Darr Hawthorne photo
Finally at 11AM on Sunday the Nitro Funny Cars get a shot at their game, sadly the twenty floppers on the ground at Famoso will only have one shot at a Chicago-style shootout rather than an elimination ladder as in Top Fuel. Some of the quickest and fastest nostalgia funnies in the country will vie for the Hot Rod Heritage trophy and decide the first Series Champ.
The points chase is lead by Steve Romanazzi and his stout “Warrior” Firebird followed by “Northwest Hitter” Bucky Austin in Steve Plueger’s hot rod. Sitting in the third position is Mendy Fry making her first competition laps in “McCain’s Bomb Squad” Plymouth Duster, a first class ride tuned by Donnie Couch and at this event has been consulting with nitro legend Dale Emery.
Leah LeDuc is filling in the seat of the Plueger & Gyger Mustang in place of Mike Grekul.
Pictured is the “Lil Nate” Cuda, winner of the Las Vegas Speed Spectacular is also ready to make a statement and move up in the standings as well. “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders has been testing at Mission Raceway finding a fuel system problem that had kept them out of the consistent 5-second zone. Son and Crew Chief Jake Sanders rigged a digital camera system during testing that found the intermittent throttle issue.
I have my favorite, but with so many strong cars here it is very hard to pick a winner in this field. Let the games begin at 11:00!