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Day One of the Funny Car Chaos event at Pine Valley Raceway (Lufkin, TX)

With the extended break in posting here at NORTHERN THUNDER, we're working hard on catching up on race reports so things may be showing up somewhat out of order. The latest FUNNY CAR CHAOS event at Pine Valley took place on the July 4th weekend, so we're about three weeks late with the pictures (as always, courtesy of Bob & Ginger Snyder) and the catprions, with that information courtesy of Funny Car Chaos.

Southern Gasser --- Larry Bradford - 'American Dream'

With a wide variety of race cars in attendance, ranging from the headlining Nitro Funny Cars to Jets, indexed classes and three different groups of old-style Gassers, (LEFT) there was something for everyone. On the (RIGHT) is Larry Bradford in the "American Dream" Dodge Challenger, making a qualifying pass on Friday evening.

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Southern Gassers - Poison Gas (near lane) vs Okie Twister (far lane)

(LEFT) Still crazy after all those years.... it's ex-Canadian Fred Farndon in the ex-Shawn Bowen (Violator) car "Play it LOUD" trying hard but ending up in the B-field with a 4.72 - 116 best in qualifying. (RIGHT) After the first qualifier for the fuel cars, it was back to the gassers, with Poison Gas in the near lane and the "Okie Twister" on the far side.

Southern Gassers - Gunsmoke (near lane) --- Southern Gassers - Novadose (near lane)

More of the Southern Gassers, Dirty Southern Gassers, and Southern Outlaw Gassers. Don't expect us to figure out who's who, or what's what. Just enjoy the pics of some real grass roots racers having some not-so-serious fun. (LEFT) It's "Gunsmoke" in the near lane and (RIGHT) it's Novadose in the near lane

Larry Bradford - 'American Dream' (near lane) vs Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (far lane) --- Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster' (near lane) vs Chuck Loftin - Motivation' (far lane)

(LEFT) In the second qualifying session on Friday night, Larry Bradford (near lane) paired up with Jordan Ballew in the "Ballew Thunder" Nova. Ballew made it into the B-field, while Bradford missed the cut and had to wait for the final qualifying session at noon Saturday for his last chance to make the Saturday night show.

(RIGHT) Our final picture from day one features two of the strong A-field runners, with Brandon Lewis in the "Attitude Adjuster" Camaro (near lane) putting down a very strong 4.09 - 174 mph pass to hold down the #3 spot in the A-field. On the far side is the "Motivation" Mustang of Chuck Loftin who whipped his mount to a 4.28 - 168 for the #7 slot in the A-field.

Day Two of the Funny Car Chaos event at Pine Valley Raceway (Lufkin, TX)

Southern Gassers - Rolling Thunder - A/G --- Southern Gassers - Red Rocket - C/G

More gassers - On the (LEFT) it's "Rolling Thunder an A/G car, while on the (LEFT) it's the "Red Rocket" aka Pop's Gasser, running in C/Gas.

The aptly named Rambunctious" C/Gasser leads off this seven photo sequence, launching into a serious bumper-scraping wheelie that carried the front wheels high past the 60-ft clocks.

Rambunctious C/G --- Rambunctious C/G --- Rambunctious C/G
Rambunctious C/G --- Rambunctious C/G --- Rambunctious C/G
Pigford Bros Gasser

One final shot of the Gassers as the Pigford Bros. leave with the wheels up to close out their portion of the show. Then it was back to serious business as the big show was ready to kick into action.

Round One eliminations "A" field

Standing for the anthem --- Pine Valley Raceway crowd

(LEFT) With Funny Cars in the fire-up lanes, drivers suited up and ready, the racers and spectators stood for the national anthem. (RIGHT) The large crowd filled the bleachers, primed for some serious nitro-burning action on the 1/8-th mile strip.

Jimmy Young - 'Blue Max' --- scoreboards - Young 3.92 (LOSS) - Matter 4.21 (WIN)

(LEFT) Leaving hard with the wheels up, Ronny Young in the "Blue Max" car laid down a very good 3.92 e.t. as the scoreboards showed (RIGHT) but the winlight came on in the other lane as a much slower, but quicker reacting 4.21 pass advanced Nancy Matter in the "Guardian for Heroes"to the semi-final round. The reaction times were a very good .029 for Matter and a "not so good" .330 for Young.

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian for Heroes' (near lane) vs Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' (far lane) --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (near lane) vs Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster' -(far lane)

(LEFT) Here's another angle of the Matter vs Young battle in the first round, with Nancy clearly leaving first, and hanging on for the BIG holeshot win. (RIGHT) The next pair saw Keith Jackson (near lane) in the iconic "high Heaven" car out of Colorado, taking on Brandon Lewis (far lane) in the hard-running 'Attitude Adjuster', and dropping a close 4.08 - 184 to 4.22 - 176 decision. Jackson left on Lewis by nearly half a tenth, but the gap at the stripe was two car lengths.

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

(LEFT) It's the relatively new "Motivation" Mustang out of Texas, owned and driven by Chuck Loftin, preparing to take on heavy hitter (RIGHT) Nick Poloson in the "Bucket List" entry.

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (near lane) vs Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' (far lane) --- Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster'

(LEFT) Leaving first on a small holeshot, Chuck Loftin (near lane) challenged Nick Poloson (far lane) for a while, but fell back all the way to the finish line, losing with a 4.41 - 162 to Poloson's much stronger 4.04 - 185 pass. (RIGHT) We're a little out of sequence here, but we just wanted to fit in a closer picture of Brandon Lewis burning out in his "Attitude Adjuster" Camaro.

Kebin Kinsley - 'Wild Child' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

Two of the seriously fast cars paired up in the final match of the opening round, with (LEFT) Kebin Kinsley burning out in the Tommy Ahrens Motorsports "Wild Child", while (RIGHT) Ken Singleton launches the "High Risk".

Kebin Kinsley - 'Wild Child' (near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane) --- Scoreboards - Singleton (3.86) vs Kinsley (3.80)

(LEFT) Kebin Kinsley (near lane) launches hard in the "Wild Child" enroute to low e.t. and top speed of the meet at 3.80 - 202 mph, but a tardy leave left him in the losers lane, as Ken Singleton took the holeshot win win with a very good 3.86 - 194 pass as the scoreboards display the verdict (RIGHT). The difference was the stellar .019 reaction for Singleton, against Kinsely's .118 time.

Round One eliminations "B" field

With the sky in full darkness, the action continued under the lights as the "B" field took to the track. Due to breakage during qualofying, Robert Slaughter in the popular "Smokey the Bear" car had to be inserted into the field, replacing the broken Larry Bradford in the "American Dream" Challenger.

Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' (near lane) vs Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' (far lane) --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown' (near lane) vs Robert Slaughter - 'Smokey the Bear (far lane)

Fred Farndon - 'Play it Loud' (near lane) vs Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Jeff Cameron - 'Magnolia Missile' (near lane) vs Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (far lane)

Round Two eliminations "A" field

Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster' (near lane) vs Ken Poloson - 'Bucket List' (far lane) --- Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster' (left side) vs Ken Poloson - 'Bucket List' (right side)

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian for Heroes' (near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane) --- Nancy Matter - 'Guardian for Heroes' (left side) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (right side)

Round Two eliminations "B" field

Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' (left side) vs Dave Gallegos -

Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (near lane) vs Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (left side) vs Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (right side)

Ray Kelley - 'Game XChange' Jet Dragster --- July 4th Fireworks

Final Round eliminations "B" field

Dave Gallegos - --- Dave Gallegos -

Final Round eliminations "A" field

Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster' --- Brandon Lewis - 'Attitude Adjuster'

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'