John Gullett launching to...
John Gullett launching to his record breaking run.
Thirty-thousand dollars to win. Has a nice sound to it, doesn't it? That was the payday for Probe Industries Pro category at the Fun Ford Weekend in Commerce, Georgia. With that kind of loot up for grabs, some of the more serious IHRA hitters and other quick doorslammer Fords from other series showed up. It was a 15-car slugfest that gave the fans mid-six-second action.
When the Pro cars weren't dropping 6.40 runs at around 220 mph, there were other classes that competed: heads up, index/Open Comp, and in the usual bracket racing format. Couple those race cars with 80 MM&FF/Tremec True Street entries and a show-car field that had some of coolest modern and vintage Ford vehicles, and it was an action-packed weekend for Blue Oval enthusiasts.
Winner John Gullett needed...
John Gullett needed a Brinks Security truck to help carry the winnings from the Atlanta event. OK, that's a bit overstated, as Gullett received a single piece of paper that was made out to the Florida resident in the sum of $30,000. Using an Al Moody-built twin-turbo engine and a car built by Parker Chassis, Gullett set the record with a 6.36 at 224 and beat 14 tough competitors.
With IHRA's toughest racers and regular FFW hitters on the property, John Gullett and his crew had the twin-turbocharged monster set on kill. The record books were set on Sunday when the turbo Stang clocked a jaw-dropping 6.36 at 224 mph during the second round of eliminations. It was the quickest pass ever in the Pro category. The hits kept coming as five other Pro drivers went sub 6.50s, including Chuck Samuel (big-block/nitrous), Robert Patrick (mountain motor), Tony Gillig (mountain motor), John Nobile (mountain motor), and Jeff Dobbins (mountain motor). The rest of field was strung out in the 6.60s and slower--not to say running in the 6s is slow by any means. With $30,000 on the line, none of these guys (and gal) was leaving anything on the table. Not only was it the quickest field ever in class history, but it was also one of the tightest in terms of performance. At the end of the day, Gullett was the one who took home the grand prize.
ProCharger Street Outlaw saw Chip Havemann victorious at his first race of the '06 season. The twin-turbo '03 Cobra had electrical gremlins that plagued his team, but the low-seven-second runs were enough to take the win. Matt Jones continued his domination of the CFE Racing Street Bandit class with a victory over the lone challenger, D.R. Bott II. Precision Turbo Street Renegade had defending series champion Ronnie Wilson grab a holeshot victory over record-holder Dan Schoneck. Phil Clemmons started off his season great, with a victory in BFGoodrich Drag Radial. Darrell Peterson claimed the Borla Street Warrior victory. The Sean Hyland Motorsports Mod Comp eliminator saw a familiar face in the winner's circle as Gary "Hollywood" Parker went home with the trophy and cash.
Chris Parisi was the victor with his F-150 pickup in JDM Engineering Tough Truck, while S.D. Wheeler grabbed his second win in Ford Racing/RPM Outlet Ultra Stang. Bama Chips Four-Six Frenzy saw Tonya McCoyle rise to the top with her Focus, while Mark Anderson was victorious in Superchips Street Stang.
A bigger ProCharger blower...
A bigger ProCharger blower and a week's worth of testing was all Don Walsh Jr. of D&D Performance needed to run 6.43 at 216. We make it sound easy, but it wasn't that simple. He and his crew (led by Chris Tumpkin) made it look easy. That kind of performance netted him the honor of being the quickest and fastest centrifugally blown Pro car.
Winner Ronnie Wilson grabbed...
Ronnie Wilson grabbed his second win in as many races in the Street Renegade category. The small-block Ford features a set of Edelbrock Victor-Glidden cylinder heads and a nitrous system by Nitrous Pro Flow. Wilson spent the winter getting the lead out, literally. He tipped the scales near the class-legal 2,600-pound minimum weight. The result was the quickest nitrous pass in the history of the category with a 7.78. He then took the class win over Dan Schoneck on a holeshot 7.81 to Schoneck's 7.80.
Twisted-Up launches like this...
Twisted-Up launches like this one were the norm for Denis Lugo. The verdict was a broken antisway bar and bent four-link brackets. dan Parker welded up/Band-Aided the pieces as best as possible for the final round of eliminations. It was all for naught as the engine lost oil pressure on the starting line, and Lugo wisely shut the engine down instead of taking the green light.
Conrad Scarry was the number-one...
Conrad Scarry was the number-one qualifier in Street Outlaw, but fell short in the eliminations. The blue twin-turbocharged Stang blasted a 7.07 to qualify number one.
Winner Texas' Chip Havemann...
Texas' Chip Havemann overcame an electrical gremlin and took home the Street Outlaw class title. The twice-turbocharged beast ran 7.18 at 198 in the finals to beat Dennis Lugo.
Jeff Dobbins entered the Pro...
Jeff Dobbins entered the Pro category with an Escort sporting an 812ci engine. Dobbins normally follows the IHRA Pro Stock circuit and surprised a lot of people with his performances in Atlanta. The mountain motor'd car ran as quick as 6.41 in eliminations and walked away with the runner-up cash.
True Street was full of the usual madness, and it took a 10.04 average by Edgar Negron in order to be the top dog. He ran in the 9s twice and slowed to a 10.07 as heat soak took its toll.
|MM&FF/TREMEC TRUE STREET TOP 25|
|Rank||Name||1st Run||2nd Run||3rd Run||AVG.|
|14||Car No. 1955||11.548||11.525||11.179||11.417|
|15||Joey Van Duser||11.33||11.637||11.391||11.453|
This year the FFW officials...
This year the FFW officials opened up the Focus Frenzy class to all four- and six-cylinder-powered Ford vehicles, and named it the Four-Six Frenzy. Kyle Drennan (near lane) lost to Tonya McCoyle and her Focus (far lane), which had run 17.64 at 77.73 mph. Drennan broke out with a 16.89 on his 16.95 index.
Winner Two 9-second runs...
Two 9-second runs and a 10.07 equaled a 10.004 average and the winning trophy in the True Street category. Edgar Negron's '86 Stang has a 364ci engine based in a R302 block. It sports big compression, fully ported Twisted Wedge heads, a Vic Jr. intake, a Pro Systems carb, and a 225hp shot in the NOS plate. A C4 backs this beast, and the car rolls on Hoosier Quick Time Pros.
SN-95 Cobras are cool, especially...
SN-95 Cobras are cool, especially ones that run mid-10s after a 30-mile True Street cruise. But wait--this is no SVT product. It's a V-6. Matthew Neuharth of Delk Performance put on quite a show, though he got progressively slower with his Cobra clone, and ended up with a 10.93 average. His best run in the turbo'd 4.2-liter demon was a 10.24, and his second hit was a 10.43, but he slowed to a 12.13 in Round 3.
A little shot of nitrous on...
A little shot of nitrous on top of the 302 H.O. engine helped Chris Whitaker run an 11.23 average in True Street competition.
Winner Matt Jones (far lane)...
Matt Jones (far lane) and DR Bott II (near lane) made up the Street Bandit field. They both are packing big-inch Windsors from Kuntz and Company. Jones runs a "smaller" engine at 440 ci, while Bott just installed a behemoth 468ci mill. Jones battled the stomach flu all weekend, but still ran 8.76 for the victory.
S.D. Wheeler (far lane) grabbed...
S.D. Wheeler (far lane) grabbed his second straight Ultra Stang victory with his bone-stock, mid-15-second '05 V-6 Mustang. He beat P.J. Justus (near lane) in the finals.
This '05 Mustang GT features...
This '05 Mustang GT features a stock five-speed automatic transmission, a virtually stock engine (basic bolt-ons), and a ProCharger blower. That combination was good for runs in the 10.90s.
Winner Mark Anderson won...
Mark Anderson won the Street Stang category, which has a 12.50 index.
Darrell Lucas was runner-up...
Darrell Lucas was runner-up in the Street Stang category with his four-eyed Fox-body. Lucas ran too quickly in the finals with a 12.49 performance. He was on the brakes but just edged past the index by one hundredth of a second.
Winner Here's Gary Parker...
Here's Gary Parker coming out of the burnout box in his Mod Comp car. The 10-second Stang took home the Mod Comp victory with a 10.98 win over Charlie McCullough.
Winner Chris Parisi's 15-second...
Chris Parisi's 15-second truck took home the Tough Truck class victory.
Winner The defending Drag...
The defending Drag Radial series champion, Phil Clemmons, was waiting on his new 25.5-certified car. He borrowed this white Cobra from a buddy and stuffed his ProCharger F2-blown engine in it. The results were consistent, low-eight-second runs and the class crown.
The term "overkill" is often...
The term "overkill" is often used when describing Brad Brand's notchback, but we think it's perfect. Already known for being the first to reach 200 mph on the 10.5W tires--the Street Outlaw competitor went with a twin-turbocharged, 707ci engine for this year. It was good for a 7.08 in qualifying with a faulty torque converter. Brand is looking at running deep into the sixes once he gets everything right.
Winner Darrell Peterson (near...
Darrell Peterson (near lane) is seen here beating the Blow-By Racing entry in the Street Warrior category. Peterson won the event with a victory over John Scaro. He ran 9.41 with his naturally aspirated combination while boasting only 311 ci under the cowl hood.
Kyle Yentzer's six-cylinder-...
Kyle Yentzer's six-cylinder- powered coupe was featured in the October '05 issue of MM&FF. It has run high-10s on the jug, but Yentzer kept it mild this year with a 12.27 True Street average.
John Brooks -- 13.17 aver...
John Brooks -- 13.17 average
Tommy Baker showed a 9.60...
Tommy Baker showed a 9.60 in the first run but fell off in his following runs with two 13-second performances. The calculated average was 12.16.
Matt Boyer won the 15-second...
Matt Boyer won the 15-second category with a 15.01 average.
Janice Grant won the 13-second...
Janice Grant won the 13-second category in True Street with her Vortech-blown Mach 1.