Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 14, 2006

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There's no doubt that the laps one gets to make in the Bristol Motor Speedway are driving lots of people to the Fun Ford O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee. Those entering the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords/Tremec True Street class were given a treat in 2005 by lapping the half-mile NASCAR track prior to turning elapsed times on the 1,320, and the event was repeated in 2006 for the 68-car field.

A favorite to win, frequent True Street racer and winner Nick Yarber went out before he could complete his three runs due to a broken rearend. With Yarber's usual low eight-second passes being absent, the title was wide open for his cousin Baron, along with a host of new contenders all vying to take home the first prize.

The hot True Street racers fought for track time with the quick heads-up and tight bracket-racing contingents, and the combination made for a great show at Fun Ford's 15th annual visit to Thunder Valley.

Despite the roving density altitude that hovered around 4,000 feet, many cars were running stout numbers, including John Gullet (6.50s all weekend long), Tim Lynch (6.97 at 213), and Erica Ortiz, who posted a career best of 6.85 at 207 mph in her Probe Pro class Thunderbird.

With a great facility and beautiful scenery, the race at Bristol is a great event to catch and one you should mark on your calendar whether you plan to race or watch. Check out the captions to see why.

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