Chaos in the Cornfield Attracts Large Crowd of Fuel Cars
Drag Racing Action Online Images: Geoff Sculley and Chris Graves
The second annual Chaos in the Corfield was held over Memorial Day May 24-26 at Eddyville Raceway Park in Eddyville Iowa. In addition to a three field Funny Car show, promoter and FCC president Chris Graves added two Nitro Chaos fields to the mix to make a total of five classes being contested throughout the weekend. Unlike last year’s event which was held during the corn growing season, this year’s race was held in early spring with the corn not up to height as 2022 but it still didn’t stop racers from visiting the field on the top end.
Van Hauen, near lane, “A” Field winner
Winning the Rodak’s Custom Roasted Coffee “A” portion of Funny Car was Iowa racer “Wild” Wade Van Hauen in the Van Hauen Brothers Camaro defeating Mike Newkirk in the finals in tight one. After similar reaction times, Van Hauen powered to a 3.752 to Newkirk’s close 3.797.
Van Hauen qualified his Chevy in the #6 spot with a 3.85 and took out Shane Lawson and Jesse Clark to get to the finals while Newkirk beat Robbie Massey in round one and got the bye in R2 when Jeff Cameron could not return for the semis.
Steve Griboski, far lane, went from the pole to the winner’s circle of the “B” field
Funny Car Chaos Alkydigger “B” field went to Steve Griboski and the “Mile High Express”team from Colorado. Griboski put his Firebird in the #1 spot with a 3.93 and defeated Jordan Ballew and Casey Gesslin on his way to the finals.
On the other side of the ladder #2 qualifier Tom Furches in his Made In America car took out D Knoblauch and Tony Arcuri to get the chance to race Griboski. Furches had the better light but could not run with the Pontiac of Griboski losing with a 4.013 to the 3.950 of Griboski which was Low ET of the “B” show.
Justin Herbst, far lane, left first and never looked back on his way to the “C” field win
Justin Herbst and the “Executioner” Corvette from North Platte Nebraska took the Wulff Fuel Pumps “C” field at Eddyville beating Chuck Loftin’s Nitro Pyscho in the finals with a 4.273 to a 4.483 of Loftin.
NHRA star Randy Meyer brought four RMR cars to Eddyville with daughters Megan and Rachel in A/FDs joined by Julie Nataas in the team’s injected Nitro Funny Car and Matt Sackman in a third A/FD to do some damage in the Nitro Chaos show.
During qualifying, Julie Nataas ran teammate Rachel Curl. Julie didn’t make the show but Rachel made it in the #6 spot
Megan qualified her dragster in the #2 slot with a 3.51 with sister Rachel #6 with a 3.72 and Sackman right behind her with a 3.72 good enough for #7. Julie Nataas couldn’t get her injected car into the Funny Car show with a best of 4.53.
Qualifying #1 in the McKinney Motorsports “A” field was NHRA Funny Car racer Dale Creasy Jr with a quick 3.401.
During eliminations, Megan beat team member Sackman in the first round and sister Rachel in R2 to meet the low ET car of Creasy in the finals. Creasy earlier had put Jody Austin and Pete Dove on the trailer.
In the finals, Megan was off the line first with a 0.0297 RT to Creasy’s later 0.0652 and it made the difference as her 3.569 beat the quicker 3.549 of Creasy.
Finally, it was the CP-Carrillo “B” field in the Nitro Chaos to be decided. Low qualifier in the field was Jim Gifford in the Pennsylvania based Svengali Firebird and Gifford’s 3.695 in R2 stood for Low ET of the “B” field as Gifford took the car to the finals to meet the blown dragster of Gary Wheeler racing out of Wagoner Oklahoma. Gifford used a 3.705 to defeat Wheeler’s off pace 4.586.
Jim Gifford, near lane, took out the dragster of Gary Wheeler in the finals of Fuel Chaos “B”