Words by Celeste Smith
Well, the cold front did move in last night however I don’t think it was quite jacket weather. The qualifying rounds were still a little warm and after the sun went down it cooled off a bit. Twelve teams showed up to battle it out TOPMA style and one drove about 11 hours from Columbus, MS, to come play with the Texas boyz. Here’s what went down after 2 rounds of qualifying.
#1 Gaylen Smith – 3.901 at 179 mph (Low ET points)
#2 Randell Reid – 3.950 at 182 mph
#3 Ron Stokes – 3.978 at 185 mph (Top MPH points)
#4 Steve Wiley – 4.029 at 185 mph
#5 Bob Alexander – 4.287 at 149 mph
#6 David Baldwin – 4.290 at 163 mph
#7 Jeff Benham – 4.299 at 166 mph
#8 Tommy Keeter – 4.321 at 165 mph
#9 Tim Cruce – 4.486 at 163 mph
#10 Jay Ligon – 4.586 at 154 mph (Best reaction time points)
#11 Darren Inman – 4.712 at 148 mph
#12 Matt Jones – 6.803
Steve Wiley (W) 4.081 at 177 mph (.090 RT)
Bob Alexander (RU) NT
This race was bittersweet for Bob Alexander as it was his first race to qualify for but it ended in first round after tagging the wall in round 1. Bob was okay after the incident because of all the safety gear these guys have to wear. Glad your fine Bob.
Ron Stokes (W) 3.950 at 168 mph (.103 RT)
David Baldwin (RU) 5.773 at 80 mph (.058 RT)
Baldwin gets the holeshot advantage but couldn’t hold off the hard charging Corvette for MS in the other lane.
Randell Reid (W) 4.166 at 148 mph (.061 RT)
Tim Cruce (RU) 5.505 at 88 mph (.046 RT)
Cruce steps in for Jeff Benham who broke in round 2 qualifying and was unable to answer the call to first round. Randell got a little out of shape and wisely aborted the run.
Gaylen Smith (W) 3.995 at 156 mph (.186 RT)
Tommy Keeter (RU) 4.270 at 166 mph (.062 RT)
Despite the holeshot advantage & improved ET by Keeter, Gaylen comes around for the win.
Randell Reid (W) 3.946 at 185 mph (.019 RT)
Ron Stokes (RU) 6.384 at 71 mph (-.012 RT) Red Light
I wasn’t on the line to see this but the wheelie bar broke on Stokes’ car and he did a spectacular wheelie and then slammed down after giving the win to Reid after leaving too soon.
Gaylen Smith (W) 4.468 at 123 mph (.454 RT)
Steve Wiley (RU) No Time
Steve broke the rearend during first round and was just barely able to make the call in round 2 and during his burnout he noticed something wasn’t right so he shut his car off giving Gaylen the competition bye run into the finals who is still troubled by transmission problems.
Randell Reid (W) 4.012 at 155 mph (.077 RT)
Gaylen Smith (RU) 4.883 at 99 mph (.171 RT)
After a short turnaround, Randell gets the holeshot advantage and the win.
Congratulations to Randell, Taylor, Darrell and the whole Reid Racing team for the back to back victory and to Gaylen Smith and Team TBH for their runner-up finish as well. We will see y’all back at Kennedale on September 14th. Don’t miss it!!!
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