Although he’s better known to many today as the father of his world champion sons, Britt and Slate, Larry Cummings is a sportsman drag racing legend.
In his four decades behind the wheel, Cummings has accumulated countless IHRA victories, and a number of division championships. He was a constant fixture in IHRA’s national top ten throughout the 1990’s. He was an original member of the Budweiser sportsman “Super Team” in the 1980’s, the first multi-car, sponsored sportsman racing team. The bulk of his success, however, has come in the IHRA ranks. Since he and his Moser Engineering backed team turned their focus to NHRA competition about five years ago, Britt, Slate, and team driver Jody Simoneaux had tasted victory, but the NHRA Wally trophy had proven elusive to the family patriarch. Elusive that is, until last Sunday when Larry Cummings drove his Moser Engineering backed Cavalier to the Super Stock victory at the Lucas Oil Division Series event at the Texas Motorplex.
Cummings began the weekend with a strong qualifying effort, a -.753 8.447 ET that placed him in the center of the 36-car field. He opened competition with hard-fought victories over Ricky Marshall, Brett Candies, Norvell Bowers, and Keith Mawhee to earn a semi-final bye run. Meanwhile, the other semi-finalists included Larry’s son, Slate and Division 4 veteran Pete Peery. Slate Cummings missed a memorable father-son finale by the slimmest of margins when he broke out by a scant .001 in the semi-final matchup, sending Peery into the final round opposite his father.
In the final, Cummings left little to chance, pairing a great .004 reaction time with a 8.471 ET on his 8.48 dial-in. Peery would lose the double breakout match with a .020 initiated 9.893 (9.92 dial).
“It’s always great for the Moser Engineering team to get a victory,” said team spokesperson Britt Cummings. “But it’s even more special for Dad to win, especially with his first on the NHRA tour. It would have been icing on the cake to see him and Slate in the final, but it was an incredible win for our team nonetheless.”
The victory vaulted Cummings into the third position in the early Division 4 points standings, three spots ahead of his son Slate. The Cummings team will have little time off this week, as they make their way to Houston, TX for the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals, April 27-29. The Cummings team will pursue an ambitious schedule of NHRA events throughout the season, and will also partner with Luke Bogacki to host the BRODIX Cylinder Heads ThisIsBracketRacing.com “Live” Driving School at No Problem Raceway Park on September 5-6.
In addition to major sponsor Moser Engineering, Cummings Motorsports also relies on the following manufacturers for quality components vital to their continued success: FTI Torque Converters, 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, Weld Wheels and Milodon.
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