FUNNY CAR CHAOS SEASON OPENER POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEKEND; OVER 50 ENTRIES
Mother Nature had other ideas about this weekend. But even the lady of the weather cannot stop the determination of the Funny Car Chaos series.
Rescheduled until March 23 - 25, 2023, the 3rd Annual Lone Star Forklift Funny Car Chaos Classic, presented by So-Cal Speed Shop of Waco, descends upon the Texas Motorplex with over 50 entries expected to participate in the season opener.
The rules-free, run whatcha’ brung approach to the Funny Car Chaos formula has a mix of unique participants, including roots and screw superchargers, injected-nitro, turbocharged, and many other oddball power combinations, all chasing the same end goal.
The show will feature 32 cars qualifying over four different eight-car fields with equal points value across each field, giving any Funny Car an equal chance to claim their portion of the $20,000 year-end Championship payouts made possible by Fat Tirez Apparel, Excel Drywall, and Performance Motorcoaches.
Iowa-based FCC series champion Kirk Williams will be the man to beat as the full-season points chasers start tallying points at the Texas Motorplex. Four female funny car drivers will be in attendance, including Jade Cook, Julie Nataas, Mary Reep, and Christine Foster. Cook will be sporting her new look supercharged combination, while Nataas will pilot Randy Meyer Racing’s injected nitro funny car.
Reep comes in riding momentum from a final-round appearance at the 2022 FCC Championship finals, and Foster hopes to mix it up with the top runners of the A Field.
All of the top ten finishers from the 2022 season will compete next weekend, as well as twenty nitro burners. Over a dozen states will be represented.
Three-time FCC Champion Ken Singleton will be in attendance following his major fire at this event last year, which ended his driving career. Singleton is now making the tuning calls for Shayne Lawson’s “Man O’ War” team, which will debut a new car at the event.
Joining the Funny Cars will be the biggest field of Outlaw Fuel Altereds in over a decade, with over sixteen pre-entered competitors planning to attend. This year is the 27th consecutive season of competition for the Lone Star Forklift Outlaw Fuel Altered Association. Also appearing is Ray Kelley’s pair of fire-breathing jet dragsters with a new driver and former FCC racer Andy Mears, the Texas Drag Racing Association, and old school bracket racing concluding with a fireworks show on Saturday night.
“This event is still in its infancy and already establishing itself as one of the premier drag races of the year,” Funny Car Chaos series director Chris Graves said. “At every CHAOS race, we aim to provide quality and entertaining drag racing, and with the team at the Motorplex, that is a certainty at the Funny Car Chaos Classic. Our racers are very passionate and understand their role in providing entertainment for the fans on and off the track.
“We had to make a tough call to push this back a week, but safety is the top priority, followed closely by the quality of entertainment, and both are in jeopardy when temps don’t rise above the fifties all weekend. We’ll be more than ready to put on a fantastic show next weekend.”
Pre-sale discounted tickets are on sale now at www.texasmotorplex.com, with children twelve years old and younger admitted free with an adult. Thursday, March 23rd, is a full day of testing followed by the event pre-party in the pits. Friday, March 24th, racing starts at 2 PM CST, with the first of three qualifying sessions for funny cars, and continues into the ‘‘Friday Night Under The Lights main event starting at 6 PM. Saturday, March 25th, racing starts at 10 AM, with final FC qualifying at Noon and first-round eliminations starting at 5 PM.