NOSTALGIA DRAG WORLD
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Jones Kicks Off OFAA Season with Victory at North Star
Saturday - June 6th, 2015 - Denton, Texas
By Chris Graves
The Painless Performance Products Outlaw Fuel Altered Association was finally able to conclude their first event of the 2015 season after two straight rainouts delayed the start of the series' 19th consecutive season. The amount of rain seen in the state of Texas through April and May set records across the board and filled area lakes and reservoirs that had been critically low for years, but made things tough for drag racers in the region who were eager to get out to their local drag strip and mash the loud pedal. A solid fourteen car field of OFAA competitors made an appearance at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas for the season opener and qualifying got underway at 6 p.m. sharp as the sound of nitro methane cackling from the pipes filled the evening sky with air temperatures around 90 degrees and a track temp of 135 degrees.
Jimmy Jones and the "Texas Tremor" team kicked off the action and made it look easy with an opening lap of 3.95 at 165 mph to set the pace. Donny McSwain in the "Wild One" blown alcohol entry clicked off a strong 3.94 at 182 in the next pairing. Eric Buchanan was making his first appearance in the OFAA series since August of 2005, now behind the wheel of the Terry Darby owned and tuned "Nitro Relapse" and posted his first ever three second pass with an impressive 3.98 at 168 mph. Terry Brian made everyone take notice he was here to play ball with a stellar 3.85 at 191 mph with new tuning help from Shane Farris. Other notable runs included a 4.05 from Mary Reep in the "Grim Reeper", a 4.12 from Raymond Dawson in "High Octane" and a pair of 4.13's from Bobby Marriott's "Shockwave" and Ken Singleton's "High Risk" entries.
In the second and final qualifier, Bobby Marriott stepped up to a 4.08 at 176 mph and Mark Bowman clicked off a solid 4.12 at 172 mph. Unfortunately, Bowman suffered engine damage on that run which ended his weekend earlier than expected. Donnie Massey slid into the field with a 4.13 at 174 in "Showtime" while 2014 Series Champion John Broussard posted a 4.09 at 172 to put "Purple Haze" in the show. Doyle Smith and the "Chemical Reaction" team fought transmission issues in both qualifiers and were unable to make the call for first round. The Cross & Meyer "Crossways" entry had unexpected rear end troubles which kept them from making a pass, leaving eleven cars still in competition heading into the first round of eliminations. Eric Buchanan took top qualifying honors in his first race back as the "Nitro Relapse" team would lead the field into round one.
Final Qualifying Order:
1. Eric Buchanan (Justin, Texas) - 4.01 (3.98) @ 168
2. Jimmy Jones (Cleburne, Texas) - 4.04 (3.95) @ 165
3. Donny McSwain (Rockwall, Texas) - 4.053 (3.94) @ 182
4. Mary Reep (Austin, Texas) - 4.056 @ 165
5. Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, Texas) - 4.08 @ 177
6. John Broussard (Lake Charles, Louisiana) 4.09 @ 171
7. Raymond Dawson (Nevada, Texas) - 4.1216 @ 163
8. Mark Bowman (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) - 4.1219 @ 172
9. Ken Singleton (Chicasaw, Oklahoma) - 4.132 @ 166
10. Donnie Massey (Little Elm, Texas) - 4.139 @ 174
11. Terry Brian (New London, Texas) - 4.14 (3.85) @ 191
12. DoDad Burton (Tyler, Texas) - 4.20 @ 169
13. Doyle Smith (Paris, Texas) - 8.72 @ 70
14. Clint Cross (Crossroads, Texas) - No Time (Broke)
Jimmy Jones and Raymond Dawson were the first pair through the waterbox in a heavy hitting blown alcohol match up. Jones was out first and increasing his lead all the way, blasting to a 3.94 at 182 mph to Dawson's 4.24 at 168 mph. The champ John Broussard was out next taking on the top qualifier Buchanan. In only his fourth pass in the car, Buchanan's nerves got the best of him as he jumped the starting line, while Broussard clicked off a 4.07 winning pass at 176 mph. Terry Brian wheeled the "Nitro Warrior" to the line ready to take on Donny McSwain's "Wild One" tuned by Kenny Trumble as eliminations continued. Brian took a slight starting line advantage and posted a strong 3.94 at 184 mph to McSwain's close 4.00 at 177 mph.
Bobby Marriott and Donnie Massey were up next in an all nitro burning match up. Header flames were high in the sky in both lanes as these two blasted down the eighth mile as Marriott used a huge hole shot and 4.14 at 179 mph to Massey's quicker but loosing 4.06 at 179 mph. Mary Reep and Ken Singleton crept to the stage beams next, but Singleton was forced to shut off on the line while Reep posted a solid 4.02 at 176 mph, a nice lap, but short of a ticket to the final round. Dodad Burton and team "Free Spirit" completed the first round of eliminations on a bye run with an odd number of cars able to make the call for first round. Burton posted his best run of the night with a 4.15 at 171 mph, but it was Jimmy Jones and Terry Brian who were final round bound, both holding a 3.94 time slip in what looked to be a stellar final round on paper.
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