Charlotte Win Halted by a Broken Throttle Cable

Charlotte, NC 2014The Co-Line/Goalsetter alcohol funny car team travelled southeast April 10-13, their destination, Charlotte, NC.  Racing on the prestigious four-wide track, Dale Brand a crew qualified third out of 18 cars with a 5.634 second pass at 261.88 mph.

In the first round, Brand faced Mickey Ferro of Stamford, CT.  Ferro had the starting line advantage, but Brand chased him down to take the win at 260.06 mph in 5.643 seconds. In the second round, Brand had the starting line advantage with a 0.040 reaction time against Andy Bohl of Racine, WI but the car lost power as Brand saw the broken throttle cable dangling in the wind. Bohl drove around him for the win at 257.19 mph in 5.657 seconds. This was Bohl’s quickest pass of the weekend.

Dan Pomponio of Berlin, NJ would go on to win the Top Alcohol Funny Car class, his second win of the season, and third final appearance at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

“It’s all about the details,” said Eric Brand, crew chief. “We have never had a throttle cable break in our 20 years of drag racing.”

Crew members for the weekend included Dale Brand, Tana Brand, Eric Brand, Marty Van Wyk, deWayne Lemons, and Tina Lemons. The Co-Line/Goalsetter team was idle over the Easter weekend to spend time with their families, but will be back in action this weekend, April 24-27 at the 27th Annual O-Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, TX.