Motorsports: Funny Cars highlight Byron Dragway’s Spring Nationals May 6

Staff Report

Byron Dragway kicks off its season Sunday, May 6, with its ninth annual Spring Nationals, featuring a high-powered Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars showdown.

Track record holder Anthony Bronge heads the current seven Funny Car field. He shattered Byron Dragway’s record in 2010 in the Punisher, a 1969 Camaro, which covered the quarter-mile in an amazing 5.92 seconds at 239.74 mph. He’ll be matched up with Troy Martin in the Chi-Town Hustler.

Other Funny Cars slated to compete are the Flashback Firebird, driven by Mark White; Sin City Corvette, Randy Baker; Down Under Thunder Camaro, Barry Young; Bear Town Shaker Mustang, Brian Stewart; and Man O War Mustang, Paul Romines, a former NHRA touring pro.

This is the largest Funny Car race gathering at Byron since the 1970s,” said B.J. Vangsness, track owner.

The day’s action also will include the Chicago Wise Guys, which are six-second Pro Mods; Midwest Top Sportsmen, six- and seven-second Door Slammers; Victory Nostalgia Super Stockers; Midwest Super Stock Door Slammers; and the Short Track Bracket Nationals, which will feature local racers.

The drivers will test and qualify Saturday, May 5. Admission is $10 Saturday. Sunday’s adult pit passes are $25, and children ages 6-12 are $5. No admission for children younger than 6.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday with qualifying and eliminations starting at 1 p.m. For more information, check or call (815) 234-8405.

From the May 2-8, 2012, issue

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