Pomona concludes the 2016 season for NHRA and the Beal Racing AutoAnything nitro funny car. Brandon Welch, rookie of the year contender delivered incremental improvements through the season, pushing the AutoAnything nitro funny car to its limits. It was as season full of excitement as Chuck Beal, and the crew tested new parts and new tune ups to push Brandon ahead. With Pomona being the closest track to the San Diego home base of Beal Racing, this race was their homecoming. Though the team did not qualify this weekend, they finished just behind the fastest nitro funny cars in the NHRA. Thank you Brandon and team!
Qualifying Round 1:
Beal Racing sat out the first qualifying session to conserve parts.
Qualifying Round 2:
The Beal Racing funny car dropped a cylinder early in the run, which pushed the race car toward the center line. Driver, Brandon Welch aborted the run early and coasted to a 4.77 seconds at 185mph.
Qualifying Round 3:
Driver Brandon Welch recorded a career best reaction time at .027 seconds. The race car accelerated hard and stayed glued to the center of the lane until 800 feet, where the car made a hard move toward the wall and Welch shut off just before the finish line, running a 4.24 second elapsed time at 246 mph.
Qualifying Round 4:
Under a dramatic Southern California sunset, Brandon Welch staged the AutoAnything cunny Car for the last time in 2016. The car suffered a broken rocker arm halfway down track and Brandon Welch aborted the run before further damage could take place. Welch finished the weekend just outside of the quickest funny car field in NHRA history.
After a few literal big bangs in Las Vegas, we hope to end the 2016 NHRA nitro funny car season with a figurative bang. Brandon Welch, Beal Racing and the AutoAnything nitro funny car team are rolling into Pomona, CA for the final race of the year. Brandon has shown incremental improvements all season and perhaps Pomona will be the weekend where things all come together. Will we see Brandon reach into 3 second territory? Will we see some career best ETs? If you're a SoCal resident, the trip to Pomona for a day or for the weekend won't disappoint. If you have never been to an NHRA event, you are missing out on the visceral excitement that only can come from being trackside when 10,000 angry horsepower speeds down the track. Since every NHRA ticket is also a pit pass, you can get up close and personal with race teams and drivers in a way that you won't find in other sports. Can't make it to Pomona, you can find coverage online and on TV, during and after the weekend. If you plan on making it out to Pomona, stop by and say hi. Thank you for your loyal support all season long.
Auto Club NHRA Finals
11/11/2016 Qualifying 11:30 PM - 12:30 AM ET/8:30 PM - 9:30 PM PT (FS1)
11/13/2016 Qualifying 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET/8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PT (FS1)
11/13/2016 Finals 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET/1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
11/14/2016 Qualifying 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ET/6:00 AM - 7:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/14/2016 Qualifying 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET/7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/14/2016 Finals 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET/8:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/16/2016 Finals 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET/3:30 AM - 6:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
11/17/2016 Finals 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/18/2016 Finals 4:00 AM - 7:00 AM ET/1:00 AM - 4:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
11/30/2016 Finals 12:00 AM - 3:00 AM ET/9:00 PM - 12:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
Times subject to change; check local listings.
Las Vegas, NV Results
Another weekend is in the books for the AutoAnything nitro funny car, Brandon Welch and Beal Racing. Each weekend offers teams up to 4 chances to qualify for the big show on Sunday. Brandon and team put forth a valiant effort to make it through to Sunday, but didn't quite make it. On Friday's Q1, the tune was a bit off and Brandon lifted off the throttle early, coasting to a finish. Q2 was perhaps the most exciting run of the weekend for Brandon and the Beal Racing team where tire shake and an explosion kept that run from being a qualifying win. Fortunately, Brandon and the car were safe, save for the motor. Q3 was a great full pass for the team with an ET of 4.20 at 292 mph. However, some engine damage added to the teams's woes as they rushed to get ready for Q4. A major engine rebuild put the team behind schedule by only 10 minutes, but it was enough to knock them out of contention for Q4. With one more race to go in Pomona, what can we expect to see?
Las Vegas, NV
Brandon Welch, Beal Racing and the AutoAnything nitro funny car team are at it again this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a few weekends of continued improvement, will this be the weekend that we post a sub-4 second run? Will Brandon beat his season and career best ETs? Your continued support of the AutoAnything nitro funny car team is important to us. Do you have comments? Suggestions? Questions for AutoAnything, Brandon or Beal Racing? We want to hear from you!
If you can join us in Las Vegas, stop by the pits and meet, Brandon Welch, Chuck Beal and the entire Beal Racing, AutoAnything nitro funny car team! Every NHRA ticket is also a pit pass. If you can't join us, look online or on TV for full coverage. NHRA All Access online weekend viewing pass can be purchased at NHRA.com for only $9.99.
NHRA Toyota Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
10/28/2016 Qualifying 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET/3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
10/29/2016 Qualifying 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET/8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
10/30/2016 Qualifying 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET/7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PT (FS1)
10/30/2016 Qualifying 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET/10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
10/30/2016 Qualifying 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
10/30/2016 Finals 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET/1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
10/31/2016 Finals 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/01/2016 Finals 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET/3:30 AM - 6:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
11/03/2016 Finals 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET/7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/05/2016 Finals 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
11/08/2016 Finals 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
Weekend Results Update
Qualifying round 1 - 9.012 s @ 67 mph
The Beal Racing AutoAnything funny car accelerated to its best 60' time ever (.886 seconds) before experiencing tire shake at 100' down track. Tire shake is a common reaction for a nitro funny car on a tight race track between 60' and 200' off the starting line. Crew chiefs can make adjustments to navigate this tricky section of the run, which was Chuck Beal's goal in round 2.
Qualifying round 2 - 9.697 s @ 66 mph
Friday night run at about 8:30 pm. The track and the air cooled considerably from round 1. Cooler temperatures can make for big performances, but the window for success narrows. This round, the funny car traveled roughly 60' before entering severe tire shake. Driver Brandon Welch aborted the run.
Qualifying round 3 - 5.040 s @ 158 mph
Final qualifying session of the weekend. The race car responded to Beal's tuning changes and successfully navigated the shake zone. The car dropped a cylinder at about 400', pushing driver Brandon Welch toward the center line. He lifted before crossing the center line and coasted to a 5.04.
Eliminations round 1 - 5.451 s @ 133 mph loses to Robert Hight 3.86s @329 mph
Brandon Welch and Robert Hight are dead even off the line, but Hight starts to pull away early into the run. Hight makes one of the best runs of the weekend in the left lane and driver Welch lifts off the throttle about 400' down track.
Dallas, TX The Beal Racing AutoAnything nitro funny car team heads to the AAA Texas Fall Nationals looking to build on their progress from their appearance in St Louis. After a few weekends of working out their new clutch setup, the team is confident and excited about the their prospects in Dallas. Lessons learned in testing allowed the team to improve their consistency in St. Louis, making four passes down track with a best elapsed time of 4.25 seconds. Beal Racing enters Dallas looking to get more aggressive with the tune up, hoping to record career best numbers and qualify for the top 16 on race day. Support Brandon, Beal Racing and AutoAnything by tuning online with an NHRA Fast Pass or on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. Here's the schedule:
AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals
10/14/2016 Qualifying 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET/4:30 PM - 5:30 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
10/15/2016 Qualifying 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM ET/3:00 AM - 4:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
10/16/2016 Qualifying 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM ET/10:00 PM - 11:00 PM PT (FS1)
10/16/2016 Qualifying 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM ET/4:00 AM - 5:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
10/16/2016 Qualifying 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET/5:00 AM - 6:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
10/16/2016 Qualifying 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET/10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
10/16/2016 Finals 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET/11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
10/16/2016 Finals 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET/4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
10/21/2016 Finals 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET/3:30 AM - 6:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
10/27/2016 Finals 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET/7:00 PM - 10:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
St. Louis, MO Final Results The AutoAnything nitro funny car team made significant progress toward its goal to build a consistent tune up with its improved parts this weekend at the NHRA AAA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, MO.
After a frustrating outing in Seattle, WA in August, the team changed its race schedule to accommodate testing to make progress on the tune up. The testing proved fruitful, as the team showed more consistency this weekend in St. Louis.
Q1: The car loses a blower belt at 500 feet and coasts to a 5.18 second elapsed time. We sit 12th after Q1.
Q2: Brandon Welch runs a very good 4.257 second elapsed time. The run is good for #14 qualifier after Q2. NHRA rules state that the top 12 qualifiers keep their runs into Saturday, so we will reset and start over for qualifying runs 3 and 4.
Q3: Brandon Welch runs a 4.289 second e.t. at 289 mph. Other teams improved, so we now sit 17th, vying for the top 16 in the last qualifying run, Q4.
Q4: Brandon Welch endured a wild ride as the car launched hard, but pulled toward the guard rail. A nitro funny car can have a mind of its own at times, and on this run, the car decided to pull hard left. Driver Brandon Welch tried to fight the car back to the center, but glanced off the guard rail. The final qualifying position was set at 4.15 seconds by John Hale in the other lane. Unfortunately, Beal Racing misses Sunday eliminations by a tenth of a second.
St. Louis, MO After a multi-week hiatus, the AutoAnything nitro funny car will be back at it again this weekend in St. Louis! Brandon, Chuck and the entire Beal Racing team are ready to put on a show. Recent testing at Barona Drags indicate the new clutch setup is dialed in and ready to go. We are hopeful for the best show of the year, yet. All of us at AutoAnything are excited to see what will unfold. Support Brandon Welch by tuning in, logging on, and cheering on our contender for NHRA Rookie of the Year!
The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at the Gateway Motorsports park sits in the the view of the famous St. Louis arch in Madison, IL. This weekend, drag racing is the only big show in town. If you're in town, make a day or a weekend of it. Every NHRA ticket is also a pit pass. Take the opportunity to meet Brandon, Chuck and the rest of the crew as they tune the AutoAnything nitro funny car for qualifying and Sunday's big show. Can't make it to the track, catch it on Fox Sports 1 and 2
AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
St. Louis, Mo.
09/23/2016 Qualifying 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET/4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT (FS1)
09/24/2016 Qualifying 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET/8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
09/25/2016 Qualifying 02:00 AM - 3:00 AM ET/11:00 PM - 12:00 AM PT (FS1)
09/25/2016 Qualifying 06:00 AM - 7:00 AM ET/3:00 AM - 4:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
09/25/2016 Qualifying 07:00 AM - 8:00 AM ET/4:00 AM - 5:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
09/25/2016 Qualifying 08:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET/5:00 AM - 6:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
09/25/2016 Finals 02:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET/11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
09/26/2016 Finals 01:30 AM - 4:30 AM ET/10:30 PM - 1:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
09/26/2016 Finals 08:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
09/29/2016 Finals 01:00 AM - 4:00 AM ET/10:00 PM - 1:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
Seattle, WA The team opted out of Friday's qualifying sessions to focus on Saturday's qualifying sessions. The team spent Friday setting up their new clutch configuration. Q3: In Saturday's first qualifying session, Beal Racing debuted a new clutch configuration meant to improve performance and consistency. The process of dialing in the tune up begins here. The car experienced tire shake early in the run and driver, Brandon Welch, aborted the pass. Brandon coasted to a 10.86 second pass at 71 mph. Q4: Saturday's second run was a second attempt to establish a baseline setup for the new clutch. Brandon launched the car and it lost traction early in the run. The car coasted through the finish and didn't improve on its earlier time. Brandon Welch entered Sunday's field in 15th place to face Ron Capps. Similar traction problems faced on Saturday, returned on Sunday. Congratulations to Brandon, Beal Racing and the AutoAnything nitro funny car team for putting forward their best. See you again in a few weeks!
Seattle, WA Get ready for another exciting race weekend as Brandon Welch, and the Beal Racing work to get the AutoAnything nitro funny car to the big show on Sunday. Seattle, Washington serves as the backdrop for this weekend's race. Microsoft, Starbucks, Frasier and grunge music call Seattle home. Brandon has just four more races to go in the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and he's looking to make them count. Chuck Beal, Owner and Crew Chief will apply this year's data to create the ideal tune for this weekend's race in Setatle. Tune in by TV or by web to support Brandon Welch, NHRA Rookie of the Year contender take on some of the biggest names in racing.
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NHRA TV Schedule
08/05/2016 Qualifying 08:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET/5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT (FS1)
08/07/2016 Qualifying 02:00 AM - 3:00 AM ET/11:00 PM - 12:00 AM PT (FS1)
08/07/2016 Qualifying 04:00 AM - 5:00 AM ET/1:00 AM - 2:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
08/07/2016 Qualifying 05:00 AM - 6:00 AM ET/2:00 AM - 3:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
08/07/2016 Qualifying 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET/9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
08/07/2016 Qualifying 02:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
08/07/2016 Finals 04:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET/1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT (FOX) LIVE
08/08/2016 Finals 12:30 AM - 3:30 AM ET/9:30 PM - 12:30 AM PT (FS1)
08/09/2016 Finals 08:30 AM - 11:30AM ET/5:30 AM - 8:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
08/11/2016 Finals 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM ET/8:00 PM - 11:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
08/12/2016 Finals 03:00 AM - 6:00 AM ET/12:00 AM - 3:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
08/18/2016 Finals 09:30 PM - 12:30AM ET/6:30 PM - 9:30 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
Sonoma, CA A loss of traction in the third qualifying session caused Brandon to get out of the throttle early, ending in a time of 6.01 For the final qualifying session Brandon found the car was also having issues getting traction on the hot track. While we hoped to see Brandon make the 16 car field, we will have to wait until next week to see the team try again in Seattle!
Sonoma, CA The Beal Racing team opted out of the first qualifying session in favor of better track conditions in the second session. Chuck Beal, owner and crew chief dialed in an aggressive tune for the second session. Though this setup rewarded Brandon Welch and his team with their best incremental 60' run of the season, the run ended early because of a shutdown attributed to tire shake and a loss of traction. The team is looking forward to two qualifying sessions on Saturday.
Sonoma, CA In the heart of NorCal wine country you will also find one of the nation's premier NHRA spots, the Sonoma Raceway. Brandon Welch, driver of the AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car will be making his return to California at this big event. Sonoma, boasts some of the nicest scenery in the state of California and some of the most pleasant weather too. The Beal Racing team car will put the track data from his first two races to the test as they tune the car for what may be his best passes of the year. If you can make it out to the track, be sure to stop by and say hello to Brandon and his team. Every Toyota Nationals ticket is also a pit pass. Tune-in with NHRA All Access, online viewing or on Fox Sports 1. Schedule below.
Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals
07/29/2016 Qualifying 07:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET/4:30 PM - 5:30 PM PT (FS1)
07/29/2016 Qualifying 09:30 PM - 10:30 PM ET/6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
07/30/2016 Qualifying 06:00 AM - 7:00 AM ET/3:00 AM - 4:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
07/30/2016 Qualifying 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT (FS1)
07/31/2016 Qualifying 08:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET/5:00 AM - 6:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
07/31/2016 Qualifying 02:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
07/31/2016 Qualifying 03:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET/12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT (FS2) REPLAY
07/31/2016 Finals 04:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET/1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT (FOX) LIVE
07/31/2016 Finals 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM ET/6:30 PM - 9:30 PM PT (FS1)
08/01/2016 Finals 06:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET/3:00 AM - 6:00 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
08/02/2016 Finals 08:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET/5:30 AM - 8:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
08/04/2016 Finals 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/7:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
Saturday Qualifying, Route 66 Nationals In the third qualifying round of the weekend the Beal Racing crew helped set up Brandon for what would become his best pass of the season of a 4.182. Unfortunately Brandon contacted a cone on his way down the track, disqualifying the run.Their last attempt to qualify for the weekend and couldn't crack into the top 16. Thank you to all AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car fans for your support. Get ready, Sonoma is just a few weeks away. California, here we come!
Friday Qualifying, Route 66 Nationals Brandon and team did not get to make a pass on Friday as they skipped the first round of qualifying, only to be plagued by a new gremlin before they could make an attempt for a pass in round two. It is believed that a fuel system issue was to blame for the engine not shutting down after a warm up. The team is working hard to diagnose the issue in time to get out on the track Saturday to qualify for Sunday's big show in the finals of the Route 66 Nationals. Wish Brandon and team some luck today!
Joliet, IL One of the premier NHRA drag racing events of the year comes to Chicagoland at Route 66 Raceway in nearby Joliet, IL. Brandon Welch, driver of the AutoAnything nitro funny car will be joining the ranks of drag racing legends like John Force, Ron Capps, Del Worsham and more. 18 cars are in the nitro funny car field this weekend, which will mean that we will see some competitive qualifying action on Friday and Saturday. Fox Spors 1 will be covering the finals live on Sunday, but you can also catch coverage of qualifying too. Below is the FS1 TV schedule. All times shown are Eastern.
07/09/2016 Qualifying 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PT (FS1)
07/10/2016 Qualifying 01:00 AM - 3:00 AM ET/10:00 PM - 12:00 AM PT (FS2) REPLAY
07/10/2016 Qualifying 08:30 AM - 10:30 AM ET/5:30 AM - 7:30 AM PT (FS1) REPLAY
07/10/2016 Finals 02:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET/11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PT (FS1) LIVE
Sunday, 6/26: The first race of 2016 is in the books for the AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car team and Beal Racing. Warm weather and a hot race track proved to be a challenge for crew chief and owner Chuck Beal. Brandon Welch, driver of the AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car, experienced a loss of traction early in the run. That opened a window of opportunity for opponent Robert Hight to pull away for the round 1 victory.
- Brandon Welch
- 6.347 seconds
- 110.53 mph
- Qualified 14th Racing Robert Hight on Sunday
The team is gearing up for their next showing near Chicago at the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, July 7-10
Qualifying Day 2: We ran two qualifying runs today. In Qualifying Round 3 we made a 330ft pass to establish a baseline tune up for the early run. The car left the starting line and maintained traction on a solid run until 330 ft. The run established a foundation from which to tune. At the finish line: 5.091s 156.06 mph
Before Qualifying Round 4 the crew worked hard to completely rebuild the engine for a solid run in Q4. The car was tuned more agressively for this qualifying run. The car launched hard and ran strong until about the 1/8th mile (660 ft), where it dropped a cylinder on the left side. The dropped cylinder pushed the car toward the wall, so Brandon shut it down just after 660 ft. Despite some setbacks, we are qualified 14th to run against Robert Hight on Sunday.
- A successful Q3 run of 330ft
- Agressive tun for Q4
- Engine dropped a cylinder in Q4, shut down at 660ft
- Qualified 14th Racing Robert Hight on Sunday
Qualifying Day 1: This is our first NHRA Nitro Funny Car race of the year and we are excited to see Brandon Welch, NHRA Rookie of the Year Contender. Brandon and the AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car team are part of just a field of 16 contenders, meaning we should see some action on the track this Sunday. The team is using their qualifying runs to gather the essential data needed to dial in the perfect tune for Sunday. The team faced some adversity on their first day at Norwalk. They set up the car with a moderate tune for the first run; not too aggressive, not too soft. The car was set up to leave the starting line under power and provide a solid baseline from which to get more aggressive. The plan for Q1 was to run the car to about 330 feet and check the early incremental times. During this first run, Brandon felt something wrong in the clutch as he pulled the car forward to stage on the starting line. He noticed a loss of traction when he attempted to accelerate. Traction was lost due to a failure of the throwout bearing, thus destroying the clutch. Unfortunately, the repairs related to this malfunction caused us to miss the second qualifying pass of the day. We now have our spare bearing and clutch in the car ready for race day.
- A throwout bearing and clutch failure prevented a launch on the first run.
- Repairs precluded the team from running a second time on Friday.
- The team is installing a new clutch and throwout bearing to attempt to test on Saturday.
- Still plenty of weekend to come. Stay tuned!
On May 28th at Barona Drag Strip, the AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car Team enjoyed an opportunity to showcase San Diego's fastest race car, on-track, to hometown fans for the first time in decades. The exhibition event dubbed, The Barona Nitro Battle, featured funny cars driven by Del Worsham and NHRA veterans Paul Lee and Gary Densham. Turnout at the event exceeded all expectations, with thousands of fans making the pilgrimage to the track in a rural part of San Diego county. Spectator areas along the track were standing room only, and crowds of fans gathered to watch the teams work on the race cars and meet the drivers. In the AutoAnything Nitro Funny Car’s single run of the night, a number of factors made for an exciting event. Dropping temperatures, an entirely new car setup, a very short track and increased moisture added complications to the run. Brandon launched hard and kept traction through the first 60 feet. At about 150 feet Brandon had to step off the accelerator due to strong vibrations, signaling that he had lost traction. The loss of traction was discovered to be a result of a minor error in the ignition setup. The team felt confident that the second run would yield even better results. However, rain prompted the track officials to shut down the track for the remainder of the night, meaning that the team couldn’t run again. All-in-all, the team did great and gave the record crowd a great show. Now, on to Norwalk, OH!
- Record attendance at Barona Drag Strip
- Traction issues at 150' shortened run
- Timing adjusted for second run
- Officials shut down track early, due to rain
By the time your eyes have reached the end of this sentence, AutoAnything’s supercharged nitro funny car will have already gone from zero to a flame-spitting 300 mph.
Just in time for our hometown race, The Nitro Battle at Barona Drag Strip, in Lakeside, CA, AutoAnything has again partnered with Chuck Beal Racing for our second season together. We share similar origins as San Diego-based, family companies, and we are excited to continue our support of this legendary, local race team. Chuck Beal’s own grandson, Brandon Welch, will be piloting the AutoAnything funny car past 300 miles per hour. The AutoAnything funny car now sports our brand new logo, bringing our refreshed brand to the NHRA audience and beyond!
In 2016, AutoAnything’s sponsorship of Chuck Beal Racing spans 8 races at some of the hottest drag racing venues across the country, including the U.S. Nationals.
Chuck Beal Racing has a 45-year track record of winning – at life, at balancing work with play, and quite frankly, at everything. Chuck made a name for himself during the rise of the California hot rod era of the 1950s and ‘60s, going on to find early and continued success in alcohol funny cars. In 1994, after a rollover crash left his original alcohol funny car looking like the proverbial tin can, the two-time American Hot Rod Association World Champion made the switch to nitro.
After another 10 years of raining on a lot of folks’ race day parades, Beal decided it was time to hang up the helmet. Now, it’s his grandson’s turn to pilot the 10,000 horsepower, 300+ mph AutoAnything nitro funny car. Growing up a front-row spectator to Beal’s championship series of Bealmobile Alcohol Funny Cars, then investing countless hours in the garage – all while pursuing a Business Administration and MBA degree at SDSU – it’s no surprise that methanol fuel practically flows through Brandon’s veins.
The partnership is sure to benefit both companies, and AutoAnything couldn’t be more proud to see Brandon wearing our colors. Backed and mentored by his legendary “Pop”, he represents the next generation of nitro funny car racers.
Support Brandon Welch and AutoAnything by tuning in to see them qualify and race throughout the 2016 season. If you plan on attending a race, there’s a great chance you can meet Brandon and the team in the pits. Remember, every race ticket is also a pit pass.
See you in the winner’s circle, Brandon. Until then, enjoy this infographic that showcases the mind-blowing stats of Nitro Funny Car Racing.
AutoAnything has been a proud sponsor of the Chuck Beal Racing team since 2015. If you like to check out last years race coverage, click here. Our team loves to hear from fans, so drop a comment below and wish Brandon the best of luck in the 2016 race season!