• 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

  • Texas Raceway August 27 Results

    If you missed this race, you missed a good one. There were 9 different classes for all kinds of car enthusiasts. The Pro Mod/Renegade race originally scheduled for August 13 was rain delayed to August 27 which meant we ran our classes along with the Southwest Heritage Racing Association (SHRA). Mother Nature was a drag racing fan and that was evident by the very nice weather we had. After two rounds of qualifying in our series, here’s how everything unfolded.

    #1 Steve Wiley – 3.921 at 182 mph **Low ET Blown**
    #2 Gaylen Smith – 3.932 at 190 mph **Top MPH Blown**
    #3 Bob Alexander – 4.104 at 187 mph
    #4 Eric Clark – 4.145 at 157 mph **Best reaction time qualifying .004)
    #5 Chad Green – 4.212 at 172 mph **Low ET Nitrous**
    #6 David Baldwin – 4.275 at 173 mph **Top MPH Nitrous**
    #7 Eddie Roach – 4.547 at 165 mph
    #8 Wayne Welch – 4.743 at 156 mph
    #9 Chuck Poindexter – 4.789 at 156 mph
    #10 Spencer Johnson – 5.172 at 130 mph
    #11 James Satterwhite – NT
    #12 Perry Dunn – NT

    First Round:

    Steve Wiley (W) 4.549 at 110 mph (.070 RT)
    Wayne Welch (RU) 4.709 at 154 mph (.044 RT)

    Wiley looked like he ran a quarter mile in his 1/8 lane but still captures the win.

    Bob Alexander (W) 4.122 at 187 mph (.029 RT)
    David Baldwin (RU) 10.490 at 39 mph (.042 RT)

    David Baldwin shook the tires and coasted down track but Bob was on another consistent run and takes the win.

    Eric Clark (W) 4.356 at 150 mph (.076 RT)
    Chad Green (RU) 4.933 at 108 mph (.067 RT)

    Chad had a slight starting line advantage and was all over the track but Eric Clark powered by for the win.

    Eddie Roach (W) 4.322 at 166 mph (.017 RT)
    Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.635 at 108 mph (.212 RT)

    Eddie had a holeshot advantage but Gaylen was making up ground when the transmission jumped outta gear and Eddie got the win.


    Bob Alexander (W) 4.203 at 158 mph (.047 RT)
    Eddie Roach (RU) 4.421 at 169 mph (.026 RT)

    Eric Clark (W) 7.709 at 57 mph (.006 RT) **Best Reaction time Eliminations**
    Steve Wiley (RU) 4.421 at 128 mph (.031 RT)

    Steve should have been the winner of this race based on the numbers but he got way out of shape and crossed the center line giving the automatic win to Eric.


    Bob Alexander (W) 4.122 at 187 mph (.039 RT)
    Eric Clark (RU) 5.428 at 89 mph (.034 RT)

    Bob on another consistent run and consistency wins races. Congratulations to Team Pro Mod Bob for their victory and to Eric Clark and the Clark Bros. Team for their runner-up finish as well.

    Our hearts go out to the Ron Muncey family for their tragic loss. I didn’t know Ron personally but I had definitely heard of him. R.I.P. Mr. Muncey.


  • Texas Raceway July 23 Results

    On a VERY hot July afternoon, thirteen Pro Mod teams from all over braved the unbearable temperatures and invaded Texas Raceway in Kennedale, America. Around 4:00 the water trucks were brought in to cool the 155 degree track temperature down to hopefully make it more manageable on the tuners and drivers to navigate their way down the 1/8 mile. First round qualifying started about 7:30 and after two rounds of qualifying, here’s how everything unfolded.

    #1 Jay Ligon – 4.089 at 185 mph
    #2 Brandon Lewis – 4.138 at 157 mph
    #3 Bob Alexander – 4.151 at 186 mph (Top MPH Blown)
    #4 Eric Clark – 4.250 at 142 mph
    #5 David Baldwin – 4.268 at 173 mph (Top MPH Nitrous)
    #6 Gaylen Smith – 4.349 at 129 mph
    #7 Jeff Naiser – 4.423 at 143 mph
    #8 Steve Wiley – 4.453 at 122 mph
    #9 Wayne Welch – 4.740 at 152 mph
    #10 Chuck Poindexter – 4.853 at 156 mph (Best reaction time, Qualifying)
    #11 Eddie Roach – 8.156 at 54 mph
    #12 Marc McClaskey – 13.791 at ?? MPH
    #13 Bobby Booth – NT

    Unfortunately Marc McClaskey got in his own water and ended up impacted the wall ending his night (and maybe the rest of the season). Marc was okay (thankfully) but the “Angry Bird” looked pretty angry.

    Welcome back Bobby Booth! I know you didn’t get to make a pass but we were glad to see you dusted off the beautiful ‘ole hot rod and brought her out again! Hopefully we’ll see more of you this season!

    First Round:

    Eric Clark (W) 5.375 at 84 mph (.032 RT)
    David Baldwin (RU) 4.288 at 172 mph (-.086 RT) Red Light

    Not sure if Eric saw his win light on and lifted or if he didn’t make it down the track under power but either way, it was win for the Clark Bros. team.

    Jay Ligon (W) 4.071 at 179 mph (.017 RT)
    Steve Wiley (RU) 4.335 at 130 mph (.016 RT) Best reaction time, Eliminations)

    Wiley’s numbers were better all the way down track until the blower popped but when it mattered most, Jay Ligon’s numbers were good enough for the win.

    Gaylen Smith (W) 3.992 at 177 mph (.090 RT) (Low ET Blown)
    Bob Alexander (RU) 4.149 at 185 mph (.078 RT)

    This was a close race. Gaylen moved over towards the wall but was able to power through for the win. I’m not gonna lie, after the struggles we’ve experienced pretty much all year, this felt like a huge win for us. We were on a nice lap second round qualifying but then shortly after half track we spit the top pulley off.

    Jeff Naiser (W) 5.442 at 89 mph (-.005 RT)
    Brandon Lewis (RU) 6.503 at 76 mph (-.278 RT)

    It looked like Naiser was going to get a competition bye run but then Brandon gets his Blown ’57 fired up in time to make the call only to end his night with a red light. Naiser would have been red as well, but the first or worst rule came into play.


    Jay Ligon (W) 4.031 at 183 mph (.076 RT)
    Eric Clark (RU) 4.125 at 174 mph (.051 RT)

    Eric had a slight holeshot advantage but was unable to hold off the hard charging Army Truck. Another great side by side race.

    Gaylen Smith (W) 4.060 at 178 mph (.094 RT)
    Jeff Naiser (RU) 4.227 at 170 mph (.018 RT)

    Another great side by side race with Smith getting to the stripe first.


    Jay Ligon (W) 4.052 at 183 mph (.122 RT)
    Gaylen Smith (RU) 13.530 at No mph (.065 RT)

    Gaylen got the jump but as soon as he hit the loud peddle, the top pulley came off again and looked like a game of ping pong bouncing off the front end and inner wall. Ligon was on another consistent run and claims his first TOPMA victory!

    Congratulations to Jay Ligon and the entire U.S. Army Truck team for their well deserved first victory and also to Gaylen Smith and the Texas Bounty Hunter team for their hard fought runner-up finish as well. See y’all at the track in a couple of weeks on August 13th. Let’s everyone put in an order for some cooler temps in August (I can dream, can’t I?)


  • Points Update after Race 6

    Points update after race 6.

    1 Steve Wiley 301
    2 Bob Alexander 227
    3 Gaylen Smith 219
    4 Eric Clark 184
    5 EJ Hickl 124
    6 Jay Ligon 124
    7 David Baldwin 112
    8 Marc McClaskey 103
    9 Doug Riesterer 91
    10 Chuck Poindexter 82
    11 James Satterwhite 73
    12 Kevin Hargett 71
    13 Wayne Welch 71
    14 Perry Dunn 70
    15 Eddie Roach 58
    16 Bill Doucet 37
    17 Jeff Naiser 36
    18 Spencer Johnson 35
    19 Rodney Parks 22
    20 Doug Morales 22
    21 Alfred Whiteside 11
    22 Harry Crane 11
    23 Brian Heath 11
    24 Dennis Sugrue 11
    25 James Shafer 11
    26 Travis Brandt 11
    27 Shannon Coan 11
    28 Frankie Taylor 10