Search for in
NHRA LODRS IHRA PDRA Drag News Photos
Fri, 16 Aug 2013, 14:53 PM

Jungle Jim Rides Again at Geezers Reunion
Courtesy of Evan Jones





MOHNTON, Pa. - With all the records broken during the weekend in the Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car class at Maple Grove Raceway, the Mickey Thompson DRO AA/FC Challenge ended with a whimper rather than a bang.


John Smith and the crew of the Jungle Jim celebrate in Victory Lane.
John Smith and the Jungle Jim Vega won the championship late Saturday night as part of the Geezers Reunion at The Grove and the Uni-Select Cavalcade of Funny Cars.

He didn't have to make a pass in the final as his opponent, Shawn Bowen, broke his car after beating Marc White in the semifinals.

Bowen and his '77 Firebird won the race, but then broke down in the shutdown lane, causing a 43-minute cleanup. Replacement parts were available, but the crew couldn't make the repairs in the 90-minute window.

Maple Grove's speed record was reset twice in the first round of eliminations. White went 248.98 mph at 5.741 seconds - also a track record - in a win over Mike Halstead. White's 5.741, which stood at the end of the evening, bettered a mark of 5.775 set by Mike Lewis in Friday's qualifying.

Bowen took the speed record away in his pass against Peter Gallen. Bowen went 251.49 at 5.754 seconds to grab the mark.

On the other side of the bracket, "Crazy Jake" Crimmins upset top-seeded Lewis in the first round as he made a run of 5.971 at 232.35 as Lewis fell behind and couldn't quite catch up at the end. Meanwhile, Smith ran against his brother, Mike, and won the sibling battle by going 5.829 at 246.21.

In the semifinals, Bowen got the jump on White at the start and got to the finish first as both cars struggled. Turns out, the run was too much for Bowen's Firebird. On the other hand, Smith had an easy road when Crimmins fouled at the start.

The Alcohol Funny Cars used a Chicago-style format in which the two quickest in the first round of time shots faced each other in the second for the championship. Rocky Pirrone in the Screamin' Eagle Firebird had a victory cruise when George Reidnauer in the Excalibur Corvette broke at the starting line.

To get to the final, Pirrone went 6.643 seconds at 210.21, while Reidnauer went 6.780 at 203.00.





Drag News: 10 Most Recent Entries [ top ]

Jul 26- Huge Crowds Highlights Nitro Up North Finals
Jul 26- Nitro Up North Goes Green with Summit Racing Sportsman Qualifying
Jul 26- Australian Supercharged Outlaw Racer Adam Murrihy- Setting The Bar Higher
Jul 26- Is Summit Junior Dragster's Brodie Zappia following In his Uncle John's Footsteps?
Jul 19- Harkiewicz Leads List of Winners at Lancaster National Dragway
Jul 19- Houmard and Blodgett win Super Street, Bradshaw and Boner take Pro Gas titles at Fontana
Jul 19- Taylor doubles in Stock/Super Stock, James Warden defeats wife Lori in Super Comp final at Fontana
Jul 19- Summit Racing Equipment Extend Their Support with ANDRA's Jr Dragsters
Jul 12- A Successful Opening of the Summit Racing Queensland Championship
Jul 12- Bobby Cottrell Takes UNFC Seattle Invitational

Copyright ©2017 AUTOSALES INC, dba Summit Racing Equipment
Ready to take your order at 1-800-230-3030 | Customer Service 1-800-517-1035