Burford Banks First SWJFA Win
at Ardmore Dragway
By Chris Graves
The Southwest Junior Fuel Association landed at Ardmore Dragway on Saturday, September 3rd for their second event of the season. Entering the event, Mike Millsap was leading the points after his win at the season opener in Wichita, Kansas. Tough competition was in the house at Ardmore Dragway including former multi-time series Champion Odie Coker as the qualifying got underway.
After two sessions, Coker's 4.69 at 147 sat atop the pack followed by Millsap's 4.80 at 143. SWJFA rookie Rusty Burford qualified third with a 4.83 at 142 while Mike Buchanan and Bill Tumlinson rounded out the field heading into eliminations. The pairs were set and teams made their final adjustments back in the pit area before returning to the staging lanes to play for keeps.
FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER:
1. Odie Coker (Dallas, TX) - 4.69 @ 147
2. Mike Millsap (Sachse, TX) - 4.80 @ 143
3. Rusty Burford (Combine, TX) - 4.83 @ 142
4. Mike Buchanan (Goddard, KS) 4.92 @ 142
5. Bill Tumlinson (Victoria, TX) - 5.03 @ 134
In round one, points leader Millsap went -.011 red against Burford and Burford took the win with a 4.82 at 142 mph to Millsap's quicker 4.81 at 143 mph. Coker blasted off the line first against Buchanan and Coker's 4.69 at 146 mph moved into the semi-finals over Buchanan's 4.88 at 142 mph. Tumlinson drew the bye run and posted a 5.16 at 133 mph to advance to the semi-finals.
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