AJ Ashe has perfect aim during the Texas Turkey Hunt when he turns on 35 consecutive win lights; taking home all the Super Pro cash. No Box, Motorcycle, and Junior Dragster racers also earned big paydays.
BAYTOWN, TX – Warming up leftovers is certainly a Thanksgiving tradition, although when it comes to food, I wouldn’t recommend waiting two months. In this case the 2nd Annual Texas Turkey Hunt, presented by Torque Tools, was moved from November 2020 to January 2021 due to an unfavorable weather forecast.
It didn’t take long for the racing action to heat back up as four classes would compete for high payouts during the two day event at Houston Raceway Park.
A $1,500 top prize would be up for grabs in the Junior Dragster class, while the winning Motorcycle rider would win $1,000 each day. The No Box class competed for $5,000 to win each day, while the Super Pro purse was $10,000 on Saturday and $5,000 on Sunday.
Saturday Super Pro Results
On Saturday, 105 entries rolled through the water box in round one of Super Pro competition. Seven rounds later, three drivers remained eligible for the $10,000 top prize. AJ Ashe had two entries and would face off against John Leibham and last year’s winner; Donny Burleson.
Burleson would have a slight advantage with his .003 light, but breaks out six thousandths beside Ashe’s .028 total package. In the second semifinal match up, Leibham runs dead on with a two, but Ashe didn’t leave him any room to win.
AJ Ashe lets go .000 and runs dead on, putting together a .001 package to claim the win and runner up on Saturday.
Saturday No Box Results
The No Box class had 69 bottom bulb entries racing for $5,000 to win on Saturday. Four drivers remained in round six: Larry Keiser, Terry Allen, Lee Miller, and Will Emmons.
Allen turns on the red light against Keiser in the double Camaro duel. Emmons also turns on the red light in his Camaro, which advances Miller to the final round in his S-10.
In the final, Miller is .004 and runs dead on with a nine to package up Keiser who broke out trying to take the finish line. Lee Miller picks up $5K on his trip to the winner’s circle.
Saturday Junior Dragster Results
26 Junior Dragster drivers were ready to roll Saturday with $1,500 up for grabs. Landon Emmons was the lone semifinalist, while Addysan Rogers and Kayden Salter would battle for the big check.
Only three thou separated the final reaction times, but Addy Rogers runs closer to her dial in, picking up the win over Kayden Salter.
Saturday Motorcycle Results
Tony Davis and Paul Holman were the final two left standing in the Motorcycle class on Saturday. Davis is .020 and runs three above his dial in to claim $1,000 over Holman’s .028 reaction time and breakout pass.
Sunday Super Pro Results
The Super Pro field decreased slightly to 94 entries for Sunday’s $5K. Two familiar faces would face off again in the semifinals, AJ Ashe and John Leibham. The other pairing would be Robert Sanders versus Gordon Smith.
Ashe takes the finish line by an .010 margin of victory over Leibham to advance to his second final round of the weekend. Sanders barely misses the chance to compete in two finals on the same day when he goes .001 red against Smith.
In the final, AJ Ashe lays down an .028 package beside Gordon Smith’s .043 reaction time to earn the $5,000 payday. Over the weekend, Ashe illuminated 35 win lights to be undefeated during the Texas Turkey Hunt!
Sunday No Box Results
There were 61 entries in No Box on Sunday looking to claim the final $5,000 payout of the weekend. The four seminfinalists were Matt Exner, Terry Allen, Danielle Waits, and Wyatt Young.
Waits goes red against Exner, who runs dead on with a five on his free pass to the final. Allen is behind at the hit while Young is .000, taking the win by an .014 MOV.
In the final, Wyatt Young is .003 on the tree and puts together a .027 package to turn on the win light. Matt Exner gets to the finish line by .007, but breaks out three thousandths to get the runner up honors.
Sunday Junior Dragster Results
Sunday’s Junior Dragster semifinal came down to Cole Foster, Tate Hildebrandt, Landon Emmons, and Reilly Garceau. Foster and Emmons both use reaction time advantages to illuminate win lights over Hildebrandt and Garceau.
In the $1,500 final, Cole Foster puts together an .015 package to seal the deal over Landon Emmons, who breaks out in an attempt to take the finish line.
Sunday Motorcycle Results
Sunday’s final round of Motorcycles came down to an all Suzuki match up between Robert Sanders and Saturday’s winner, Tony Davis.
Davis leaves .005 red while Sanders is .016 green and two above the dial in to pick up the $1,000 win.
King of the Track
The King of the Track run off was contested on Sunday between No Box racer Lee Miller and Super Pro driver Donny Burleson. Both drivers run three above their respective dial ins and Miller takes the win with a .004 margin of victory.
Bracket racing returns to Houston Raceway Park March 27-29, 2021 with the Texas Bracket Series. The complete schedule can be found on the track’s website by clicking here.
Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.