Fun Ford Weekend Complete at Memphis International Raceway

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Fun Ford_Weekend_borderMILLINGTON, TN – October 15, 2011 – As the closing city on the 2011 Fun Ford Weekend tour, Memphis International Raceway (MIR) drew racers from five states to participate in the one-day Blue Oval Festival.  Ford makes and models of all eras were represented on the drag strip and car show on the recently opened MIR. The inaugural Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons brought many Ford fans and racers to MIR on Saturday afternoon.
In the show car portion of the event, classic, custom, modern and modified were displayed as nearly 30 awards categories were represented.  One of the most popular Fords of the day was the 1962 Ford Thunderbird owned by Ed Price, who walked away with the Thunderbird and Best of Show car show awards.  Another double winner in the car show was Leo Harber’s 1964 Ford Falcon winner of the Track Choice Award and Outstanding Achievement in the Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick.
“We had a gorgeous day at Memphis International Raceway for Fun Ford Weekend on Saturday,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice President and General Manager, Memphis International Raceway.  “The Fun Ford Weekend brought some of the area’s best racers to MIR for our first major event since opening in August.  The facility was buzzing with activity all day.  It was a great first-time event for our new facility.  Special thanks to Clay Millican for serving as our Grand Marshal and our exhibition drivers for participating in today’s event.”
Millican Starting_Line.lowThere were several highlights of the Fun Ford Weekend celebration at MIR including the six-time IHRA World Champion Clay Millican, who served as the event’s Grand Marshal.  During pre-race ceremonies, Millican addressed the crowd and then activated the Christmas Tree for the first pair of exhibition runs from quarter-mile drivers Tony ‘Sandman’ Williams and John Sullivan.  Then eighth-mile Pro Mod drivers Jerry Prater and Dwayne Watkins were brought to the line for their exhibition runs.  The final headliner in the exhibition show was David Douthit, driver of the powerful Ford Focus Wagon ‘Focus This’ Jet Car.  In his best pass of the weekend, Douthit piloted the Ford Focus Jet Car to the quarter-mile mark in 8.99 seconds at 180.38 miles per hour.

On track activity continues next week at Memphis International Raceway.  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights feature the weekly Quarter-Mile Test and Tune and on Friday, October 21, MIR hosts the monthly Midnight Madness.  During the weekend of October 28-30, MIR hosts the 1/8-Mile Bracket Brawl.  Full event details and schedules are available at www.racemir.com.



Exhibition Runs (best times listed)

John Sullivan – 6.31 at 226.93mph

Tony “Sandman” Williams – 6.56 at 214.14mph

Dwayne Watkins – 3.93 at 191.27mph

Jerry Prater – 4.13 at 178.57mph


Quick Ford (Electronic)Jerry Walker (1964 Mustang, Fulton, KY) 6.083 at 111.87 (single)

Fast Ford (Non-Electronic) – Lucas Walker (1993 Mustang, Wingo KY) 7.728 at 73.23 def Andrew Skaggs (2003 Mustang, Henderson, TN) 8.505 at 81.94 (foul)

Quick 16 Eric Oldham (2010 Cobra, Barlow, KY) 9.542 at 150.93 def Don Baskin (1997 Mustang, Covington, TN) 10.143 at 103.29

Mustang Madness Donnie Gray (2011 Mustang, Blytheville, AR) 11.157 at 125.72 (single run)

Tough TrucksMark Loveland (1993 Lightning, Marion, AR) 14.920 at 90.26 def Jeremy Sword (2002 Ford F-150, Benton, AR) 14.499 at 93.78


Mustang 64-70

Winner: Darrell Mims, 1970 Mustang Mach I

Outstanding Achievement: Fred and Billy Brooks, 1970 Mustang Mach I

Mustang 71-78

Winner: Rick Duncan, 1973 Mustang

Outstanding Achievement: Wilbur Holaday, 1971 Mustang

Mustang 79-93

Winner: Timothy Payne, 1988 Mustang

Outstanding Achievement: Patrick Hallman, 1982 Mustang GT

Mustang 99-04

Winner: Otis Matthews, 2000 Mustang GT

Outstanding Achievement: Stan Vaughn, 2001 Mustang GT Bullitt

Mustang 05-Current

Winner: Sara Griewing, 2010 Mustang

Outstanding Achievement: 2007 Mustang GT

SVT & Cobra Mustang

Winner: Brenda and Jim Corrigan, 1998 Cobra

Outstanding Achievement: Mark Johnson, 2007 Mustang GT

Roush Mustang

Winner: Jim Quinn, 2010 Roush Mustang

Shelby & BOSS

Winner: Russell Duvall, 2007 Shelby GT

Outstanding Achievement: Ward Lindsey, 2007 Shelby GT

Comet, Cougar, Capri

Winner: Gary Grimes, 1966 Mercury Comet

Outstanding Achievement: Mike Watson, 1967 Mercury Cougar

Falcon, Fairlane, Maverick

Winner: Bobby Bates, 1964 Ford Fairlane

Outstanding Achievement: Leo Harber, 1964 Ford Falcon


Winner: Ed Price, 1962 Thunderbird

Ford Full Size Cars – All Years

Winner: Jim McDonald, 1954 Crown Victoria

Outstanding Achievement: Martin Woods, 1971 Torino

Ford Full Size Trucks – All Years

Winner: Logan Crowley, 2004 F-150

Ford Compact Truck – All Years

Winner: Cory Hamilton, 1999 Explorer Sport

Ford Lightning

Winner: Tracy Noland, 2002 F-150

Outstanding Achievement: Phil Smith 2001 Ford Lightning

Pre-49 Street Rods & Custom

Winner: Chris Kelly, 1935 Ford

Race Car & Pro Street

Winner: Charles Keller, 1950 Ford Coupe

Outstanding Achievement: Dan Storey, 1964 Mercury Comet


Winner: Tommy Saugey, 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII

Model A

Winner: Steve High, 1929 Model A

Open Ford

Winner: Mel Bain, 1965 Shelby Cobra

Outstanding Achievement: 1956 Ford Courier

Prince Thunderbird.lowBest of Show – Ed Price, 1962 Ford Thunderbird

Harber Falcon.lowBest Wheels – Ken Roberts, 2007 Mustang GT

Cool Factor – Jim McDonald, 1954 Crown Victoria

People’s Choice – Kory Keller, 1956 Ford Courier

Best Engine – Bobby Bates, 1964 Ford Fairlane

Best Paint/Body – Charles Keller, 1950 Ford Coupe

Track Choice – Leo Harber, 1964 Ford Falcon

About Fun Ford Weekend

The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events.  Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition.   The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, spectate, and enjoy the events.  For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

About Memphis International Raceway
Memphis International Raceway was purchased by Moroso Investment Partners, a group of real estate and corporate investors. The venue is one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. The 342+ acre facility includes a quarter-mile drag strip, three-quarter mile paved oval and road course.  For more information on MIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RaceMIR.com.



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