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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Racers Set Sights on Winner’s Circle during Inaugural Six Shooter Showdown

Hamlin Motorsports brought the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports to Xtreme Raceway Park April 22-24, 2022.

FERRIS, TX – After more than a year of meticulous organization, hard work, and precise planning, racers were finally able to reap the benefits procured by Hamlin Motorsports. The Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports was, by all accounts, a massive success.

dragsters at six shooter showdown 2022
Photo credit: Marisa Holtzman

Eager attendees began packing the pits at Xtreme Raceway Park on Thursday in anticipation for a weekend of rigorous competition. Following the last smoky burnout on Sunday, the XRP staff and Hamlin Motorsports crew had sent 1,760 pairs down the racetrack and crowned nine winners…in just three days.

Brent Lancaster was the first participant to cash in when he won the CenTex Printing Practice Tree Race over Kevin Martin on Thursday.

Brent Lancaster practice tree winner
Brent Lancaster

Friday Results

Pro 1 Racing & Safety Gamblers Race

On track action began on Friday with the $2,000-to-win Pro 1 Racing & Safety Products Gamblers Race followed by the Chicks on Slicks Ladies Street Shootout. Friday’s Gamblers Race saw 237 entries rolling into first round for their shot at taking home $2K.

Eventually only three drivers remained; Tanner Thorp, Clif Loveless, and Joe Boner who was the final footbraker left standing.

Loveless earned a solo pass into the final while Boner finds himself .011 behind the winning .018 package of Thorp.

The final turns out to be a double breakout race where Thorp is only 6 thou under to take the win over Loveless, who runs 8 thou under his dial.

Tanner thorp six shooter showdown winner
Tanner Thorp
wins the Pro 1 Racing & Safety gamblers race during the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports
clif loveless
Clif Loveless

Chicks on Slicks Ladies Street Shootout

Friday’s action was far from over as the highly anticipated Chicks On Slicks Ladies Street Shootout began eliminations with 35 women behind the wheel. Husbands were encouraged to ride along, but it was probably in their best interest to be more of a silent co-pilot, seeing as Hamlin Motorsports does not currently offer marriage counseling services.

Thanks to the support from Oasis Landscape Group, Bontrager Racing Solutions, Texas Trailer Man, and Bryan McClain, the purse was increased to $1,000. Michelle Howard secured the win over Sheila Day which earned her the cash as well as a custom crown trophy created by Apple Girl Art.

Michelle Howard six shooter showdown ladies street winner
Michelle Howard

Compressed Air Supercharging Saturday Results

Compressed Air Supercharging Saturday was by far the busiest; featuring five races on the schedule and the largest car count of the weekend.

Texas Trailer Man No Box $5K

Texas Trailer Man No Box Main Event had 90 competitors battling off the bottom bulb until Jonathan Maugans defeated Terry Allen in the final round to earn $5,000. Luckily, Maugans had purchased a No Box High Roller entry which advanced him into Box competition for a chance to race for their $10,000 purse.

Best Deal Services Box $10K

The Best Deal Services Box $10K Main Event witnessed a staggering 247 entries during first round of competition. Eventually there were only three racers remaining; the No Box driver Jonathan Maugans, Jalen Whitmore, and Mike “Bad Slow” Badeaux who earned the bye run.

Whitmore had the advantage with a .002 light but is too far above his dial beside the winning .013 package of Maugans.

In the final, Maugans is .004 and takes the .010 margin of victory over Badeaux, adding $10K to his already impressive payday. Jonathan Maugans also wins a custom cowboy hat courtesy of Double00ShitShow.

Jonathan Maugans and Chad Sandlin six shooter showdown winners
Jonathan Maugans
wins Saturday’s No Box and Box class during the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports

CAS $5K No Box Shootout

Once the main events were completed, Compressed Air Supercharging also sponsored two 64-car Shootouts paying $20,000 to win in the Box Shootout and $5,000 to win in the No Box Shootout.

On the bottom bulb side, Chad Sandlin earned the $5K payday when Jake Howard turned on the red light in the final. Jacob Pitt was the lone semifinalist.

Jonathan Maugans and Chad Sandlin six shooter showdown winners
Chad Sandlin celebrates in the winner’s circle alongside Jonathan Maugans

CAS $20K Box Shootout

The Box Shootout semifinal came down to Josh Burrow, Chad Broom, Tova Marshall, and Mike Badeaux Jr.

Marshall is the first to earn a spot in the final round when he lays down .013 total to leave Broom mathematically ineligible with an .014 reaction time. Likewise, Badeaux leaves his opponent no chance with his .015 light and one above winning pass while Burrow breaks out trying to make up the starting line disadvantage.

Only one thou difference in reaction times left all the excitement at the finish line as Marshall takes the .004 margin of victory over Badeaux in the final round. This $20K win feels more like icing on a birthday cake seeing as Tova Marshall celebrated turning 18 years old on April 2nd.

Tova Marshall six shooter showdown winner
Tova Marshall
wins the CAS $20K Box Shootout during the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports
Mike Badeaux six shooter showdown
Mike Badeaux Jr.
also earned the AMSOIL MVP Award for his outstanding performance during the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports

Casey Clean Enterprises Second Chance Race

Saturday’s racing would conclude with the Casey Clean Enterprises Second Chance race. Eight drivers who lost first round, bought back, and lost yet again were randomly selected to compete in the free race with a $500 top prize.

Jarod Wilson took the win over Cory Nelson who earned $200 for his runner up position.

Jarod Wilson
Jarod Wilson

Lonestar Sign & Design Sunday Results

Lonestar Sign & Design Sunday would wrap up the wealthy weekend with $5,000 to win in Box with 196 entries and $2,500 to win in No Box with 64 entries.

Texas Trailer Man No Box $2.5K

The Texas Trailer Man No Box semifinal included Bryan Day, Jake Howard, and Saturday’s Main Event winner, Jonathan Maugans. Day earned the bye into the final while Howard and Maugans battled for their spot.

Howard has the advantage with an .004 light and takes the win over Maugans who crosses the finish line first, but 3 thou too quick.

The final was a double-breakout race where Howard was better on the tree and closer to his dial for the win over Day. Howard had also purchased a No Box High Roller entry which advanced him into Box competition for a chance to race for their $5,000 purse.

Jake Howard six shooter showdown
Jake Howard
wins the No Box class on Sunday during the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports

Best Deal Services Box $5K

Eventually the Best Deal Services Box class would be narrowed to only four drivers: Rick Huffman, C. White, Brent Lancaster, and the No Box winner Jake Howard.

Huffman is .005 red to end his day beside Lancaster who was .005 green and coasts into the final round. Howard is .027 total to eliminate White and advance closer to claiming more cash.

In the final, Howard has a 4 thou reaction time advantage but runs too quick while Lancaster is dead on his 5.55 dial for the win. Interestingly, Brent Lancaster earned the first and final wins of the weekend, adding Sunday’s $5K to his Thursday Practice Tree race victory.

Brent Lancaster Sunday winner six shooter showdown
Brent Lancaster
wins the Box class on Sunday during the Rudd Racing Engines Six Shooter Showdown presented by Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports

Final Thoughts and Looking Ahead

The success of this race can be credited to Paige Hamlin and her hand-picked team of excellence which includes her co-promoter and husband, Scooter, in addition to Jake Hodge as race director.

Six shooter trophies

Gaylen and Celeste Smith along with the Xtreme Raceway Park staff kept the evening running smoothly while Dylan Lee handled the announcing duties.

MotorManiaTV was on site to live stream the event courtesy of sponsorship from Rudd Racing Engines and Mr. Wendell’s Motorsports.

Although the rubber has barely had time to cool, the brains at Hamlin Motorsports are already planning for next season. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for event updates and make sure you don’t miss the next Six Shooter Showdown!


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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.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

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