray on the top of the field and all four Shcumacher cars in for Sunday, but three were eliminated in round one, and Ron Capps, the sole survivor, got crossed up in round two and took out the timing blocks on the top end to disqualify the run.

Meanwhile, Larry Hill’s Panther Pink ’71 ‘cuda was classified up in A/SA and marching through the heat to take its driver into the money round. Hill went six rounds to win, beating Randy Wilkes in the final with a 10.538 on a 10.53 dial-in with a great .013 reaction; Wilkes broke out in the other lane.  

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