Triple Victory for Bob Kurgan in Joliet
Jul 22, 2009
July 17-19 2009
Bob "The Flyin Hawaiian" Kurgan wins 2 events AND the NMRA/NMCA Superbowl Shootout in NMCA Vortech Superchargers Xtreme Street!!!
Thats right. You read correctly. 3 wins in 1 weekend. Finishing 3rd in points in '08 as the #1 supercharged car in the class w/ his V24-Xi blown 4 eyed Fox hatchback, Kurgan is back for '09 doing what he does best. WINNING.After qualifying #3 behind 2 nitrous powered cars at the 2009 season opener in Bradenton, Fl... Bob disposed of fellow Team Vortech racer Bart Tobener and 2 other nitrous powered entries on his way to his 1st Extreme St final of the season. Unfortunately, that race never happened because Mother Nature had other plans for us that afternoon. The final was set to be run at the next event in Bowling Green, Ky but as it turned out, good old Mother Nature had decided she was going to travel w/ the series and the BG race was cancelled altogether due to rain.
Maple Grove, PA would be the next stop on the tour but Bob was unable to attend that event since he was preparing for the grand opening of his new Kurgan Motorsports performance and dyno shop in his home town of Byron, IL.
That brings us to the Superbowl of Street Legal Drag Racing In Joliet, IL. With both Bob and competitor, nitrous racer Tim Hendricks present, the stage was finally set to complete the final round from the season opener in Fl.
The final would be run in conjunction with the 2nd round of qualifying for the Superbowl event and indeed it was. When the win light came on, it showed that Bob's 8.13 had bested Hendricks 8.23 and crowned Bob for the event win that he had to wait 4 months to claim. That same 8.13 also secured Bob the #3 (there's that #3 again!) qualified spot that he would hang onto for the remainder of qualifying and would dictate his ladder placement for the Superbowl Event that lay ahead.
Facing a field of 17 Xtreme Street competitors meant that in order to win this event Bob was going to have to be on his "A" game and ready to run some numbers. A string of low 8 second passes scored him wins in the 1st 3 of 5 rounds during eliminations and due to the odd number of cars in the field, Bob snatched up a 4th round "bye" into in the final where he would be facing the 2009 season points leader, Bill Trovato. Staged and ready to go Bob and Bill left with identical .042 & .043 reaction times respectively and with what could very well be the closest race in NMCA drag racing history, the boards lit up with matching 8.163 ETs and the win going to The Flyin Hawaiian with a .0018 margin of victory!!! That's roughly 5.5"!!!
Win #2 in the bag and the only thing left to take would the be the coveted NMCA v. NMRA Superbowl Shootout where he would be pitted against the quickest NMRA Drag Radial car of the same event. Needless to say as the headline reads... Bob won that race too.
We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Bob Kurgan, his family, Chris and Justin, as well as his entire crew for a banner weekend of racing and for also securing the #2 points position in the 2009 championship battle!