we showed up friday 8am after driving 12hrs, unloaded the car teched in and made a test pass. 8.51 at 162 off the trailer. sweet!!!!
first round of qualifying was later that afternoon. 8.44 at 163 with a 1.33 60'. best et ever by .01 but the 60' was off by .05. that's cool, chattered the tires good. two more rounds sat.
many drinks later sat morning came too soon and the track was crap, 2nd round qual let go of the brake and it actually sat at the starting line spinning. I lifted and putted down the track to a 14.XX 3rd round qual, took a bunch of timing out and it went down the track to an 8.47 at 162. good enough.
pretty sad an 8.44 gets you 15th out of 18 cars, oh well. first round elims sets us up with an 8.2XX sbf mustang, well, the poor guy wheelied something fierce (bumper dragging) and it just so happens I beat him to the stripe with an 8.55
second round is more of the same, another 8.2XX 69 camaro. decided the track is better than yesderday and put more timing back in. I tree the crap out of him but by half track I see his front bumper at the door and then it's gone, another win!!!! ask him what happened, his nitrous shut off, figured out later his relay crapped. At this point I'm wondering whose next and Amy tells me I have a bye run for third round. she didn't want to tell me until after, less pressure....
ok, cool. free round into the semi finals. put more timing at it and make a 330 hit and shut it down. no reason to beat it up. went 1.29 60'!! cool, closer to where it was testing!!!
now there's only three cars left, me and two cars capable of 7.90's. It's getting towards dusk and the track is working so we put one more degree of timing in it. let go of the trans brake and it spins but I see he's going into a wheelie, I peddle it and oooof, it goes a bit more sideways and hooks. I nearly catch him by the 330 as his front end bounces a few times but the BBC's got more steam on the big end and slowly creeps away. If only mine hadn't spun, it'd have been a real close race, I tree'd him by .050......
I ended up with a 9.11 at 161 to his 8.28 at 175. He did end up winning the event and the championship so, congrats!!
oh well, it was damned fun and I took home money!! I realize getting that far was mostly luck but you know how the saying goes....
that's my story, it's on to the A-head engine. anyone need a bt headed 540?? runs mid 8's at 3600lbs!!