2006 Fun Ford Weekend In Richmond, Virginia - Muzzle Loaders
War Breaks Out At The Old Dominion Fun Ford Weekend In Richmond, Virginia.
From the November, 2006 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
By Steve Baur
Todd Amandus of Orlando was...
Todd Amandus of Orlando was working out the bugs in his new BFGoodrich Drag Radial ride. He went out in the first round to Phil Clemmons of Sandston, Virginia.
Round 5 of the 2006 Fun Ford Weekend racing series descended upon the serene countryside of Richmond, Virginia, attacking the track with tire-smoking 1,000-plus horsepower machines, and the local roads with street-legal muscle.
Saturday's activities got off to an early start with the make-up finals for the O'Reilly Cajun Nationals (from Belle Rose, Louisiana). Mark Anderson, Don Justus, Jim D'Amore, and Sheldon Lewis were victorious in the Street Stang, Tough Truck, Ultra Stang, and Modcomp classes, respectively.
As always, a strong, 56-car Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street contingent came out and Tremec Transmissions was on hand to pass out free hats at the drivers' meeting. The street-legal war in True Street was fierce, with several 10-second players vying for the top spot. Stephen Posenau brought home the money with a winning average of 10.34 seconds.
David Schorr of Independence,...
David Schorr of Independence, North Carolina, continued building his lead in Probe Pro, piloting his '04 Kaase-powered big-block Escort to the win. It was a close race with Rainbow City, Alabama's Jason Collins who, along with Schorr, broke traction and pedaled the car to the finish line but wasn't able to put the power down soon enough.
While True Street kicked up the street/strip action, there were other battles contested. Some racers suffered the usual minor breakage on the strip, but in one unfortunate incident, an '05 Mustang GT banged the wall (see photo) hard. In another case, James Black, whose Street Renegade ride started out of the groove, see-sawed back and forth until it finally crunched the barrier about 1,000 feet out.
Come Sunday, a bleak weather outlook kept some of the fans away, but the hot side-by-side racing wasn't to be missed, especially in the Drag Radial, Street Outlaw, and Pro finals, where the drivers fought for traction most of the way down the track. The one who could get the power to the ground the fastest and the longest took the win.
We could ramble on for hours about the happenings, but we'd rather show you, so flip the pages and dig into our pictorial from Richmond. We'll see you at the next FFW event.
Frank Snellings of Fred, Virginia...
Frank Snellings of Fred, Virginia used the 800-cube motor in his '02 Cougar to take him to the number-one qualifying spot in Pro, but was off the pace in Round 2 against the eventual winner.
Columbus, Georgia's Erica...
Columbus, Georgia's Erica Ortiz was in Virginia making her Pro license passes in her '86 Ford Thunderbird entry. Thanks to its Parker Chassis modifications, the 'Bird drove straight and true to several low seven-second passes.
Radford, Virginia's Jared...
Radford, Virginia's Jared Brunner had his work cut out for him in ProCharger Street Outlaw with Dennis Lugo running 5 mph faster than him through the traps. Brunner was able to make the most of his turbo-charged 430ci powerplant and took the number-one qualifying status with a 7.25 to Lugo's 7.35. Brunner was escorted to the final round after Terris Hicks redlit, where he took the win over Logonville, Georgia's Brad Brand who suffered tire shake.
The black big-block coupe...
The black big-block coupe of Brad Brand (say that three times fast) defeated Dennis Lugo in Round 1 of Street Outlaw, but fell to winner Jared Brunner in the final. Once Brand gets all of the power from his 700-plus-cubic-inch, twin-turbocharged monster to the ground, he might just give the Pro cars a run for their money.
Ouch. Some poor soul stayed...
Ouch. Some poor soul stayed in it too long during Friday's time trials, and the result wasn't pretty.
|True Street Top 25 And Class Winner|
|Driver||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Avg|
|Stephen Posenau||10.351 ||10.378 ||10.348 ||10.359 ||Winner|
|Rick Kelso ||11.142 ||10.697 ||10.437||10.759 |
|Robert Walters ||11.394 ||10.511 ||10.594||10.833 |
|Mario Bragg ||10.907 ||11.025 ||10.932||10.955 |
|Daris Swepston ||11.310 ||10.991 ||11.011 ||11.104 ||Top 11 Sec.|
|Chris Burks ||11.337 ||11.277 ||11.011||11.208 |
|Tim Totty ||11.087 ||11.299 ||11.573||11.320 |
|John Walker ||11.628 ||11.472 ||11.328||11.476 |
|Jayson Mich ||11.628 ||11.697 ||11.801||11.709 |
|Jerome Berry ||11.612 ||11.811 ||11.886||11.770 |
|Jon Springer ||12.602 ||11.426 ||11.578||11.869 |
|Dwight L. Jones ||11.866 ||11.935 ||11.996||11.932 |
|Alvin E. Williams ||11.898 ||11.875 ||12.074||11.949 |
|Paul Bowles ||12.556 ||11.790 ||11.628||11.991 |
|Jeff Edwards ||11.504 ||11.571 ||13.019 ||12.031 ||Top 12 Sec.|
|Lewis Dmtryszun ||12.003 ||12.071 ||12.348||12.141 |
|S. Vaulan Jr. ||12.423 ||12.096 ||12.135||12.218 |
|Raymond Crawford ||12.208 ||12.384 ||12.156||12.249 |
|Tim Canova ||12.403 ||11.981 ||12.401||12.262 |
|Michael Rousch ||12.518 ||12.697 ||11.920||12.378 |
|Cliff Elliott ||12.527 ||12.345 ||12.368||12.413 |
|Daniel C. Rackley Jr. ||12.553 ||12.526 ||12.542||12.540 |
|Donnie Edgeton ||12.689 ||12.600 ||12.788||12.692 |
|Stevie Vaughan Sr. ||14.206 ||12.359 ||12.323||12.963 |
|Gary Sanders ||12.879 ||13.183 ||13.039 ||13.034 ||Top 13 Sec.|
|Raymond Morris ||14.316 ||13.951 ||14.048 ||14.105 ||Top 14 Sec.|
|Kari Earle ||16.127 ||15.540 ||15.322 ||15.663 ||Top 15 Sec.|
North Lauderdale, Florida's...
North Lauderdale, Florida's Ronnie Wilson extended his Precision Turbo Street Renegade points lead by taking the big money home from Virginia. His 438-cube '00 Mustang qualified number one with a 7.80, and he made quick work of the field with a 7.81, a 7.83, and a 7.87. With over a 100-point lead, Wilson told us he plans to take off the weekend in Norwalk and hand the keys over to Gina Munden, who currently leads the Drag Radial championship race.
Norfolk, Virginia, resident...
Norfolk, Virginia, resident Greg Yasika edged out Reggie Burnette for a trip to the final round, but fell to '05 Street Renegade champ Ronnie Wilson.
WinnerWith Drag Radial points...
WinnerWith Drag Radial points leader Gina Munden not competing in Virginia, Davie, Florida's Hale Camerman was able to make up ground by taking the win with his turbocharged, Job Spetter Jr.-tuned '02 Mustang.
WinnerWith only three cars...
WinnerWith only three cars in the Borla Street Warrior class, John Scaro of Woodstock, Georgia, found a relatively easy victory, taking out the dangerous, but off-the-pace Jeff Chambers for the win.
It was good to see Milan,...
It was good to see Milan, Ohio's Jeff Chambers back in Street Warrior competition. Chambers drove past James Smith in the first round to the final, where a valiant 10.15 pass came up short against John Scaro's 9.66 run.
WinnerCharlie McCulloch of...
WinnerCharlie McCulloch of Kennesaw, Georgia, widened his Sean Hyland Modcomp points lead by slashing his way through the competitive 31-car field for the win.
WinnerCompetition is fierce...
WinnerCompetition is fierce and the points race is tight in the Superchips Street Stang 12.50 index class. Mark Anderson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, added valuable points to his lead by taking the win in Virginia, as well as the Belle Rose make-up race this weekend.
WinnerTough Truck champion...
WinnerTough Truck champion Don Justus (far lane) may not be leading the '06 points race, but he made up some serious ground in Virginia. After defeating Paul Gamino for the Belle Rose win, Justus qualified number one in Richmond and worked his way through the 21-truck field to beat Bob Cochran in the final on Sunday.
WinnerCurrently second in...
WinnerCurrently second in the Street Stang standings, Tom Conrad Jr. is one of a few die-hard bracket racers who run four to six classes a weekend. Conrad was victorious in Sunday's Street Ford bracket, and runner'd-up in Street Stang. He also took the win in Ford Racing's Ultra Stang class with his '06 Mustang.
WinnerDave Powers of Fredericksburg,...
WinnerDave Powers of Fredericksburg, Virginia, took home the Quick Ford cash on Sunday.
Bennet, North Carolina's Howard...
Bennet, North Carolina's Howard Brewer piloted his back-halved '85 Mustang to the win in Sunday's Fast Ford.
WinnerJim D'Amore of Freehold,...
WinnerJim D'Amore of Freehold, New Jersey, was at the helm of Joe Intravaia's '05 Saleen clone and took home the Cajun Fun Ford Nationals Ultra Stang win on Saturday. He qualified the Pony on top with an 11.23 for the Richmond event, but came up short in the third round against P.J. Justus.
WinnerTonya McCoyle of Spruce...
WinnerTonya McCoyle of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, took home the 4-6 Frenzy prize after defeating Michael Murphy and Matt Culpepper.
Qualifying number one in the...
Qualifying number one in the 4-6 Frenzy was Luray, Virginia's Matt Culpepper, whose '88 Mustang coupe uses a 2.3-liter turbocharged powerplant for motivation.
Robert Humbertson of South...
Robert Humbertson of South Riding, Virginia, took home the esteemed Editor's Choice award in the Mustang Club of America-run car show and shine for his super-clean '03 SVT Cobra.
Stephen Posenau led the Muscle...
Stephen Posenau led the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street charge with a 10.35 average.
Coming in Second Place was...
Coming in Second Place was Rick Kelso, whose notchback averaged 10.75 seconds over three runs.
Angel Francis took home the...
Angel Francis took home the MM&FF Editor's Choice award for her flip-flopping pink '91 Mustang. The 521ci motor got a little hot under the collar, and Angel opted to forfeit her third pass. Had the Pony kept its cool, Angel would have finished in the top three.
Daris Swepston had the lowest...
Daris Swepston had the lowest 11-second average at 11.10 seconds.
MM&FF alumnus Jeff Edwards...
MM&FF alumnus Jeff Edwards flexed his new Vortech-supercharged mill, and as luck would have it, arrived at the lowest 12-second average with a 12.03 after one of the injector wires fell off. He made 11.50 passes until seven cylinders dropped his e.t. to 13.01.
Gary Sanders of Eagle Springs,...
Gary Sanders of Eagle Springs, North Carolina, grabbed the low-13-second prize in True Street, and he also runner'd-up in Street Ford on Sunday.
Kari Earle was awarded the...
Kari Earle was awarded the lowest 15-second average, beating out Leigh Barry for the honor and cash.
Amelia, Virginia's Robert...
Amelia, Virginia's Robert Walters drove his clean '90 Mustang coupe to a Third-Place finish in True Street, but was able to take home the $500 prize in the True Street bracket race on Sunday.
The MM&FF faithful were out...
The MM&FF faithful were out representing in Richmond. We love you guys.