Maine native Ralph Nason was one of the best Pro Stock drivers in the Pine Tree state, but it took a while for him to become a championship driver. On this date back in 1995, Nason kicked off what was the final year of the ACT Pro Stock Tour with a win at Lee USA Speedway (NH). Nason came from 15th to lead 36 laps and score the win over Dennis Demers and Brad Leighton.
From 1988 until the 1995 season, Nason tried to win the ACT Tour title with no luck.
1995 seemed different as he ran the first five races and was third or better in each race. As the tour hit the summer run, Brad Leighton began to heat up. By seasons’ end, Nason was left fifth in the final points standings after three DNF’s in the final three races. One of those DNF’s was a controversial disqualification at the Milk Bowl that season.
Despite eight podium runs and three wins, Nason could not overcome Brad Leighton’s seven wins.
After the ’95 season, the Pro Stocks had to find a new home and Nason was the champion in the first two seasons of the Northeast Pro Stock Association tour after pocketing 11 wins in two years. He also started his run at three-straight Oxford 250 wins.
Others Racing Events on This Date
1967 – Iggy Katona scored a victory at Meyer Speedway in Houston, Texas. It was one of his 11 wins in 1967 on the way to his sixth and final ARCA Championship. Only Frank Kimmel has more with 10.
1978 – Dick Trickle won a 100-lap race ASA National Tour race at Queen City Speedway (OH). Trickle beat out Mark Martin and Ed Hoffman for the victory. It was not Trickle’s first ASA victory at I-70 Speedway, as he won at I-70 three times in 1977.
1995 – Tommy Cravenho, Jr. won the Icebreaker for his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win. In his career, he ran 191 races and this was one of his three victories.
2011 – George Brunnhoelzl, III returns to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour after running the north schedule in 2010. GB3 came in after winning the 2009 title, and in 2011 he started the year with a win at Caraway Speedway. GB3’s title defense was a year late, but he never finished out of the top 10 and had a average finish of 2.79, which included five wins and 11 podium finishes.
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51 “Stat Boy”
-Photo credit: ACT