Mike Finnegan won the opening round of his best-of-three “Gass-O-Ween” gasser match race with Jarrad Scott being held during this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Las Vegas.
Finnegan powered his Hemi-powered ’55 Chevy, Blasphemi, to a solid 8.632 at 157.12 mph to edge Scott’s Bitchin’ ’62 Ranchero, which also is powered by a supercharged Hemi.
Both drivers improved upon their early practice run (below), which was “won” by Finnegan’s 8.69, but Scott overcame his tire-spinning time trial pass of 9.60 with a competitive 8.758 at 158.04 mph
Finnegan also was quicker on the Tree, cutting a .069 light to Scott’s .090.
Round two will take place Saturday prior to the event’s third Mello Yello qualifying session and round three, if needed, will take place before the fourth session.