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September 21, 2008

Friday night, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA — To tell you the truth, I had me some butterflies two nights ago in Bakersfield.  I hadn’t been in a funny car since the final round in May (Vegas HRHS event), and well, that pass didn’t go so well… If memory serves, after the Future Flash Funny Car kicked the rods out 100′ into the run, I ended up crashing, on fire and confused.  So, as we waited in the staging lanes Friday night before the first squirt, my tummy was definitely dancing.  So there I am in the dark isolation of the Famoso staging lanes, alone with my thoughts in a new Nitro Funny Car.  But, as always, when the 426 fires and the body comes down, those butterflies are nowhere to be found…

Mike McCain’s Bomb Squad Duster leaves the line harder than any car I’ve ever driven.  I went in the car nervous – I jumped out of it elated!  We made two half-track passes to get me acclimated to the car and to get a baseline on the new engine.  I felt immediately comfortable, which is due to Donnie Couch’s tuning abilities and the McCain crew’s attention to detail.  This is, by far, the most meticulously maintained car out there, and I get to drive it!

So, in answer to the question, “What happened on Friday,” I say this: We got together, ran the car, and bonded as a team.  Now, we will turn our attention to the California Hot Rod Reunion.  Come by and see us on Sunday, October 12, at Famoso!

(See more photos from Friday’s test and tune in the Bomb Squad Nitro Funny Car HERE)

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