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Outlaw Drag Radial at MIR's Door Wars
Event Wrap-Up Report


April 16 , 2014


Story courtesy of:  Ricky Tippett

Twelve cars made the trip to Maryland International Raceway to compete in Outlaw Drag Radial at the 6th annual Door Wars this past weekend. Qualifying kicked off Saturday with Barry Mitchell’s Racecraft Inc. built ride taking the early top honors with a blistering 4.43 in the heat of the day as several cars struggled to find there mid-day tune ups and lost traction. The story line heading into the weekend would be the grudge race set to go down in the final qualifying session between Ricky Fox in Animal Control and Francis Johnson piloting the Great White. Both cars struggled in the early sessions and in the pits the tension was building minutes before being called to the lanes to settle the battle for the fastest Nitrous Stock Suspension car on the property. As the tree dropped both cars left with the candles lit and near the 330’ mark Fox lifted as he felt a serious problem which would result in a broken crankshaft ending the teams weekend as Johnson cruised to a 4.40 taking the victory as well as the #1 qualifying spot in front of thousands of MIR spectators who filled the stands. The excitement for capturing the #1 spot would be short lived though as Catlett Virginia’s Jesse Lambert would drop the hammer with a career best 4.38 at 172 to take the pole heading into Sunday.

Round 1 of Eliminations would test the crew chiefs and tuners as conditions would once again change from the previous session. Ev Bernardo would advance over Scott Owenby as he posted a 4.66 @ 163 which would be the quickest pass of the session. Steven Montgomery and Mustang Mike Modeste had the tightest race of the round with Montgomery keeping traction as Modeste struggled to find any, resulting in the Firebird moving on. Francis Johnson, Buddy Tippett, Barry Mitchell and Jesse Lambert would also move on. Round number 2 would start with Lambert and Montgomery squaring off, Montgomery would have electrical issues and slow as Lambert who lost traction early was able to drive around the Firebird for the win. Francis Johnson would meet up with Buddy Tippett’s new car for 2014 in battle between two MIR locals. A failed Nitrous line would end Tippett’s day in the Ford powered machine as Johnson cruised to an easy 4.70 @ 163 turning on the win light. Barry Mitchell would advance on a hole shot over Ev Bernardo in a great side by side pair of mid 4.50 passes. In the semi-finals Francis Johnson would enjoy an earned bye run as the #2 qualifier while Barry Mitchell was able to take out #1 qualifier Jesse Lambert as he posted another stout pass of 4.56 @ 168 mph. This would set up a great final round match-up of two big cubic inch mountain motor nitrous powered Mustangs. In the final, Mitchell in the Fulton Powered Racecraft machine would take the starting line advantage with an .057 reaction time to Johnsons .096. The massive 870 c.i. power plant of the Great White was too much though as Johnson posted a stellar 4.41 @ 170 MPH to turn on the win light and take the event win. Congratulations to Francis Johnson, Adam Howard and the Great White team on taking the first Outlaw Drag Radial event win of the season and capturing an early lead in the chase for the championship title. The next Outlaw Drag Radial event will be held Friday night May 9th and Saturday May 10th at the 36th annual Mountain Motor Nationals.





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