Michael Galimi
September 16, 2005
Photos By: Jim Campisano

For the eighth straight year, the Pro Mod 5.0 and Pro Street Outlaw classes were the headlining categories at the Mobil 1 World Ford Challenge at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis.

WFC 8 was the ultimate trip for Ford enthusiasts, from the packed car show to the various drag racing classes that could accommodate virtually every style Ford product.

The top class of the weekend, Pro Mod 5.0, was dealing out $35,000 to the winner. It brought out the best in the business, including several IHRA Pro Stock racers. It is so prestigious that team owner Kevin Marsh hired Billy Glidden to wheel his nitrous-powered mountain-motor Escort. That way he had two shots at winning the title. In the end, it wasn't a blower, turbo, or nitrous entry that took home the cash--Tony Gillig wheeled the all-engine ASSC Racing IHRA Pro Stock car to the top of the heap over Chuck Samuel.