Friday the 13th at Texas Raceway

Friday the 13th brought out 16 Pro Mod teams to try and knock the Texas Grim Reaper from the top spot but would this night be just what the Reaper needed? A full moon at that. After two rounds of qualifying, here’s how everything unfolded.

#1 Doug “The Mad Scientist” Riesterer – 3.977 at 186 mph
#2 Steve “Texas Grim Reaper” Wiley – 4.003 at 194 mph
#3 Bob “Team Bob” Alexander – 4.021 at 193 mph
#4 Eric “Clark Bros.” Clark – 4.043 at 191 mph
#5 Gaylen “Texas Bounty Hunter” Smith – 4.111 at 176 mph
#6 Spencer “Cornbread” Johnson – 4.351 at 170 mph
#7 Marc “The Boss” McClaskey – 4.406 at 170 mph
#8 Doug Morales – 4.450 at 174 mph
#9 David Baldwin – 4.503 at 163 mph
#10 Harry “Macho Man” Crane – 4.616 at 138 mph
#11 Brian Heath – 4.734 at 145 mph
#12 Kevin Hargett – 5.009 at 168 mph
#13 Wayne Welch – 5.055 at 157 mph
#14 Rodney Parks – 5.177 at 145 mph
#15 Chuck “Luvamaro” Poindexter – 5.218 at 157 mph *Best Reaction Time Qualifying (?) .019*
#16 Perry Dunn – NT

Before I go any further, I received the Q1 sheet twice so I don’t have the Q2 sheet to know if anyone bettered the .019 Chuck posted in Q1. Please let me know if you had better than a .019 RT in Q2.

First Round:

Bob Alexander (W) 4.190 at 156 mph (.025 RT)
Spencer Johnson (RU) 5.725 at 102 mph (.081 RT)

Bob was on a great run and then the parachute came out shortly after half track. Spencer had his own issues in the Smith Motorsports lane.

Gaylen Smith (W) 3.910 at 183 mph (.077 RT)
Eric Clark (RU) 4.745 at 114 mph (.020 RT)

Eric left first but encountered tire shake and lifted, meanwhile, Gaylen was making a nice clean run for the win.

Steve Wiley (W) 3.896 at 198 mph (.118 RT)
Marc McClaskey (RU) 7.373 at 87 mph (.625 RT) Wake up Marc!

Not sure what happened here but clearly Wiley was on a great run.

Doug Riesterer (W) 3.905 at 188 mph (.084 RT) *Low ET Nitrous*
Harry Crane (RU) 13.009 at 58 mph (1.140 RT)

Again, not sure what happened but it didn’t much matter with the run Doug laid down. Harry Crane filled in for Doug Morales.

Semi Finals:

Steve Wiley (W) 3.894 at 199 mph (.065 RT) *Low ET & Top MPH Blown*
Bob Alexander (RU) 7.323 at 61 mph (.000 RT) *Best Reaction Time Eliminations*

It was over when Steve hit the skinny pedal. Bob did a bad job of red lighting (a perfect light).

Doug Riesterer (W) 3.934 at 190 mph (.137 RT) *Top MPH Nitrous*
Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.033 at 165 mph (.081 RT)

Gaylen was out on Doug and he felt a vibration so he lifted and Doug was right there to snatch the win away.

Finals:

Steve Wiley (W) 4.824 at 114 mph (.068 RT)
Doug Riesterer (RU) 9.399 at ?? mph (.059 RT)

Doug’s car had a nitrous backfire at the hit and Steve was on and off the throttle claiming the win.

Congrats to Steve Wiley and the entire TGR team for their well deserved victory on Friday the 13th. Congrats to Doug Riesterer for his runner-up finish as well. The TGR team also thanked everyone who bought a raffle ticket or a bake sale item or simply just donated to the Jaxon Anthony Foundation. The goodies were yummy! I had a few different items myself.

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