CAPPS, BODE, DIEHL AND LINDBERG ADVANCE IN THROWBACK SHOWDOWN
Four racers will advance to the second round of the Strange Engineering Throwback Showdown 2. Three of the four virtual drag races were won by the favorites while one racer used a familiar combination to mow down a higher-seeded opponent.
Ron Capps scored a monumental victory as his #9-seeded Ed McCulloch R-r-revellution Dodge Charger knocked off the #8-seeded John Force "Brute Force" entry. In a campaign which went back and forth in the first day, Capps pulled into a slight lead on Day 2 and held on by a slim margin, winning the closest race of the four contested on the first day, 53-percent to 47.
No. 1 seed Bob Bode didn't exactly breeze into the second round, but his 56-percent share of the three-day voting was enough to squelch the upset bid presented by ARP Race to Qualifying winner Dale Creasy. Creasy had to win three rounds of voting just to make it into the event.
Defending event runner-up and # 2 qualifier Jeff Diehl [Jungle Jim] jumped out to a commanding lead early in his battle with Funny Car newcomer Shawn Langdon, representing team owner Connie Kalitta, and never looking back en route to a 76-percent share of the voting.
Closing out the first-day winners #7 Jonnie Lindberg behind the wheel of 1979 Hawaiian-themed entry had just enough punch, 74-percent to thunder past the Chain Lightning-themed Mustang of Brian Stewart.
The quarter-final round kicks off Monday, January 15 with Bode matching up with Capps, and Diehl battling it out with Lindberg.