In the Biblical account of David Vs. Goliath, the results are largely known that the kid slinging a stone knocked out the giant.
Friday morning at the Auto Club NHRA Finals another version of the battle played out during the first round of Stock Eliminator.
With the aid of a seven-second head-start, the “we’re not fast but we’re slow” 105-inch Ford-powered EF/S Plymouth Horizon of Bill O’Connor matched up with the Factory Stock/AA COPO Camaro driven by Ryan Priddy.
Priddy, who will race in the 2019 Factory Stock Showdown with sponsorship from MountainView Tire, caught the Escort by the 1000-foot mark and coasted through the quarter-mile to an 8.873. Unfortunately for Priddy, he made the ill-advised decision to dial in a 9.39 leading to a .517 break out.
O’Connor was a little on the speedy side as well as he stopped the timers with a 16.434, -.026 under his 16.46 dial.
NHRA lead announcer Alan Reinhart, calling the action, added, “Usually dialing the index is a sign of weakness. That’s what Ryan Priddy did.The MountainView car was running 150-miles per hour through the lights so he got out of it early. A 9.39 is real head-scratcher.
“The bottom line is Bill O’Connor just sent one of the fastest Stock Eliminator cars home with a car not even fast enough to get a speeding ticket if he was out there on the 10 Freeway.”
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— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) November 7, 2018