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The latest update as of September 5, 2021

It's been a rainy weekend at both venues we're following: Friday was a complete rainout at Mo-Kan Dragway for the Funny Car Chaos event, and yesterday saw the rain come in early (and stay late) at Indianapolis, wiping out the final two qualifying sessions for the PRO cars and forcing many of the sportsman eliminators (including Top Alcohol) into a condensed and hurried schedule today. Thankfully, the rain didn't affect qualifying and eliminations yesterday for the FCC crew, as they managed to get in two rounds of qualifying and all three rounds of eliminations, making for a very long day and night for the racers.

Conditions at Indianapolis for the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals are much better this morning as the first round of PRO eliminations is well underway but there is a serious problem with the track, specifically the right lane. In the first round of Top Fuel and Funny Car, not a single car won in that lane. However, despite most of the wins in Pro Stock coming from the left lane, several racers did record competitive times on the dreaded right side of the track. It will be interesting to see what happens when the higher qualified cars come out for the second round of TF and FC racing. Stay tuned!

12:30 PM (EDT) Update:     Without specifically admitting that the right lane is - to put it politely - "junk" - NHRA is doing a complete track re-prep before the second round of PRO and Top Alcohol eliminations. With the large amount of rain that fell on the track yesterday, there may be water under the surface trying to percolate through the track at the transition point (approx. 300' off the starting line) in the right lane. We'll see if the work that's currently underway will solve the problem, or if we'll be back to what happened so often in the old days, a one-lane race track. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we've got the first pictures from Funny Car Chaos, featuring the final rounds. Much more to come tomorrow and Tuesday. We're still waiting to see the e.t.'s and speeds, but we do know who won (and lost).

Mokan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos 2021

C Final - Jade Cook (near lane) vs Chris Schneider 
(far lane)

Continuing her strong run of success in an amazing rookie year on the FCC circuit, Jade Cook (near lane) in her aptly named "Nemesis" took the win over veteran Chris Schneider (far lane) in the Mustang-bodied "Brutus" entry. We haven't seen any of the round sheets yet but Cook's second win of the season, along with two runner-ups may have moved her all the way up the ladder to the #3 position, from the #7 spot she occupied before this event

B Final - Shayne Lawson (near lane) vs Keith Jackson 
(far lane)

Finally breaking through for his first win (and first final round) of the season, Shayne Lawson (near lane) in the iconic "Man O' War" Mustang, took the win over the high-country Camaro of the Jackson family, the "High Heaven", wheeled by Keith Jackson. Lawson has most likely moved up two spots in the standings, from his #10 position coming into the weekend

A Final - Ken Singleton (near lane) vs Kirk Williams 
(far lane)

The final race of the night, for the BIG bucks and trophy featured the #1 and #2 racers in the FCC world, with Ken Singleton (near lane) in his very familiar (in almost every final round) "High Risk" entry, facing his toughest opponent all season, Kirk Williams (far lane) in the "Williams Bros. Racing" car, and they put on another great battle that saw the winlight come on in Singleton's lane. In his sixth consecutive final round, Singleton notched his fourth win of the year and lengthened the points lead over his very worthy opposition. Williams took his third runner-up of the year in his fifth final round

The FUNNY CAR CHAOS points system has a "drop" race system, whereby a racer can waive their lowest points earning race from their season total before the final points standings are determined. If a racer doesn't attend a race, that event becomes their drop race, which helps lower budget racers who can't afford to travel to every race, especially ones far from home. Only one racer in the Top Ten has skipped an event this year, that being Jade Cook and she is currently looking good for at least a Top Five finish. With only the World Finals remaining on the calendar, at San Antonio's Alamo City Motorplex on October 1-2, it's going to be quite a battle for the final placings in the season's points standings.