The weather was nice in Kennedale America last night, a little windy, but nice overall. Twelve Pro Mod teams showed up to try their luck at the winner’s circle and here’s how everything unfolded after 2 rounds of qualifying:
#1 Gaylen Smith – 4.092 at 171 mph (Low ET)
#2 Steve Wiley – 4.095 at 165 mph
#3 Eddie Roach – 4.321 at 171 mph
#4 Tim Cruce – 4.356 at 150 mph
#5 Kevin Hargett – 4.410 at 182 mph
#6 Greg Green – 4.685 at 142 mph
#7 Rodney Parks – 4.760 at 127 mph
#8 Doug Morales – 4.895 at 115 mph
#9 Chuck Poindexter – 4.936 at 156 mph
#10 Darren Inman – 4.959 at 141 mph (Welcome back)
#11 Charles Letteer – 5.086 at 127 mph
#12 Perry Dunn – 6.590 at 65 mph
Steve Wiley (W) 4.121 at 183 mph (.145 RT)
Rodney Parks (RU) 5.377 at 96 mph (.044 RT)
Rodney gets the holeshot advantage but it was all HEMI after that.
Eddie Roach (W) 4.400 at 162 mph (.070 RT)
Greg Green (RU) 4.600 at 146 mph (.002 RT) Best reaction time
Greg Green did his job on the starting line but Eddie drove around for the win.
Kevin Hargett (W) 4.343 at 186 mph (.053 RT) Top MPH
Tim Cruce (RU) 4.358 at 165 mph (.073 RT)
This was a close race on paper, an upset win. I didn’t see it because we were the next pair in the staging lanes but we heard the crowd erupt so we knew it was close, later to find out they were probably reacting to Hargett losing the back glass out of his car as a result of the inner-cooler blowing apart inside the car.
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.226 at 145 mph (.052 RT)
Doug Morales (RU) 5.099 at 105 mph (.058 RT)
Both cars left almost together, Smith with the slight advantage, they were on and off the peddle with Gaylen taking the stripe first.
Steve Wiley (W) 4.171 at 183 mph (.115 RT)
Eddie Roach (RU) 8.218 at 55 mph (.045 RT)
Eddie was away first but encountered tire shake and Wiley cruises by for the win.
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.173 at 177 mph (.180 RT) Competition bye
Kevin Hargett (RU) No Time
Since we had a competition bye, we tried something a little different on the tune-up (which didn’t work by the way)! Went back to do normal routine maintenance on the car and found a broke rocker arm which in turn mushroomed a pushrod so we thrashed to get that fixed, borrowing one from Wiley, our competition for the final. Wiley also came down and helped us change it (I Love the TOPMA camaraderie).
Steve Wiley (W) 4.093 at 183 mph (.022 RT)
Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.157 at 154 mph (.118 RT)
Wiley gets away first and never looks back taking the win. Congrats to Steve Wiley and Team TGR on their back to back wins. I also want to congratulate our team on their runner-up finish. After missing the first race of the season we were stoked to get back at it but it didn’t come without issues. We were fighting little demons every round and came away with a runner-up finish so we are very pleased.
Photos can be seen at http://prostockcars.zenfolio.com/p1049342503