Freedom Racing Engines Hot August Nights is in the books.
- Posted August 11, 2017 -
August always brings two things for the NDRL with those being racing at Gateway with Mel Roth and the SCSN and ridiculously hot weather. NDRL teams unloaded for the Freedom Racing Engines Hot August Nights to cooler temps than we have ever had before at this event which made first round a tuners lap with everyone catching up by midday Saturday.
Quick Fuel Technology PRO Gas showed up again with the top ten cars separated by .04 giving notice that these guys do not mess around. The pride of Batavia, Il Gary Wildy dropped the hammer first going dead zero on his D/G index claiming the Dishon Transmission low qualifier bonus. Next was Dave Mullin who rolled right up to hit his B/G index dead zero as well. As if that is not enough, Terry Ausmus hit the track to also take a dead zero lap hitting his C/G index perfectly leaving Buddy Dickerson and Mike Ryan to round out the top five.
Semifinal pairings found Nick Dishon advancing past Greg Hillyer to meet up with Kenny Robinson who rode the bye into the final. Dishon steamrolled the tree and held the advantage to the stripe taking his second win this season.
Rod and custom machine PRO Comp rolled under the tower next and Todd Kapp landed on top of the pile by running dead 8 to take the Dishon Transmission low qualifier bonus followed Dale Fidler, Gary Leever, Shane Bowman, and Shane Rasler. Semifinal pairings found Leever advancing over Gary Williams to meet Rasler who put Troy Wilson packing up. Rasler took the tree but could not seal it up with Leever taking the win.
Phenix Industries PRO 7.5 roared to life next taking their chance at the track. Bo Boles, who has been on a tear all season winning the first three races found himself taking the top spot running one over to hold the bye into race day and claim the Stanke Motorsports low qualifier bonus. He was followed by Dave Shaffer, Jarrod Bradshaw, Ric Burdine, and Pat Malloy.
Semifinal pairings found Justin Shaffer advancing over Brian Freund to meet up with Boles who advanced over Malloy. Boles took a slight advantage over Shaffer and held that forcing Shaffer under to take his fourth win in as many races this season.
Ross Racing Engines PRO 7.0 was the last to go and the suspense was building as these drivers are trying to protect their points position as the top ten in points head to Norwalk to be featured during the Night under Fire event at Summit Motorsports Park. Qualifying was tight as the top five were separated by just over 2 hundreths with Don Nave taking the lead into raceday running dead on zero taking the bye into raceday and the Stanke Motorsports low qualifier money followed by Robbie Freels, Ernie Lipinski, Gordon Horn and Dana Glick. 
Semifinal pairings found Billy Smith downing Nave to meet up with Glick who rode the bye in. The final was decided early as Smith red lighted it away handing Glick his second win of the season. The Glick family was quick to dedicate the win to midwestern racer Tex Cooper who lost his battle to cancer earlier in the day.
Next the Powershield Coatings-NDRL Championship points series will be in Martin Michigan for the ScottRods Hot Rod Nationals September 8-9 at US 131 Motosports Park.
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