The 2011 racing seasons for the Painless Performance Outlaw Fuel Altereds, Southwest Junior Fuel and Texas Blown Fuel Associations concluded this past weekend at the Texas State Championships at San Antonio Raceway. This event was dedicated to the life and memory of Bobby Langley, legendary wheelman of the “Scorpion” dragsters that terrorized the southwest in the 1950’s and 60’s, who passed away the night before the event.
It was another remarkable season for the nostalgia racers in the southwest as all three series crowned first time points champions. The Outlaw Fuel Altered series hosted it’s fifteenth consecutive season and the most intense points battle as the Championship winner was not decided until the first round of eliminations of the last event of the season. Veteran driver Jimmy Jones, in his first full season with the fuel altereds after retiring from the NHRA Alcohol Funny Car ranks, clinched the 2011 Painless Performance OFAA Championship by winning his first round match-up by just ten hundredths of a second, the closest race of the round and biggest of his season.
Jones finished with just a four point lead over Bobby Marriott and Terry Brian, who finished with the same points total in second, Marriott credited with second place based on having more round wins. Just four points separated the top three points finishers in the closest Championship chase in series history. Jones, of Dallas, Texas, posted two wins in two final round appearances and a round record of 8-1 to earn the “Texas Tremor” team the title, finishing on top of twenty six total points earners for the OFAA series in 2011.
OFAA Painless Performance TOP 10
1) Jimmy Jones (Dallas, Texas) – 246
2) Bobby Marriott (Pilot Point, Texas) - 241 3) Terry Brian (New London, Texas) - 241
4) Brad Rigler (Heath, Texas) - 222
5) Chris Trussell (Canton, Texas) - 190
6) Aaron Leyda (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) - 185 7) John Broussard (Lake Charles, Louisiana) - 178 8) Mary Reep (Austin, Texas) - 174
9) David Purifoy (Texarkana, Texas) - 170
10) Nick Poloson (San Antonio, Texas) - 164
The Southwest Junior Fuel Association saw nothing but dominance from the Darrell Walden owned, Scott Parks driven junior fuel dragster this season. Parks started off his debut season with a win at the season opener in Shreveport and led the points lead through the season ending Texas State Championships, which he won, marking his third win of the season. Parks wheeling the Kilgore, Texas based dragster posted a series record five number one qualifying efforts and now holds both ends of the SWJFA quarter mile performance records, a 7.27 elapsed time record and 185 mile per hour record. The Southwest Junior Fuel Association finished with a series record twenty six participants in and will be back for their sixth straight season in 2012.
SWJFA TOP 10
1. Scott Parks (Burlingame, Kansas) - 404
2. Ron Muncy (Weatherford, Texas - 289
3. Richard Brady (Ft. Worth, Texas) - 278
4. Mike Millsap (Sachse, Texas) - 274
5. Brian Briggs (Lake Charles, Louisiana) - 240 6. Steve Dunkin (Aledo, Texas) - 220
7. Ken Hawkins(Pooleville, Texas) - 218
8. Mike Buchanan (Wichita, Kansas) - 200
9. Ricky Marshal (Burleson, Texas) - 178
10. Thomas Hixson (Roanoke, Texas) - 155
The Texas Blown Fuel Association hosted it’s sophomore season and like the others, attracted more participants and was witness to some great racing throughout the season. The Chris Stouffer driven, Carl Meador tuned “Defiant” blown front engine dragster clinched the 2011 T.B.F.A. Championship, holding off fifteen other teams for the title. Stouffer, of Stephenville, Texas, scored two wins in two final round appearances and posted three number one qualifying efforts with tuning excellence from crew chief and owner Carl Meador. Stouffer did his job in the seat, securing four of eight bonuses from Good Vibrations for the quickest reaction time of eliminations.
TBFA TOP 10
1. Chris Stouffer (Stephenville, Texas) – 378 2. Leonard Ament (Denton, Texas) – 321
3. Rick Grindstaff (Dickinson, Texas) – 282 4. Steve Matthews (Ardmore, Oklahoma) – 278 5. Don Holley(Aubrey, Texas) – 226
6. Mike Wheeler (Paradise, Texas) – 213
7. Willie Brainerd (Mounds, Oklahoma) – 209 8. Wes Breiten (Wolfe City, Texas) – 207
9. Dustin Johnson (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – 187 10. L.H. Newlin (Tolar, Texas) – 139
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