Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
April 2, 2012

As cold weather begins to settle into most areas of the country, some places cling to what little warmth the summer has left behind.

Every year in the first week of November, the NMRA takes advantage of this mild weather by occupying the small East Texas town of Baytown. Just east of Houston, this refinery-riddled community is a haven for fast Fords.

This past November, hoards of Texans converged on Royal Purple Raceway for three action-packed days of food, fun, and heads-up drag racing, and we were there to catch it all. Edelbrock, Ford Racing Performance Parts, Paschal Performance, and many others drew spectators through the manufacturer's midway, and the swap meet area invited countless pieces of Blue Oval products, old and new.

Though the occasion welcomes all racers from both NMRA and NMCA ranks, it is a non-points event. This keeps many of the class racers away, but in their places are a slew of bracket cars and True Street participants. And the class for which the event is named after, the Lone Star Shootout, is the headliner.

Like the ever-popular Spring Break Shootout during the season opener, the Lone Star Shootout is based on a quick 16 format, composed of the 16 quickest averages from Saturday's Tremec True Street competition. With time to cool between rounds and the closed-hood rule suspended, this is where True Street cars can potentially make their quickest runs in competition.

The event began as in years prior, with Friday night's test and tune session open to the public, as well as event participants. By Saturday morning, everyone was dialed in and the True Street pits were filling up. True Street Director Gene Bergstrom had his hands full in the tech inspection area checking in the nearly 50 competitors before the cruise began.

After the 30-mile cruise, participants were allowed a short cool-down before making the three back-to-back runs. After the first run, Randy Seward of Alamogordo, New Mexico, was in the lead with an 8.49 in his '91 LX coupe. Allen, Texas-resident Tony Bourns was close behind with an 8.60 in his '81 Capri. In the end, Bourns came out on top with an 8.49 average to Seward's 8.56.

Jery Porsch took the 10-second win with a 10.10 average. His small-block-Ford–powered '66 Sunbeam Tiger is equipped with rear-mounted turbos and runs on pump gas. Billy Wagner of Houston took the 12- second win in his '11 Shelby GT-500. His all-black Snake has been tweaked by Houston's own Strictly Performance. The 14-second win went to Ric Bogue and his '05 Mustang.

On Sunday, four of the eight Round 1 matchups were given away by either red lights or broken parts. By the semifinals, three of the remaining four were Ford-powered. Bourns faced Mark Bannert and his '72 Nova, and Seward lined up against his friend Porsch. Bourns defeated Bannert with a 9.14 to Bannert's 10.12, and Seward sent his buddy Porsch to the trailer with an 8.63 to Porsch's 9.74.

In the final, Bourns and Seward lined up, both vying for and capable of attaining the victory and 6-foot trophy. Bourns got out ahead of Seward with a 0.113 light to Seward's 0.182, but it wouldn't have mattered. Bourns crossed the light with an 8.46 at 154.86 mph to Seward's 8.69 at 158.76 mph. The matchup was good, and both made clean passes.

This makes Seward's second straight runner-up finish in the Lone Star Shootout, and you can bet he and his Calypso coupe will be back for more next year!

True Street Top 25

DriverHometownE.T.Status
Tony BournsAllen, TX8.49Winner
Randy SewardAlamogordo, NM8.56Runner-Up
Mark BannertHouston, TX9.689-Second Winner
Jery PorschLas Cruces, NM10.1010-Second Winner
Kevin KyserHudson Oaks, TX10.44
John GlossonKaty, TX10.95
Danie TrevinoLeague City, TX10.95
Ronnie HackeltonHazen, AR11.0611-Second Winner
Stephen RebecekCorpus Christi, TX11.15
David PolverariBaytown, TX11.20
Chuck GibsonPearland, TX11.31
Josh SanchezHouston, TX11.69
Tim MillerNework, TX11.72
Jesus FloresBryan, TX11.81
Billy WagnerHouston, TX12.0212-Second Winner
Randy HinesPort Arthur, TX12.05
Chuck ClagueHenerson, TX12.13
Melissa LaughridgeJacksboro, TX12.15
Jeff HallWillis, TX12.17
Landon WinburnSanta Fe, TX12.24
Jason RiceCypress, TX12.39
Edward CullinsDickinson, TX12.48
Tommy AllenPasadena, TX12.54
Robert PresleyIrving, TX12.62
James JohnsonHouston, TX12.62
Craig ParroPineville, AR13.1113-Second Winner
Ric BogueLiverpool, TX14.1114-Second Winner
Ronald BrusciaKaty, TX15.5115-Second Winner

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