The Outlaw Fuel Altered Association, presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Lone Star Forklift, charged into San Antonio Raceway on Saturday, June 3rd with twelve cars on the property set to rock the grandstands in the Alamo city. This was only the second points race of the season after a rainout in May and Donny McSwain's "Wild One" held the points lead coming in hot after his win at the season opener in April.
The Austin family with father Raymond and son Jody both had their nitro burning fuel altereds on hand as this was the debut event for Jody's "Bush Whacker" entry. Under very humid conditions and temperatures in the muggy 90's, the air was as thick as the nitro fumes as teams warmed up their cars in the pits prior to the first of two qualifying rounds. San Antonio Raceway owner Iain Grae experienced his first nitro warm up in the seat of Bobby Marriott's "Shockwave" which pegged the fun meter for Grae and the San Antonio Raceway staff. Dodging storm systems from all directions, not a drop had fallen at SAR and as the eager crowd found a spot in the stands the call went out for qualifying to begin.
Owner Warm Up Iain Grae - Clint Cross Warm Up
It was a smooth two sessions of qualifying as the fuel altereds thundered down the eighth mile fighting for position. Multi-time series Champion Jimmy Jones scored the pole position with a 4.00 at 182 mph for the "Texas Tremor" team as the top six cars were separated by only four hundredths of a second. Bobby Marriott's 4.01 at 185 qualified second, Mark Hunter's 4.02 in the "Jail Break" secured the number three spot with Ken Singleton's "High Risk" and John Broussard's "Purple Haze" rounding out the top five.
FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER:
1. Jimmy Jones (Cleburne, TX) - 4.00 @ 182
2. Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, TX) - 4.01 @ 185
3. Mark Hunter (Tyler, TX) - 4.02 @ 155
4. Ken Singleton (Chickasha, OK) - 4.030 @ 168
5. John Broussard (Lake Charles, LA) - 4.038 @ 174
6. Nick Poloson (San Antonio, TX) - 4.04 @ 158
7. Mary Reep (Austin, TX) - 4.07 @ 152
8. Donny McSwain (Rockwall, TX) - 4.08 @ 185
9. Mark Billington (Prosper, TX) - 4.08 @ 155
10. Clint Cross (Crossroads, TX) - 4.13 @ 136
11. Raymond Dawson (Nevada, TX) - 4.76 @ 149
12. Jody Austin (Colleyville, TX) - 5.38 @ 91
First out was the hometown team of Nick Poloson and Tom Wood in the "Sundown" nitro burning Fiat on a solo shot after Jody Austin discovered a few burnt pistons and was unable to make the call. Poloson set the bar with a solid 3.87 at 191 mph to take the round win. The OFAA race format will advanced the two quickest winners to the final and Poloson's 87 was looking solid for a spot in the last dance, but plenty of stout competition sat waiting their turn in the staging lanes.
Mark Billington wheeled the Raymond Austin owned "Magic Dragon" to the line next set to take on Mark Hunter. In an ear piercing battle of nitro burners, Billington took the starting line advantage and never trailed with a 3.92 at 156 to Hunter's 4.27 at 126 mph. A pair of lean and mean blown alcohol entries took the stage next with John Broussard lining up with defending series Champion Raymond Dawson's "High Octane" entry. Broussard took a slight jump off the line and his 4.01 at 178 mph was enough to hold off Dawson's close 4.07 at 171 mph.