Bill Skillman came from behind to take victory in the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the first race where Chevrolet COPO Camaros, Ford Cobra Jets and Dodge Challenger Drag Paks of the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown class competed in a one-to-one format. four. .
“Coming here to race in fours was great. I really thought every quad I’ve raced in since qualifying, everyone has done a great job. I’ve been really, really impressed with the guys as we went through the quads,” Skillman said. “It was awesome, my team, my god, I can’t even tell you what a great job these guys are doing. They ran me over, I was pitiful on the tree all day today, but I had a quick hot rod here. We struggled a lot when we got here but they kept going today and they did a great job.
On lap one, No. 1 qualifier Geoff Turk and his Wild Turkey Engineering Dodge Drag Pak went 7.792 seconds at 180.21 mph to win the quad while Skillman took his Ray Skillman Ford Cobra Jet to a pass of 7.784 seconds to advance.
On lap two, Skillman would reach the final with his run of 7.828 seconds at 178.33 mph with quad winner David Barton and his 7.864 Saw Mill Auto COPO Camaro at 176.56. On the other side of the scale, Stephen Bell would take the win in 7.838 seconds at 175.78 mph in his Stanfield Racing Engines COPO Camaro with Scott Libersher’s Mickey Thompson COPO Camaro clocking 7.851 at 175.87.
In the final, Skillman, surrounded by COPO Camaros, would leave the line last but reach the line first with Barton slowing towards the end of the race. Libersher found trouble at about 100 feet and Bell was unable to follow.
“You know what, I love racing with all these guys that are here. It’s a bunch of good guys. I don’t care if it’s Camaros, Dodges, Fords or whatever. It’s awesome,” said said Skillman, “But it’s always good to beat the other mark. Always good to beat the other mark.”
Previous event winner Lenny Lottig would see his run to back-to-back wins end in the second quad. Stephen Bell would win the round and take Lottig to win the $1,000 bounty.