It was April the 29th, on another sunny clear day at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip when the 52ed Annual Antique Drags rocked Barona. Cars decades upon decades old showed off their shiny retro paint jobs and made their way up and down the track, showing off how much power was underneath these old bones.
There were stylish cars racing all throughout the day, but the AFX bracket for them came down to Jerry Keller and Mark Lange. Mark's 70 Dart was the faster car, with a 6.70 dial, giving Jerry's 63 Dodge a small headstart on his own 7 second flat dial. Jerry would use it well, getting off the line with a .111 reaction, and finishing with a 7.044 E/T. That'd leave too little room for Mark, who's .242 reaction left him dead off the line, too big a gap for him to possibly take the stripe on, as Jerry races his way to an AFX bracket win.
And as always, the Gambler had it's moment to shine, as event cover boy Paul Wagner and his blue 70 Dart went up against Noel Cuevos and his green 71 Camaro. Noel would start off with an excellent .007 reaction time, leaving Paul behind and playing catch up. And Paul would catch up. His Dart stuck to the track, and fired out of the gate like a bullet from a gun; to the point of going too fast, and putting him at risk of a heavy breakout. Paul would slam on the breaks at the finish line, but not enough to save him. His 7.573 E/T on a 7.67 dial would disqualify him, as Noel takes the bracket win.
Paul Wagner's 70 Dart (Near) lining up against Noel Cuevos' 71 Camaro (Far) in the Gambler final. Noel would get off the line quick, making Paul play catch up until he broke out, giving Noel the win.
Now, check up on the track this weekend, as on Saturday the 13th comes the first race of the 2017 Crower Cup series! See you there!