What a beautiful night for racing. With all the inclement weather lately, tonight was a welcome change. We didn't have an overabundance of cars, however what did show up was impressive. There were three Nitro Funny Cars, Tom Motry's Drastic Plastic with driver Buddy Hull, John Lawson's Quick Draw with driver Dale Creasey in place of Joe Haas and John Lawson's new Runaway with John driving. Unfortunately the new Runaway broke a fuel pump on the line and had to retire for the night.
There were numerous Midwest Top Sportsman cars testing for tomorrow's race at Route 66 to be run in conjunction with the Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket race.
Early on in the event, there was a crash when a car lost control around the 1000 foot mark. While the driver almost regained control, at the last second the car darted across the track striking the wall and then careened back across the track striking the other retaining wall. Fortunately, the driver was uninjured. I don't have any images of the crash due to the fact I was in the media center when it happened, but did witness the crash. A short time later another car came to the water box and as it accelerated, it lost its radiator cap and water came spewing out.
There were several more minor delays for minor issues, until Fred Trombley appeared to break his rear axle and brushed the wall. Again, I was in the media center sending photos to social media when this happened. After this incident, things seemed to settle down for the rest of the night Here are some more images of the night's action. Next up is the ET Bracket race on Saturday.