The successes keep on rolling in for Noonan Race Engineering's 2020, as an all Noonan-final round decided the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals in Orlando, while other Noonan customers racked up performance benchmarks and trophies elsewhere in Florida.
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Caruso Family Racing scored one of their greatest ever wins, as driver Alex Laughlin defeated Todd Tutterow's AAP Camaro in the final round of the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals.
Laughlin qualified third with a 5.66/252mph in the Noonan 4.9 Hemi-powered Camaro, only just off the world record for supercharged NHRA Pro Mods. The final round saw a 5.67 pass net Laughlin victory as Tutterow battled tire shake.
“Lee White is definitely an underestimated crew chief,” Laughlin told Drag Illustrated after the event. “The dude knows what he’s doing. He deserves all the credit for this. The Carusos have some of the nicest equipment money can buy in the class. Props to them, props to Lee. We just won the first-ever World Doorslammer Nationals and it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
The Caruso family use a range of Noonan's off-the-shelf products, and their performances demonstrate how every Noonan customer gets a product that can be used to win races.
While Tutterow would have been disappointed not to bring home the $50,000 winner's cheque, it has been an outstanding 'off season' for the North Carolina driver. Tutterow won the Arabian Drag Racing League's Pro Mod championship in Qatar just a few weeks ago, before returning to the USA to ready his brand new Noonan 4.9" powered Jerry Bickel 2020 Camaro, which debuted in Orlando.
A two hour drive north at Gainesville Raceway, Annie Whiteley stunned the Top Alcohol Funny Car world when she blasted to the fastest ever speed for the class during the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
After top qualifying at the event, nicknamed the 'Baby Gators' with a 5.397, Whiteley's first round 5.430 run at a massive 276.18mph created history for methanol-fuelled Funny Cars, all with the Noonan 4.8 Mach I Hemi.
The pass followed a sensational start to Whiteley's season one week ago at No Problem Raceway, where she won the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event there for the fourth year straight.
Meanwhile, down at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Eric Gustafson was dropping some performance bombs of his own in the Xtreme Pro Mod class of the NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event.
After top qualifying with a 3.673/207.75mph in his Noonan 4.9 Procharger-equipped Camaro, Gustafson went on to smash out a 3.630 in the first round, setting a new eighth mile record for centrifugal supercharger-equipped Pro Mods.
Gustafson was not only the performance leader in the field but also the most consistent driver, with a second round 3.671, a semi final 3.649 and then a final round 3.685 against Andrew Handras putting the Coast Packing Company Camaro into the winner's circle.
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