Tim Matherly made a couple of changes to his clutch setup and almost left Michigan with two NMRA victories in one weekend. The Reynolds winner dispatched Don Bosley and Paul Alfeo in rounds two and three, and once again met Bruce Hemminger for all the marbles in the Milan final. "Once I got a pressure plate in the car that I liked, all we had to do was change plugs," says Tim. Despite the relatively smooth run through eliminations, he was unable to run down Bruce's holeshot lead in the final.
Shawn Johnson continues to struggle in his debut season in Real Street. A broken serpentine belt combined with a red-light start in the first round foiled the former Factory Stock dominator's effort to record his first round win in the class.
Bad Brad Meadows gave his dad a great Father's Day and left Milan with a nice chunk of change in his pocket. He collected Second Place pay for his Reynolds finish versus Jimmy Wilson, ran the table in the B&M/McLeod Pure Street Shootout for an additional eight hundie, and closed the weekend by beating Jimmy in the Milan final, earning Brad the winner's share of Pure Street's purse. He says the good fortune couldn't have happened without his consistent crew and a few speed secrets from Grandpa Ron Anderson, who was on hand and helped with the carb tuning on Brad's '95 Snake.
Jimmy Wilson continues to add Pure Street final-round appearances to his '07 racing resume. At Milan, he scored his first event win of the season in the Reynolds recap and continued his winning ways-round-win style-against Ron Cullember and Mike Tymensky in the first two segments of the Toyo Tires NMRA Ford Nationals. A bye in the semis earned Jimmy a trip to final number three for the year, where he lost a close (0.050 at the stripe) drag race with Brad Meadows.
Rear suspension problems on Friday brought Brian Marr close to the point of packing up and going home. "Thanks to Jeff Schmell, Ian Mullane, and Paul Svinicki, who calmed me down and kept me going, I was able to make my first trip to the finals," Brian says. John Leslie Jr. and Dennis Morrow were first- and second-round victims. After making a solo pass in the semifinals, Brian put the lights out on Team JPC's two-race winning streak in the class by defeating Tommy Godfrey in the final.
JPC's second Factory Stock jockey cites "mental mistakes" as the primary reason for his two-race, runner-up performance at Milan Dragway. Tommy Godfrey gave teammate Jonathan Paulk his first win of 2007 when he lit the red bulb in their Reynolds final, then repeated the same tragedy in his Milan final conflict with Brian Marr. "It's my third time in the car and I haven't had any opportunity to test," Tommy says. "We'll have a new bullet ready for Joliet, and I'll definitely be better prepared for that race."
Tom Motyka worked his way through five rounds in a tough Modular Muscle field and emerged victorious despite breaking out in his final-round match-up with Chris Colitas. Chris also ran under his index (by a larger margin than Tom's breakout), giving Tom the first victory of the Motyka brothers' two-class triumph at Milan.