Kris Krabill Parts Ways With Austin & O’Brien Racing Team – Runner Up Car At March Meet Driverless


Kris Krabill Parts Ways With Austin & O’Brien Racing Team – Runner Up Car At March Meet Driverless

After a successful but ultimately fiery 2017 Good Vibrations March Meet driver Kris Krabill has announced his departure from the Austin & O’Brien Racing Team. The guys made the rain delayed Monday final round and lost to Ryan Hodgson. Krabill’s run was the more memorable of the two as his car erupted into flames and he had to drag the thing down to a stop in the middle of what had to have been the worst blaze of his career.

We do not know the details of the separation but we do know from the release below that they are going in different directions. We’re working on a follow up for more information but until then, here’s the release.

It is not a shocking thing to see a driver and team part ways but the timing of this one is a bit weird after such a strong event at Famoso.

 

Krabill Couch

Kris Krabill (left) and Bangshift.com contributor Donnie Couch at the recent Good Vibrations March Meet.  Couch was Krabill’s crew chief when he entered funny car racing in 2006 driving Gary Turner’s Pedaler.

 

Nitro Funny Car Driver Kris Krabill Announces Departure from Austin and O’Brien Racing Team

Kent, Washington March 15, 2017 – Nitro Funny Car Kris Krabill has announced his departure from the Austin & O’Brien racing team.

“I am proud to have driven for the Bucky Austin and O’Brien team and thank them for the great opportunity to drive a first class car,” said Krabill.  “I owe my team all the credit in the world and can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication.” “While change can be challenging, it also presents the opportunity to pursue new avenues that allow me to move my racing career forward.”

Krabill debuted in Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car in 2006. In 2016, Krabill joined the ranks as only the 6th Nitro Funny Car driver to surpass 260 mph.  Krabill is a 2x March Meet Champion, 2x CHRR champ, 2x Ignitor champ and  4x Pepsi Nightfire champion. He is also the reigning NHRA Heritage Series Nitro Funny Car Champion.

Krabill Burnout GVMM17


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12 thoughts on “Kris Krabill Parts Ways With Austin & O’Brien Racing Team – Runner Up Car At March Meet Driverless

  1. SWPMFAN

    Maybe driving a clearly sour engine way to long resulting in a massive fire gets you released as a driver?

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  2. Tom P

    I agree on the body. Even a Tempo or Achieva body would look more like a 70’s funny car. If I had my way these things would need to be period correct even if that means clearance under the rocker sills and long wheel openings.
    I’d make ’em run 66 Comets with Logghe chassis.

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  3. Nitromike66

    I heard, from a little bird, that the fire bottles failed…would make me think twice about getting into someone’s car.

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  4. Zim daddy

    Ya, you kinda know that when you drive for a hot head like Bucky, and an ego that knocks holes in the ceilings, that he is impossible to work for or drive for. Krabill has balls of steel, and his record proves it. Wonder if Bucky would have shut off in the finals huh? Now he can have a rookie drive for him again. PS. Krabill DID pull the fire bottles, and they did not work. That is his problem? WTF? I wish that Bucky team luck. Too bad to lose a world champion driver over something so friggin stupid. Shame on them.

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    1. D.D.S.

      Bobby Cottrell taking over>I expect Great Things from Bobby-He is eager to learn & Win! P.S he has always been quick w/timing lights

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