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  • Mark Bardsley leading P & I Pascoe Cartage Top Doorslammer at the
    2014 IHRA NZ Nationals: 16th Mar 2014

Mark Bardsley top qualified with a 6.684 at 203.52 in his 68 Camaro. Photo by Popeye Pics

Seven competitors fronted for the P & I Pascoe Cartage Top Doorslammer bracket at the 2014 IHRA NZ Nationals. Saturday was completely rained out and the decision was made to try and run the whole meeting on the Sunday. The first qualifying session was lead out by Barry Plumpton in his 2005 Monte Carlo and Rod Benjes in the DB Racecars 92 Beretta. Barry recorded a 7.513 at 175 mph while Rod recorded a 7.213 at 198.58 mph. Craig Brown was unable to start the newly rebuilt 55 Chev, after it was started successfully in the pits, and was out for the day. Trevor Smith then had a solo pass in the 75 Statesman and went to the top spot with a 7.211 pass at 200.17 mph.

The second session saw Trevor improve with an engine smoking 7.059 at 194 mph and he withdrew from competition. Mark Bardsley then took over the top spot with a 6.684 at 203.52 mph in the Rislone 68 Camaro. Ross taylor had tyre shaking first pass with an 8.372 at only 117 mph. Barry Plumpton improved by 2 thousandths of a second with a 7.511 at 177.58, in the Focus Construction Interiors Monte Carlo. Rod Benjes did not improve upon his 7.213 as he recorded an 8.16 after throwing a blower belt. Wayne Yearbury came out for his first qualifier, damaged the starter dog, and could not start the KC Tools 53 Studebaker. This meant that he would start at the bottom of the field and face the top qualifier, his good friend Mark Bardsley, in the first round of eliminations.

The only pass for Ross Taylor was a tyre shaking 8.372 in the second qualifying session. Photo by Ralph Smith.

Trevor Smith qualified second with a 7.059, but withdrew with engine problems. Photo by Popeye Pics

Barry Plumpton qualified fourth in the nitrous 2005 Monte Carlo. Photo by Popeye Pics

1Mark Bardsley68 Camaro526 KBManukau6.684203.52
2Trevor Smith75 Statesman540 BBBeachlands7.059200.17
3Rod Benjes92 Chev Beretta532 CIWhitemans Valley7.213198.58
4Barry Plumpton2005 Monte Carlo632Massey7.511177.58
5Ross Taylor57 Chev Sport Coup511 TFXPukekohe8.372117.5
6=Wayne Yearbury53 Studebaker526 KBPapakuraNTR 
6=Craig Brown55 Chevrolet572 ChevWaiukuNTR 

Yearbury decided to swap the supercharger from his funny car into the Studebaker and it was finished with Wayne strapped into the car, while being called to staging. It was to no avail as the Studebaker developed an oil leak, during the first round burnout, and was shut down. Mark Bardsley then took an early shutoff 7.323 single at 133 mph, to advance to the final. The other first round race was between Rod Benjes and Barry Plumpton. Rod improved with a 6.994 at 186.64 to defeat Barry, who also improved with a 7.296 at 173.56.

Rain again intervened and, with daylight running out, the final was postponed until April 5.

After a frantic supercharger swap, the first round burnouts was as far as Wayne Yearbury got in eliminations. Photo by Ralph Smith.

Rod Benjes advanced to the finals after defeating Barry Plumpton. Photo by Popeye Pics