2011 Bakersfield March Meet Nitro Funny Car Ron Capps Engine Explosion Drag Racing 2014 SNN #1
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March 19, 2011 - Ron Capps kicks off nitro funny car eliminations with an
engine explosion that sends the Blue Max Ford Mustang body off and away in a
winning 7.79 over Dennis Swearingen's 6.11 in the Nitro Cowboy '69 Chevy Camaro; Mike Savage wins
in the Candies and Hughes '70 Barracuda entry with a 5.94 over Peter
Gallen's 6.23 in his Poverty Stricken '74 Chevy Vega; Tim Boychuck wins
easily in his '77 Pontiac Firebird with a 5.86 over Dwayne Patton's shut
off 14 second pass; Jason Rupert drives the Mert Littlefield '69 Chevrolet
Camaro to a first round
win on a single when opponent John Hale is shut off after firing in his '69
Camaro; Kris Krabill
drove Gary Turner's Pedaler '78 Plymouth Arrow to a winning 5.97 over
Dennis LaCharite's 5.99; Mike Halstead drove the Bomb Squad '73 Plymouth
Duster to a winning 6.14 over Mark Hentges' shut off 16.76 in Bucky
Austin's '78 Plymouth Arrow; Mark Sanders pedaled his Mr. Explosion 1970
Nova to a coasting 9.28 win light over Tim Nemeth who shut off; Jeff Arend
drove Dale Pulde's War Eagle '77 Pontiac Firebird to a winning 5.899 over
Rian Konno's 6.62 in the Kanzanjian, Lemmon, Konno '71 Ford Mustang - all during first round of
nostalgia funny car eliminations of 2011 Bakersfield March Meet. Nostalgia
Nitro Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Cars, Auto Club Famoso Raceway It was a
scary moment for Ron Capps as his Napa funny car engine exploded into
pieces at the 2014 Circle K NHRA Winternationals. Capps was fine and able
to get out of the car uninjured. #Winternats Ron Capps engine explosion -
The in-car camera & slo-mo view Take a ride with Ron Capps in this video of
the in-car camera at the moment his engine explodes at the 2014 Circle K
Winternationals. Also on this video is the slo-mo view. Thankfully Ron was
uninjured in the incident. Engine explosion. 2014 SNN #1
*** FUNNY *** Standing next to a 10,000 + Horsepower Nitro burning Top Fuel Hemi engine
*BEFORE COMMENTING* on actually how much horsepower is being made,
Check out my other video titled " 10,000 + horsepower from a modern Top
Fuel HEMI ! " Let Mike Dunn & Gary Gerold explain the facts to you first.
Standing next to a 10,000 + horsepower Top Fuel Hemi
engine. Everyone has to atleast once in thier lifetime!
Ahhh... The sights, smells and sounds of a Nitro Methane burning monster
Top Fuel Hemi engine. An exprience one doesn't soon forget. An experience
that can't properly be captured on a video. A sensation that'll leave you
in awe and always coming back for more!
*Old Info 2006* Drag racing is one of the most popular forms of motor sport
in this country. Hopped-up Hemis and blown big blocks shred tires and
thunder down the 1320 in no time flat. But even the quickest modified
street cars pale in comparison to the awesome power of Top Fuel Dragsters
& Funny Cars. In fact, the forces at work inside these cars are almost
unimaginable. Here are some specifics that really put top fuel power and
acceleration into perspective.
One Top Fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4
rows at the Daytona 500.
Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1½ gallons of nitromethane
per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25%
less energy being produced.
A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the
With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the Supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is
compressed into a near solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the
verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
At the stoichiometric 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture for nitromethane the flame
front temperature measures 7050 degrees F.
Nitromethane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the
stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water
vapor by the searing Exhaust gases.
Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an
arc welder in each cylinder.
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After 1/2 way,
the engine is dieseling from compression plus the glow of Exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can
only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in
the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow
cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an
average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the
launch acceleration approaches 8G's. * Dragsters reach over 300 miles per
hour before you have completed reading this sentence.
Top Fuel Engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light!
Including the burnout the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under
load. The redline is actually quite high at 9500 rpm.
The Bottom Line; Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked
for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimated US
$1,000.00 per second. Putting all of this into perspective: You are driving
the average $140,000 Lingenfelter "twin-turbo" powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the
road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile
strip as you pass.
You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up
through the gears and blast across the starting line and past the dragster
at an honest 200 mph.The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment.
The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard,
but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within
3 seconds the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish
line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him.
Think about it; from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph
and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you
within a mere 1320 foot long race course. That, folks is acceleration!
2013 March Meet Top Fuel & Funny Car
The World Famous Smokers March Meet from Bakersfield California March 7th
thru 10th, 2013.
3:47 Funny Car Qualifying Highlights
7:56 Top Fuel Qualifying Highlights
12:25 1st Round Funny Car
26:36 1st Round Top Fuel
38:13 2nd Round Funny Car
44:03 2nd Round Top Fuel
48:50 Semi Finals Funny Car
53:00 Semi Finals Top Fuel
56:41 Final Rounds
57:08 Funny Car
59:10 Top Fuel
1:01:45 Winner's Circle
The intro Audio is from "Big Sounds of the Drags 2001". The first speaker
is Tom Jobe of The Surfer's AAFD fame followed by "Wild Bill" Alexander's
interview after winning Top Fuel at the 2000 March Meet. The Top Fuel
segment has Jon Lundberg track commentary "Camelot, Top Fuel Style."
The Funny Car segment is narrated by Steve Evans.
Song: The Great Advance
Artist: Francis Monkman
2011 Auto Plus Night Under Fire - Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars Round 2 - Norwalk Nostalgia Drag Racing
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August 13, 2011 - Auto Plus Night Under Fire at Summit Racing Equipment
Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Drag Racing - Notes from 34th Annual
Auto-Plus Night Under Fire listing lane, driver name, and elapsed time/top
speed this round:
New to the Auto-Plus Night Under Fire this year is the Historic Nitro Funny
Car class featuring many of the 1970s highest-profile and most successful
Tonight's format has one round of qualifying and one final round to
determine a winner. With the qualifying order set in the previous round,
the winner will emerge from this round.
Up first, number seven qualifier Doc Halladay driving Telstar has a bye
round, as Brian Stewart driving Tom Hoover's Showtime Corvette was unable
to bring his car to the line due to mechanical problems.
Budweiser (Right) Lane: Doc Halladay runs 6.265/222.44.
Next up, number five and six face off, with Lee Jennings, Jr. (#5)
driving the Dick Harrell Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car vs. Ronnie Young
(#6) in the famous Blue Max.
Budweiser (Right) Lane: Jennings, Jr. *no time*
Summit (Left) Lane: Young runs 6.360/205.04 ***WINNER***
The two cars were separated only by 0.03 second at the eighth mile but
Lee Jennings, Jr. got lose and swerved back and forth in his lane, then
crossed over into Young's lane. Jennings' expert driving prevented a
catastrophe and he barely kissed the retaining wall.
After a quick look for debris we're back for the consolation round as Frank
Hawley (#3) in the Chi-Town Hustler faces Mike Savage (#4).
Budweiser (Right) Lane: Savage runs 5.985/225.75 ***WINNER***
Summit (Left) Lane: Hawley runs 12.438/66.07
Hawley got off the starting line first but got out of shape and had to
back off the throttle. Savage took the win light.
Next up is the final round to determine the Auto-Plus Night Under Fire
Historic Funny Car champion with number one qualifier Jon Capps in "Jungle
Jim" against Dale Pulde (#2) behind the wheel of War Eagle.
Budweiser (Right) Lane: Capps runs 5.900/243.24 ***WINNER***
Summit (Left) Lane: Pulde runs 6.109/179.80
A solid race but Pulde crossed the centerline and was disqualified. Capps
is the first Auto-Plus Night Under Fire winner in the Historic Funny Car
class. These Historic Funny Cars put on a good show tonight with a total of
five passes this evening in the five-second range. Nostalgia Drag Racing
Formerly Norwalk Raceway Park
Drag Racing Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars March Meet 2009
http://www.DragRacingTV.com/blog/ Drag racing video from the 2009 March
Meet, Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car class. This is the second round of
qualifying, from the first event on the NHRA Heritage Series drag racing
This video was shot in high definition, with surround sound audio that you
can hear even on Youtube, as long as your computer is hooked up to a Dolby
Here are drag racing videos of all of the rounds. Because there were so
many funny cars in attendance, there were two seperate eight-car fields in
the elimination rounds:
NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMINATIONS:
NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMS, CONSOLATION BRACKET:
NITRO NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING:
Drag Racing 2010 - Nightshow Top Fuel Funny Car - NitrOlympX Hockenheim
"Flash Gordon" Smith and John Spuffard opened the Nightshow of the 25th
NitrOlympX in Hockenheim in a very decent manner.
Spuffard going strong on the Rico Anthes Quartermile with a 5.12 (another
new track record for AA/FC), Smith 5.54.
Well, that was an Opener for nice Nightshow to come.
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Drag Racing #5 Challenge in the Hills 2011
"Challenge in the Hills" in Parsons, WV never fails to be one of our
favorite events year after year. From the great location on the river to
the two days of awesome action. 2011's version proved just as exciting
with a couple early wrecks in the mud bog and rooster tails flying high on
the sand track. Great trucks and great times again this year.