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FUNNY CAR CHAOS - World Finals - Alamo City Motorplex - San Antonio, TX

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FRIDAY

Qualifying ran rather late on Friday night at Alamo Motorplex, but the FUNNY CAR CHAOS crew got in the first two (of three) qualifying sessions. Thirty cars made at least one attempt and seven of them dipped into the 3-second zone on the 1/8-th mile surface. Leading the pack was a surprisingly strong team that has only run at the season opener at the Texas Motorplex. Following close behind them on Friday's list were the top two runners this season, with some of the usually strong cars well back of their times.

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' (near lane) vs 
Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' (far lane)

We lead off our coverage with a picture from the first session, with Nick Poloson (near lane) in the "Bucket List" taking on the #2 man in the points chase, Kirk Williams (far lane) in his "200 Proof" entry. Poloson's best run was 3.829 - 186.03 slotted him into the #4 position on the ladder, while Williams landed in #2 with an even better 3.703 - 207.28, which stood for the provisional top speed of the meet.

Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' (near lane) vs 
Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane)

In the second qualifier, Williams moved over to the near lane, with Shayne Lawson in the "Man O' War" on the far side. Lawson earned a spot in the top eight ("A" field) with his #8 qualifying 4.063 - 144.65 early shutoff effort. If he can keep the loud pedal down a little longer in today's final qualifying session, he could solidify his hold on a spot in the top field.

Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' (near lane) vs 
Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing' (far lane)

Leaving hard with the flames high, Ronny Young in the iconic "Blue Max" took the top spot with an excellent 3.685 - 200.98 to show that they came to contend for the event win. In the far lane, Scott Cousimano in the "WTF Racing" Eric Medlen tribute car ran into trouble and slowed to a 6.475 - 78.27 clocking, leaving him in the #23 position.

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) vs 
Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Our final pair features two-time defending series champion Ken Singleton in his very familiar "High Risk" car putting down a 3.746 - 200.80 that landed him in the #3 spot on the charts. Barely visible in the far lane is Tom Furches in his Corvette-bodied "Made in America", as he pedalled his way to a 5.433 - 151.06 timeslip, slotting into the #21 spot on the list.


Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

Smiley Cordero - 'The Mistress' --- Smiley Cordero - 'The Mistress'

--- Back-Up Girl --- Back-Up Girl ---

Sunset at San Antonio --- Three-seater dragster launches

Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Ronny Young - 'Blue Max'

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (near lane) 
vs Shane Blanton - 'Bad Company' (far lane)

Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'

Donnie Massey - 'Showtime' - AA/FA --- Donnie Massey - 'Showtime' - AA/FA

Donnie Massey - 'Showtime' - AA/FA --- Jody Austin - 'Bushwhacker' - AA/FA

'Fire Injun' - A/FX --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Scott Pareso - 'Altered Reality' --- Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing'

Tom Furches - 'Made in America' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie'


SATURDAY

Final Qualifying Session


Mini Dodge Charger Funny Car --- Back-Up Girl

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Allan Middendorf - 'American 
Outlaw' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American 
Outlaw'

Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' 
Okie'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing' --- Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing'

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' --- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Terry Haddock - 'Fool's Errand' --- Terry Haddock - 'Fool's Errand'

Alan Bradshaw - 'Back Attack' --- Tom Furches - 'Made in America'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (near lane) vs Eric Eoff - 
'Shazam' (far lane) --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' (near lane) vs 
Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane) --- Scott Pareso - 'Altered Reality'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Alex Barker - 'Back in Black' (near lane) vs 
Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing --- Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' (near lane) vs 
Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' --- Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (near lane) vs 
Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Alan Bradshaw - 'Back Attack'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Terry Haddock - 'Fool's Errand' --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Eliminations - Round One


Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' 
(near lane) vs Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' (far lane) --- Ronny Young - 'Blue Max'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Smiley Cordero - 'The Mistress'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Shane Blanton - 'Bad Company' --- Tod Barker - 'Back in Black'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Jade Cook's step-brother - 'Nemesis'

Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' --- Ronny Young - 'Blue Max'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Alan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter; --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' --- Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'Mistress'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' (foreground) - 
Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (background) in the staging lanes

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Bob Alberty - 'Thunderin' Okie' --- Tom Furches - 'Made in America'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Shane Blanton - 'Bad Company' (near lane) vs 
Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane) --- Alex Barker - 'Back in Black' (near lane) vs 
Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Keith Zimmerer - 'Penny Pincher' --- High Heaven crew in the pits

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Alex Barker - 'Back in Black' (near lane) vs 
Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane)

Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (near lane) 
vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane) --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Ronny Young - 'Blue Max'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Scott Parso - 'Altered Reality' --- Shane Blanton - 'Bad Company'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Smiley Cordero - 'The Mistress' --- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Alan Bradshaw - 'Back Attack' --- Mark Hunter - 'Jailbreak' (near lane) vs 
Aaron Morrow - 'Nitro Relapse' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Bobby Marriott - 'Shockwave' (near lane) vs 
Donnie Massey - 'Showtime' (far lane) --- Jimmy Jones - 'Texas Tremor' (near lane) vs 
Raymond Dawson - 'High Octane' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' (near lane) vs 
Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane) --- Ronnie Young - 'Blue Max' (near lane) vs 
Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Eric Eoff - 'Shazam' --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam'

Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (near lane) vs 
Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Alex Barker - 'Back in Black' (near lane) vs 
Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane) --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' (near lane) vs 
Shane Blanton - 'Bad Company' (far lane) --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' (near lane) vs 
Shane Blanton - 'Bad Company' (far lane)

Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw'

Reep family on the starting line

John Broussard - 'Purple Haze' --- John Broussard - 'Purple Haze'

Grim Reeper Back-Up Girls --- Mary Reep with the 'Grim Reeper' Back-Up 
Girls

Donnie Massey - 'Showtime'

Terry Haddock - 'Fool's Errand' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' 
(near lane) vs Kirk Williams - '200 Proof' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' (near lane) 
vs Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' (far lane) --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (near lane) 
vs Alex Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (near lane) 
vs Alex Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)