Multi-time world champion Austin Williams won the Stock Eliminator final round in epic fashion after defeating Matt Antrobius in a heads-up battle.
INDY – Former Stock and Super Comp world champion Austin Williams added a U.S. Nationals title to his impressive resume after winning Stock Eliminator on Monday night.
Driving a H/SA ’69 Camaro instead of his usual Plymouth Duster, Williams survived two H/SA heads-up races to claim his first INDY title. After missing the tree in round one, Williams got dialed-in to the tree posting a series of stellar reactions including two .00 lights.
Williams survived the first round despite his uncharacteristic .091 reaction when Tony Fagnilli fouled out. He was back on track in the second round after posting a .022 light and a .014 above 11.254 to force Charlie Downing into a breakout loss.
A .016-package in round three was Williams’ best package of the event. His .008, dead eight lap once again forced his opponent, Jimmy Ronzello, into a breakout. Williams .016 to .149 starting line advantage was all he needed to move past round four opponent Jeff Jerome.
After taking a car-length stripe in round five, Williams narrowly survived his race against Mike Fuller. His .030 to .074 reaction time advantage put Austin well in front as they moved down track. At the finish line, Williams grabbed over a tenth of stripe to post a dead-on 11.247 lap to advance to the semifinals.
There he would encounter his first of two heads-up H/SA races. Although Eddie Brooks trailed Williams by over a tenth in eliminations, you never know how much horsepower somebody has until you run them heads-up. Brooks grabbed a .03 holeshot but his lead quickly evaporated as Williams took the 11.101 to 11.175 victory.
Waiting in the final was the H/SA ’89 Camaro of Matt Antrobius. In qualifying and throughout eliminations, Antrobius looked to have Williams covered by more than a tenth. With the U.S. Nationals title hanging in the balance, both racers prepped their cars for the heads-up shootout.
Williams admitted there wasn’t much oil in the motor in the final as he looked for every ounce of power he could find. At the hit, Austin left with a perfect .000 reaction to Antrobius’ .111. With the huge lead in hand, Williams never looked back as he posted his quickest run of the event, an 11.058 to Antrobius’ 11.043.
Here’s a video of the final round taken by NHRA announcer Joe Castello.
The drama of the final round had the internet abuzz on Tuesday with meme’s of Austin Williams filling social media. That kind of final is what makes INDY so special and is why racers deal with the marathon that is the U.S. Naitonals. The glory of an INDY win lives forever!
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