It was quite a weekend of drag racing action, but only three of four races were completed. Falling victim to a rainout on the final day of eliminations was the first event at Route 66 Raceway in three years. Qualifying and first round eliminations were completed for the Top Alcohol classes before a series of thunderstorms washed out the balance of the race. The other NHRA Lucas Oil Series Regional race, at Atco, NJ finished on Sunday with eliminations for all classes, except Top Alcohol that finished their show on Saturday evening. And the latest Funny Car Chaos event, at Kearney Raceway, went off without a hitch, other than a shorter than usual entry list. Understandable with races on back-to-back weekends for a group of mostly less than full-time racers.
Up north in Boise, ID, the 51st annual Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway was completed on Sunday with a fifth consecutive Heritage Series event win by the ultra-dominating Bucky Austin owned and tuned, Bobby Cottrell driven, "Northwest Hitter" AA/Funny Car. The other major categories were taken by Bret Williamson in the "Forever Young" AA/Fuel Dragster, and James Generalao Jr. in the "Impatient" AA/Fuel Altered. There was a nasty incident during Friday night's qualifying when Dave Benjamin's AA/FA hydrauliced on the fireup, seriously injuring several crew members and scattering parts around the starting line and into the grandstands. Thankfully, everyone injured will recover, although at least one crewman is still in hospital.
Finally, we can report that we've got all the photos from both the Eddyville and Kearney Funny Cr Chaos events posted and will fill in all the details during the coming week.
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