Slate Cummings Doubles in Tulsa Winning NHRA Division 4 Super Stock and Stock

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Slate Cummings won the Super Stock and Stock crown in Tulsa, making it his second double-up weekend in two years
Slate Cummings won the Super Stock and Stock crown in Tulsa, making it his second double-up weekend in two years
When the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series(LODRS) recently visited Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma for their 2012 Central Region event, Division 4 JEGS All-stars double representative, Slate Cummings, stole the show by winning in both Super Stock and Stock for a second straight year. The K&N backed driver also accomplished that feat at the 2011 season opener in Houston. At Tulsa Raceway Cummings defeated Oklahoma hero Jared Swinehart in the Super Stock final and bested Hammond, Louisiana neighbor Jody "Cool" Simoneaux in the Stock final for his second consecutive Stock LODRS crown. Cummings earned the title in Super Stock driving his familiar Moser Engineering-backed Chevrolet Cavalier and in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his Moser Engineering Pontiac Firebird. After doubling up in Tulsa Cummings leads the Division 4 points in Super Stock and is second in Stock.
After Tulsa Cummings leads the Division 4 points in Super Stock and he holds second place in Stock
After Tulsa Cummings leads the Division 4 points in Super Stock and he holds second place in Stock

Cummings came into the Tulsa event carrying the hot hand after his Stock Eliminator victory at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, Louisiana, which was a hometown LODRS event for the local champion. Cummings continued his Stock eliminator winning streak in Tulsa, taking out Gary Emmons, Darrell Erwin, and Billy Lynn to earn a single into the semi-final round. There, he knocked off Dean Oliver to setup an all-Moser Engineering final round alongside teammate Simoneaux. Simoneaux ended the drama early with a foul-start, handing Cummings the victory.

Handling double duty like a true champ the two-fisted racer was also working his way through the Super Stock field as well. Cummings opened eliminations with a win over 2011 top-ten finisher David Bogner. He then advanced through rounds two and three with victories over Division 5 standouts Mark Jenkins and Mike Town. After a quarter final bye run, Cummings dispensed of Justin Jenkins to advance to his second final round of the day. There, he used a slight .015 to .026 starting line advantage over Jared Swinehart to win a double breakout affair: 9.308 (9.34 dial) to 9.596 (9.63 dial).

"It's always a good feeling to win," commented Cummings. "But I always laugh and say that I'm never satisfied; you come to the track to win, and I normally drive two cars. So when I win in one, I say that I'm not satisfied because I lost one of them. This weekend I didn't lose, so I don't really know what to say!"

The double victories strengthened Cummings's 2012 title hopes. A top five finisher in the NHRA Stock Eliminator standings in each of the last two seasons, Cummings has moved into third place in the 2012 NHRA national standings. The victory also moved Cummings into the 2nd spot in the NHRA Division 4 Stock Eliminator points chase. Cummings' Super Stock success pushes him atop the NHRA Division 4 standings, and into the 13th spot in the NHRA Lucas Oil national standings.

After Tulsa the Moser Engineering-backed Cummings Motorsports Team headed north to Joliet, Illinois for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. Cummings will once again compete in both Super Stock and Stock at the Joliet event; in addition he also has the opportunity to once again represent the NHRA South Central Division in the prestigious JEGS All-Stars competition. During this elite shootout, Cummings will attempt to defend his JEGS All-Stars Super Stock title. Cummings moves into rarified air as he is one of only three drivers to have earned a berth in the All-Stars shootout in two categories – Stock and Super Stock.

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