In the week leading up to this race, the guys had their hands full. The boat had been burned, sunk, and run up on the beach in Wheatland, MO the week before. The hull was stripped, patched, and painted. The wiring was replaced, computers and other items were inspected and repaired, so we didn't know what to expect on the first run. We ended up running the quickest pass in Top Fuel Hydro history - a 3.368 ET @ 253.464 MPH! That's a leg on our ET record and we were thrilled to say the least! We did not go back out for Q2, and remained the #1 qualifier going into Sunday eliminations.
We had a first round bye on Sunday, and paired up against Whiskey River in the semi-finals. We ran a 3.414 ET @ 255.363 MPH to take the win, but we were not able to back up the ET record with that pass.
In the final round, we ran the Speed Sports Special. They are #2 in points, and they were laying down some of their best passes this weekend. Unfortunately, our boat started in gear, automatically giving the win to SSS. Bummer for our team, as we really wanted to take home the win at our home race, but running the quickest pass ever in TFH didn't hurt! We also left the race with a 412 lead in the points. All we'll need to do is qualify at the World Finals (November 1-4), and we will secure the 2012 Top Fuel World Championship!
Thanks again to all of our amazing sponsors, fans, friends and family. We couldn't do this without you!
Don't forget......the Wheatland race from Labor Day will air on CBS this Saturday, September 22nd at 11am PST. Be sure to set your DVR's!!