Friday Morning from Las Vegas
By Phil R. Elliott
Since no Pros ran, many of you may think nothing
happened during the first day of the NHRA Summit.com Nationals. But,
somewhere around 450 racecars went down the perfectly manicured 1320 feet
of "The Strip" just northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is a race for Super Stock class eliminations and
there were some decent battles there. I wish too that NHRA had chosen to
run Stock classes as well because there are some rather stout machines.
For example, there were ten (10!) in A/SA! That ratio is 6-4, surprisingly
Chevy over Mopar.
In talking to NHRA announcer Bob Frey, he's been
pushing for Competition class runoffs. We couldn't come up with a more
recent class runoff for the breed since about 1983 -- when Modified was
deleted and the eliminator was split between Comp and SS. I'll add my
vote with Bob's and wish for those guys who run Comp to be able to see
just who the baddest guy is in each class.
There were around 140 cars in both SC and SG
eliminators, indexed high in the factored air – 9.05 and 10.07,
One un-named Super Comp racer will have a tough time
getting home. His tow truck was repossessed from his pit area while he was
in the lanes. Ooops.
Troubled getting here was Joe Amato's rig. Both the
tractor and trailer broke near Phoenix and the trailer arrived late last
night via lowboy trailer. A huge crane came in early this morning to
un-mate one trailer from the other so that team will be playing catch-up.
They also have some new crewmembers. Word is that Wayne Dupuy, hired post
Gainesville to find out why the racecar is struggling and burning itself
up on every pass, let at least two crew go.
By the way, Ashley Force is making her national
competition debut this weekend. In her second qualifying attempt, a fuel
leak occurred during the burnout and she was shutoff. Dad John was there
watching and he looked none too happy, walked over to and climbed into a
white Jag sedan, slammed its door, and sat inside shaking his head. A
white Lincoln towed Ashley away a few minutes later with her still
strapped in, helmet on and visor down. I would not want to have been part
of that crew fifteen minutes later.
I'll try to post something later on tonight, but this
day has night qualifying so things will get pretty late. It may be
Saturday morning before I can post.
After all the rumors, it was announced today that Frank Pedregon will return to the seat of Jim Dunn's K&N Filter-backed FC. I'll let you know how the team does in a few hours.
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