Slate Cummings Takes Gold in Sponsors Race
Hammond, LA: Moser Engineering, the industry leader in high performance axles and rear end components, supports NHRA sportsman competitors in several geographic divisions with the uniquely structured Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout. The event, designed as a bonus for racers in seven NHRA Lucas Oil sportsman categories, pairs Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, and Top Sportsman competitors in an 1/8th mile bracket format for huge cash payouts courtesy of the Portland, IN based manufacturer.
For the second time in three years, the Moser Engineering bonus money went home with the Moser Engineering backed Cummings Motorsports team, as 3-time IHRA World Champion Slate Cummings followed up teammate Jody “Cool” Simoneaux’s victory in the inaugural Division 4 Moser Shootout with a win of his own at this season’s JEGS Cajun Sportsnationals.
Cummings was at the wheel of his familiar Moser Engineering backed Stock Eliminator Corvette. In the opening round of the Moser Shootout, he defeated Division 4 champion Jimmy Hidalgo, Jr. In the same round, he picked up a win in his Super Stock Cavalier, defeating the matching Moser Engineering Cavalier driven by his father, Larry. That set up a round two battle between Slate Cummings and… Slate Cummings, as his two entries were paired on the ladder. Slate elected to park the Super Stock machine, and continue in eliminations with the Moser Corvette.
In the semi-final round, the Stock Eliminator entry of Cummings was at a perceived disadvantage alongside the electronics equipped Super Comp machine driven by Tony Gray. Cummings overcame that hurdle with a clutch .008 reaction time, and posted a 6.475 on his 6.46 dial-in.
Waiting in the final round was another Super Comp entry, this one driven by former NHRA World Champion Jeff Lopez. There, Cummings made yet another stellar run in his Stock Eliminator machine and earned the prestigious Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout grand prize and the $5,000 payday that comes with it.
“It always feels good to win,” described Slate Cummings. “But this race is more special than most. For one, it’s the best of the best – you have to be one of the top performers all season just to qualify for the shootout. Second, the race is made possible by Moser Engineering; they’re obviously a huge part of our team, and this shootout is just another example of how much Moser gives back to sportsman drag racing. And finally, to win it in a Stock Eliminator car is awesome. On paper, the faster electronics equipped cars should have an advantage. But this is the third straight season a Stock entry has won it. It’s cool to win at this level off the bottom bulb.”
While the Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout win marked the highlight of the JEGS Cajun Sportsnationals for the Cummings Motorsports team, it was not the only event in which they enjoyed success. Slate Cummings drove his Moser Engineering backed Super Stock Cavalier to the SS/BS class victory, displaying the muscle of his Trumble Racing Engines powerplant with a final round victory over Gary Cocarro. Meanwhile, Slate’s brother Britt took D/SA class honors in his Moser Engineering Corvette. Jody “Cool” Simoneaux capped the weekend with a Super Comp victory in the King of the Bayou Shootout on Sunday.
Prior to the JEGS Cajun Sports Nationals, the Cummings team participated in the annual Moser Engineering team test session at No Problem Raceway Park. There, the first third generation Cummings driver took the wheel of one of the team’s Moser Engineering Super Comp entries for the first time. 21-year-old Cole Cummings earned his Super Comp license after making the required passes in testing.
“Cole did great,” explained proud father Britt Cummings. “He’s been watching us for years and just recently decided that he wanted to focus on driving himself and competing with his family. I couldn’t be more proud of the way he handled himself on the track and off. We’re all really excited to watch his driving progress.”
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, Overkill Motorsports, 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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