Outlaw Street Car Reunion Shatters Records

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Millington, Tenn. (March 23, 2014) - Over 175 of the world's quickest and fastest Drag Radial cars filled the pits at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) as the Outlaw Street Car Reunion, featuring Battle of the States, presented by Southern Speed Promotions got underway on Friday, March 21 with the YellowBullet.com test session. Coming off his record run at South Georgia Motorsports Park, Kevin Mullins, from High Point, N.C., continued his stellar streak of runs with a 4.120 @ 194mph to set the Low ET of Friday's test.



Saturday - Qualifying  

As qualifying began on Saturday, the grandstands began to fill with spectators waiting to see what these wild Drag Radial cars would throw down. In the quickest and fastest class of Drag Radial racing, AFCO Racing Outlaw Drag Radial, presented by VP Racing Fuels, "The" Kevin Mullins reset his own National ET record with a 4.110 blast at over 194-miles per hour to take the Southern Speed Racing No. 1 qualifier position in ODR with Rob Valden, Jamie Hancock, DeWayne Mills and Keith Berry rounding out the top-five in the 32-car field.

The most recognizable class in the heads up racing world at the moment is X275, which was presented by M&M Transmission and 74 Auto, LLC at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion. With some of the biggest names in the sport filling the pits, there was a potential of stellar numbers. The X275 National ET Record was reset by Dewitt, Ark.'s Shane Fisher with his precision turbocharged Ford Mustang tuned by one of the greats in the sport, John Kolivas. Fisher sat on top of the qualifying ladder with a 4.519 @ 158-miles per hour to take the Salvato Designs No. 1 Qualifier Award. Rich Bruder, DJ Loiacano, Charles Hull and Dean Marinis rounded out the top-five of the 45-cars that battled to get into the Top 32 field. Justin Johnson from Ohio claimed the No. 1 qualifier bonus from Bill Robaey Photography in Ultimate Converter Concepts Ultra Street, presented by Induction Solutions. Also, during Saturday's qualifying was the 28s vs. 275s "No Time" Shootout, class racer David Pearson from Marion, N.C. rolled his ProCharged Ford Mustang onto the concrete and laid down the quickest pass ever on 275 Drag Radials, 4.239 for a new overall 275 Drag Radial record. Jeff Ferguson from Olive Branch, Miss. took the Luttrell Belting Top Qualifier in PTC 6.00 Index, presented by Luttrell Belting, and Brandon Whitmore took the HL Construction top qualifier bonus in Rick's Powder Coating 7.00 Index, presented by Dynatech Headers.

Sunday - Eliminations 

As Sunday began, everybody had one mission, take home the event win and place their hands on the ProTorque Winner's Trophy in the VP Racing/Menscer Motorsports Winner's Circle.

"The" Kevin Mullins continued his dominance in AFCO Racing Outlaw Drag Radial, presented by VP Racing Fuels, by taking the win over Sealy, Tex.'s Rob Valden. Mullins took the win with another 4.115 @ 188- miles per hour over Valden's 4.760 @ 115 after spinning mid-track. Mullins had one of the most consistent cars all day long, lasting three rounds of eliminations. He posted these times on the board: 4.151 - 4.136 - 4.115. Keith Berry from Ga. and Jamie Hancock from Ala. were the semi-finalists while Brad Edwards, Mark Woodruff, Frank Mewshaw and Mike Jones rounded out the money earners in the quarter-final round. Berry and Mullins recorded the world's quickest side-by-side race in ODR history with Mullins taking the win in the semi-finals with a 4.136 to Berry's 4.146. ODR was one of the categories with the "Battle of the States" $10,000 bonus - where the winning state would split $10,000 among all the qualified cars from that state. With Mullins taking the win, all the cars from N.C. were eligible for the bonus. Brad Edwards was the other N.C. car that qualified in the Top 32 field and they split the bonus with $5,000 a piece and Mullins taking home $10,000 total. Edwards combined his quarter-final finish to take home $5,300 to wrap up the quickest and fastest class in Small Tire Drag Racing.

M&M Transmission X275, presented by 74 Auto, LLC is one of the most recognizable classes in heads up drag racing today. The Bruder Brothers are a well-known team in this class as well. Rich Bruder from Edison, N.J. took the event win with a holeshot over N.Y.'s Dean Marinis in the quickest side-by-side race in X275 history, 4.535 to a 4.530. The Bruder family was by far the most consistent car of eliminations: 4.588, 4.569, 4.561, 4.537 and the 4.535 to cap off the weekend. Daniel Pharris from Mo. and Todd Moyer from Tex. were the semi-finalists for M&M Transmission X275. Brad Medlock, Charles Hull, DJ Loiacano and Jason Brock were the quarter-finalists. X275 was another category were the "Battle of the States" $10,000 bonus came into play. With the Bruder Brothers being the only N.J. entry in the Top 32 Qualified Field for X275, they took home the $5,000 to win purse and the entire $10,000 bonus.

In X275, a "Second Chance Shootout" to all of the non-qualifiers in the Top 32 field was offered. Menscer Motorsports and Jeff Burns Racing Engines stepped up to the plate and covered the entire purse for the racers to get more track time, more data and run for a chance at more money. Chris Burleson from Tenn. took the win in his turbocharged Ford Mustang with a 4.840-elapsed time over Missouri's Corey Stephens' 5.392. Donnie Branham from Mo. and John Williams from Ark. were the semi-finalists with Gerime Rooks and Jason Wheeler finishing in the quarter-final round.

John Snyder brought his '65 Pontiac GTO down from Middletown, Del. and went home with the event victory in Ultimate Converter Concepts Ultra Street, presented by Steve Johnson's Induction Solutions. Snyder and Florida's Eric Kenward had the closest race of the day with Snyder recording a 5.034 to take the holeshot win over Kenward's 5.030, with a margin of victory of three thousandths of a second (.003) at the finish line. Shawn Pevlor and Justin Johnson, both from Ohio, recorded semi-final finishes. Adam Preston, Corey Stephens, Michael Lane and Rob Corujo all took home quarter-final money, as well.

Steven Fereday from Houston, Tex. drove his Late Model Racecraft '96 Pontiac Firehawk to a victory in the Cedar Works 28s vs. 275s "No Time" Shootout with a string of consistent runs all weekend long. Bobby Kruck from Little Rock, Ark. checked in at the runner-up spot with his twin turbocharged '01 Pontiac Trans Am. Michael Newcome from Tenn. was the lone semi-finalist as Van Burgess (Mo.) and David Pearson (N.C.) rounded out the quarter-finals in the 28s vs. 275s category.

Jeff Williams from Corinth, Miss. took home the event win in PTC 6.00 Index, presented by Luttrell Belting in his '67 Chevy II Nova, sponsored by Huntsville Engine & Performance after defeating Olive Branch, Miss.'s own Jeff Ferguson in the finals. Ferguson left the starting line two thousandths of a second too soon (.002) handing the win to Williams. Kenny Ford from Ala. and Shannon Collins from Ark. were the semi-finalists in 6.00 Index. Quarter-finalists for the event were Brandon McCaig, Tim Combs, Fred VanHoozer and Ed Bendall.

Jeremy Avent from Whiteville, Tenn. grabbed the event victory in Rick's Powder Coating 7.00 Index, presented by Dynatech Headers over Millington, Tenn.'s own Ron Minton. Avent had the reaction time advantage in the final round with a .027 reaction time, carried it to the top end of the racetrack with a 7.024 elapsed time at 97.95mph to take the win over Minton's breakout pass of a 6.949 @ 89.65mph. Brandon Whitmore from Ark. and Jimmy Smith from Miss. were the semi-finalists while Kenny Ford, Eddie Nunley, Michael Hall and Nacole Sweeney rounded out the money earners.

Make your plans now to come out and feel the excitement building at MIR. This weekend MIR will host: Test and Tune Thursday, March 27, gates open at 5:30 p.m. CT. Friday, March 28, Midnight Madness will return with the gates opening at 7:30 p.m. CT and Saturday, March 29, Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams will hit the track with gates opening at 4 p.m. CT.


Don't miss a minute of action at Memphis International Raceway in 2014! To stay up-to-date with all the racing excitement be sure and check out our website at www.racemir.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaceMIR, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RaceMIR.

The entire MIR team looks forward to seeing you at the track in 2014!

Photo's courtesy of: James Sisk Photography


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