10th Annual Old Dominion Fun Ford Nationals - Running Well Is The Best Revenge
Fun Ford Pro Drivers At 10th Annual Old Dominion FFW Nationals Come Back In A Big Way After A Brief Layoff
From the December, 2008 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords
By Rod Short
Photography by Rod Short
IHRA Pro Stock champ Robert...
IHRA Pro Stock champ Robert Patrick stormed the field at FFW Richmond in his Shelby GT500 to pick up his first series win and a $10,000 paycheck as well.
With $40,000 in winnings passed out to the Street Outlaw 10.5 guys over the past three events, you can bet that more than a few Pro drivers were chomping at the bit to reclaim their place in the spotlight. That happened in a big way at Fun Ford's 10th annual stop at Richmond as fans saw one of the best Probe Pro shows in recent memory.
Dale Brinsfield, who was behind the wheel of Jerry William's new Mustang Pro Mod, led the field in qualifying with a stout 6.351 at 222.58. This pass was backed up to eclipse John Gullett's 2-year-old 6.367 record and establish Brinsfield as the man to beat at any event he attends. Of course, the guy in the No. 2 slot wasn't all that intimidated. Reigning IHRA Pro Stock champ Robert Patrick was right behind him with a 6.385 from his 827ci naturally aspirated Ford Hemi. Rounding out the field was defending class champ David Schorr, Tony Mangrum, Jeff Rodgers, Todd Howard, Todd Amandus, and Tony Lobaldo in that order.
By the time the semifinals rolled around, Patrick, Schorr, Brinsfield, and Mangrum were still in the thick of it. In a battle of Fun Ford and IHRA champs, Patrick drove around Schorr's holeshot to grab a hard-fought 6.415 to 6.524 victory. Mangrum, who was behind the wheel of Dan Seamon's IHRA Pro Stock Mustang, did a heck of a job driving an unfamiliar car, as his 6.562 at 216.58 came up just short against Brinsfield's 6.429 at 217 flat.With the top two qualifiers in the finals, the fans knew they were in for a treat. Brinsfield had run quicker all weekend, but was slowing down each round and not quite as sharp on the tree as Patrick had been. That proved to be the difference in this race as Patrick's .056 holeshot gave him the lead all the way to a 6.413 versus 6.390 upset victory.
ProCharger Street Renegade was just as dramatic. Five drivers were in the field at Richmond. Defending class champ Travis Franklin, who showed up just before the last round of qualifying, led the field with a 7.667 at 188.38, which was significantly faster than Dan Schoneck's speed record of 185.49 from 2005. Don Burton, Atlanta winner Ronnie Wilson, Houston winner Angel Padilla and local driver Shelley Smith completed the field.
In the semifinals, Franklin ran a 7.661 at 188.25 to beat Smith, who improved to an 8.186 at 173.90 to surpass her qualifying effort. Burton dropped a bomb, however, when he uncorked a 7.527 elapsed time, which was way under Sam Vincent's record set at Richmond the year before. While Franklin was running the best he has all year, he knew he didn't have the horses in his ProCharger machine to run against Burton's nitrous car. All he could do was try to make up that difference at the tree, which he almost did. Franklin left with a .079 starting line advantage, but Burton made up the difference and then some as his 7.585 at 181.52 put $3,000 in his pocket as the event winner.
Dale Brinsfield did everything...
Dale Brinsfield did everything but win the race at Richmond in Jerry William's gorgeous new Shelby GT500 Mustang with Low ET, Best Engineered award and a new class ET record.
Will Williams completed a...
Will Williams completed a 30-mile qualifying cruise with no stops and then ran back to back laps with 9.744, 10.433, and 11.617 times to finish First in True Street time trials at Richmond with a 10.598 average.
Don Burton put his name in...
Don Burton put his name in the record books at Richmond in Street Renegade by setting a new class e.t. record and winning the event in this nitrous true 10.5-tire Mustang with Gene Fulton nitrous power. Burton ran a 7.585 at 181.52 to beat defending class champ Travis Franklin in the finals.
IHRA Hot Rod class racer R.L....
IHRA Hot Rod class racer R.L. Smith came to Richmond to try his hand in heads-up Street Bandit and wound up winning it all. Smith used a great light and a 10.756 and a 10.60 index to defeat Joe Marini's 10.677 elapsed time.
David Higgins of King George...
David Higgins of King George won the second $5k Challenge race of the three event series in this '86 hatchback. This special low cost entry-level class is for racers who can prove they have no more than $5,000 in their racer, which includes the cost of the car. The final event will be at Bristol.
Fun Ford's annual stopover...
Fun Ford's annual stopover at Richmond always brings some of the finest Ford show cars from the mid-Atlantic with two separate competitions on both Saturday and Sunday. There were a lot of award winners with happy smiles at the end of the weekend.
The talk of the town at Richmond...
The talk of the town at Richmond was this brand-new SA-25 Sterling Edition 25th Anniversary Saleen Mustang. Just 25 of these cars were built at a price of just under $100k each. JDM Engineering got one, put another $80k into it, qualified No. 1 in Ultra Stang with a 10.386 at 117.41 and won the event with Paul Gamino behind the wheel.
Jon Pickering picked up his...
Jon Pickering picked up his second win in five wins to take over the points lead in Harland Sharp Mod Comp with this Mustang II. Jon makes nearly every event with his dad, who runs a big-block Maverick with a similar paint scheme.
Bob Perrine (near lane) launches...
Bob Perrine (near lane) launches his notchback in the final round of Sunday's Quick Ford eliminator against Frank Parks. Perrine's 9.684 on a 9.61 dial-in wasn't quite enough, however, as Park's .076 second starting line advantage proved to be the difference in his winning run.
In the heads-up index classes, Borla Street Bandit saw R.L. Smith upset the championship points race with a victory while Saleen Speedlab Street Stang was clinched by Tom Conrad Jr.
The Showdown bracket classes saw Jon Pickering solidify his bid for the season championship with another victory in his venerable Mustang II while Paul Gamino scored a win in what has to be the most expensive Ultra Stang ever. Robert Chuhran scored his second consecutive victory in Tough Truck while David
Higgins was the winner in the $5k Challenge class.True Street, always one of the favorites of all the Fun Ford classes, drew 66 entries at Richmond. Will Williams led the field after time trials with a 10.598 average while Sean Dwyer was the Quick 8 winner on Saturday. The True Street bracket race on Sunday was won by Timmy Watts.
Local racer Shelley Smith...
Local racer Shelley Smith had a good showing in Street Renegade at Richmond with a first-round victory before coming face to face with a resurgent Travis Franklin. Smith cut a light on the defending champ, but came up short in an 8.186 to 7.661 victory by Franklin.
|10th Annual Old Dominion Fun Ford Nationals Presented By Haley Ford |
|Heads-Up No Breakout Classes |
|Probe Pro||R/T||E.T.||MPH |
|W||Robert Patrick, Fredericksburg, VA||.017||6.413||218.23|
|R/U||Dale Brinsfield, Oakridge, NC||.073||6.390||222.84|
|Low Qualifier||Dale Brinsfield, Oakridge, NC||6.341||222.58|
|ProCharger Street Renegade |
|W||Don Burton, Aberdeen, MD||.124||7.585||181.52|
|R/U||Travis Franklin, Mansfield, TX||.045||7.723||188.62|
|Low Qualifier||Travis Franklin, Mansfield, TX||7.667||188.38|
|Modified Mustangs & Fords True Street Quick 8 |
|W||Sean Dwyer, Fredericksburg, VA||.213||10.973||122.74|
|R/U||Matthew Kuhlman, Virginia Beach, VA||.088||11.176||121.85|
|Heads-Up Index Classes |
|Borla Performance Street Bandit||R/T||INDEX||E.T.||MPH|
|W||R.L. Smith, Thomasville, NC||.012||10.60||10.756||124.87|
|R/U||Joe Marini, Clinton, MD||.093||10.60||10.677||126.73 |
|Saleen Speedlab Street Stang |
|W||Tom Conrad Jr., Charlotte Hall, MD||.031||11.90||11.977||104.69|
|R/U||Jim D'Amore III, Freehold, NJ||.037||11.90||12.080||115.55|
|Showdown Bracket Classes |
|Harland Sharp Mod Comp||R/T||D/I||E.T.||MPH|
|W||Jon M. Pickering, Troy, OH||.018||N/A|| 9.331||139.31 |
|R/U||Cliff Elliott, Arkansas Pass, TX||.120||N/A||11.922||114.67|
|RPM Outlet Ultra Stang |
|W||Paul Gamino, Rosharon, TX||.031||N/A||10.349||131.64 |
|R/U||S. D. Wheeler, Crosby, TX||.105||N/A||11.442||122.62|
|JDM Engineering Tough Truck |
|W||Robert Chuhran, Wixom, MI||.062||N/A||11.780||113.41 |
|R/U||Gerry Vanveen, Stockbridge, GA||.025||N/A||14.788||84.10|
|True Street |
|W||Timmy Watts, St. Leonard, MD||.025||N/A||12.444||109.58 |
|R/U||Jenna Burks, Jetersville, VA||.082||N/A||12.961||101.17|
|$5K Challenge |
|W||David Higgins, King George, VA||.168||N/A||12.522||107.15|
|R/U||Jamie Talbert, Taney Town, MD||R/L||N/A||12.426||107.98|
|E.T. Bracket Classes |
|Fast Ford |
|Saturday Eliminations |
|Sunday Eliminations |
|Quick Ford |
|Saturday Eliminations |
|Sunday Eliminations |
|Street Ford |
|Saturday Eliminations |
|Sunday Eliminations |
|W||Tom Conrad Jr.|
|Haley Ford True Street Top Finishers |
|Driver||Avg. E.T. |
Reggie Burnette Jr. had a...
Reggie Burnette Jr. had a great showing in Mod Comp with this '00 GT before a drained battery ended his day prematurely. Burnette still left Richmond with a secure standing in the Top 10 points cars.
Tony Lobaldo's home-built...
Tony Lobaldo's home-built low 8-second Mustang continues to find success against the big boys in Probe Pro. Labaldo went out in the first round against Dale Brinsfield, but appears to be headed towards a Top-10 finish in the season championship point's battle.
Houston winner Angel Padilla...
Houston winner Angel Padilla went out in the first round against Don Burton, but is still within striking distance for the Street Renegade championship with this turbo'd Mustang due to the fact that he has raced at every event this season.