At Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip, the track was so fast it was on fire, as the first race in the Crower Cup series hit the track. There were other attractions too, though, as the Gambler was at full force, and Barona welcomed a special guest to the track. Shelly Segal and her J-85 Firestarter Jet Dragster, all the way from Las Vegas arrived at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip, bringing her Jet Dragster and it's multiple feet of fire. And that fire hit the track as well, as behind a wall of flame and smoke, Shelly burned down the 1/8th mile in 3.971 seconds, at over 200 miles per hour. A good preview for the heat of Nitro Night in a week!
But besides the Firestarter, we still had the Gambler and Crower Cup to run. In the Gambler, Greg Crecely's and his 63 Fold Falcon went up against Tracy Perez and his 70 Nova. Greg had the faster car, waiting for Tracy to launch off the line one second before he could start, but before that one second could pass, Greg already won. Tracy launched 11 thousandths of a second early, red lighting and giving Greg the Gambler win.
Greg Crevely (Near) against Tracy Perez (Far) in the Gamber final. Tracy would redlight, giving Greg the win.
And that only left the first of the three-race Crower Cup series, as Daniel Munoz' 71 Vega matched up against George Chatterton the Thirds' 37 Fiat for the early lead in the series. George had the faster car, and a 5.50 dial to match it. Daniel had nearly a second head start with his 6.78 dial. The two had very similar launches, as Daniel had a .030 reaction time, while George had a .032. However, that advantage of two thousandths of a second would make Daniel unbeatable, as he nailed his dial with a 6.782 E/T on a 6.78 dial. The only way George could win was to get an exact 5.500 E/T. George got a 5.484, breaking out, as Daniel's on the money run got him the Crower Cup win, as well as the early points lead.
George Chatterton 3 (Near) up against Daniel Munoz (far) in the Crower Cup final. Daniel would have a near perfect run, giving him the Crower win and the early points lead.
With the Crower done, we look forward to the future. This Sunday, May 21st when the Import Outlaws come to Barona. And after that, May 27th, the 2nd Annual Nitro Night hits the track, with world champion Del Worsham. See you there!