It was time to play for keeps as the Rodak’s Custom Coffee ‘A’ Field got underway with two fuel burners kicking things off. Kebin Kinsley’s “Wild Child” came to life joined by Chuck Loftin’s “Motivation” as the sound of cackling pipes filled the valley in Lufkin. As the drivers crept into the beams, hair stood on the arms of everyone on the property as the first pair was just seconds away from blasting off the line. They left together and charged hard out of the gate, Kinsley’s front wheels clearly dangling as the car was making a stead move to the centerline. Finally, Kinsley was forced to lift and watch Loftin rip off his best pass of the weekend with a 3.87 at 192 mph to take the win.
Chris Schneider staged John Troxel’s “Brutus” alongside Ronny Young in the “Blue Max” in a match up that took many on a trip down memory lane. Young took a slight advantage off the line, but went into severe tire shake forcing him to abort the run, while Schneider charged right down the track to a 4.52 at 157 mph win. Ken Singleton repeated his qualifying time, to the thousandths, with a 3.852 to dance around Jeff Cameron and in the closest pair of the round, Steve Burck’s big show legal top alcohol entry posted a 4.32 at 172 mph to holeshot Chris King’s 4.15 at 156 mph.
Paula Martin and Dustin Bradford squared off in the first pair of the AlkyDigger ‘B’ Field but top qualifier Bradford had issues starting and Martin was given the solo signal from race director Bubba Corzine as she advanced with an 8.86 at 52 mph. Andy Mears’ “Dragon Slayer” and Damon Kuhn’s “Passin’ Gas” alcohol burners were up next. Mears ripped off the line, but the engine went silent at halftrack. Luckily for Mears, Kuhn, who is still in shakedown mode with a brand new car, was far behind as Mears coasted to the win with a 7.05 at 58 mph. Unfortunately, Mears’ damage was enough to sideline his team for the remainder of the event.
Tod Barker ‘s “Back in Black” and Scott Cousimano’s Entech Oil sponsored “Nitro Mafia” kept fans on their feet as Cousimano’s parachute shook out, the car broke loose, and pedal jobs ensued but to no avail as Barker’s clean 4.57 at 155 mph took the win. Finally, two Oklahoma based alcohol burners closed the round as Steve Vang made his series debut in the “Wicked Weekend Warrior” entry alongside Jordan Ballew’s new look “Ballew Thunder” Nova. Ballew had mighty struggles in pre-season testing, but was not going to miss his first ever Funny Car Chaos as the only racer on the planet to have attended now all 13 FCC events. Despite struggling to find the tune up, Ballew and team put their best effort forward but a 5.55 was no match for Vang’s 4.66 at 148 mph as Vang was going rounds in his series debut.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS:
Rodak’s Custom Coffee ‘A’ Field
(W) Loftin (.092) 3.87 @ 192 -vs- (L) Kinsley (.099 rt) 4.22 @ 133
(W) Schneider (.145) 4.52 @ 157 -vs- (L) Young (No Time – Centerline)
(W) Singleton (.292) 3.85 @ 174 -vs- (L) Cameron (.268) 4.48 @ 153
(W) Burck(.076) 4.32 @ 172 -vs- (L) King (.255) 4.15 @ 156
AlkyDigger ‘B’ Field
(W) Martin (.558) 8.86 @ 52 -vs- (L) Bradford (No Time)
(W) Mears (.055) 7.05 @ 58 -vs- (L) Kuhn (.559) 12.23 @ 28
(W) Barker (.043) 4.57 @ 155 -vs- (L) Cousimano (.200) 6.69 @ 78
(W) Vang (.114) 4.66 @ 148 -vs- (L) Ballew (.011) 5.55 @ 124
The semi-finals brought some great match-ups to the lanes with Schneider and Burck kicking off the ‘A’ field as Schneider used a .007 reaction time and a 4.48 at 159 mph to edge out a pedaling, but quicker Burck who’s 4.40 at 139 came up just short at the stripe. Schneider was final round bound in the “Brutus” and would face the winner of the next powerhouse pairing between Singleton and Loftin. Loftin’s .022 reaction time gave him the edge early, but the “Motivation” Mustang went wheels up and drifted across thecenterline while Singleton lowered the boom with a stellar 3.83 at 196 mph win.
Ken Singleton semis
Barker and Martin came to life as the ‘B’ field got underway. After their burnouts, Martin was forced to shut off due to a leak, giving Barker the solo win as he clicked off a 4.89 to move into the final round. Steve Vang took advantage of a competition bye run as Andy Mears was unable to make the call. Vang’s 5.07 solo hit put him into the finals in his series debut as the all Oklahoma final round was set in the AlkyDigger ‘B’ field.
SEMI-FINAL ROUND ELIMINATIONS:
Rodak’s Custom Coffee ‘A’ Field
(W) Schneider (.007) 4.48 @ 159 -vs- (L) Burck (.081) 4.40 @ 139
(W) Singleton (.052) 3.83 @ 196 -vs- (L) Loftin (.022) 4.63 @ 114
Alkydigger ‘B’ Field
(W) Barker (.027) 4.89 @ 153 -vs- (L) Martin (No Time)
(W) Vang (.667) 5.07 @ 108 -vs- (L) Mears (No Time)