Iowa Funny Cars

Eddyville Raceway Park, Oskaloosa, Iowa 2012: ‘Lighting’em up’ out of the box at Eddyville, is Iowa’s premier journeyman driver, Randy Baker in Norm Wellman’s SIN CITY Corvette Nostalgia flopper. This absolutely beautiful car is one of many entries for the DRO Funny Car Challenge at Cedar Falls Raceway. (Photo from magic photos)

On July 20, S A T U R D A Y NIGHT, Cedar Falls Raceway, known to us old timers as N.E.I.T.A (North East Iowa Timing Association) will host their NIGHT OF FIRE featuring the best of Iowa’s drag race cars, and the second leg of the Drag Racing On-line NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR Challenge!

Race number two of the popular DRO Challenge series for AA/FC will take place July 20-21 at Cedar Falls Raceway in north central Iowa! After personally witnessing the opening round of the DRO Challenge, held over Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, let me assure you the program at Cedar Falls will be well worth attending! Defending Series Champion John Hale from Texas struggled to the final qualifying shot just to make the all five second Las Vegas field. Once in the show, the Mike Burkhart tribute Camaro stopped all comers to win the inaugural event in his quest to win two DRO titles in a row.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 2012: John Hale, the defending DRO Funny Car Champ is shown here during eliminations which led to his ‘Rockabilly Heritage Championship’.   In the final it was two ’68 Camaro bodied cars, with Jason Rupert as runner up in the ‘Mert Littlefield’ tribute car. Lots of former‘70s stars are getting new life and deserved recognition with the DRO series. (Photo by Darr Hawthorne)

After the Bakersfield March Meet, everyone gained tremendous respect for Frank & Debra Ousley’s Crop Duster cars. In fact, the Front Engine Top Fuel car just did it again at a nostalgia race in Spokane, Washington. Now the Ousley camp, from a small town just across the Mississippi River, Morrison, Ill., has entered their Funny Car in the Night of Fire competition at Cedar Falls, Iowa

Speaking of Morrison, it is just east of Clinton, Iowa, home of Johnson Pontiac, a performance HQ for that GM brand ‘back in the day’, and it is the home location of the Mid-West’s most famous Funny Car pioneer, Arnie ‘the farmer’ Beswick.