Nuggets of Info From Indy

Drag Racer - - U.S. Nationals 63rd Edition -

FANS WHO CARE about race re­sults re­ceive in­for­ma­tion (in lim­ited amounts) streamed im­me­di­ately via TV, in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia. In an ef­fort to en­tice more of you to read our be­lated pic­to­rial fea­ture on Indy, we bring you this spe­cial re­port con­tain­ing news and data you don’t re­ceive in the elec­tronic cov­er­age.

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.

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