SAN ANTONIO — It was anything but a routine weekend for Funny Car racer Peter Gallen.
After opening the San Antonio Nitro Jam with a blistering shot right out of the box Friday night, Gallen’s weekend progressively got worse First, too much power on Friday sent his “Poverty Stricken” Monza up in smoke in the AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car final relegating him to a runner-up finish. Second, a hiccup in the timing system on Saturday forced he and his opponent to shut it off before getting to make a pass in round one. Third, Gallen was forced to turn his car around in limited time to compensate for the timing system error.
But when all was said and done Gallen was able to make all of the necessary adjustments and turn a once sour weekend into an Ironman trophy as the Broomall, Pennsylvania native put together two incredible passes on Saturday to close the San Antonio Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe and Good Vibrations with an unexpected victory.
Joining Gallen in the winner’s circle on Saturday at San Antonio Raceway was Kyle Hough in Fuel Altered, Bruce Litton in Top Fuel and Jay Turner in Nitro Harley. Sportsman winners during Day 1 of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour doubleheader were Kamron Wright (Top Sportsman), Lewis Cleveland (Top Dragster), Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. (Super Stock), Jimmy Hutton Jr. (Stock), Kyle Williams (Quick Rod), Laramie Reid (Super Rod) and Scooter Wilkins (Hot Rod).
“I think for our first race of the year, with all of the changes that we made on the car this year, it just goes to show that hard work and a great crew can get you over some adversity like what we faced this weekend,” Gallen said. “Tonight we were a little concerned because last night the track went away because it cooled off so rapidly. We basically tried not to overpower it. Greg is a great racer and he had my number at the end of last year where I overpowered the track and I didn’t want that to happen again tonight.
“But overall the racing was great. We drove 30 some hours for the competition and the great fans here in San Antonio. With so many new things on the car, it is great the way it turned out.”