30th Annual Funny Car Fever
At Sacramento Raceway
FCF Nitro champ Brendan reserved his best run of the event for Shawn Nault in the
dragster vs. funny car final.
There were no side effects for the fans at Sacramento Raceway’s 30th Annual Funny Car Fever with plenty of action not only from the nitro plastic fantastics, but also from the top fuel dragsters and alcohol funny cars. With both nitro funny cars and top fuel dragsters headlining the show, track management used the opportunity to mix the classes to give the fans an extra treat. In round one, the cars raced within class, but in round two, it was dragster against funny. The big winner in the nitro portion of the event was Brendan Murry’s beautiful “Running Wild” Chevy-powered top fuel dragster. In round one, Murry easily dispatched Mike Fuller’s “Forever Young” dragster, and then returned to end the show with a riveting side-by-side duel against Shawn Nault’s ’70 Cuda nitro funny car. In alcohol funny car, Cory Green, driving his “Battle Born” ’01 Camaro, had the entire field playing catch up with sharp lights and times in the 6.90s. Green beat Andre Pegues in E1 with a 6.927-194.79 before unloading a 6.934 against a bewildered Ken Breneisen in the final round. In doing so, Green won his second consecutive FCF trophy. Also participating at FCF were the Chevy top fuel dragsters of Champion Speed Shop with Larry Gotelli Jr. driving, and Santa Rosa’s Birky Bunch with Mark Malde behind the wheel. Lee Jennings Jr. showed up with his Dickie Harrell “Mr. Chevrolet” tribute car and Jack Wright was there with his “Joker” funny car.
SAG Racing may be “Battle Born” but definitely not battle weary. Car owner, Don Seale, who built the
Powerglide transmission and custom converter, crew chief Harry Anderson, and driver Cory Green, had
their 426 cid AJ Olds stuck to the Sacramento Raceway track with 6.90s and 194 mph runs.
7.0 & 7.60 PRO SLAMMERS
San Francisco’s Mike Henry, an individual who has had a lot to do with the development of the “Slammers” class, got his just rewards at FCF by nailing down the 7.0 title. Although he had his beloved ’81 Camaro in the ‘teens, Mike Doushgouian looked like the car to beat with his steady string of 7.0s. However, in the final, Mike D. could not get his potent Nova out of reverse and Mike H. singled for the win. In 7.60 Slammers, it was longtime West Coast Top Sportsman standout Mark Lawson who was the last one standing. He had plenty to worry about with Rick Logsdon and Rob Patten in the field. But, it was Dewey Ford who almost put Mark on the trailer. In E1, Ford drilled Lawson on the tree (a 0.09 advantage), but Dewey spun the tires down track and that allowed Mark to glide by for a win. In the final, it was all Atwater, Calif., as Mark left first on Logsdon, an advantage Rick was not able to overcome.
Mike Henry Jr. coaxed a fine 7.17 out of his nitrous-assisted 565 cid BBC Camaro on
Friday, then experienced a lot of tire shake on Saturday. In a classic nitrous vs.
supercharged confrontation, Henry prevailed over an ailing Mike Doushgouian in
Visalia’s Richard Phillips finally got the monkey off his back by winning his first 7.0 Pro title. Phillips drove a ’32 Bantam roadster of his own design to the winner’s circle by knocking off the number one qualifier, Dave Rosenberg, in the final round. Phillips qualified #2, then tamed the 8-car field with a best of 7.071-174.53 (in E1) while taking down Mike Troxel, Mike Cross, and Rosenberg, respectively. It was a commendable effort by Phillips because Rosenberg had qualified at 7.031, then improved to 7.025 against Kin Bates Jr. in E1. In a battle of FEDs in E2, Dave defeated Mike Cross before getting caught in Phillips’ web in the final round.
Another first time winner at FCF was Richard Phillips. Long overdue for a win, Phillips
had the 509 cid Donovan thumping with a 7.071/7.112/7.150 set of runs in eliminations.
B/G: Winner: Kevin Riley; ’67 Cuda--0.029 8.621 147.09
RU: Tarrii Moorhead; ’65 Valiant--0.027 8.593 156.17 (bo)
Kevin Riley saved his best run for the always tough Jerry Jahnsen in E2. In that race,
Riley cut a lightning quick 0.010 light, then ran a near perfect 8.605 to defeat Jahnsen.
Winner: Bob Brodovsky; ’71 Cuda—0.016 9.620 134.99
RU: Greg Bagwell; ’64 Falcon—0.035 9.637 136.35
Bob Brodovsky has been making a habit of finding his way to the winner’s circle. The 2010 Fox
Hunt winner got better as the race went on. After a shaky start in E1 and E2, Brodovsky
went 9.625 and 9.620 to beat Mark Capps and Bagwell in the last two rounds.
Winner: Jack Nilson; ’63 Chevy II—0.003 10.643 121.53
RU: Dennis Paz; --0.028 10.673 112.64
Jack Nilson had quite an entertaining day at FCF including a double breakout win over
fellow Redwood City resident Dan Ficher in E2 and a .011 light in the semis that doomed
the hard to beat Barbara Winston.
Winner: Mark Golden; ’93 Mustang—0.014 11.669 107.29
RU: Chaysse Trimp; ’69 Opel Gt—0.022 11.686 107.86
Mark Golden’s drive to victory included a heart-stopping .007 MOV over Ken Parks in
the semis. In the final, Mark moved first against Trimp and tweaked out a .025 win
with his ‘Stang.
Winner: Greg Rudd; ’69 Mustang—0.076 13.415 74.54
RU: Doug Rudd; ’64 Nova—0.142 13.891 102.70
Elk Grove’s Rudd totally dominated the class with the quickest times, fastest speeds, and
Winner: Greg Bradell; Kawasaki—0.050 9.920 136.09 (9.88 dial)
RU: Steve Norling; Suzuki—0.104 9.692 137.71 (9.67 dial)
E.T. champ Steve Norling in the the final round.
Ed Bradell brought his “A” game to FCF qualifying #1 before chopping down 2010 Summit