Gallen Bounces Back At San Antonio
After a disappointing Friday and a frustrating start to Saturday, Gallen was able to put all of his distractions aside and focus on the task at hand. In round one he took down Texas native and defending San Antonio Nitro Jam winner John Hale in the “Nitro Boss” Mustang in a battle of two of the best nostalgia Funny Cars in the land. In the final Gallen finally received his first break of the weekend as Jacobsmeyer got out of the groove and nearly slapped the wall, forcing him to shut it off, but it likely wouldn’t have mattered as the “Poverty Stricken” Monza blasted to a 5.907 second pass at 247.39 miles per hour to close the weekend.
While Gallen was busy picking up his 18th career Nitro Jam win, Hale powered to a win in the consolation pairing of AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car as he took down Friday night winner Mark Sanders in the closest race of the night, a 5.879, 249.31 to a 5.981, 235.26.
In Fuel Altered it was all Hough as the 19-year-old defending series champion produced two tried and true passes with full header flames to take Saturday’s Fuel Altered Ironman. Ron Hope had trouble in both of his passes in “Rat Trap” as he lit the red bulb in round one and took out the timing blocks at 1,000 foot in the final to hand Hough and the “Super Nanook” team the win.
Hough ran 6.605, 216.87 and 6.778, 199.65 in his two winning passes.
“We struggled this weekend. We went out and shook the tires a lot, we even shook the tires on the final run, but I did a good job of driving and the crew did a great job getting it turned around,” Hough said. “Ron Hope and those guys are tough customers and we were glad to come out on top. We are getting better, which is the best thing to come out of this weekend.”
Top Fuel had the crowd on its feet in its first trip back to San Antonio in two years as Bruce Litton took three of four passes on the weekend including two straight on Saturday to take home the Ironman. Litton led the way in round one with a solid .113 light leading to a sub-four second pass of 4.998, 259.22. In the final Litton was able to cruise to victory behind the wheel of his high-horsepower, bright orange
Finally in Nitro Harley Turner swept the weekend, lighting the win bulb in all four of his passes during the weekend. On Saturday opponent Tracy Kile gave him all he could handle in round one with a 6.458, 214.08 to a 6.509, 214.69, but in the final Kile smoked the tires and Turner was able to make a smooth lap to take his second Ironman of the weekend and his 14th career Nitro Jam trophy with a 6.513, 196.16.
In sportsman action Kamron Wright and Lewis Cleveland paced the two quickest classes as Wright took down Monte Weaver and Cleveland added a win over Matt Levatino. A pair of first-time winners in their class highlighted action in Hot Rod and Top Dragster as a pair of bracket racers stepped it up and decided to try their hand at two of the bigger classes headed by Hot Rod racer Scooter Wilkins who took the win over Dillon Bontrager.
Former San Antonio Raceway Junior Dragster champion Kyle Williams took the win in Quick Rod as the 16-year-old defeated Darryl Patton, while Super Stock ace Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. defeated Jim Hanig and Jimmy Hutto Jr. claimed the Stock win over Ty Casey.
Junior Dragster winners were Aaron Philpot (Master), Matthew Keylich (Advanced) and Carson Russell (Beginner).