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Mr. Explosive Racing - Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car



News:

July 5, 2010

Wow! what a year the team has had so far. For the 2010 season the guys made some big changes to the car, and well it’s payed off. It’s been so busy around here there is hardly any time for anything else. After our final round appearance at the end of the 2009 season the team was ready to get that first win. With all of the new changes and parts for 2010 the team headed to Bakersfield to do some testing before the March Meet. testing went well and we qualified in a good position and went one round at the March Meet, but it just was not the kind of showing that we were looking for. With a few new sponsors this year from Torco Oils and Justice Brothers, the team wanted to show them what were made of. With the next race at the end of April back down in Sacramento the team went testing again and gained a few new ideas and they headed to Sacramento. After the tire smoke cleared Mr. Explosive was the big Funny Car Fever winner! it was quite the day for the team running a string of 6.0s all at over 245MPH!! With our first win finally in the books we were ready for Dragfest in Bakersfield the very next weekend. And once again like Sacramento Mr. Explosive was the big winner! What a way to begin the season with back to back wins.

The next race was held in Las Vegas, with the team fresh off two wins in a row, headed to Las Vegas in search of win # 3. After bumping our way in the field in the final session of qualifying, running 5.97 put us solidly in the field for Sunday. Well Sunday didn’t go to well after being shut off in rd 1 with a leak. The team was disappointed but we held our heads high. The team headed back to the shop to get ready for their first IHRA race in Salt Lake City. The format at an IHRA race is way different, with the fastest two winning cars from Rd 1 returning for the Finals and the Iron Man. With the corrected altitude being over 7000ft it made it a challenge. With an off the trailer 6.07 at 236mph was good enough for # 1 and it reset both ends of the track record!! That set us up for the final and a chance to earn our first Iron Man. With the cooling air the guys stepped it up and got the win and again reset the track record with a 6.000 at 240mph!!

After a great first night getting the win the team did it again winning the Iron Man two nights in a row!! With 4 wins this season already the team headed to Edmonton for another IHRA race, Edmonton started off with a struggle Saturday night but the team showed they can bounce back and they ran 6.01 at 245 in the first round Sunday, only to get edged out of the finals by a 5.99. But that didn’t stop them there was more left in the car and they wanted to show Edmonton that we could run a 5! With a few adjustments the team had the car ready and back in the lanes. With a flash of green the car left hard and ran 5.95. Even though Edmonton didn’t go as well as Salt Lake the team was happy to say they had their 5 second Nova back. With a very busy season ahead of them the next stop is back up to Mission B.C. So far the 2010 Season has been one to remember and its only half way through!! Mr. Explosive Racing would like to thank our sponsors: Torco oils, Justice Brothers, Production Plating, East West Engineering, Motorsports Unlimited and Performance Coatings.   

2009 was a great year of racing for the Mr. Explosive Nitro Funny Car team racing a fiberglass replica of a 1970 Chevrolet Nova at nearly 250 miles per hour! Mark and Jody Sanders based in Maple Valley, Washington, own our team. Nineteen-year-old Crew Chief Jake Sanders built and tunes the supercharged nitro engines, building this car was Jake’s high school senior project. The team is built around having as much fun at every event as possible.

The Nitro Funny Car class is one of the quickest growing categories in drag racing today. We had a great time at the events where we raced in 2009; we are looking forward to the 2010 season and searching for sponsor help.

2009 Events and Results:


  1. March Meet, Bakersfield, CA: ran a Career Best 5.88 elapsed time at 243.88 MPH, qualifying 6th going out in the 2nd Round of eliminations.

  1. Funny Car Fever, Sacramento, CA: Qualified 7th going out in the 2nd Round of eliminations.

  1. Exhibition Match Race with Bucky Austin, Garrett Bateman, and Todd Lesenko at Spokane County Raceway: Ran a string of competitive 6.10 ET’s.

  1. Exhibition runs at the NHRA Division 6 points race, Pacific Raceways, Kent WA: Ran a 5.97

  1. Nitro Night of Fire, Sacramento, CA: Qualified 4th, 6.231, going out in the 1st round.

  1. Exhibition Match Race with Bucky Austin, Garrett Bateman, Todd Lesenko at Spokane County Raceway: Ran a sting of 6.0s and was the quickest car on the track.

  1. NHRA National Event in Seattle, WA: Making two exhibition runs to promote the Nostalgia Funny Cars. The first run we ran a 5.89 and were shown during the NHRA Full Throttle National Event TV show on ESPN2.

  1. Mission National Open, Mission, B.C.: Qualified 4th, 5.96 going out in the 2nd Round of eliminations.

  1. Nitro SummerFest, Spokane County Raceway: Qualified 3rd, 5.99 losing in 1st round.

  1. Nitro Night of Fire Exhibition Match Race, Edmonton, AB: Ran best of 6.30

  1. 38th Pepsi Night Fire Nationals, Boise ID: Qualified 9th, 6.158 eliminated in the second round.

  1. Match Race with Bucky Austin, Garrett Bateman, Todd Lesenko, Spokane County Raceway: Ran best of 6.15

  1. 18th California Hot Rod Reunion, Bakersfield, CA: Ran 6.05 but couldn’t crack the very tough eight-car field of thirty-two Nitro Funny Car entries.

  1. 2nd Nitro Funny Car Classic, Phoenix, AZ: Qualified 8th with a 6.09 elapsed time and went to the team’s first final round running best of 5.94 elapsed time racing to our first runner-up finish!



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