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  • Texas OutLaw ProMods at Texas Raceway June

    It was another Hot and Muggy Texas Friday night as eight Texas OutLaw ProMods rolled into Texas Raceway for their monthly shootout and this is how it played out:

    Session 1 Qualifying Order

    1. Doug Morales 68 Camaro 4.132@184.40
    2. Doug Riesterer 68 Camaro 4.135@152.78
    3. Rodney Parks 07 GTO 4.275@166.44
    4. **Kevin Hargett 01 Mustang 4.396@166.97
    5. *Chuck Poindexter 76 Luv 4.838@130.99
    6. *Charles Letteer 97 Firebird 5.001@109.40
    7. *Steve Wiley 63 Corvette 7.192@83.93
    First Session we see the Nitrous pack in the top 3 spots followed by the Lone Turbo Car then the Blowers bringing up the bottom.

    Session Final Qualifying Order

    1. *Steve Wiley 63 Corvette 4.122@158.56
    2. Doug Morales 68 Camaro 4.132@184.40
    3. Doug Riesterer 68 Camaro 4.135@152.78
    4. Rodney Parks 07 GTO 4.275@166.44
    5. **Kevin Hargett 01 Mustang 4.393@172.43
    6. *Chuck Poindexter 76 Luv 4.821@149.08
    7. *Charles Letteer 97 Firebird 5.001@120.35
    8. *Gaylen Smith 57 Belair 5.061@109.74
    Second Session was a blower popping by Chuck Poindexter and a great save by Doug Riesterer who nearly hit the wall and crossed the finish line sideways.
    * = Blown
    ** = Turbo


    Round 1
    Rodney Parks .088 4.695@146.02 WIN Kevin Hargett .105 4.947@130.48
    Both cars clawing their way down the track with Parks in the Nitrous car edging out the Turbo of Hargett

    Charles Letteer .125 4.888@116.26 WIN Doug Morales Foul -.118 4.344@183.77
    Morales Red-lights handing the Automatic win to Letteer

    Doug Riesterer .113 4.643@117.50 WIN Chuck Poindexter BROKE
    Riesterer on and off the throttle to get down the track when Poindexter could not make the call.

    Gaylen Smith .062 4.604@143.41 WIN Steve Wiley .068 4.725@128.75
    Gaylen and Steve generally meet in finals but Gaylen shuts down the win streak of Steve

    Round 2
    Doug Riesterer .076 4.496@138.96 WIN Charles Letteer .472 8.278@55.43
    Riesterer breezes around Letteer

    Gaylen Smith .144 4.154@168.32 WIN Rodney Parks .056 4.302@172.39
    Parks put the hole shot on Gaylen but could not hold him off on the top end

    Gaylen Smith .100 3.941@187.42 WIN Doug Riesterer .193 5.603@80.74
    Nitrous versus Blower for the finals, both are late but 57 Helaire was set on kill with a 3.94 for the Win

    Pictures from Toyse Woody Motorsports Photography can be seen here — http://prostockcars.zenfolio.com/p1014363606

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  • Texas OutLaw Pro Modified Association at Texas Raceway March Photos

    After a very long, cold winter it was evident that every drag racer and fan had cabin fever because the TOPMA season opener at Texas Raceway had a big car count and an even bigger fan count. The weather was decent but some would think this was a Friday the 13th. There was a couple of oil downs including anti-freeze spills out of the test and tune lanes which led to several lengthy clean-ups and a couple of mishaps leading to contact with the wall on two occasions out of the Pro Mod lanes added to the clean-ups which pushed us up against father time. The Pro Mods completed two rounds of qualifying and had enough time to run a final round between #1 and #2 qualifiers. Here’s how qualifying ended up:

    #1 Doug Riesterer – 4.150 at 183 mph (Low ET and Top MPH)
    #2 Steve Wiley – 4.199 at 157 mph
    #3 Brandon Lewis – 4.363 at 151 mph
    #4 Doug Morales – 4.371 at 167 mph
    #5 Rodney Parks – 4.581 at 139 mph
    #6 Bob Alexander – 4.618 at 113 mph
    #7 Gaylen Smith – 4.718 at 148 mph
    #8 Chuck Poindexter – 4.860 at 150 mph (Best Reaction Time)
    #9 Charles Letteer – 4.866 at 116 mph
    #10 Kevin Hargett – 5.057 at 140 mph
    #11 Robert Rankin – 5.427 at 101 mph
    #12 Perry Dunn – 5.953 at 69 mph
    #13 Mat Thomas – 5.956 at 81 mph
    #14 Shane Thompson – 6.236 at 110 mph
    #15 Chad Sheffield – 6.906 at 56 mph
    #16 Eddie Roach – 12.794 at 46 mph
    #17 Tim Cruce – 18.44 at 23 mph
    #18 Jackie Deaver – NT

    Steve Wiley (W) 5.268 at 95 mph (.126 RT)
    Doug Riesterer (RU) 4.792 at 106 mph (-.011 RT) Redlight

    Congratulations to Steve Wiley and the TGR Crew on your victory and Doug Riesterer and crew for your runner-up finish as well.

    Photos can be seen at:

    Toyse Woody Motorsports Photography – http://prostockcars.zenfolio.com/p494508701


    Jeff Helmkamp Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/jeff.helmkamp/media_set?set=a.640273152674911.1073741885.100000766978880&type=3

    Videos at Randy Hall YouTube Page – http://www.youtube.com/user/silvrram

  • Texas OutLaw Pro Mods at Texas Raceway October

    Well, this is it. The final points race of the season. The championship would be settled tonight. After 2 rounds of qualifying, here’s how it all unfolded.

    #1 Gaylen Smith – 3.934 at 188 mph
    #2 Doug Riesterer – 4.072 at 182 mph
    #3 Steve Wiley – 4.138 at 158 mph **Winner of Bonu$ money for closest to 4.15 during qualifying.
    #4 Eric Clark – 4.264 at 151 mph **Winner of Bonu$ money for closest to 4.30 during qualifying.
    #5 Frankie Taylor – 4.418 at 154 mph
    #6 Tim Cruce – 4.451 at 168 mph
    #7 Eddie Roach – 4.525 at 162 mph
    #8 Jay Ligon – 4.542 at 153 mph
    #9 Shane Thompson – 4.615 at 151 mph
    #10 Chuck Poindexter – 4.644 at 145 mph **Best Reaction Time
    #11 Perry Dunn – 4.817 at 105 mph
    #12 Kevin Hargett – 6.134 at 82 mph
    #13 Greg Green – 6.197 at 74 mph

    First round:

    Steve Wiley (W) 4.056 at 183 mph (.044 RT)
    Tim Cruce (RU) 4.924 at 119 mph (.146 RT)

    Wiley sat out 2nd round of qualifying to fix the zoomie he broke during first round of qualifying. Both cars peddled but Wiley came out on top.

    Doug Riesterer (W) 4.317 at 137 mph (.103 RT)
    Eddie Roach (RU) 4.458 at 160 mph (.030 RT)

    This was a pretty close race on the track due to the reaction times. Doug was playing catch up and in the process he might have burnt something up. Eddie got the holeshot, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the monster motor in the other lane.

    Gaylen Smith (W) 4.044 at 184 mph (.079 RT)
    Jay Ligon (RU) 9.141 at 53 mph (.028 RT)

    Jay gets the advantage on the tree but immediately blew the tires off and got sideways. Gaylen was trying a new combination and streaks by for the off-paced win. Note to self: This combination doesn’t work!

    Frankie Taylor (W) 3.901 at 194 mph (.029 RT)
    Eric Clark (RU) 3.980 at 152 mph (.035 RT)

    Frankie gets the advantage off the tree and never looks back. Clark improved on his qualifying effort but it just wasn’t enough.


    Steve Wiley (W) 4.114 at 168 mph (.110 RT) *Competition Bye
    Doug Riesterer (RU) No Time

    Doug hurt the motor in first round and was unable to make the call giving Wiley a bye run into the finals.

    Frankie Taylor (W) 3.897 at 186 mph (.056 RT)
    Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.010 at 167 mph (.059 RT)

    Both cars left pretty close together but Frankie pulls away for the win.


    Frankie Taylor (W) 3.894 at 196 mph (.066 RT) *Low ET & Top MPH
    Steve Wiley (RU) 3.941 at 183 mph (.075 RT)

    Wiley steps it up in the finals but it wasn’t enough to overcome the slight starting line advantage or the Hemi in the other lane.

    Congratulations to Team Taylor for their victory and to Steve Wiley and Team TGR for their runner-up finish as well.

    Congratulations to Gaylen Smith and Team TBH for the 3-peat TOPMA championship! This makes Gaylen and company a 5 time TOPMA champion which is not easy to do with all the stout competition out there!! (2003/2004; 2011/2012/2013) I’m one very proud wife!

    Photo Gallery is at http://prostockcars.zenfolio.com/topmatxroct2013


  • Texas OutLaw ProMods at Texas Raceway July

    Words by Celeste Smith Photos by Toyse

    A blistering hot Friday night at Texas Raceway found 14 Texas OutLaw ProMods clawing their way into the 8 car field. Seven blown, six nitrous and one lonely turbo car rounded out the fire and excitement filled night with the Texas Bounty Hunter, Gaylen Smith showing his hot weather tune up with a blistering 3.88 seconds elapsed time to take the number one spot in first round of qualifying.

    TOPMA_July-103#1 Gaylen Smith – 3.886@191.27 mph
    #2 Steve Wiley – 3.912@190.27 mph
    #3 Eric Clark – 4.008@188.36 mph
    #4 Doug Riesterer – 4.017@191.57 mph
    #5 Thomas Myers – 4.177@173.14 mph
    #6 Jim Brinkerhoff – 4.254@177.00 mph
    #7 Tim Cruce – 4.290@169.76 mph
    #8 Bob Alexander – 4.480@159.68 mph
    TOPMA_July-211#9 Eddie Roach – 4.497@165.29 mph
    #10 Doug Morales – 4.525@160.23 mph
    #11 Kevin Hargett – 4.599@169.23 mph
    #12 Chuck Poindexter – 4.665@156.70 mph **Best Reaction Time**
    #13 Bob Rankin – 4.966@150.40 mph
    #14 Perry Dunn – NT Broke on the burnout

    First Round:

    TOPMA_July-181Steve Wiley (W) 3.962 at 196 mph (.271 RT) Snoozing
    Tim Cruce (RU) 4.282 at 172 mph (.031 RT)

    Not sure what Wiley was thinking about but he was playing catch-up all the way down track. Tim had the holeshot advantage but Wiley’s hard charging HEMI was too much to handle.

    TOPMA_July-45Eric Clark (W) 3.934 at 194 mph (.029 RT)
    Jim Brinkerhoff (RU) 4.270 at 144 mph (.059 RT)

    Both cars had good reaction times but Eric had the advantage and kept the lead all the way to the stripe.


    Doug Riesterer (W) 4.014 at 191 mph (.072 RT)
    Thomas Myers (RU) 4.259 at 140 mph (.167 RT)

    Doug gets away first and doesn’t look back. Thomas was manhandling his Camaro all night.



    TOPMA_July-270Gaylen Smith (W) 3.867 at 192 mph (.116 RT) **Low ET**
    Eddie Roach (RU) 43.250 at NO mph (.392 RT)

    I don’t know what happened to Eddie but he stopped just after the launch, meanwhile the Texas Bounty Hunter ran the low ET of the night in the Smith Motorsports lane.


    TOPMA_July-117Eric Clark (W) 3.904 at 197 mph (.046 RT)
    Steve Wiley (RU) 3.920 at 198 mph (.047 RT)

    I was in the staging lanes and didn’t see this race but it looks good on paper so I know the fans must have loved it. Side by side 3.90 passes at almost 200 mph in both lanes. It doesn’t get much better than that!

    TOPMA_July-358Gaylen Smith (W) 4.099 at 166 mph (.050 RT)
    Doug Riesterer (RU) 4.162 at 186 mph (.049 RT)

    This race was a nail biter for me. We discovered a broke valve spring but didn’t have time to change it so we plugged off that cylinder and decided to give Doug a race because we KNOW he is capable of stepping up and running a 3.7 at any time. Luckily for us, Doug was having problems in the Smith Motorsports lane and we snuck by him for the win.

    Final Round:

    TOPMA_July-442Eric Clark (W) 3.920 at 195 mph (.052 RT)
    Gaylen Smith (RU) NT (.083 RT)

    After the semi’s, Clark Brothers loaned us the tool we needed to replace the valve spring (thank you very much) but it was the blower belt that broke at the hit of the throttle that ended our night, oh…and the fact that Eric was on a nice clean run in the other lane taking the win.

    Congratulations to Eric Clark and the entire Clark Bros. team for their victory and to the Texas Bounty Hunter team for their runner-up finish as well.

    Photo Gallery can be found at http://prostockcars.zenfolio.com/topmatxrjuly


  • 2013 Event Photos


    2013 Racing Season
    North Star Dragway(Denton)
    King of the Hill June
    King of the Hill and Texas Automatic OutLaws May
    OutLaw Grudge Race March


    Texas Raceway

    Texas OutLaw ProMods June
    Texas OutLaw ProMods May
    Texas OutLaw ProMods April
    Test ‘n’ Tune March 24
    Texas OutLaw ProMods March
    Test ‘n’ Tune March 3
    Test ‘n’ Tune February 17
    TOPMA Banquet


  • Texas OutLaw ProMods at Texas Raceway June


    Photo Gallery is at Texas OutLaw ProMods June

    It’s that time of year Hot Summer Nights filled with Friday Night Texas OutLaw ProMod Action at Texas Raceway. Six Nitrous, Four Blown and One Turbo cars all blasted one Bill Hielscher Blvd trying to get into the Eight Car field. Eric Clark led the field with a elapsed time of 3.959 seconds at 184.72 miles per hour followed by Steve Wiley, Doug Riesterer, Chris Domino, Gaylen Smith, Doug Morales, Kevin Hargett and Jim Brinkerhoff. Eddie Roach, Chuck Poindexter and Robert Rankin did not make the show.


    Qualifying Order

    TOPMA_Jun-52#1 Eric Clark 67 Mustang 3.959@184.72
    #2 Steve Wiley 63 Corvette 3.989@182.01
    #3 Doug Riesterer 68 Camaro 4.026@184.30
    #4 Chris Domino 05 Grand Am 4.171@172.50
    #5 Gaylen Smith 57 Chevy 4.334@144.67
    #6 Doug Morales 68 Camaro 4.394@158.80
    #7 Kevin Hargett 01 Mustang 4.446@167.91
    #8 Jim Brinkerhoff 68 Camaro 4.466@152.43

    TOPMA_Jun-41Did Not Qualified
    #9 Eddie Roach 63 Corvette 4.611@131.50
    #10 Chuck Poindexter 76 Luv 4.790@147.89
    #11 Robert Rankin 88 Camaro 5.510@125.55


    Round 1

    TOPMA_Jun-28Doug Riesterer  .085 reaction time runs 4.040@177.32 to defeat Doug Morales .121 reaction time 4.282@168.83

    Battle of the Nitrous Cars with Riesterer taking the win

    Steve Wiley .006 reaction time runs 4.280@151.15 to defeat Kevin Hargett .071 reaction time 4.534@165.68

    Wiley drills the tree to put Hargett and the turbo car on the trailer

    TOPMA_Jun-46Jim Brinkerhoff .147 reaction time runs 4.392@147.23 to defeat Eric Clark when he was not able to fire .

    Brinkerhoff pulled into the waterbox and shut off waiting for the Clark’s to fire but they were not able to. Brinkerhoff makes a nice pass .

    Chris Domino .119 reaction time runs 4.288@170.41 to defeat Gaylen Smith .030 reaction time 4.520@121.77

    Gaylen had this one all wrapped up right until the blower belt left at mph lights .

    Round 2

    Jim Brinkerhoff .072 reaction time runs 4.175@171.69 to defeat Chris Domino .057 reaction time 17.407

    Domino had the better light but went into wheel shake and crossed the center-line behind Brinkerhoff

    TOPMA_Jun-150-EditDoug Riesterer .046 reaction time runs 3.960@187.08 to defeat Steve Wiley .068 reaction time 4.008@185.13

    These two were locked together all the way down the track with Riesterer edging out Wiley on the top end .


    TOPMA_Jun-330Doug Riesterer .060 reaction time runs 4.170@166.70 to defeat Jim Brinkerhoff .035 reaction time 4.221@169.87

    All Nitrous Final with Brinkerhoff cutting the better light but Riesterer peddled it enough to get around him .


    Eric Clark had both the Low ET & MPH with 3.959@184.72

    Steve Wiley had the Best Reaction Time .006

    Thank you to all the Fans and Racers that came out to support Texas Raceway and Texas OutLaw Pro Mod Association .

    We Will see you on July 5th and 6th at North Star Dragway then back at Texas Raceway on July 12th .