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
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.
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.