On Friday the 13th, Texas Raceway held their monthly Pro Mod race with
good luck for some and bad for others. A large field of 16 cars was on hand
with 14 of those able to get in qualifying runs. Landon Jordan returned to
Texas Raceway for the first time in three months with a vengeance. He
debuted a new name and paint job for car owner Ray Brooks called Jokers
Wild. Jordan was able to take the first qualifying spot with super 4.208,
169.09 that wowed the fans. Nathan Martin in the Stove Parts ‘98 Firebird
took second with his best ever of 4.291, 166.17. Gaylen Smith in the Texas
Bounty Hunter ‘94 Camaro got the third spot with a pedaling 4.430, 160.17.
Jim Brooks in the Big Jim ‘94 Lumina came in fourth with a 4.461, 159.66
pass. James Satterwhite took the fifth spot in the Satterwhite Racing ‘69
Camaro with his 4.478, 160.00 run. J.R. Sandian made the long trip from
Kansas and ran 4.580, 151.80 in the Bad Attitude 70 Chevelle. Eliajah
Burgson, better known as Thriller, got the Freddie Taylor ‘68 Camaro into
the field with a 4.758, 150.50 for seventh. Longtime racer Willie Frank
Mitchem took the final spot with a 4.780, 155.05 in his N2 Win ‘92 Camaro.
The first alternate spot was taken by Ricky Toms with a 4.799, 144.60 in
his '92 Camaro. Last month's winner Wayne Barlow was the number ten
qualifier with a 4.828, 147.86 in the Eagle Towing ‘81 Camaro. Corky Daily
was number eleven with a one shot 4.956, 138.55 in the Bracket $ Daily
Beretta entry. Nick Williams ran 5.09, 133.50 for the twelfth spot in the
Don Wadsworth blown ‘68 Camaro. Pro 5.0 racer Doug Mangrum was number
thirteen with a troubled 5.476, 141.46 in the Bob Utter Ford ‘98 Mustang.
The usually hard running Scott Herzog broke on his only pass with a 6.167,
87.88 in the Herzog Racing ‘88 Camaro to end fourteenth. Also in
attendance was Buddy Schultz in his blown ‘52 Chevrolet. He arrived too
late to qualify but ran a 4.626, 148.95 to show his potential. Kenny Barnes
was also hand with his ‘96 Cutlass after a couple years away from the Pro
Mod scene, but did not make a run.
The first round started with James Satterwhite defeating Jim Brooks with
a holeshot 4.511, 158.46 to Brooks better 4.480, 161.20. Gaylen Smith and
J.R. Sandian got into a wild race with both cars all over the track. Smith
came out the winner with a 4.487, 155.18 to Sandian's close 4.518, 157.45.
Nathan Martin won next with a fishtailing 4.622, 140.60 over Eliajah
Burgson's troubled 5.153, 137.59. Landon Jordan took on Willie Frank Mitchem
in the last race of the first round. Jordan took the win with a super 4.222,
169.22 to Mitchem's broken 14.574, 41.55.
Nathan Martin won the opening race of the semis, defeating Gaylen Smith
with a 4.336, 164.16 to Smith's 4.632, 127.49 when his transmission went
away. The best race of the night came next with Jordan taking on Satterwhite.
James Satterwhite slapped an amazing .402 light on Jordan, but Jordan
powered by to a super 4.195, 170.45 to barely beat Satterwhite's best ever
pass of 4.41, 161.90.
The final was a wild one! Nathan Martin took the upset win with a 4.310,
165.50 after Jordan crossed the centerline at the finish, taking out the
center cones. Jordan stopped the clocks at 4.558, 126.73 on his disqualified
run. The win was Nathan Martin's second of the year at Kennedale. The next
race will be a two day 16 car Pro Mod race with $2500 to win on September 13
& 14, so be there!