Bayou Boyz Slate Cummings Conquers Two Events at IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals

The IHRA and State Capital Dragway agreed to hold the Mardi Gras Nationals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2009. This deal brought IHRA racing into the backyard of one of the most successful sportsman racing families in the history of the sanctioning body, the Cummings family.

IHRA driver Slate Cummings Doubles up at Mardi Gras Nationals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
IHRA driver Slate Cummings Doubles up at Mardi Gras Nationals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cummings Motorsports is a family automotive business that fields a 9-car team and has been a staple along the IHRA circuit. Slate Cummings has a pair of IHRA World Championships in the Top Dragster and Super Stock categories. Slate’s brother Britt Cummings’ Quick has a Quick Rod crown. After nearly two decades of chasing the IHRA tour, the team, also known as the Bayou Boyz finally had the opportunity to enjoy a national event competition within an hour of their Hammond, Louisiana home.

It’s a great feeling for racers to emerge victorious in their home town and Slate Cummings made the most of this opportunity in front of his fans, family and friends at State Capital Dragway. Cummings captured the Super Stock category in his Moser Engineering backed Cavalier with K&N products. He saved his most impressive race for last. At the wheel of his Moser Engineering backed Pontiac Firebird with K&N products, Cummings advanced to the final round of Stock Eliminator. “We use K&N air filters and oil filters on all of our vehicles,” said Cummings. “With K&N I’m faster and very consistent on the track.”

He faced Division 4 standout Jarrod Granier in his second final round of the day. Granier posted a .013 reaction time, and dead-on 11.143 for a great .016 package. That run should be good enough to win most Stock final rounds throughout the season. It was, however, not enough to deny Cummings’ bid for a double victory. Slate trumped the great run of Granier, posting a .005 reaction time of his own, and running dead-on his 10.29 target with a 10.298, stealing the victory by a mere .003 of a second.

“This is a great feeling,” said Cummings. “I’ve won several national events. I even was able to double up once before. But to win both classes here, in Baton Rouge, with our family and friends here, this is something I won’t forget.”

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