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for results posted by class qualifying and round eliminations.
Drew Skillman nabbed the top finish in the Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Jacky Jones Ford. Facing Chris Holbrook in the final round, he beat him with an stellar reaction time. The Skillman cars ran strong all weekend.
Coyote Stock is growing, with five guys duking it out at Bradenton this year. Rumor has it that Ford Racing has sold a total of 20 additional sealed crate engines required by class rules. Look for the field to fill even more as the summer progresses.
One of the new guys to Coyote Stock this year is Paul Dishroon (far lane), who helped crew for last year’s class winner Hi-Po Joe Charles. Wanting to get into the fray, Paul is driving his ’92 Mustang this year. With a Performance Automatic–built C4, he was the only guy with an automatic transmission competing this weekend.
The second rookie to Coyote Stock is Joe Marini of Clinton, Maryland. Justin Burcham actually drove this car to Second Place last year, but it’s Joe’s car, so he’s the guy behind the wheel this season. The change was a positive one since he won the class this weekend, beating Shane Stymiest in the final round with a 10.63 at 124.61 mph.
As the sponsor of True Street, Tremec decided to sweeten the pot for competitors driving manual-transmission cars. The quickest stick cars were pulled aside and allowed to run a best of three Stick Shift Shootout. At stake was a brand-new T-56 Magnum transmission, valued at more than $2,500. Jeff Smith (no, not Sr. Tech Editor Jeff Smith) took that home by making consistent passes in his ’03 Mustang Cobra.
Track repair before Heads-Up classes run.
The True Street award went to overall winner Randy Seward, who piloted his unassuming Fox-body Mustang to an 8.674-second three-pass average. You’d never guess his car is this fast just by looking at it, and what’s even more impressive is that he usually drives it to events from his home in Tennessee.
We liked 16-year-old A.J. William’s ’83 LTD wagon. He and his dad, Ray, built the car for Tremec True Street. With a 5.0 from a ’91 Mustang and an AOD trans, this grocery-getter has run a best of 12.39 on nitrous.
Dick Keith’s 1965 Sunbeam Tiger.
Coyote Stock’s Joe Guertin.