Townsend In Texas

Riverbank News - - SPORTS -

Oak­dale’s Richard Townsend and his pop­u­lar “Nitro­holic” Funny Car Team made the trip to Royal Pur­ple Race­way in Bay­town, Texas to com­pete in the NHRA Spring Na­tion­als. This is the fourth of 24 sched­uled events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Rac­ing Series sched­ule.

For Townsend and the Nitro­holic team, it will go down as a suc­cess. The team qual­i­fied 13th with a ca­reer best 4.026 at 308.99 mph. He would square off in the first round of elim­i­na­tions against “Fast” Jack Beck­man, where the team came up a lit­tle short. Beck­man ad­vanced with a 4.125 at 317.12 mph to 4.186 at 298.93 mph. How com­pet­i­tive was this event? One only needs to look at the rac­ers that failed to qual­ify for the event. Two full-time reg­u­lars failed to make the cut. Jim Camp­bell and Jim Dunn’s Dodge qual­i­fied 17th, while John Force qual­i­fied 18th. It was the first time in 221 events that Force failed to qual­ify for an event.

In Top Fuel, Brittany Force de­feated Terry McMillen 3.762 at 299.46 mph to 3.818 at 311.56 mph, to cap­ture her first event win of the sea­son.

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