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Congrats to Don Bowles

Runner up and a nice write up.



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The Edelbrock Hot Street class is the epitome of small-block Ford-powered naturally-aspirated racing. Charlie Booze qualified number one, earning himself a bye into the semifinals where he’d face off against Bob Hanlon, who advanced when Jim Sutterlin redlit in the first round. Unfortunately for Hanlon, he left before the tree activated, ending his weekend and sending Booze on to the final round. ’08 Champ Robbie Blankenship went up against Kentucky’s Don Bowles, who proceeded to uncork a holeshot that gave him a half-tenth lead right out of the gates. Blankenship couldn’t keep up with Bowles after losing the battle on the tree, allowing Bowles to move onto the semifinal. Max Gross won over Rick Riccardi in the first round on a strong holeshot, sending him on to meet up with Bowles in the semifinal. Bowles overcame a wild wheelstand and a tenth advantage on the tree by Gross to move on with an 8.65 to Gross’ 8.77. In the final round, Bowles stood the car up hard and got slightly out of the groove, giving Booze the win, 8.64 to 8.68.
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That would have been a great side by side race to see.Congrats to the "Freight Train" Charlie on the win and runnerup for Don.

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Damn, the old guy got game!!!
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Congrats Don - I thoroughly enjoyed hearing you speak at the winter tech seminar.

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He's definately a tough one
I've been a Fan of Don's since I got my pic w/him and his S/S 71 Coal Digger Mustang in Columbus at the Spring Nationals in the 70's. I'm going to see if I still have that photo.

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Damn, the old guy got game!!!

I am pretty sure he is running a 360" motor also. Probably one of the smallest in the class. I think, and I am not sure of this, but I thought it was a stick car also, which carries a weight penalty. Probably a trade off for the cubic inches though. Still that is DAMN impressive for a small block N/A class with no wheelie bars on a true 10.5 tire. 8.60's is insane for a 3200lb small block car N/A. He also is the only NON MUSTANG in the class that I am aware of. Dare to be different and he has proven to be more than capable of winning on any given day. Cool deal Don .

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It's the 1st auto trans car he has ever had......150# wt. break...I'd guess he thinks the pentalty for a stick is a little severe . He did say that the manual trans is in the trailer in case the rules change.

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