RODAK'S CUSTOM COFFEE 'A' FIELD FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER:
1. Ken Singleton (Chickasha, OK) - 3.86 @ 198
2. Nick Poloson (San Antonio, TX) - 3.91 @ 191
3. Allan Middendorf (Columbia, IL) - 3.95 @ 194
4. Ronny Young (Wylie, TX) - 4.05 @ 169
5. Brandon Lewis (Tulsa, OK) - 4.11 @ 165
6. Nancy Matter (Lewisville, TX) - 4.23 @ 163
7. Chuck Loftin (Seguin, TX) - 4.24 @ 173
8. Jim Gifford (Tafton, PA) - 4.254 @ 171
ALKYDIGGER 'B' FIELD FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER:
1. Clay Cunningham (Dumas, TX) - 4.256 @ 170
2. Nick Johnson (Orleans, NE) - 4.54 @ 155
3. Chris Schneider (Jefferson City, MO) - 4.56 @ 150
4. Matt Nissen (Alma, NE) - 4.57 @ 153
5. Ronald Ooms (DeMotte, Indiana) - 4.68 @ 114
6. Tod Barker (Marlow, OK) - 4.83 @ 154
7. Daniel Butherus (Wichita, KS) - 4.98 @ 142
8. Jordan Ballew (Bartlesville, OK) - 5.10 @ 132
Jeff Cameron (Magnolia, Texas) - 5.19 @ 141
Fred Farndon (Edmond, OK) - 5.46 @ 119
Rick Krafft (Chicago, IL) - 5.71 @ 153
Dave Gallegos (St. Mary's, KS) - 11.02 @ 47
Monte Grace (Muscatine, IA) - No Time
Robert Slaughter (Waco, TX) - No Time
As the call went out for the 'A' field first round competitors to 'bring em' to the lanes' from Chaos announcer David Rattan, the fans found their seats and were treated to an exceptional opening round. First up was the iconic "Blue Max" with Ronny Young set to duel with Chaos newcomer Brandon Lewis. What a match up, as these two were off the line together and side by side through the traps but it was Young's 4.04 at 167 mph defeating Lewis' 4.06 at 194 mph by just .003 of a second!
Ken Singleton rolled out next ready to defend his win from 2018 paired with Jim Gifford. Gifford was the 'B' field runner up at the 2019 season opener driving the "Nor'Easter" but this weekend was piloting Michael Harrigan's "Fools Gold" nitro burning Duster who made the tow from Boynton Beach, Florida. Gifford knew he needed all he could get off the line, but cut it too close with a -.052 red, yet laid down his best pass of the weekend with a 4.18 at 170 mph as Singleton's stout 3.84 at 198 mph advanced. Nick Poloson was out next as the "Bucket List" lined up with Chuck Loftin in a battle of Texas based fuelers. Poloson took the starting line advantage and never trailed as his 3.91 at 191 mph took the win over Loftin's 4.26 at 173 mph.
In the final pair of round one 'A' field, Nancy Matter's "Guardian For Heroes" Firebird tuned by legend Dale Pulde lined up with 'A' field season opener winner Allan Middendorf. Middendorf was off the line first but quickly dropped a cylinder due to a failed spark plug, while Matter was showing no struggles as she thundered to a career best 3.96 at 195 mph to take out Middendorf's close 4.06 at 203 mph, which stood as top speed of the meet.
Following the highly entertaining 'A' field first round was an equally thrilling performance from the first round racers of the AlkyDigger 'B' field. First out was Matt Nissen's Nebraska based "Runnin' Down A Dream" Corvette alongside first alternate Jeff Cameron. Cameron was off the line first and posted his career best 4.82 at 139 mph but came up short at the stripe to Nissen's 4.55 at 153 mph. Nick Johnson burned out next driving Wayne Reinart's "Prairie Fire" alongside Kansas runner Daniel Butherus in the new look "Rat-A-Tude" flopper. Johnson had this one from start to finish as his 4.40 at 156 mph took the win while Butherus had problems early and shutoff.
Top qualifier Clay Cunningham was out next in "Still Crazy" lined up with the "Dry Hop King" Jordan Ballew in the Oklahoma based Nova. Cunningham's .007 reaction time didn't leave much margin for Ballew and a 4.22 career best for Cunningham sealed the deal over Ballew's 7.56 at 71 mph. In the final pair of 'B' field action, Tod Barker left before the tree activated in "Back in Black" while Chris Schneider posted a career best 4.44 at 156 mph in the "Brutus" to advance.