Fun Ford Weekend - Texas Motorplex - Crowning Moment
|True Street Ennis '04 Top 25|
| Driver||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Average|
| 1. John Bryant|| 9.387|| 9.381|| 9.504|| 9.424 W|
| 2. Owen Spry|| 9.738|| 9.537|| 9.547|| 9.607 R/U|
| 3. Brett Thiess|| 9.822|| 9.638|| 9.636|| 9.699|
| 4. Matt Monroe|| 9.811|| 9.866||10.900||10.192 Low 10|
| 5. Brian Wilson||10.635||10.532||10.514||10.560|
| 6. AJ Zabojnik||10.990||10.669||10.899||10.853 Ed. Ch.|
| 7. Brian Warwas||11.079||11.035||11.072||11.062 Low 11|
| 8. Sean Omert||10.364||11.457||11.788||11.203|
| 9. Chuck Hoestra||11.577||11.263||11.158||11.333|
|10. Chris Hamilton||11.243||11.281||11.482||11.335|
|11. Mike Harris||11.269||11.430||11.329||11.343|
|12. Scotty Hobbs||11.392||11.331||11.360||11.361|
|13. Micheal Holleck||10.879||11.612||12.210 ||11.567|
|14. Robert Vasquez||11.755||11.577||12.638||11.990|
|15. Rance Reynolds||11.958||12.005||12.294||12.086 Low 12|
|16. Burl Bourns||11.493||11.569||13.658||12.240|
|17. Larry Fulkerson||11.952||12.369||12.441||12.254|
|18. Thomas Eaton||12.522||12.035||12.233||12.263|
|19. Mike Aertoriz||12.299||12.283||12.339||12.307|
|20. James McPhail||11.919||11.962||13.060||12.314|
|21. Eric Coley||12.144||12.493||12.588||12.408|
|22. Jack Kutzer||11.814||11.765||13.707||12.429|
|23. Garth Sanich||11.903||11.934||13.688||12.508|
|24. Earl Holder||12.222||12.902||12.410||12.511|
|25. Danny Gordon||12.559||12.649||12.578||12.595|
|Low 13-Second Winner|
|Low 14-Second Winner|
|Low 15-Second Winner|
Joe DaSilva pushed his Precision...
Joe DaSilva pushed his Precision Gear-sponsored Pro car into the 6.70s during qualifying. A broken head gasket sent the team into thrash mode, and they repaired the car for Sunday's eliminations. DaSilva shook the tires hard in the first round and lost to Doug Mangrum.
Travis Franklin hurt his engine...
Travis Franklin hurt his engine while trying to lay down a sick number in Street Outlaw. The supercharged entry had to limp through eliminations. Franklin managed to make it to the finals and finished as runner-up to Glidden. The red rocket blasted off a 7.89 at only 156 mph in the finals, while Glidden ran a 7.28.
Don't let the sedate looks...
Don't let the sedate looks of Richard Lelsz's Street Bandit car fool you. The '03 Cobra runs in the eights without a power adder and is simply flawless in every detail. Lelsz vowed to be back running even quicker next year when he adds a dry sump and gets a better clutch tune-up, along with a few other tricks.
Paul Gamino is no stranger...
Paul Gamino is no stranger to the Tough Truck ranks, and here he is smoking the hides in preparation for the final round. The weather changed dramatically for the finals, and he overshot his dial in by a few hundredths of a second. That proved to be the deciding factor in the finals as his competitor, Lacey Gassaway, also broke out. Gamino ran a 12.994 on a 13.2 dial in while Gassaway ran a 12.135 on a 12.51 dial in.
Gary "Hollywood" Parker grabbed...
Gary "Hollywood" Parker grabbed a runner-up finish in Mod Motor. He ran under his index with an 11.14 on an 11.18. As with so many others in the index/dial-in category, there was a double-breakout situation. Parker happened to be on the losing end of the breakout and went home with the runner-up cash.
Focus Frenzy Class champion...
Focus Frenzy Class champion Owen Spry weeded his way through the front-wheel-drive class and into the finals. He faced Mark Adkins and each car was vastly different. Adkins had a 15.42 index while Spry was a bit quicker with a 14.38 index. Both racers slowed down in the finals-Spry ran a 14.64 on his 14.38 index and took home the win.
Mark Adkins grabbed the runner-up...
Mark Adkins grabbed the runner-up spot with his three-door Focus. He dialed in a 15.42. Unfortunately, he encountered some prob-lems in the final and slowed to a 16.02. You can't win an Open Comp or bracket-style race being six tenths off the mark. But Adkins did leave with the runner-up money.
The final round of Street...
The final round of Street Warrior paired Rich Groh (pictured) against number-one qualifier John Scaro. Groh was running 10.2-10.30 and needed all the help he could to catch the 10.1 car of Scaro. He tried to hit the Tree hard but ended up turning on the red light. Scaro saw he had the win light on his lane and just shut down his car early and rolled to the win.
The Sean Hyland Motorsport-powered...
The Sean Hyland Motorsport-powered Cougar of John Mihovetz blistered into the 6s with consistency. He went to the finals by beating Chuck Simons and Doug Mangrum. He ran 6.89 against Samuel in the finals, but it was not quick enough to beat the champ, who had gone 6.64.
True Street/Ennis '04
There were 82 cars that finished the MM&FF/Tremec True Street tour and all three drag passes, making it one of the biggest, most competitive fields in recent history.
One of the favorites was famed Outlaw racer Mike Murillo, whose new street car sported a mild turbocharged powerplant along with a squirt of the giggle gas. His first two passes were in the nines, but on the third run the tech officials realized he hadn't been running with the required fire pants and he was disqualified.
John Bryant held off bracket magnate Owen Spry and his familiar orange notchback for the top honors in the class, while Matt Monroe, Brian Warwas, Rance Reynolds, Larry Drozo, Lloyd Turner, and Tim Withers cleaned up in the other classes. A.J. Zabojnik of Rowlett, Texas, took home the coveted MM&FF Editor's Choice award with his '93 LX coupe. The twin-turbocharged, 331ci Stang sported shaved door handles, a Jerico four-speed gearbox, and an air-to-water intercooler. - Steve Baur
Early in the season, it appeared...
Early in the season, it appeared as if Ronnie Wilson was going to walk away with the Street Renegade title. His nitrous-equipped Mustang ran consistently in the 8.40 range. As the season wore on, however, the competition stepped up and Wilson finished second, collecting three victories along the way.
Chuck Simons brought 798 cubes...
Chuck Simons brought 798 cubes to the show and then added a few stages of nitrous from Nitrous Express. The gorgeous Cougar qualified with an awesome 6.64, Simons' best time to date in Pro competition. Unfortunately, a bad mixture of nitrous, fuel, and ignition timing ended his weekend on Saturday. A few melted pistons can put quite a damper on a fun weekend of racing.
Local hero Doug Mangrum spent...
Local hero Doug Mangrum spent the weekend trying to harness the ProCharger-blown powerplant. He and his crew worked hard in an attempt to hook the 2,000-plus horsepower to the ground. They escaped the first round when their competitor, Joe DaSilva, had more tire-shake problems than they did. Their day ended in the second round when John Mihovetz unleashed a 6.92 run and they ran mid-sevens as Mangrum pedaled the car in hopes to get the tires to stop shaking.
Heath, Texas, resident John...
Heath, Texas, resident John Bryant converted his Mustang from a former sound-competition entry into a track-burning missile. The supercharged Mustang stormed to a 9.42-second average for the win. Bryant was shooting for the 8-second zone, but a greasy track hampered traction, thus limiting the Mustang's performance.
The winning '89 GT features...
The winning '89 GT features a Keith Craft R-block stuffed with 347 ci of rotating assembly topped off with ported and pol-ished Victor Jr. heads. A ProCharger F-2 and six-core air-to-air intercooler offer a tornado-inducing 30 pounds of boost, all of which is tuned using a Ford EPEC. A JW Powerglide and converter is employed to put the power to a Strange Engineering-spooled 8.8 rear.
Your '04 Fun Ford Ennis True...
Your '04 Fun Ford Ennis True Street winner, John Bryant.
Carrying the flag for the...
Carrying the flag for the four-eyed Foxes was Matt Monroe, whose GT charged to a 10.19-second average.
Brian Warwas eliminated the...
Brian Warwas eliminated the 11-second class competition with bracket-like consistency. An 11.07, an 11.03, and another 11.07 rewarded him with an 11.06 average for the class win.
Piloting his father Larry...
Piloting his father Larry Reynolds' '89 LX was Rance Reynolds, who took the ProCharger D-1-boosted, stock 302ci Mustang to the 12-second win. The pony has run a best of 11.33 at 120 since the event thanks to a better torque converter.
The supercharged Cobra convertible...
The supercharged Cobra convertible of Larry Drozo nabbed the Low 13-Second award.
AJ Zabojnik's clean LX was...
AJ Zabojnik's clean LX was selected as the MM&FF Editor's Choice. It also ran quite well with a 10.85 average thanks to its twin-turbocharged powerplant.
Lloyd Turner's SN-95 ran a...
Lloyd Turner's SN-95 ran a 13.45, a 14.54, and finally a 14.20 to manage the Low 14-Second money. Tim Withers scored a 15.03 average to receive a trophy and a check.
Don't forget to check your...
Don't forget to check your lug nuts. We happened to inspect the parts afterward and two of the four studs were already on their way out when the other two let loose.