NA­TION­ALS HERO

NZV8 - - DRAGGED UP -

Over the past few sea­sons, few rac­ers have clocked up as many miles as Barry Plump­ton. Hav­ing won both IHRA and NZDRA na­tional se­ries in his pre­vi­ously cam­paigned Chev Monte Carlo, he’s just done it again — this time in his moun­tain mo­tor Ca­maro. De­spite this be­ing Barry’s first sea­son with the car, with plenty of learn­ing to be done, the car-and-driver combo is a force to be reck­oned with. Run­ning near the pointy end of the Top Doorslam­mer list right from the get-go at the IHRA Na­tion­als, Barry dropped his al­ready im­pres­sive PB to a stag­ger­ing 6.16s at 235.23mph. To top off the achieve­ment, he made it through the rounds to come up against Rod Har­vey in the semi-fi­nal. While Har­vey took the win, Plump­ton’s points haul saw him take the na­tional ti­tle. A week later, at the NZDRA Na­tion­als, Barry be­came half of the quick­est side-by-side doorslam­mer pass in New Zealand his­tory, with a 6.125 at 222.95 be­side Rod Ben­jes’ 6.308 at 229.83. His per­for­mance at the event was good enough to see him take the NZDRA na­tional ti­tle, too — an amaz­ing feat for a small lo­cal­based team!

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