If the Nitro Thunder event was anything to go by in 2017, I think drag racing just got a heck of a lot more exciting for us to watch.
What we have become used to in years of past is one or two driver dominations. We've had the Brays, Philips, Kapiris and Zappia all in on this end of the action with times going from the 6.05 ET of Kapiris a good bit over 10 years ago to the astonishing number from Zap, 5.63 is the new outer edge.
"Oi John, just noticed our butterfly decals are out of date again."
But there was something very special at the Nitro Champs in Sydney. A glimpse into the future, where the domination may just be starting to ease.
Home And A Bray
Despite my opinion (it's just that, an opinion, don't panic) that it has the appearance of an overplayed bit of blue tack, Ben Bray's "Corvette"... thing has just turned the corner and beat the familiar apartment building that is the '71 HQ of Zappia in racing. 5.65 and 5.70 on the board at the same time. Well... that just got mighty interesting for all us average punters, right?
Thing was, Ben didn't make the final. Victor Bray and Gary Phillips did.
Victor In Name Only, Today
Yeah, sorry, should have spoiler alerted you all there (but you are drag racing fans, you should know this already!). Phillips won.
Neither of these are Phillips. Sorry about that. Also notice none of the pics are Sydney either.
The old '53 Studebaker of Phillips was a star though, a 5.76 followed by a 5.72. Very much out of the blue and certainly had a few eyes bulge with excitement.
But how's that for a full field of fun? You have Zap still out there at the pointy bit, but the Brays, Phillips, Kap, Fab and Belleri, Fenech et al following that little bit closer behind.
I'm thinking this will be well worth the watch.