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Smokey catches the Bandit again

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Long time local drag racer Mac Sibley of Midlothian was crowned the National Champion of the Fun Ford Events Street Bandit Class for 2008 at the famed Texas Motorplex in Ennis.

Sibley drove his "Dallas Heat" Ford Fairmont to his second championship in a row by winning three of five events this season and scoring more championship points than his closest competitor, Joe Marini of Maryland.

Sibley, who has been racing since 1960, said he has won a lot of races over the years but this championship is his greatest accomplishment.

The flawless performance of his "drag racing police car" made it a truly Fun Ford year for him.

Sibley told us, "The car was right on every pass at every track from Houston to Bristol.

"I won Atlanta, Norwalk and Bristol this year and scored Runner-up at New Orleans and made the Semis at Houston.

"When the car runs that well it’s really fun to race. I was lucky, too.

"I told my fellow competitors that you just can not beat unconscious luck no matter how hard you try."

Some of them mentioned something about "old age and treachery" too.

Mac said, "I want to thank Borla Industries for sponsoring the Street Bandit Class and Fun Ford Events, Inc. for putting on great Ford shows all over the country.

"Such great sponsors and promoters have made the sport of drag racing the incredible family show it is today.

"I sincerely hope they keep it up."

Driver Profile: Mac Sibley, 62, Midlothian, Retired Dallas Police Officer (32 years), likes drag racing, golf and gospel music.

*Championship Car: Year - 1978, Make - Ford, Model – Fairmont Futura, Engine make - Ford, Engine size – 514 cubic inches, Engine type – V-8, Horsepower – 600, Transmission – Hobart Performance Powerglide, Best ET – 10.600 (10.60 index) Semi-final round at Norwalk, Ohio, Speed – 126 MPH


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