Four Wally Winner
Holbrook Best at Gainesville
Geoff Stunkard - March 27, 2014 10:01 AM
Chris Holbrook's FS/A class win came over Gary Richards, who got very sideways coming off of this launch.Geoff Stunkard
Overall Showdown finalists Chris Holbrook (left) and David Barton kidded around just before the final.Geoff Stunkard
A Sportsman racer has won four notable NHRA Wally trophies in one event. NHRA’s year-old Factory Stock Showdown category saw Chris Holbrook take home the overall Factory Stock title after winning the FS/A class crown earlier in the day, plus winning the Super Stock SS/AA crown with the fastest run in the history of the Super Stock class. Also, the new Super Stocker was awarded Best Engineered Car honors. Holbrook, whose Varsity Ford-backed 2014 Mustangs use Chuck Watson’s (Watson Racing of Brownstown, Michigan) impressive car prep, is responsible for driving and building engines.
The Super Stock car clocked back-to-back 7.902 / 7.900 passes on Thursday to win the class crown. Whipple-charged Coyote engine power by Holbrook coupled to a clutchless Liberty five-speed is what gets it done, but to be recognized as Best Engineered Car at an event that normal features the debut of many new east coast cars is a special honor for the team.
In Factory Stock Showdown action, there were just six entries in the big-inch/forced-aspiration FS/A field, and Chris ran consistent -1.5 second 8.50 times (on a 10.10 index) at 160 mph to get into the class final for a heads-up race with Gary Richards. Richards got sideways on the launch, and Holbrook moved into the handicap final against FS/B winner David Barton. Barton fouled with a red-light start, but Holbrook thundered downtrack to another 160 mph run to claim the round and championship.