2012 Fun Ford Weekend Kicks off Season at Royal Purple Raceway

March 26, 2012 by  
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Baytown, TX – The season-opening Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates, JE Pistons and Joe Gibbs Driven at Royal Purple Raceway presented Baytown Ford was a sun-drenched success. Hundreds of Ford and Ford-powered race cars, show cars and autocrossers turned out to showcase a wide assortment of Blue Oval Power.

“After a great relaunch of the Fun Ford Weekend series in 2011,  it was truly a consensus by all involved at Roush Yates Engines from Doug Yates on down that we renew our sponsorship,” said Jon Sands, Vice President of Marketing at Roush Yates. “We are thrilled that FFW has elected to elevate its schedule to 12 races in 2012 and we look forward to another great year of supporting this series.”

This event truly featured something for every Ford owner and enthusiast, including;
* multiple vendor displays
* Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge
* multi-class car show
* bracket racing
* official Ford and Fun Ford Weekend merchandise trailer
* Gateway Classic Mustang Autocross challenge
* True Street race class
* Rear-wheel dyno challenge

After a four year absence from SE Texas, this event marked Fun Ford Weekend’s first event at Royal Purple Raceway under the new ownership and management of the series. A tip of the Ford hat to team at Royal Purple Raceway for all their work, the North Side Mustang Club for their efforts in hosting the Friday night reception in the Tower Club and for organizing the all FoMoCo car show and to the Houston SCCA region for conducting the autocross event.

Check out the Fun Ford Weekend and Royal Purple Raceway Facebook pages for images from the event.

Drag Race Results

Aeromotive Cobra Jet Challenge: Gene Deputy, Paschal Performance, ’08 Mustang CJ

11.00 Index – Jody Keys, Corpus Christi, TX, ’68 Mustang, 10.990, 122.98 def. Joe Cram, Houston, TX, ’06 Mustang, 10.963, 114.02

12.00 Index – Craig McLain, Kingwood, TX, ’89 Mustang, 12.007, 111.64 def. Mike Hale, Richmond, TX, ’69 Mustang, 12.001, 108.26

13.00 Index – Jimmy Stokley, Humble, TX, ’86 Mustang, 12.987, 100.61 unopposed

X275 Street Shoot Out – Manny Alvarez, Lewisville TX, ’99 Mustang, 5.383, 137.32 unopposed

Fast Ford – Ricky Whittington, Beach City, TX, ’84 Thunderbird, 10.091, 145.23 def. Derrick Patton, Highlands, TX, Maverick, 10.348, 139.24

Quick Ford – Hunter Patton, Highlands, TX, Mustang, 11.494, 110.15 def. Brian Hooper, Merryville, LA, ’90 Mustang, 10.890, 125.65

Street Ford – Van Maddox, Liberty, TX, ’12 Mustang, 12.524, 114.18 def. Richard Fredrichs, Paulina, LA, ’09 Shelby, 11.804, 117.86

Tuff Truck – Paul Gamino, Rosharon, TX, ’97 F150, 11.083, 101.05 def. Chuck Essa, Stafford, TX, ’01 Ford, 12.730, 105.74

True Street Winner – Kevin Wallick, Fort Worth, TX, ’95 Mustang

True Street Runner-Up – Billy Cramer, Core, TX, ’91 Mustang

True Street: 11.00 Runner-Up – John Glosson

True Street: 12.00 Winner – John Garza
True Street: 12.00 Runner-Up – Virgilio Rodriguez

True Street: 13.00 Winner – Josh Sanchez
True Street: 13.oo Runner-Up – Dustin Winans

Special Awards: MustangGuys.com “Fastest 5.0 Award”, A.J. Harlan, Katy, TX, ’93 Mustang 5.0

Gateway Classic Mustang Autocross Challenge 

Advanced Winner: Cole Bailey, 23.800 sec.
Novice Winner: John Hansen, 24.446 sec.
FTD: Jason Childress, 23.636 sec.
Special Award: Joe Gibbs Driven “Most Valuable Racer”: Cole Bailey, 2012 Boss 302 Mustang

Car Show Results

Mustang 64-68: Winner: Kelly Hewitt, 2nd: Stacey Huffman
Mustang 69-73: Winner: Craig Walker, 2nd: Tom Bixby
Mustang 79-86: Winner: Wayne Sharp
Mustang 87-93: Winner: Chris Carroll, 2nd: Michael Boehm, 3rd: Jason Wallis
Mustang 94-98: Winner: Jeff West, 2nd: Whalen Hill
Mustang 99-04: Winner: Jeff Krall, 2nd: Cody Castillo
Mustang 05-09: Winner: Joe & David Marche, 2nd: Chlee Green, 3rd: Gary Eaves
Mustang 2010-present: Winner: Donnie Gadonniex, 2nd: Jarred Hammonds, 3rd: Randy Weldon
Compact: Winner: Andy Garcia
Big Car: Winner: Ellard Lambert
Thunderbird: Winner: Ray Spreen, 2nd: Robert & Annie Woodall
Galaxie, Fairlane, Torino, Falcon: Winner: Garry Leanhart, 2nd Tommy Key
Pre-49: Winner: Tommy & Felda Key
Nostalgia, Post-50: Winner: James Hughes
Pre-’89 SUV/Truck: Winner: Jimmy Grant, 2nd: Judy Hewitt
1990-2012 SUV/Truck: Winner: Tim Morales, 2nd: Thomas Ballenger
Roush, Saleen and Steeda: Winner: Mike Morales, 2nd: Cliff Parson
Shelby: Winner: Andrea Holmes, 2nd: Cathy McBride
SVT: Winner: Rocky Vickery, 2nd: Brian Potts, 3rd: James Graham
Track Choice: Craig Waltjer, 1969 Mustang
Best Engine: Rocky Vickery, 2004 SVT Cobra
Best Wheels: Jerry Soils, 2003 SVT Cobra
Cool Factor: James Hughes, 1958 Ford 500
Best Paint & Body: Tony Morales, 2003 Ford SVT Lightning
Best of Show: Garry Leanhart, 1965 Ford Falcon

For a photo recap of the season-opening Royal Purple Raceway event, click here. Or, to see even more photos and share your images, video clips and comments with everyone, visit our Facebook page.

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