JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at Belle Rose, LA

JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at Belle Rose, LA

With an unfavorable weather forecast for Sunday, March 23, in Belle Rose, La., NHRA and track officials shifted the weekend’s schedule, moving eliminations for the NHRA JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway to Saturday morning with all qualifying and time trials being completed Friday.

The NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout specialty event originally scheduled for Saturday was run Friday with all four rounds of eliminations Friday afternoon followed by the winner’s circle celebration. Class eliminations for both Stock and Super Stock shifted to Friday.

The annual “fun” races held during the JEGS SPORTSnationals will be held on Sunday as weather permits. These events include the King of the Bayou, Stock/Super Stock CIC race, and the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Shootouts.

FRIDAY

Austin Williams took home the honors in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout and Charlie Westcott captured the Inaugural Tim Hebert “Chootout” in Friday’s action.

Williams, Burleson, Texas, qualified for the Moser Shootout specialty race in not one but two classes running in both Stock Eliminator and in Super Comp. Williams defeated David Latino in the round one Stock pairing but fell to former NHRA Lucas Oil world champion Jeff Lopez in the round one Super Comp pairing. Lopez was also pulling double duty but lost to Jimmy Lewis in Super Gas round 1.

Williams and Lopez were on opposite sides of the 16-car ladder and would both win their second and third round match ups setting up the final round rematch with Williams getting a second chance at Lopez. Williams was determined not to lose to Lopez a second time taking the win in his ’72 Duster running 6.924 seconds on his 6.91 dial.

Westcott, Parma, Mich., outran Schriever, La., racer Joe Teuton as Westcott’s “War Fish” ’68 Barracuda went 8.314 seconds at 160.16 mph to Teuton’s 8.461, 157.36 in his “King Cuda” ’68 Barracuda. The event was held to honor Tim Hebert, who passed away suddenly last June at the age of 53 and was a regular at Hemi Shootouts across the country.