Kenny Compton smokes the hides of his Street Bandit coupe. Compton scored a runner-up fini
It seems like yesterday that we were hanging out in Orlando at the MM&FF Hooters Kick-Off Party. The MM&FF staff had the camera and luggage bags packed quite a bit this season. Continental Airlines took us all over the United States, from the tracks in the South to the asphalt in the Northeast to a few facilities in the Midwest, as we followed the Fun Ford Weekend '04 points series. We finished the whirlwind tour of the country in Texas-specifically Ennis, a small town outside Dallas-where champions were crowned and record-setting performances were made at the finals.
In Mr. Gasket Pro competition, the championship had been sealed a few races earlier, but there was still big money up for grabs along with bragging rights. In what has become typical fashion, Chuck Samuel qualified number one and then went on to take home the winner's check. His turbocharged Mustang produces more than 2,000 hp, and that's enough to push the 2,500-pound car into the 6.60 range. Right behind Samuel was Chuck Simons with his 798ci behemoth that inhales loads of nitrous. Simons checked out of competition after qualifying when he hurt some pistons on his final qualifying run. That left Samuel as the sole 6.6 performer to hold off the field. He beat John Mihovetz in the finals, 6.64/214.28 to 6.89/205.44.
Chuck Samuel closed out the championship season with a number-one qualifier position and t
Billy Glidden sealed his championship in ProCharger Street Outlaw with his '90 Mustang GT. The Indiana native qualified number one and won the race. He ran 7.28 in the final round of qualifying. His black car was nearly two tenths quicker than the next quickest competitor. Glidden squared off against the ProCharger-powered car of Travis Franklin in the final round. The Edelbrock Nitrous-sponsored ride ran another stellar 7.28 to take the victory over Franklin who limped to a 7.89.
Creda Young took the ProCharger Street Renegade class one step closer to the 7s by running 8.19 at 171.58 mph. The ProCharger-powered coupe knocked through the field with consistency, and Young found himself in the finals against the '04 Street Renegade champion, Manny Geno. Young opened up the laptop before the money round and stepped up the tune. The car responded with an awesome 8.11 at 172.81 mph to beat Geno. The nitrous car broke the transmission in the finals.
The "Black Car" is no stranger to the winner's circle. Billy Glidden pounded out a 7.28 in
Rod Houck used sheer power to win the last race in Edelbrock Street Bandit. The orange '04 Cobra runs a B.E.S. engine under the hood and outran the field with times in the 8.60s. He beat the newly crowned series champion Ken Compton in the finals, 8.66 to 8.79. Once again, Dwayne "Big Daddy" Gutridge stood on top of the qualifying ladder in BFGoodrich Drag Radial. He grabbed the top spot in the last qualifying round because he spent the first two repairing a broken transmission. Unfortunately for Gutridge, a problem staging the car in the semifinals resulted in a DQ. The car pushed through the lights and the timing system was not activated. That left Dennis Lugo to run uncontested in the final round of Drag Radial.
The Probe Street Warrior finals were over before they began. Number-one qualifier John Scaro faced Rich Groh in the finals. The Chicago racer was a little quick on the Tree and turned on the red light, thus handing the victory to Scaro.
Local racer Creda Young runs only a handful of FFW events each season. Despite that, the c
In the Open Comp-style classes-Steeda/SHM Mod Motor, Vortech Focus Frenzy, and JDM Tough Truck-the competition was fierce and there were championships still to be decided heading into eliminations on Sunday. Robert Hindman won Mod Motor on a double-breakout victory. He blew past his 11.81 index with an 11.79, while his competitor, Gary Parker, slipped past his 11.18 index with an 11.14. Hindman broke out by less so he was declared the winner. In Tough Truck, not only was the race on the line, but the championship was as well. Lacey Gassaway performed under pressure and took the victory in the finals by beating Paul Gamino, thus becoming the Tough Truck series champion. Owen Spry won Focus Frenzy when he pushed his three-door Focus to a win over Mark Adkins, 14.64 (14.38 index) to 16.07 (15.42 index). Spry also took home the championship this season.
|'04 Fun Ford Weekend Champions|
|Mr. Gasket Pro||Chuck Samuel|
|ProCharger Street Outlaw||Billy Glidden|
|BFGoodrich Drag Radial||Dwayne Gutridge|
|ProCharger Street Renegade||Manny Geno|
|Edelbrock Street Bandit||Kenny Compton|
|Probe Street Warrior||Darrell Peterson|
|Steeda/SHM Mod Motor||Robert Hindman|
|JDM Tough Truck||Lacey Gassaway|
|Vortech Focus Frenzy||Owen Spry|
Manny Geno has been banging gears all year with his G-Force five speed transmission. In th
The Drag Radial final was a weird one as Dennis Lugo went uncontested. Dwayne Gutridge had
The '03 Street Bandit champion Rod Houck arrived with a killer tune-up in his '04 Cobra. T
It was an emotional roller coaster for Dwayne Gutridge in the finals. He entered the event
JDM Engineering Tough Truck was an all-out melee all year. The championship came down to s
It's safe to say Robert Hindman is a professional racer. His C&L-backed Cobra ran flawless
|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 Gear-sponsored Pro car into the 6.70s during qualifying.
Travis Franklin hurt his engine while trying to lay down a sick number in Street Outlaw. T
Don't let the sedate looks of Richard Lelsz's Street Bandit car fool you. The '03 Cobra ru
Paul Gamino is no stranger to the Tough Truck ranks, and here he is smoking the hides in p
Gary "Hollywood" Parker grabbed a runner-up finish in Mod Motor. He ran under his index wi
Focus Frenzy Class champion Owen Spry weeded his way through the front-wheel-drive class a
Mark Adkins grabbed the runner-up spot with his three-door Focus. He dialed in a 15.42. Un
The final round of Street Warrior paired Rich Groh (pictured) against number-one qualifier
The Sean Hyland Motorsport-powered Cougar of John Mihovetz blistered into the 6s with cons
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 as if Ronnie Wilson was going to walk away with the Stree
Chuck Simons brought 798 cubes to the show and then added a few stages of nitrous from Nit
Local hero Doug Mangrum spent the weekend trying to harness the ProCharger-blown powerplan
Heath, Texas, resident John Bryant converted his Mustang from a former sound-competition e
The winning '89 GT features a Keith Craft R-block stuffed with 347 ci of rotating assembly
Your '04 Fun Ford Ennis True Street winner, John Bryant.
Carrying the flag for the four-eyed Foxes was Matt Monroe, whose GT charged to a 10.19-sec
Brian Warwas eliminated the 11-second class competition with bracket-like consistency. An
Piloting his father Larry Reynolds' '89 LX was Rance Reynolds, who took the ProCharger D-1
The supercharged Cobra convertible of Larry Drozo nabbed the Low 13-Second award.
AJ Zabojnik's clean LX was selected as the MM&FF Editor's Choice. It also ran quite well w
Lloyd Turner's SN-95 ran a 13.45, a 14.54, and finally a 14.20 to manage the Low 14-Second
Don't forget to check your lug nuts. We happened to inspect the parts afterward and two of