On August 20, 2016, The Nostalgia AA/Gassers, presented by Summit Racing Equipment, made their first ever trip to Richmond Dragway in Sandston, VA for their first annual Commonwealth Nostalgia Nationals. As always, the club will ran their heads up, no index racing format which entertained the Virginia fans with the quickest and fastest gassers in the world!
The club ran a Chicago Style Shootout with three club members making the trip including Al Niespodzinski Jr. driving the “Caged Heat” 1933 Willys coupe owned by his father “Double A” Al Niespodzinski who ran a qualifying best of 5.06 ET at 137 MPH; Jr. Ward driving the “Junkyard Dog” 1934 Willys sedan owned and tuned by Jim Oddy who ran a qualifying best of 4.83 ET at 147 MPH; Derek Childress driving his 1933 Willys Coupe “Classical Gas” who ran a qualifying best of 5.19 ET at 134 MPH and special gust Justus Daniel who ran a best qualifying time of 5.33 ET at 131 MPH.
The final round came down to three time defending club champion Jr Ward and up and coming Al Niespodzinski Jr. Al Jr. continued his very consistent ways clicking off a 5.10 ET at 136 MPH but it wasn’t enough to hold off Ward’s 4.84 ET at 148 MPH to take the win.
The Good Vibrations Motorsports “Best Reaction Time” winner was awarded to Derek Childress who was the quickest throughout the event with a best reaction time of .108.
The club would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to Richmond Dragway for their wonderful hospitality and providing a great racing surface and safe environment!
The club would also like to thank our gracious sponsors Summit Racing Equipment, Pro Racing Fuels, Abruzzi Transmissions & Converters, Gasser Wars Magazine, Auto Meter Competition Instruments, Moser Engineering, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels, Fast Times Rods, Good Vibrations Motorsports, Ohio Crankshaft, Alkydigger, Lokar Performance Products, USA Performance Parts and Richard Moore for their continued support! Please remember to support our sponsors as they support us racers!