Daily Results from Blue Suede Cruise

With music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s playing in the background, drivers are shining, showing and going in their 1972 and earlier street rods as part of the 16th Annual Blue Suede Cruise sponsored by AkzoNobel, Friday through Sunday, July 14-16, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park.

The event with a Sweet 16 theme in honor of its sixteenth year in existence boasts a manufacturers' midway with products from Summit Racing Equipment, Trick Flow Specialties, AkzoNobel, Muscle Products and other companies, as well as seminars, a vintage fashion show and Women's World shopping.  

A Smoky Burnout Contest will bring the heat at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and it will be followed by a concert by the Van-Dells and a flame-throwing contest featuring judging for Injection and Non-Injection categories, and $250 awaits the winner in each of those two categories. There also will be a parade of neon lights and a colorful display of fireworks over the track.

Door prizes are being offered throughout the weekend. 

In addition, Nostalgia Drag Racing League's Pro 7.00, Pro 7.50, Pro Comp and Pro Gas categories, as well as Hot Rod Eliminator and a Gasser Magazine Gasser Appreciation Race, are in the spotlight. - Mary Lendzion



While Don Campbell of Vermillon, Ohio, had begun the rebuild of a 1934 Chevy Master sedan with his son, Christopher Campbell, several years ago, Christopher died suddenly before they could finish it on June 25, 2007.

Understandably, the car was relegated to the back of the barn before finally being driven in as-in condition while Don and his wife, Viki, grieved, but one day in 2013, Viki urged her husband to finish it, as she was sure it's what their son would have wanted.

With help from family friend Jeff VanWave, Don completely customized the car, painted it, built a small-block Chevy for it and made plans to show it in memory of their son at the Blue Suede Cruise sponsored by AkzoNobel this weekend, July 14-16 at Summit Motorsports Park.

Now set up among other classic cruisers at America's Racetrack, Don and Viki have been talking with fans about their car and the inspiration behind its customization, and while their son is on their minds, an angel they say represents him is on their rear-view mirror. - Mary Lendzion

In his 1972 Plymouth Satellite, Rob Rose of Amanda, Ohio shot some serious flames to win the Non-Injection category of the flame-throwing contest.

Stacey Sherwood of DuBois, Pennsylvania earned the Neon Parade win in a 1955 Lincoln Capri.
After three days of fun-runs and racing, the sixteenth running of the Blue Suede Cruise sponsored by AkzoNobel came to an exciting conclusion just before nightfall on Sunday.
In the Pro 7.00 final, Dana Glick of Lima, Ohio drove a 1967 Camaro to a 7.08 to take the win over Larry Harlen, who turned in a 7.06 in his 1948 Anglia, and in the Pro 7.50 final, Bo Boles clocked a lifting 8.37 in his 1923 T when Art Millet wasn't able to compete in his 1932 Bantan.
The Pro Comp final put the spotlight on Jeff Lawson and his 1927 T Roadster and Vern Griffith and his vehicle, and Lawson landed the win with an 8.46 while Griffith recorded a 7.92. The Pro Gas final saw Nick Dishon drive to victory in his 1969 Camaro with an 8.51 on an 8.50 dial over Kenny Robinson, who pushed his 1967 Fairlane to a 10.02 on a 10.00 dial.
In the Gasser Magazine Nostalgia Gas final, Tony Halsey drove his 1949 Crosley to an 11.91 on an 11.80 dial and the win after Bill DiBartolo turned on the red light in his 1956 Chevy, and in the Gasser Magazine Comp Gas final, Dana Keyes, Jr. picked up the win in a 1941 Ford coupe with a 10.36 on a 10.40 over Joe McCullough, who turned on the red light. That set the stage for the subsequent Gasser Magazine run-off featuring Keyes, Jr. and Halsey, and Keyes, Jr. earned the win.
The Hot Rod Eliminator final shined the light on Matt Dadas and his 1982 Ranger and Joe Luzar and his 1968 Dart, and with a .005 reaction time and 10.47 on a 10.41 dial, Dadas drove to the win over Luzar, who turned in an 11.51 on an 11.46 dial.
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