BRADENTON, Fla. - The NMRA season opened at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park this past weekend with ROUSH Performance Development Team driver Don Bowles winning the title in the Open Comp class. This is the first ROUSH team victory since entering NMRA competition last season. Bowles ran a 9.302-second pass at 140.75 mph in his winning effort against David Woodside.
Congratulations go to Derek Kernodle for his victory in the ROUSH Modular Muscle class. He took the trophy when opponent Roxanne Shephard red lit on the starting line and was disqualified.
Both Susan Roush-McCleneghan and Dale McCleneghan had first round wins in their elimination rounds, and in the second pairing the duo both left early and red lighted. Donnie Bowles had two round wins and was sidelined in the third round when an alternator issue forced him to withdraw from competition.