Morrison, CO – The 39th Annual NHRA Dodge Mile-High Nationals wrapped up recently at Bandimere Speedway. Although the Super Stock class fielded its smallest turnout of the year with only 17 entrants, the field was loaded with talented racers. When the smoke cleared, Oklahoma racer Chris Chaney was standing in the winner’s circle with his Speedy Lube 1992 Camaro after defeating Comp Eliminator stand out Shaun Vincent.
Chaney followed his LODRS win a month earlier at Bandimere with his third national event win in his sixth final round appearance at the same facility. The back-to-back wins included nine straight win lights at the mile-high facility. Chaney’s run to his third national event win was led by his superior starting line skills. Excluding his semi-final bye run, he averaged a .020 light through four rounds of competition with just a .017 window between his best and worst reactions.
Chaney opened eliminations with the toughest draw in the field, 105 time national event winner Dan Fletcher. After both left with solid .02 lights, Chaney took control at the top end with a huge dump, feeding Fletch about .05 at the strip to force the breakout.
In the second round, Chaney met up with his good friend and fellow Super Stock hitter Tyler Wudarczyk. After picking up an .011 advantage on the tree, Chris relied on his Camaro which ran .01 over to Tyler’s dead-on nine giving Chaney the win light by a hundredth.
Division 2 hitter Jeff Adkinson turned it red in the third round giving Chaney a free pass all the way to the final as the winner of this pair also received the scheduled bye run in the semi’s.
Waiting in the final was Comp racer Shaun Vincent and his modified Firebird. Although Vincent typically competes in Comp, he proved his versatility by driving to the final round in Super Stock. In the first round, Vincent laid down seven total, as in .004 at the tree and dead on with a three, in taking down the stick-shifted ’66 Chevy II of Tim Nicholson.
The second round was an interesting race as Vincent completely missed the tree but ran dead-on with a zero to force opponent Marlin Bogner and his Hemi ‘Cuda to break out. Bogner failed to tighten up the stripe as he broke out .023 after taking .071 at the stripe.
After a bye round in the third round, Vincent was paired against Brenda Grubbs in the semi-final round. After leaving almost together, both cars fell off down track. Vincent’s Firebird lit the win light when his .027 over the dial run was just enough to overcome Grubb’s .044 over the dial effort.
The Final Round
In the final round, Chaney once again nailed the tree with a .012 light, his best of eliminations, to Vincent’s .047. The holeshot allowed Chaney to safely pad the gas a couple of times, take .012 at the stripe, and win the double breakout encounter. Chaney’s .029 under run was safe as Vincent followed him through the finish with a .052 under pass.
Over the weekend, Chris had a consistent racecar and drove extremely well at both ends of the racetrack. Congratulations to Chris and the Chaney family for their latest national event triumph.