Rain was threatening all around the DFW area with heavy overcast but blue skies were peeking through over the race track. The rain threats didn’t stop 17 Pro Mod teams from attending the Home opener at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. After two rounds of qualifying, here’s how everything unfolded:
#1 Gaylen Smith – 3.787 at 197 mph
#2 Doug Riesterer – 3.967 at 187 mph
#3 Bob Gulitti – 4.041 at 178 mph
#4 Chris Domino – 4.050 at 187 mph
#5 Tony Strachan – 4.053 at 177 mph
#6 Clyde Scott – 4.059 at 185 mph
#7 Eddie Roach – 4.371 at 164 mph
#8 Bob Alexander – 4.410 at 183 mph
#9 James Satterwhite – 4.512 at 154 mph
#10 Brian Heath – 4.546 at 155 mph **Best reaction time qualifying**
#11 Steve Wiley – 4.655 at 129 mph
#12 Richie Price – 4.715 at 151 mph
#13 Eric Clark – 4.735 at 139 mph
#14 Ryan Jock – 4.821 at 145 mph
#15 Wayne Welch – 5.883 at 124 mph
#16 Chuck Poindexter – NT left before tree activated
#17 Perry Dunn – NT broke at trailer
Tony Strachan (W) 4.063 at 176 mph (.084 RT)
Chris Domino (RU) NT (.070 RT)
Shortly after launching, Chris Domino got out of shape and made a hard left turn impacting the right side retaining wall. Chris was okay but the car was not. So very glad you are okay, Domino.
Clyde Scott (W) 3.815 at 199 mph (.016 RT) *Top MPH Blown**
Bob Gulitti (RU) 4.029 at 179 mph (.053 RT)
After sitting out for 8 years building his business, Clyde Scott and the TMW team acted like it was just another day of racing. His lights and performance were dead on. Gulitti made a nice run but just couldn’t hold off the Hemi power of Scott’s 1957 Chevy.
Doug Riesterer (W) 3.891 at 193 mph (.073 RT)
Eddie Roach (RU) 4.529 at 160 mph (.065 RT)
Doug cruised right down Broadway taking the win. Eddie shook and had to lift.
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.732 at 131 mph (.117 RT)
Bob Alexander (RU) 9.068 at 66 mph (.001 RT) **Best reaction time eliminations**
Bob, for a blown car, that was a bad job at red lighting. Seriously, great job on the reaction time. Fortunately for us, Bob smoked the tires at the hit because Gaylen was shaking the tires in his lane.
Doug Riesterer (W) 3.853 at 192 mph (.105 RT) **Low ET Nitrous**
Clyde Scott (RU) 3.954 at 194 mph (.015 RT)
This was a VERY close race. When you factor in the reaction times, this was a .011 MOV.
Gaylen Smith (W) 3.857 at 193 mph (.109 RT)
Tony Strachan (RU) 5.345 at 86 mph (.086 RT)
Tony got a slight holeshot advantage but had to lift while Gaylen was on a great run in the other lane.
Doug Riesterer (W) 3.868 at 193 mph (.090 RT) **Top MPH Nitrous**
Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.162 at 140 mph (.126 RT)
Doug left first and never looked back. Gaylen’s car stumbled at the hit and then moved over to the center and was shaking so he aborted the run.
Congratulations to Doug Riesterer and the Mad Scientist crew for their victory and 4 laps in the 3’s. Congrats also to Gaylen Smith and Team TBH for their runner-up finish as well. Happy 2nd Birthday to Harper Reigh!