Island Dragway’s Funny Car Throwdown
August 6, 2017: Island Dragway, Great Meadows, NJ
A beautiful day was on hand for the Island Dragway Anniversary event that features the Funny Car Throwdown. There was talk of funny cars showing up from all around to join in on the fun. We were invited as an alternate and planned to test and tune on our passes.
The pit area was set up and the new crew of the day was good friend Bruce Schafer. He along with ace tuner Bobby Toth and friend Tony Mazzarella. We serviced the car setting the valves and setting up the chassis steering a bit to fix an issue sustained at the last race in Pittsburgh.
Thanks to fellow racer Jami Russell we set the toe to the proper amount and continued getting the car prepped for the first round. We missed the call as we didn’t have the time to fire the car and set the tune-up so we skipped the first round.
Second round we were more than ready to give it a shot. After a big burnout and a couple dry hops up to the line we staged and left but immediately the car broke free and spun the slicks. Keivn back-pedaled the throttle and ran a soft 8 second pass. Not expecting the slick issue but the tune up was close and the burnout pleased the crowd.
Thanks to Island Dragway for hosting the funny cars and to Chris and Krista Massarella for coordinating it for the funny car owners.