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DiMaggio takes slingshot dragster win at Elk Creek nostalgia show

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 ELK CREEK –– It looked like old times Aug. 28 at Elk Creek Dragway with the bleachers packed and the safety standing area filled up from starting line to finish line.

The reason for the full house was the Charlie Overfelt Nostalgia Show, with more than three dozen nostalgia cars from New Jersey to Daytona Beach on hand for the big event. In the Slingshot Dragster finals, Mike DiMaggio of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. ran a 5.16 e.t. at 121 mph to top Tommy Jackson of Montvale, N.C., who posted a 5.17 e.t. at 122 mph.

Dickie Ratliff of Radford drove his 1948 Fiat to the win in the Nostalgia Cars class with a 5.88 e.t. at 108 mph. Charlie Overfelt of Roanoke was the runner-up in a 1923 T-Roadster with a 5.95 e.t. at 112 mph.

In the Flag Start class, Dustin Stamper steered his 1935 Chevy to the win over Travis Hash and his 1972 Nova.

The action also included bracket racing in all regular classes. In the Super Pro Eliminator finals, Bobby Hash of Independence took the win with a 5.32 e.t. at 115 mph in a Camaro. Taking the runner-up position was Woody Pack, also of Independence, whose Mustang ran a 5.69 e.t. at 112 mph.

Tom Baker of Bluefield, W.Va. was the winner of the Footbrake class, driving his Chevy Nova to a 7.57 e.t. at 82 mph. Robert Benge, Jr., of Mt. Airy was the class runner-up in a Chevy Monza, recording a 6.36 e.t. at 93 mph.

In the D.O.T. class, Robbie Copenhaver took the win with a 9.13 e.t. at 70 mph in a Chevelle. Robert Neal of Hico, W.Va. was the runner-up in a Pontiac with a 7.05 e.t. at 88 mph.

Timothy Jones of Max Meadows took the Motorcycle class win with a 5.33 e.t. at 116 mph. Wes Parsons of Independence was the runner-up, riding to a 6.35 e.t. at 99 mph.

Dane Shinault of Hillsville took the Junior Dragster win with a 9.07 e.t. at 66 mph. Runner-up in the class was Jason Halsey of Independence, recording a 9.22 e.t. at 60 mph.