The Dawg Days
of Summer and Other Nostalgia Animals
Jeff Burk Photo
Like a good nostalgia reporter, I’ve
got one foot in the past and one in the future
and this month’s column is just more evidence
of that - a look back at July and a look forward
to August and beyond.
Who Let the Dawg Out at the
Funny Car Reunion III?
How about that Funny Car Reunion numero tres
at E-town? Webmaster and promoter extraordinaire,
Mark Brewer a.k.a. DAWG, pulled this one off
with nary a hitch. The weather cooperated, the
fans cooperated, and the racers cooperated -
and that, in itself, is a feat. I know from
whence I speak. Of course, the nitro cars that
ran had to put up with some ribbing from us
snobby west coast guys on their lackluster numbers.
Hey, it’s easy for us to tune your race
car from our keyboard - ask the gang at Nitromater.
Speaking of E-town, that little mouse (is it
a mouse?) that cackles “Ha ha ha Raceway
Park” may have a muzzle put on him shortly.
As I’m writing this, a public meeting
is being held to discuss (read: complain about)
the noise levels that affect the nearby residents.
For the latest up-to-date info, head over to
Mousie in the House ... and
Just About Everywhere Else
What the heck is with Mousie? He and Richard
Heath of Full Throttle News took the Winged
Express on a July joyride that would have done-in
anyone half their ages! They stopped in Thompson,
Ohio, and then at the York 30 Reunion, and then
finally the Funny Car Reunion before coming
back to Cali - only to plan to turn around again
and head out to Boise and who knows where else
after that! Has anyone told these guys that
retirement is supposed to be relaxing?
The Firebird of Happiness
Speaking of Boise, the Firebird Raceway Nitro
Nationals are incredible! The year I was able
to go was a total blast! If you have a chance
to attend the yearly August extravaganza that
the New family puts on, you will not be disappointed!
This year’s event again features Fuel
Altereds, Nostalgia Top Fuel, west coast Pro-Mods,
and a huge bracket show. 2004 marks the 33rd
annual running on August 12-15. The coolest
thing about this track is that the two staging
lanes run in front of the grandstands. Lots
of heckling and good natured ribbing goes on
and when I was there, I dug it! Where else can
you dial your buddy’s phone number and
hold up your cell phone for him to listen to
two fuel altereds go by … at 2 a.m.!?
Is The List Coming Back?
File this under: “My Wife is Crazy!”
Who here remembers the Nitronic Research top
ten list? Well I know I do because I actually
own an “I’m on the List” shirt
that the Hansen & Kuhns nostalgia top fuel
car earned when I was on the crew. Anyway, this
list was a take off on the old Standard 1320
List from Drag News back in the day. Cole Coonce,
publisher emeritus of Nitronic Research (RIP),
created this list of modern day AA/FDs with
an emphasis on numbers of low e.t.s, top mph’s
and number of wins. It also allowed for challenges
to be brought by other teams who thought they
could steal your slot instead of earn it. Well,
not exactly but something like that. After Cole
got burnt on running the list it was offered
to Mark Hovsepian (M-Ho) he passed on it so
it turned over to Jim Sorenson (J-So). Anyone
lost yet? Well my old lady, Pammy Moore-Utterback
(P-MU) has been goaded into bringing back some
permutation of the list with the Funnies in
the fray. Sounds crazy to me … wait a
second, she’s managing the lists, we share
a computer, I have access to the files, this
might just be a good idea after all.