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CSK Racer Phil Burkart returns to the NHRA Pontiac Performance Nationals
For drag racing fans, Phil Burkart is the driver of the blue Checker, Schuck’s, Kragen Funny Car.
Murray's Discount Auto car: Photo Courtesy of Team Worsham
Even Burkart, as he looks back on a Nitro Funny Car career which began in 1998, said he has trouble seeing beyond the blue CSK uniform he’s been wearing since 2003. In fact, 47 of his career 55 round winds have come behind the wheel of the blue CSK Funny Car.
This weekend, Burkart will enter the Pontiac Performance Nationals in Columbus with a different body atop his race car. Columbus is where Burkart tasted victory at National Trail Raceway in 1999, in his pre-CSK days. Burkart will try to recapture victory again under a bright yellow and red Monte Carlo body, featuring the logo of Murray’s Discount Auto.
“Murray’s is the kind of high-quality place you would visit to get the best parts for your car, like a K&N Air or Oil filter,” said Worsham Team Manager Bob Wilber. “We’re thrilled to have the Murray’s body on the car while we keep pace with our K&N oil filter on our 7,000 hp supercharged motor.”
K&N Nitro Funny Car at Gatornationals: Photo Courtesy of Team Worsham
At the Gatornationals this year Burkart also drove a special edition one-race-only K&N Funny car. The 7,000 hp cubic inch Hemi supercharged K&N Nitro Funny car received rave reviews in Gainesville. Fans and racers said the car looked spectacular, said Wilber.
Heading into this weekend, the 8th race on the 23-race NHRA schedule, Burkart has already given his fans and opponents plenty to see. With two semi-final finishes and a 7-6 record, he’s been in the POWERade top ten all season. Only a DNQ at the season’s most recent race in Atlanta has marred an otherwise successful campaign.
“We blew it in Atlanta, and all of us know it,” Burkart said. “Tommy Johnson ended up bumping us out with a 4.875, so we missed it by a measly thousandth of a second. It hurts.”
Burkart is ready to bounce back from Atlanta and hopes to have some new Columbus memories to file away.
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