Nitro Test Session at US 41 Motorplex
Words and photos by Mike Sopko Jr.
So what are you doing June 30th and July 1st? If you like nitro, altereds, and funny cars then Eddyville Raceway Park's Night of Fire is the place to be. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of the festivities this past Sunday.
It’s no secret that the weather here in the Midwest has been “iffy” to say the least so opportunities for teams such as Tom Motry’s “Drastic Plastic” and John Lawson’s “Runaway” and “Quickdraw” to get their combinations set have been limited. That is why three of the four teams made the trek out to Morocco, Indiana’s US 41 Motorplex this past Sunday to start formulating their combinations for Eddyville’s 1/8 mile battle, where Howard Farris will be bringing his wicked “War Wagon” up north for a bit of revenge against the Midwest hitters.
Tim Cullinan at the wheel of "Drastic Plastic"
John Lawson on his first pass
The brand new gorgeous "Quickdraw" funny car with Joe Haas at the wheel
Motry’s “Drastic Plastic” with Tim Cullinan at the wheel made one 400’ hit at the track. Meanwhile, Lawson made two passes in the “Runaway” while driver Joe Haas put the new nostalgia Firebird “Quickdraw” through its paces. Both drivers made short hits at the track trying to dial in their 1/8 mile set-ups. On Haas’ first pass the car made it just past 400’ before going up in smoke. For his second pass he again took it near the 1/8 mile clocks before lifting. Lawson had two eventful runs, the second being the most exciting. Lawson’s first pass saw the car move towards the centerline at the hit, Lawson immediately guided the car back in the groove and took it a couple hundred feet further. On his second pass he pedaled the car, which brought the front wheels up, broke the wheelie bar, and ultimately crossed the centerline.
Joey Haas in the blown alcohol "Nimrod"
Joey Haas was also in attendance with his “Nimrod” blown alcohol Mustang funny car fresh off a semi-final finish with Nostalgia Super Quick Series. Joey took the car for its first ever quartermile pass lifting just before the finishing line and running a 7.679 at only 153 mph with the chutes in full blossom.
John Lawson burns out in the beautiful "Runaway" - John Lawson gathers the car as it heads for the centerline after breaking the wheelie bar
Haas had a good solid launch before losing traction at the transition - Joe Haas slowing down the "Quickdraw" flopper
Cullinan had a hole out just off of the starting line
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