This event was most remembered for a wild tyre blowout on the Greene Machine Nitro Funny Car in the first round of a planned three round match race against the Bailey Bros’ Ford Probe driven by Ashley Bailey.
Dobson had just carded a 5.58 pass when the tyre blew through the traps, destroying much of the right hand side of the body.
Fortunately John Buchanan had his Top Fuel dragster there as a reserve and was able to make two passes on the night. His first was a solo 6.08 as Bailey missed the second round. In the third round Buchanan put the rods out in the braking area, with a bright fire on board.