Cummings Motorsports, a.k.a. The Bayou Boyz, has had numerous successes on the many levels of drag racing they compete in, from bracket racing all the way up to World Championships.
Slate Cummings Wins NHRA Wally at Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park
While one of the drivers for the team, Slate Cummings, has also added his fair share of that list of accomplishments, winning an NHRA National event had eluded him over his years of competition.
"I've been running the NHRA circuit pretty hard over the last four years," said the Hammond, Louisiana resident. "Before the Houston event, I'd made it to one other NHRA National final and that was in Stock. It was in my very first year of running NHRA. I just didn't get to seal the deal then."
While Slate will compete during the 2010 season in both Stock and Super Stock, at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park he entered in both Super Stock and Super Comp, since the Stock class wasn't contested.
"The weekend was great all the way around," said Slate. "My brother Britt was also able to make it to the semi-finals in Top Dragster and the cars were just great. Nothing went wrong with the cars, nothing broke and that just helps you keep a clear mind."
Cummings was definitely pretty clear about his intentions and that was a win in both classes. He had already made it to the final in Super Stock thanks to his stellar reaction times and back-to-back .002 lights over the two rounds leading to the final, not to mention that he was still going strong in his Super Comp entry with hopes of making two finals in one weekend.
Aspirations for the double were quashed after a close quarter-finals loss in Super Comp.
Coming from a long line of racers and almost bred into the sport of drag racing, Slate had the training not to be deterred by the loss in the dragster. He proved it was far from his mind just a little over an hour later when he lined his East Texas Chevy Cavalier up in the Super Stock final against Chris Chaney, who himself had been no slouch on the tree throughout the weekend.
With a .006 advantage off the line, Cummings parlayed that into a close .008 at the stripe and a margin of victory of a mere nineteen inches to take his first NHRA Wally.
"It was so great, I just don't know what else to say," reflected Cummings still basking in his victory. "I hope I can keep up the momentum as we head off to run again this weekend."
Cummings Motorsports competes on both the NHRA and IHRA circuits in Division 4, with a stop for the K&N clad entourage of race cars planned this weekend for the IHRA double event at Pine Valley Raceway. Slate looks to add to his IHRA points where he is tied for first in Super Stock and fourth in the division in Stock and take K&N to an IHRA final or two.
"We've worked with K&N as long as I can remember," said the newest NHRA Super Stock winner. "My dad and our family of cars have always used K&N oil filters and air filters on everything that we race and we wouldn't have it any other way."
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