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 Afterwards, it was time to hit the highway and go to the local drag strip for some racing – shoebox style.  The group made the trip up to Denton’s North Star Dragway and nearly 20 ’55-’57 Chevys made runs.  By the time the evening came to a close, Jim Nungesser from Kansas took the Eliminator 2 win with his ’56 Chevy and the $200 cash that came with it over runner up Jim Baughan, who got $50 for his efforts with his ’55 Nomad from Texas.  In the faster Eliminator 1 class, a pair of Texans made it to the final round.  Sonny Poteet, with a blown big block ’55 Bel Air, took on Tom Walker’s small block ’56 Sedan Delivery, with Sonny getting the win (and the cash!) over a red lighting Tom Walker. 

Saturday dawned bright and earlier for many as the prestigious Show N Shine judging competition was on the agenda.  Cars needed to be cleaned and prepared and judging assignments laid out for the over 100 cars  to be judged.  The judging process can be a demanding affair, and with temperatures in the 90s it proved to be just that.  Hats off to all of the judges who sweated it out, and when it was all said and done, the results were nothing short of amazing.  Using a 1000 point judging method, cars are judged against a judge sheet and, based on the resulting score, awarded at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels.  There is no first, second or third places at the show and there is not any competition against other cars like you normally see.  It’s all about competing against that judge sheet.  And at this event, the results found 43 Chevys attaining Platinum (975 points or above) status, a solid statement of the quality of cars that came to Irving, Texas for this event.  The highest score of the show went to Dave Fletcher from Brentwood California who got the full 1000 points for his beautiful black ’57 Chevy Convertible, a score that is rarely seen in the Tri Five show circuit. 

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