Kinsley's Fourth Win Rocks North Star Dragway
Report and Photos by Chris Graves
The Painless Performance Outlaw Fuel Altered Association held its eighth event of the nine race 2013 season at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas, headlining the Fall Nostalgia Nationals on October 5th. Entering this event, two time defending series Champion Jimmy Jones and the "Texas Tremor" team held the points lead by slim eight points over Kebin Kinsley in the Roger Hennen Motorsports "Nitro Junkie" entry. Mary Reep also stood a chance just twenty two points out of the lead in her "Grim Reeper" altered. With fifteen cars on the property, the title contenders would have their work cut out as each round would play a crucial hand in the hunt for the Championship.
A wicked cold front arrived later than expected and drenched the NSD facility right as the first round of qualifying was set to begin. With a drop of over twenty degrees, the sun setting and continued drizzle into the late evening hours, North Star Dragway had no choice but to postpone the event one day. An incredible forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70's welcomed the OFAA racers and fans on Sunday, October 6th as teams filled the morning sky with nitro fumes on their pre-race warm-ups.
The first pair out was a rough one for both DoDad Burton and Nick Poloson. Burton shook and spun the tires off the line while Poloson took an oil bath at the top end on a 4.08 at 169 mph. After the clean-up, some teams fought tricky track conditions including Bobby Marriott who shook so hard he rattled the trunk body panels off his newly re-built "Shockwave" fuel altered. Donny McSwain blasted down the eighth mile to a strong 3.90 at 175 mph in the "Wild One" entry tuned by Kenny Trumble. Mary Reep posted a 3.97, Kebin Kinsley laid down a 4.09 but Doyle Smith made the biggest impression with his career best, a pedaling 4.10 at 146 mph in the "Chemical Reaction" nitro burner.
In the final qualifying round, Bobby Marriott was not qualified as his team fired the car in the first pair out. Marriott secured his spot in the field with a clean 4.06 at 169 mph, good for the number three spot. Terry Brian also laid down a 4.06 in the "II N'Tense" entry to qualify in the top half of the field. Raymond Dawson's "High Octane" altered stepped up to a 4.20 at 163 mph and Jimmy Jones pedaled his way to a 4.25 at 182 mph as qualifying concluded. Clint Cross's "Crossways", John Hale in Paul Gordon's "Red Baron" and John Broussard's "Purple Haze" feel short of the twelve car bump spot. Mary Reep's converted 4.021 held on to qualify in the top spot heading into eliminations, as she collected a valuable eight points on Jones as he qualified number nine.
Final Qualifying Order:
1. Mary Reep (Austin, TX) - 4.021 (3.978) @ 151
2. Terry Brian (New London, TX) - 4.064 @ 178
3. Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, TX) - 4.065 @ 169
4. Nick Poloson (San Antonio, TX) - 4.08 @ 169
5. Donny McSwain (Rockwall, TX) - 4.093 (3.906) @ 175
6. Kebin Kinsley (Arlington, TX) - 4.096 @ 170
7. Doyle Smith (Paris, TX) - 4.10 @ 146
8. Raymond Dawson (Nevada, TX) - 4.20 @ 163
9. Jimmy Jones (Cleburne, Texas) - 4.25 @ 182
10. DoDad Burton (Tyler, Texas) - 4.32 @ 162
11. Howard Farris (Springtown, TX) - 4.48 @ 116
12. Mark Bowman (Oklahoma City, OK) - 4.68 @ 166
13. Clint Cross (Crossroads, TX) - 5.03 @ 95
14. John Hale (Arlington, TX) - 6.09 @ 95
15. John Broussard (Lake Charles, LA) - 6.98 @ 72
John Broussard was inserted as an alternate for Nick Poloson as the ladder was set for the opening round of eliminations. The two quickest winners from this round would advance to the final. The opening pair was a powerhouse matchup between points leader Jimmy Jones and the always tough Bobby Marriott. After side by side burnouts, the crew members pulled the drivers to the line. Jones blasted off the line first and never looked back, clicking off a stellar 3.86 at 187 mph to Marriott's 4.40 at 182 mph.
Donny McSwain was out next in a competition bye run. The "Wild One" entry launched hard and clicked off a 3.97 at 179 mph to take the round win. Next out was Doyle Smith up against Mary Reep. Reep had to win here to keep her chances alive, while Smith was carrying momentum from his career best pass in qualifying. Unfortunately for Reep, this one ended on the starting line as she went red and tossed away a 3.93 at 186 mph, to Smith's 5.01 at 100 mph as Smith earned his second straight first round win of the season. Reep had her hands full at the top end when the throttle pedal stick on the cross bar and Reep did a masterful job of keeping the car on all four wheels and actually made the turn at the top end of the track despite exiting multiple rods from the engine block. A wild ride for sure as Reep climbed out under her own power and uninjured.
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