SESSION - FRIDAY
Following Funny Car, the popular
Fuel Altered class finally got their first shot at a fading track.
First pair of the Blown Fuel Flatbottoms of land racing was Jim
Holtz in the "Trouble Maker" '34 Ford and Shane Harter
in the Nasty Benjamin '27 Ford
Pair two featured
Chris Bennett in the High Heaven III '32 Bantam and Todd Miller
in Dave Hix's '37 Topolino.
Up next was Tom Padilla in the
"Red Dragon" '27 Ford and Rodney driving his '23 Ford,
With 14 cars vying for 8 spots,
out next was Eric Gates driving his '23 Ford and Brian Hope driving
Rich Guasco's "Pure Hell" '32 Bantam.
Out next was Keith Wilson
in his "Witch Doctor" '48 Fiat and ????
Next out was
versatile driver James Day making his AA/FA debut in the "Black
Sunshine" '48 Fiat and Shane Harter in the "Lil Nate"
Up next was defending champ Dan
Hix in the "Heat Seeker" '34 Chevy and Mark Whynaught
driving his '23 Ford.
The final car to take a shot
at the clocks was Robert Winefsky in the "Coyote Express"
'32 Bantam.'23 Ford. His intended opponent was James Generalao
in Impatient who backed out and towed through for some reason.
Qualifying Order on a 6.0
OF ELIMINATIONS - SUNDAY
1 - Dan Hix 6.005
2 - Todd Miller 6.194
3 - Brian Hope 6.331
4 - Keith Wilson 6.617
5 - Shane Harter 6.674
6 - Eric Gates 7.507
7 - Robert Winefsky 7.956
8 - Mark Whynaught 8.025
9 - Tom Padilla 9.117
10 - Jeremy Sullivan 9.452
11 - Jim Holtz 9.928
12 - Rodney Flournoy 10.014
13 - Chris Bennett 10.830
14 - James Day 13.216
First pair out was defending
champ, Dan Hix facing Mark Whynaught/
Whynaught left first
but by the 60' mark it was all Hix.
At the other end
it was Hix running a
6.112 at 192.11 to a losing 6.207 at 184.14.
Next pair out was Robert
Winefsky and Todd Miller.
Like the Top Fuel cars, the altereds
came into eliminations off the numbers they ran Friday. Fortunatly
they don't rely on computer data for their tune-ups.
Both drivers had dismal reaction
times but Winefsky's 0.196 got him a big jump on Miller's 0.233.
sripe it Winefsky with a 6.410 at 215.34 to Miller's 6.620 at
Pair three pitted Eric
Gates and Brian Hope.
Without a shooter in the right
lane all I have is Gates who was dead late against Hope's 0.093
RT to his 0.185 which left him playing catch up.
Hope won the battle but lost
the war as his 5.989 at 235.43 broke out of the Index giving
Gates the win.
The final pair to see
who would move on was Keith Wilson and Tom Padilla.
Padilla had problems on the burnout
and lost fire. Once he exited the car leaving Wilson to take
the win on a single.
When Dave Gerard was doing the
race results for DRC, he would always put in a sentence or two
that would have probably explained the broke situation
of the two cars (Wilson and Winefsky) that couldnt make
the call for R2. This would have clarified why Hix and Gates
went straight to the Final, calling it R3. The new DRC guy, Rick
Green, does none of that- just the numbers. Too bad... could
have saved lots of stress for us!
After the so-called round two
fiasco it was Dan Hicks who's "transformer" altererd
is not a fan favorite and Eric Gates with his more traditional
At the stripe it was Hix , who
had figured out how to make a five second car a bracket raciter
with a 6.301 at 168.14.. Gates threw in the towel with a 8.914
ENGINE DRAGSTER - SESSION ONE
So far this is one of the new
nostalgia classes that has not taken off. It started with Brad
Thompson's tribute car to the late great Ridge Route Terrors,
Warren - Coburn & Miller Rain For Rent car. There were hopes
several would follow, but only three others did. At this point
the class is only contested at the March Meet and on special
events at Famoso Dragway. At any rate, it was contested here
and like the AA/FA cars they didn't get any favors in qualifying.
Like the altereds, the RED cars
ran on a dark and cold track and only two took the bait. In the
left lane it was Brad Thompson and John Evans.
ENGINE DRAGSTERS - ROUND ONE
only 3 cars in the class it was Mike Halstead and Brad Thompson
Thompson was done early,
Halstead took the win with a 5.546 at 257.14.
Billy McDevitt got the
McDevitt carded a 6.189
at 228.58 to go to the final.
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