Fords Rule Thunder Valley During Blue Oval Bash
Richard Newman and his 1988 Mustang proved Fords do rule Thunder Valley during last weekend’s Ford Blue Oval Bash at Bristol Dragway.
Newman raced his machine to the final round of Ford vs. The World competition on Saturday afternoon, which pitted the Fords against cars from all other manufacturers. Newman faced off against Tim Fields’ Pontiac Firebird and came out victorious, using a .024 reaction time, with a 7.417 elapsed time (7.39 dial-in) at 90.99 mph to defeat Fields. Fields left the line with a .056 R.T. and raced through the line in 5.523 seconds (5.51 dial-in) at 125.37 mph.
On Sunday, Clinton Snead of Bristol defeated Kingsport’s Van Greer in the final round of Super Pro action. Greer turned on the red light in the final round, giving Snead the victory. Snead’s winning run consisted of a .040 R.T. and a 5.413 E.T. (5.38 dial-in) at 126.74 mph.
Kingsport’s Alan Nelson drove to the Pro win over Lloyd Pierce of Elizabethton after Pierce also fell victim to a red light start. Nelson’s .164 R.T. and 7.451 E.T. (7.20 dial-in) at 78.28 mph were good enough for the victory after Pierce’s foul.
Steve Foley from Barbourville, Ky. earned the Sportsman category win over Rodney Finchum. Foley’s winning run included a .019 R.T. and an 11.690 E.T. (11.63 dial-in) at 112.55 mph. Finchum’s pass took 14.680 seconds (14.61 dial-in) and he drove through the finish at 87.86 mph.
Racing continues in Thunder Valley this weekend with the fifth installment of the World Footbrake Challenge. In footbrake competition, drivers are not permitted to use electronic equipment to help them achieve a perfect start.
For more information about the World Footbrake Challenge, please call (205) 612-3502 or (662) 837-8166.
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