Mike Herring (near lane) scored the pole (6.475/214.89 mph) along with his second FFW Mr.
Long-time Pro campaigner Doug Mangrum (near lane) snagged the second qualifying spot with
Things got ugly for Chuck Simons during qualifying when his Cougar went out of control at
The Southeast is known as a hotbed of ultra-quick, 10-wide Outlaw machines. This wild style of drag racing is played out almost every weekend on quarter-mile and eighth-mile strips from Florida to the Carolinas. This region of the country is also home to plenty of fast street-legal Stangs, as well as hordes of Mountain Motor Pro Stocks. Combine these machines and you get a wild weekend of Fordnatics shooting it out for dragstrip supremacy.
More specifically, in April 2005 this madness amounted to three days of action in the quaint hamlet of Commerce, Georgia, as the town was invaded by the Fun Ford Weekend series.
The Atlanta FFW event has been a hit for more than a decade, but recently it has become one of the largest and most competitive races on the schedule. This year's stop was alive with many of the top shootout drivers, who shared the track with more than 110 cars in True Street. Plus, there was a special prize of $20,000 to win in Mr. Gasket Pro, courtesy of AMP Performance.
Racing kicked off on Friday with an all-day test and tune followed by one round of Showdown qualifying. Fans were treated to six-second, 215-mph Pro machines; seven-second Outlaw and Renegade runners; and Drag Radial, Bandit, and Warrior racers going for the bumper.
On Saturday we followed the seemingly endless line of 110-plus Tremec/MM&FF True Street cars as they rumbled onto the high-ways of Georgia for the required 30-mile trek. Once back at the track, they cooled down for a bit before the back-to-back racing began. Despite the street-legal requirements and the lack of tuning after the road tour, no less than four racers were clocked in the 9s, while one, Nick Yarber, ran in the 8s on each of the three passes. His winning average was a blistering 8.62.
With 20 grand up for grabs in Mr. Gasket Pro, 15 big-tire machines rolled to the line packing nitrous, mountainous cubes, and plenty of boost. The racing was intense, with the first three cars running in the 6.40s and a total of 11 drivers in the 6s. Nighttime qualifying was awesome, as Mike Herring, using nitrous and a Fulton big-block, set the pace at 6.475 with a speed of 214.89 mph. Herring made his mark early in the session and only Doug Mangrum came close, riding his tail with a strong 6.476/214.79 from his ProCharged machine.
In eliminations there were many strong runs, but by Sunday afternoon the last men standing were pole sitter Herring and number-three qualifier Richard Pendland.
In the final, Herring grabbed the holeshot and then blasted to a 6.543 to hold off Pendland who ran a near-identical, but slower, 6.548. The margin of victory was 0.030 second, or about 3 feet. For winning from the the top spot, Herring grabbed the $1,000 posted by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires Pro Challenge Lottery.
Amazingly, Simons came back to run eliminations, where he knocked out the number-four qual
Mike Herring dials in the clutch on his RJ Race Cars Mustang. The red rocket is powered by
Using 815 inches of Ford hemi, Robert Patrick (far lane) ran 6.45 at 217 mph to defeat the
Dan Saitz (near lane) and Ben Hopko qualified Eighth and Ninth, respectively, running 6.62
The '03 FFW Pro champion Tony Gillig qualified in the fifth spot with a 6.53 pass. He defe
Chuck Samuel and Kevin Marsh debuted their new big-inch, nitrous-equipped ZX3 in Atlanta.
Brit Floyd (near lane) put up a good fight in the opening round of Pro running a 6.65, but
Bill Glidden stole the ProCharger Outlaw show in qualifying with a blistering 7.06 at 194
Like Herring, Bill Glidden also won from the pole, taking home the winner's purse and the $1,000 Aeromotive Lottery Challenge money in ProCharger Street Outlaw. Glidden ran a string of 7.0- and 7-teen elapsed times before nailing a 7.10 in the final to beat Jimmy Keen.
While the racing was hot in the top two showdown classes, the sizzle ran all the way through the remaining categories. In Renegade, Dan Schoneck brought out a new ride and set the class record at 7.81/171.23, but inconsistency knocked him from eliminations. Meanwhile, brothers James and Jimmy Black of South Carolina battled in the final frame. James used his starting line prowess to stage quickly and take a big holeshot. The starting line lead was just what he needed to hold off the quicker Jimmy for the win (8.37 to 8.29).
Matt Jones continued his dominance in Edelbrock Street Bandit, winning for the third time this year. Jones has been on his game, setting a championship-winning pace. Using his new Liberty transmission, John Scaro showed his hand in Warrior, beating hot shoes Darrell Peterson and Jeremy Martorella. The popular Gary "G-Man" Youngblood was not to be denied at his home track, taking top honors in Mod Motor, which made car owner Chip Havemann very happy.
Ah, yes, Atlanta was indeed hot and so we've included a few extra pages and tons of photo coverage for you to enjoy. In addition, we have listed the Top 25 in Tremec True Street and all the event's race winners.
FFW ATLANTA DRAGWAY, 2005
|FFW TRUE STREET RESULTS |
|Driver # ||Driver ||Average|| |
|1 ||Nick Yarber ||8.625 ||Winner/Top 8 Sec |
|2 ||Tony Gonyon ||9.343 ||Runner Up/Top 9 Sec |
|3 ||Owen Spry ||9.433 |
|4 ||Chris Escobar ||9.703 |
|5 ||Dewayne Stiles ||9.763 |
|6 ||Danny Williams ||10.253 ||Top 10 Sec |
|7 ||John Prince Jr. ||10.515 |
|8 ||Kyle Yentzer ||10.639 |
|9 ||Larry Keys ||10.784 |
|10 ||Harley Chapman ||11.097 ||Top 11 Sec |
|11 ||Jud Stansell ||11.142 |
|12 ||John White ||11.149 |
|13 ||Adam Herringtine ||11.223 |
|14 ||David Bradford ||11.300 |
|15 ||Marc Misschman ||11.378 |
|16 ||Stephen Posenau ||11.595 |
|17 ||Michael Linch ||11.761 |
|18 ||Josh Ross ||11.820 |
|19 ||Lee Fulmer ||11.976 |
|20 ||Dean Lazzaro ||12.012 ||Top 12 Sec |
|21 ||Darryl Buckner ||12.047 |
|22 ||Gary Sanders ||12.050 |
|23 ||Jason Rowland ||12.094 |
|24 ||Nathan Green ||12.100 |
|25 ||David Chambers ||12.104 |
Atlanta FFW Winners
Mr. Gasket Pro
ProCharger Street Outlaw
Borla Street Renegade
Edelbrock Street Bandit
Blow-By Racing Street Warrior
BFGoodrich Drag Radial
Steeda/SHM Mod Motor
Ford Racing Performance Parts Open Comp
SCT Street Stang
JDM Engineering Tough Truck
JBA Cat4Ward Headers Focus Frenzy
|BRACKET CLASSES RESULTS |
|Saturday ||Sunday |
|Fast Ford |
|E. L. Smith ||Will McKay |
|Quick Ford |
|James Gagnon ||Jacob Ruttledge |
|Street Ford |
|John Lashley ||Mardy Kennedy |
Jeff Tyson (near lane) qualified Second in Outlaw but fell to Keen (7.64 to 8.15) in round
One of the hottest cars on the Atlanta tarmac was the purple and yellow Outlaw GT of Randy
Glidden didn't let off, clocking a 7.06 in round one to defeat Tony Watkins, and then a 7.
Brothers James (near lane) and Jimmy Black did battle in the Borla Renegade final. After h
Dan Schoneck hit the track with this nasty '04 Cobra in Renegade. He nailed the top spot i
Matt Jones of Austin, Texas, has been dominating the Edelbrock Bandit class in 2005. His K
With the top four cars in Atlanta running between 9.60 and 9.80s, the Blow-By Racing Warri
The Street Warrior pilots put on quite a show. Here Darrell Peterson racks up some frequen
Robert Mollet took the fourth qualifying spot with a 9.88 at 135 mph. Mollet fouled in the
John Hewlett (near lane) busted off an 8.38 to take the Drag Radial pole. He then marched
Rodney Ward (far lane) captured the Ford Racing Performance Parts Open Comp title in Atlan
Gary "G-Man" Youngblood (near lane) took his second Steeda/SHM Mod Motor win of the season
Youngblood (left) is seen with car owner Chip Havemann. The winning Mod Motor car is for s
In SCT Street Stang, a class with a 12.50 breakout rule, Darrell Lucas nailed the top qual
Crown City, Ohio's Mark Adkins (near lane) did a nice job in JBA Focus Frenzy, defeating t
Sixteen competitors showed up in Atlanta to compete in JDM Engineering Tough Truck. Jim D'
MM&FF/Tremec True Street action was ripe with over 110 cars in competition. Leading the wa
Kelly Sparks did a nice job behind the wheel of her modified five-speed-equipped Mach 1.
Super Stock racer Stephen Johnson (far lane) parked his 427-equipped Fairlane and slipped
Off-track antics were a bit wild. Mr. Twinkie drew a crowd while enjoying some type of bev
The man of the hour was Jeremy Abraham B.S., D.C., seen with his lovely girlfriend. The re