The Goodguys 2nd Nostalgia Nationals, this weekend October 16-18 at Dallas Jones’s Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green Kentucky will serve up a heavy dose of drag strip yesteryear giving both fans and participants one last chance to revel in nitro fumes and tire smoke before winter sets in.
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The Nostalgia Nationals is two events in one with a full scale vintage drag race as well as a rod & custom show & shine for vehicles 1972 & earlier, sprawling throughout the scenic grounds of the historic facility on the outskirts of Bowling Green. Manufacturer’s exhibits, an auto parts swap meet and cars for sale corral will also be featured.
Full fields of nostalgia top fuel dragsters and nostalgia funny cars are expected. In top fuel, defending event champion Michael Sexton will look to repeat his improbable 2008 victory as he was the only alcohol burning dragster in a field of nitro burners at last year’s inaugural event. To his delight – the fuel cars all had trouble while he consistently ran ‘em off their feet. This year won’t be as easy with the likes Blue Suede Cruise winner Randy Bridges, Howard Haight in the “Nitrodiction” entry, “Diamond Dave” Miller, Kevin Brewer’s “Midwest Threat”, Charlie Smith, Dennis Corso, Jeff Miller’s “Time Bandit” and many others lining up to take home a big win in the season finale.
In Nostalgia Funny Car, Steve Nichols and the “Mill Road Boys” ’70 Camaro team look to continue their momentum coming off a win at the Blue Suede Cruise last month in Norwalk, Ohio. The best Funny Cars in the Midwest are expected to do battle in Bowling Green including Peter Gallen’s 5-second “Poverty Stricken” ’74 Vega, Danny Miller’s “Rear Gears” ’70 Maverick, Paul Romine’s “Man O’ War” ’79 Mustang, John Dunn’s ’69 Nova, Shawn Bowen’s Michigan based “Violator” ’78 Pontiac Trans Am and many more.
The 2nd Nostalgia Nationals is also the third and final match race between history’s most famous fuel altereds – Rich Guasco’s “Pure Hell” and Dave Hough’s “Nanook.” The two nitro burning roadsters have put on breathtaking races this summer, including a 6.460 @ 198.79 to 6.475 @ 214.11 thriller in Norwalk, Ohio last month, – Nanook taking the win. But Guasco and the Pure Hell team look to turn the tables in Bowling Green with a brand new engine. “We put in a fresh motor the other day and have a brand new blower,” Guasco said. “It should do the trick.”
Out in the rod & custom show & shine, spread throughout the scenic Beech Bend– acres of classic cars and hot rods will be on display. A midway full of vendor exhibits will offer the latest products and tech support while a vintage auto parts swap meet and car corral will offer cars and parts for sale.
Event hours are Friday and Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 8am to 3pm. General admission is $20 per day. Kids 7-12 $6. Kids 6 and under are FREE. A three day weekend pass is available for $55. Tickets are available at the event gates or online at www.nostalgianats.com.
Not registered yet? Don’t worry about it! At event registration is available! Three day car show registration is $70 and includes the car and two people. Sunday only registration is $35 and includes the car and two people. Race fee is $85 at the gate and includes the car and driver. Swap meet and car corral spaces are $65 at the gate and include one admission. To reach Beech Bend Raceway Park, call (270) 781-7634