- Published on Saturday, 25 May 2013 11:58
Sportsman racer claimed the Vintage Trailers Crystal SS.
NORWALK, Ohio – Accel Sportsman delivered on time by TFC Transportation driver Nick Hastings won the 2012 Super 64 runoff on Saturday, May 25, 2013, since the finale of the Mr. Gasket $50,000 Super Series rained out at the Halloween Classic in October at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Now Nick Hastings, 26, Shelby, Ohio owns a Vintage Trailers Crystal SS racing trailer which matches a Vintage Trailer that his racing partner, James Ring, Sandusky, Ohio, won in the 2011 Super 64.
“It feels great,” Nick Hastings said. “A lot of effort goes into this. Family and friends are a big part of this. I couldn’t do it without them.”
Motioning toward other racers mashing gas on the racetrack and watching from the staging lanes, Nick Hastings said, “They’re all like a big family.”
“I’d especially like to thank my grandparents, John and JoAnn Hastings, my beautiful girlfriend, Amber Mansfield, my good friend Jim Ring, and my parents for supporting me and my racing, Melissa and Doug McCandlish from Westerville, Ohio.”
Nick Hastings said he won other big races recently.
“This year we started out with a Ten Grander in Coastal Plains, North Carolina,” Nick Hastings said. “And I got first and second in a Five Grander in Mississippi. They allowed me to double enter. And we closed out last year with a Ten Grand, two fives and a three. It’s been good.”
Nick Hastings began racing as a seven year old, cruised through Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco competitions, and lined up as an adult about seven years ago.
For six of those years Nick Hastings signed up to run points in the Finish Line Club in the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
The 2012 Super 64 marked Nick Hastings’ third attempt at the elite race.
To be eligible for the Super 64, racers in the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series sign up for the Finish Line Club, a season points competition at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio,
Four classes in the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series are eligible for the Super 64 – Mallory Super Pro; Mr. Gasket Pro; Wiseco Cycle Tech Super Bike; and Accel Sportsman delivered on time by TFC Transportation. However, a racer must finish in the top 16 points earners in the class to compete in the Super 64.
Each class races to a class winner. Those four winners, called the Final Four, race each other to determine who first picks a prize.
And everyone who qualifies for the Super 64 receives a prize, ranging from $100 for appearing in the first round, to a winning pick of one of four $20,000 top prizes.
Since Nick Hastings won the event in a 1983 Mustang, he chose a Vintage Trailers Crystal SS racing trailer.
Bobby Tengler, Maple Heights, Ohio, Mallory Super Pro, chose a 2012 Patriot Swing Arm American Race Cars dragster, built with help from associate sponsors:
• Archer Custom Chrome, chrome work.
• Meggitts Blasting and Powder Coating, powder coating.
• Mickey Thompson, four tires.
• Moser Engineering, housing, center section, axles.
• Penske Racing Shocks, shocks.
• R&R Auto Body, one color paint.
• Summit Racing Equipment, master cylinder.
• Weld Racing, four wheels.
• Woodhaven Industries, spindles, steering arms, pinion, steering box.
Warren Smith, Temperence, Mich., Mr. Gasket Pro, chose a V’s House of Horsepower 582 cu.in. big block Chevy engine, built with help from associate sponsors:
• ATI, balancer.
• Automotive Racing Products, engine fastener kit, includes head studs.
• Comp Cams, cam shaft, lifters.
• Dart Machinery, block, 355 CNC Pro 1 heads, intake.
• East Coast Auto Electric, alternator and pulley.
• Harland Sharp, roller rocker arms.
• Moroso, parts.
• MSD, distributor, crank trigger, coil.
• Nitrous Express, nitrous plate system.
• Total Seal Rings, gapless rings.
• Wiseco, pistons, rods, stroke crank.
Gary Godwin, Maumee, Ohio, Wiseco/Cycle Tech Super Bike, chose a J&J Sales Kawasaki Mule 610 side-by-side ATV.
Racers in the Elite 8 who lost also lined up against each other to determine fifth through eighth places.
David Davis, Toledo, Ohio, racing a 1998 S&W dragster, won fifth place and a prize package:
• Dart Machinery, one set of race series bare heads.
• Edelbrock, one “as is” carbureator manifold.
• Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, one super class school.
• Goodyear Tire and Rubber, one set of Goodyear Eagle rear slicks.
• Harlow Tire Racing, one pair Goodyear Eagle Front Runners.
• Lincoln Electric, one Pro 140 welder.
• Moser Engineering, one set of axles.
The other Elite 8 qualifiers, Rick McWaters, Bucyrus, Ohio, Brian Cireddu, Brunswick, Ohio, and Pat Brumbaugh, Bellevue, Ohio, each won $500.
Other prizes in the Super 64 for eliminated drivers included:
• Round one, $100.
• Round two, $150.
• Round three, $200.
For information about the Super 64, the Finish Line Club, and the Mr. Gasket $53,100 Super Series, click on: That could be me!
For RACE RESULTS from the 2012 Super 64 in the Mr. Gasket $50,000 Super Series on May 25, 2013 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, click on: Great prizes, best racing!