Newman Bests Elsea for Quick Ford Title At Fun Ford Weekend
It was another hot weekend of racing on the track in Thunder Valley as Fun Ford Weekend came to a close with some spectacular final-round matchups.
In the Fast Ford class, Will McKay (Rockingham, N.C.) piloted his Ford Thunderbird to a win over John Meany (Pisgah Forest, N.C.) to take the win with a 7.80 effort at 88.07 mph.
Bristol’s C.J. Elsea drove his 1973 Mustang into the Quick Ford finals before being bested by Richard Newman for the title.
Danny Cole (Newland, N.C.) and his 1972 Mustang took the Street Ford category by running 110.72 mph with an elapsed time of 11.788. Elizabethton’s Justin Pierce and his ’88 Thunderbird finished in the runner-up slot with a 106.02 mph/12.892 ET effort.
Butch Chowan (Copley, Ohio) made a single run in his ’76 Mustang to capture the Nostalgia Funny Car title. Chowan traveled the strip at 140.68 mph with an 8.03 ET.
The Taco Bell Street Fights are next up at Bristol Dragway on Thursday, July 5. Gates open at 5 p.m., with racing set for 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $5, while anyone can race for only $10.