We always like to think of our sport as apart from any others including the NHRA, but the truth is, the NHRA operates the Hot Rod Heritage Series through the Museum so in the end, Nostalgia drag racing bosses are the same as all the other regular NHRA race series’.
Upon further inspection after the March Meet was over, it was found that Rick White in Top Fuel and Tim Boychuk in Funny Car were disqualified for illegal fuel pumps (too much fuel flow). White had a faster speed but was beaten in the final by Jim Young for top eliminator. But Boychuk won the Funny Car final over Chad Head (Jim Head’s son) but is disqualified which makes Chad Head the winner of the March Meet – notified nearly two weeks after the giant meet had ended.
Chad, who’s normal job is as operations manager for Al Anabi, had never run at the famed March Meet before (in Famoso, California). In fact his first stab at Nostalgia Funny Car was last year’s California Hot Rod Reunion which he qualified in. Rumors are that Chad is getting into form to eventually replace his father in the drivers seat of Jim’s NHRA Fuel Funny Car. It should be noted that Chad received his Super Comp license about ten years ago.
For the record, Chad was #2 qualifier heading into eliminations at the March Meet so he certainly didn’t back into this win. He beat Dennis LaCharite in the first round with a 5.77 ET which was low for the entire day. He then defeated Rick Rogers in the second round and Kris Krabill in the semi-final.
The history of the March Meet is legendary so winning the biggest race in Nostalgia drag racing is quite an accomplishment for someone who’s use to working at the exceutive or managerial level such as Chad – before being the operations executive at Al Anabi, Chad was an operations director with the Indy Racing League. Although he was once involved with the NHRA in track prep, this still offers hope for white-collar guys yet.
Congratulations to Chad Head, winner of the March Meet for Funny Car.