NHRA report: Hot track in Thunder Valley makes for strong weekend in Bristol
Welcome to Femmefanaticsports where this week's journey goes to the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenessee. You have the Perfect Trifecta: The birthplace of country music plus The Home of Bristol Motor Speedway, (a NASCAR Sprint Cup track that is one of the most well-known motorsports facilities in the country.) and Bristol Dragway, where the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals event is held.
Just give me that old time Rock and Roll, right on down the track!
I would be remiss if I didn't mention that classy First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley "ChaCha" Muldowney graced the presence of fans in Thunder Valley and reminisced about Tom "The Mongoose " McEwen and how thrilled she was when he asked her for her autograph at a track meet years ago. WOW, that is amazing Class Ceiling stuff right there! Just imagine that back in the day, the Mongoose, forward thinker that he was, gives her the symbolic Fist Bump, High Five, Atta Girl, by requesting her John Hancock. She immediately paid it forward and bought and wore one of his shirts and did not part with it for the day. Sweet dreams are made of this!
A little lightning and thunder would have been most welcome this weekend here in Thunder Valley. A bit of rain could have cooled the track down ....track temperatures were up to 139.° Now remember, we're in Thunder Valley, so we're talking about major horsepower, a super hot track and less track treatment with scorching temperatures, both behind the wheel and on the track. The driver has to make some real time, real life decisions on the dime. Should I stay in it off the starting line? Yes! I have the Holeshot...But I'm smoking the tires...Foot off pedal...Straighten up...Foot back on pedal...Don't touch the centerline...Pedal off...Get back in it... Foot back on the pedal.... watch out for the wall, foot off pedal, win beam insight, foot on pedal, my opponent coming over the lane, foot off pedal, Get this win! All in 4 seconds . Just ask Brittany Force .
Funny thing, as it heats up here, Iron Man Clay Millican seems to have no problem getting down the track, putting his field on the map in qualifying sessions with a 3 second pass! Maybe, just maybe it has to do with The Thunder from down under Crew Chief, Dave Grubnic. What's the secret?
Doug Winters lived to tell after crossing the centerline and kissing the wall during Pro Mod Qualifying .
Pro Stock Rocker Tommy Lee waltzed the Sand trap as his chutes failed to deploy and his brakes failed to grab during third round qualifying. Safety, first, last, always. Great job NHRA Safety Safari!
Matt Hagan lit the fire as leader of the DSR qualifying pack. There is nothing Funny about those cars.
This weekend's event proved to be , thuderous, brutal, and action packed.
Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher, 3.946, 313.58 def. Salinas, 5.251, 152.18.
Funny car: Ron Capps, 4.234, 296.37 def. Tasca III, 4.300, 286.98.
Pro stock: Jeg Coughlin, 6.709, 205.10 def. Anderson, 6.741, 205.07.
Take me out to the Race Track!
June 21-24 2018
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals