HOUSLEY HANDLES PILCHER
Words and photos
by Erica Ortiz-Lugo
Terry Housley earned a hard-fought victory
in the Dixie Pro Stock race Aug. 29, at Phenix
The Dixie Pro Stock season is nearing its
close for 2004, yet the competition continues
to stiffen. The DPS tour landed at Phenix Motorsports
Park Aug. 29, where the Alabama sun was out
in full force for the first round of qualifying.
Scorching track conditions would prove tricky
for the 13 nitrous-assisted DPS Pro Modified
machines gathered in the staging lanes for
a shot at the eight-car field.
Ben Ledford gave the crowd a scare in the
first round of qualifying when his Willys carried
the front end higher and higher until well
past the 330-foot mark. When the car drifted
toward the centerline, Ledford was forced to
lift to get it back under control, but wasn’t
able to avoid the cones and track markers.
He still posted a 4.329 at 149.97 mph on this
wild ride, but unfortunately, with damage to
the front end, his weekend was over.
By the time the second and final qualifying
round was completed, Johnny Pilcher had narrowly
taken the pole with a 4.165 at 172.69 over
the 1/8-mile distance, with Terry Housley a
very close second at 4.169 and 172.97 mph.
Keith Baker, David Griffis, and James Hancock
followed with times in the 4.20s, Spike Thomas
and Ben Ledford posted 4.30s, and Ron Smith
sat on the bump with a 4.409 at 163.69 mph.
However, Thomas and Ledford were forced to
drop off the ladder with injured rides, giving
numbers nine and 10 alternates Thomas Lee and
Tori Cagle passes into the main event.
Johnny Pilcher qualified on top of the Dixie
Pro Stock field at Phenix City and made it
all the way to the final round, where he faced
off against number-two qualifier Terry Housley.