Saturday’s Outlaw 10.5 qualifying in Fontana, California for the PSCA Hughes Performance California Nationals was a combination of extreme highs and lows for Chris Alston, Jr. – After running 6.719 at 212.66 MPH to capture the number one spot in the first round, an all-time quick pass for a Vortech-supercharged car, disaster struck in the third qualifying session.

Alston was on another quick pass when the engine let loose at the top end, sending him on a wild ride into the gravel trap at the top end of the track. Despite oil absolutely covering both front tires, Alston kept the car straight and between the guardrails, doing an excellent job of saving the car (and himself) from what could have been a bad crash.

Alston’s 1964 Nova uses (no surprise here) the Chris Alston’s Chassisworks billet supercharger drive system unveiled last year, turning a Vortech V-28 123 that feeds 598 cubic inches. Unfortunately, a rod failure kicked massive holes in both sides of the oil pan and block, ending Alston’s weekend prematurely. Despite the setback, we congratulate Alston on decimating the 6-second barrier and look forward to seeing his Nova back on track.