Having tirelessly tested numerous products on Woodbine Motorsports' in-house project car, Joe Jones obviously landed on a combination that works. He established himself as the heavy-hitter in NA Street with an 11.33 qualifying shot. This put Joe on easy street for eliminations, as he took out Marco Ponce Jr. and Calvin Atwell with relative ease before facing off with Texan Charles Mason in the finals. Joe had a rough time in the burnout box, and Charles got the jump at the Tree. However, Joe had the steam to reel him in before the stripe for the win (11.43 versus 11.70).
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Charles Mason of Horseplay Performance also made the journey from Texas. This '11 is one of five 'Stangs in Charles' corral, and it's already one of the quickest thanks to a few select bolt-ons. Despite its modest mods, Charles' '11 snagged the number-two qualified spot thanks to an impressive 11.57 pass. In eliminations, he took out Joseph Letournea, Shane Stymiest, and Pete Espeut en route to a clash with Joe Jones in the final round of the stacked NA Street class. Charles chopped down the Tree, but Joe powered past him for the win. Despite the runner-up finish, Charles said, "The trip was long, but I really enjoyed racing and meeting with all of the other shops."
Pete Espeut made the same promise many of us have made before--that he wouldn't touch his wife's new GT. It replaced her 678-rwhp GT500, but she actually encouraged him to mod the GT before the shootout. (That's a good woman!) Pete was actually still modding it at the track. When we snapped shots of his engine compartment it sported the seemingly ubiquitous Boss manifold, but in the thick of the race, Pete moved back to the stock intake manifold fed by the JLT. "We started with 372 rwhp, and with the mods we made 406 rwhp," Pete said. "At the track, we made a few passes with the Boss intake but the car felt lazy, so we put the stock intake back on and it picked up." It obviously worked, as he qualified tenth with a 12.26. However, by the time he fell to Charles Mason in the third round, the car ran an 11.89.