Nuggets of Info From Indy
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Numbers, You Want numbers?
The average qualifying speed for F/C was 325-plus. The T/F average Top Speed was 321-plus. The T/F average qualifying ET was 3.75, and the F/C average qualifying ET was a 3.90.
Pro Mod Notes
NHRA’s quickest and fastest doorslammers produced plenty of drama and personal best performances. Sidnei Frigo became the first Brazilian to win an Indy title. Michael Bowman drove his turbo ’69 Chevelle to a 5.882/258.37 lap and didn’t qualify. He did get some attention though by picking up an almost unheard of 57 mph from the 1/8-mile to the lights. NHRA accepted all P/M entries, bringing the car count to 34.
Mopars Dominate Stock Eliminator
Stock Eliminator is usually dominated by Chevrolet, but that wasn’t the case this year. The final round saw two Mopars face off and three of the four semi-finalists were also Mopar.
Pro Stock Exchange
Prior to Indy, a new Goodyear slick was mandated for P/S competition. This change affected some teams more than others. No one got more attention in P/S than Burnout Contest winner Deric Kramer. Four-time world champ Greg Anderson had the car to beat nearly the entire race. He was the quickest in three of five qualifying sessions, earning his 90th #1 qualifier. Drew Skillman’s victory was his fourth in the past six races and seventh of his career.
7-Second Doorslammer Report
Conditions were right for the Stock and S/S racers, with the performance prize going to the Factory Stock Fords of Paul Candies and Roy Hill. Their FGTB classed Mustangs qualified at 7.882 and 7.985.
The Cost of Speed Keeps Escalating
T/F and F/C teams acknowledged they’re only getting one to three passes on a set of $2,000 slicks and $5,000 crankshafts.
Celebrity (Sort of) Sightings
T/F champ Larry Dixon scored several round wins driving Tony Bartone’s T/AF at Indy. Current ADRL President Larry Morgan was back in Pro Stock but fell short with a respectable 6.68. Former Pro Stock megateam owner Victor Gagnazzi won the FS/D class in a Camaro. Former Orlando Speed World track operator Carl Wisenger took a class win in his FSS/L Mopar.