Chuck McAbee | 3 Mar 02:03 2008
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Tom Nehl National XXX

The 30th Tom Nehl National was held at Roebling Road Raceway outside
Savannah, GA on the March 1-2 Weekend. 

Entry from all classes was down with only 137 registered. On top of the thin
registration, there were additional no shows. The Registered 14 car grouping
of F500-FF-FV was reduced to 11 when Clint McMahan and two of the 3 Fords
were not able to attend. After the first practice session on Saturday
morning the field was shrunk to 10 as Tom Manalio had engine problems that
could not be fixed at the track. 

The Weather Steward performed his duties flawlessly! While the morning were
cool, in the 40's, once the Sun arrived the temps improved to the upper 60's
to low 70's. Very comfortable racing. 

The race was flagged off at approximately 10 AM with the lone Ford checking
out. Wayde Alfarone and I were the lone F500's with me qualified on the
pole. At the drop of the flag we both checked out from the FV field and for
19 laps Wayde filled my mirrors at nearly every turn until I had a heim
joint break in the front suspension causing me to have a snap spin on the
short chute between turns 4 & 5. That was the race as Wayde Alfarone won his
initial National Race. 

Congratulations Wayde.

 
Chuck McAbee
SEDIV #16
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