Drag Illustrated Issue 171, September / October 2021 | Page 52
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“ Mountain Man ” Mike Achenbach gets a faceful of flames as he sustains a fiery nitrous backfire in his Buck-powered “ Deep Purple ” ‘ 69 Camaro in the second and final round of Pro Nitrous qualifying at the PDRA Northern Nationals . It was another blow for the Nazareth , Pennsylvaniabased racer , who had a minor run-in with the wall during Thursday testing . Achenbach and his team worked through the challenges , though , as they raced past No . 1 qualifier Tommy Franklin in the opening round and went on to Achenbach ’ s first final round . Like a phoenix rising from the ashes , Achenbach won on a holeshot , using a 3.788 at 198.90 to beat Ed Burnley ’ s 3.765 at 199.26 .
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