MARTIN, Mich. -- Michigander Shawn Bowen, driving his family's "Violator" Firebird AA/FC, won the Mickey Thompson Tires DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge during the 9th Annual Funny Car Nationals held Sept. 6-7 at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
Defending champion John Hale drove his Guy Tipton-tuned '69 Camaro bodied AA/FC to a new National speed record at Martin. He ran back to back laps of 5.73/261.14 and 5.61/259.03 during Friday night qualifying. The fastest speed ever for these cars belongs to Jason Rupert, who ran over 262 mph at Phoenix's Firebird Raceway but didn't back up the speed within the required 1% at the same meet.
The win increased Bowen's championship points total to 425.5 and he leads his closest rival, Texan Ronny Young in Raymond Beadle's "Blue Max" Plymouth Arrow by a mere 40.5 points going into the last race of the season Sept. 13-14 at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla.
In addition to Bowen, Hale, White and Young, there is one other team who has a mathematical chance to win the 2013 DRO AA/FC Challenge National Championship: Brian Stewart in the "Bear Town Shaker."
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