Rough-N-Ready racing off to a flyer
Rough-N-Ready Racing made the perfect start to their California Independent Funny Car Association title defence competing at their home track at Sacramento Raceway Park last weekend.
The funny car drag racing syndicate, owned by Bermudian Harvey Williams Jr, laid down a marker after winning their respective division at the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Funny Car Fever title for the fifth consecutive year.
En route to the title the CIFCA champions also recorded the fastest time of 177.16 miles per hour and the best reaction time of 0.030 in their division with driver Tony Trimp at the wheel.
“Being back in the Winner's Circle felt amazing,” team member Amy Boss-Bowen said. “The key to our success is Harvey's excellent tuning and Tony's excellent driving plus a great team to get the car ready between rounds.”
Williams and his team-mates had their work cut for them competing among a formidable field.
“We had two new cars join the California Independent Funny Car Association this year,” Boss-Bowen said. “The two new drivers are extremely good.
“The competition was tough this race. Bobby Cottrell races in the NHRA Big Show with a Nitro funny car and Jim Maher came out of retirement. He dominated in the 80s in CIFCA.”
Trimp achieved the fastest time competing against Cottrell during the second round of qualifiers.
“The index for this race was 5.90 at a 1000 feet,” Boss-Bowen added. “We ran a 5.904 at 177 miles per hour to his 6.373 at 161 miles per hour.”
Trimp beat Kenny Berenstein and Maher, the CIFCA president, in the first round of elimination and semi-finals to set up a final round showdown with Mike Troxel, where he also prevailed with a run of 5.961 compared to his rival's 6.178.
“We were very confident going into this race because Sacramento Raceway is our home track,” Boss-Bowen added. “That gives us an advantage of knowing the track so well.
“Our team works together so well and every member has a job to do. We get along great and have a positive attitude and have a great time together.”
Rough-N-Ready Racing won the CIFCA season championship for the third time at the same track in September last year.
Last weekend's triumph was the team's first in their new 1965 Mustang GT funny car.
“We love the new body. Harvey is a Ford guy even though we run a big block Chevy 598 cubic inches,” Boss-Bowen said.
“The Happy Hour Corvette body did its job but needed to be retired. It was really damaged from all the racing. The new body is a 65 fastback Mustang.
“The car has a new engine set up the stronger than ever before. Some of the problems we had last season are no longer.”