7th Annual Quaker City Nostalgia Classic & the Pace Performance Great Lakes Funny Car Nationals
This year The Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit brought their Funny Car Nationals to Quaker City Motorsports Park in Salem, Ohio. The event was combined with Quaker City’s annual nostalgia get together, The Quaker City Nostalgia Classic & Pace Performance Great Lakes Funny Car Nationals.
Twenty one funny cars raced the Chicago Style event with an East versus Midwest format with the quickest funny car from each region facing off in the final.
The first round saw 19 blown funny cars face off. This was the first weekend of racing at Quaker City this year so it was still a little green, which made for some exciting runs. One of the highlights of this round was the High Psi Arrow kicking one of timing blocks right at the freshly repainted Warpath Somerset.
Rocky Pirrone got the spectators on their feet by getting as close to the wall as you can without scrapping the zoomies.
The first round saw the Time Bomb Vega run a 6.7103/204.27 for the East with the Damn Yankee Vega topping the Midwest with a 7.2139/190.03.
The second round seem to keep the spectators on their feet also, this time it was the Warpath pushing one of the foam block right behind the Damn Yankee as he was backing up from his burnout.
The Time Bomb ran another 6.70 run in the second round hoping that would get him in the final.
It was not to happen as Kim McKean driving the Agent Orange Duster stopped the timers at 6.5088/215.62 making his run the quickest from the East. Mark Horvath bettered his time from the first round a little with a 7.2129 putting him in his third straight and 5 total Funny Car National finals.
Mark knew he was a underdog giving up more than a half a second and did what he had to do and treed the Duster with a .115 to a .448. The Vega held on to about half track and then the Duster made his move crossing the finish line with a 6.81/182 to a slowing 7.56/169 for the Vega.
Two of the East Coast heavy hitting injected cars also joined in on the fun, Willie Johnson in the No Money No Funny Nova and Frank Barnard in the Poison Arrow. Frank ran a best of 7.8848 against Willie’s 8.0047. The Nova had a transmission problem so the Arrow made a single in the finals.
The East Coast teams really brought their A game this year with a round win tally of 11-5.
The day also included gassers from the Nostalgic Notions, gear banging from the UMTR, and old style front engine dragsters from the Southern Slingshots.
Tim Arfons brought his Green Monster Turbine dragster out to thrill the crowd. This winter Tim added a flame show to the turbine, this really wowed the spectators.
We would like to thank the title sponsor Pace Performance for helping us bring this great event to Quaker City Motorsports Park.
The Peak Winners Trophy went to Kim McKean in the Agent Orange Duster in The Blown Class, and Frank Barnard in the Poison Arrow in the Injected Class.
The S&W Contingency awards go to Kim McKean (Winner) & Mark Horvath (Runner Up) Blown Class. Frank Barnard (Winner) Injected Class.
Best Burn out presented by MJM Trucking
Blown Class Split Decision Total Insanity Monza & Solid Rock Mustang
Back Up Girl Presented by Warped Worm Engineering
Krista Massarella Total Insanity (Winner) Casey Welsh (Runner Up)
Chris Schneider & Poison Arrow
Agent Orange & Poison Arrow
Best Reaction Time Presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports Park
Chris Schneider Mopar .0051 Crazy Blown Class
Frank Barnard Poison Arrow .026 Injected Class
Longest Tow Award Presented by Classy Carts
John Troxel Mopar Crazy Challenger
Best Appearing Car Presented by Classy Carts
Steve Timoszyks Parts Peddler Cuda
Stan Bowman Memorial Award Presented by Total Flow Performance
Nick Tilley Shyster Corvette