One week after the NHRA Carquest Nationals, NHRA’s Lucas Oil Divisional race was played out at Phoenix’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and that event featured two Canadian-based race cars for the Stock eliminator championship.
Tibor Kadar (who is from Phoenix) drove Tom Nolan’s awesome ’64 Ford Thunderbolt, which is based from Winners Choice Racing in Lacombe AB, to victory when he defeated Calgary’s Bob Gullett in the final round.
Tibor combined a better R/T (.011 light) with a 10.28 secs at 121.43 mph to run down Gullett’s G/S Chevy Nova which ran 11.01 secs at 119.31 mph.
Kadar, first qualified this very unique and truly rare 427 CID A/SA Thunderbolt “clone” (that was first debuted back in 2012) in the #12 position before then prevailing during seven gruelling rounds to take the title. For driver Tibor — it was his 6th career victory at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional level.
Gullett’s strong event placing came from the #6 qualifying slot (-.947).
Post by Bruce Biegler
Photos by Bob Johnson