POWELL POUNDS THE HERD @ HOBBS
The Southwest Superchargers held their latest event at Hobbs Motorsport's Park August 11. Fifteen "quarter pounders" arrived to make an attempt at the eight-car field.
The warm afternoon's qualifying began with Greg Powell rolling forward to line up against Gary Smith as the first pair. Gary's Hemi pedaled and made a 5.1242 on the 1/8 mile index of 4.70 but his mph was 146.91 vs. Greg's 4.8133/145.77. Next up was Bill Norman (last months top qualifier) and Buck Woolen. Bill's Hemi powered entry spun and yielded a soft 5.5569/141.29 to Buck's 4.9684/140.23. Andy Mears and Julian Moody (in his fuel coupe style racer) were next through the box. Andy ran a great 4.6747/149.45 to Julian's spinning and crossed-up 4.9331/138.42. Ricky Esparza's slingshot lined up with Lyle Byrum and a nice close pair went off. Ricky showed a 4.8087/142.31 to Lyleís 4.7717/146.39. Points leader Jacob Penner and Gary Hill squared off and Gary's Max Wedge displayed a 4.8418/142.00 to Jacobís 4.7733/148.17. Most recent SWSC race winner Jason Wise went next with Brittny Blakely in the opposite lane. Jason's soft 4.9456/142.21 was a touch slower than Brittny's 4.8236/147.01. The last pair in the first session was Al Seelig and Sue Stringer. Sue's first pass on her new 515 bbc was a soft 5.1777/144.42 to Als better 4.8691/146.34. Pretty nice session considering the density altitude was over 6500' and the track surface was HOT!
Around 8:00 p.m. Q-2 started with Julian improving to a 4.6589/148.27 vs. Greg's ladder-topping 4.7031/148.12. Nice! From a small block Chev! Next Brittny stepped up with a 4.6393/152.80 to Sues better (for her) 4.8624/144.97. Ricky left early and posted a 6.4946/147.44 (!) against Buck's 4.8515/143.68. Andy went 4.6601/146.39 to Gary Hill's 4.7443/144.60. Gary Smith improved to a 4.7963/144/05 against Jacob's 4.7826/148.32. Lyle's second pass was 4.7480/148.47 vs. Jason's 4.9126/143.27. And Billís 4.8636/142.72 was run against Al's best of 4.7231/151.67. Mike Jones made the trip to Hobbs but had a major electrical failure while unloading.
The Hobbs Motorsport's Park Accutime system gave us winners reports that assured the ladder would go like this:
#1 Qualifier Greg Powell (slingshot) .0031 off index, would race #8 Jacob Penner (r.e.d.) .0733 off. #2 Al Seelig (r.e.d.) .0231 off against #7 Brittny Blakely (r.e.d.) .0607. #3 Andy Mears (r.e.d.) .0253 and #6 Lyle Byrum (r.e.d.) .0480. #4 Julian Moody (funny car) .0411 vs. #5 Gary Hill (r.e.d.) .0443 off index of 4.70. #9 Gary Smith (.0963 off, missing the field by .0230), #10 Ricky Esparza (.1087, .0254 off the bubble), #11 Buck Woolen (.1515, .0782), #12 Sue Stringer (.1624, .0891), #13 Bill Norman (.1636, .0903), and #14 Jason Wise (.1691, .0958 off the #8 position) were alternates.
Round 1 SWSC Eliminations got under way with #1 Qualifier Greg Powell calling out #8 Jacob Penner for the first pair. Penner's tardy r.t. added insult to injury as he lost the pass to Greg's superior 4.7153/147.59 vs 4.7502/150.25. #4 Julian Moody next came out to run #5 Gary Hill and two Mopar mounts squared off. Gary's wedge got the win with a 4.6943/146.10 running closer to index than Julian's 4.6598/144.88. Next #3 Andy Mears ran #6 Lyle Byrum. Andy took the stripe once again with a less offensive 4.6768/147.01 to 4.6687/148.47 (.008, closest pass of elims!). Finally #2 Al Seelig and #7 Brittny Blakely fired up to make their pass. Brittny took a holeshot win over Al with a 4.7315/144.23 to Alís quicker/faster 4.7186/147.49.
Now around Midnight the SWSC began Rd 2 as #3 Mears and #7 Brittny rolled up to the starting line. Brittny earned the right to move to the SWSC final with a great pass of 4.7089/148.27 vs Andy's too-quick 4.6540/144.88. #1 Greg Powell then pulled #5 Gary Hill out for the other half of the semi final round. Gary had a "moment" on the line resulting in Greg taking the win 4.7353/147.73 to 4.7732/144.97. Getting' close!
So, for the final we would see our SWSC #1 Qualifier Greg Powell in Dad's s.b.c. slingshot run against #7 Qualifier bbc Brittny Blakely. Brittny's former r.t.'s were .416 and .424, so we were expecting something. But Greg r.t.'s were .444 and .471, after a .405 in Q-2. Both had run a .70 previous... Aw let's get on with it! Brittny left second (.4442) and Greg won with a better r.t. (.413) and made the best of it, 4.7421/147.35 to Brittny's 4.7281/148.66. WHEW! What a race! Holy Cow, you guys know how to put on a show! M.O.V. of .0172. Nice!
OK, SWSC Race Fans! Were off to El Paso September 8 for a 1/8 mile SWSC race on the El Paso Motorplex property. Yes, 1/8 mile! We'll see you there! Stay in touch!
ATI Jet Fastest Qualifier Brittny Blakely (4.6393)
Good Vibrations Quick Light of Elims Greg Powell (.413)
SWSC Closest to index- Elims Brittny Blakely (4.7089)
Mears Mazda Bonus Winner Greg Powell
R/U Brittny Blakely
4.70ís on index 17
Spread of field .1340 (fastest to slowest)
Long distance Gary Hill (T or C NM)