Lubbock Dragway
July 23, 2005
By Alfonso Acevedo Jr.

(Idalou, TX)

175 bracket racers from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma converged at Lubbock Dragway for the track’s National Dragster Challenge. Every racer wants the prestige an honor of owning their very own Wally and this was the night to win it..
In Super Pro, Jeremy Melton (Amarillo, Tx.) powered his `66 Chevelle to a .024-initiated 9.763 (9.76) to edge out Don Slaughter (Lubbock, Tx.) who settled for second with a .007 light and 11.225 (11.24) from his `72 Duster. Larry Taylor and Eldon Ross Jr. rounded out the Super Pro Class.
Fifty drivers answered the first round call in Sportsman, with Bill Pendley (Dumas, Tx.) in his `71 Duster coming out on top after running a dead on 10.510 (10.51) with a .072 light to defeat Lee Polk (Lubbock, Tx.) and his `77 Vega. Polk’s highlight of the event was making up some much needed ground in the points chase.
Brad Gore (Levelland, Tx.) and his `82 Camaro outlasted the 40-car field, beating his son Braden Gore in the Modified finals. After taking a .044 to .097 advantage, Brad posted a 11.476 (11.40) for his second “ Wally” of the season. Jerry Cottrell and Tony Guerrero were the class semis.
The Street final came down to two good friends just out to have some fun in their toys , (Track Reporter) Alfonso Acevedo Jr.'s '69 Mustang and Mike Mathis' '72 Chevy Pickup. The win went to Acevedo, who ran a 15.551 (15.55), after Mathis (Lockney, Tx.) went red. In the semis, Mathis retired Lyndan Devin in the semis and Acevedo bested his wife Stacy Acevedo by taking the stripe by .005.
Nicole Sexton (Lubbock, Tx) recorded her third win of the season in Jr. Dragster. Katlyn Shipley took the runner-up spot after going red in the finals. Sara Cortez finished in the third spot.
In Diesel, Kevin Hendley’s (Ransom Canyon, Tx.) better reaction helped him over come Charlie Rubalcado (Ralls, Tx.) 18.503 (18.50) run to emerge victorious. Clayton Pruiett was the lone semi-finalist.
In Motorcycle, Billy Stephens was the winner.