Seventeen years ago, the Fun Ford Weekend opened the door for all the "true blue" competitors to gather at one venue-void of the overwhelming Brand-X population-for some sick bracket and heads-up, street-legal racing. The Texas Thunder Nationals, at Houston Raceway Park, has been one of the racers' favorites with its at sea-level location and NHRA national event-quality facility.
The big story at this year's trip to Texas was the $10,000 prize up for grabs in the Precision Turbo Street Outlaw class. Most racers would consider making the haul for the $3,000 check the runner-up will take home, not to mention the chance to make it in the pages of MM&FF.
All the biggest hitters were in the shuffle, including reigning Outlaw champ Conrad Scarry and the record-demolishing Tim Lynch. Bad Brad Brand's monster 700-plus-cube twin bandit was also in the hunt, as was Cale Aronson's bottle-fed 700ci big-block '05 Mustang looking to prove power-adder supremacy. The quiet Keen Brothers also attempted to make the field with a single turbo and only half the motor of the rest of the competition.
A $2,500 purse for the winner and $1,000 for the runner-up in ProCharger Renegade, along with a $2,000 top prize in the Mod Comp field, enticed many more racers to come and play at Houston's favorite playground.