Dave Duell Classic 2011

Dave Duell Classic Finds New Home at NMCA-Flowmaster Drag Racing Series

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – One of the largest Nostalgia Super Stock races in the country will be calling Beech Bend Raceway and the NMCA home in 2011. For the past five years the Monster Mopar event at Gateway International Raceway (Madison, Ill.) hosted the Dave Duell Classic, but with the abrupt closing of the St. Louis-area drag strip at the conclusion of the 2010 racing season, event founder Doug Duell, needed to find a new venue to host the event, which is named after his late father, Dave.

After considering many options, Duell has announced that the Dave Duell Classic will be held August 5-7, 2011 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in conjunction with the NMCA-Flowmaster event at the famed Bowling Green, Ky. Track

“Bowling Green has a great Super Stock tradition,” Duell said. “Moving the race there and pairing it with the NMCA-Flowmaster event made the most sense for the continued success of the Classic,” he added. Duell is no stranger to the NMCA racing either, having won the series’ Indy Cylinder Head Nostalgia Super Stock championship the past two seasons.

The addition of the Dave Duell Classic to the Bowling Green event has also caught the eye of Marvin Benoit, co-founder of Quick Fuel Technology, the NMCA Bowling Green event sponsor. “I’ve always been a fan of Super Stock, specifically these 60’s era cars. I have a ’66 Fairlane I’ve been working on, but now I have a reason to complete it before our race in August. Bowling Green is a perfect fit for this event and I’m happy to see Doug and the NMCA work together to bring these cars to our race,” Benoit said.

Doug and fellow racers organized the Dave Duell Classic five-years ago as a tribute to his father, Dave Duell, who was an instrumental racer and ambassador to the Nostalgia Super Stock movement across the country. The Classic is open to all brands of vehicles, and has continued to grow each year. “Last year we had 84-entries racing for the big cash prize,” explained Duell. ProMedia president Charlie Harmon adds, “It’s our goal to help grow the Classic. We’re grateful that Doug has entrusted our organization with its continued success. Nostalgia Super Stock is a big part of what we do at the NMCA-Flowmaster series and we are honored to host such a prestigious race.”

The winner of the Classic will roll out of town with a stout $4,000 payday and a chance to take home big money from the NMCA contingency program. Indy Cylinder Heads is backing the big-buck shootout.

Entry fee is $150, which includes a ticket to the AFCO Racing BBQ being held Saturday night. There will be four qualifying runs, two on Friday and one Saturday morning. The final qualifying run Saturday afternoon will also serve as the first round of class eliminations.

Reserved parking is available but in order to reserve a space, racers must contact Doug Duell (doug@evansvillekia.com) before August 1, 2011.

NMCA membership is not required when competing in the Dave Duell Classic.

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