Townsend In Texas
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.