Francis Butler
August 1, 2006
Contributers: Huw Evans

Over in Street Renegade, Ronnie Wilson put on one of the most impressive performances in recent memory despite the conditions. On Saturday, the black GT and its driver were on a roll. In qualifying, Ronnie launched his steed and banged off an incredible 7.787! He followed it up with a 7.834 at 174.01 miles per hour - which was leagues ahead of his nearest rival this weekend, JoeRobinson who mustered a 8.398 at just over 150. This guy Wilson is unstoppable it seems!

The Bandit crowd once again witnessed another Bott versus Jones battle as these two guys seemingly battled the elements and each other, once again. Matt Jones shows no signs of letting up his iron grip on the class and even here, put in a good performance all things considered. Qualifying saw the white Jones machine run a 8.771. Daniel Bott pushed hard, attempting to get the better of Jones, but Matt wasn't going to give in. Sure enough, when the call came for the final round it was these two that ended up pulling up to the start line. Daniel got on the throttle hard, so much so that he fouled on the tree; so it was over before it had begun in this case. Jones ran on to a 8.859 to give him the win at the Cajun nats.

Darrell Peterson, with a new motor, arrived at No Problem ready for action. Despite disruptions to the racing schedule he did manage to get down the track and pulled off a 9.475 during qualifying to land the number one spot. John Scaro also got some track time in and he was right up there with Peterson - Darrell had to work hard to stay ahead of Scaro, including the final, where Peterson just managed to get to the post first with a 9.475, versus 9.555 for Scaro.

Regulars Tony Whetsone (Street Stang), Don Justus (Tough Truck) and Jim D'Amore (Ultra Stang), brought their rides East to Louisiana, but the rain put a stop to any eliminations in these classes. Needless to say these three gents at least were given the top spots in qualifying for their categories. It was a shame that the rain eventually put things to an end, because we could have had some great bracket racing too, not to mention an impressive car show - it's well known that the Pelican State has some very bad and fast Ford Ponies and other Blue Oval-powered creations running around on any given day. However, although the racing and official activities were curtailed somewhat, those that did make the trip to No Problem, found that the poor weather and heavy rain was the perfect time to bring out the stoves, cook some good ol' Cajun spice and then kick back and enjoy each others' company. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Modified Mustangs was there to take part. As for the race itself, well the circus arrives up in Richmond Virginia for the Old Dominion Nats in June and it is here where everything from Louisiana will be wrapped up; so we'll finally be able to bring the whole tally of official results. And we know that our hardworking events guy, drag racing photographer and legend himself, Francis Butler, will be looking forward to that one - and not only because it ain't far from his home base, but because, quote "I love this stuff, I love racing; I love the people in this sport. Plus it still gives me an excuse for not getting a real job." He said it, not me!