Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 22, 2005
Photos By: Keith Keplinger

Fun Ford's return to Norwalk, Ohio, was well received as usual, with a bumper crop of cool cars and crafty competitors. The excitement began on Friday during the first qualifying session when the Aruba-based Pro car of Bert Kelkboom ventured into the sand at the end of the track; the culprit--a self-admitted brain fade. Neither the car nor the driver were hurt, and the team returned on Saturday to qualify well.

The '04 Street Warrior champion, Darrell Peterson, found himself elbow deep in an engine swap on Saturday as an engine failure forced him to borrow one from Jeff Chambers, a fellow Street Warrior competitor and, thankfully, a native to the parts near Norwalk.

In Tough Truck, one of the racers showed up with a transbrake installed in his ride. Starting line devices such as these are prohibited in the class, and the decision by the event staff to let him run after disconnecting it divided the class.

The bracket classes in Norwalk were off the hook as usual for this event, and since the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street class had "only" 98 cars, they were able to run three passes instead of the frequently abbreviated two-run format.

Fun Ford Norwalk is one event you don't want to miss. The competition is great, and the track staff are some of the friendliest around.

MM&FF True Street Results
Qfy# Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Average
1511 Nick Yarber 8.781 8.727 8.708 8.739 Winner
1521 Bill Klein 9.310 9.114 9.099 9.174 Runner-Up
1485 Tim Casto 9.622 9.598 9.641 9.620
1464 Matt Parker 9.626 9.552 9.771 9.650
1472 Marty Merillat 9.822 9.801 9.940 9.854
108 Damon Dais 9.887 10.036 10.035 9.986
1460 Steve Howard 10.659 10.577 10.485 10.574 Top 10 Sec
1496 Patty Goodman 10.833 10.813 10.732 10.793
1470 Bryan Martin 11.062 10.804 11.052 10.973
1490 Randy Budde 11.034 10.980 11.045 11.020 Top 11 Sec
1493 Chris Perry 11.118 10.953 10.997 11.023
1457 Kurt Brenner 11.103 11.264 11.134 11.167
1492 Jeff Zuccarell 11.077 11.289 11.313 11.226 Editor's Choice
1454 Neal Alder 11.659 11.291 10.999 11.316
1533 Jason Beaulieu 10.217 13.129 10.900 11.415
1456 David Walter 11.514 11.481 11.478 11.491
1524 Mike Moore 11.462 11.350 11.821 11.544
1448 George Chaboudy 11.923 11.586 11.177 11.562
1455 Robert Dappenbrook 11.562 11.441 11.986 11.663
1528 Ron Shaffer 11.563 11.535 12.024 11.707
1452 Chris Foreman 11.852 11.758 11.705 11.772
1474 Kevin Mullholand 11.845 11.893 11.907 11.882
1471 Derrick Kanelig 11.520 11.832 12.374 11.909
1518 P.J. Lynd 11.988 12.187 12.036 12.070 Top 12 Sec
1494 Brian Legg 11.514 13.609 11.392 12.172

SHOWDOWN CLASS RESULTS

Mr. Gasket Pro

  • (W) John Gullett, 6.475 at 220.56
  • (L) Chuck Samuel, 6.499 at 219.86

ProCharger Street Outlaw

  • (W) Billy Glidden, 7.066 at 196.53
  • (L) Dan Millen, 7.486 at 163.45

BFGoodrich Drag Radial

  • (W) Adam Louramore, 9.664 at 137.04
  • (L) Trace Meyer, (broke)

Borla Street Renegade

  • (W) Dan Schoneck, 7.775 at 184.52
  • (L) Ronnie Wilson, (red light)

Edelbrock Street Bandit

  • (W) Matt Jones, 8.659 at 156.44
  • (L) Cory Roth, 9.503 at 115.09

Blow-By Racing Street Warrior

  • (W) Jeremy Martorella, 9.470 at 140.56
  • (L) Darrell Peterson, 9.529 at 139.47

SCT Street Stang

  • (W) Darrell Lucas, 12.497 at 107.13
  • (L) Tom Conrad, 12.456 at 103.28

Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor

  • (W) Robert Hindman, 11.411 at 114.45 (11.38 DI)
  • (L) Troy Hardlicka, 14.088 at 93.18 (14.14 DI)

JDM Tough Truck

  • (W) David Gates, 13.075 at 94.40 (12.92 DI)
  • (L) Don Justus, 12.229 at 109.41 (12.23 DI)

JBA Headers Focus Frenzy

  • (W) Mark Adkins, 17.308 at 66.15 (17.07)
  • (L) Owen Spry, 17.402 at 79.35 (17.23 DI)

Ford Racing Open Comp

  • (W) Rodney Ward, 11.796 at 112.01 (11.84 DI)
  • (L) Bryan Parker, 10.633 at 112.44 (10.70 DI)

BRACKET CLASSES RESULTS

Saturday
Fast Ford

  • (W) Alan Palmer, 8.817 at 152.31
  • (L) Larry Huston, (red light)

Quick Ford

  • (W) Doug Baker, 10.356 at 128.27
  • (L) John Gregory, 10.429 at 127.46

Street Ford

  • (W) AJ Buchanan, 17.059 at 75.57
  • (L) Nate Holzhauer, 16.085 at 87.00

Nostalgia Ford

  • (W) Larry Kortkamp, 11.614 at 110.32
  • (L) Paul Jordan, 15.772 at 87.38

Quick 16

  • (W) Ron Barnhill, 8.430 at 159.46
  • (L) Mike Kopko, 7.200 at 186.48

Sunday
Fast Ford

  • (W) Jerry Spoor, 7.880 at 167.68
  • (L) Alan Palmer, 8.809 at 152.64

Quick Ford

  • (W) Bill Barr, 11.138 at 121.20
  • (L) Nick Hastings, (red light)

Street Ford

  • (W) Jerry Torgler, 15.426 at 87.95
  • (L) Josh Tyree, (red light)

Nostalgia Ford

  • (W) Brian Merrick, 15.426 at 87.95
  • (L) Christine Kent, (red light)

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There was a thrash in Blow-By Racing Street Warrior champ Darrell Peterson's pits as he lost an engine early on. Fellow Warrior racer (and nearby Norwalk resident) Jeff Chambers lent him an engine that was installed overnight. The heads-up community in the pits wasn't going to let Peterson go down without a fight, so competitors such as Gary Rohe, Chuck Samuel, Demo Koutsis, Robert Hindman, Ronnie Wilson, Adam Louramore, and Brian Tooley all helped him turn wrenches.
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Despite Peterson's blitzkrieg effort to get the car up and running, Jeremy Martorella took home the prize money in the normally aspirated Street Warrior class. Peterson was first off the Tree, but Martorella drove past him with a 9.47 to 9.52 win.
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In the SCT Street Stang class, points leader Tony Whetstone was first-round meat, while Darrell Lucas (Second) and Tom Conrad (Third) advanced. In the final, it was Lucas and Conrad in a double breakout, with Lucas coming out victorious.
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In Ford Racing Open Comp, Muncie, Indiana's Rodney Ward improved his lead with a win.
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Dubbed Norwalk-Gate by your author, The JDM Tough Truck class was in a frenzy over David Gates who showed up with a transbrake installed in his truck. Transbrakes are prohibited in the class and disconnection of the device was met by disapproval from some of the competitors as an acceptable way for Gates to be able to compete. The ruling from the Fun Ford staff allowed Gates to run, and run he did until the final where he defeated points leader Don Justus.
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Steeda/Hyland Mod Motor maniac Robert Hindman extended his championship points lead over Second-Place Gary Youngblood.

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