BOWEN WINS AT US 131 FUNNY CAR NATIONALS EVENT
It was Bowen's second win of the 2013 season and third final round appearance since he won the 2012 DRO AA/FC Challenge finale at Tulsa Raceway Park. At U.S. 131 Bowen defeated Chicago racer Marc White driving Jeff Wilson's "Flashback" Pontiac Trans Am in the final round.
Defending champion John Hale drove his Guy Tipton-tuned '69 Camaro bodied AA/FC to a new National speed record at Martin. He ran back to back laps of 5.73/261.14 and 5.61/259.03 during Friday night qualifying. The fastest speed ever for these cars belongs to Jason Rupert, who ran over 262 mph at Phoenix's Firebird Raceway but didn't back up the speed within the required 1% at the same meet.
The win increased Bowen's championship points total to 425.5 and he leads his closest rival, Texan Ronny Young in Raymond Beadle's "Blue Max" Plymouth Arrow by a mere 40.5 points going into the last race of the season Sept. 13-14 at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla.
In addition to Bowen, Hale, White and Young, there is one other team who has a mathematical chance to win the 2013 DRO AA/FC Challenge National Championship: Brian Stewart in the "Bear Town Shaker."