Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 4, 2005

Fun Ford enthusiasts visiting Baytown's quarter-mile for some hot Stang action saw some great perform-ances on the 1,320 feet of pavement. While the car count was a bit on the light side in the heads-up classes, there were 97 entries in MM&FF's True Street, 27 in JDM Tough Truck, and 40 in the Steeda/Sean Hyland Mod Motor group.

Standout performances included MM&FF Cobra Shootout winner Jay Knott, who was top qualifier in Mod Motor with a 9.88 run at 140 mph; Jeremy Martorella, who set a new standard in Street Warrior at 9.50 seconds; and Bill Glidden, who set a new Fun Ford Street Outlaw record at 7-flat.

Having taken the first spot in the Street Renegade 7-second club, Jonesboro, Louisiana's Joe Robinson hit the mark again in Baytown with a 7.99 pass. Street Renegade also saw the frequent True Street entry of Eric Stubbs, who has stepped up the performance of his cool, blue coupe considerably, qualifying Third with an 8.27 run.

Race sponsors included Bayway Lincoln/Mercury which had its own Darryl Wischnewsky in the Open Comp final; Franklin Ford and Strictly Performance, which had cars in just about every class; and Tommie Vaughn Ford, which had Mike Horne's brilliant green Street Stang entry that made it to the semifinals.

Of the 97 True Street cars entered, 93 finished the tour and all three runs. The winning vehicle, driven by Brent Kay and owned by Ron Falk, held off the hard-charging Stangs of Owen Spry and Chris Escobar. It averaged 9.579, but just the day before it had suffered a head gasket failure and some stripped spark plug holes.

The team, which included Falk and Kay as well as Lloyd McBride and Eric Vigil, broke out the Stop Leak, and fixed the threads in time for Saturday's True Street competition. The crew's efforts to seal the head gasket were dashed on the first pass, but the Mustang fended off Spry's orange coupe with just seven holes lit.

Another standout performance in T/S was that of Tim and John Smith. John took the 12-second class win for the second year in a row, while brother Tim, who took the 15-second win last year, stepped up to take home the 14-second trophy this year. With the top 14 cars running 11s or better, it was an exciting class to watch.

Check out the captions for all the final-round action.

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Ron Falk's clean '93 GT popped the head gasket on its first pass, which was a 9.66. Despite this, driver Brent Kay piloted the GT to a 9.48 and a 9.58, which was just enough to beat Owen Spry, whose first run of 10.01 sabotaged his chances despite following it up with a 9.48 and a 9.41. Falk's GT sports a 347 with a T76GTS turbo and has gone as fast as 8.95 at 150 mph.
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Third-Place finisher Chris Escobar has been driving the wheels off his twin-turbocharged, Four-Valve SVO after purchasing it from tuner Jake LaMotta last year. In Orlando, he ran in the Spring Break Shootout and followed that with a True Street runner-up in Belle Rose and a Fourth-Place T/S finish in Atlanta. He finished the latter two races just behind Owen Spry who--lo-and-behold--placed Second in Houston. We're guessing Chris will be looking for a few tenths before the next event.

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Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street Top 25
Car # Driver Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Average
1. 1292 Brent Kay 9.667 9.485 9.585 9.579 Winner/Top 9 Sec
2. 1258 Owen Spry 10.010 9.483 9.419 9.637 Runner-up
3. 1195 Chris Escobar 9.751 9.668 9.663 9.694
4. 1284 Trent Disney 10.593 10.637 10.715 10.648 Top 10 Sec
5. 1220 Brent Fleniken 10.911 10.913 10.901 10.908
6. 1289 Danny Lake 11.517 11.063 11.049 11.210 Top 11 Sec
7. 1198 Derek Reindl 11.316 11.167 11.476 11.320
8. 1282 Duane Steubing 10.534 10.828 12.890 11.417
9. 1237 Garth Sanich 11.456 11.795 11.261 11.504
10. 1204 Jason Roberts 11.580 11.570 11.633 11.594
11. 1240 David Polverari 11.489 11.562 11.876 11.642
12. 1259 Lance Lavergne 11.948 11.685 11.510 11.714
13. 1239 Robert Vazquez 11.346 11.959 12.238 11.848
14. 1233 Lord Turner 11.787 11.648 12.219 11.885
15. 1226 Charles J. Cramer 13.639 11.180 11.091 11.970
16. 1200 John W. Smith 11.808 12.229 12.061 12.033 Top 12 Sec
17. 1246 Mike House 11.808 12.416 11.956 12.060
18. 1279 Matt Kowaleski 11.938 11.985 12.267 12.063
19. 1271 Mario Rodriguez 12.192 12.233 11.913 12.113
20. 1257 Jason Evenwert 11.717 11.908 12.800 12.142
21. 1221 Armando Corvantes 12.238 12.054 12.223 12.172
22. 1275 David Newman 11.941 12.254 12.479 12.225
23. 1272 Luis Rodrigues 12.412 12.113 12.325 12.283
24. 1260 Kevin Bell 13.395 11.744 11.899 12.346
25. 1234 Robert DaSilva 12.238 12.399 12.436 12.358

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'05 Fun Ford Texas Thunder Nationals Results
Mr. Gasket Pro

  • (W) Mike Herring 6.505 at 215.07
  • (L) Chuck Samuel (broke)

ProCharger Street Outlaw

  • (W) Billy Glidden 7.253 at 162.98
  • (L) Tim Lynch (broke)

BFGoodrich Drag Radial

  • (W) Adam Louramore 8.336 at 164.53
  • (L) Andrew Guptill 10.780 at 128.31

Borla Street Renegade

  • (W) Joe Robinson 7.992 at 174.35
  • (L) Ronnie Wilson 8.103 at 169.55

Edelbrock Street Bandit

  • (W) Matt Jones 8.616 at 158.33
  • (L) Adrian Duron 8.837 at 152.38

Blow-By Racing Street Warrior

  • (W) Jeremy Martorella 9.507 at 139.03
  • (L) Darrell Peterson 9.535 at 139.29

SCT Street Stang

  • (W) Johnny Langton 12.807 at 91.29
  • (L) Tony Whetstone 13.655 at 110.14

Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor

  • (W) Vernon Purdham 11.936 at 107.18
  • (L) Duwayne Cooleg 14.125 at 82.14

JDM Tough Truck

  • (W) Paul Gamino 12.907 at 102.28
  • (L) Don Justus 12.205 at 110.11

JBA Headers Focus Frenzy

  • (W) Mark Adkins 16.837 at 79.87
  • (L) George Hurt 17.097 at 79.84

Ford Racing Open Comp

  • (W) Brian Warwas 10.734 at 124.65
  • (L) Darryl Wischnewsky 9.096 at 147.73

BRACKET CLASSES RESULTS
Saturday Sunday
Fast Ford
(W) Darrell Hartwick (W) Robert Hindman
(L) Shane Williams (L) Glenn Elliser
Quick Ford
(W) Skipper Brown (W) Skipper Brown
(L) Eddie Franks (L) Brad Webster
Street Ford
(W) Todd Waites (W) Paul Gamino
(L) Jimmie Longino (L) Brad Webster
True Street
(W) Chris Escobar
(L) Roy Eckhardt

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