Fun Ford Weekend - Bristol Dragway - Elemental Showdown
With the showdown classes packed with hungry racers, eliminations lost the race against the weather for the third time this season at the Bristol, Tennessee, Fun Ford Weekend.
From the February, 2006 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
By Steve Baur
Photography by Paul Rosner, Steve Baur
Mustang racers and spectators packed a newly revamped Bristol Dragway with the hope of seeing spectacular racing action go down, but the racing was cut short on Sunday when the rain clouds came and sent everyone home early without satisfying their speed addiction. Saturday, however, was action-packed, as the racers had to make up the Fun Ford Richmond race later in the evening.
Saturday usually belongs to the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street contingent, and 2005 was no different with a massive amount of hot street cars ready to contest the 1,320 feet of asphalt. It was also special because True Streeters, as part of the required 30-mile cruise, got to lap the half-mile oval of Bristol Motor Speedway. Despite the need to go straight fast, most contestants we talked to had a blast driving around the banked circle track, and if all goes as planned, it just may happen again next year.
With so many True Street cars, it was well into the evening before we saw the elimination rounds for the Richmond race, but racing under the lights was worth the wait. In addition to giving the True Street racers a, well, true street vibe, the night also allowed spectators to see the fireworks that happened beneath the turbocharged Outlaw and Pro race cars.
The Richmond makeup race helped swell the classes to constitute one of the largest heads-up fields this year. There were 12 Pro rides, 12 Outlaw cars, 7 contesting Drag Radial, 8 filling out the Street Renegade ranks, 7 Street Bandit Mustangs, 8 Street Warrior machines, and 10 ponies in Street Stang.
Mod Motor saw 36 competitors with Steve Angel's newly turbocharged, Four-Valve '05 Mustang on top, while Tough Truck had 15 racers and Open Comp featured 23 tough contestants. There were even 8 cars in the Focus Frenzy.
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until our Fun Ford Kansas coverage to find out who the big Bristol winners were. But you'll find all the good dirt here in the pages of MM&FF. In the meantime, we bring you the Richmond winners, True Street results, and Bristol qualifying.
After cleaning up in True...
After cleaning up in True Street at the Fun Ford Norwalk event in Ohio, Nick Yarber was the man to beat in Bristol, as well...
His nitrous-sniffing Cobra...
His nitrous-sniffing Cobra stopped the clocks cold with an 8.71-second average.
Quentin Bise of Dungannon,...
Quentin Bise of Dungannon, Virginia, drove his '89 Mustang GT to the runner-up position with a 9.03-second average.
Hailing from Amelia, Virginia,...
Hailing from Amelia, Virginia, Keith Laffoon's two-tone '85 Stang packs 377 ci of Ford firepower under the hood, which was enough to clinch the Low-10-Second Award.
We had to give Mike Rousch...
We had to give Mike Rousch of Chester, Virginia, an honorable mention, as the turbocharged 281ci Four-Valve Cobra powerplant propelled the orange coupe to an 11.51-second average. More importantly, Mike averaged 139.26 mph over the three runs. Now that's cookin' with gas.
Bob Dill of Templeton, Pennsylvania,...
Bob Dill of Templeton, Pennsylvania, was given the MM&FF Editor's Choice award for his super-clean '03 Steeda Cobra. The Whipple-supercharged snake averaged 11.84 seconds in True Street and spent Sunday in the car show.
Having sold his Street Bandit...
Having sold his Street Bandit ride last year, Cale Aronson had Skinny Kid Race Cars build a suitable Street Outlaw chassis for this '05 Mustang body-in-white he got from Ford Racing. Powered by a normally aspirated, Jon Kaase-built 698ci motor, the Mustang's first track outing here in Bristol was spent sorting things out. Despite that, Aronson qualified Seventh with a 7.50-second effort. You can see how the car went together at www.fordracingparts.com under the Builds menu.
Another new ride is Mark Van...
Another new ride is Mark Van Meter's '05 Mustang driven by Joel Greathouse. In addition to being show-car quality, the Pony galloped to the number-one qualifying spot in Street Outlaw with a 7.13-second performance.
New to the Fun Ford circuit...
New to the Fun Ford circuit was Jerry Bridgforth and his '66 Hertz Mustang. Propelled by a 705ci engine, the Mustang qualified 10th in Mr. Gasket Pro with a 6.80 at 197 mph.
Part of the True Street cruise...
Part of the True Street cruise this year involved a couple of laps around the Bristol Motor Speedway's half-mile circle track. Watching drag cars invade NASCAR country was truly a sight to behold. It was such a success that it just may happen again next year.
Tony Whetstone (near lane)...
Tony Whetstone (near lane) of Tallahassee, Florida, secured the SCT Street Stang win for the Fun Ford Richmond makeup, and qualified Sixth for the Bristol event.
Jeremy Martorella (right)...
Jeremy Martorella (right) grabbed the Fun Ford Richmond Blow-By Racing Street Warrior win from reigning champ Darrell Peterson, as well as the number-one qualifying spot for Bristol, thanks in part to his Glidden Racing Engines power. His engine builder, Bill Glidden (left), was also a Fun Ford Richmond winner in ProCharger Street Outlaw.
Austin, Texas, resident Matt...
Austin, Texas, resident Matt Jones has manhandled the Edelbrock Street Bandit class this year. A win in the Richmond finals, followed by qualifying number one for Bristol, further cemented his control over the class points standings.
Master of all things bracket...
Master of all things bracket racing, Robert Hindman of Knoxville, Tennessee, took home the big Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor check after defeating Bill Lemay in the Richmond makeup final.
Fun Ford Richmond Showdown Class Results
Mr. Gasket Pro
- (W) Ben Hopko, 6.841 at 210.64
- (L) Burt Kelkboom, 6.898 at 207.78
ProCharger Street Outlaw
- (W) Billy Glidden, 7.571 at 187.91
- (L) John Ullman, 10.760 at 85.48
BFGoodrich Drag Radial
- (W) Phillip Clemmons, 8.137 at 174.17
- (L) Mike King, 8.390 at 172.08
Borla Street Renegade
- (W) Ronnie Wilson, 8.074 at 168.56
- (L) Chris Lazzaro, 9.496 at 142.82
Edelbrock Street Bandit
- (W) Matt Jones, 8.787 at 159.48
- (L) Charlie Booze (Jr.?), 10.821 at 87.85
Blow-By Racing Street Warrior
- (W) Jeremy Martorella, 9.560 at 134.23
- (L) Darrell Peterson, 9.862 at 122.62
SCT Street Stang
- (W) Tony Whetstone, 13.127 at 90.71
- (L) Greg Creamer (red light)
Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor
- (W) Robert Hindman, 11.702 at 110.20 (11.71 DI)
- (L) Bill Lemay, 12.923 at 93.41 (12.32 DI)
JDM Tough Truck
- (W) Dusty Olinger, 11.702 at 110.20 (11.71 DI)
- (L) Lacey Gassaway, 12.264 at 105.55 (12.32 DI)
JBA Headers Focus Frenzy
- (W) Bob Potter, 17.635 at 71.36 (17.54 DI)
- (L) Adam Perfater, 16.246 at 80.04 (16.00 DI)
Ford Racing Open Comp
- (W) John Brady, 10.893 at 120.94 (10.83 DI)
- (L) Terry Gates, 10.767 at 120.32 (10.73 DI)
John Brady of McMinnville,...
John Brady of McMinnville, Tennessee, drove his '79 Mustang to a win over Terry Gates in the Ford Racing Open Comp Richmond final.
The second quickest qualifier...
The second quickest qualifier in Bristol, Dusty Olinger drove his '65 pickup to the win in the Richmond final round makeup of JDM Tough Truck. Jim D'Amore (pictured) was quickest on Saturday in Bristol with an 11.70 performance.
North Lauderdale, Florida's...
North Lauderdale, Florida's Ronnie Wilson sailed past Chris Lazzaro in the Richmond Fun Ford final and qualified Second for the Bristol race.
Minnesota's Dan Schonek has...
Minnesota's Dan Schonek has had his '04 Mustang set on kill for all of 2005, handing out 7-second passes like $1 bills from a gentlemen's-club money roll. Thunder Valley spectators witnessed another generous gift as he laid down a 7.92 to qualify number one.
Fun Ford Bristol Qualifying Results
|Mr. Gasket Pro |
|Chuck Samuel ||6.446 ||221.60 |
|John Gullett ||6.557 ||217.56 |
|Ben Hopko ||6.580 ||212.36 |
|Mike Herring ||6.641 ||212.16 |
|Burt Kelkboom ||6.725 ||209.52 |
|Chuck Simons ||6.738 ||211.63 |
|Dan Saitz ||6.740 ||211.53 |
|Doug Mangrum ||6.756 ||211.56 |
|Frank Snellings ||6.778 ||207.50 |
|Jerry Bridgforth ||6.802 ||197.28 |
|John Mihovetz ||6.820 ||201.49 |
|Chuck Miner ||7.220 ||187.44 |
|ProCharger Street Outlaw |
|Joel Greathouse ||7.134 ||200.83 |
|Billy Glidden ||7.217 ||188.73 |
|Jared Brunner ||7.284 ||195.03 |
|Gary Rohe ||7.343 ||192.69 |
|Shannon Renfro ||7.399 ||191.81 |
|Stan Allen ||7.415 ||183.07 |
|Cale Aronson ||7.501 ||192.69 |
|Chip Havemann ||7.565 ||191.05 |
|John Ullman ||7.571 ||187.91 |
|Paul Holman Sr. ||8.145 ||171.25 |
|Brian Keller ||8.446 ||166.39 |
|Tony Watkins ||11.642 ||82.84 |
|Borla Street Renegade |
|Dan Schoneck ||7.923 ||180.84 |
|Ronnie Wilson ||8.074 ||168.56 |
|Jimmy Black ||8.230 ||166.19 |
|Greg Yasika ||8.582 ||160.50 |
|James Black ||8.7782 ||134.38 |
|Chris Lazzaro ||9.496 ||142.84 |
|Scott Pennington ||10.103 ||132.33 |
|Tommy Smith ||31.99 ||0.0 |
|Edelbrock Street Bandit |
|Matt Jones ||8.786 ||158.00 |
|Steve Lee ||8.857 ||154.09 |
|Charlie Booze ||8.884 ||152.42 |
|Dan Bott II ||9.105 ||156.41 |
|Shelley Smith ||9.674 ||140.27 |
|Greg Beauford ||9.870 ||132.13 |
|Kevin Toothman ||31.99 ||0.0 |
While Florida's Adam Louramore...
While Florida's Adam Louramore has been the one to beat in the BFGoodrich Drag Radial ranks, Phil Clemmons of Sandstone, Virginia, has come on strong in the last half of the season. Clemmons made quick work of Mike King to win the Richmond race, and he qualified number one for Bristol with an 8.19 effort.
Back in the Street Outlaw...
Back in the Street Outlaw saddle, Chip Havemann of San Antonio, Texas, qualified with a personal best of 7.56 seconds. We'll be expecting more from this mean machine as Havemann is still fine-tuning the twin-turbo powerplant.
Got fuel? A little Urist...
A little Urist Racing birdie told Chip Havemann that two injectors per cylinder would solve his lean condition at high rpm. So far it has worked, as the Mustang gets faster with every pass.
Alburtis, Pennsylvania's Ben...
Alburtis, Pennsylvania's Ben Hopko took his twin-turbocharged Probe to the Fun Ford Richmond makeup Victory Circle. It was a tight final round against Aruba native Burt Kelkboom, who ran a 6.89 to Hopko's 6.84 pass.
|BFGoodrich Drag Radial |
|Phillip Clemmons ||8.191 ||174.19 |
|Mike King ||8.326 ||171.99 |
|Mauro Vitale ||8.433 ||165.90 |
|Dave Fasel ||8.533 ||156.90 |
|Adam Louramore ||8.665 ||160.86 |
|Jim Travers ||9.361 ||147.92 |
|Steve Seidel ||9.500 ||123.72 |
|Blow-By Racing Street Warrior |
|Jeremy Martorella ||9.517 ||142.09 |
|Darrell Peterson ||9.706 ||138.40 |
|John Scaro ||9.810 ||135.81 |
|Rob Mollet ||9.884 ||135.20 |
|Donald Campbell ||10.641 ||127.88 |
|Kenny Gallman ||11.748 ||114.20 |
|Joel Lehr ||11.989 ||111.69 |
|Trei Sorrow ||22.653 ||53.57 |
|SCT Street Stang |
|Ray Williams ||12.547 ||107.77 |
|Mark Anderson ||12.572 ||114.13 |
|Tom Conrad ||12.593 ||104.71 |
|Jason Creamer ||12.609 ||107.59 |
|Greg Creamer ||12.693 ||106.87 |
|Tony Whetstone ||12.780 ||106.81 |
|Darrell Lucas ||12.823 ||107.04 |
|Nick Lucas ||12.942 ||87.57 |
|Bonnie Dworak ||13.564 ||102.99 |
|Craig Shepard ||14.367 ||95.55 |
|Ford Racing Parts Open Comp |
|Jon Pickering ||9.20 ||129.50 |
|Doug Boswell ||9.40 ||143.76 |
|Kenny Thomas ||9.59 ||141.80 |
|Greg Cole ||10.15 ||123.54 |
|Mac Sibley ||10.23 ||129.93 |
|Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor Top 5 |
|Steve Angell ||9.647 ||150.01 |
|Sean Kelley ||10.20 ||138.22 |
|James Fitzgerald ||10.75 ||128.21 |
|Barry Bunch ||10.98 ||120.70 |
|EL Smith ||11.23 ||118.31 |
|JDM Tough Truck Top 5 |
|Jim D'Amore ||11.70 ||93.50 |
|Dusty Olinger ||11.81 ||99.21 |
|Robert Chuhran ||12.13 ||111.49 |
|Don Justus ||12.31 ||108.93 |
|Lacey Gassaway ||12.42 ||106.73 |
The Marsh Motorsports team...
The Marsh Motorsports team put its turbocharged Mustang on the top shelf of its stacker trailer to run the team's new RV Lending Group-sponsored Escort. The nitrous-sniffing, 814ci-powered sport compact charged to the top of the Mr. Gasket Pro qualifying ladder with a 6.44 at 221 mph.
Donnie Nance took home the...
Donnie Nance took home the car show MM&FF Editor's Choice award for his mint '93 Cobra. The 306-equipped, Vortech YSI-supercharged stallion puts down 725 hp to the wheels and runs 5.90s in the eighth-mile. Nicole Shomaker of Sugar Grove, North Carolina, got the MM&FF Early-Model Editor's Choice Award for her 427 '67 Fairlane.
This guy had quite the spread...
This guy had quite the spread of Pony parts, and right now couldn't be a better time to get your cheap Fox Mustang restoration pieces, as the cars are quickly disappearing from junkyards.
Saturday in Bristol was hot...
Saturday in Bristol was hot and sunny, but come Sunday, racers dodged rain-filled clouds until the event was postponed to the Fun Ford Kansas event. Here we go again!
As you can tell, Dizzy was...
As you can tell, Dizzy was upset she didn't get to see eliminations on Sunday. We know how she feels.
The cool thing about makeup...
The cool thing about makeup events is the night racing. Bristol had some great action under the lights, and with the stout qualifying performances there, we're sure to see some great action in the land of Dorothy and Toto. See you there.
|JBA Headers Focus Frenzy Top 5 |
|Brandey Burd ||14.94 ||90.38 |
|Mark Adkins ||15.70 ||84.90 |
|Adam Perfater ||15.93 ||85.26 |
|Bob Potter ||17.56 ||77.61 |
|Justin Gibson ||17.78 ||75.76 |