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(Phrases by Chris Graves. Photographs by Wes Ramsey, Steve Scott, Russell Brown, Paul Fields, Steven & Dallas Wilson, Ken Bennett, Jason Bryant) The fourth and ultimate occasion of the 2018 Humorous Automobile Chaos season welcomed the outlaw humorous automotive frenzy again to North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas the place all of it started lower than one yr in the past. With 30 groups pre-entered from Bismarck, North Dakota to Reno, Nevada and all over the place in-between this season finale introduced by Crimson Line Shirt Membership can be the biggest area but and largest Texas humorous automotive present in many years. The chaos lived as much as its identify in an epic two day battle with mom nature and regardless of quite a few showers coupled with humidity off the charts, the chaos erupted in true kind as keen racers have been lastly capable of take it to the monitor. With no guidelines with regard to engine mixture or physique model, an extremely big selection of flip prime floppers have been in attendance as all thirty entries discovered their place within the pits. A pre-race kickoff get together Thursday night time pegged the enjoyable meter as groups moved into Friday able to battle for a spot within the 24 automotive certified area, which might be break up into an eight automotive ‘A’ area and 16 automotive Chicago model ‘B’ area. Throughout the drivers assembly, massive information got here that FC Chaos plans to host 7 to eight occasions in 2019 and the brand new yr will welcome a Championship factors tour, introduced by Better of Texas BBQ Sauce. Chaos workers additionally confirmed the return to this yr’s host tracks together with Mo-Kan Dragway, Amarillo Dragway, Central Illinois Dragway and naturally North Star Dragway subsequent season. A handful of particular recognition awards have been introduced as Jordan Ballew and the Oklahoma primarily based “Ballew Thunder” staff took prime honors as ‘Racer of the 12 months’. Ballew and household are the one staff on the earth to attend all 5 FC Chaos occasions so far and plan a full season assault within the 2019 factors season. With information of continued chaos subsequent yr, it was time to give attention to the duty at hand as groups return to the pits to arrange for 2 rounds of heads up qualifying beneath the lights in Texas. Late afternoon showers on Friday scrapped the deliberate take a look at session and after a valiant effort to dry the drenched asphalt on the prime finish, with a storm system only a few miles away, the decision was made to cancel Friday’s racing fully. With thirty humorous vehicles within the staging lanes, it was a troublesome however sensible resolution as security is the highest precedence and simply fifteen minutes after the decision, the storm rolled in as groups have been capable of attain the protection of their pit areas simply in time. Clouds parted on Saturday morning and Chaos racers and followers have been fortunately welcomed with very humid but sunny skies. Workers bumped up the run instances to get the present underway and hopefully full not less than two of the three scheduled qualifiers. The group went wild as the primary pair of humorous vehicles got here to life and the thunder from the pipes despatched goose bumps down the arms of keen attendees prepared for outlaw humorous automotive motion. Staying true to kind, a chaotic session unfolded as Allan Middendorf debuted the “American Outlaw” tuned by Jake Sanders and ripped off a floor shaking three.72 at 192 mph however grazed the wall simply toes earlier than the end line disqualifying his effort. Ronny Younger within the “Blue Max” tuned by Dennis Piranio blasted to a three.78 at 177 mph however suffered huge engine harm sidelining the native icon after only one go. Thus, your primary qualifier after the primary session was Chris Morel within the “Little Metropolis Cuda” who laid down a pleasant three.86 at 204 mph. Two time ‘A’ area winner this yr Ken Singleton wheeled the “Excessive Danger” TA/FC to the quantity two spot with a three.88 at 196 mph and Jim Chase’ “Depraved Fast” 1957 Chevy rounded out the fast three with a four.03 at 182 mph. John Hale, Kebin Kinsley, Mike Newkirk, Nick Poloson and Ray Stringer all secured their spot within the ‘A’ area as properly. Simply minutes earlier than the decision again to the lanes for the ultimate qualifier, rain returned to North Star Dragway, however fortunately not the torrential downpour seen on Friday night time. Combating humidity that might choke a Texas sized mosquito, an enormous activity was at hand to once more return the asphalt prime finish to a dry and protected racing situation. With the assistance of Ray Kelley’s “Sport X-Change” jet dragster and tireless effort by NSD monitor workers, Chaos officers might see the sunshine as asphalt was lastly drying because the solar tucked behind the Texas skyline and the radar regarded clear for the rest of the night. With time misplaced because of the drying effort, the sphere was set primarily based on the primary spherical of qualifying and the decision went out for eliminations to get underway! A surprisingly sturdy crowd discovered their seats and stuffed the stands as all eyes have been on the beginning line as the primary pair got here to life. An eruption of celebration from the followers confirmed their appreciation for all of the efforts being made to proceed this occasion and people diehard followers definitely received their monies value as Chaos was formally underway with the ‘A’ area kicking off the motion. John Hale’s “One Dangerous Texan” was up first in a profitable effort as his three.96 at 195 mph defeated a stable four.36 at 168 run from fellow nitro burner Ray Stringer. Prime qualifier Chris Morel clicked off low elapsed time of the spherical with a stout three.75 at 208 mph to defeat Kebin Kinsley’s off-pace 6.87. Nick Poloson wheeled the Gary Doak owned “Bucket Record” to a four.60 at 154 mph in a pedal-fest with Jim Chase who ultimately crossed the centerline. Closing the ‘A’ area was Ken Singleton who’s three.90 at 196 held off Mike Newkirk’s four.14 at 174 mph. Three nitro burners and a two time occasion profitable alcohol entry have been set for the semis of the Dooley & Sons Sizzling Rod Store ‘A’ area. Within the Rodak’s Customized Espresso ‘B’ area, the quickest 4 winners would advance to the semi-finals of this Chicago model spherical. Fifteen vehicles occupied the sixteen automotive ladder as carnage of assorted varieties sidelined a number of heavy hitters previous to eliminations. Main the quickest 4 winners was Keith Jackson’s “Excessive Heaven” with a four.13 at 178 mph in a profitable effort over Mike Buchanan. Nick Johnson posted a four.86 at 146 mph within the “Prairie Fireplace” to defeat a tire smoking Fred Farndon. Jordan Ballew’s four.65 at 150 mph took the win over Steve Northrop’s injected humorous automotive to earn a spot within the semis and Andy Mears’ four.60 at 150 mph scored a semi-final ticket in an in depth match up with Daniel Butherus. A giant tip of the cap goes out to all of the members of the Soiled South Gassers who stuffed the between spherical motion with their heads up old style match racing machines. It takes a particular form of racer to hold in there via the thick and skinny and the DSG racers did simply that, delivering some thrilling racing of their time on the monitor. It was semi-final spherical time in Texas because the ‘A’ area returned to the lanes and suited up for a battle of heavyweights. Once more John Hale was first via the water field alongside Chris Morel in a nitro stuffed affair. Morel took a major beginning line benefit however shook the tires round 100 toes and Hale clicked off a three.97 at 192 mph to maneuver into his first Humorous Automobile Chaos ultimate spherical. His opponent can be winner of the subsequent pair which featured Ken Singleton up towards Nick Poloson. Keen beavers they have been as each drivers went pink, however Poloson’s was worse because the win went to Ken Singleton who tripped the clocks with a robust three.90 at 195 mph to Poloson’s four.04 at 195 mph. The “Excessive Danger” staff was ultimate spherical certain and regarded to assert their third ‘A’ area victory of their three FC Chaos entries this season. Nothing wanting spectacular, this staff now had an opportunity to go undefeated in 2018 Chaos competitors however had a hungry opponent in John Hale to deal with first. The ‘B’ area semis was a visit again in time as three of those 4 humorous vehicles have been finalists on the inaugural occasion final yr. Motion received underway with Keith Jackson staging up towards Jordan Ballew. Ballew, the 2017 ‘B’ area runner up, had his fingers full with Jackson’s nitro burner and regardless of the beginning line benefit, Ballew’s four.74 at 146 mph was no match for Jackson’s four.21 at 176. Jackson and firm scored the runner up end at this occasion final yr within the ‘A’ area and had all targets set on a ‘B’ area win to shut off the season. The following pair welcomed Nick Johnson to the road to face off with the “Dragon Slayer” of Andy Mears, your ‘B’ area winner from 2017. With a depraved .zero04 response time coupled with a four.55 at 152 mph, Mears charged into the ultimate defeating Johnson’s four.93 at 141 mph. It was Hale -vs- Singleton in ‘A’ and Mears -vs- Jackson in ‘B’ as groups returned to the pits for his or her ultimate spherical service. Simply previous the tick of midnight, after flame stuffed and diesel smoke chaos from the match race between Ray Kelley’s jet dragster and John Robinson’s turbo diesel dragster, it was time to crown winners and put Humorous Automobile Chaos 2018 within the books. With prime prize cash on the road and bragging rights for the remainder of the yr up for grabs, anticipation mounted as drivers suited up for the final dance.