Matt Kielman claims the Super Street title at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways for his first NHRA national event victory.
KENT, WASH. – In a battle of first time NHRA national event finalists, Matt Kielman defeated Chris Cannon Jr. to claim earn the Super Street Wally. Kielman survived several close races on his path to the Northwest Nationals winners circle.
In round one, Kielman came out on the winning side of a close double-breakout contest with Ray Carlson. After leaving together, Kielman go behind by .009-second to win the 10.857 to 10.865 race.
Matt was perfect trip-zip at the hit and 10.940 in round two move past the breakout of Larry Chase. Jim Mabry turned it -.001 red against Kielman moving him into the fourth round.
There Kielman faced NHRA sportsman great Brad Plourd. Plourd, the DragChamp pre-race pick to win, was looking to add a Super Street trophy to his already impressive collection. With a bye to the final on the line, Plourd and Kielman squared off in a great race.
Plourd let go first, .013 to .025, but it would be Kielman making it up at the finish when his 10.935 outpaced Plourd’s 10.947 by the smallest of margins. The margin of victory was .0001 in Kielman’s favor sending him to his first final round appearance.
In the final round, Kielman met up with another first time finalist in Chris Cannon Jr. Cannon was making his second late round finish in a week after losing in the semifinals at the Sonoma Nationals.
Cannon picked the wrong time to miss the tree when his .057 light was well behind Kielman’s .029. Kielman finished it up on the big end posting a 10.922 to Cannon’s 10.911 to claim his first national event victory.
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