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  • Chris Johnston dominating Arrow Wheels Top Alcohol at the
    2014 IHRA NZ Nationals: 16th Mar 2014

Chris Johnston top qualified with a 5.799 at 242.45 in the Vernon & Vazey dragster. Photo by Popeye Pics

Four competitors fronted for the Arrow Wheels Top Alcohol bracket at the 2014 IHRA NZ Nationals. Saturday was completely rained out and the decision was made to try and run the whole meeting on the Sunday. The first qualifying session was lead out by Wayne Yearbury in the newly purchased KC Tools funny car. A half track observation pass netted an 8.2. Chris Johnston in the Vernon & Vazey dragster and Bert King in the Powder Surfaces dragster were up next. Chris went to the top spot with a 5.799 at 242.45 mph, while Bert had a troubled 13 second pass. Simon Fowke rounded out the field in the EZUP funny car and bounced his way down the track for an unrepresentative 17 second pass.

The second session saw Yearbury improve with a 7.956 at 178.73 mph. Fowke wheelstood off the line and continued to bounce to a 7.794 at 173.83 to grab second position. King was shut down on the start line and Johnston sat out the session, well clear in the top spot.

Wayne Yearbury made a return to Top Alcohol in a funny car. Photo by Popeye Pics.

Bert King did not have a good meeting and withdrew with engine problems. Photo by Popeye Pics

Simon Fowke bounced down the track and qualified second. Photo by Popeye Pics

1Chris Johnston2003 Uyehara TA/D491 ChevBuckland5.799242.45
2Simon Fowke57 Chev TA/FC526 HemiChristchurch7.794173.83
3Wayne Yearbury2004 Dodge TA/FC532 CIAuckland7.956178.73
4Bert KingSwindahl TA/D509 ChevUpper Hutt13.10659.31

Chris Johnston got a first round single as King had withdrawn. He launched the car to a 7.9 at 106 mph. The other first round race saw anothe solo, this time for Simon Fowke. His opponent was Wayne Yearbury, but he had swapped the funny cars supercharger onto his doorslammer in an attempt to keep racing in Top Doorslammer and was out of Top Alcohol. Simon wheelstood and then bounced down the track for a 8.460.

Rain again intervened and, with daylight running out, the final between Johnston and Fowke was postponed until April 5.