Kirk Williams was just glad to get his Federal Mogul Pontiac Firebird Funny Car down the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway quarter-mile on Friday during the first round of qualifying for the Colonel's Truck Accessories Northern Championships.
Williams did that and more in this NHRA Federal Mogul Drag Racing West Central Division event. He qualified No. 1 with an elapsed time of 6.028 seconds at 240.53 mph.
In Federal Mogul Dragster, Bruce Bowler was the No. 1 qualifier with a pass in 5.727 seconds at 234.47 mph.
Williams was followed by Larry Bakke, Kurt Prososki, Gage Chaffee, Vern Moats, Randy Fleming, and Cy Chesterman.
The No. 2 qualifier in Federal Mogul Dragster was the event's defending champion Mark Kinser, followed by Billy Bybee, Ed Schmeekle, Randy Meyer, Ziggy Zivkovich, reigning division champion David Wells and Calvin Friesen. It was Zivkovich's first pass, 7.345, 186.12 mph, of the season in a car driven by Wells two years ago.
Williams' qualifying effort also held up against five other racers. He and Bakke went up against each other in the class's first pass. Bakke lost with an ET of 6.35 at 221.58 mph.
Williams, a former Super Gas racer, said he had a good launch from the starting line.
"The car felt really smooth," he said.
He noted at the 300-foot mark his tires started shaking. At that point he decided to pedal his accelerator once.
"It came right out of the shake," said Williams, who started racing this class last August. "I poked third gear and she settled right down and to the finish line it went."
It was Williams second time at CBIR. He lost in the first round during the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals last August to Sam Blue (6.01 to 5.98).
Williams also raced this car last season in divisional events in Nebraska and Iowa. At Nebraska, he didn't qualify and at Iowa, he was the sixth qualifier but lost in the first round.
For Bowler, it keeps getting better in his A-fuel car, which traveled the distance in less than a second (.945), at almost 100 mph. An A-fuel car burns nitro-methane and is fuel injected. An alcohol dragster or blown dragster burns alcohol and has a supercharger
The 59-year old Bowler started racing in the late 1950s and won his first-ever race in the divisional opener at Topeka last month.
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