Nitro Night hit Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip last Saturday to an absolutely amazing crowd. The stands were packed on both sides of the track, with people crowding around the fences to get the closest whiff of the hot nitro action they could get. And when 3 time and defending NHRA Funny Car champ Del Worsham hosts, bringing fellow Funny Car drivers Gary Densham, Paul Lee, and Brandon Welch with him, you know it is going to be one of the hottest tickets around.
It wouldn't be Del Worsham's first time in southern California. His career started racing up in Pamona, and his daughter, Maddy, has been racing Junior Dragsters at Barona for the past 3 years. And today, he was bringing his #1 25 Years Legacy Funny Car to the track.
But he was not the only headliner there. Aside from the Nitro Funny Cars, there were Nostgalia Funny Cars, Altered Dragsters, and Big Tire Racers there to light up the track at Barona.
Del Worsham, among others, signing autographs before the race.
And when Del Worsham, who's practice run the previous night set a new track speed record by the 330 foot mark, lined up against Brandon Welch, both of whom were among the many drivers signing things for fans before the race, you can taste the hunger in the crowds. And when those 10,000 horsepower monsters erupted, and the sheer force of their engines and exhausts could be felt by the crowd to the point where car alarms 100 feet away were triggered, you know that some of the most intense vehicular power in the world was brought to Barona dragstrip, the crowd erupting with cheers as those monsters cross over a football field's length from a stand still in around two and a half seconds.
Del Worsham (Near) launching off with Brandon Welch (Far)
Rain would cut the event short, but it was still an intense racing night for everyone involved. Here's hoping everybody loved it, and will be back for our next race, June 11th, when we'll be having the second race of the Crower Cup series. See you then!