The monthly Pro Mod race held the second weekend of the month was a
barnburner for September. Fifteen cars attempting to make the elite eight
After qualifying was over on Friday, track points leader Gaylen Smith was
atop the qualifying ladder. He ran a tough 4.271, 154.72 in the Texas Bounty
Hunter Camaro. In the second spot and way behind Smith was Jimmy Freeman Jr.
in the Must Be Magic Chevelle with his best ever run of 4.550, 155.53. Fresh
of a win in Navasota, Pat Edwards is showing that he is a solid contender
with his new Beretta. He ran a 4.561, 157.43 for third. Tommy Adams got his
well-traveled ‘69 Camaro to run a 4.590, 156.37 for fourth -- also his
Pro Mod rookie Matt Jones in the BMF ‘63 Corvette was fifth with a
4.651, 151.09. Last month's Pro Mod winner at Kennedale, Grant Hensley, was
sixth with a 4.662, 150.05 in the G-Force Trans Am. Keith Farris was number
seven in his ‘91 Trans Am with a 4.694, 148.54. On the bump was another
Pro Mod rookie, Ronnie Niswanger, with a 4.737, 152.30 in his ‘67 Nova.
Alternates included Kirk Williams at number nine with a 4.878, 143.73 run
in his Trans Am. Alvis "Snake" Sneed ran a best ever 4.908, 140.60
in his Camaro but was good only for number ten. Junior Herron was number
eleven with a 5.235, 150.01 in his Camaro. The wild man, Chuck Poindexter,
was twelfth with a 5.240, 127.83 in his blown Luv. The Steve Parts/Texas
Harley Firebird of Nathan Martin could only manage a 5.678, 94.64 for number
thirteen. Local Super Pro racer Russell Marr was number fourteen in his all
red Cutlass with a 6.097, 81.94. Local grudge race legend Ron Curley was
15th at a breaking pass of 13.845, 27.81 in the Curley Bros. Chevelle.
Here is quick rundown on the qualifying order:
1. Gaylen Smith (DeSoto, TX) ‘94 Camaro, 4.271, 164.72 mph
2. Jimmy Freeman (Spring, TX) ‘70 Chevy, 4.550, 153.53 mph
3. Pat Edwards (Dallas, TX) ‘90 Beretta, 4.561, 157.43 mph
4. Tommy Adams (Carrolton, TX) ‘69 Camaro, 4.596, 156.37 mph
5. Matt Jones (Sanger, TX) ‘63 'Vette, 4.651, 151.04 mph
6. Grant Hensley (FW, TX) ‘92 Pontiac, 4.662, 150.05 mph
7. Keith Farris (Red Oak, TX) Chevy, 4.694, 148.54 mph
8. Ronnie Niswanger (Mart, TX) ‘67 Nova, 4.737, 152.60 mph
9. Kirk Williams (Dallas, TX) ‘98 Trans Am, 4.878, 143.73 mph
10. Alvis Sneed (Grand Prairie) ‘86 Camaro, 4.908, 140.60 mph
11. Douglas Herron (Balch Springs) ‘92 Camaro, 5.235, 150.01 mph
12. Chuck Poindexter (Lancaster) ‘76 Luv, 5.240, 127.83 mph
13. Nathan Martin (Kennedale) ‘98 Firebird, 5.678, 94.54 mph
14. Russell Marr (Mesquite) '94 Olds, 6.097, 81.94 mph
15. Ron Curley (Ft Worth) ‘65 Chevelle, 13.845, 27.81 mph
The first round started with Jimmy Freeman getting a holeshot over Tommy
Adams. Jimmy stretched that out to a 4.564, 154.71 win to Adams' 4.733,
149.00. Keith Farris left on Matt Jones in the next race with a (.590) to
Jones's (1.18). Farris was able to win with his 4.659, 150.48 to Jones
better 4.521, 152.71. Grant Hensley holeshot Pat Edwards, but Edwards drove
around on the big end with a 4.514, 159.01 to beat Hensley's 4.704, 148.49.
Junior Herron got to race after Ronnie Niswanger broke. Herron was able to
holeshot Gaylen Smith but was outrun on the big end 4.434, 146.64 to
Herron's improved 4.859, 151.09.
The semifinals ended with Gaylen Smith taking on his former car, the Must
Me Magic of Jimmy Freeman Jr. In the battle of blown cars, Smith left on the
way late Freeman and won with a 4.412, 160.32 to Freeman's 4.623, 154.17.
Keith Farris scored another upset when he beat Pat Edwards with a personal
best 4.621, 152.30 to Edwards' trailing run of 5.145, 141.52.
The final would be Gaylen Smith in his blown late model Camaro taking on
Keith Farris inn his nitrous Trans Am. This was Farris's first ever Pro Mod
final but his lucky streak ended there. Farris was able to holeshot Smith
(.471) to (.586) but Smith ran a consistent 4.424, 158.32 to Farris's 4.648,
151.91. The victory for Gaylen Smith expanded his points lead over second
place Grant Hensley.