Good Vibrations Funny Car Nationals
July 13, 2019
Words by Ted Pappacena
Photos by Ted Pappacena & Alan Aug
The 12th edition of the Good Vibrations Funny Car Nationals is complete and in the books. Keystone Raceway Park in New Alexandria, Pa hosted the event on a sunny but hot day without a cloud in the sky. Before I go any further, yes, the car count was down from last year, and yes there was some grumbling. However it wasn’t from this reporter. By my count there was 18 cars on the premises; 14 blown alky and 4 injected, a good count by any measure. Perhaps it was down due to 4 events going on the same day that took away from the cars as well as the count. Same day events were; the Blue Suede Cruise, Super Chevy at Maple Grove, Mopars at Carlisle, and a show at the EMMR. Prior commitments as well as attrition contributed to the low count as well.
Nice crowd under the new KRP tower was treated to some mighty fine funny car racing as the sun went down.
As far as I’m concerned, I get to see cars from west of Pa that I don’t normally get to see and renew friendships. So with that in mind, on the injected ladder we had Krista Massarella’s Temporary Insanity Monza, Willie Johnson’s No Money No Funny Chevy II, Bob Daley’s Warhorse Mustang II, and the Illinois Patrol. On the blown side we had; Chris Massarella’s Total Insanity Monza, Jack Armstrong’s Smokey Bonz Gang Chevy II, Daryl Arnold’s Deuce on the Loose Chevy II, John Cerchio’s War Path Buick, Mark Horvath’s Mopar Missile, Rocky Ausec’s Solid Rock Mustang, Pol-Cal Corvette, Drew Sweetman in the Frantic Ford Mustang II, Stacy Mc Glory’s Country Girl Olds, Robin Stambaugh’s Generation X Corvette, Jamie Russell’s Iron Outlaw Mustang II, Nitro flier, Crazy Bear Vega, and rounding the field out with Rocky Roxlau’s Time Bomb Vega. The cars ran 2 rounds “Chicago Style” on a 7.0 index with the two quickest in each category squaring off in the final(s). There was also a burnout contest.
Injected F/C winner Bob Daley in the War Horse Mustang II shows why he took the burnout contest too.
String of 7.80s got the job done.
Eventual injected F/C runner up, Krista Massarella backs up behind Willie Johnson’s No Money No Funny Chevy II.
Jami Russell’s Iron Outlaw boils the hides. Eventual blown winner had a holeshot 7.01 and was deadly on the tree.
Injected F/C final sees Bob Daley’s War Horse Mustang II creeping ahead of Krista Massarella’s Temporary Insanity Monza.
Perennial announcer Bret Kepner couldn’t make the event so he placed a call to good friend and current NHRA T V announcer Brian Lohnes to sub for him. Brian stepped up to the mike and did quite an impressive job. Bill “Drag List” Pratt was on hand to feed stats to Brian as well as KRP’s announcer; Jim Senkewitz. They kept the crowd well informed throughout the event. Event organizer Dennis Salzwimmer along with Jerry Streb, Jim Maher, and Mike Klontz kept things on an even keel.
(L) Drag List’s Bill Pratt and NHRA announcer Brian Lohnes kept us informed throughout the event.
(R) Regular track announcer Jim Senkewitz added his expertise on the proceedings as well.
(L) Event organizer Denny Salzwimmer checks out the action with “Beaver” Bob Mc Cardle. Job well done, Denny!
(R) Illinois Patrol Dodge injected funny was on storm trooper duty throughout the day.
The event itself went off without a hitch although the Smokey Bonz Chevy II did take a trip to the sand trap Friday night. The car was repaired in time to make Saturday’s show. No other incidents to speak of, just long smokey burnouts, dry hops and wheelstands (sounds familiar) and personal best e ts. The finalists in the injected category were Krista Massarella and Bob Daley with Bob taking the win with a 7.82. He took the burnout contest award as well. This team has really stepped up their program. The blown finalists were Jami Russell in the Iron Outlaw Mustang II and Bobby Toth in the Time Bomb Vega. Jami took the win with a holeshot 7.01 to Bobby’s 6.99. Chris Massarella took the burnout contest with his second round fogbank. If there was an Honorable Mention it would’ve gone to the Crazy Bear Vega’s wild sideways burnout in round 2. The evening was capped off with a big fireworks show. I’m really looking forward to next years’ edition.
Chris Massarella gets on Total Insanity’s hides to take the burnout contest award.
The smoke got thicker and longer as he legged it out to the 1000’ mark. He missed getting into the final by “that much”.
Classic Chevy vs Ford matchup in the making as the Pol-Cal Vette and Solid Rock Mustang Mach 1 back up from their first round burnouts.
Rocky Ausec’s Solid Rock Mach 1 screams with the butterfly’s wide open.
Robin Stambaugh shows how to do a textbook burnout in the Generation-X Vette.
War Path boils em during the first round burnout.
Despite a trip to the sand trap Friday night, the Smokey Bonz Gang made the first round call.
A little Time Bomb drama at the line as the starter wanted to shut the car off for a mysterious leak that wasn’t.
Bobby Toth went on to take the Bomb to the runner up spot.
With its lights flashing, the Illinois Patrol (Michael Johnstone) blasts off. How about a siren for next year?
Mark Horvath’s Mopar Missile shows some death smoke after the blower coughed the burst panel.
Drew Sweetman in the Frantic Ford Mustang II squares off with the Nitroflier II Dodge in round 1 action.
Two of the most beautiful Mustang II’s you’ll ever see square off. Jamie Russell’s Iron Outlaw and Drew Sweetman in the Frantic Ford.
Stacy McGlory on her way to a low E T 6.70 pass. Too quick for the 7.0 index the Olds was clearly thumpin’.
War Path opens wide and has her pipes checked to see if the cylinders are firing on all 8.
Nitroflier II had to be pushed back after its burnout but stopped long enough for a photo.
Daryl Arnold’s Deuce on the Loose cockpit fills up with smoke during his second round burnout.
NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD - Words by Ted Pappacena, Photos by Ted Pappacena and Alan Aug