Texas Nitro Nostalgia Drag Races San Antonio Raceway, May 5
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Marion, Texas(May 5th, 2012). Back in the day.....When there were front engine dragsters, altered coupes and a vast array of local hot rodders, drag racing began. This weekend....San Antonio Raceway hosted the Inaugural Texas Nostalgia Drag Races, presented by Texastiming.com on, both the quarter & eighth mile just east of San Antonio.
This was the second trip to San Antonio Raceway for the nostalgia classes, after last fall’s running of the Texas State Championships. Racers from across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma brought back memories for many of the old school drag racing fans, including myself, an old fence-hanger from back in the 60’s-70’s.
The Texas Timing Association cherish those days of traditional drag racing, as it was done when wheelbases were short, engineswere out front where you could keep an eye on them, nitromethane and methanol were commonly used fuels, and most of the spectators were just other drag racers and hot rodders standing by the fence waiting their turn to go to the starting line.
The association is working to keep the traditional roots of drag racing alive, show the new racers how our sport developed, and what the cars of the earliest and most sensational days looked and ran like. We are particularly interested in encouraging the reunions of all types of hot rodders and car show owners, back into the union with drag racers. Our sport began and grew from a mixture of these three elements when hot rodding, car shows anddrag racing were all simply different parts of the same thing.
Towards this goal, the TTA is developing a series of drag races with traditional hot rods and authentic, historical drag race cars. Back in the day the original North Texas Timing Association was a group that brought together all the mid-20th century car clubs into the singular body that operated the famed Caddo Mills Drag Strip. Now, in the early 21st century, the subsequent Texas Timing Association seeks Texas car clubs to partner with us and help to put on our events in the same old way.
The Texas Timing Association still races just because we love to do it.
Three groups were part of this years “Cacklefest”, named for the distinctive sound of the 1,000+hp motors that are far different than the present day 8,000hp, Top Fuel or Funny Cars. The Outlaw Fuel Altered Association(www.outlawfulaltereds.com), Texas Blown Fuel Association(www.texasblownfuel.com) and Southwest Junior Fuel Association(www.swjfa.com) all had a good turnout of nostalgia cars. Along with the Nostalgia classes Index and bracket races that were run during the morning.
Outlaw Fuel Altered Association
Terry Brian(New London) used his second sub-four second run in the finals to grab the win over Jimmy Jones(Cleborne). Jones, in the521ci, BAE powered, ’29 Ford, Texas Tremor, was first off the line, but the ’32 Bantum, II N’Tense of Brian, with 526ci of Hemi, drove around Jones on the top end.
Brian, the 2011 class Rookie of the Year, posted a 3.961 in the “Chicago style” qualifying round to advance along with Jones who turned a 3.981. Number one qualifier with a 3.925, Mary Reep in her ’29 Ford, Grim Reaper failed to make the finals after not making a run in round one.
Terry Brian, 3.925 @ 184.35 defeats Jimmy Jones, 4.383 @ 124.11
Texas Blown Fuel Association
Oklahoman, Steve Mathews(Ardmore) took home the ‘Woody’ in the Blown Fuel finals over Stepheville’s Chris Stouffer. Mathews, driving 1970 Woody Gilmore, B&M blown 355 Chevy, knocked out 2011 champ Stouffer in his ‘Defiant’ 355 SBC with leave of .010. Stouffer, who ran nearly an identical time to Mathews could never recover ground from the start.
Mathews was fast qualifier after the two sessions, with a blast of 7.579. while Stouffer closely followed in second turning a 7.726. Both utilized runs in the 7.60’s to make it to the finals.
Steve Mathews, 7.627 @ 145.30 defeats Chris Stouffer, 7.676 @ 165.38
Southwest Junior Fuel Association
Ricky Marshall(Burleson) was able to drive around Ron Muncy to take home the hardware in the SWJFA final round. The ‘Back in Black’ 406ci SBC, Hanson Chassis of Marshall gave up almost .25 on green then ran down Muncy on the big end to snag the victory.
Marshall led the way in both qualifying runs, while Muncy worked his way from the bottom of the ladder, aided by a red light win and bye. Marshall had two bye runs, but had to take out 2010 class champion, RichardBrady in round two.
Ricky Marshall, 7.377 @ 166.42 defeats Ron Muncy, 8.227 @ 159.86
Paul Schneider, in his AMC out performed Dustin Bradford on both ends to take the win. Schneider got a couple breaks along the way to the final round with red light wins, while Bradford, in ’27 Altered worked his way through, with consistent runs.
Paul Schneider, 13.911 @ 96.22 defeats Dustin Bradford, 9.619 @ 139.15
Steve Vontour jumped ahead with a better light in his ‘67 Chevy II against Jesse Vester in the ’40 Willys and increased his margin down the track for the win as Vester had his problems and slowed.
Steve Vontour, 9.478 @ 142.27 defeats Jesse Vester, 12.233 @ 111.52
The “27 Roadster of Robert Vinton used a near perfect .003 light and a 10.03 run to edge out Alvin Balwin’s 69 Chevy Nova.
Robert Vinton, 10.033 @ 128.98 defeats Alvin Baldwin, 10.078 @ 132.47
Gilbert Tejedo’s ’55 Chevy had a bye run in the 12.00 index, which was probably a good thing as he would have broken out.
Gilbert Tejedo, 11.825 @ 112.47(Bye)
It was a Ford vs. Chevy showdown for the 13.00 second index with Mark Hallock’s ’55 Chevy pitted against the ’32 Ford of Howard Bevers. Bevers just the holeshot, but then broke out on the top end giving the win to Hallock.
Mark Hallock, 13.163 @ 90.69 defeats Howard Bevers, 12.843 @ 98.88
It was another bye run final, for another ’55 Chevy as John Graves took home the trophy for the class.
John Graves, 15.140 @ 85.70(Bye)
Arlon Jahns took his ’63 Ford down the track uncontested in the 15.00 second index for the easy victory.
Arlon Johns, 15.642 @ 84.99(Bye)
San Antonio Raceway resumes regular racing on Wednesday night(9th) with a test-n-tune, plus Battle of the Brands, test-n-tune on Friday(11th) and Midnight Madness on Saturday thetwelveth. Memorial weekend SAR hosts a 3-day Sportsman Spectacular.(25th-27th)
The Outlaw Fuel Altereds return to action during Memorial Day(May 25) weekend at Texas Raceway in Kennedale, with a scheduled date ofOct. 27th for Texas State Championships at San Antonio Raceway.
The Blown Fuel Association is back on track May 19th, along with the Southwest Junior Fuel Association at North Star Dragway in Denton. Both will join the Outlaw Fuel Altereds Oct. 27th at SanAntonio Raceway.