Jones Clinches Third Straight Painless Performance
OFAA Championship with Win at Texas Raceway
Event # 9 of 9 - October 25th, 2013 - Kennedale, TX
by Chris Graves; photos by Bucky Farris
The Painless Performance Products Outlaw Fuel Altered Series invaded Texas Raceway as thirteen cars came to strut their stuff under the lights on a chilly Friday night in North Texas. Jimmy Jones came into the event with a very slim points lead in this, the ninth and final event of the 2013 racing season. Tricky track conditions welcomed these 1500+ horsepower machines as the crew chiefs and drivers were doing all they could to get hooked up and lay down a number during qualifying.
The twentieth and final member of the OFAA 3 Second Club, Raymond Dawson and the "High Octane" team tuned by Danny Wright were able to lay down a solid 4.03 at 170 mph, which held up to earn the team their first ever number one qualifying spot. Dawson was followed closely by young gun John Broussard in the Louisiana based "Purple Haze" entry at a 4.04 at 188 mph. Points leader Jimmy Jones and the "Texas Tremor" qualified third with a 4.06 at 152 mph and Doyle Smith posted his best qualifying effort of the season in the "Chemical Reaction" with a 4.14, good for the number four spot. Mark Bowman's "Blown Income" and Bobby Marriott's "Shockwave" also earned spots in the top half of the twelve car field as the teams concluded their two qualifying sessions and returned to the pits to prepare for the opening round of eliminations.
Final Qualifying Order:
1) Raymond Dawson (Nevada, TX) - 4.03 @ 170
2) John Broussard (Lake Charles, LA) - 4.04 @ 188
3) Jimmy Jones (Cleburne, TX) - 4.06 @ 152
4) Doyle Smith (Paris, TX) - 4.14 @ 157
5) Mark Bowman (Oklahoma City, OK) - 4.23 @ 175
6) Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, TX) - 4.35 @ 169
7) Terry Brian (New London, TX) - 4.49 @ 158
8) Donny McSwain (Rockwall, TX - 4.65 @ 113
9) DoDad Burton (Tyler, TX) - 5.22 @ 116
10) Howard Farris (Springtown, TX) - 5.55 @ 108
11) Nick Poloson (San Antonio, TX) - 7.02 @ 70
12) Donnie Massey (Little Elm, TX) - 7.75 @ 95
13) Mary Reep (Austin, TX) - 13.00 @ 35
Parts attrition after a long and hard fought season of racing unfortunately ended the day early for Doyle Smith, Donnie Massey and Mary Reep as the remaining ten cars were paired up for the first round. With many teams still unable to find their tune-up on the chilly racing surface, the first round was sure to be an exciting one as racers battle for a chance to end their season with a big win here in Kennedale. The two quickest winners of this round would advance to the final as the call went out to fire em' up.
Number one qualifier Raymond Dawson rolled out in the opening pair and lined up with Terry Brian in the "II N'Tense" machine. Brian was off the line first and laid down the quickest pass of the event to this point, a nice 4.02 at 181 mph. Incredibly, Brian was left in the dust by Raymond Dawson's career best, a stunning 3.82 at 191 mph as Dawson's strong year end performance continued in this impressive round one win.
John Broussard and Donny McSwain came to the line next in a pair of heavy hitting blown alcohol entries. McSwain jumped the gun and went red off the line, while Broussard blasted straight down the eighth mile to a solid 3.97 at 191 mph as it appeared the teams may have finally found their go fast tune-ups.
Mark Bowman wheeled his "Blown Income" entry to the line against Howard Farris, who was driving Paul Gordon's "Red Baron" nitro burner. Farris' usual entry, the "War Wagon" suffered extensive damage at the previous event and Gordon was kind enough to let Farris drive at Kennedale to keep him earning points to hopefully stay in the Top 10. Bowman, who not only attended every OFAA event this season, but also won the Central States Superchargers Championship and competed at the World Fuel Altered Nationals in Iowa, looked to end his season with a strong performance here. Bowman was off the line first and never trailed, as his 4.22 at 167 mph took out Farris' 6.76 at 78 mph. Bowman missed the final, but could load his car in one piece after a very busy and successful racing season.
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