Showtime Scores North Star Victory
by Chris Graves
The Painless Performance Products Outlaw Fuel Altered Association rumbled into North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas for their seventh of eight races in the 2014 season. John Broussard and the Louisiana based "Purple Haze" team entered this event with a 15 point lead over three time defending series Champion Jimmy Jones and the "Texas Tremor" gang. Needless to say, with two events remaining, the pressure was on both these camps to perform at their best if they hoped to keep their Championship hunt alive. A strong sixteen car field packed the pits in Denton, Texas and with superb air conditions and the reputation North Star Dragway holds as one of the elite surfaces in the southwest, some stellar performances were sure to be seen.
Donny McSwain Tribute Pass
The qualifying action got underway with a special tribute pass to the fallen "Wild One" team crewman BJ Billings by Donny McSwain. After a huge burnout McSwain backed up and put his blown altered in the beams with all of the OFAA racers and crew members gathered on the line. McSwain posted a clean and memorable 3.99 at 180 mph to the delight of the OFAA family who will all miss BJ Billings forever and know he will be with us at every race moving forward.
Upon the completion of two qualifying rounds, Donny McSwain and company held the top spot followed by Jimmy Jones and Donnie Massey who rounded out the top three. Terry Brian laid down his best pass of the season in his new nitro burning machine with a 4.15 at 172 mph, but mechanical issues kept him from making the first round as Mark Bowman was inserted as the first alternate. Ken Singleton, Clint Cross and Nick Poloson came up short of the quick twelve bump spot of 4.22 held by Doyle Smith.
FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER:
1. Donny McSwain (Rockwall, TX) - 4.00 @ 180
2. Jimmy Jones (Cleburne, TX) - 4.027 (3.97) @ 158
3. Donnie Massey (Little Elm, TX) - 4.028 @ 188
4. Raymond Dawson (Nevada, TX) - 4.03 (3.96) @ 182
5. DoDad Burton (Tyler, TX) - 4.076 @ 175
6. Mary Reep (Austin, TX) - 4.079 @ 176
7. Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, TX) - 4.08 @ 185
8. Sean Belt (Shawnee, KS) - 4.09 @ 177
9. Terry Brian (New London, TX) - 4.15 @ 172
10. Roger Lechtenberg (Cedar Rapids, IA) - 4.18 (3.81) @ 183
11. John Broussard (Lake Charles, LA) - 4.19 @ 168
12. Doyle Smith (Paris, TX) - 4.22 @ 144
13. Mark Bowman (Oklahoma City, OK) - 4.28 @ 177
14. Ken Singleton (Chickasha, OK) - 4.48 @ 184
15. Clint Cross (Crossroads, TX) - 5.00 @ 106
16. Nick Poloson (Bulverde, TX) - 6.04 @ 75
(L-R) Clint Cross - DoDad Burton
The all-important first round of eliminations was set and the two quickest winners in this round would advance to the final. Twelve cars paired up in the lanes and the call went out to fire the first pair which brought Roger "Radar" Lechtenberg to the line driving Scott Gaulter's "Nitro Madness" machine against Raymond Dawson's "High Octane" entry. Lechtenberg left first and never trailed, taking the win light with a solid header flaming 3.95 at 199 mph to Dawson's 4.15 at 154 mph. Donnie Massey's "Showtime" nitro burner was out next alongside Mark Bowman's "Blown Income". Bowman took the starting line advantage and clicked off a career best 3.98 at 186 mph, his first three second pass ever, but it still wasn't enough to hold off Massey's thundering 3.90 at 192 mph. DoDad Burton was out next with John Broussard in the opposing lane. Broussard was out qualified by Jones and really needed a round win here to stay alive in the Championship hunt. Despite leaving first, Broussard ran into problems and his 4.51 at 120 mph was no match for Burton's career best 4.03 at 181 mph as Burton and company celebrated a stellar weekend for the "Free Spirit" team.
(L-R) Jimmy Jones - Sean Belt
(L-R) Bobby Marriott - John Broussard
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