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Kris Krabill takes NFC Win at SRP’s Funny Car Fever
There is a new contender for the Heritage Series Nostalgia Funny Car Championship and his name is Kris Krabill from Anaheim, CA. The former driver for Gary Turner’s Pedaler, now honing his craft for owner Bucky Austin, vaulted all the way to the 3rd position with his win at Sacramento Raceway Park’s Funny Car Fever. Despite triple digit heat for eliminations on Saturday, the NFC’s did not seem affected by it. In fact, defying logic, they ran better on Saturday than on Friday when it was cooler.
Coming into Funny Car Fever, Rupert and Hale led the point standings at number one and two, respectively. Based on their qualifying positions, the two antagonists would meet in round two should they both advance out of E1. At the Rockabilly Reunion contested at Las Vegas in May, Hale prevailed over Rupert to win the event. The first pair out was Hale and Brad Faria. It ended up as a single run for John and he immediately upped the ante for the rest of the teams with what was then low e.t. of the meet—5.915. Unfazed, Rupert responded with a tasty run of 5.966 that easily dispatched Roger Garten’s mount. The stage was now set for another big showdown. Hale had lane choice and put Rupert in the left lane. It did not matter because Jason responded with the top time and low e.t. of the event—5.885-255.50. John was right there, but had to peel back at the very end when the potent Camaro took a fancy to those little orange blocks in the middle of the track. Meanwhile, Krabill was efficiently taking care of business on his side of the ladder. He got by Brad Thomson in E1 and was gifted a single run in round two when Will Martin did not answer the call. With Rupert running low elapsed time of the meet in the semis, Kris knew he would be placed in the tricky left lane. When the moment of truth arrived, both drivers quickly staged. Krabill, a known “leaver”, got the early jump on Rupert (.055 to .143), and it remained that way to the finish line. Krabill had saved his best run for the final, and his 5.911 was just enough to hold off Rupert’s gallant 5.918.
The 7.0 Pro Nostalgia Racing Association got a jumpstart to their racing season at Funny Car Fever. Qualifying was led by longtime class stalwart Bob Murphy with his supercharged alcohol-burning Chevy dragster at 7.027. Murphy continued to impress in eliminations running 7.033 in E1, but blew his engine in the semis, ending his weekend. Then, there was Dan Whiteman, who entered more intent on testing a new combination than winning a race. Nonetheless, win he did, and with a hole shot over Don Dicero in the final round.
Dan Whiteman (near) beat some of 7.0 PROs best including Richard Phillips (the 2011 champion) and Bill Windham in E1 and E2, respectively. In the final round, his .046 RT gave the Jackson Ca. driver enough of a cushion to hold off a hard charging Don Dicero.
West Coast Pro Comp, formerly Top Eliminator West (TEW), entered five dragsters along with Jesse Adams driving the Machine Gun Keli funny car. Veteran Butch Stroupe, probably the winningest driver in this eliminator, eked out a close one over the young up-and-coming Makinna Clevenger. Makinna was schooled by Butch at the start, losing a close 6.684 to 6.665 decision.
The West Coast Pro Gas Association showed up with 42 members competing in five classes. In E/G, John Victorino, reversed his runner up finish at the Door Car Shootout with a win over Chaysse Trimp. Chuck Adams ran down a quicker leaving David Rudd to win F/G, and Dan Ficher got an automatic win in D/G when Joe Grace fouled out. Jim Finn got dropped in C/G by Chris Rea’s Sun Drop sponsored Nova, and Mike Winston marched to the winner’s circle in B/G over a red lighting Kevin McClain. Local Ed Bradell with his ‘05 Kawasaki 1000 took motorcycle.
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