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Pro Mod vs. Fuel Altered Showdown
North Star Dragway - Denton, TX - July 4-5th, 2014
The 2nd annual 2014 Pro Mod vs. Fuel Altered Showdown was held at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas over Independence Day weekend July 4-5th. Leading the entertainment in store, the epic battle between the rivaled Outlaw Pro Mods and Outlaw Fuel Altereds, a match-up that can only be seen at this event. A gargantuan twenty four car field, the largest field of outlaw cars ever seen in North Texas, headlined this spectacle plus many more attractions including the "Crossfire" Jet Dragster driven by Tammy Gatlin, the Texas Beat The Heat program, a military veteran parachutist, live music and much more!
A twenty five car field of Outlaw Pro Mods and Painless Performance Products Outlaw Fuel Altereds packed the pits in Denton, Texas to do battle over this one of a kind two day event. Friday night hosted two rounds of heads up, side by side qualifying where some serious numbers were posted under the watchful eyes of an overflow crowd. Brandon Lewis and his blown 1957 Chevy Outlaw Pro Mod from Tulsa, Oklahoma set the pace for the doorslammers with a strong 3.88 at 200 mph. Perry Dunn wheeled his blown 1992 Pontiac Trans-Am Pro Mod to a 4.14 at 176 mph and Chad Sheffield clicked off a clean 4.15 at 164 mph in his "Blown Addiction" 1941 Willys.
The fuel altered qualifying order was led by Bobby Marriott's "Shockwave" after two qualifying rounds as Marriott posted a stout, header flaming 3.87 at 197 mph. Points leader and three time defending series Champion Jimmy Jones and the "Texas Tremor" team ripped off a 3.94 at 170 mph and Mary Reep joined the boys at the top of the pack with a 3.99 at 172 mph. The evening was capped off by a 210 mph lap by Tammy Gatlin in the "Crossfire" jet dragster and a fantastic fireworks show brought an end to day one.
(L-R) the "Crossfire" Jet Dragster driven by Tammy Gatlin --- Chip Woodall - Cacklefest --- Fastrax parachutist, retired Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman
Saturday's activities got started with a truly remarkable treat for the fans and racers alike. Fastrax parachutist, retired Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman, jumped from 4,000 feet above the facility and cruised beautifully down to Earth during the national anthem with a 200 foot American flag in full bloom, landing directly in front of the spectator grandstands to a standing ovation. The third and final qualifying round was soon to follow where the Pro Mods and Fuel Altereds had one last shot to improve their positions before the elimination rounds began.
Donny McSwain, the most recent winner on the OFAA series tour heading into the event, laid down a 3.89 at 184 mph to qualify third. Mary Reep showed the boys she was ready to play hard ball by stepping up to a 3.93 at 187 mph in her "Grim Reeper" fuel altered entry. John Broussard's "Purple Haze" altered posted a 3.98 at 178 mph after making the tow from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Chad Sheffield upped his game with a nice 4.03 at 183 mph in the "Blown Addiction" Pro Mod while Bill Doucet clicked off a strong 4.11 at 166 mph in Clayton Poole's "Wild Child" blown 1941 Willys. As the final round of qualifying concluded, the ladder was set with a full field of twenty four machines ready to unleash fury in the opening round of eliminations. Raymond Dawson and the "High Octane" fuel altered entry was forced to sit out the remainder of the event with engine problems, as Terry Brian was inserted into the field and the call went out to bring the headline show to the lanes for round number one.
(L-R) Chad Sheffield (Roland, OK) --- Donny McSwain (Rockwall, TX)
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