Cummings Doubles in Tulsa, Looks Ahead to JEGS All-Stars
Tulsa, OK: Slate Cummings earned a rare double victory, driving his Moser Engineering backed machines to the title in both Super Stock and Stock Eliminator at last weekend’s NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Series event at Tulsa Raceway Park. Cummings, no stranger to success as a mutli-time division and world champion, shared the stage in Tulsa with fellow Division 4 standout Tommy Phillips, who also achieved a much sought after double victory with triumphs in Super Comp and Super Gas.
Cummings made his way through Stock Eliminator with his Moser Engineering Corvette on the strength of steady reaction times and keen finish line decisions. After dispatching Ed Ridenhour in round one, he used a near-perfect .002 reaction time to defeat friend and Division 4 All-Stars representative David Latino in round two. He proceeded to knock out Verne Buchanan, Bill Bagley, and Jamie Greening before taking on Brenda Grubbs in the final round. With his B/SA entry dialed .01 quicker than Grubbs’ A/SA machine, Cummings got the jump at the starting line, .024 to .034, and held on for a double-breakout win with a 10.486 (10.50 dial) to Grubbs’ 10.481 (10.51).
In Super Stock, Cummings was sporting a fresh powerplant from Mike Trumble Racing Engines, which the team will utilize at least up to the US Nationals. In his Moser Engineering Cavalier, Cummings defeated Jeff Town in round 1 to earn a second round bye run. He beat Bret Voges in round 3, then used a .003 reaction time to stop reigning Division 4 Stock champion Jacob Pitt in round four. A steady .017 reaction led him past Vic Penrod in the semi-final round, then another solid .018 light in the final made for an easy victory when Lloyd Wofford had problems.
“I can’t say enough about our team,” beamed Slate Cummings. “From Moser Engineering, to my dad and brother, Cool Simoneaux, and all of the manufacturers that support us – we’ve got a really good group, and on days like this it shows. I want to thank Mike Trumble for the use of his motor, obviously we were very impressed with how well it ran. Hopefully we can build on this momentum next week in Chicago.”
This weekend’s NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, IL also plays host to the prestigious JEGS All-Stars event, a race within the race that has been very good to Slate Cummings in the past. Simply qualifying for the JEGS All-Stars event is an honor in itself, as each of NHRA’s seven geographic divisions send just one representative per class. Cummings has earned his spot in the JEGS All-Stars competition in both Stock (as the 2013 All-Stars champ he’s entered as the blocker), and Super Stock (by virtue of earning the most points in NHRA Division 4 competition). Cummings has enjoyed an incredible record in the JEGS All-Star event over the last three years, highlighted by three consecutive victories (Super Stock in 2011, Stock in 2012 and 2013). While no competitor has ever doubled in JEGS All-Star competition, Cummings has come excruciatingly close on two occasions: in both 2011 and 2013 he appeared in the final round of Stock and Super Stock, only to split final round decisions in both events.
Slate is one of just 13 competitors to hold three JEGS All-Stars titles, and hopes to join Frank Manzo (9-time winner), Rudy Matthews (5), Pat Austin, Edmond Richardson, and Jeff Taylor as the only 4-time winners of the prestigious event.
In addition to major marketing partner Moser Engineering, the Cummings Motorsports team relies on products and services from the following manufacturers: Trumble Racing Engines, FTI Torque Converters, Sunset Racecraft, B&M Performance, Weldon, Afco, Borla, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Mickey Thompson Tires, K&N, Holley Performance, Amalie Oil, Weld Wheels, Richmond Gear, Altronics, Harwood, Nitroplate, Edelbrock, Mr. Gasket, Jeff Taylor Racing Engines, Biondo Racing Products, Auto Meter, Phantom Race Cars, Simpson Safety Equipment, H&F Performance, Folk Race Cars, Moroso, Weld Wheels, Comp Cams, Renegade Race Fuels, Total Seal, Trend Performance, Diamond Pistons, and Milodon.
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