Pro Stock Notes

The 20-car Pro Stock field at San Antonio featured 12 Fords, five Chevys, two Mopars and one lone Pontiac. The field was separated by just over a tenth of a second and the number one qualifier and the number 16 qualifiers drove Chevy Cavaliers.

Two drivers who finished in the Top Ten in IHRA Pro Stock points in 2003 failed to qualify at San Antonio, both Ford racers. Doug Kirk and Jason Collins, who finished fifth and sixth respectively in Pro Stock points, didn't make the cut at San Antonio.


Just seven IHRA Funny Cars showed at San Antonio and that is four fewer cars than made the trek from the South last year. The fact the IHRA alky funnies have their own unique rules keeps NHRA-legal cars from competing at IHRA events. This class was dominated at San Antonio by the same two racers that dominated this class all during the 2003 season: Rob Atchison and Mark Thomas. These drivers qualified first and second with times of 5.853 and 5.856, respectively, and then marched to the finals where Mark Thomas used up Atchison with a .427 light to Atchison's .462 and then held on for the win by just eight-thousandths of a second at the stripe with a winning 5.897 to Atchison's quicker but losing 5.870.

Funny Car notes

Rob Atchison has to be one of the last cars in the Alcohol Funny Car ranks that is able to make a wedge-head engine combination not only run with the Hemis but beat 'em.

Pro Mod World Champ tuner Jimmy Rector was tuning Mark Thomas' car at San Antonio which he has been doing for a couple of years.

Ronnie Midyette did have his '02 Camaro flying in Texas. Even though his best elapsed time was a 6.03, his speed of 240.38 equaled that of Mark Thomas and Midyette did it first.

One official ventured that IHRA may consider expanding the Pro Mod field to 32 cars instead of 16 and just not have an Alky Funny Car field. Judging from the number of Alky Funnies that have shown the last two years in Texas, those racers probably wouldn't mind.


Both Top Sportsman and Top Dragster fields were short in Texas with just nine Top Dragsters and 15 Top Sportsman qualifying. North Dakota racer Daniel Fjeldahl got the Top Dragster gold win when his opponent G. Williams went red by .004.

That .004 number was also significant in the Top Sportsman title. Milan, Mich. racer Ricky Adkins, driving his 396 c.i. Chevy-powered '69 Camaro, had a .504 light which forced Darrell Froboese, who had a respectable .536 light, to break out trying to catch him. Adkins ran 7.559 on a 7.53 dial for the win.

Monty Bogan Jr was the Super Stock class winner and that .004 of a second was also a factor in this race. Number one qualifier Bogan ran a 9.196 on a 9.19 dial in his PDA-1 car that beat Michael Lyons' SS/BM pass of 8.756 on an 8.76 dial, which broke him out by .004 of a second. (Just wondering why the results sheets don't list the brand of car, engine size or speed. Guess no one but the drivers care.)

In Stock Eliminator action top qualifier Nick Folk won the class over Bill McClister. Another of the Folk clan who are headquartered in upstate Illinois Ron Folk was the Quick Rod Champion when his opponent Damon Dabbs went red by two thousandths. Folk ran it out the back door and broke out by six thousandths. First or worst rule applied here.

Michael Pennington was the Super Rod winner and Louisiana racer Bill Levatino Jr. got the bucks and trophy in Hot Rod.

Previous Stories
ORSCA at Atlanta — 4/1/04
ORSCA Pro Mods at Atlanta — 4/1/04
NMRA at Bradenton — 3/30/04


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