Brady, Drozd & Rose Score San Antonio Victories
Courtesy SHRA Media
The fifth event of the 2014 MalloryPrint.com Southwest Heritage Racing Association season was held July 19th at San Antonio Raceway. The SHRA along with the Outlaw Fuel Altered series headlined the action at the "Texas Nostalgia Thunder" event which also featured live music, vendors, swap meet, bracket racing and a cacklefest! The SHRA Nostalgia Eliminator classes were running for points in San Antonio and drivers were eager to get back on the drag strip after a several week summer break in the schedule.
Nostalgia Eliminator 1:
In the 4.65 index Nostalgia Eliminator 1 category, Tera Wendland-Graves rolled into San Antonio leading the points with Wes Breiten and Chris Graves rounding out the top three. The SHRA welcomed Richard Brady's injected front engine dragster, Randy Mueller's blown altered and Andy Mears' blown 1957 Chevy Funny Car to their first event of the season in an impressive thirteen car field.
With two qualifying sessions completed, Tera Wendland-Graves scored her fourth pole position with a 4.70 at 149 mph pass which extended her lead in the Good Vibrations Motorsports NE 1 Shootout standings. Chris Stouffer's "Defiant" blown front engine dragster grabbed the number two spot with a 4.722 at 150 mph and Chris Graves' "Blown Inheritance" blown slingshot secured the number three spot with a 4.725 at 149 mph. Andy Mears "Dragon Slayer" Funny Car posted a 4.74 at 145 mph to qualify fourth and Randy Mueller rounded out the top five with a 4.76 at 139 as teams battled slick and hot track conditions.
NE 1 Number 1 Qualifier Tera Wendland-Graves (Commerce, TX)
Final Qualifying Order:
1. Tera Wendland-Graves (Commerce, TX) - 4.70 @ 149
2. Chris Stouffer (Cleburne, TX) - 4.722 @ 150
3. Chris Graves (Carrollton, TX) - 4.725 @ 149
4. Andy Mears (Lubbock, TX) - 4.74 @ 145
5. Randy Mueller (San Antonio, TX) - 4.766 @ 139
6. Kenny Stroud (Owasso, OK) - 4.768 @ 147
7. Richard Brady (Ft. Worth, TX) - 4.774 @ 142
8. Steve Dunkin (Aledo, TX) - 4.779 @ 144
9. Steve Matthews (Ardmore, OK) - 4.80 @ 145
10. Brian Briggs (Lake Charles, LA) - 4.85 @ 142
11. Jason O'Neill (Mesquite, TX) - 4.94 @ 137
12. Dale McKee (Heath, TX) - 5.15 @ 136
13. Jimmy Scott (Garland, TX) - 5.83 @ 84
NE 1 Andy Mears (Lubbock, TX)
In the first round of eliminations, Dale McKee got the action started as he soloed to the next round when Jimmy Scott failed to make the call with engine damage. Chris Graves narrowly defeated Steve Matthews with a 4.72 at 148 to Matthews' 4.79 at 145. Chris Stouffer also used a 4.72 to take out Steve Dunkin's close 4.75 at 145 mph as Dunkin's 4.75 won him the Hayden Enterprises "Closest to the Index Rd 1 Loser" bonus. Andy Mears posted a clean 4.73 at 146 to knock out Denton winner Brian Briggs' 4.84 at 142 mph. Randy Mueller moved into round two using a 4.76 at 145 mph to defeat Jason O'Neill's 4.96 at 137 and Tera Wendland-Graves advanced on a bye run with a 4.72 at 148 mph.
First Round Results:
(W) Dale McKee (.293 rt) 5.15 @ 125 vs. (L) Kenny Stroud (No Time - Broke)
(W) Chris Graves (.103 rt) 4.72 @ 148 vs. (L) Steve Matthews (.096 rt) 4.79 @ 145
(W) Chris Stouffer (.021 rt) 4.72 @ 141 vs. (L) Steve Dunkin (.397 rt) 4.75 @ 145
(W) Andy Mears (.110 rt) 4.72 @ 146 vs. (L) Brian Briggs (.170 rt) 4.84 @ 142
(W) Randy Mueller (.177 rt) 4.76 @ 145 vs. (L) Jason O'Neill (.149 rt) 4.96 @ 137
(W) Tera W. Graves (.057 rt) 4.72 @ 148 vs. (L) Bye Run
Round two kicked off with Tera Wendland-Graves taking on Randy Mueller. Wendland-Graves left first and never trailed clicking off a strong 4.66 at 150 mph to Mueller's 4.96 at 137 mph. Chris Graves and Dale McKee were up next as Graves used a quick pedal job to click off a 4.90 at 136 to hold off McKee's 5.29 at 116 mph. Richard Brady snuck past Andy Mears who fought for traction on the slippery racing surface as Brady's 4.85 at 141 mph advanced over Mears' lifting 5.46 at 90 mph. Chris Stouffer moved into the semi-finals on a bye run, posting a 4.84 at 138 mph.
Second Round Results:
(W) Tera W. Graves (.044 rt) 4.66 @ 150 vs. (L) Randy Mueller (.153 rt) 4.96 @ 137
(W) Chris Graves (.183 rt) 4.90 @ 136 vs. (L) Dale McKee (.127 rt) 5.29 @ 116
(W) Richard Brady (.068 rt) 4.85 @ 141 vs. (L) Andy Mears (.085 rt) 5.46 @ 90
(W) Chris Stouffer (.017 rt) 4.84 @ 138 vs. (L) Bye Run
NE 1 Chris Stouffer (Cleburne, TX)
Richard Brady and Chris Stouffer were the first pair out in the semi-final round in an injected vs. blown match up of front engine dragsters. Brady was off the line first with a slight advantage while Stouffer fought for traction. Brady clicked off a 4.81 at 140 mph to advance over Stouffer's pedaling 5.08 at 123 mph. Tera Wendland-Graves and Chris Graves squared off next in a husband vs. wife battle. Tera showed no mercy as her 4.68 at 146 mph took the nod while Graves was forced to lift, also fighting the slippery racing surface.
(W) Richard Brady (.061 rt) 4.81 @ 140 vs. (L) Chris Stouffer (.079 rt) 5.08 @ 123
(W) Tera W. Graves (.358 rt) 4.68 @ 146 vs. (L) Chris Graves (.236 rt) 6.08 @ 81
NE 1 Richard Brady (Ft. Worth, TX)
Richard Brady was set to take on the points leader Tera Wendland-Graves in the final of NE 1 as the cars did their burnouts and crew chiefs made their final adjustments. At the flash of amber, Brady was off the line first and he needed everything he could get as his 4.78 at 142 mph was just enough to hold off Tera's quicker 4.69 at 142 mph, as Brady took his first SHRA NE 1 victory by .005 at the stripe! Crew chief Al Mallory and the team were elated on the starting line as Brady became the fourth different winner in the class this season.
Final Round Results:
(W) Richard Brady (.030 rt) 4.78 @ 142 vs. (L) Tera W. Graves (.128 rt) 4.69 @ 142
NE 1 Winner Richard Brady (Ft. Worth, TX)
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