Friday night held two rounds of heads up qualifying with seventeen funny cars on the property plus Ray Kelley's jet dragster, the always entertaining Dirty South Gassers and more. After two of three qualifying sessions were completed, Ronny Young in the famed "Blue Max" sat atop the list with a 3.88 at 197 mph pass. Defending series Champion Ken Singleton and team "High Risk" dipped into the 3's with a 3.99 at 171 good for the number two spot. Chris King posted a nice 4.04 off the trailer in Michael Harrigan's "Fool's Gold" fuel burner who made the tow all the way from West Palm Beach, Florida. King and Harrigan plan to run the full tour in 2020. Chuck Loftin's 4.10 rounded out the top four qualifiers in the Rodak's Custom Coffee 'A' Field while Jeff Cameron's "Magnolia Missile" led the AlkyDigger 'B' Field qualifiers with a 4.61 at 149 mph.
In the final qualifier, Ken Singleton booted Ronny Young off the top of the list with a strong 3.85 at 197 mph to take the pole position in the 'A' Field. Jeff Cameron improved his time to a 4.52 at 151 mph, bumping into the 'A' field which settled Dustin Bradford's "American Dream" into the pole position in the 'B' field with a 4.53 at 138 mph. Paula Martin rounded out the 'B' field in Walt Fuller's nitro machine as the pairings were set for first round eliminations, scheduled for a six o'clock start.
FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER: Rodak's Custom Coffee 'A' Field - 1. Ken Singleton (Chickasha, OK) - 3.85 @ 197 2. Ronny Young (Wylie, TX) - 3.88 @ 197 3. Chris King (Chicago, IL) - 4.04 @ 176 4. Chuck Loftin (Seguin, TX) - 4.10 @ 156 5. Kebin Kinsley (Arlington, TX) - 4.23 @ 133 6. Steve Burck (Corpus Christi, TX) - 4.32 @ 147 7. Chris Schneider (Jefferson City, MO) - 4.45 @ 160 8. Jeff Cameron (Magnolia, TX) - 4.52 @ 151 AlkyDigger 'B' Field - 1. Dustin Bradford (San Antonio, TX) - 4.53 @ 138 2. Andy Mears (Lubbock, TX) - 4.59 @ 150 3. Steve Vang (Norman, OK) - 4.63 @ 149 4. Tod Barker (Marlow, OK) - 4.66 @ 146 5. Scott Cousimano (Las Vegas, NV) - 4.68 @ 152 6. Jordan Ballew (Bartlesville, OK) - 5.77 @ 119 7. Damon Kuhn (Houston, TX) - 6.34 @ 108 8. Paula Martin (Phoenix, AZ) - 11.01 @ 45 9. Nick Poloson (San Antonio, TX) - 13.58 @ 29
It was time to play for keeps as the Rodak's Custom Coffee 'A' Field got underway with two fuel burners kicking things off. Kebin Kinsley's "Wild Child" came to life joined by Chuck Loftin's "Motivation" as the sound of cackling pipes filled the valley in Lufkin. As the drivers crept into the beams, hair stood on the arms of everyone on the property as the first pair was just seconds away from blasting off the line. They left together and charged hard out of the gate, Kinsley's front wheels clearly dangling as the car was making a stead move to the centerline. Finally, Kinsley was forced to lift and watch Loftin rip off his best pass of the weekend with a 3.87 at 192 mph to take the win.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS: Rodak's Custom Coffee 'A' Field (W) Loftin (.092) 3.87 @ 192 -vs- (L) Kinsley (.099 rt) 4.22 @ 133 (W) Schneider (.145) 4.52 @ 157 -vs- (L) Young (No Time - Centerline) (W) Singleton (.292) 3.85 @ 174 -vs- (L) Cameron (.268) 4.48 @ 153 (W) Burck(.076) 4.32 @ 172 -vs- (L) King (.255) 4.15 @ 156 AlkyDigger 'B' Field (W) Martin (.558) 8.86 @ 52 -vs- (L) Bradford (No Time) (W) Mears (.055) 7.05 @ 58 -vs- (L) Kuhn (.559) 12.23 @ 28 (W) Barker (.043) 4.57 @ 155 -vs- (L) Cousimano (.200) 6.69 @ 78 (W) Vang (.114) 4.66 @ 148 -vs- (L) Ballew (.011) 5.55 @ 124
The semi-finals brought some great match-ups to the lanes with Schneider and Burck kicking off the 'A' field as Schneider used a .007 reaction time and a 4.48 at 159 mph to edge out a pedaling, but quicker Burck who's 4.40 at 139 came up just short at the stripe. Schneider was final round bound in the "Brutus" and would face the winner of the next powerhouse pairing between Singleton and Loftin. Loftin's .022 reaction time gave him the edge early, but the "Motivation" Mustang went wheels up and drifted across the centerline while Singleton lowered the boom with a stellar 3.83 at 196 mph win.
Barker and Martin came to life as the 'B' field got underway. After their burnouts, Martin was forced to shut off due to a leak, giving Barker the solo win as he clicked off a 4.89 to move into the final round. Steve Vang took advantage of a competition bye run as Andy Mears was unable to make the call. Vang's 5.07 solo hit put him into the finals in his series debut as the all Oklahoma final round was set in the AlkyDigger 'B' field.
SEMI-FINAL ROUND ELIMINATIONS: Rodak's Custom Coffee 'A' Field (W) Schneider (.007) 4.48 @ 159 -vs- (L) Burck (.081) 4.40 @ 139 (W) Singleton (.052) 3.83 @ 196 -vs- (L) Loftin (.022) 4.63 @ 114 Alkydigger 'B' Field (W) Barker (.027) 4.89 @ 153 -vs- (L) Martin (No Time) (W) Vang (.667) 5.07 @ 108 -vs- (L) Mears (No Time)
FINAL ROUND ELIMINATIONS:
Rodak's Custom Coffee 'A' Field
AlkyDigger 'B' Field
Whew! We did it! The season opener is in the books despite threatening weather and a global paranoia we all know much more about, now just a few days later. For those in attendance, Funny Car Chaos at Pine Valley Raceway was a welcome relief and opportunity to do what we love with the people we love. Let's all be thankful for that opportunity and Funny Car Chaos would like to thank the Gary Peltier, William Valentine and the entire Pine Valley staff for a job well done in addition to thanking all our supportive racers and fans who made this weekend such a fun time for all involved.
Bonus program winners from Lufkin include Chuck Loftin who took home the "Entertainer of the Race" award in memory of Raymond Beadle courtesy of Blue Max Racing, Jordan Ballew took home "Quick Reaction Time of Round 1" courtesy of Mears Mazda Volvo, Tod Barker clinched the "Top Speed of 'B' Field Eliminations" bonus courtesy of Littlefield Blowers and Justin Craig won the "BUG" bonus, which at this event stood for "Back Up Guy" in his crowd favorite 'Brutus' outfit, courtesy of Still Crazy Racing and Concrete & Asphalt Paving Services.
Funny Car Chaos would also like to thank our 2020 marketing partners for their greatly appreciated support including: Red Line Shirt Club, Entech Oil & Lubricants, Rodak's Custom Coffee, Alkydigger.com, Mears Mazda Volvo, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Decades of Wheels, Concrete & Asphalt Paving Services, Victory Driveline Components, Ellis County Custom Carts, S&W Race Cars, Taylor Motorsports Products, Littlefield Blowers, Meyer Enterprises, Precision Reprographics, Dooley & Sons Hot Rod Shop, Performax Trailers, Turn Key Print & Hot Rod Shop, RockAuto.com, Sam Tech, JJ Supply of NC and Snyder Motorsports.
Please note a schedule change in required response per the request of Ellis County, the event previously scheduled for April 3 & 4th at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas has been re-scheduled for May 1st & 2nd as we highly anticipate our series debut at DFW's premier 1/8th mile facility. Thus, our next event will be held April 24 & 25th at historic Mo-Kan Dragway in Asbury, Missouri at the 3rd Annual Decades of Wheels Funny Car Chaos. Let's take care of each other folks, follow for additional news at www.funnycarchaos.com.
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