Belle Rose, LA
The 5th Annual Southern Big Buck Nationals returned to No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, LA March 29-31. Racing was close as always. There was a racer appreciation dinner both nights, presented by J's Joint Bar and Grill in Plaquemine, LA, as well as a practice tree race Thursday night, and two shootout races.
Friday kicked off the action with a $10k to win box race, and a $3k to win No Box Race, presented by Dairy Queen.
Cooter Hidalgo from Donaldsonville, LA picked up the win over Bryce Granier from Labadieville, LA. Granier turned it -.002 red on the starting line handing the win to Hidalgo. Hidalgo was .028 and went 6.602 on his 6.63 dial for the win.
In Box, Hunter Patton took on Justin Albritton. Patton, from Texas, was .015 and went 4.690 on his 4.69 dial to pick up the win. Albritton was .009 and went 4.669 on his 4.66 dial for the runner up effort.
In the May Race Carbs No Box Shootout, the finals paired up Robby Mullins and Adam White in a pair of Chevy IIs. Mullins from Plaquemine, LA was .027 and went 5.901 on his 5.89 dial. White was .083 and went 6.229 on his 6.24 dial.
The Box shootout presented by The Shop At Deckbar saw Cory Gulitti and Shannun Walker face off in a No Split final. Walker was .017 and went 4.94 on his 4.930 to be behind. Gulitti laid down the gauntlet, and was .005 on the tree and went 4.682 on his 4.68 dial.
There was two races to be ran on Saturday for each class. Race number one was presented by EasTex Racecraft. In the No Box final, once again, Cooter Hidalgo was in the final. This time it was aganist Drew Porcher from Conroe, TX. Cooter would go back-to-back. Hidalgo was .014 up front and went 6.424 on his 6.42 dial. Porcher was .058 and went 6.313 on his 6.30 dial for the runner-up effort.
Just like the No Box final, the Box final saw Friday's main event winner in the final. Hunter Patton, took on Nick Smith from Oklahoma. Smith was .006 and went 4.493 on his 4.50 dial. This allowed Patton, like Hidalgo to go back-to-back. Patton was .004 and went 4.710 on his 4.69 dial for the win.
Saturday race number two presented by Dairy Queen, saw Hidalgo, in yes, his third final of the weekend, and looking to make a clean sweep. He was .064 on the tree and went 6.615 on his 6.60 dial. Latino would be .027 up front, and go 6.536 on his 6.52 dial to pick up the win, and ruin Hidalgo's chances of sweeping the weekend.
In Box, we saw a door car in the final for the first time all weekend. Brian Nelson, would take on Nathan Martin. Martin was .029 and went 4.570 on his 4.57 dial. However, Nelson was .013 at the tree amd went 6.363 on his 6.35 dial to pick up the last win of the weekend.