Larry Cummings Turns in Masterful Super Stock Performance
Belle Rose, LA: The Moser Engineering backed Cummings Motorsports team is best recognized today for the success of brothers Britt and Slate Cummings. Combined, the siblings hold four IHRA World Championship trophies, and have amassed a staggering number of event wins in a variety of NHRA, IHRA and bracket classes. Given their success, it’s easy for family patriarch Larry Cummings to slide into the background. Larry, now 67, was a member of the original Budweiser “Super Team” in the 1980’s and is the reason that his sons took an interest in the sport in the first place. Larry still loves to take his seat behind wheel, and as he displayed last weekend, he’s still more than capable of holding his own!
Larry Cummings drove his Moser Engineering SS/BM Cavalier to the Super Stock victory at the NHRA Division 4 LODRS event at No Problem Raceway last weekend. That in and of itself is no huge surprise; Cummings is no stranger to the winner’s circle. His performance en route to victory, however, is what has drivers half his age shaking their heads in admiration. Cummings started his day with opening round victories over Brandon Bakies and Thomas Marlow. In round three, he used a solid .028 reaction time and perfect 8.980 on his 8.98 dial to defeat former NHRA Super Stock World Champion Larry Stewart. The following round he improved, pairing a near-perfect .001 reaction time with a 8.979 on his 8.97 dial-in to knock out Matt Hoover and earn a semi-final bye run. Waiting in the final round was reigning Division 4 Stock Eliminator champion Jacob Pitt. It’s nearly impossible to improve upon a .001 reaction time, but Cummings did just that: posting a perfect .000 reaction and running 8.982 on his 8.97 dial to seal the victory.
“We’re just proud of dad,” Britt Cummings said. “It’s always fun to see him do well, and the way he drove today was just incredible. The rest of the team performed well, but we were all done by the late rounds and we were all watching ‘Pops.’ He definitely showed us how it’s done!”
The Cummings Motorsports team brought a fleet of competition vehicles to their hometown NHRA event, as no less than 8 Moser Engineering backed machines were entered in competition. In addition to Larry’s Super Stock victory, both Slate Cummings and team driver Jody “Cool” Simoneaux advanced to the 4th round of Stock Eliminator. Despite a great .005 reaction time, defending division champion Slate Cummings fell in round 3 of Super Stock. Britt Cummings was defeated in round 3 of Super Comp, and Simoneaux fell in round 2 of Super Street behind the wheel of the team’s latest addition: a ’66 Chevy II.
In addition to Moser Engineering, the Cummings team relies on products and services from the following manufacturers: FTI Torque Converters, Sunset Racecraft, B&M Performance, Weldon, Afco, Borla, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Mickey Thompson Tires, K&N, Holley Performance, Amalie Oil, Weld Wheels, Richmond Gear, Altronics, Harwood, Nitroplate, Edelbrock, Mr. Gasket, Jeff Taylor Racing Engines, Biondo Racing Products, Auto Meter, Phantom Race Cars, Simpson Safety Equipment, H&F Performance, Folk Race Cars, Moroso, Weld Wheels, Comp Cams, Renegade Race Fuels, Total Seal, Trend Performance, Diamond Pistons, and Milodon.
The next outing for the Cummings team will be the NHRA Division 4 event in Tulsa, OK, June 22-23. From there, the Hammond, LA based family will make their way to Chicago, IL for the NHRA Route 66 Nationals and compete in the prestigious JEGS All-Stars shootout.
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