Friday was test
and tune only, with the first cars hitting the track at 8 PM
due to the heat (98 deg.). So, we start with the first cars.
and the Pure Heaven IV gang got serious and it paid
off. They broke the five second barrier for the first time and
were runner-up in the final. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
in his Pro Mod Corvette.
looking Erratic Behavior Pro Mod Studebaker.
Sturgeon was out for some T&T pre CHRR.
Oberg in the Holy Toledo Jeep.
Townsend in the Nitroholic Camaro.
One of the Top
Fuel teams that plans on making a statement the third weekend
in October is the High Speed Motorsports fueler with Bill Dunlap
in the seat. Tom Shelar and the gang were out testing new clutch
set-ups among other things
Blake Bowser and his go to guy Bill McNatt, aka G.O. (like Gee-Oh).
Cottrell 6.90 Nostalgia Pro Comp
One of the Top
Fuel cars out testing for the upcoming California Hot Rod Reunion
was Mike Fuller's "Forever Young" car with Ron August
in the seat.
Rick White in
the Neal & White entry out of San Diego. They too were out
sharpening their horns for the CHRR.
Jim Murphy was
out in his Holy Smokes fueler testing blowers prior to the CHRR
where he plans to seal the deal for the 2013 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage
Racing Series Top Fuel championship.
Jr. in his Ron Swearingen tuned Mustang.
Miladinovich in the Hot 4 Teachers Mustang.
Harter in the slick Nitro Pirate Corvette.
Sturgeon again, up in smoke.
in Charlie O'Neill's Fighting Irish.
- Nitro-A-GoGo ProMod Camaro
Top Fuel shoe
Rick McGee and Frank Ousley who came west to oversee the tune-up
in Jim Murphy's car which, under the Crop Duster banner, won
the March Meet when owned by Ousley and driven by Jim Young.
Dunlap back for another shot.
cars started running about 1 PM or so. The temperature peaked
at 104 deg. at about 4 PM so it was a pretty toasty on the asphalt.
It did become more tolerable after dark.
Howard in the seat of the Bays & Rupert Camaro.
Townsend in his Nitroholic Camaro.
Bennett in the ever improving Pure Heaven IV.
Paton in The Crusher making its first appearance at a SNN.
Oberg in the Holy Toledo Jeep.
Patton in the High Voltage Camaro.
- made two runs but was unable to make the call for qualifying.
LaCharite in his Back in Black GTO.
Day in Gary Turner's The Pedaler.
Harter in the Nitro Pirate Corvette.
Horan came out
and show the gang how the cow ate the cabbage by carding a strong
5.79 at 252.43.
as I can tell this car was out making license runs. No info on
ride found the super hot track not to their liking. Blazed the
tires before the tree.
was on hand in Mike and Kathy Craig's car testing for the CHRR.
Jim Murphy stayed
the night for another shot on Saturday. New blower seemed to
be just dandy. In spite of the heat Murphy carded some good early
and the High Speed team were back and making strides.
PR guy, Rob Gibson having a senior moment.
John Bowser visiting
the Famoso T-shirt booth. When you're at The Patch be sure to
stop by this deal as they have some very cool shirts.
In a change of
format there was a qualifying round where everybody ran (I call
it R1) and the top 8 ET's go through to the next round (which
I call R2). In R2, those 8 cars produced 4 races. If you won
your race, your ET was compared to the other three winning ET's.
Lowest of those 4 winning ET's won the overall event, in this
case, Horan at 5.75. So you had to win your match, and then
your ET would count among the final four. Got it?
Harter - Nitro Pirate - 1978 Corvette
Oberg - Holy Toledo - 1968 Jeepster
Bennett - Pure Heaven IV - 1969 Camaro
Miladinovich - Hot 4 Teachers - 1969 Mustang
Paton - The Crusher - 1969 Camaro
and Harley - 2010 Golf Cart
Konno - Kazanjian Lemon & Konno - 1973 Mustang
Van Gundy - Quarter Pouder - 1970 Challenger
Day - The Pedaler - 1978 Arrow
Townsend - Nitrohalic - 1969 Camaro
Jr. - Mustang
pair it was Harter over Oberg with a 6.117 at 229.98.
Pre race included
Donny Couch interviewing Rian Konno and Mike English giving some
color commentary for the funny car parade for the cars that were
able to make the call.
Pair two was
Bennett and Miladinovich and with the win went to the Pure Heaven
car with Bennett carding his first five - 5.976 at 239.19 landing
it was Godfrey v Patton with the High Voltage car moving on.
Konno and Paton
paired up with both of them moving on with a 5.95 at 241.76 to
a 6.146 at 209.46 respectively.
Van Gundy and
Howard - Van Gundy went on with a 6.049 at 235.64 while the Bays
& Rupert car shook the tires and shut off.
of the DNQ Jason Rupert had his signature smile.
performance woes continued while Day had his own problems with
a 6.934 at just 142.21.
The final pair
was Horan and Townsend with Jr. going #1 with a 5.80 at 252.43
while Richard shut off with a 6.427 at 148.69.
Dan Horan - 5.80
Rian Konno - 5.95
Chris Bennett - 5.97
Dwayne Patton - 6.04
Dale Van Gundy - 6.04
Shane Harter - 6.11
Todd Paton - 6.14
Rich Townsend - 6.42
The first round
took its toll on three of the top 8 cars. Van Gundy, Harter,
and Townsend were benched so James Day, Alex Miladinovich, and
Devery Howard came back on the break rule.
In this one Chris
Bennett set another personal best with a 5.92 which would get
him to the final. Day was right here with a 5.999 at 236.45.
6.340 at 185.31 and Townsend 6.344 at 201.70
singled with a 6.978 at 150.82.
continued to break backs with a 5.75 at 247.66 - Howard shut
time was low for the round thus making him the event winner.
paired with Rick White, came back to take a shot at a cooler
Dunlap and the High Speed car came out late for one more shot.
And what a shot
it was. A 5.791 at 261.80 put a huge smile on everyones faces.
Rick White was
the last TF car to hit the track at 1:30 AM and ripped off a
5.75 at 233.44.
won Pro Mod in his Nitro A GoGo!
Cottrell took the 6.90 Nostalgia Pro Comp trophy.
Jr, Ron Swearingen and the crew celebrate another win.
NE1 car of Ken & Son.
wild Pro Mod Corvette.
Doctor AA/FA was out doing more testing.
Eagle Alcohol flopper
Hedges sharp Pro-Stock Pontiac
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