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!
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