Brad Burton claimed his ninth National Event Wally at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.
PHOENIX- Stock Eliminator racer Brad Burton raced his way to his ninth National Event win of his NHRA career at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Burton defeated Jon Irving for the trophy.
Brad qualified in the No. 25 position after two rounds of qualifying. He took his D/SA Firebird to -.786 under his index, which turned out to be a 10.764 on a 11.55 index.
In the first round of eliminations, Burton had the starting line advantage, .056 to .151, against Don Lavoie. Lavoie had issues causing him to shut off giving Burton the round victory. Burton shut off to run a 11.059 on a 10.74 dial-in.
Burton squared up with Jerry Stein in the second round of eliminations. With the starting line advantage, .049 to .054, Burton never trailed for the round win. He ran a 10.81 on a 10.78 dial-in, while Stein ran a 10.60 on a 10.55 dial-in.
Brad won on a foul start in the third round of eliminations after opponent Dwayne Scheitlin turned on the red bulb by -.033. Burton was .049 and ran a 10.76 to move onto the next round.
In the fourth round of eliminations, Burton had the starting line advantage, .027 to .036, against opponent Jody Lang. By .008, Burton took the round win going a 10.755 on a 10.73 dial-in. Lang ran a 12.014 on a 11.99.
It was Doug Lambeck and Brad Burton in the semifinals. Burton swapped feet to a stellar .007 reaction time and gave Lambeck the finish line causing him to break out, 10.188 on a 10.20 dial-in. Burton ran one above his 10.73 dial-in.
Brad squared up with well-known racer Jon Irving in the final round of Stock Eliminator. After finishing third in the division last year, Irving made it past racers like Cody Lane and Mike Cotton to get to the final round.
Irving had the starting line advantage, .023 to .055, but took too much stripe causing him to break out by .024 giving Burton the trophy. Brad ran a 10.759 on a 10.74 dial-in to take home his ninth career NHRA Wally.
Congrats to Brad Burton and his family on their latest victory!
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