BURBAGE, HOWLAND & MANY OTHERS WIN AT 35TH ANNUAL FOX HUNT

The 35th edition of the Great American Fox Hunt presented by Little Caesars Pizza enjoyed beautiful weather as temperatures climbed into the upper-80’s and lower-90’s under partly cloudy skies, as a strong field of racers attended the one event where all ladies are admitted free of charge.

A number of very stout performances were recorded in stop number eight and nine in the Boise Muffler Gold Cup Point’s Series during two separate nights of racing.

There were quite a variety of story lines that developed throughout the weekend. This was the year of the FAMILY (not that any other year or event is any different), as no less than five different family members reached a final round of an individual eliminator. Mark, Rayce and Marissa Kidd all either finished runner-up or a winner; both Melanie and Kevin Higgins reached the Pepsi Winner’s Circle on Saturday night; both David and Stephanie Meimann made it all the way to a final round (with David winning); both David and Jacob Wood earned runner-up finishes in the Sled/Bike division; and the mom/son duo of Lisa and Jason Thomas successfully won titles in both Pro and Box Gambler.

The weather played a role on the opening day as temperatures climbed into the lower 90’s by late afternoon. As racing wound down to the quarter and semi-final rounds, a huge wind (35 mph gusts) and dust storm blew into the facility, ending any hope of finishing the race on Friday night. Eliminations were buttoned up first thing on Saturday before a new slate of racing kicked into gear on the second and final day.

Fox eliminator presented by the Naughty Girls was a real hit once again. Congratulations to both Debbie Phillips and Melanie Higgins for sweeping the two titles.

The Jets put on a spectacular show. Richard Smith cranked out a pair of barnburner laps with the all-new “Warped Speed” Funny Car, which is owned by Darin Bay. Smith carded the fastest run of the event at 263 mph plus alongside the colorful “Warhawk” of Derek Snelson. We also want to say thanks to Ed “the Outlaw” Jones for his 35-year career of making runs at Firebird. This year he wowed everyone with his Jelly Belly Fire Truck from Malad.

In addition, we want to tip our hats to both Rod Burbage who won the West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Association point’s event and Greg Howland and his “Zeus” `79 Corvette Funny Car for sweeping both eliminator titles. Burbage recorded a high-altitude 6.20, 6.18 and 6.20 to earn his second straight major event Firebird Pro Mod title, while Howland just nipped Kim Parker in a holeshot aided 7.01 to 7.00 decision in front of an appreciative crowd. Noteworthy was the quarter-mile, yes – quarter-mile burnout by Howland that brought the house down during the opening qualifying round of the floppers.

Hope you enjoy just a small sampling of images taken throughout the two-day double header.

Images presented on behalf of David Fudge, Brian Losness, Gary Himes, Alex & Jessica Himes, and the Firebird Staff. Should you wish to order any enlargements from this colorful array of photos, please be sure and drop us an email. In case you don’t have their contact information, we’ll be glad to put you in touch (via email) with the appropriate photographer to place an order for an enlargement.

 

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