Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 1, 2006
Todd Amandus of Orlando was working out the bugs in his new BFGoodrich Drag Radial ride. He went out in the first round to Phil Clemmons of Sandston, Virginia.

Round 5 of the 2006 Fun Ford Weekend racing series descended upon the serene countryside of Richmond, Virginia, attacking the track with tire-smoking 1,000-plus horsepower machines, and the local roads with street-legal muscle.

Saturday's activities got off to an early start with the make-up finals for the O'Reilly Cajun Nationals (from Belle Rose, Louisiana). Mark Anderson, Don Justus, Jim D'Amore, and Sheldon Lewis were victorious in the Street Stang, Tough Truck, Ultra Stang, and Modcomp classes, respectively.

As always, a strong, 56-car Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords True Street contingent came out and Tremec Transmissions was on hand to pass out free hats at the drivers' meeting. The street-legal war in True Street was fierce, with several 10-second players vying for the top spot. Stephen Posenau brought home the money with a winning average of 10.34 seconds.

David Schorr of Independence, North Carolina, continued building his lead in Probe Pro, piloting his '04 Kaase-powered big-block Escort to the win. It was a close race with Rainbow City, Alabama's Jason Collins who, along with Schorr, broke traction and pedaled the car to the finish line but wasn't able to put the power down soon enough.

While True Street kicked up the street/strip action, there were other battles contested. Some racers suffered the usual minor breakage on the strip, but in one unfortunate incident, an '05 Mustang GT banged the wall (see photo) hard. In another case, James Black, whose Street Renegade ride started out of the groove, see-sawed back and forth until it finally crunched the barrier about 1,000 feet out.

Come Sunday, a bleak weather outlook kept some of the fans away, but the hot side-by-side racing wasn't to be missed, especially in the Drag Radial, Street Outlaw, and Pro finals, where the drivers fought for traction most of the way down the track. The one who could get the power to the ground the fastest and the longest took the win.

We could ramble on for hours about the happenings, but we'd rather show you, so flip the pages and dig into our pictorial from Richmond. We'll see you at the next FFW event.

True Street Top 25 And Class Winner
DriverRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Avg
Stephen Posenau10.351 10.378 10.348 10.359 Winner
Rick Kelso 11.142 10.697 10.43710.759
Robert Walters 11.394 10.511 10.59410.833
Mario Bragg 10.907 11.025 10.93210.955
Daris Swepston 11.310 10.991 11.011 11.104 Top 11 Sec.
Chris Burks 11.337 11.277 11.01111.208
Tim Totty 11.087 11.299 11.57311.320
John Walker 11.628 11.472 11.32811.476
Jayson Mich 11.628 11.697 11.80111.709
Jerome Berry 11.612 11.811 11.88611.770
Jon Springer 12.602 11.426 11.57811.869
Dwight L. Jones 11.866 11.935 11.99611.932
Alvin E. Williams 11.898 11.875 12.07411.949
Paul Bowles 12.556 11.790 11.62811.991
Jeff Edwards 11.504 11.571 13.019 12.031 Top 12 Sec.
Lewis Dmtryszun 12.003 12.071 12.34812.141
S. Vaulan Jr. 12.423 12.096 12.13512.218
Raymond Crawford 12.208 12.384 12.15612.249
Tim Canova 12.403 11.981 12.40112.262
Michael Rousch 12.518 12.697 11.92012.378
Cliff Elliott 12.527 12.345 12.36812.413
Daniel C. Rackley Jr. 12.553 12.526 12.54212.540
Donnie Edgeton 12.689 12.{{{600}}} 12.78812.692
Stevie Vaughan Sr. 14.206 12.359 12.{{{323}}}12.963
Gary Sanders 12.879 13.183 13.039 13.034 Top 13 Sec.
Raymond Morris 14.316 13.951 14.048 14.105 Top 14 Sec.
Kari Earle 16.127 15.540 15.322 15.663 Top 15 Sec.

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