In Super Stock, Bakersfield, California, resident Mark Kirby piloted his 1971 SS/JA Plymouth Duster 340 to the runner-up finish and Dodge Top Finisher honors. Kirby had qualified his potent small block Plymouth to the number 12 spot out of 37 entries and was running strong and consistent through six rounds of intense and grueling eliminations. In the final round, he had a great reaction time but ran too fast for his dial-in and broke out by only 0.008 of a second.
In Stock Eliminator, second-generation Mopar® Sportsman racer Jon Irving from Henderson, Nevada, drove his 1971 D/SA Dodge Demon 340 to the quarterfinals at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. During round four, Irving had an identical reaction time to his opponent and lost by mere inches at the finish line. The performance earned Irving the Dodge Top Finisher Award in the Stock class.
The Dodge Top Finisher award, now in its second year, awards $500 to the Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drivers who advance the furthest behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered Dodge, Chrysler or Plymouth racecar. The honor is awarded in both Sportsman categories at all 24 NHRA national events.