Rainy weather doesn’t dampen Salem Super National spirits


SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) — The first day at the track was a bit of a disappointment for some, with rain causing some big delays at the Super Nationals in Salem. But that didn’t stop folks from having a good time.

A rainy day at the Super Nationals in Salem means a lot of waiting to get on the track.

Rain messing things up?
“Yes it is. Like three times we come down and lined up. You have to wait until it dries out. It’s not safe running when it’s wet. Not in these cars that’s for sure,” said Okley Delo, of Leetonia.

Okley Delo’s been racing for 20 years, and is here today with his1969 Impala.
His very wet 1969 Impala.

“it don’t get wet too often but it happens,” said Delo.

Parked in line just ahead of him is Gregory Rubenstahl.
He drove more than 500 miles to get here– all the way from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
In a truck– that looks like it barely made it.

“I’d take it and drive it anywhere,” said Gregory Rubenstahl, of Fayetteville, N.C.

Looks can be deceiving when it comes vintage vehicles.

“This is a complete frame off restoration. This is on a 1995 S10 frame. Everything’s redone except the body. We put the body on it. New brakes. New power. New brakes. Wiring. Interior. It’s good to go,” said Rubenstahl.

But the best part or this vehicle?

“I like the sign, Jesus saves on the side. That’s the best part of the whole thing.
He gave me the talent how to build it, and I give him the glory,” said Rubenstahl.

Across the lot, Dave Mutschler spent the rain delay tuning up his 1970 Chevelle.
He just finished a major change.

“About three weeks ago I got tired of paying $9.73 a gallon for racing fuel. So I converted the E85 flex fuel you buy at your normal gas station,” said Mutschler.

You heard him right.
Racing fuel is nearly 10 dollars a gallon.
The E-85 doesn’t slow him down too much: One mile per hour and 6 one hundredths of a second.

“I’m still trying to tweak it,” said Mutschler.
But don’t get the wrong impression… Not everybody is here for the cars.

Jim Reisch is here to see Motley Crue front man Vince Neil.
He’s been to 9 Crue concerts over the years: From Denver to Atlantic City.
But whether it is music or cars, there’s one thing everyone can agree with:

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