Fun Ford Weekend In Commerce - Chaos In Commerce
Ford Fanatics Visit the Peach State.
From the August, 2007 issue of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
By Steve Baur
Alex Viscardi of New Iberia,...
Alex Viscardi of New Iberia, Louisiana, was at the wheel of the Viscardi Industrial Services '66 Pro Mustang earning his competition license. Packing an Al Moody-built, 598ci bullet with three Speedtech nitrous guns, the Pony was creeping up on a full hit when Viscardi lost control of it in the last qualifier. The driver was OK, and the damage was cosmetic. Crew chief Dan Parker, who also built the chassis, told us they're looking at a 732ci engine for the vintage Ford, but they also plan to build an all-new, twin-turbo big-block '07 Mustang next year. Either way, we expect the team to be fast once they return.
The second stop on the '07 Fun Ford Weekend championship tour was held at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. The event offers the largest Pro class purse of the year, with AMP Performance putting up $30,000 for the winner and $10,000 for the runner-up.
This year there was a pair of two-car teams, Gullett Racing and Team Aruba, in addition to another seven cars that came for the cash. At the wheel of Kevin Marsh's nitrous-sniffing, big-block Escort was Chuck Samuel, who took the number-one qualifying spot with a 6.32-second pass at 225 mph. He later backed it up with a 6.39 effort to solidify the new Probe Industries Pro Class record.
Though there was no Street Outlaw being contested this weekend, the ProCharger Street Renegade contingent was on hand to haul the mail, and Sam Vincent set the bar in his juiced notchback with a 7.55 at 182 mph. Minnesota's Dan Schoneck posted the fastest mph in the class at 186.
Unfortunately for racers and fans alike, storms that blew in Saturday night left 30-plus-mph crosswinds on Sunday, and it was decided that Pro and Street Renegade would be postponed until the Fun Ford Virginia race in June.
With the high crosswinds, the Fun Ford and Atlanta Dragway officials opted to run the rest of the classes in eighth-mile competition to keep the speeds down. Monroe, Georgia's Nichole Calhoun qualified number one in Borla Street Bandit with a 10.603, which is about as close as you can get to the class' new 10.60 index. While Nichole went out in the first round, her mother, Tanya, qualified seventh in the class and advanced to Round 2, where she was defeated by Tom Conrad Jr., who stepped up this year from the Street Stang ranks.
Speaking of the Saleen Speedlab Street Stang class, Jim D'Amore III rolled out his daily driver, an '05 eye-searing yellow Pony sporting a full Saleen makeover and a JDM Engineering-built stroker engine. Competition in the class was tough, however, with Katy, Texas, resident James Meredith setting the qualifying standard by running dead on the 12.50 index at 12.500.
In the American Racing Headers Mod Comp class, the contingent was chock full of fast cars with the top 17 running 11s or better. In a rare occurrence, multichampionship winner Robert "The Machine" Hindman went out in the first round of competition. Hindman was deadly with a 0.007 light, but his modular-powered '87 hatchback broke out by one hundredth of a second.
Winner Spring Hill, Florida's...
Spring Hill, Florida's Willie Waddy Jr. came back to Street Bandit for a second victory, having just cleaned house at the Orlando Spring Break season opener. Waddy drove the 408-powered Pony to a double breakout win in Round 2, and his opponent in the final, Tom Conrad Jr., broke out, giving Waddy the win.
Rosharon, Texas, resident Paul Gamino mothballed his dark-red, 5.4L Four-Valve rig from last year and showed up in Commerce with a spic-and-span '00 Lightning. The big white beast put Gamino at the top of the qualifying chart with a 10.30-second pass, just nine hundredths quicker than '06 Tough Truck Champ Don Justus.
Tremec True Street invaded the track with 85 cars, but only 67 made it through the cruise and completed all three runs. At the top of the heap was Brian Boyd. His copper notchback didn't look like much more than an 11-second ride, but the parachute told a different story. Boyd blistered the clocks with a 9.44-second average, just four hundredths faster than his next nearest competitor. New for the Atlanta race was a True Street Quick Eight, a heads-up eliminator that also joined the True Street bracket class.
Though the heads-up contingent packed it up by Sunday afternoon, there was still plenty of racing to enjoy, not to mention a pretty good car show. If you're into Mustangs, check out a Fun Ford Weekend event. Whether you like racing or showing, there's something for every Mustang enthusiast. Now take a look at the photos to see who won, who lost, and who's going to Virginia for the fat cash prize.
Returning champion Mark Anderson...
Returning champion Mark Anderson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is back to defend his Street Stang crown and did well in Atlanta, taking the win over James Meredith's '93 Mustang in the tight, final round of action. Meredith cut a 0.009 light to Anderson's 0.014, but Anderson ran 8.01 on his 7.99 Index, compared to Meredith's 8.10 effort.
Tom Conrad Jr. ditched the...
Tom Conrad Jr. ditched the Street Stang ranks for the competition in the new 10.60-index Borla Street Bandit class. Conrad went three rounds before losing to Willie Waddy in the final. Saturday was more eventful for Conrad who took the Quick Ford win.
Englewood, Tennessee's Jeff...
Englewood, Tennessee's Jeff Moses parted the Mod Comp sea and took home the cash in the final round of competition.
|Tremec True Street Top 10 And Class Winners|
|673||Brian Boyd|| 9.448||Winner - Top 9|
|969||Dewayne Stiles|| 9.483||Runner-up|
|1660||Eric Granger|| 9.937|
|674||Johnny Silver||10.048||Top 10|
|694||Larry Waters Sr.||10.941|
|744||Jud Starwell||11.068||Top 11|
|711||Scott Rose||12.074||Top 12|
|715||Lee Fulmer||13.035||Top 13|
|True Street Quick 8|
|W||Dewayne Stiles||6.128 at 114.81|
|R/U||Eric Granger||6.353 at 111.35|
|True Street Bracket|
|W||Tommy Wiley||7.982 at 82.43|| 0.141|
|R/U||Justin Massey||9.023 at 65.71||-0.012|
Peter Del Pino of Miami, Florida,...
Peter Del Pino of Miami, Florida, qualified number one in Ultra Stang with a speedy 9.78. Fast doesn't necessarily get you the win though, as Del Pino went out in the third round.
Rolling in a fresh ride, Paul...
Rolling in a fresh ride, Paul Gamino knocked down the big dogs in JDM Engineering Tough Truck. The '00 Lightning sports a host of mods to propel the lumbering beast to low-10-second elapsed times. Gamino's driving helped to secure the win, as he posted some of the best reaction times and ran dead-close to his dial-in every time.
The '06 4/6 Frenzy champ,...
The '06 4/6 Frenzy champ, Chris Parisi, entered the Ford Racing Performance Parts/RPM Outlet Ultra Stang class with his brand-new Roush-engineered Mustang Heat-package Pony and went four rounds for the win over Keri Klingler. According to Parisi, the Heat package is a $1,250 option on the V-6 Mustang that he bought from Mike Davidson Ford in Jacksonville, Florida, and it includes stripes, Heat badging, and a blacked-out hoodscoop and rear wing. "I've won all three races I've entered it in," Parisi says. "I made $1,600 with it before I made the first payment."
Tremec True Street was in...
Tremec True Street was in high gear in Atlanta, with more than 80 cars entered.
The top spot in True Street...
The top spot in True Street was a tight battle between Brian Boyd and Dewayne Stiles. Boyd nudged ahead, taking number-one honors with a 9.44 average.
Dewayne Stiles is a frequent...
Dewayne Stiles is a frequent True Street competitor, so he knows what it takes to win. His first pass, a 9.16 effort, looked good, but a 9.86 on his second run was too much for the 9.41 third run to make up for. Stiles finished Second in regular competition, but he took home the Quick Eight True Street Race win on Sunday, with a 6.128 at 114.81mph pass versus Eric Granger's 6.353 at 111.35 attempt.
Michael Young had the crowd...
Michael Young had the crowd cheering with his Powerstroke diesel pickup. The big red machine ran a pair of mid-12s along with a mid-13 to average 12.90 seconds.
Samuel Vincent of Central...
Samuel Vincent of Central City, Kentucky, was the man to beat in ProCharger Street Renegade. Packing 438 cubes of Ford power pumped up by a three-stage, Nitrous Express nitrous system, it was no wonder that Vincent's Mustang sat atop the qualifying list with a 7.55 at 182 mph. With the high Sunday winds, both the Renegade and Pro classes were postponed until the Fun Ford Virginia race in June.
Mapleton, Minnesota, resident...
Mapleton, Minnesota, resident Dan Schoneck had his ProCharged pony making big power, as he qualified with the fastest mph at 186. Matt DaSilva, Bob Lumsden Jr., Ron Cox, Matt Hanby, Steve Angell, and Bart Tobener rounded out the Street Renegade field.
Setting the stage for the...
Setting the stage for the $30,000 AMP Performance Pro Shootout was Kingston, Illinois' Chuck Samuel, who had the RV Lending Group's Edelbrock nitrous system squeezing in a bountiful supply of the sauce into the Fast Time's big-block powerplant. A 6.32-second elapsed time at 225 mph was the result, which had the rest of the 11-car field looking for more power.
Piloting the big-block-equipped...
Piloting the big-block-equipped Pro Mod Probe of Jerry Williams was Dale Brinsfield, who took Second on the ladder with a smoking 6.368 at 221.13 mph. The Oakridge, North Carolina, native had John Nobile and John Gullett hot on his heels at 6.42 and 6.49, respectively.
Team MM&FF's ride to the Fun...
Team MM&FF's ride to the Fun Ford Weekend in Commerce was none other than our Herculiner/Peak Antifreeze giveaway truck. The Whipple-supercharged truck drew quite a bit of attention both on the grounds and on the highway.