put horsepower on display @ Alien City Dragway in Roswell July 21. Ten
supercharged faithful made the trip in the New Mexico heat to compete.
After an unusually warm
afternoon of static display in the sun, off we went to the Roswell eighth mile.
Time trials/qualifying began as the sun set around 8:00 and Ray Stringer,
driving Wayne Reinart's "Prairie Fire" funny car appeared to run Keith Mauldin
in Mike Aton's "Comfortably Numb" dragster. Mike and the team are working on a
new combination and struggled to a soft 5.7698/125.63 to Ray's 4.9842/142.68.
Next up was Rodney Ferguson shoeing a fresh dragster to the SWSC, owned by Steve
Meiwes from the Amarillo, Texas area. Gremlins bedeviled Rodney, 6.0808/113.69
to Christian Leffew's 4.7102/148.32. Another newbie to the SWSC Landon Thompson
drove the former "Banzai" dragster of Andy Mears (now owned by Kevin Burks) vs.
Jacob Penner in his sweet slingshot. Landon ripped off a great 4.6804/152.85 to
Penner's 4.6823/152.75. How's that for close side-by-side competition! Next up
Janna Skinner met Joe Navar. Joe had traction woes, 5.3909/139.62 to Janna's
index-close 4.6222/15075. Finally Butch Baros made a 5.2708/131.66 in the "Just
For Kicks" car from Seminole.
Our SWSC Thanks to all the
Roswell sponsors/associates that saw to it that the SWSC returned to Roswell for
this race. Tate Branch Dealerships, Westlake Hardware, Powell Tire, and Peppers
We love coming to Roswell and putting on a show for the Roswell fans.
Rd 2 Qualifying got under
way with Joe again squaring off against Janna. Janna thundered away to a sweet
4.6223/151.11 as Joe again had traction issues, sliding completely over crossing
into Janna's lane. Only a masterful job of handling a race car by Joe prevented
the two from occupying the same space for a brief moment. Close! And no e.t. as
Joe decided to stay where he was rather than take a chance of running over
Roswell equipment. The father and son pair of Ray and Christian next appeared to
run. Ray left, but Christians tranny brake refused to set. Rays e.t. was
5.4390/135.14 as Christian reversed and re-staged, finally realizing low gear
was gone, resulting in a 10-second e.t. at 63 m.p.h. Landon went under index in
Kevin Burks dragster, 4.5816/154.80 to Jacobs 4.9487/151.52. Keith Mauldin made
a 5.5766/124.45 vs. Butch Baros' 5.3030/128.28. Rickie Weeaks came out in his
TAD style car to test the equipment. This was the first time out in this car
since purchase, and a super safe/soft 8.66 was the result. Nice car!
At this point the SWSC had
a little unfinished business. We had to run off the Final from our previous race
in El Paso, postponed because of a late oil-down there. Finalists Joe Navar and
Janna Skinner made their way to the bleach box for that race as the other racers
watched in earnest. Janna squeaked out the win over Joe as he made his best pass
so far of the weekend. 4.62 to win for Janna to 4.64 for Joe. Great race, SWSC!
After crunching the
numbers like a day-old bowl of stale tortilla chips, the reliable SWSC #2
yielded the ladder as #1 Qualifier Landon Thompson (.0184 off index) in Kevin
Burks dragster. They would meet
#8 Keith Mauldin (.9766) in Rd 1. #2 Janna Skinner (.0222) would run #7 Joe
Navar AGAIN (.7909). #3 Qualifier was Jacob Penner (.0923). He would get #6
Butch Baros (.6798). #4 Christian Leffew
(.1102) would face off vs. Ray Stringer (.3842). #9 Rodney Ferguson and #10
Rickie Weeaks would be the cheer team for this race. Notable pairings to the
outsider here: Joe vs. Janna AGAIN, Father and Son (Ray vs. Christian), and
Jacob and Butch (Jacob owns both cars!). How unique.
pair out of the Alien City race pits was Ray Stringer and Christian Leffew. Both
drivers knew Christians car was wounded (no low gear), but both were determined
to put on the best show possible for the
Roswell race crowd. Ray took the win in the flopper, 5.2432/138.42 to Christians
5.0446/129.68. Next was Jacob and Butch. Jacobs trans brake failed, handing the
win to Butch, 5.8778/131.64 as Jacob l.b.3.a. #1 Landon got ready to race but
his opponent #8 Keith was a no-show (hurt motor). As we went looking for #9
Rodney Ferguson, same report! So #10 Rickie Weeaks stood in to make a pair.
After the ritual burn-out, Rickie had a malfunction and couldn't get the car in
forward, Landon still got a bye after all that, and made a 4.6605/154.22. Last
pair was Janna vs. Joe. Joe made his best pass of the weekend, a nice
4.6606/147.93, but to no avail as Janna went her best also, a sweet
4.6188/150.30 for the win.
Rd 2 Elims began with
Butch Baros meeting Janna Skinner. Janna took the stripe with another
close-to-index 4.6275/139.88 (BRAKES!), to Butch's softer 5.3004/116.64. Landon
and Ray met in the other half of the semi-final round. Landons 4.6634/132.78 won
over Rays 4.9841/140.58. We are burning up the Wilwoods!
The Southwest Supercharger
Final Round pair made their way to the starting line around Midnight. First-time
SWSC racer Landon Thompson lined up vs. SWSC Points Leader Janna Skinner.
Landon's .0114 r.t. put him ahead early, as he hung on for the win with a
4.6456/148.76 to Jannas quicker 4.6303/150.30. Fantastic race, Racers! Sooo
close, margin of victory just .037 seconds. What a show.
Again, our Thanks to all
who made this race possible. We love coming to Roswell's Alien City Dragay. Hope
to see you in 2019!
Winner in Roswell Landon Thompson with car owner
Kevin Burks and sponsor
Strategic Energy Products
Janna and "Pit Boss" Alan Skinner runner up in
Let's see who got the SWSC Bonus money!
Excellent! Stick around as the Tate Branch Southwest Superchargers travel to
Albuquerque Dragway August 4.
C'mon out, we'll see you at the races!
Mears Mazda Winner Landon
Mears Mazda Runner-Up Janna Skinner
ATI Jet Quick Qualifier Landon Thompson (4.58)
TR Chassis Progressive Qual. Christian Leffew
Good Vibrations Quick Light Landon Thompson (.011)