70-year-legend Paul “Fast by”Gast secured the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) low qualifier award Friday night when he topped the field at the PDRA Summer Shootout presented by Callies Performance.
A computer gremlin prevented Gast from putting up representative numbers in the first two qualifying sessions, but his 4.024 at 174.39 in the final session made up for it. He enters Saturday eliminations from the No. 1 spot aboard his Fast By Gast Hayabusa.
“I like to think I’m usually fairly calm and collected up there, but I was a little nervous [going into Q3],” Gast said. “When I saw that the ignition controller wasn’t acting up, I knew it was probably going to whip right on down through there. How quick, I wasn’t sure. I was hoping for a .03 or a .04, so the .02 was quite a pleasant surprise.”
The No. 2 and 3 slots were decided by a fraction of a mile-per-hour, as perennial championship contender Chris Garner-Jones took second with his 4.057 at 172.67 narrowly edging out defending world champion Travis Davis and his 4.057 at 172.30.
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