• 2016 Final Points Standing

    Here are the final points standings after waiving one race. Congratulations to Steve Wiley and the TGR team for a well deserved win which broke our 5-year back to back streak. This will be a “treat” for the fans next year battling it out on the track. Can Wiley defend his title? Will Bob sneak in for the win? Will Gaylen bounce back and reclaim this throne? Will the Clark Bros. surprise them all and take it? Tune in next year!!!!

    1 Steve Wiley 485 -27 458
    2 Bob Alexander 448 -11 437
    3 Eric Clark 328 -11 317
    4 Gaylen Smith 324 -25 299
    5 Jay Ligon 224
    6 David Baldwin 171
    7 Chuck Poindexter 167
    8 Doug Riesterer 152
    9 EJ Hickl 135
    10 Eddie Roach 130
    11 Perry Dunn 128
    12 Wayne Welch 104
    13 Marc McClaskey 103
    14 James Satterwhite 83
    15 Kevin Hargett 71
    16 Rodney Parks 56
    17 Spencer Johnson 46
    18 Chad Green 39
    19 Bill Doucet 37
    20 Jeff Naiser 36
    21 Doug Morales 22
    22 Alfred Whiteside 11
    23 Harry Crane 11
    24 Brian Heath 11
    25 Dennis Sugrue 11
    26 James Shafer 11
    27 Travis Brandt 11
    28 Shannon Coan 11
    29 Frankie Taylor 10


  • San Antonio Results

    The final race of the 2016 TOPMA series was held at San Antonio Raceway on October 22nd. A few cars were unable to make the show due to breakage at the last Kennedale race but six hot rods showed up and battled it out on the track. For those following the points chase, all Wiley and the TGR team had to do was show up and they pretty much locked down the championship. After first round of qualifying, an exhibition car oiled down the track from about 200 foot all the way down. It was a very lengthy clean-up but the safety of those competing was the tracks main concern and they did a great job. After two rounds of qualifying, here’s how everything unfolded:

    #1 Bob Alexander – 3.958 at 186 mph
    #2 Doug Riesterer – 3.977 at 191 mph
    #3 Eric Clark – 4.026 at 190 mph
    #4 Jay Ligon – 4.102 at 186 mph
    #5 Steve Wiley – 4.800 at 103 mph
    #6 Chuck Poindexter – 6.544 at 100 mph

    Gaylen and I were there supporting the organization and the track but we found an unrepairable crack in the block and was unable to bring the Bounty Hunter. Blocks are not usually sitting on the shelf nor are they cheap enough to just go buy one unexpectedly. First race we’ve missed EVER!!! We are not good spectators. Rant over!

    Chuck Poindexter broke down on the way to the track in Temple and could have given up and turned around and went home but finally made it in time for 2nd round qualifying. Way to hang in there Chuck.

    First Round:

    Steve Wiley (W) 4.429 at 122 mph (.071 RT)
    Doug Riesterer (RU) 5.788 at 97 mph (.047 RT)

    Doug shook the tires and aborted the run while Wiley was getting down his lane a little better capturing the win.

    Bob Alexander (W) 4.027 at 181 mph (.109 RT)
    Chuck Poindexter (RU) 7.367 at 126 mph (.106 RT)

    Both cars reacted almost identically but Chuck spun the tires at the hit and all he could do was watch Bob hook and reel in the win.

    Jay Ligon (W) 5.311 at 106 mph (.353 RT)
    Eric Clark (RU) 4.355 at 129 mph (-.001 RT) Red Light

    Eric left a smidge too soon giving the automatic win to Jay.

    Semi Finals:

    Jay Ligon (W) 4.099 at 184 mph (.290 RT)
    Steve Wiley (RU) 13.031 at 30 mph (.442 RT)

    I think Butch and Eric must have run up and told their drivers to “wake-up” and go. Jay was on a nice clean run while Wiley shook and rattled and coasted down.

    Bob Alexander (W) No Time (Bye Run)

    Bob was only sporting about 6 cylinders when they were calling them for the round so the crew buttoned it up so he could take the tree and go back to the trailer and fix it correctly. Bob didn’t like doing this because we, as a group, are there to put on a show for the fans but sometimes it is necessary. He did not disappoint in the final though.


    Bob Alexander (W) 3.997 at 185 mph (.078 RT)
    Jay Ligon (RU) 6.028 at 98 mph (.417 RT)

    Jay was caught napping again but Bob was ready for the tree and soared down his lane claiming his 4th win of the season.

    Congratulations to Bob Alexander and the entire StripTec team for their hard fought victory but it wasn’t quite enough to get around Wiley for the championship, finishing 21 points behind. Congrats also to Jay Ligon for his runner-up finish

    A huge “congratulations” to Steve Wiley and the TGR team for their fist TOPMA championship! It was well deserved and premeditated. Over the winter, the team stripped the car down to the bare chassis and re-wired it making certain there would be no gremlins this year. They also came back from a devastating encounter with the wall in San Antonio without missing a beat. I’m sure the candles were burning from both ends that week. That’s what you call perseverance and dedication and the making of a true champion. Welcome to the club TGR.

    Bob Alexander fought a good fight but came up just shy of his goal for the year and that was to better his standings from last year and claim his first championship. He will definitely be one to watch next year.

    If our car would have been ready, we would have been there trying to protect our #3 spot but it wasn’t in the cards for us this year as Eric Clark and the Clark Brothers team snuck by us and claimed that spot. As you’ve all heard Gaylen say at the banquet, he likes speaking last so we will re-group over the winter and came back next year with a vengeance looking to fight off whomever is in our way. Congratulations to Clark Brothers for their top 3 finish.



  • Points update after Texas Raceway, Oct. 8

    Points update after Texas Raceway, Oct. 8.

    1 Steve Wiley 450
    2 Bob Alexander 387
    3 Gaylen Smith 324
    4 Eric Clark 301
    5 Jay Ligon 177
    6 David Baldwin 171
    7 Chuck Poindexter 143
    8 EJ Hickl 135
    9 Eddie Roach 130
    10 Perry Dunn 128
    11 Doug Riesterer 124
    12 Wayne Welch 104
    13 Marc McClaskey 103
    14 James Satterwhite 83
    15 Kevin Hargett 71
    16 Rodney Parks 56
    17 Spencer Johnson 46
    18 Chad Green 39
    19 Bill Doucet 37
    20 Jeff Naiser 36

  • Texas Raceway October Results

    You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day for some fast hot rods in Kennedale, America. This was the final showdown for TOPMA at Texas Raceway in 2016. The points will be wrapped up on October 22 as the Texas Outlaws travel south to San Antonio Raceway. Ten teams showed up to battle it out on the track and here’s what went down:

    #1 Gaylen Smith – 3.903 at 188 mph **Low ET blown**
    #2 Bob Alexander – 3.952 at 193 mph **Top MPH blown** **Best reaction time Qualifying .007**
    #3 Jay Ligon – 4.007 at ?? mph
    #4 Steve Wiley – 4.069 at 182 mph
    #5 Perry Dunn – 4.667 at 126 mph
    #6 Chuck Poindexter – 4.693 at 147 mph
    #7 Eric Clark – 4.764 at 103 mph
    #8 Eddie Roach – 4.830 at 141 mph **Low ET and Top MPH Nitrous**
    #9 EJ Hickl – 5.011 at 99 mph
    #10 Rick Cate – NT explosion at the hit

    To explain why Jay didn’t get credit for his 210 mph, his truck wheelied over the first mph cone activating the timer with the rear tire (or body panel) and then landed and tripped the 2nd mph cone with the front tire giving them a bogus mph speed.

    On to the call-outs, Perry called out Gaylen and they had a “date” 2nd round qualifying where Perry was going to “drag Gaylen’s ass” but as you can tell from the results below, “One and Dunn” was unable to make the call and forfeited his call out. I personally think the 3.90 off the trailer scared him but what do I know!!

    First Round:

    Steve Wiley (W) 5.238 at 92 mph (.077 RT)
    EJ Hickl (RU) 6.865 at 82 mph (.070 RT)

    This was an ugly race on the track and on paper. EJ fills in for Perry who broke transmission during first round of qualifying. Wiley peddles his way to the victory.

    Eric Clark (W) 4.141 at 145 mph (.143 RT)
    Bob Alexander (RU) 24.610 at ?? mph (.136 RT)

    Bob breaks a blower belt and Eric cruises on to the win. Bob really needed to win this round if he had any hopes of catching Wiley in the points.

    Chuck Poindexter (W) 9.250 at 47 mph (.035 RT) **Best reaction time Eliminations**
    Jay Ligon (RU) NT

    Jay was unable to fire the Army Truck in the staging lanes giving the automatic win to Chuck.

    Gaylen Smith (W) 3.962 at 178 mph (.214 RT)
    Eddie Roach (RU) 5.774 at 84 mph (.088 RT)

    Eddie left first but it was Gaylen capturing the win with another impressive run.


    Steve Wiley (W) NT (.819 RT)
    Gaylen Smith (RU) NT

    Gaylen did his burnout and there was fluid leaking on the track so he was shut off, giving Wiley the automatic win and he took the beam and backed off.

    Eric Clark (W) NT (1.912 RT)
    Chuck Poindexter (RU)

    Chuck broke the input shaft during first round and was unable to come back up giving Eric a competition bye run into the finals. Eric was getting ready to make a solo run but the crew noticed a broke hiem joint when setting the wheelie bars so Eric just took the beam and backed out.


    Steve Wiley (W) 4.112 at 156 mph (.044 RT)
    Eric Clark (RU) 12.430 at no mph (.063 RT)

    Eric broke something in the blower and Wiley peddled his way for the win.

    Congratulations to Steve Wiley and the TGR team for their victory. This may have just sealed the points championship up for them. Congrats also to Eric Clark and the Clark Bros. team for their runner-up finish.

    Since we do not calculate the bonus points into the last race of the season, we can figure the different scenarios ahead of time and it is highly unlikely that Bob will catch Steve in the points chase. The only scenario where Bob might have a chance is if Wiley doesn’t show up in San Antonio and we all the chances of that happening.



  • Texas Raceway Results

    All week leading up to race day, the weather forecasters were calling for up to 80% chance of rain. Mother Nature showed that once again, she is a drag racing fan because not a drop of rain or threatening weather was in our area. After two rounds of qualifying, here’s how everything unfolded:

    #1 Gaylen Smith – 3.992 at 179 mph **Low ET Blown/Turbo**
    #2 Steve Wiley – 3.994 at 184 mph
    #3 Doug Riesterer – 4.046 at 185 mph **Low ET and Top MPH Nitrous**
    #4 Jay Ligon – 4.047 at 186 mph
    #5 Bob Alexander – 4.080 at 187 mph
    #6 Rodney Parks – 4.090 at ?? mph
    #7 Perry Dunn – 4.152 at 180 mph
    #8 David Baldwin – 4.261 at 173 mph
    #9 Eddie Roach – 5.232 at 94 mph
    #10 Eric Clark – 5.871 at 83 mph **Best Reaction Time Qualifying**
    #11 Chuck Poindexter – 6.019 at 127 mph
    #12 Chad Green – 8.307 at 51 mph
    #13 Wayne Welch – 8.883 at 58 mph

    First Round:

    Bob Alexander (W) 4.022 at 190 mph (.070 RT) **Top MPH Blown/Turbo**
    Jay Ligon (RU) 4.081 at 179 mph (.118 RT)

    This was a good race. Both cars making nice runs!

    Rodney Parks (W) 4.155 at 182 mph (.051 RT)
    Doug Riesterer (RU) 5.054 at 99 mph (.055 RT)

    Congratulations to Rodney Parks and their entire team. After switching from nitrous to blown, it hasn’t been easy but it looks like you guys have things figured out now. Doug got out of shape and aborted the run.

    Steve Wiley (W) No Time Competition bye (.820 RT)
    Perry Dunn (RU) No Time

    Steve fired up and rounded the corner but the car was smoking like a freight train. Perry Dunn fired up in the staging lanes but the car would not go in gear. Wiley shuts his off and takes it back to the trailer to see if he can fix it before next round.

    David Baldwin (W) 4.526 at 134 mph (.085 RT)
    Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.818 at 103 mph (.174 RT)

    Neither car had an impressive run but it was Baldwin coming away with the victory. Gaylen’s Texas Bounty Hunter jumped out of gear about half track and he coasted to the finish line.

    Semi Finals:

    Bob Alexander (W) 4.036 at 184 mph (.102 RT)
    David Baldwin (RU) 4.809 at 114 mph (.125 RT)

    Bob was on another consistent run and gets the win. Baldwin having troubles.

    Steve Wiley (W) 4.205 at 135 mph (.032 RT)
    Rodney Parks (RU) 12.101 at 50 mph (.096 RT)

    Wiley gets the “costly” win as he blows the blower off of his car. When he passed the trailer, the blower was sitting sideways on top of the motor. Rodney had his own troubles early on so it was Wiley getting the win.


    Bob Alexander (W) 9.194 at 53 mph (.028 RT) **Best reaction time eliminations**
    Steve Wiley (RU) No Time

    Well obviously Wiley wasn’t able to fix the blower problem so Bob made a solo run and he had issues getting down track but it didn’t matter because he was the winner due to a competition bye.

    Congratulations once again to Bob and the entire “Team Bob” crew on a job well done. Consistency pays off once again. Congrats to Steve Wiley and the “TGR” team as well for their runner-up finish despite having issues first round.


  • Points update after TXR 8/27


    1 Steve Wiley 343
    2 Bob Alexander 286
    3 Gaylen Smith 250
    4 Eric Clark 241
    5 David Baldwin 139
    6 EJ Hickl 124
    7 Jay Ligon 124
    8 Marc McClaskey 103
    9 Chuck Poindexter 93
    10 Wayne Welch 93
    11 Doug Riesterer 91
    12 Eddie Roach 91
    13 James Satterwhite 83
    14 Perry Dunn 80
    15 Kevin Hargett 71
    16 Spencer Johnson 46
    17 Bill Doucet 37
    18 Jeff Naiser 36
    19 Chad Green 28
    20 Rodney Parks 22
    21 Doug Morales 22
    22 Alfred Whiteside 11
    23 Harry Crane 11
    24 Brian Heath 11
    25 Dennis Sugrue 11
    26 James Shafer 11
    27 Travis Brandt 11
    28 Shannon Coan 11
    29 Frankie Taylor 10