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April 17-19, 2015
Andy Tibbs and Ed Foley Take Home $5,000 Victories in Top Sportsman at Door Wars
Pro’s vs. Joe’s Top Sportsman format has been a staple of MDIR’s Door Wars
event for several years now. This unique format gives all door car racers
who can cover the 1/8th mile in less than 6.00 seconds a chance to compete
on level playing field with big money at stake. Still, it is drag racing,
and being quicker and faster has its advantages. The Top Sportsman field is
qualified, with the top 16 qualifiers being placed into a separate bracket
from the “non-qualifiers”. The quick 16, the Pro’s, have the advantage of a
set field size and just by qualifying, they have earned $100, even if they
lose first round. As for the Joe’s, they have to race down to 16 cars or
less, before any round money is handed out. The Pro’s and Joe’s run separate
until both classes have a winner where the winner of each class takes home a
nice payday of $2,000. Then the Pro’s winner faces off with the Joe’s winner
for an additional $3,000, with the runoff winner taking home a total of
On Saturday at the 2015 edition of Door Wars, nearly 50 Top Sportsman racers made the call to qualify. After qualifying was complete, Ronnie Proctor led the way in his ’09 Mustang with a very stout 4.34 pass at over 160mph. Proctor, coming off a win at the PDRA Top Sportsman event in Rockingham just a week earlier, was looking to ride this momentum to the winner’s circle for another nice payday. Five cars qualified at 4.50 or quicker, with Kenny Yount sitting on the bump with a pretty quick 4.75. As eliminations got underway, Proctor was able to make it past a -.001 red-lighting Kenny Yount in round 1. Proctor however went down in round 2 to Ed Foley, when it was Proctor’s turn to turn on the red light. In the semifinals, Foley matched up with Pete Saffer. In a Ford vs. Chevy matchup, Saffer came out on top in his ’92 Lumina. In a good race, Saffer had the advantage with his .015 light to Foley’s .027. At the stipe, Saffer got there first by a mere .007 to pick up the win with a 4.726 on his 4.71 dial. In the other semifinal, Wells Waugh picked up the win over James Harrison in another tight race. Waugh was behind on the tree with a .022 to Harrison’s .017, but Waugh was just .001 over his 4.72 dial, to sneak back in front of Harrison by .009, who ran 1 over his 4.75 dial. In the final, neither driver was stellar on the tree. Waugh had a .011 advantage over Saffer as they passed the tree with a .041 light. At the stripe though, Waugh couldn’t quite run the number, running a 4.716 on his 4.70 dial. Saffer was able to stay in front by just .001 running a 4.714 on his 4.71 dial. For Saffer, the win put $2,000 in his pocket and a spot in a Pro’s vs. Joe’s runoff with the Joe’s winner for $3,000 more.
As for the Joe’s race Saturday, a few MDIR ET Series regulars were working their way through the rounds. In the quarterfinals however, both Jeffrey Jones and Charlie Yingling went down in good races, but defending Top ET Track Champ, Larry Boswell survived a tight race with Mike Alexander Jr. by just .001 to move on to the semifinals. In the his semifinal matchup, Boswell turned it just -.001 red to Andy Tibbs handing Tibbs a free ride to the Joe’s final. There he would match up with the winner of Jim Mumpower and Chris Myers. Both drivers were identical on the tree with .025 lights, but at the stripe Mumpower was able to squeak it out by just .005, running a 4.978 on his 4.97 dial. In the final, Mumpower got a small holeshot over Tibbs with a .034 to Tibbs’ .037 light. But at the stripe, Mumpower took too much stripe, breaking out with a 4.954 on his 4.97 dial handing the win Tibbs, running a 5.014 on his 4.99 dial. For Tibbs, $2,000 was locked down, but he had one more round to go to try take home the full $5,000 payday.
In the runoff, Tibbs and Saffer faced off in a great race. As the drivers left the line, the Pro’s winner Saffer had the better light with a .012 to Tibbs’ .024. As they approached the finish line, Saffer started scrubbing some ET, but killed just a little too much, getting .004 behind at the stripe and handing the win to Tibbs. For Tibbs, the $5,000 payday was a nice way to wrap up a good day at the track.
On Sunday, the same purse was up for grabs for Top Sportsman racers. With some parts attrition wreaking havoc on Saturday, some of the quicker cars headed home before Sunday’s race got started. Ronnie Proctor once again took the top spot in qualifying running an even quicker 4.33. The Pro’s quick 16 was rounded out by none other than Saturday’s winner, Andy Tibbs. Tibbs’ run in the Pro’s was short lived up against the number one qualifier, Proctor. Tibbs got the holeshot against Proctor with a .008 but couldn’t run the number, allowing Proctor to sneak past by .006 to move on to round 2. There Proctor took down Saturday’s Pro’s runner up, Wells Waugh with an impressive .012 package to move on to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Proctor ran into another long time Top Sportsman regular, Ed Foley. Proctor missed the tree, which ultimately cost him the win. Foley made a very nice lap in his ’12 Mustang posting a .025 package running dead on his 4.56 dial. In the other semifinal, James Harrison was making his second appearance of the weekend in the Pro’s semifinal round. This time he faced off with Mike Alexander out of VA. Harrison had a huge holeshot as Alexander missed the tree with a .064 light to Harrison’s .013. At the stripe, both drivers never lifted and Harrison luckily survived the double breakout, breaking out .006 as Alexander broke out .010 following him through .047. Harrison and Foley would face off in Pro’s final for a $2,000 pay day. The race was over quickly as Harrison left with a -.011 red light, handing the win to Foley who got away with one, missing the tree with a .077 light. For Foley, $2,000 was a good start, but he was looking for a bigger payday in the runoff.
The Joe’s race was settled Sunday in a battle of MDIR regulars. Down to 6 cars, MDIR “Mayor” Charlie Yingling got past a red lighting Jeffrey Jones. Then former MDIR Track Champ Joe Echino took down Mike Alexander Jr. with a .019 package. Then Fort Washington, MD’s Kevin Banks put together a .006 package to take down Tony Braglio who turned it -.002 red. In the semifinals, Joe Echino was drawn for the bye. This paired Yingling and Banks. Banks, who had just been .001 in the quarterfinals, was once again set up tight on the tree, but this time, just a little too tight, turning it -.001 red, handing Charlie the free pass to the finals. In Echino’s bye run, Joe backed up his .019 package with a .022 package. In the final, Echino handed Yingling the win with a big time red light. For Charlie, this was the third round in a row an opponent turned it red, but Charlie would have been tough to beat, having made a nice lap, posting a .026 package in his very familiar ’77 Vega. With $2,000 in his pocket, Yingling was ready for one more run to try to cash in for an additional $3,000.
In the runoff, Ed Foley was looking to square the record for the Pro’s on the course of the weekend, and Yingling was looking to shut the Pro’s out of the big money for the weekend. As they pulled to the line, this time it was Charlie’s turn to go red, turning it -.006 red and handing the big payday to Ed Foley out of PA. Foley for his part was .014 on the tree, but shut it down when he knew the win was secured. For Foley, this is his second win in the Pro’s vs Joe’s format, as he took home the Sunday win in 2013 as well in the same car he campaigned this year. The $5,000 payday made the trip back to PA slightly easier.
Big money bracket racing returns to MDIR the weekend of May 8 and 9 with $5,000 to win in Top ET both days at the Mountain Motor Nationals. Congratulations to all the winners from the Door Wars.
Photo Gallery - Saturday
Pro Mod - Outlaw 10.5 - Outlaw Drag Radial - X275 - Ultra Street - 422 Motorsports - Top Sportsman PROS - Top Sportsman JOES - T/S Runoff - Index Challenge