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KING of the TRACK 2015
Four brackets. Dozens of drivers. One track. And there can be only one King.
The King of the Track was decided at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip last weekend, as the Gambler, Summit Pro, Summit Super Pro, and Summit Sportsman all came together, and he four winners there would go against each other one last time, the winner being King of the Track, and bringing home their own Wally.
But to even make it there, you got to win your bracket. And first up was the Gambler, with both Wayne Johnson and John Hildebrand trying to get that first spot. John's classic 31 Ford Coupe was a bit too quick to start, though, fouling out and giving Wayne the win.
John Hildebrand's 31 Ford Coupe (Near) lined up against Wayne Johnson's 72 Corvette (far) in the Gambler final. Wayne would win the race.
The Super Pro was next, with it's competitors topping 100 MPH usually, narrowing down to Woody's 63 Corvette against Jim Eckis' 70 Nova. Woody took the lead off the tree with a .025 R/T, but Eckis was coming up fast, running a 6.747 E/T. Unfortunately, Eckis dialed in a 6.75, giving Woody a spot at the King of the Track.
Jim Wood (Far) and his Corvette preparing to take on Jim Eckis' 70 Nova (Near) in the Summit Super Pro final.
The Summit Pro was rocking fast too, featuring a final with Todd Scheet rocking down at 103 MPH, but the bug launched too quickly, red lighting and letting Richard Sullivan take the Summit Pro win, and give him a spot with a chance to become King.
Todd Scheet (near) getting into lanes with against Richard Sullivan (Far) before the Summit Pro final.
The Sportsman has the last spot up for grabs, as "The Shoe", Buck Hay lined up against Gary Harfield's 2012 Aprlion. There was no fouls. No breakouts, just a clean run, with The Shoe nailing his 7.86 dial perfectly, a 7.860 E/T, while Gary was 5 hundredths off. But, Gary got off the line over 7 hundredths quicker, taking the win and the last spot for King of the Track.
Gary Harfield would join Richard Sullivan, Jim "Woody" Wood, and Wayne Johnson in their quick, 4 man tournament for NHRA Wally gold. Garry and Woody could not wait, as they were both eliminated in the semi-finals with a red light start. The last two survivors were Richard Sullivan, in his 92 Mustang, up against Wayne Johnson's muscle, a 72 Ranchero.
Wayne would line up with a 9.18 dial, Richard a 6.43, as he would have to wait nearly 3 second after Wayne launches before he can chase after him. Both came off the tree at comparable times, Wayne having a .103 light, and Richard a .121 a few seconds later. There'd be room for Richard to catch up, with Wayne's 9.240 ET leaving 8 hundredths of a second error to sneak in, but Richard's 6.391 E/T was too low on his 6.43 dial, breaking out, and making Wayne Johnson the King of the Track.
Wayne Johnson, his 72 Ranchero, and their new Wally. Congratulations to the King of the Track!
But what can be settled, now that we've crowned a King? Well, grudges still hold strong, as Match Race Madness hits the track again on November 28th, with the Gambler still holding strong after. See you then!
RENEGADE #5, 10-31-15
Renegades ran wild this Hallow's Eve at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip, but it was far from a ghastly show. The weather was perfectly cool, the sunshine was bright, and the cars were fast blazing underneath the California sunlight.
The Gambler made it's appearance first, coming down to Remy Reynolds and Dennis Gonsalves in the final, with Remy running a right 8.602 on a 8.59 dial, but Dennis' 1986 Ford Mustang launched off the line quicker, getting a .058 reaction time against Remy's .082, giving him enough buffer so that his 6.957 run on a 6.83 dial could get the win light
The Renegade non-electronic came up next the bracket winding down to Remy's father, Rick Reynolds and his 71 Pinto lining up against Joe Bernier's 36 Ford Coupe. Both were antsy getting off the line, but Joe ran first, his red light giving Rick Reynolds the win light.
Rick (Near) looking down the track with Joe Bernier (Far)
Rick would be back for the Renegade Electronics final, lining up against Barry Brown's 66 Chevelle, but this time, he was not going to win at the tree, especially not when Barry gets a .001 light. But with Rick running a 5.285 on a 5.28, he was able to that the Electronics bracket, sweeping the Renegade for tonight.
Barry Brown (Near) lining up in the Electronics final against Rick Reynolds (Far)
What's coming up next? Well check out Barona on the 14th, where we will see who's King of the Track. See you there!
The Crower Cup came to a sudden, if exciting conclusion in the wee hours of Sunday Morning, but it went out with a bang. It all started Friday with the Crower Cams & Equipment Company 60th Anniversary pre-race Party. With a free BBQ and live music from Jet West, the racers and fans were well prepared for a very exciting night of racing.
Saturday started off with a few demos from some of the fastest cars in the nation: CNC/Autopowers's Top Fuel Dragster, Chuck Beats' Top Fuel Funny Car, and Witch Doctor's Top Fuel Altered, whose exhibition runs down the track was just a few MPH short of setting an all time track record.
But with the festivities taken care of, there was only racing to do. The Gambler bracket was still running strong, coming down to Danny Ord's 1972 Pontiac Ventura against R.J. Simrock's 1970 Chevrolet Nova. RJ launched off the line, nailing a .003 reaction time while Danny had to play catch up. But, with Danny getting a 7.674 E/T on a 7.74 dial, he broke out, giving the win to R.J.
RJ Simrock's 70 Nova (Near) Burning out with Danny Ord's 72 Ventura (Far) before the Gambler final.
Saturday was also the finale of the Crower Cup series, the grand finale coming down to George Chatterton III's powerful 1937 Fiat Dragster and Chad Karaginides' 1970 Dodge Challenger. Chad's 6.849 on a 6.83 dial would be hard to beat, but George racing in, going just 7 thousandths of a second over his 5.43 dial, racing in at 120 MPH, would give him the win light.
George Chatterton III poses with his 37 Fiat, his winnings, wife Rachel, and kids Theresa and Trevor after winning the Crower Cup finals.
And with that, the Crower Cup series was over, and we congratulate Remy Reynolds for coming out on top of this three race series, with her 1967 Ford Ranchero and her new TMS Titanium sponsorship.
Remy Reynolds, posing with family and friends with the Wally and Crower Cup for winning the Crower Cup Series Championship.
With the Crower Cup finally wrapped up, we got more action waiting in two weeks, as the Barona Renegade Series comes back to the track, along with another round of Gambler, and Test and Tune runs going on all night. See you there!
SUMMIT 7 and 8, JULY 25-26
It was a big race weekend, going from the Midnight Strips on Saturday, to the National Dragster Challenge and Summit Finals on Sunday. Dreams were made and lost as Wallys were on the line, but first, let go over Saturday's events.
Saturday was another one burning the midnight oil, but that didn't stop these racers. With the motorcycles, Aundrea Wilcox took another bracket win, her 06 Suzuki running a 6.281 on a 6.18 dial, beating Shane Crostini's 7.007 on a 6.62. The Summit Sportsman had an exciting finish too, as Dee Dethloff edged out Paul Wagner by just under a third of a second, her 7.782 on a 7.74 dial with a .048 R/T just barely beating Paul's 7.697 on a 7.63 dial with a .054 tree.
Aundrea Wilcox (Near) lined up against Shane Crostini (Far) in Saturday's Summit Motorcycles Final.
The Pros were climbing the Summit too, with Mark Whynaught standing on top in the end, as his quick .011 reaction time off the tree helped push rival Austin Hayward to overrun his dial, and break out. The Super Pros has a go at it too, as Rick Reynold's 71 Pinto broke 120 MPH, heading down the track in 5.345 seconds. Which on his 5.31 dial, was enough to take out Rob Hoffman.
Mark Whynaught (Near) lined up in the Summit Pro finals with Austin Hayward (far)
The Gambler ran down too, with RJ Simrock's Nova taking the final win light over Richard Sullivan's Mustang, but only by the slimmest of margins. Richard took the stripe on the track, going 6.468 on a 6.46 dial, but he was .027 seconds slower on the tree, giving RJ a win by five thousandths of a second.
But that was all just a warmup for Sunday, the last race of the Summit Series, and the National Dragster Challenge. Winners on Sunday didn't just get a share of the pot and a Winner Sticker, but also one of drag racing's prestigious trophy: The Wally. The same foot tall statue that the 9,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragsters chase down in the Mello Yello series could be won just by winning your bracket at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip. But it was not going to be easy.
The Motorcycles got the first shot. The first Wally of the night was won on the back on an HD Destroyers, and Brockman Roberts had his Christmas in July, taking his present at the tree, his .028 light being the difference, as John Coburn was a thousandth of a second closer to his dial, but 48 thousandths slower getting off the line.
In the Sportsman class everybody was pushing their cars beyond their limits, with both semi-finalists as well as both finalists broke out, but Buck Hayward's Firebird only did so by three thousandths, the slimmer margin giving him a Wally for his shelf.
The Wally for Buck Hayward's Shelf.
Looking at the Pro bracket, George Chatterton was feeling the pressure as well, as he crossed the finish line one and a half hundredths of a second too soon, giving Trey Sommers and his 56 Chevy a new trophy for the shelf.
Back up in the Super Pro bracket, Mark Whynaught felt like the clear underdog going up against Todd Ferguson's 1964 Ford Falcon. His wheels were spinning, and he was having a hard time hitting his mark, as he took the only chance he felt he had, and that was taking a risk at the tree. However, this time it did not work out for him, leaving just over two hundredths of a second early, while Todd left 18 thousandths later than the perfect start, giving Todd Ferguson the Summit Super Pro bracket.
Todd Ferguson, his Super Pro winning 1964 Ford Falcon, and his new Wally.
But it was in the Gambler when the the pressure of the Wally really came down and it came down on Danny Ord. Danny would jump .166 seconds early off the tree, and personally hand the Wally to Jorge Couarrubios and his 07 GTO.
Danny Ord's 72 Pontiac (Near) ready to roll in the Gambler against Jorge Couarrubios' 07 GTO in the final.
It was an exciting finish to Drag Racing's most coveted prize, and an exciting end to the Summit Series. The championship points will be counted and decided later, but congratulation to all of our winners this weekend, and thank you to the drivers and fans who made it all possible! We'll hope to see you in two weeks, when Match Race Madness strikes the track again, August 8th, with the Gambler running it's bracket at well. See you there!
SUMMIT 5 and 6, JUNE 27-28
The Summit returned to Barona last weekend, burning the midnight oil on Saturday and cruising fast in the cool cloudy afternoon on Sunday. The track was running fast, and the cars and dragsters were speeding up and down the track.
Starting off with the bikes, we have a weekend sweep by Tom Medlin and his 93 Suzuki. On Saturday, he raced past Brockman Roberts, posting a 5.561 on a 5.56 dial, while Brockman went 5.872 on a 5.38. On Sunday, he went up against Aundrea Wilcox in the final, a previous winner, and ran a 5.561 on a 5.57 light, breaking out. However, Aundrea was 19 thousandths of a second too fast on the tree, fouling and giving Tom his second win of the weekend.
The Sportsman had some good action in it too, Saturday had David Peutz taking his 68 Firebird to the final against Wayne Johnson's Ranchero. They were nearly even off the line, but David's 8 ten thousandths slower reaction time was the difference, their combined reaction times and differences between their E/Ts and their dials leading to a scant .248 vs .241 difference, Wayne Johnson winning only by 7 thousandths of a second.
Sunday's race came down to Gary Harfield's Corvette against Davit Peutz's return, in his Firebird. David got off the line faster, nailing a .026 R/T compared to Gary's .050, but Gary nailed his mark, getting an 8.236 E/T on a 8.23 run.
The Pro class had it's runners too, and one of them was George Rodgers, who on Saturday took his 65 Malibu into the finals and ran it out, while John Hildebrand got a little too antsy, and left the line early. On Sunday, Gary Harfield took the win light, as while both he and rival Austin Hayward broke out, Austin did it only one hundredth of a second farther then Gary did, just barely missing out on the win.
[Gary Hayfield (far) lined up before his Summit Pro win on Sunday against Austin Hayward (Near) ]
And what better to follow up Pro then Super Pro? The real dragsters rolled up to the finals Saturday night, with both Zach and Chandler Meziere showing off some high speed sibling rivalry, both of them breaking 120 MPH on this final run. And it was as close as they were fast, with Chandler running closer to his dial (Only off by 6 ten thousandths), but Zach beating him off the line, beating out his brother by mere thirteen thousandths of a second.
(Zach Meziere, near, launching off against Chandler Meziere, far, in the Saturday Summit Super Pro final)
But on Sunday, Muscle was at the top of the Super Pro Mountain, and Todd Ferguson and his 64 Falcon was king, his .013 reaction time and his 6.766 E/T on a 6.70 dial was enough to beat Rob Hoffman's 79 Camaro to the top of the Super Pro heap.
Saturday was the exclusive home of the Super Street class too, as DJ Houmard's 93 Camaro went up against Craig Whelen's old 1927 Model T, set up as a true drag race with both of them posting 6.90 dials. Craig was faster, beating DJ's E/T by about .017 seconds... but DJ got off the line .037 seconds faster, taking the win.
And finally, with the Summit past, Barona's own Gambler brackets got to run it down, as burning the late night rubber, Paul Wagner and his 1970 Dodge Dart squeaked by RJ Simrock's 1972 Nova, Paul nailing his 7.70 E/T with only 15 thousandths to spare, and RJ overstepping his 6.59 dial by nearly the same amount. And finally, Sunday's final ended up between Jim "Woody" Wood and Brian Bisshop, Brian's 75 Chevy Luv outrunning both Woody and Brian's own dial, running a 6.402 on a 6.42 dial, and giving Woody the win by breakout.
[Saturday, Paul Wagner (near) in his 70 Dart racing to the Gambler win against RJ Simrock's 72 Nova (far) ]
And with that, we here wish you a happy 4th of July, and we hope to see you on the 11th, where we'll be running all sorts of events! The Crower Cavalcade Car Show, the 11th Annual King of Clubs Car Show & Drags, and our very own Gambler, with Test and Tunes running all day. See you there!
CROWER CUP 2, JUNE 13, 2015
The Crower Cup returned to Barona last night, for the first night race of the year! Cars were burning the midnight oil late last night trying to take home the bracket wins.
In the Outlaws bracket, Dennis Gonslaves in his 68 Ford Mustang took the win over Richard Sullivan's own 92 Mustang, getting a 6.864 n a 6.85 dial, racing past Richard's 6.607 on a 6.53.
The Crower Cup Part 2 ended with one of the best runs of the night, though, as Todd Ferguson got a perfect E/T , a 6.710 on a 6.71 dial. With a .025 E/T, it'd be practically impossible to do a better run, as Dan Schrokosch broke out trying, running a 7.686 on a 7.75.
Dan Schrokosch (Near) lined up against Todd Ferguson (Far) in the Crower Cup finals.
After the Crower wrapped up, the Gamblers finished up, with a double breakout final, with Rick Reynolds finishing with a 5.287 on a 5.29, while George Chatterton the third got a 5.480 on a 5.49, matched with nearly identical reaction times.
George Chatterton 3rd (near) against Rich Reynolds (far) in the Gambler final.
And with the first night race done, we have another 2-day Summit Weekend coming in two weeks! Bring your earplugs!
Results: (Dial/Reaction/E.T/MPH )
Win: Dennis Gonsalves 6.85/.106/6.864/98.76
R/U: Richard Sulivan 6.53/.078/6.607/96.31
Semis: RJ Simrock
Win: Rick Reynolds 5.29/.065/5.287/131.78 (Broke Out)
R/U: George Chatterton 3 5.49/.060/5.480/120.49 (Broke Out)
Semi: RJ Simrock
COUNTY MOTOR PARTS JR SERIES, May 30-31
We had the Junior Drags running down the strip last weekend, and boy these kids could get down the strip. Bringing all sorts of custom mini dragsters with their own custom paint jobs and personal touches, the speedsters of tomorrow ran their way down the strip.
On Saturday, kids of all ages showed off their stuff. In the 8-9 near old group, Haylee Ramos took the victory light against Caden Ball, who broke out. In the 10-12s, Ryan Mason took a huge jump on Dylan Hegwood, able to take the win despite Dylan running a faster ET.
For the 13-14s, Kate Worsham was able to outrace Hailey Pierce's Spitzer, and in the 15-Ups, another Kate, Kaitlyn Savolt outran Dylan Horridge to the end.
Dylan Hegwood (Near) lining up against Ryan Mayson on Saturday's Final
On Sunday, we took the night off then went at it again!
In the 8-9s, Haylee was stopped short of a sweep by her brother, Aiden Ramos, and in the 10-12s, Dylan Hegwood lost in the finals again, this time to Maverick Malloy.
The 13-14s had Hailey make it to the finals again, but she'd lose to Jason Horridge by jumping the tree a bit too early. And lastly, in the 15-Ups, Dylan Horridge improved on his finals loss on Saturday, by taking the win against Brandon Savolt.
Kate Worsham (far) against Hailey Pierce (near) on Saturday's Group 3 Final
Full Results: (Dial/Reaction Time/ET/MPH)
JR Group 1 (8-9)
W: Haylee Ramos 12.28/0.134/12.348/46.78
L: Caden Ball 12.05/0.358/11.800/53.38 (Broke)
Semi Finalists: Jacob Hodges
JR Group 2 (10-12)
W: Ryan Mason ---/.013/9.057/71.41
L: Dylan Hegwood ---/.176/9.019/71.19
Semi Finalists: Maverick Malloy
JR Group 3 (13-14)
W: Kate Worsham 7.97/.018/8.007/80.26
L: Hailey Pierce 8.45/.074/8.529/75.27
Semi Finalists: Paige Pierce, Dylan Oliveira
JR Group 4 (15-Up)
W:Kaitlyn Savolt 7.90/0.63/7.993/78.66
L: Dylan Horridge 7.90/.078/8.094/73.43
Semi Finalists: Austin Greenwell
JR Group 1 (8-9)
W: Aiden RAmos 14.50/.286/14.462/41.64 (Broke)
L: Haylee RAmos 12.24/-.028/12.239/51.36 (Foul)
Semi Finalists: Caden Ball, Carlie Ball
JR Group 2 (10-12)
W: Maverick Malloy ---/.008/8.980/66.38
L: Dylan Hegwood ---/.093/8.972/71.14
Semi Finalists: Nolan Oliveirza
JR Group 3 (13-14)
W: Jason Horridge 7.92/-.022/7.986/82.11 (Foul)
L: Jailey Pierce 8.47/-.024/8.534/77.16 (Foul)
Semi Finalists: Dylan Oliveira
JR Group 4 (15-Up)
W: Dylan Horridge 7.92/.039/7.985/82.54
L: Brandon Savolt 8.03/.101/8.051/81.58
Semi Finalists: Kaitlyn Savolt
Dylan Hegwood looking down the track in the Group 2 Final
Either way, those Jr. Dragsters were quite a show for another sunny day of California Racing! Come by next Saturday, when the Crower Cup returns! Happy racing!
Photo by Pam Conrad
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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2014 CHAMPIONS
2014 NHRA SUMMIT SERIES at BARONA
SUPER PRO: RICK REYNOLDS
PRO: RICHIE SULLIVAN
SPORTSMAN: GARY HAIRFIELD
PRO BIKE: AUNDREA WILCOX
RENEGADE NON-ELECTRONICS CHAMPION: RICK REYNOLDS
RENEGADE Non-E Runner-Up: RJ SIMROCK
RENEGADE ELECTRONICS CHAMPION: DAN GEIS
RENEGADE Electronics Runner-Up: RICK REYNOLDS
2014 CROWER CUP CHAMPION: RICK REYNOLDS
SPORTSMAN of the YEAR: PAUL WAGNER
ROOKIES of the YEAR: JIM ECKIS and RICHIE SULLIVAN
TRACK OFFICAL of the YEAR: TONY WHITE, STARTER
JUNIOR DRAGSTERS: SUMMIT ET TEAM CHAMPIONS!!
GROUP 1: HAYLEE RAMOS
GROUP 2: DAMON BUSTAMANTE
GROUP 3: MARY DOUBLEDAY
GROUP 4: RJ KARLS
GEORGE CHATTERTON, 2014 ET SUMMIT TEAM CHAMP
KING OF THE TRACK 2014 MARK WHYNAUGHT!!!
AUSTIN HAYWARD, DIVISION 7 ET FINALS HIGH SCHOOL CHAMP
ET FINALS TEAM CHAMP to OUR MIGHTY BARONA JRS