There was a Kentucky Sam Vincent sighting at Joliet, which was Sam's first NMRA race of 2008. Still running a small-block, Sam's coupe suffered catastrophic engine damage last year, but he redid the bottom end, returning with a 422ci combination and his usual top-end setup. Sam was either taking it easy or playing possum during qualifying, because he didn't show his hand until he christened Chris Tuten into Super Street Outlaw with a welcoming 7.51 at 185 mph. He then took out fellow nitrous-racer Don Burton with a 7.46; then Richard Lelsz with a 7.51. Ultimately, Kentucky Sam couldn't run the table and take out John Urist in the final.