Nitro Funny Cars. Alcohol Funny Cars. Jet Funny Cars. Not unexpectedly, that’s the main menu for the 18th running of the Honor Credit Union Funny Car Nationals, Sept. 9-10, at US 131 Motorsports Park.
But there’s so much more packed into the two-day program including the Pro Modifieds and Funny Cars of the Summit MidWest Drag Racing Series, the Larsen Motorsports jet dragsters, the factory hot rods of the Great Lakes Super Stock Association, a wheelstanding, bullet-nosed 1950 Studebaker and the return of Bob Motz, the ”King of Quake,” and his original jet-powered Kenworth.
Buy tickets on-line now and save $5 on the gate price or get $7 off with a coupon from any participating Honor Credit Union location. Adult admission at the gate is $25 Friday and $30 Saturday with kids 6-12 $7 each day. Children under six are free with a ticketed adult and, as always, every ticket is a pit pass that also includes free parking.
Mark McElwee and his “Buzz’s Nitro Bomber” 1962 Chevy II will be among four nostalgia Funny Car drivers battling for cash and credibility in one of the signature shootouts at Michigan’s fastest track.
The veteran from Port St. Lucie, FL, will be joined by John Lawson of Joliet, IL, and his “Runaway” 1970 Chevy Camaro, Joe Hass of Findlay, IL and his “American Way” 1957 Chevy and Pete Dove of Shelbyville, IL, who distinguished himself as driver of the “Back from the Ashes” fuel altered before moving over to the Funny Car class.
A host of nostalgia BB/Funny Cars will include the “Detroit Tiger” 1977 Chevy Monza of Steve Tomoszyk, a replica of the Pancho Rendon-owned nitro hybrid that Tom Prock drove on the NHRA pro tour, and the jet Funny Car field will consist of the “Black Pearl” 1969 Chevy Nova driven by George Whiteman III of East Kingston, NH, and the “Quartermaster” 1965 Ford Mustang driven by David Douthit of Colorado Springs, CO.
Nevertheless, some of the most intense competition is expected to come out of the MWDRS, especially the Pro Mod class in which just seven points separates the three drivers bunched at the top of the order: Dustin Nesloney of Orange Grove, TX, Stan Shelton of New London, NC, and Daniel Pharris of Sikeston, MO.