Photo courtesy dragphotos.com.au.
I'm sure we've all heard about that cheap part that stands in the way of what would have been an awesome run & this is exactly what happened to Steven Reed in his Allstar Batteries Top Alcohol Funny Car, last weekend for the Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway.
The 1st run off the trailer for Q1 showed a great 5.59 E.T on the scoreboards but in the pits that run left a trail of destruction after a piston was torched. The team got in and did the hard yards to do a complete engine change. Motor change complete and after Q2 Reed still held position No 1 & so the decision was made that the 1st run would be their only qualifying pass. Qualifying complete & the 5.59 was good enough for the 2nd position.
With race day came a few upsets for Top Alcohol, one being Brett Whites dragster out running the Allstar Batteries Funny Car when the air line fitting failed not allowing to shift gears & Steve had to idle as White sped past.
That ended the weekend for the Reed team, but not far from their minds is the Winternationals in just 5 weeks, Reed says "Being my home track I'd love to take out this event for the 2nd time in a row, Steve Ham has set the bar high with a record breaking 5.46 E.T & we'll be doing our best to chase that down at the Winternationals."
After this meeting Steve Reed remains 2nd on the championship leader's board. If you missed all the action from Sydney Dragway be sure to tune into SBS on 2nd June for all the coverage of Top Alcohol.
Current ANDRA Top Alcohol Championship Points
- Gary Phillips 370
- Steve Reed 310
- Wayne Newby 239
- John Cannuli 237
- Steve Ham 223
- Wayne Price 195
- Rick Gauci 162
- Jon Sting 147
- Russell Mills 147
- Rob Pilkington 108