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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Quick and Fast on the Eighth Mile

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Words and photos by Jeff Burk

Texas is known for historic drag races. From the Texas-California Drags at Amarillo Dragway to the heyday of the AHRA at Green Valley to Eddie Hill and Gene Snow running the first 4-second passes for nitro cars at the Texas Motorplex and Houston Raceway Park, respectively. The most recent example is the Mickey Thompson Tires DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge held April 26-27 at the historic eighth mile Texas Raceway at Kennedale, near Ft. Worth. {{more}}
That race marked the first time that a national series for nitro Funny Cars has competed on an eighth mile as a national event. The event attracted cars from Illinois, Minnesota and the best AA/FC?s in the state of Texas for a drag race that could only be described as vintage.

It was an all-Texas final between Ronny Young and John Hale with Hale, tuned by veteran tuner Guy Tipton, delivering a back-breaking 3.746/200.50 lap on Mickey Thompson Tires against his fellow Texan.

Both Young in the ?Blue Max? ?78 Arrow and Hale driving his Mike Burkhart tribute ?69 Camaro managed to record speeds over 200 mph and ET?s in the 3.80?s and 3.70?s.
Despite a day of rain showers on Friday Bubba Corzine, who was hired by track operator Cindi McMillan (daughter of famed Texas drag racer and promoter Bill Heilscher) to prep the track, delivered a track surface that took all the horsepower the nitro coupes could deliver and that was demonstrated in front of a good crowd Friday and Saturday Night.

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