Car Qualifying Session Three
The final session
was Saturday midday and it was led off by Danny Gerber and Bobby
went into tire smoke before the tree.
Gerber went 0
for 3 and ended up #25. Cottrell shut off early but ultimately
held onto the #1 spot with an earlier 5.563 at 256.06.
"Welcome to Funny
out was Mark Sanders and Brad Thompson.
more wall.... this is ridiculous.
Neither car improved
leaving Thompson #5 with his earlier 5.695. Sanders would start
from the #7 hole with his previous 5.705.
out for their final shots were Dan Horan Jr. and Shawn Bowen.
carded nice runs but did not improve on previous runs. Bowen
ended up #11 and Horan #2.
two cars featured Geoff Monise and John
Hale; the former not qualified.
Hale laid down
a nice 5.718 at 247.25 that was good for #8 while Monise's 6.034 at 234.37
said his weekend was done.
The next pair
setting their sights on improving were Rick Rogers and James
Day, two cars that qualify more often than not.
Day just missed
the cut with a 5.866 at 244.29. Rogers came close to the bump
with a 5.888 at 245.67. Both were the best runs of their weekend.
Densham and Jon Capps were the next two drivers to take their
Capps made the show with a 5.765
at 250.69. Densham improved with a 5.721 at 250.88 landing them
#13 and #10 respectively.
was Rian Konno and Chris Davis.
into the #15 spot with a 5.812 at 246.08 while Davis joined the
"I missed it by this much" club with a 5.962 at
pair featured eventual runner-up Matt Bynum and Mike Halstead.
The bad news
was Bynum didn't improve, the good news was he remained #3 with
a 5.687 at 260.71. The Kalitta influence was becoming obvious.
Halstead ended up down in the 24th spot with a 6.043.
pair was Barrie Young and Bill Windham.
Windham made the show with a
5.760 at 238.13 while Young's best of 6.126 fell far short of
the 5.839 bump.
was Mike Peck and Cory Lee.
Neither were in the show.
Peck jumped into
the #6 spot with a 5.700 at 256.65 while Lee carded a 5.881 at
236.92 which was close, but no cigar.
to last pair pitted Mark Meadors and Shawn
Van Horn broke on the burnout
but Meadors locked in the #13 spot with a 5.782 at 238.17
Out for their last shot
were Tim Nemeth and Don Hudson.
Hudson was good enough to make
the show, his 5.839 at 234.61 was good for #16. Nemeth
landed #9 with a 5.718 at 247.25.
Out for their last shot
was Rob Markworth and Jeff Utterback.
Neither car made the show. Markworth
landed #22 with a 5.998 while Utterback with a 6.862 ended up #26.
The final pair
was not only a third qualifying run but would also decide who
wins the Funny Car title from the rain canceled Boise Night Fire
Nationals. It could have also made the 2017 Funny Car Championship
very exciting going into eliminations.
Rupert won the
battle but lost the war. He won the won the Boise Wally but lost
the Series Championship. For the third time he oiled the track
and it's three strikes you're out. Rupert went through 3 engines
in 3 runs, something he has never done in all the years he's
been a NFC standout. You can bet they will find the very expensive
problems before the 2018 March Meet.
FUNNY CAR FINAL
1. Bobby Cottrell
5.563 at 256.06
2. Dan Horan Jr. 5.662 257.53
3. Matt Bynum 5.687 at 260.71
4. Ryan Hodgson 5.688 at 249.90
5. Brad Thompson 5.695 at 205.91
6. Michael Peck 5.700 at 256.65
7. Mark Sanders 5.705 at 247.66
8. John Hale 5.712 at 250.32
9. Tim Nemeth 5.718 at 247.25
10. Steven Densham 5.721 at 250.88
11. Shawn Bowen 5.727 at 254.52
12. Bill Windham 5.760 at 238.13
13. Jon Capps 5.765 at 250.69
14. Marc Meadors 5.782 at 238.17
15. Rian Konno 5.812 at 246.08
16. Don Hudson 5.839 at 234.61