Poloson Pounds The Competition In Shreveport
By Chris Graves
The Outlaw Fuel Altered Association, presented by Lone Star Forklift, invaded Thunder Road Raceway Park in Gilliam, Louisiana for their second points race of the season on Saturday, June 11th. Eleven cars were on hand set to do battle Cajun style under warm and humid conditions. Donny McSwain entered the event leading the points in the "Wild One" blown alcohol entry followed by Nick Poloson and John Broussard.
Due to abnormally long track down time, the OFAA was held to only one qualifying session. Nick Poloson and the Tom Wood tuned "Sundown" nitro burning entry claimed the top qualifying spot with a 4.00. Poloson was entering the event as the defending Champion from last year and looking for a repeat win in Louisiana. Ken Singleton's Oklahoma based "High Risk" scored the second spot with a 4.02 and Raymond Dawson's "High Octane" landed in the number three spot with a 4.04 elapsed time. Mary Reep's "Grim Reeper" from Austin, Texas suffered massive engine damage on her qualifying pass which ended their race day earlier than expected and with ten cars left, pairings were set and it was time to line up for first round eliminations.
FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER:
1. Nick Poloson (Bulverde, TX) (3.991) - 4.009
2. Ken Singleton (Chickasha, OK) (3.974) - 4.026
3. Raymond Dawson (Nevada, TX) - 4.045
4. Donny McSwain (Rockwall, TX) (3.945) - 4.055
5. Eric Buchanan (Justin, TX) (3.933) - 4.067
6. Donnie Massey (Little Elm, TX) - 4.183
7. John Broussard (Lake Charles, LA) - 4.220
8. Mark Bowman (Oklahoma City, OK) - 5.207
9. Mark Hunter (Tyler, TX) - 5.408
10. Mary Reep (Austin, TX) - N/T
11. Clint Cross (Crossroads, TX) - N/T
Nick Poloson and Donnie Massey kicked off the first round in a battle of heavy hitting nitro burners as Poloson took a huge starting line advantage and never trailed, taking the win with a 3.88 at 191 mph to Massey's 3.96 at 183 mph. Eric Buchanan was out next in Terry Darby's "Nitro Relapse" against Clint Cross in the Allen Meyer tuned "Crossways". Cross was forced to shutoff after the burnout leaving Buchanan on a single as he clicked off a 3.87 at 187 to take the win. The pace was hot and heavy to start off the round as it now took better than a 3.88 to earn a spot in the final round and only two pair had run down the track. The two quickest winners from this round would advance to the final.
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