Written by Steve Baur
Photography by Fastest Street Car Magazine and RacePagesDigital.com
Drivers of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series dove into action at the 18th Annual NMCA World Street Finals presented by Chevrolet Performance, Sept. 19-22 at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis and awaiting winners was the ever-welcoming Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
Defending Chevrolet Performance Stock presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center champion Jesse Wilson collected a win at the last event in Norwalk, Ohio, but it was Haley Burkhammer who led qualifying in Indy with a 10.19 in her Camaro. Burkhammer continued her quest for victory until she faced Scott Brown in the final round. There, Brown took the advantage at the tree, but Burkhammer powered around him with a winning 10.19 to Brown’s 10.25.
The top qualifiers in the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series index categories were on their game this weekend. In LME Street King, Ricardo LaCosta led qualifying for the second event in a row with a 10.750 on a 10.75 index in his Malibu. In the final round, it was Al Corda and his COPO Camaro defeating Austin Tewell and his Monte Carlo SS.
The Proform Rumble category saw Harv Owen drive to an 11.253 on an 11.25 index in his Corvette to lead qualifying. In the all-late-model Camaro final round, David Rickey was victorious over Tim Earle.
In the Chevrolet Performance Street Car Challenge, Don Dixon was the overall winner with a 9.51 average in his Pontiac GTO, while Thomas Dabbs was the runner-up with a 9.92 average in his Corvette. Frequent class winner Jeff Brady picked up the 10-second win in his Camaro, Norm Jensen picked up his second 11-second second consecutive win with his Camaro, Jeff Zohner collected the 12-second win in his ZL1 Camaro, Blaze Struckman took home the 13-second win, Craig Watson grabbed the 14-second win in his Chevy II Nova, and Steve Weigl went home with the 15-second prize.
With the season completed, the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series will crown its class champions at a private dinner celebration held during the 2019 Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in December.