As advertised, the "Lucas Oil National Open", featuring the ever-popular Funny Cars, is underway at Mission Raceway Park under sunny skies and warm temps. While yesterday's first day saw a very low spectator turnout, and a lack of race cars, qualifying was comnleted for the feature categories, while everyone prepared for tonight's eliminations under the lights. A much larger audience is expected, and the racers will be primed and ready to deliver some more great - and even greater - performances.
Last night's highlights included Bobby Cottrell's 5.69 - 253.24 blast in the Austin & O'Brien Camaro, Justin Taylor's "breaking out" (by a TONNE) 6.51 at 220.31 mph in the 6.70-indexed Northwest BB/Funny Car qualifying, and a pair of great runs (6.71 and 6.79) by "Wild" Al Weich in his beautiful "Rapid Fire" Charger. As a bonus, Victoria's Phil Ruskowski made a pass in his small-block Chevy powered Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster, shutting off before half track to a 7.18 at only 121.98.
We've thrown a few photos on the "What's New" page but there isn't time to get them all posted before we head out to the track again, so you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the rest of the results and pictorial coverage. Stay tuned!
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