ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster drivers Troy Buff and Mark Hentges lead the way for the B&J Transmission racers in Dallas at the rain delayed O'Reilly Nationals while across the country it was an all B&J Federal Mogul Funny Car battle as...
ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster drivers Troy Buff and Mark Hentges lead the way for the B&J Transmission racers in Dallas at the rain delayed O'Reilly Nationals while across the country it was an all B&J Federal Mogul Funny Car battle as Bucky Austin took out John Weaver in the finals of the Phoenix Division 7 race.
In Ennis, Buff lead the way in qualifying by taking the No. 7 spot in one of the toughest fields of the year with a strong 5.547 at 254.47 mph. Hentges followed in the eighth spot with a 5.550 at 256.55. In round one, B&J customers Buff, Hentges and Joe Fuentes all had bye runs, recording times of 5.516/257.53, 5.625/238.26, and 5.563/251.86, respectively. In round two, Buff took out Gene Snow, but slowed to a 5.704 at only 202.94 mph when his blower belt came off. Hentges had another bye run and recorded a 5.592 at 249.95 mph. The semifinals put an end to Buff and Hentges day, however. Buff fell to the hands of Jay Meyer's 5.488 at 255.32 mph with his own 5.566 at 257.04 mph. Hentges suffered the same fate at the hands of eventual winner Wells' 5.416 at 257.24 over his own 5.589 at 254.66 mph.
Out west at the Division 7 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series meet at Firebird Raceway, the B&J FMFC's stole the show. This time it was "Uncle" Bucky Austin in the winner's circle. In qualifying, eventual runner-up John Weaver lead the way by taking the No. 3 spot with a 5.779 at 250.13 mph. Austin followed in the eighth spot with a 5.900 at 242.19 mph. In round one, Austin upset Miner with a 5.744 at 248.25 mph, then took out Roger Bateman with a 5.723 at 248.80. Weaver made his way to the finals by taking out Rod Alexander with a 5.950 at 2441.07, then Bernie Harrington with a 5.811 at 248.80 mph. In the finals, it was all Austin, as Weaver experienced problems and slowed to a 8.03 at 88 mph while Austin streaked to a 5.774 at 248.43 mph.