When Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2 and declared 6 more weeks of winter, you didn’t hear the Texas Outlaws complaining. Central Texas has had a very mild winter and 6 more weeks in the 70’s and 80’s would be no problem. Every team was busy over the winter making changes and updates to their programs. For the season opener at San Antonio Raceway, 6 pro mod teams had completed their changes and were ready to rock and roll. After two rounds of qualifying, here’s how everything unfolded:
#1 Steve Wiley – 3.723 at 201 mph **Low ET & Top MPH Blown**
#2 Bob Alexander – 3.929 at 186 mph
#3 Doug Riesterer – 4.018 at 184 mph **Low ET & Top MPH Nitrous**
#4 Gaylen Smith – 4.232 at 150 mph
#5 Eric Clark – 4.286 at 131 mph
#6 Trent Wilson – 4.439 at 162 mph **Best reaction time qualifying**
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.133 at 140 mph (.144 RT)
Doug Riesterer (RU) 4.846 at 100 mph (.267 RT)
After 2nd round qualifying, Gaylen broke the track locator bar on the ’57 and thought they were out. Fortunately, Wiley had a heim joint and Team TBH was able to fix the car and make the call. Thank you TGR. Shortly before half track, he shook the tires but was able to get the win light as Doug was having problems in his lane as well.
Bob Alexander (W) 3.903 at 188 mph (.0669 RT) **Best reaction time eliminations**
Eric Clark (RU) 4.281 at 140 mph (.071 RT)
Bob was on a nice clean lap and Clark Bros. shook the tires.
Steve Wiley (W) 4.116 at 132 mph (.124 RT)
Trent Wilson (RU) 4.368 at 154 mph (2.466 RT) *Wake Up Trent*
Wiley launched, shook and lifted before Trent even left the starting line. Trent made a nice lap but it was a day late.
Gaylen (W) 4.050 at 173 mph (.069 RT)
Bob Alexander (RU) 8.105 at 56 mph (.075 RT)
They say it always runs good just before it blows which was true in our case. We didn’t set a world record or anything but made the best run for us of the night and that didn’t come without a price. When we got down to pick up the car, Gaylen said “Hurry, something’s wrong, I felt a bad vibration”. After inspection, we found that we had dropped a valve and was not able to give Wiley any competition in the final.
Steve Wiley (W) 7.251 at 74 mph (.133 RT) Bye Run
Due to only having 6 cars in the show, Wiley got a bye run.
Steve Wiley (W) 7.605 at 59 mph (.260 RT) Competition Bye
Gaylen Smith (RU) NT
Wiley shook the tires and aborted the run since he was on another single.
Congratulations to Steve Wiley and the TGR team for their victory. Congrats to Team TBH for their runner-up finish as well.