On July 15-17 the Nostalgia AA/Gassers, presented by Summit Racing Equipment, made their first ever trip to Byron Dragway in Byron, IL for their historic 7th annual Meltdown Drags. The clubs heads up, all out racing provided the packed Byron Dragway fans with the quickest and fastest doorslammers on the property. The club’s FaceBook fans were also a part of the action with over 46 000 views of our weekend videos!
Four club members made the trip including “Motoring” Michael Campolucci driving the “Code Blue” 1933 Willys coupe owned by Larry Morton; Al Jr. driving the “Caged Heat” 1933 Willys coupe owned by his father “Double A” Al Niespodzinski; John Foust driving his brand new 1940 Willys coupe “Lazarus” and Tim Irwin in his 1948 Anglia “Crazy Man’s Toy”.
For the first time in the clubs history, a “Outlaw” National Call Out racing format was utilized that allowed cast aluminum cylinder heads and body styles up to 1965 to also be acceptable within our existing guidelines. However, no guests decided to participate.
Continuing the work on his new program, John Foust clicked off a 5.57 ET @ 121 MPH then qualified number three with a 5.49 ET @ 102 MPH. Tim Irwin worked diligently on his fairly new hot rod running a 5.42 ET @ 131 MPH and a 5.41 ET @ 119 MPH before qualifying number two with a 5.37 ET at 130 MPH. New driver Al Niespodzinski Jr. continued his experience behind the wheel with very consistent quick and fast times running a 5.08 ET @ 135 MPH and a 5.09 ET @ 135 MPH before qualifying number one with a 5.22 @ only 113 MPH. Al Jr’s string of 5.0 ET’s made him one of two of the quickest doorslammers on the property. Veteran club member Michael Campolucci ran a 5.21 ET @ 113 MPH before qualifying fourth with a 6.40 ET @ 81 MPH.
The first round of eliminations paired Irwin with Campolucci and Niespodzinski with Foust under the beautiful night sky and still packed bleachers. With both Irwin and Campolucci staged and ready to do battle, the tree feel but unfortunately for Irwin, he lit the red light handing the win to Campolucci who posted the quickest and fastest doorslammer run all weekend with a 4.98 ET at 140 MPH. Next up was Niespodzinski and Foust. Foust unfortunately had some problems running a 5.54 ET @ 127 MPH while Niespodzinski continued his consistent ways running a 5.06 ET @ 136 MPH setting the stage for an epic final round. However, due to the track’s curfew, the final had to be postponed until Sunday but the skies opened up all day Sunday with rain and forced the cancellation of the event.
The Good Vibrations Motorsports “Best Reaction Time” winner was awarded to Michael Campolucci who was the quickest throughout the event with a best reaction time of .023.
The club would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to the Meltdown Drags Association and Byron Dragway for inviting us to this special event and giving us a safe track to race on.
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! Members and fans, please remember to support our sponsors as they support us racers!