Music City Raceway in Union Hill, Tennessee, held the Kirt's Automotive Pro
Mod Challenge on June 3. First place prize was a whopping $5,000 to win,
bringing out the best of the Deep South Pro Mod racers. The track was a
little slippery, wreaking havoc on the 2,000-horsepower cars attempting to
get down it.
After the smoke of qualifying cleared, longtime legendary match racer
Bill Clanton of Rome, Georgia, led the field. Clanton's star spangled ‘53
Studebaker with a blown Pontiac for power ran a 4.26 for number one
qualifying position. Professional Pro Mod match racer Hugh Scott from Red
Bay, Alabama, was number two at a 4.33 in his well-traveled Willys. Number
three qualifier was R.E. Smith in his blown ‘53 Studebaker, run by Joey
Moore late last year. R.E. got the C& R Automotive car to go a solid
4.36. The Wiggins Racing-sponsored blown BAE ‘57 Chevrolet of Bennie
McDonald was next at 4.45 for the fourth spot.
The second half of the field was headed up by the event-sponsored car of
Kirt's Automotive owned by Kirt Frame with son Brandon at the wheel. The
632-inch Oldsmobile 1992 Lumina Z24 got down the track at 4.65 for number
five. Returning to the Pro Mod scene after nearly ten years was Alabamian
Danny Gardner. Danny had the Gardner Racing blown 1994 S-10 in the field at
Former IHRA Top Sportsman World Champion Terry Housley of Lenoir City,
Tennessee, was number six with a troubled 5.01. Housley, who has raced in
the Super classes, Top Sportsman, Pro Stock, and now Pro Modified, has
teamed up with T.J. Harrill to race a nitrous ‘40 Willys. On the bump was
former Mopar racer Keith Reed. Reed and his father before him had raced
Mopar products since the seventies but has switched to a Blown BAE ‘63
Corvette. Reed 's R&R Racing entry ran a troubled 5.10.
first round began with Bill Clanton downing Keith Reed handily, 4.40 to
5.01, in a blown doorslammer match. It was blower vs. bottle next, with the
blown ‘57 Chevy of Bennie McDonald taking the easy win with a 4.45 when
Brandon Frame broke on the line. The next race was a wild one with the two
Willys of Hugh Scott and Terry Housley taking each on other in another
blower vs. the bottle race. Scott was the winner this time with a 4.37 to
Housley's troubled but consistent 5.01. Scott won the round but had a piston
break. This caused an oil fire and put him out for the rest of the race.
R.E. Smith's 4.32 put out the improved 4.60 of Danny Gardner in the last
race of the first round.
The quickest race occurred in the first race of the semi finals. Clanton
laid down a 4.26 to beat McDonald's trailing 4.36. With Hugh Scott, out R.E.
Smith took a solo into the final round with Low E.T. of the night, a
The final was a match-up of two blown ‘53 Studebakers with the longtime
racer Bill Clanton taking on R.E. Smith. The Stude of Smith claimed the
victory and the $5,000 first prize from Kirt's Automotive this time with a
solid 4.30 over Clanton's off pace 4.70.
Danny White & Darren