KENT, Wash. – The Super Comp final at the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways saw Greg Krause of Escondido, Calif. collect his second national event win over multi-time champion Steve Williams of Beaumont, Calif. Krause, appearing in his third final round, drove to the winner’s circle after using a holeshot to turn back Williams’ K&N Filters sponsored dragster.
Krause left first in all but one round during eliminations using his .016 reaction time average to his advantage. Krause opened eliminations with his first two opponents dropping .00 reaction times against him although neither could get close to the index allowing Krause a couple of easy wins.
Third round opponent Thomas Bayer proved to be a handful as Krause won his closest round of eliminations by just .003. After taking a large .013 to .056 starting line advantage, Krause scrubbed .03 to take .003 at the stripe. Krause posted a 8.939 to Bayer’s losing 8.899.
In the fourth round, Krause once again used a holeshot to take down Division 6 hitter Mike Shannon to earn a bye run to the final round. After a .019 to .032 leave, Krause had to kill .05 and did just that as he braked to an 8.906 while taking .021 at the stripe. Shannon’s posted an 8.914 in the losing effort.
Waiting for Krause in the final round was the 190 mph dragster of Steve Williams. Making his 22nd national event final round appearance, Williams looked poised to add to his trophy collection. Williams averaged a .019 light in eliminations which allowed him to scrub E.T. in each round to stay above the index.
In the final, Williams had his worst reaction of the weekend (.041) which ended his title hopes. Krause paired a .014 and an 8.937 E.T. to take the .008 win. Both driver’s looked to be on the brakes at the finish as Williams killed .03 to go 8.918 while Krause killed .02 in the win.
Congratulations to the two-time national event champion Greg Krause.