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Burnley & Johnson Survive the “Last Man Standing”
War on Wheels


June 22, 2012


Press Release courtesy of:  Fabian Brown


Wednesday is usually defined as a middle point of the treacherous work week. However, this Wednesday night was different as some of the stars of Pro Modified and True 10.5 cars came to MIR with one goal in mind. That goal was to be the Last Man Standing. In a new format created by MIR promoter Royce Miller, the idea is to have no qualifying, just pull into the staging lanes, pairs determined by a deck of cards and whomever is the Last Man Standing takes home all the cash and glory, while the runners up get a thanks for coming a hand shake.

With names such as Ed Burnley, Robert Patrick, Larry Plummer, Ricky Fox, Francis Johnson and more looking to make history, one could only hope that they would put on a show. In front of packed grandstands on a night where all ladies are admitted free, the drivers did not disappoint with side by side racing and upsets all over 1st round. Before second round, Royce Miller gave the power to the fans and gave them the decision as to whether to leave the scoreboards off, or to turn the scoreboards on so all can see what times the drivers were laying down. The obvious choice by fan reaction was to turn the scoreboards on, the action only got more wild, more crazy. Only fitting of a War on Wheels.

In the Pro Mod final, it was former 2 time MIR Pro Mod Frantic 7 champion Ed Burnley in his nitrous powered 1967 Chevy Camaro taking on the supercharged 1963 Corvette of TJ Dehaven. This final round produced something very few MIR fans, officials, even announcers have ever seen. TJ Dehaven pulled off a perfect .000 reaction time, but lost traction midway through the 1/8 mile run, and Ed Burnley once again took advantage by putting up the 2nd 3-second run of the night with a 3.963, taking home the $5,000 cash, the IronTree trophy and the title of Last Man Standing.

The True 10.5 cars featured the stars of MIR’s x275 and Outlaw Drag Radial classes that run on Friday nights throughout the season. In the final round, with $2,500 on the line, former track champion Francis Johnson came to the line in his 2000 Firebird taking on Tim Johnson (no relation) in his 1990 Mustang. This one was close until about the 330 mark where Tim lost traction and allowed Francis to power to victory running a stout 4.634 second pass.

The gamblers race featured 2 drivers who have never won a quarter mile race before. Raymond Williams Jr in his 1995 Camaro took on 2011 MIR Junior Dragster champion Heather Schneider in her dragster. As they left the line Williams had an .008 light to Schneider’s .006. However the dragster couldn’t quite run the number as Williams went dead on with a 2 and claimed the victory.

Please join us again for War on Wheels II, Wednesday night August 1st featuring again the Last Man Standing Pro Mod and 10.5 wars, the Fox Hunt with all ladies admitted free and much more.



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