6th Annual Marion County Nostalgia Funny Car Nationals

August 24, 2013
Marion County International Raceway, LaRue, OH

It was that time of year again when the best nostalgia alcohol funny cars travel to a little track known as MCIR in the middle of Ohio corn country.

All week leading up to the event the weather was predicted to be mid to high 70’s and sunny, they weren’t wrong. By mid Friday the participants started to fill the pits with funny cars and gassers. Friday night some of the teams chose to make some test runs and others thought it would be a good time to socialize.

There was some tense moments for the Time Bomb team as they had coil issues, but thanks to MSD expert and local Delaware resident Dave Leahy they were able to get their problem fixed. Saturday morning rolled along and the pits were mostly full and all of the teams were prepping their machines for the afternoon challenge.

All day long there was plenty of smack talk between the East & the Midwest teams. The spectators even seem to get into the friendly rivalry. There was plenty for the spectators to do and see as there were 15 blown, 4 injected funny cars, 22 gassers, Tim Arfons Green Monster front engine turbine dragster along with the Dustman Brothers blown 392 front engine dragster. The restored Pocket Rocket mini funny car was even on display.

The day was also full of racing and testing. The Time Bomb came out for a test run to make sure that the ignition problem was solved. The car sounded strong and did a killer burnout. Bob Toth was driving the machine and during the run showed that he has piloted these type of machines before, as the car ran hard but got out of the groove forcing Bob to pedal the car at least twice and he still somehow managed to run a 7.03.

After the usual introductions, it was time to start the program. The Gassers came out first with their hard charging wheels up show. The injected funnies were next. Willie Johnson was the top injected car running a great 7.93 at 167.42.

Up first for the blown cars was the Shyster for the Midwest and Sharky’s Machine for the East. During the burnout the Sharky’s Machine Hemi came apart oiling the right lane. This put the show back, as it took some time to clean the lane. This also seem to taint the right lane for the remainder of the round.

The rest of the first round was one sided but most of the drivers from the East did their best to make it a race. Chris Massarella driving the Total Insanity Monza was in & out of the throttle at least three times still posting a 8.87 @175.

The Midwest had a easier go of it as Mark Horvath driving the Damn Yankee ran a 7.27/189 with Nick Tilley and the Shyster Corvette just behind him with a 7.29 189.19. The Solid Rock Mustang fresh off a personal best run of 7.38 at Rt.66 Raceway ran a 7.57 for the third best E.T. for the night.

The round came to a close with the Green Monster 19 driven by Tim Arfons taking on the Dustman Brothers 392 powered front engine dragster. Jim and his brother John built the chassis on both of these cars. The Green Monster is a wheel driven dragster and did not have the usual fire show or thrust associated with most jet dragsters.It was really different to see a FED doing a burnout and not making much noise. The Jet was out first but the hemi powered dragster caught up by mid track and made it a close race.

To make matters worse the timing system was malfunctioning and that took some time to fix thus allowing the track to cool down more and more dew to move in. First pair out the Sweetman Brothers’ Citation taking on the DeCort brothers in the Old & Fuelish Corvette. John came out with his trademark halftrack burnout. Both cars staged with the Citation moving first but both cars fighting to stay in control the whole length of the track.

Chris Massarella in the Total Insanity was able to get some control and pull out a 177.85 MPH with only a 9.57E.T. It seemed that the way to overcome the track was to take off easy and apply more pressure down track. There were several drivers that managed mph’s in the 160 plus range.

Mark Horvath in the Damn Yankee again showed everyone how to do it as he ran an all over his lane with a 7.99 @165.38.

We had one more chance to see the Green Monster, Tim ran a 9.18 @ 183.72 to the Dustmans Brothers 8.67 @ 179.13. Tim wanted to run his first 200 MPH but it will have to happen another day.

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Photo Gallery

Lighting up the night: Bill Anderson's RoadShow matched up against Jerry & Marie Streb's Dazed & Confused. Matt Brehmer Photo.

Bob Daly, Jr. made the trip from New Jersey bring his War Horse Mustang II to compete in the injected class. Chuck Clark Photo.

Another exciting part of the show are the dozens of A/FX, Gassers, Dragsters, Altereds and Hot Rods that attend the events. Chuck Clark Photo.

The staging lanes at Marion are filled with fiberglass bodies. Matt Brehmer Photo.

The Time Bomb 1972 Vega nostalgia funny car of Rocky Roxlau from New Jersey representing one of the East Coast cars. Matt Brehmer Photo.

The DeCort Brothers' Old & Fuelish and their trademark smokey burnouts are always a crowd pleaser. Chuck Clark Photo.

East Coast husband & wife team of Chris & Krista Massarella and their Total Insanity Monza put on a great show every year. Chuck Clark Photo.