Gates wins at Firecracker Nationals

Eric Gates, right, and his son Eric display the trophy they won at the Firecracker Nationals in Albuquerque, NM over the July 4th weekend.
Eric Gates, right, and his son Eric display the trophy they won at the Firecracker Nationals in Albuquerque, NM over the July 4th weekend.

FALLBROOK – Eric Gates and his crew ran at the Firecracker Nationals in Albuquerque over the July 4 weekend and won. They qualified first with a 6.69 207 which he said “was remarkable because the track is a mile high and the corrected elevation was over 8000′ the whole weekend.”

They beat Lyle Byrum in the first round, Ed Middlebrook in the semis with a 6.70 205 and in the final they beat Mitch Bowen from Flagstaff with a 6.72 205. It was a great weekend for the team from Fallbrook.

Gates was the Western Fuel Altereds champion in 2013 and 2014, runner up at the WFA race in Albuquerque last season and runner up at the opening event in Tucson this season. His son Ethan is a sophomore at Bonsall High and is a crew member on his father’s team as well as a driver of a junior dragster.

They ran the nitro show at Barona in June and it was a huge success. Gates got his picture in National Dragster on that one. They ran that race with the 23 T body.

This is the carbon fiber 2006 Chevy Camaro funny car with a 511 cu in supercharged hemi on methanol that Eric Gates drove in the Firecracker Nationals.
This is the carbon fiber 2006 Chevy Camaro funny car with a 511 cu in supercharged hemi on methanol that Eric Gates drove in the Firecracker Nationals.

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