GRAND BEND, Ontario — It seems nothing can slow down IHRA Funny Car pilot Peter Gallen.
Not delays, not valve issues, not really much of anything, seems to be able to slow down the Broomall, Pennsylvania native as he continues to rack up win after win, record after record with nothing but clean, solid passes down the quarter-mile in the incredibly popular nostalgia Funny Car class.
And Saturday night that trend continued as Gallen, following a lengthy delay between rounds and a few motor issues, drove to his sixth win of 2013 in quite simply one of the best side-by-side drag races you will ever see all in front of a packed house at the IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Parts Canada at the Grand Bend Motorplex.
Gallen won on a holeshot with a blistering 5.810 second lap at 244.96 miles per hour in the “Poverty Stricken” 1977 Chevrolet Monza, driving around his opponent at the 300 foot mark and never looking back. In the other lane Mike Minick, driving the newly branded Omni-bodied “Chi-Town Hustler” machine, drove to a 5.789, 246.75 in the runner-up effort with only five thousandths of a second separating the pair at the line.
“What an amazing job by the entire time. We have been battling valve issues and the team really got to work in getting this car ready to go and they did one hell of a job tonight,” Gallen said. “It was a great drag race against those guys and I would be lying if I didn’t say we weren’t happy with that pass. It was a great run to cap a long evening. Hats off to those guys and to my team.”
Joining Peter Gallen in the winner’s circle during Saturday’s night of fire was Ike Maier in Top Fuel, Tracy Kile in Nitro Harley, Ron Maroney in Nostalgia Fuel Altered and John Konigshofer in Pro Stock.
Sportsman winners during Day 1 of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL Division 3 doubleheader were Tom Orr (Top Sportsman), Kevin Fisher (Top Dragster), Brian Clayton (Super Stock), Thomas Fletcher (Stock), Chris Scarlata (Quick Rod), Tony Elrod (Super Rod) and Rob Holden (Hot Rod).
Gallen and Minick both produced sub-five second runs each and every time to the line, with Minick’s elapsed time and speed in the final standing as the low numbers for the weekend. The pair had to wait through an extensive oildown during round one put Rick Krafft and the “Bullet Bob” team out of commission.