September 11, 2004
By Alfonso Acevedo Jr.
End of Season Points Race
race program the four Class Champions had some unfinished business to take
care of, the race -off for King of the Track. Super Pro Champ, James
Walthall from Amarillo, Tx. was a very intimidating competitor with 23
rounds won in his “Full Kill” T-Roadster powered by a 502 regular unleaded
guzzling crate motor. In the 70’s Walthall was Track Champion of Green
Valley, back-to-back World Champion in AHRA, and CBRA World Champion.
Sportsman Champ Jack Robnett from
Lubbock, Tx. won 19 rounds in his `70 Sportsroof Mustang with a best et of
10.74 at 124.69 mph. Robnett was the 2003 Sportsman Class and Track
Champion. In `72 he was the State Super Stock runner-up of New Mexico. He
started racing in `64 in his first race car, a `62 Corvair.
Modified Champ Gregg Davis racing out
of Olton, Tx. in his `75 Duster won 22 rounds. Davis was the `02 Modified
Class Runner-up. He has only been in the points racing system 3 years but he
is a very skilled Mopar racer.
Street Champ Stacy Acevedo from
Wolfforth, Tx. in her `96 Mustang won 30 rounds. Acevedo has been racing for
3 years. She was the `03 Street Class Runner-up, and the `03 Fun Ford Street
Winner. Acevedo gets her talent from her grandmother who raced convertible
Packards with standard transmission in the early to mid 50`s.
Sonjia Cortez (Plainview, Tx.) dominated Jr. Dragsters with back-to-back
titles in 2003 and 2004. Cortez also had three class wins during the `04
season. Sara Cortez was the Class Runner-up.
Track Champion 2004
James Walthall of Amarillo
In the run-off for the championship,
Walthall (Super Pro) squared off with Robnett (Sportsman) where Robnett
turned on the evil red bulb and gave Walthall a free run to get his car
dialed in before the finals. Over the season, the Davis (Modified) and
Acevedo (Street) match-up has turned into a great rivalry. Acevedo had the
head start and took advantage of it by running a 15.761 (15.76), but
something happened at the tree and the lights didn’t come down the way they
were supposed to for Davis so they had to do it again. On the second race
Acevedo was late on the tree and had the bigger break out. In the finals,
Davis also found the red bulb and Lubbock Dragway crowned James Walthall the
2004 King of the Track.