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Nemesis NXT Bows Out Of Sport Final

The long-awaited debut of Nemesis NXT in the Sport Class at the Reno National Championship Air Races ended with pilot Jon Sharp "maydaying out" on the first lap of the Gold final on Sunday. Darryl Greenamyer, in a 600 h.p. Lancair Legacy came first with a speed of 364.9 mph followed by John Parker in the 700 h.p. Thunder Mustang at 356.7 mph. An indication that the Nemesis team might be on to something was Kevin Eldridge's third place finish in a Nemesis NXT he calls Relentless. With a stock Lycoming TIO-540 putting out 350 h.p. at 343.1 mph. A vibration problem that has plagued the cutting edge kit racer prompted Sharp's decision to bow out of Sunday's final. The aircraft finished only one race during the week, placing sixth in a heat on Saturday (speed not available at our deadline). According to the team's Web site a gear door has been giving the crew fits. The aircraft did qualify on Wednesday with a speed of 323.381 mph.