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!!
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.