Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo Pounds the Ground!

If you like high stakes, heads-up drag racing and ground-pounding funny cars, then Funny Car Chaos Amarillo should be added to your bucket list. After a three-decade void of any nitromethane burning, ear-piercing, flame-throwing funny car action, eager Texas panhandle flopper fans jammed the stands and fence lines of Amarillo Dragway in early June for two days of nitro fueled fun. It delivered the thrills you would expect.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

The entire Funny Car Chaos Amarillo weekend was a trip back in time for thousands of race fans who used to frequent the historic facility where the best of the best once made history and raced for World Championships. This rules-free showdown welcomed sixteen funny cars to compete for over $27,500 in guaranteed prize money all fueled by a deep passion and love for the most iconic drag racing machine of all time, funny cars!

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo delivered a powerful punch for all who gathered together. In addition to a full field of outlaw floppers, nearly fifty Dirty South Gassers and a dozen altered and slingshot dragsters were in action capped off by classic flame throwing jet dragster exhibitions closing the show both nights. Dry hops, huge burnouts and back up girls were the norm for funny car competitors as teams battled for position in the split ‘A’ and ‘B’ fields of eight cars.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Headlining the ‘B’ field was top qualifier “Nitro” Nick Poloson behind the wheel of the Gary Doak’s 1992 Dodge Avenger bodied “Bucket List” entry from Kerrville, Texas. Poloson qualified number one and marched through the competition to advance to the final round.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve


Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

His opponent was a fellow nitro burner, Ray Stringer and his “Blown Cent-less” 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass-bodied fueler from Alamogordo, New Mexico. In a cackle fueled final round, Poloson’s 4.42 at 170 mph held off Stringer’s 4.85 at 161 mph as Poloson and company secured their first win since the team was put together last summer.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

‘A’ field action featured the quickest eight cars on the property and included nitro and alcohol burning floppers from across the country.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Accomplished drag boat racer Ken Singleton from Chickasha, Oklahoma (who scored a big win to kick off the 2018 season of Funny Car Chaos last month in Missouri) again found himself back in the final round. Driving the “High Risk” alcohol burning 2006 Monte Carlo, he was the man to beat. In the opposing lane, New Mexico’s Lyle Greenberg, making his competition debut in the new “Cone Hunter” 1978 Corvette nitro burner provided stiff competition.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

An epic side by side drag race ensued as the cars blasted off the line together, but at the stripe it was all Singleton with a 4.01 at 179 mph – good for low elapsed time of the event. Greenberg’s very competitive 4.14 at 181 mph, his best pass of the weekend, came up just short at the stripe. Singleton and company etched themselves into Funny Car Chaos history as the first back to back and two-time winners of the series, claiming $10,000 in winnings already this year.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

The first and only rule at Funny Car Chaos is ‘have fun’ and the fun meter was certainly pegged in Amarillo, Texas as fans, racers and staff were all smiles upon the conclusion of the memorable weekend.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

This was the largest gathering of drag racing enthusiasts at Amarillo Dragway in many years as new ownership has high hopes of reviving the once thriving facility.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

Funny Car chaos Amarillo was a great way to jump start the revival of a classic drag strip. Outlaw funny cars unleashing their fury to the delight of fans who hadn’t been through the gates of the facility in decades was quite a sight.

Funny Car Chaos Amarillo, Fuel Curve

The next stop for Funny Car Chaos, presented by Red Line Shirt Club, brings the tour blasting through the gates of Central Illinois Dragway in Havana, Illinois on July 27th and 28th. Wanna go? For more information on this new and unique drag strip destination, visit www.funnycarchaos.com.

Photography by Tera Graves, Russell Brown, Wes Ramsey

Chris Graves has been involved in drag racing photography and journalism since the late 1990's and started shooting before he had a drivers license. Graves spent seven years crewing on Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars for Mitch King, Tony Pedregon and Dale Creasy Jr. After graduating from the Univ. of North Texas in 2006, Graves went full-time as a freelance photographer with wife Tera and the couple travels the country covering all forms of drag racing under his label Max Cackle Photography. Graves, track photographer at North Star Dragway in Texas, also serves as president and founder of the Southwest Heritage Racing Association and takes a few weekends off each season to pilot his blown front engine dragster in the SHRA and NHRA Heritage Series Nostalgia Eliminator 1 category.

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