B A D R O O S T E R I M A G E S
Kevin Burgess was back out this year with the "Locked and Loaded" TFH for the last two races of the year in Parker and Phoenix. Going back through the LODBRS archives, this boat looks like a lot to handle.
It was a tough race weekend for Jay Hartounian's "Whiskey River" and pilot Lee Warren, losing a belt on a qualifying run and taking some other minor damage during first round eliminations.
A new boat this year; but, with experienced top fuel hydro pilot Mike Robbins in the capsule, "Nitro Nuts" made it's debut in Augusta and wasted no time taking a race win in Wheatland 2. Having seen this team send Nitrochondriac back to the trailer in round 1 at that race, and then making it to the finals at the World Finals, this team is not to be taken lightly next year.
With the conspicuous absence of the David Kirkland Racing "Spirit of Texas" and Scotty Lumbert at the season opener at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in April, it was a signal that 2016 was not going to be a typical year for Top Fuel Hydro in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, leading up to the World Finals in November. One of the bright spots for the year was that we saw four new TFH teams with three of those showing up at the World Finals giving us a preview of what looks like what could be a full field for 2017.
The defending champions "Spirit of Texas" with Scott missed this year's finals due to an accident after the finish line in Marble Falls Texas mid-season. We enjoy reading (wife) Lynn's daily updates on Scott's progress and look forward to the day we hear that Scott's going home.
Four time champion Daryl Ehrlich and Fast Eddie Knox Racing's "Problem Child", is another pretty leaver. Despite a win in Parker Arizona early in the season, this was not quite their year; but, don't ever count the Problem Child out. Ever.
In only their second year in the series, Scott Palmer's "Liquid Voodoo" with Scott Compton in the capsule made impressive gains over the season with the assistance of Tommy Thompson and his pool of nitro talent and found some consistency and speed. This is another team we're looking for big things from in 2017.
We first saw Kim Davidson and their good looking 777 TFH "Disorderly Conduct" making license passes back in Marble Falls Texas this year, and hope to see them a lot more in 2017.
Bryan Sanders and the Tommy Thompson sponsored "Nitrochondriac" lead the points from the start of the season and never looked back on their way to the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series high points championship. Bryan's not going to make it easy for anyone to take his title, this team will be tough to beat in 2017.
Jarrett Silvey in Lou and Marianne Osman's "Speed Sports" missed most of season due to accident at the beginning of the season that broke the boat in half; but, made it out for the last race of the year. By far, I think Jarrett has one of the most photogenic launches in the race series.