DENTON, Texas --
After six weeks off, the T.B.F.A. teams were eager to hit the strip and blaze the hides as the call went out for the first round of qualifying. Ted McCord wheeled his "Senior Moment" through the water box in the first pair out alongside Rick Grindstaff's "Quarterflash II". McCord clicked off a strong 4.69 at 143 mph while Grindstaff pedaled to a 5.00 at 149 mph. Steve Dunkin posted a 4.74 at 147 mph in his "Foolish Pleasure" slingshot alongside Frank Sharon's 5.00 in the "Cantankerous" blown altered owned and tuned by Frances Newlin.
Chris Stouffer posted a 4.68 at 148 mph in the "Defiant" entry and Wes Breiten laid down a 4.75 at 146 mph in the "Bad O'Man" blown altered. Steve Matthews went under the 4.65 index with a 4.59 at 151 mph as he and the rest of the teams returned to the pits to prepare for the final qualifying round.
FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER: 1) Ted McCord (Claremore, Oklahoma) - 4.66 @ 145 2) Chris Stouffer (Cleburne, Texas) - 4.68 @ 148 3) Wes Breiten (Wolfe City, Texas) - 4.73 @ 143 4) Steve Dunkin (Aledo, Texas) - 4.74 @ 147 5) Dustin Johnson (Davis, Oklahoma) - 4.96 @ 139 6) Frank Sharon (Granbury, Texas) - 5.002 @ 144 7) Rick Grindstaff (Dickinson, Texas) - 5.007 @ 149 8) Chris Graves (Carrollton, Texas) - 5.05 @ 138 9) Randy Mueller (Floresville, Texas) - 5.31 @ 129 10) Steve Matthews (Ardmore, Oklahoma) - 4.62 @ 152*
Randy Mueller and Chris Graves started off the first round of eliminations and this one ended on the starting line as Graves went -.009 red and had the best seat in the house to watch Mueller click off a 5.39 at 107 mph to take his first T.B.F.A. round win.
Ted McCord and Wes Breiten crept into the beams in the next pair. McCord was off the line first with a stout .013 reaction time, earning him the Good Vibrations "Quick Reaction Time" bonus and clicked off a "perfect" 4.65 at 151 mph to take the win over Breiten's 4.73 at 146 mph. With his 4.65, McCord also claimed the Fuel Injection Enterprises "Closest to the Index" bonus.
Steve Dunkin and Dustin Johnson rolled through the water next as eliminations continued. Johnson posted his best time of the night with a 4.91 at 140 mph but it wasn't enough to hold off Dunkin's 4.67 at 148 mph as Dunkin advanced to the semi-finals.
First Round Eliminations: (W) Randy Mueller (.114 rt) 5.39 @ 107 mph vs. (L) Chris Graves (-.009 rt) 10.75 @ 47 mph (W) Chris Stouffer (.048 rt) 4.71 @ 141 mph vs. (L) Frank Sharon (.138 rt) 4.75 @ 146 mph (W) Ted McCord (.013 rt) 4.65 @ 151 mph vs. (L) Wes Breiten (.158 rt) 4.73 @ 146 mph (W) Steve Dunkin (.034 rt) 4.67 @ 148 mph vs. (L) Dustin Johnson (.031 rt) 4.91 @ 140 mph (W) Steve Matthews (-.011 rt) 5.09 @ 138 mph vs. (L) Rick Grindstaff (Foul) 6.77 @ 76 mph
Chris Stouffer and Steve Matthews lined up to kick off the semi-final. This drag race had huge points implications as the top two in the standings met here in the semis. Matthews was off the line with a -.003 reaction time, unfortunately wasting his 4.69 at 147 mph while Stouffer clicked off a clean 4.70 at 148 mph to advance to the final round.
Ted McCord and Steve Dunkin were out next in this all front engine dragster semi-final round. McCord took a huge advantage off the starting line and his 4.67 at 149 mph was enough to take the win and advance to the team's first T.B.F.A. final round to Dunkin's 4.71 at 149 mph.
(W) Chris Stouffer (.030 rt) 4.70 @ 148 mph vs. (L) Steve Matthews (-.003 rt) 4.69 @ 147 mph
(W) Ted McCord (.021 rt) 4.67 @ 149 mph vs. (L) Steve Dunkin (.204 rt) 4.71 @ 149 mph
As the clock ticked past eleven o'clock the call went out to bring the Texas Blown Fuel final to the lanes as Stouffer looked to notch another win for team "Defiant" while Brown & McCord hoped to claim their first T.B.F.A. series victory.
After their burnouts the crew chiefs made their final adjustments and brought their drivers into the beams. The stage bulbs were lit and McCord was off the line first but left too soon by -.058 and made a strong move to the centerline and crossed into Stouffer's lane forcing him to lift as Stouffer coasted to a 5.17 at 105 mph to take the win in a wild final round.
(W) Chris Stouffer (-.028 rt) 5.17 @ 105 mph vs. (L) Ted McCord (-.058 rt) 6.44 @ 67 mph
Team "Defiant" took home their third win of the season and claimed the points lead by just four over Steve Matthews as the series heads into the seventh points race of the season just seven days later participating in the "Nitro Nationals" at Tulsa Raceway Park.
"Drag racing is truly 90% luck and 10% performance at a lot of races. The third Denton event for team 'Defiant' was exactly that. 100% of our round wins were a blessing from the man upstairs and our glory goes to Him! We couldn't be happier to race against such a great group of folks. We knew coming back to Denton for the third time would be a tough one to go rounds at due to the unpredictable Texas weather forecasted. It was much cooler weather than we'd competed in all year and the chance of showers and dew setting in as the night progressed was on our minds. We were also without Chris' dad, David, who was off enjoying something called vacation. None the less Defiant was overcoming some self-inflicted starting line issues to qualify number one after first round with a 4.68 and we dropped to number two after Ted McCord put up a fantastic 4.66 during the second qualifier that we couldn't surpass," said team owner and crew chief Carl Meador.
On September 22nd, the T.B.F.A. will invade Tulsa Raceway Park and we hope to see you there. The series would like to thank Good Vibrations, Competition Sales of Dallas, AMS Racing Engines, Fuel Injection Enterprises and Joe Monden Racecars for their support of the 2012 racing season. For more information, please visit us online at www.texasblownfuel.com.