A longtime NMRA soldier, Chris Tuten started in Real Street, jumped up to Drag Radial, and these days is slugging it out in the brutal ranks of SSO. He's the kind of racer that's always in the mix no matter how the odds are stacked against him. We stopped by and he reported that he'd tested at Bradenton just before the race with great results, but when he showed up the surface was completely different. Thus his struggle was finding traction after qualifying third with a solid 7.407/194.30 pass. As it turned out, Chris didn't really see a real challenge till he met up with Johnny Mac in the finals. We know how that ended, but it was all over at the tree.