It’s the second day of professional qualifying action here at Lucas Oil Raceway, and if you’ve been paying attention to the forecast this week, the weather is the big story here today as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac move into the midwest region. Today’s action is set to feature to the Top Fuel Traxxas Shootout, along with two complete professional qualifying sessions. As always, we’ll be bringing you all the great news, notes, and photos all weekend long from here at the “Big Go”.
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Former IHRA Pro Stock standout Chris Holbrook (pictured at left), was again one the victims of Indiana native Bo Butner’s tour of destruction this season in the heads-up factory race car wars. Butner, who has won five of the seven ADRL SuperCar Showdown races contested this season (Holbrook won at Maple Grove and Drew Skillman at St. Louis) was the odds-on favorite coming into the inaugural Factory Stock Showdown at Indy. True to form, Butner downed P.B Candies and Holbrook — on a 9.059 to 9.056 holeshot — before bouncing Brett Candies in the money round in front of the Friday evening professional qualifying crowd.
Despite persistent drizzles, it was all-hands on deck out on the Lucas Oil Raceway surface at 2:45 p.m. EST in an effort to get the drying process underway in a day-long battle against the rain. The rains hit the Clermont area at 10:30 a.m. today, marking five hours of today’s busy schedule that’s been lost thus far. Officials have already cancelled parts of today’s run-order, including all schedule rounds of sportsman racing, Pro Modified, and the Gassers. NHRA officials plan to go immediately into the first round of the Traxxas Top Fuel Shootout, followed by Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Presently, two rounds of professional qualifying are planned back-to-back, but could change based on the ongoing weather pattern.
Following the completion of the Traxxas Shootout, the third session of Pro Stock qualifying got underway, but after several slipper runs in succession, NHRA officials checked out the racing surface and deemed it unsafe to continue racing this evening. The plan is to continue tomorrow with the fourth session for Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.