DENTON, Texas -- The Painless Performance Outlaw Fuel Altered Association held their 2013 season opener at North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas with a strong field of sixteen nitro and alcohol burning fuel altereds on hand. The long awaited first event of the nine race season brought some new looks to the pits and the return of some old faces. John Broussard and Raymond Dawson showed off their new look machines while Doyle Smith debuted his "Chemical Reaction" nitro burner with Clint Brown behind the wheel and Joe Farris' entered his first OFAA event in the "Grease Monkey" entry from Arkansas. Making his return to OFAA competition was former series event winner Donny McSwain in his vibrant "Wild One" blown alcohol altered. Kebin Kinsley rounded out the "new car news" making his OFAA debut driving the Roger Hennen owned "Nitro Junkie" entry.
The OFAA series welcomed back returning bonus program sponsors Good Vibrations Motorsports, North Texas Diesel Automotive & Performance, Wizard's Warehouse, Competition Sales of Dallas and 3rd Coast Commissioning Service for the 2013 campaign. Tom Akers of Wizard's Warehouse made the tow to North Star Dragway and was on-site with parts in stock, ready to cheer on the teams as they battled down the all concrete eighth mile in Denton, Texas.
As the first qualifying session continued, Chris Trussell blasted to a 3.97 at 182 mph in the "Assassin" which was upped by Howard Farris' 3.92 at 201 mph in the "War Wagon" in the following pair. Aaron Leyda's 4.08 in the Dale Wilkens owned and tuned "Hemi Hunter" out of Kansas put that team solidly in the field as the session wrapped up and cars returned to the pits for final qualifying preparations.
Final Qualifying Order: 1. Chris Trussell (Canton, Texas) - 4.029 (3.970) @ 182 2. Jimmy Jones (Cleburne, Texas) - 4.032 @ 147 3. Terry Brian (New London, Texas) - 4.038 @ 175 4. Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, Texas) - 4.05 @ 165 5. Howard Farris (Springtown, Texas) - 4.072 (3.927) @ 201 6. Aaron Leyda (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) - 4.08 @ 176 7. Mary Reep (Austin, Texas) - 4.092 (3.907) @ 176 8. Mark Bowman (Edmond, Oklahoma) - 4.13 @ 175 9. DoDad Burton (Tyler, Texas) - 4.14 @ 171 10. Kebin Kinsley (Arlington, Texas) - 4.35 @ 154 11. Raymond Dawson (Nevada, Texas) - 4.63 @ 112 12. Clint Brown (Honey Grove, Texas) - 5.21 @ 143 13. Joe Farris (Eureka Springs, Arkansas) - 6.32 @ 106 14. John Broussard (Lake Charles, Louisiana) - No Time 15. Donnie Massey (Little Elm, Texas) - No Time 16. Donny McSwain (Rockwall, Texas) - No Time
First Round Eliminations:
Howard Farris and Raymond Dawson were the next pair out but Farris quickly ran into issues unable to get his car into reverse and was forced to idle down the track. Dawson waited for the track to clear and left hard off the line in his new look "High Octane" entry but immediately reached for the sky going into a huge wheel stand before slamming back down to Earth. A wild ride, but a round win none the less for Dawson.
As eliminations continued DoDad Burton and Bobby Marriott rolled out next. Burton had a good starting line advantage but Marriott's horsepower was enough to drive around for the win, posting a 3.95 at 187 mph to Burton's 4.32 at 165 mph.
In the final pair of the round, Aaron Leyda and Joe Farris squared off, the winner having to run a career best pass below Jones' 3.92 to advance to the finals as one of the quickest two winners of the round. Although not quick enough for a ticket to the final, Leyda took the nod with a clean and strong 4.09 at 174 mph to Farris' 6.32.
Jimmy Jones's 3.92 and Chris Trussell's 3.90 held up for the quickest two winning elapsed times of round one, which earned them a trip to the last dance. A classic OFAA nitro vs. alcohol final round pairing was set as the teams returned to the pits to tune up their machines for the final race of the night.
First Round Eliminations: (W) Chris Trussell (.205 rt) 3.90 @ 188 mph (L) Competition Bye Run (W) Jimmy Jones (.057 rt) 3.92 @ 174 mph (L) Mary Reep (.549 rt) 4.12 @ 155 mph (W) Raymond Dawson (.324 rt) 13.32 @ 33 mph (L) Howard Farris (Broke) (W) Terry Brian (.066 rt) 5.38 @ 154 mph (L) Mark Bowman (.258 rt) 5.33 @ 154 mph (W) Bobby Marriott (.197 rt) 3.95 @ 187 mph (L) DoDad Burton (.104 rt) 4.32 @ 163 mph (W) Aaron Leyda (.048 rt) 4.09 @ 174 mph (L) Joe Farris (.364 rt) 6.32 @ 106 mph
As the two top performers of the night fired their engines for the final time, a favorite was hard to pick. Jones, two time defending series Champion was up against the most consistently quick car of the night in Trussell. In fine fashion, the cars thundered off the line with Jones taking a slight advantage. Trussell's car was belching flames to the tip of the rear wing and they were side by side as they went down the track. At the stripe, Jones took the win light with a 3.87 at 185 mph to Trussell's 3.99 at 181 mph and the Kelley & Jones "Texas Tremor" team clinched the victory at the season opener.
Final Round Eliminations:
"I'd like to thank everyone who helped our team get the car repaired for the race, without them we would have missed the race completely. It's a good feeling to know you've got some many friends in the pits and when someone needs something, you've got the guy you might soon be running in the other lane there helping you get ready for the round. My crew did an outstanding job and none of this would be possible without my partner Paul Kelley. We got it done tonight, but it wasn't easy, there's a lot of competition in the OFAA and this year will surely be a challenge," said Jones.
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