David Schorr capped a historic...
David Schorr capped a historic third Pro championship in a row at the 18th annual World Finals with some exhibition runs in front of an appreciative crowd of onlookers.
With the championships in Probe Pro and Performance 2 Way Street Outlaw already decided, all eyes were on the seesaw points battle that was going on in ProCharger Street Renegade. Coming into the event, the struggle for the class championship had boiled down to Travis Franklin and Angel Padilla. Franklin, the defending champ from last year, had struggled throughout much of the year with inconsistency while Houston winner Padilla was quietly accumulating points. Padilla had actually assumed the points before a crash forced him to miss a race while he was putting his car back together. In the meantime, Don Burton had assumed the role as spoiler, as a hot second half of the season made him the dominant driver in the class.
Burton, Franklin and Padilla were all there for the start of Sunday eliminations at Ennis along with D.J. Loiacaino and another driver named Angel Padilla (no relation). Round one saw Franklin's prospects for the title sink as he lost to Loiacaino. Padilla, on the other hand, failed to gain any ground as he lost as well against his namesake while Burton singled by virtue of being low qualifier. That loss allowed Franklin to breathe a bit easier, as any mathematical chance for him to lose the title was erased. Burton then disposed of Loiacaino in the semifinals while Padilla advanced. In a race for the event title, Burton overcame Padilla's holeshot to record a 7.506 at 188.46 mph while Padilla shut down to a 10-second run.
With five wins in 2008, Paul...
With five wins in 2008, Paul Gamino wrapped up the 2008 JDM Tough Truck championship with a final-round appearance at Ennis. Gamino has shown that he is one of the sport's elite drivers in anything that has wheels.
While attention was focused on these season championship battles, there was other good racing going on, too. In Street Outlaw, 11 different entries were led in qualifying by Jeff Naiser's 4.433 at 164.75 mph, with Kenny Hubbard's 4.449 and Darrin Wade's 4.481 following just behind. Conrad Scarry and Mike Murillo rounded out the Top 5 qualifiers. At the start of eliminations, Cory Wheat advanced after Nick Williams fouled while Murillo upset Ron Lummus with a holeshot 4.519 to 4.480 victory. Scarry got by Dennis Sugrus while Hubbard got the redlight win over John Steffield. Naiser advanced on a bye as Darrin Wade set the low class e.t. of the meet with a 4.424 in beating Chris Shortridge. Round two saw Wade beat newly crowned champ Scarry while Hubbard overcame Murillo's 0.003 reaction time to win 4.492 to 5.031. Wheat then closed the round by knocking off the low qualifier with a 4.463 to 4.702 victory to advance.
In the semifinals, Wheat beat Wade in a great race with a 4.471 to 4.485 victory while Hubbard won the bye to advance into the finals. Unfortunately for Hubbard and the fans, he was broke at that point, so Wheat got a 4.451 victory lap at 172.17 mph to take his first-ever victory in Battle of the Brands competition.
Shane Williams lost in the...
Shane Williams lost in the first round of Mod Comp at Ennis but walked away with a championship, winning the season title in one of the closest points battles in history.
Heads-up index racing continues to attract a lot of racers-and that was certainly the case at Ennis-as 14 drivers were there to rumble. In the semifinals, Brian Warwas used a big holeshot to win over Michael Burns, while Jack Robnett earned a narrow victory over Tom Conrad Jr. In the finals, Warwas overcame a 0.072 starting line deficit to beat Robnett with a 10.650 to 10.731 run, which was closer to the 10.60 class index. In Street Stang, Jimmy Stokley grabbed the win over Mike Harris after the latter was forced into a breakout due to Stokley's 0.214-second holeshot.
Over in Mod Comp, Shane Williams came into the event with the points lead and was looking to lock up a championship, but an untimely breakout sent Williams back to the pits. In the end, Tony Malone's '67 Cougar was the victor over Lloyd McBride's Mustang by virtue of a 9.912 on a 9.90 dial-in.
In the other Showdown bracket classes, the event finals came down to two drivers who had already won in 2008 with Kenny Klinger and S.D. Wheeler squaring off against each other. Klinger received the handicap in the race by virtue of a slower dial-in, but a slower reaction time and a 12.051 breakout from his 12.08 dial meant yet another victory for Wheeler, who wrapped up his second class championship in three years. Tough Truck saw number 10 qualifier Adam Wiley gain some bragging rights as he defeated newly crowned season champ Paul Gamino in the finals with the help of an awesome 0.006 reaction time.
|18th Annual Texas FFW Nationals Results|
|Heads-Up No Breakout Classes Performance 2 Way Street Outlaw|
|Winner: Cory Wheat||4.451 @ 172.17|
|Runner-up: Kenny Hubbard||BROKE|
|Procharger Street Renegade|
|Winner: Don Burton||7.506 @ 188.46|
|Runner-up: Angel Padilla||10.036 @ 92.48|
|True Street Quick 8|
|Winner: Tony Bourns||9.000 @ 156.39|
|Runner-up: Jason Roberts||10.609 @ 128.97|
|Heads-Up Index Classes Borla Performance Street Bandit|
|Winner: Brian Warwas||10.650 @ 123.58|
|Runner-up: Jack Robnett||10.731 @ 117.59|
|Saleen Speedlab Street Stang - 11.90 Index|
|Winner: Jimmy Stokley||11.991 @ 113.13|
|Runner-up: Mike Harris||11.797 @ 112.18|
|Showdown Bracket Classes Harland Sharp Mod Comp|
|Winner: Tony Malone||9.912 @ 133.54|
|Runner-up: Lloyd McBride||11.960 @ 111.05|
|Winner: S.D. Wheeler||11.343 @ 120.43|
|Runner-up: Kenny Klingler||12.051 @ 104.50|
|JDM Engineering Tough Truck|
|Winner: Adam Wiley||14.065 @ 87.51|
|Runner-up: Paul Gamino||3.589 @ 88.84|
|Winner: David Bramhall||13.334 @ 101.87|
|Runner-up: Rob Hathaway||11.985 @ 124.20|
|E.T. Bracket Classes|
|Fast Ford - Saturday|
|Quick Ford - Saturday|
|Street Ford - Saturday|
True Street at Ennis saw another...
True Street at Ennis saw another field of Texas street machines, which were led in qualifying by Tony Bourns who finished with a 9.101 average over the course of three timed runs.
Don Burton made the long tow...
Don Burton made the long tow from Maryland to Texas more than worthwhile as he dominated the field in ProCharger Street Renegade. Burton ended 2008 as the hottest driver and looks to be an early favorite for the 2009 crown.
Many of the baddest hot rods...
Many of the baddest hot rods in Texas were on the grounds at Ennis, much to the enjoyment of everyone there. Les Baer's 1969 Boss 429 won Best Boss on Sunday
|True Street Results-Winner by Avg. Time|
The 2008 Champions Banquet
Champions, Hall of Fame and Special Awards Winners
|Fun Ford 2008 Champions|
|Probe Pro World Champion||David Schorr|
|Performance 2 Way Street Outlaw Champion||Conrad Scarry|
|ProCharger Street Renegade World Champion||Travis Franklin|
|Harland Sharp Mod Comp World Champion||Shane Williams|
|Borla Street Bandit World Champion||Mac Sibley|
|JDM Engineering Tough Truck World Champion||Paul Gamino|
|RPM Outlet Ultra Stang World Champion||S.D. Wheeler|
|Saleen Speedlab Street Stang World Champion||Tom Conrad Jr.|
|Champion Fiberglass 5K Challenge||David Higgins|
|2008 Special Awards|
|2008 Memorial Awards|
|Cecil Stewart Memorial Award, Newcomer of the Year Award||Mike Modeste|
|Steve Collison Memorial Award, Sportsman of the Year Award||Danny Towe|
|Keith Riley Memorial Award, Real Racer of the Year Award||Angel Padilla|
|Steve Grebeck Memorial Award, Driver of the Year Award||Shane Williams|
|2008 Crew Chief of the Year Award||Randy Auwarter|
|2008 Companion of the Year Award||Mrs. Rosie Schorr|
|2008 FFW Hall of Fame Awards||Les Baer, NHRA's Atlanta Dragway|
|2008 FFW Sponsor of the Year Award||AMP Performance|
|2008 Special Recognition Award||O'Reilly Auto Parts|
He may not be the quickest...
He may not be the quickest or the fastest, but with two final-round appearances in as many events, D.J. Loiacaino has shown he's a force to be reckoned with wherever he goes.
Fun Ford 2009 Street Outlaw...
Fun Ford 2009 Street Outlaw Champion Conrad Scarry and eventual Ennis event winner Cory Wheat made for an exciting qualifying run.
True Street's Quick Eight...
True Street's Quick Eight made for somevery exciting, low budget heads-up racing on Saturday night.
2008 Special Appreciation Awards
- Performance 2 Way Racing Communications
- Ford Racing Performance Parts
- RPM Outlet
- Harland Sharp
- JDM Engineering
- Saleen Speedlab
- Modified Mustangs & Fords
- Champion Fiberglass
Burton overcame Padilla's holeshot to record a 7.506 at 188.46 mph while Padilla shut down to a 10-second run
|18th Annual Ford Mustang World Finals Car Show Results|
|Best Big Ford||Doc McClelland - Ardmore, OK||'57 Wagon|
|Best Mach I||Les Robinson - Bowie, TX||'04 Mach 1|
|Best Bullitt||Travis Robinson - Bowie, TX||'01 Bullitt|
|Best Saleen||James Nelson - Tyler, TX||'02 Saleen|
|Best Roush||Lamar Johnson - Flower Mound, TX||'02 Roush|
|Best Boss||Les Baer - Hilsdale, IL||'69 Boss 429|
|Best Conversion||Frank Barcheck - Victoria, TX||'65 Cobra|
|Top Truck||Tony Spain - Bowie, TX||'00 Lightning|
|Best Mustang Cobra||Charlie Morris - Humble, TX||'03 Cobra|
|Best T-bird||Dom Zanella - Joshua, TX||'65 Cobra|
|Riley's Nostalgia||Doc McClelland - Ardmore, OK||'57 Wagon|
|Manufacturer's Choice||Guy Ogon - Abilene, TX||'05 Mustang|
|Track Choice||Ken Finch - Harker Heights, TX||'70 Boss 302|
|Promoter's Choice||Les Baer - Hilsdale, IL||'69 Boss 429|
|People's Choice||Codie Maples - Hewitt, TX||'07 Mustang|
|Modified Mustangs||Jeff & Val Ruff - Seagoville, TX||'05 Mustang|
|Best Engine||Mike Sayers - Arlington, TX||'07 Mustang|
|UPR's Choice||Mark Johnson - North Little Rock, AR||'94 Mustang |
|Best Paint||Kolya Freeman - Desoto, TX||'88 Mustang|
|Best of Show||Jim Schorr - Ft Worth, TX||'69 GT500|
S.D. Wheeler put an exclamation...
S.D. Wheeler put an exclamation point on his '08 season with another RPM Outlet Ultra Stang victory at Ennis with this Team Performance Products-sponsored turbo Mustang.