Rod Short
May 1, 2009
Photos By: Keplinger Designs
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 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 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 Wheat4.451 @ 172.17
Runner-up: Kenny HubbardBROKE
Procharger Street Renegade
Winner: Don Burton7.506 @ 188.46
Runner-up: Angel Padilla10.036 @ 92.48
True Street Quick 8
Winner: Tony Bourns9.000 @ 156.39
Runner-up: Jason Roberts10.609 @ 128.97
Heads-Up Index Classes Borla Performance Street Bandit
Winner: Brian Warwas10.650 @ 123.58
Runner-up: Jack Robnett10.731 @ 117.59
Saleen Speedlab Street Stang - 11.{{{90}}} Index
Winner: {{{Jimmy}}} Stokley11.991 @ 113.13
Runner-up: Mike Harris11.797 @ 112.18
Showdown Bracket Classes Harland Sharp Mod Comp
Winner: Tony Malone9.912 @ 133.54
Runner-up: Lloyd McBride11.{{{960}}} @ 111.05
Ultra Stang
Winner: S.D. Wheeler11.343 @ 120.43
Runner-up: Kenny Klingler12.051 @ 104.50
JDM Engineering Tough Truck
Winner: Adam Wiley14.065 @ 87.51
Runner-up: Paul Gamino3.589 @ 88.84
True Street
Winner: David Bramhall13.334 @ 101.87
Runner-up: Rob Hathaway11.985 @ 124.20
E.T. Bracket Classes
Fast {{{Ford}}} - Saturday
Winner:Lloyd McBride
Runner-up:Tony Malone
Quick Ford - Saturday
Winner:James Meredith
Runner-up:Greg Combs
Street Ford - Saturday
Winner:Craig Shepard
Runner-up:Art Anderson
True Street Results-Winner by Avg. Time
DriverAvg. ET
Tony Bourns9.101
Keven Kyser10.248
Crede Young11.212
Joshua Savering12.003
Billy Cowan13.008
Andrew Sommer14.149
Chris Richardson15.024
Cindy Thayer16.336

The 2008 Champions Banquet
Champions, Hall of Fame and Special Awards Winners

Fun {{{Ford}}} 2008 Champions
{{{Probe}}} Pro World ChampionDavid Schorr
Performance 2 Way Street Outlaw ChampionConrad Scarry
ProCharger Street Renegade World ChampionTravis Franklin
Harland Sharp Mod Comp World ChampionShane Williams
Borla Street Bandit World ChampionMac Sibley
JDM Engineering Tough {{{Truck}}} World ChampionPaul Gamino
RPM Outlet Ultra Stang World ChampionS.D. Wheeler
Saleen Speedlab Street Stang World ChampionTom Conrad Jr.
Champion Fiberglass 5K ChallengeDavid Higgins
2008 Special Awards
2008 Memorial Awards
Cecil Stewart Memorial Award, Newcomer of the Year AwardMike Modeste
Steve Collison Memorial Award, Sportsman of the Year AwardDanny Towe
Keith Riley Memorial Award, Real Racer of the Year AwardAngel Padilla
Steve Grebeck Memorial Award, Driver of the Year AwardShane Williams
2008 Crew Chief of the Year AwardRandy Auwarter
2008 Companion of the Year AwardMrs. Rosie Schorr
2008 FFW Hall of Fame AwardsLes Baer, NHRA's Atlanta Dragway
2008 FFW Sponsor of the Year AwardAMP Performance
2008 Special Recognition AwardO'Reilly Auto Parts

2008 Special Appreciation Awards

  • Probe
  • Performance 2 Way Racing Communications
  • ProCharger
  • Borla
  • Ford Racing Performance Parts
  • RPM Outlet
  • Harland Sharp
  • JDM Engineering
  • Saleen Speedlab
  • Tremec
  • UPR
  • 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
Sunday Winners
Best Big FordDoc McClelland - Ardmore, OK'{{{57}}} {{{Wagon}}}
Best Mach ILes Robinson - Bowie, TX'04 Mach 1
Best BullittTravis Robinson - Bowie, TX'01 Bullitt
Best SaleenJames Nelson - Tyler, TX'02 Saleen
Best RoushLamar Johnson - Flower Mound, TX'02 Roush
Best BossLes Baer - Hilsdale, IL'69 Boss 429
Best ConversionFrank Barcheck - Victoria, TX'65 Cobra
Top {{{Truck}}}Tony Spain - Bowie, TX'00 Lightning
Best {{{Mustang}}} CobraCharlie Morris - Humble, TX'03 Cobra
Best T-birdDom Zanella - Joshua, TX'65 Cobra
Riley's NostalgiaDoc McClelland - Ardmore, OK'57 Wagon
Manufacturer's ChoiceGuy Ogon - Abilene, TX'05 Mustang
Track ChoiceKen Finch - Harker Heights, TX'70 Boss 302
Promoter's ChoiceLes Baer - Hilsdale, IL'69 Boss 429
People's ChoiceCodie Maples - Hewitt, TX'07 Mustang
Modified MustangsJeff & Val Ruff - Seagoville, TX'05 Mustang
Best EngineMike Sayers - Arlington, TX'07 Mustang
UPR's ChoiceMark Johnson - North Little Rock, AR'94 Mustang
Best PaintKolya Freeman - Desoto, TX'88 Mustang
Best of ShowJim Schorr - Ft Worth, TX'69 GT500