Paxton Supercharged Magnum wins at 2009 LX and Beyond Nationals
Coming off a big win in the Vortech Heads-Up Hemi class at the NMCA Nationals at Maple Grove, Chris Dufresne once again packed up the wagon and drove out to Quaker City Raceway for the second running of the 2009 LX & Beyond Nationals in Salem Ohio, 18-19 July.
This race brought modern HEMI racers from all over the country including some pretty stout competition in the form of a couple KenneBell supercharged Challengers from California and a Pro-Charged Magnum from Florida all looking to take the title away.
With the family/car unloaded, slicks mounted and a splash of race-gas added to the tank, Chris set the pace early on Saturday with a 10.04 @ 136mph, 4-5 tenths ahead of the nearest competitor. This ended up being the quickest run of the weekend, with qualifying runs in the 10.1's @ 137 Chris secured the number spot for heads up competition on Sunday.
On Sunday, the competition worked feverishly to make up lost ground, turning boost levels up, dialing in timing curves and tuning for traction as the track was slowly fading as eliminations progressed. In the end it wasn't enough to overcome the momentum Chris brought into the competition as Adam Montegue's (owner/operator of Spankin Time Motorsports) Kennebell supercharged Challenger, succumbed to the Paxton propelled Magnum in the Semi Finals.
In the finals, Lou Montgomery's Pro-Charged Magnum fell to Chris as Lou red-lighted. Despite the red-light the race for timing slip bragging rights was still on. In the end Lou's valiant 10.32 @ 133 effort wouldn't have been enough to overcome the 10.17 @ 138 Chris delivered in the finals.
With the trophy in hand and Diablo Trinity prize package in his pocket, Chris packed the family up at the track Salem Ohio and managed to squeeze another 2000 miles of vacation by driving through Canada and back down through New England as he made his way back to Southern Maryland.
There is more to come as Chris is currently testing one of Pro-Torque's new high stall converters, will be replacing the factory open diff with a newly released Limited Slip Diff from Phantum Grip and plans on upgrading the NOVI 1500 to a NOVI 2000 in order to expand the divide and deliver some solid 9's to the competition this fall.