Paul Rosner
September 1, 2007
The White family entry came to see how they'd measure up to the big boys with their 533 big-block-powered convertible. Dad Donald set up the Pro-shot fogger system on the big 1050 dominator, while brother Dustin studied each pass to assist with the chassis settings. Jason's wife and daughters had plenty to cheer about as he ousted Brad Brand in Round 1, but he was trailered by the Lynch freight train in later rounds.

Seventeen years ago, the Fun Ford Weekend opened the door for all the "true blue" competitors to gather at one venue-void of the overwhelming Brand-X population-for some sick bracket and heads-up, street-legal racing. The Texas Thunder Nationals, at Houston Raceway Park, has been one of the racers' favorites with its at sea-level location and NHRA national event-quality facility.

The big story at this year's trip to Texas was the $10,000 prize up for grabs in the Precision Turbo Street Outlaw class. Most racers would consider making the haul for the $3,000 check the runner-up will take home, not to mention the chance to make it in the pages of MM&FF.

All the biggest hitters were in the shuffle, including reigning Outlaw champ Conrad Scarry and the record-demolishing Tim Lynch. Bad Brad Brand's monster 700-plus-cube twin bandit was also in the hunt, as was Cale Aronson's bottle-fed 700ci big-block '05 Mustang looking to prove power-adder supremacy. The quiet Keen Brothers also attempted to make the field with a single turbo and only half the motor of the rest of the competition.

A $2,500 purse for the winner and $1,000 for the runner-up in ProCharger Renegade, along with a $2,000 top prize in the Mod Comp field, enticed many more racers to come and play at Houston's favorite playground.