Bob Bode wins first NHRA Funny Car Wally at Brainerd

Bob Bode

  Bob Bode, a former national-championship boat racer, enjoyed his finest day in a Funny Car when he powered his Weld Racing wheel equipped Machine Products Impala to the Funny Car winner’s circle, upsetting heavily favored Jack Beckman in the final when Beckman’s machine lost traction just off the starting line. “All of this is kind of like a dream I’m afraid I’m gonna’ wake up from,” said Bode. “I didn’t know if it would ever happen, but now that it did, I can’t believe it happened. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life in the racing world. I have a wife and kid, wonderful things there, but the racing world, this is it! Bode reached the final, the first of his career, on a trio of victories over past national event winners with a series of mid-4-teen passes: former world champ Cruz Pedregon, Englishtown winner Bob Tasca III, and three-time season winner Tim Wilkerson.