On Saturday, November
4th, some of the baddest Pro Modified competitors on the East Coast descended
upon South Carolina’s Darlington Dragway for an eighth-mile, open Pro Mod
The legendary facility,
which is undergoing a re-birth thanks to new owners Ronnie Siders and Bill
Wilson, saw “name” racers such as Tommy Mauney, Annette Summer, John Lynam,
Ronnie Hood, Todd Tutterow, Sonny Tindal, and more, 20 in all, take to the newly
paved track for a shot at the $5,000 purse.
Blue sky and sunshine
notwithstanding, temperatures struggled to climb into the upper 40s, but
die-hard fans didn’t seem to mind. Wrapped in warm winter garb, they enjoyed the
action in the pits and out on the track well into the night.
The most impressive
shot of the day was fired by Tutterow, who paced his supercharged ’41 Willys
coupe to a blast of 3.898, 190.88 during qualifying. The run didn’t count,
however, as Tutterow experienced tire shake on his first launch, backed up, and
launched a second time, voiding his outstanding effort. To add insult to injury,
the throttle hung open on the run, and the engine suffered severe
In the end it was the
nitrous cars prevailing as Randy Weatherford’s Corvette outlasted Brian
Williams’ Mustang in a classic Ford versus Chevy final round.