The Summitracing.com Nationals turned out to be one of the better races we’ve seen in Nevada – and that covers more ground than you know. While we didn’t get the 20-degree drop in temperature many were expecting, it cooled off just enough, and the air got just enough better, so that the racing was very good. There was far less tire smoke than was expected, and the number of good, solid side-by-side runs was excellent. It’s just too bad that so few people turned out to see it in person.
We didn’t reference the spectator turnout prior to Sunday because it was so disappointing. Even track personnel expected a better turnout today, but it didn’t happen. There is a significant difference between the spring and fall races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the second event far out-performing this one. A statewide holiday on Friday of the fall race certainly helps, but when you have excellent weather as we had on Sunday, well, it’s just a shame more folks didn’t show up.
Way back in 1984 Mark Oswald won both the NHRA and IHRA championships in Funny Car. He was also a standout Top Fuel driver in the Thomas, Oswald & Kattleman machine. Now he’s a superior tuner with partner Brian Corradi. While Antron Brown was the Top Fuel winner, it was Oswald and Corradi who made it happen.