Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
August 28, 2013
Photos By: Michael Johnson

Factory Stock

Matt Amrine focused on reducing rotating mass in the off-season, and it showed he was still on his game at Bradenton. Though the relatively warm Florida temps did little to perpetuate any performance improvement, Matt still ran his usual consistent 10.80s performing only routine maintenance in between rounds. His Two-Valve GT, rumored to be receiving an actual paint job sometime in 2013, did its part at Bradenton by going rounds. Matt’s toughest competition came in the final against Louis Sylvester, but he was able to pull out the win to get a good start on 2013.

Could we have a new Factory Stock wheelie king? For the last year or so it’s been Matt Amrine, which led to everyone wondering how he was able to make a Factory Stock car launch like that. At Bradenton, it was Louis Sylvester’s pushrod-powered Fox doing the launching. Sure, pulling the wheels does nothing for e.t.’s, but it sure looks cool, as you can see by this shot. Getting a Factory Stock car to do this on radials is nothing short of extraordinary, but Louis made it work by qualiying with a 10.72 at 124 mph for a full tenth on the field. After qualifying, Louis never was able to replicate that number, and Matt Amrine took advantage in the final, taking the win.

Modular Muscle

In the Modular Muscle final we had a bit of a burndown going on between Susan McClenaghan and Donnie Bowles. When they finally decided to play nice and stage, the duel didn't end well for defending champ Donnie. He went way red to hand Susan the win and a jump on the points. We're sure Bradenton won't be the last time in 2013 these two square off in the finals.

Open Comp

Donald Carver finished third in points on 2012, but with a Bradenton win he’s looking to improve on that finish. His ‘76 Mustang II features a 357ci powerplant to run low-10s in NMRA Open Comp. Heads-up racers better be ready if Donald ever crosses over because he’s deadly at the Tree. His worst reaction time came in the final, where he was able to watch final-round competitor Ashley Conway-Lang go red before it was his turn to go.


Johnny Lightning was finally able to get the money off his back by winning the 2012 championship. At Bradenton it seemed Johnny was ready to start 2013 where he let off, but Fred Wade had other ideas in he final. Fred was able to extract a 0.530 light against Johnny's slightly slower 0.565 reaction time. That's all the room Fred needed to take the win, even though Johnny ran closer to his own index time.

Super 'Stang

All the talk in Super Stang was Terry “Beefcake” Reeves and his 8.75 pass. That caused quite the stir just in the ’11-’13 Mustang circle, but in Super ’Stang, it’s not about quick e.t.’s. Dave Liechty, though a tad inconsistent at the Tree, was able to get the win at Bradenton with his ‘06 Mustang, getting past JD Coon, Silent Lloyd Mikeska, Marvin Knack, and John Memmery in the process.

Cobra Jet Showdown

The best way to increase your chance of winning is to have more cars entered than anyone else. The Skillman family had that part covered in the Cobra Jet Showdown class at Bradenton. Unfortunately, two of the Skillmans, Drew and Ray, had to face each other in Round 1. However, it was Drew Skillman and his ‘12 Cobra Jet taking the win on Saturday to do the family proud.