Kinsley, Haas, Stringer, and Barker Take Big Wins at Funny Car Chaos
Drag Racing Action Online Images: John Charbonneau, Dave Kommel, and Chris Graves
The Funny Car Chaos Classic, now in its third year is the brainchild of photographer and promoter Chris Graves. Graves along with his wife Tera have given a venue for a variety of Funny Cars, blown on nitro or alcohol, injected, turbocharged, whatever, all have a place at the Funny Car Chaos table.
The four fields are set by qualifying ETs. The top 8 are in the “A” field the next 8 into the “B” field and so forth until the 32 car show is filled.
Local racer Kebin Kinsley from Arlington Texas took his ”War Wagon” Mustang to a convincing win at the Lonestar Forklift Funny Car Chaos “A” field at the Texas Motorplex outside Waco.
Kinsley, who qualified #2 with a 3.574 after leading qualifying going into the last session, beat Kyle Smith’s NHRA legal Alcohol Funny Car in the final running Low ET of the meet 3.446 over Smith’s close but losing 3.613.
Long time fuel racer Mitch King grabbed Low Qualifier but went out in R1
Low qualifier Mitch King in the Bone Shaker Pontiac lost in the first round against Jeff Cameron in the Jake’s Speed Shop entry ending his weekend early. Cameron went out in his semifinal race against eventual runner up Kyle Smith’s 3.605 to a losing 3.702.
In round two Kinsley had the injected on nitro car of Randy Meyer driven by NHRA regular Julie Nataas. Natass qualified the unique combination in the #3 spot with a 3.604 but got crossed up against Kinsley, crossing the center line giving Kinsley the win and a trip to the finals.
Joey Haas drove the “Nimrod” Camaro to a win in the Alkydigger “B” field with a Low ET matching 3.446 over Shayne Lawson’s 3.794.
With header flames lighting the Texas sky, Joey Haas (near lane) took the Alkydigger “B” title.
Hass who qualified with a 3.683 defeated Nick Poloson and Chuck Lofton to get to the finals as Lawson in the “Man O War” Mustang took out Christine Chambless and Aaron Morrow on his trip to the “B” finals.
Taking the Wulff Pumps “C” title was Ray Stringer in his “Blown Cent-less” Olds Funny Car. The New Mexico driver defeated Tony Whitfield in the finals with a 4.270 over the 4.8685 of the Mighty Mouse Racing Camaro.
Whitfield (near lane) lost in the finals of the “C” field to Ray Stringer’s Olds
The “D” Funny Car field was taken by the “Back in Black” 1970 Pontiac GTO of Alex Barker. Barker who qualified in the #32 spot, defeated Jade Cook in her “Nemesis” car. Both competitors slowed from their earlier runs as Barker posted a 5.034 to Cook’s 5.726 after running in the low 4’s earlier in eliminations.
Alex Barker (near lane) defeated Jade Cook in the finals of “D”
John Broussard (near lane) was all so close in the finals of Outlaw AA/FA
With the two quickest Outlaw AA/FAs facing off for the title Jimmy Jones in the “Texas Tremor” slipped by the “Purple Haze” car of John Broussard with a 4.003 to a close 4.026 of Broussard.