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Perfection at the Summer Nationals
The Hanna Motorsports jet funny cars of Rich Hanna and Ken Hall agreed with NHRA to appear at four NHRA Nationals events in the 2015 season. The reason was to reach a different racing populous via live exposures, radio, Twitter, FaceBook and National Television (events are covered on ESPN 2) for their respective sponsors being GOJO Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner and XLerator Hand Dryer. The four events are the Gator Nationals, the 4-Wide Nationals, the Summer Nationals and the Keystone Nationals.
The team had already put on fantastic shows at the first two events of ’15. This past Friday night on June 5, they would have the entire facility (fans, racers and event staff alike) all talking about their performance. Following an incredible nitro funny car and top fuel qualifying session, the jet funny car team took the track. The last 4 jet funny car races in the past two weeks have produced win margins no greater than .014 which is only 2 feet. This next run would be one of a kind though.
Ken Hall left the starting line first by the narrowest of margins. His .036 reaction time eked out Rich’s .037, only one thousandth of a second later.
The finish line scoreboards told the rest of the story, identical e.t.’s! 5.754
seconds for both. These times, coupled with the reaction times off the starting
line, gave Ken Hall and the XLerator car the win by .0011, mere inches! It left
even team owner Al Hanna taking a double take at the score boards. “I knew it
was close. They left as one and ran side by side as one the entire quarter mile.
I didn’t even know who won after walking away, I was just dumbfounded at the
times, the win light didn’t even matter. Amazing stuff, I hope the fans appreciated
“It is our goal to run the cars close making for the best race and exhibition
possible” Rich Hanna stated after the run. “But all of the tuning and calculating
still can’t make this happen but only once in a blue moon and tonight was that
special night. A very proud moment for us here at Hanna Motorsports”.
The team displayed the rest of the weekend for the droves of fans in Englishtown, one more National event will be run in October. Next stop sees all 3 team cars at Atco, NJ on June 13. We know the funny cars will again be close but probably no closer than they were on this night.
Photo courtesy of NHRA.com.