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Fri, 19 Oct 2012, 17:37 PM

Nostalgia Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard



BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Nostalgia Funny Car at the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, California Hot Rod Reunion XXI listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: had Head Runs 6.232/215.07, Now #1
Right Lane: Josh Crawford Runs 8.848/82.45, Now #2

1:03 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 29.31 inches, adjusted altitude 2,762 feet.

We have great weather and the classes qualifying earlier have been FAST!

Crawford's all black Camaro leave hard and then starts to slowly drift towards the wall. He lifts to save the shiny.

Nichols' Camaro was away first and stayed ahead to the finish line to get us our first good ET.

Steve Nichols' incremental times: 60ft-1.062 sec., 330ft-2.689, 660ft-4.041/172.28 mph, 1,000ft-5.234.
Josh Crawford's incremental times: 60ft-1.033 sec., 330ft-2.740, 660ft-4.486/123.76 mph, 1,000ft-6.503.


Left Lane: Robert Overholser Runs 12.042/68.62, Now #4
Right Lane: Ed Dougan Runs 6.680/183.32, Now #2

Overholser strike the tires at the hit, pumps it a couple of times, and finally gives it up.

Dougan's Camaro was a little lazy off the line and makes a full [pass.

Ed Dougan's incremental times: 60ft-1.140 sec., 330ft-2.935, 660ft-4.337/176.95 mph, 1,000ft-5.529.

Left Lane: Chris Davis Runs 6.585/205.38, Now #3
Right Lane: Rick Rogers Runs 6.039/230.57, Now #1

Strong leave for Rogers and a clean pass into the new top spot.

Davis' Vega struggled a little off the line and then continues down the track and into the field.

Chris Davis' incremental times: 60ft-1.121 sec., 330ft-2.885, 660ft-4.299/175.73 mph, 1,000ft-5.516.
Rick Rogers' incremental times: 60ft-1.012 sec., 330ft-2.631, 660ft-3.951/187.21 mph, 1,000ft-5.078.

Left Lane: Mike Lewis Runs 5.820/243.15, Now #1
Right Lane: Dennis La Charite Runs 13.568/61.37, Now #8

Big time shake for La Charite off the line and he slows.

BANG! Lewis thunders off the line and sets a new top spot mark for the rest of the field to chase. Great looking pass from start to finish! Fast and quick...

Mike Lewis' incremental times: 60ft-0.995 sec., 330ft-2.566, 660ft-3.822/196.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.900.
Dennis La Charite's incremental times: 60ft-1.046 sec., 330ft-3.373, 660ft-6.465/068.57 mph, 1,000ft-10.042.

Left Lane: John Smith Runs 6.058/233.80, Now #3
Right Lane: Kris Krabill Runs 6.306/240.55, Now #5

Two strong passes. Smith gets the best of it and runs clean to the finish line.

Krabill was away first and pulling until just before the 330 lights, where he had to pump the throttle. He catches it quick and finishes the pass under power.

John Smith's incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.642, 660ft-3.980/185.21 mph, 1,000ft-5.111.
Kris Krabill's incremental times: 60ft-1.016 sec., 330ft-2.884, 660ft-4.251/185.18 mph, 1,000ft-5.371.

Left Lane: Bob Godfrey Runs 6.041/236.84, Now #3
Right Lane: Dwayne Patton Runs 6.064/233.68, Now #5

Great side by side run for the two cars.

Godfrey was out in front at the green and stayed there right on down the track.

Left Lane: Chad Head Runs 5.851/248.93, Now #3
Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 5.825/236.84, Now #2

Another great pair of runs and they move to near the top of the ladder.

Lots of smoke after the finish line, but no "Stuff" on the track.

Chad Head's incremental times: 60ft-1.016 sec., 330ft-2.625, 660ft-3.868/197.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.945.
Jeff Arend's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.561, 660ft-3.801/197.83 mph, 1,000ft-4.885.

Left Lane: James Day Runs 6.006/240.68, Now #5
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 5.849/252.99, Now #3

...and the hits keep coming!

Day gets the lead at the green, but Worsham drives on by and powers on down the track into the current #3 spot on the ladder. He runs a Big Time Speed to boot. Day just misses getting into the fives.

James Day's incremental times: 60ft-1.046 sec., 330ft-2.679, 660ft-3.971/190.57 mph, 1,000ft-5.074.
Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-1.033 sec., 330ft-2.645, 660ft-3.895/197.57 mph, 1,000ft-4.958.

Left Lane: Tim Boychuk Runs 6.013/239.31, Now #6
Right Lane: Brad Faria Runs 6.439/222.07, Now #13

Boychuk runs close to a five second pass to move into the top half of the field.

Clean pass for Faria.

Tim Boychuk's incremental times: 60ft-1.035 sec., 330ft-2.674, 660ft-3.968/189.52 mph, 1,000ft-5.076.
Brad Faria's incremental times: 60ft-1.077 sec., 330ft-2.834, 660ft-4.241/176.90 mph, 1,000ft-5.430.

Left Lane: Steven Densham Runs 5.834/244.25, Now #3
Right Lane: Roger Garten Runs 6.149/242.15, Now #12

Densham follows in his dad's foot steps and thunders on down the track and into the new number three spot on the ladder.

Garten gets the Mustang on down the track and into the current field.

Left Lane: Gary Eickman Runs 5.982/239.61, Now #7
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 5.972/217.14, Now #6

Pedregon, on a "busman's holiday", drives theArrow into the top half of the field on a clean pass.

Eickman left first and then chased him down the track into the new #7 spot.

Gary Eickman's incremental times: 60ft-1.021 sec., 330ft-2.626, 660ft-3.932/189.52 mph, 1,000ft-5.044.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-1.006 sec., 330ft-2.613, 660ft-3.886/194.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.988.

Left Lane: Garrett Bateman Runs 5.829/235.06, Now #3
Right Lane: Tim Nemeth Runs 5.979/237.55, Now #8

Bateman left second, but ran hard down the thrack and into the new #3 spot. It's expensive with a wall of smoke from underneath the car. No oil on the track though!

Nemeth runs well too into the top half of the field.

Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.553, 660ft-3.805/197.33 mph, 1,000ft-4.887.
Tim Nemeth's incremental times: 60ft-1.025 sec., 330ft-2.657, 660ft-3.938/192.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.039.

Right Lane: Ronny Young Runs 5.940/236.80, Now #7

Taylor was in the left lane and does a strong burnout. He then coasts on down the track to the first turnoff.

Young, in the Blue Max Arrow, waits patiently and then powers on down the track on an expensive run. It looked like liquid out from underneath the Arrow near the lights and then a huge plume of smoke.

1:46 p.m. It's oil this time and a lot!

Ronny Young's incremental times: 60ft-1.064 sec., 330ft-2.687, 660ft-3.940/198.09 mph, 1,000ft-5.011.

Left Lane: John Hale Runs 6.056/193.88, Now #16
Right Lane: Jason Rupert Runs 5.963/243.72, Now #8

Dwayne Patton is on the bump spot at 6.064.

2:13 p.m. Well, that took a while!!

Rupert, driving the Littlefield Family tribute car, is second off the line, but first to the finish. Top half of the field.

Hale was on a stronger pass until right after the 1000 foot lights, where he abruptly slowed.

John Hale's incremental times: 60ft-1.011 sec., 330ft-2.640, 660ft-3.866/202.70 mph, 1,000ft-4.964.
Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-1.030 sec., 330ft-2.658, 660ft-3.946/191.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.042.

Left Lane: John Powers No Time, Now #29
Right Lane: Rian Konno Runs 5.885/247.16, Now #7

Powers does the burnout, doesn't have reverse, and drives on down the track.

Strong pass for Konno, but a bunch of smoke after the finish line. No oil on the track.

Rian Konno's incremental times: 60ft-1.040 sec., 330ft-2.671, 660ft-3.917/199.49 mph, 1,000ft-4.983.

Left Lane: Will Martin Runs 5.936/234.66, Now #8
Right Lane: Alex Miladinovich Runs 7.238/184.95, Now #27

Bob Godfrey is on the bump spot at 6.041.

MIladinovich's Mustang leaves first and stays with Martin until after sixty feet, but the car starts to have issues and he slows.

Nice clean pass for Martin, right into the top half of the field for now.

Will Martin's incremental times: 60ft-1.070 sec., 330ft-2.672, 660ft-3.929/196.59 mph, 1,000ft-5.006.

Left Lane: Dean Oberg No Time, Now #33
Right Lane: Dan Horan Jr Runs 5.838/250.92, Now #5

Real "Old School" in the left lane. A Jeepster FC. No joy though, as he has to shut off the engine before staging.

Strong pass for Horan with the second fastest pass today. He has no issues and takes the current #5 spot on the ladder.

Dan Horan Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.011 sec., 330ft-2.636, 660ft-3.883/200.38 mph, 1,000ft-4.944.

2:30 p.m. Mike Lewis is number one at 5.820 and Tim Boychuk is on the bump spot at 6.013.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink


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