With the schedule on time, the
final four in funny car rolled out to see who would go for the
gold. First pair heating the tires were Cory Lee and Geoff Monise.
Monise got a slight jump
and held it.
Lee was done by the 1000' mark
and watched Monise take the win with a 5.627 at 251.16. This
would fall under the adage of winning the battle but losing the
war. Out of parts before the round, this was a borrowed engine
and they killed it. Game over after a string of very strong runs.
To see who would be the beneficary
of Monise's misfortune pitted Bobby Cottrell and Kris Krabill..
Cottrell got out first
by .050 and never looked back.
Cottrell stopped the clocks with
a 5.648 at 238.43. Like Lee, Krabill was done early and carded
a 6.019 at 184.55.
Top fuel featured the two quickest
cars in the field. Bret Williamson and Jim Murphy who is still
seeking his fifth March Meet win to break the tie betwen him
Both drivers basically
In the closest TF race of the
day it was Williamson by a matter of feet. His 5.731 at 256.06
nosed out Murphy's 5.771 at 256.75. Popular win for Bret, another
disappointment for Jim.
FUNNY CAR FINAL?
The Funny Car final was a bit
anticlimactic, as Geoff Monise threw in the towel for breakage,
thus handing Bobby Cottrell an easy win. But, it was really strange.
Here is the account from my ace photog, Bob Brown.
"I dont think he came
out for the final race or even a beam break. But, they had a
starting line photo shoot with the crew in the dark, before moving
over to the Winners Circle. Maybe they snuck in the beam
break at that time, but if so, I dont have pics of it.
As I recall, it was kind of strange and unsatisfying for someone
to win the MM in FC with no actual race. I remember folks saying
they were confused about what was going on."
"It's not really the way
we wanted to win," Cottrell admitted. "The car ran
great. Bucky [Austin] did a great job, and my crew did a great
job. We thrashed a lot between rounds; A lot of parts were used
up this weekend. It all came together and worked out for us."
The AA/FA final was the most
exciting race of the weekend. Dan Hix and Mark Whynaught paired
up for the trophy and bragging rights.
At the hit Hix blew the
tires off, Whynaught
At this point Hix was convinced
the race was over until he saw Whynaught slowing in the distance.
"I saw him shut off, and
I thought, "No way," because I wasn't giving up yet,
not till his light came on, but when I saw him start to slow,
I thought, 'Man, are you kidding me?" Hix explained. "And
here I come, I had plenty of time to track him down, and wow.
I mean, that goes back to my sprint car days right there. I mean,
that was fun. Boy, it sure seems like it takes a long time for
that car to come back down on the tire at the starting line.
But soon as she hit bottom, I was on the throttle and, boy, shot
out of a cannon at that point."
Hix took the win with a 7.010
at 208.78. Now compair that to Whynaught's
8.877 at 96.46. Keep in mind this was a close one on the other
end. One of the greatest chase down's I've ever seen.
The inagural "Nitro ProComp"
class boiled down to Lyle Greenberg in his beautiful '77 Corvette
NFC and Keith Wilson in his badass '37 Topolino AA/FA.
Wilson got a slight jump.
This was one hell of a drag race.
Greenberg took the win with a perfect 6.006 (6.00 class index)
at just 206.10. Wilson broke out with a 5.836 at 223.58. The
difference is Lyle knew his car better than Keith.
In a great drag race Bret Williamson
took home his first major win in NTF and gave car owner Mike
Fuller his first title in some time. A popular win all the way
No strangers to the Winners Circle are
the team of Austin & OBrien and their driver Bobby
Cottrell. The circumstances of this victory are previously reported.
In a strange one, Dan
Hix took home another March Meet trophy.
Lyle Greenberg loaded his hot
rod in to the box and came to the March Meet from Albuquerque
just to check mark a bucket list box - to experience the fabled
track at Famoso. Check the box and OH, add a trophy.
I don't think anybody else was
happier with their win. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. On a
side note, two weeks later Lyle won the A Field of the Funny
Car Chaos at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX. 10K for that one.
Lyle with his youngest daughter
Rachel. Not only is she a key component of his program, but she
is an accomplished driver herself, having won track championships
in both Top Dragster and Super Comp.
Capturing yet another
A Fuel title was Kin Bates.
The 7.0 Pro title went
to Tomy Trimp
A new face to the Jr.
Fuel Winners Circle was Matt Baldonado.
A/G went to the Voodoo
Hemi with Richard Wilson at the helm.
Steve Pullin outlasted
he B/G field for the trophy.
One would guess that C/G winner Chris Rea has ties
The D Gas trophy went
to 80 year old Don Fournier.
It was Dan Rowley taking
home the Hot Rod gold.
Dustin Lee captured the
NE-1 title in his slick FED.
The NE-2 winner brings back memories
of 1960s Jeep funny cars. Well played Jaycen Justus.
Jeff Follin waded through
the NE-3 field to take home a coveted KCRA trophy.
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