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Photo Review: AHRA Spokane 2001

by David Hapgood

AHRA Spokane Top Fuel winner, Craig Smith. Photo by David Hapgood
AHRA Spokane Top Fuel winner, Craig Smith. Photo by David Hapgood

The 2001 AHRA World Finals again brought out some seldom seen drag racing cars in all categories. It also produced unusual winners and action that is a true throwback to the AHRA of the golden years. Here are some photos of the warriors who keep the AHRA name alive.

Read the full story HERE: Hot Times in Spokane: The 2001 AHRA World Finals

AHRA stalwart Gary Omlin dropped his personal best ET by five tenths in qualifying. Photo by David Hapgood
AHRA stalwart Gary Omlin dropped his personal best ET by five tenths.
Photo by David Hapgood

Two Top Fuel drivers who have been part of this race for DECADES did especially well in 2001. Craig Smith won the event with consistent performances. Gary Omlin distinguished himself by taking his ancient car to new career bests -- by FIVE TENTHS! A super 5.63 in qualifying looks like it will advance Gary from 379th place up to around 230th on the Top Fuel All Time Quickest Drivers list!

AHRA Spokane Funny Car winner, Jason Duchene. Photo by David Hapgood
AHRA Spokane Funny Car winner, Jason DuChene. Photo by David Hapgood

Spokane Top Fuel runner up, Bobby Baldwin. Photo by David Hapgood
Spokane Top Fuel runner up, the late Bobby Baldwin.
Photo by David Hapgood

Spokane Funny Car runner up, Mike Grekul. Photo by David Hapgood
Spokane Funny Car runner up, Mike Grekul. Photo by David Hapgood

Spokane Top Fuel Harley Runner Up, Dave O'Hara. Photo by David Hapgood
Spokane Top Fuel Harley Runner Up, Dave O'Hara.
Photo by David Hapgood

Funny Car number one qualifier was AA/FA star Jeff Bennett. Photo by David Hapgood
Funny Car number one qualifier was AA/FA star Jeff Bennett.
Photo by David Hapgood

Number 2 funny car qualifier, Terry Haddock. Photo by David Hapgood
Number 2 funny car qualifier, Terry Haddock. Photo by David Hapgood

Only at Spokane! It's Bobby Baldwin's modern fueler against Todd Meikle's nostalgia car. Photo by David Hapgood
Only at Spokane! Bobby Baldwin's modern fueler against Todd Meikle's nostalgia car.
Photo by David Hapgood

AHRA regular Jack Wyatt had the Nitromaniac at Spokane 2001. Photo by David Hapgood
AHRA regular Jack Wyatt had the Nitromaniac at Spokane 2001. Photo by David Hapgood

The Greek launches at AHRA Spokane. Photo by David Hapgood
The Greek launches at AHRA Spokane. Photo by David Hapgood

A 110 (toy camara) shot of AHRA Spokane funny car winner Jason Duchene. Photo by David Hapgood
A 110 (toy camera) shot of funny car winner Jason DuChene.
 Photo by David Hapgood


David
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