On the surface, to the untrained eye, the matchup between Mike Finnegan’s “Blasphemi” and Jon Chase’s “Tri 5 By Fire” seemed fairly even. Both cars are straight-axle converted 1955 Chevrolet two-doors, both cars are owned and wheeled by gearheads who live the life daily, both cars have been known to have some issues in the name of reliability. And running up to the best-out-of-three match race that went down at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, neither car seemed ready for battle. Both sides of the court were battling issues a-plenty…Chase’s car waxed the engine during a dyno run while Finnegan’s car had a major issue involving water and oil mixing up that seemed to be cured only by not running any coolant whatsoever in the car. Chase had to resort to slamming a junkyard engine together to get some seat time and testing done, while Finnegan had the fun of transporting Blasphemi across the country in that “mint” 1989 GMC ramp truck that has been the
devil’s own curse bastion of reliability ever since the day Mike bought it.
Every race like this has some kind of bet, official or otherwise. In this case, it was very official: the loser of the three races lost one more thing…their beard. Chase has had a facial mane for the last decade while Finnegan’s face has been furry one way or another since we’ve known the dude. With Dollar Shave Club happily sponsoring this deal and Goldberg himself ready to make sure that the bet is paid up in full, the stakes couldn’t have been higher for the two as they rolled into the beams. Here’s how the matchup went down and in case you haven’t seen already, here’s the presentation of a face that hasn’t been seen bald in years! Enjoy!