Red Hot Cummings Wrapping Up 2014 Campaign
Hammond, LA: Moser Engineering team driver Slate Cummings is no stranger to success behind the wheel. The second generation racer is a three-time IHRA World Champion, and has enough NHRA event trophies, Division championships, and national top-ten finishes to fill the walls of his family’s Hammond, LA based race shop. Despite his accomplishments, Cummings is hard pressed to pinpoint a stretch throughout his career that has brought more success than the past six weeks. Over that time period, Cummings has displayed his talent and versatility, picking up victories in every competition vehicle and category in which he has competed.
Cummings incredible run began at the prestigious NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis. There, he drove his Moser Engineering backed Cavalier to the SS/BS class victory. He was joined in the Class Winner Circle by his father Larry, who drove to the SS/BM class title, and his brother Britt, who earned top honors in C/SA with his Moser Engineering backed Corvette.
A week after battling through the NHRA Stock and Super Stock wars, Slate Cummings turned his attention to the top bulb eighth mile bracket battles of the Moser Engineering Great American $50,000 Bracket Race. There, he wheeled his team’s Moser Engineering dragster to victory and a $7500 payday in Sunday’s competition.
One week later, Cummings parlayed his success into yet another victory, this time at the NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Series event at Thunder Road Raceway near Shreveport, LA. There, Cummings drove to his third title in as many weeks, behind the wheel of a third different race car when he claimed the Stock Eliminator title in his Moser Engineering Corvette.
As amazing at it sounds, Cummings still wasn’t done! The very next weekend, he hoisted the coveted NHRA “Wally” trophy after winning the Super Stock crown at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, TX. Cummings once again showcased his versatility, driving his Moser Cavalier to a hard fought Super Stock victory.
Two weeks later, Cummings nearly duplicated that performance, driving the same machine to a runner-up finish in the Super Stock category at the final NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Series event of the 2014 season, contested at Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble, OK.
“It’s crazy how things come in bunches,” Slate explained. “At times it seems like you can’t do anything right. Then you have a stretch where it feels like you can’t do anything wrong. The funny part is that we’re not doing anything different. We’ve got great cars, and I feel like I’ve driven them really well; but the main difference is that we’re getting those little breaks. The thousandths of a second are falling my way. At this level, that’s what it takes.”
As the season winds to a close, the Moser Engineering backed Cummings Motorsports team finds itself in the thick of several points battles within NHRA competition. Slate Cummings will travel all the way to Las Vegas, NV in pursuit of Division 4 Championships in both Stock and Super Stock. He’s also in position to secure top ten national finishes in both categories. In addition, Cummings family patriarch Larry Cummings is also in position to claim the Division 4 Super Stock crown; he’ll be making the journey to Reynolds, GA for his final points claim in an effort to overtake both his son and Jimmy Hidalgo, Jr. to claim the title. Britt Cummings will compete at the annual Million Dollar Drag Race in October, before flying West to race the season ending NHRA Finals in Pomona.
In addition to major marketing partner Moser Engineering, the Cummings Motorsports team relies on products and services from the following manufacturers: Trumble Racing Engines, 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.
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