It was the Second coming of the Summit this weekend, with the loud and the brash meeting the track and the asphalt. Saturday started it off fast, with Brockman Roberts going over 120 MPH in the Summit Motorcycle final, his 5.429 on a 5.42 beating out Joe Silva, who was a little too fast off the line.
The Summit Sportsman was sporting too, with Gary Harfield running a 8.236 on a 8.12 light to edge out Buck Hayward, who broke out with a 7.948 on a 7.99.
In the Pro class, things were getting hot when Sommers came around, as Trey Sommers and his 56 Chevy took the bracket, edging out Chad Karaginides in his 70 Challenger, getting a 6.575 on a 6.56, while Chad broke out, running 19 thousandths faster then his 6.76 dial would allow.
Trey Sommers (far) lined up against Chad Karaginides (Near)
RJ Simrock rocked the Super Pro bracket, holding onto his line, running a only 7 thousandths over his 6.50 dial, while Zach Meziere broke out with a 6.473 on a 6.52 dial.
And in the Gambler, Todd Ferguson's 64 Falcon jumped off the line with under a hundreth of a second reaction time, going the 1/8th in 6.767 seconds, enough over his 6.70 dial to beat George Rodgers' 65 Malibu, who ran a 6.726 on a 6.68.
Todd Ferguson (near) about to launch in his 64 Falcon against George Rodgers (Far) in his 65 Chevy Malibu.
Saturday also introduced a new bracket, the High School bracket for the younger among us to compete. The first go around only had two entries, with Madison Hayward edging out Remy Reynolds in the one round bracket.
And on Sunday, we did it all again.
This time, the motorcycles were won once again by Aundrea Wilcox, her 06 Suzuki staying over her 6.20 dial while Shane Crostini went a little too fast, getting a 6.502 on a 6.59 dial, giving Aundrea another win.
The ultimate Sportsman this go around was Paul Wagner in his 70 Dart, getting a jump off the line against Wayne Johnson's 72 Ranchero, getting a .098 R/T against Wayne's .155, giving Paul the edge he needed to take the win light with a 7.608 on a 7.58, compared to Wayne's 9.203 on a 9.18.
Paul Wagner with his 1970 Dart, and girlfriend, Jayme Pierna
Mark Whynaught had a great day, winning both the Pro and the Super Pro brackets, with Chad Karaginides taking runner up in the Pro bracket again, and Todd Ferguson breaking out just a little harder then Mark did in the Super Pro bracket.
Mark Whynaught's 86 Regal (Near) against Chad Karaginide's 70 Challenger (Far) in the Summit Pro finals.
And finally, in the Gambler, Rick Reynolds' Pinto held steady against George Chatterton's 37 Fiat, which broke out by a mere 4 thousandths of a second on a 5.59 dial.
The second High School Bracket duel also favored the Reynolds this time, as younger Remy took the win against Madison Hayward, the two each having one High School bracket win each.
In two weeks, the High Schoolers won't be the only ones in town, as the Junior Dragsters race down the strip, kids as young as 6 taking down the 1/8th mile in custom NHRA style dragsters! Comes cheer on the future of our sport on May 30th!
48th San Diego Antique Drags, May 2, 2015
The Antiques were blazing down the track last Saturday when the Antique Drag Races graced Barona. The styling custom hot rods and antique dragsters were really showing themselves off, but that doesn't mean that the regulars would go down so easily themselves!
Our own Remy Reynolds got another win, taking down George Chatterton III with a dead-on 8.182 E/T on a 8.18 dial and a super quick .022 reaction time, while George broke out by a mere 9 thousandths of a second.
Remy Reynolds in her 67 Ranchero (Near) in the finals against George Chatterton, III (Far)
The Factory Experimental Cars really rocked the track themseles, too. With the AFX bracket being won by Arizona native Glenn Gibbons' 64 Pontiac over Ramona's Jerry Keller's 63 Dodge. Even though Jerry was only 46 thousandths off his dial with a 7.146 on a 7.10, and Glenn was 139 thousandths off with 6.439 on a 6.30, Jerry's .077 reaction time was 186 thousandths faster then Glenn's .263, beating him at the line to take the win.
And the Y Block and JBA FE challenges were taken home by Lakeside's own Todd Ferguson, his 64 Falcon first taking the Y Block bracket with a 6.777 on a 6.77 over John Hildebrand's 6.398 on a 6.42.
Todd Ferguson's 64 Falcon (near) against John Hildebrand (far)
And by winning the Y Block, Todd was entered into the JBA FE Challenge against the only entry into the other bracket, John Olsen's 55 Ford. Ferguson took the win light again,combining an .094 light with a 6.923 on a 6.77 to take down Olsen's .173 tree and a 8.398 E/T on a 8.20 dial.
John Olsen's 55 Ford (near) and Todd Ferguson's 64 Falcon (Far), lined up for the final race of the night.
And with another beautiful day of racing done, the cars all packed up, and the track's getting cleaned up for another go around in two weeks! On May 16th and 17th we got another Summit Weekend! The fastest cars around head down to the track for the NHRA Summit, so we'd recommend bringing a set of earmuffs for the faint of hearing. See you then!
The Crower Cup got underway last Saturday, as the racetrack brought some new winners and family connections to the track. Cars were pushing themselves beyond the limit all over the brackets yesterday, with plenty of early jumps and breakouts a plenty.
We also had a new winner, as Remy Reynolds, the 16-year-old daughter of last year's winner, Rick Reynolds, took her first win in Crower Cup Race #1 driving her mother's 1967 Ford Ranchero, getting a 0.049 jump off the tree and nailing her dial by three thousandths of a second, giving her a win over Richard Sullivan's 92 Mustang.
Remy Reynolds and best friend Jessica Wall, right before taking their first bracket win light.
It was a good day all around for the Reynolds, as father Rick took the win in the SD Outlaws bracket, his Pinto taking on Jim Borba's 67 Ford.
In the Gambler, the competition was hot, with Joe Bernier's 36 Ford Coupe raced down Woody's Corvette for a Gambler win.
Joe Bernier, burning out and heating up the track in his tricked out Coupe.
We'll need to give the track a week or two to cool down, but come on back in two weeks for Match Race Madness, afflicting Barona Drags on the 18th! Come on down if you're feeling mad!
SUMMIT March 21-22
A Summit Doubleheader rocked the 660 feet last weekend, with some high powered octane roaring down the strip to celebrate the start of another Summit championship. It was certainly our fastest race of the year, with many winners racing down the track in under 6 seconds.
In the Gambler, our Saturday winner was Roy Sommers, whose Chevy Coupe ran a 6.035 on 5.98 dial, beating Jim Borba and his 67 Ford's 6.873 on a 6.85. Roy couldn't get the repeat on Sunday, though, breaking out in the final against Mark Whynaught, with both racers breaking 110 MPH, with Mark getting a 5.939 on a 5.93.
Mike Whynaught (Near) and Roy Sommers (Far) in Sunday's Gambler Final
In the Summit Super Pro, Zach Meziere blazed to a win on Saturday, his custom dragster blazing across the finish line at over 125 MPH, going with a near-perfect two-thousandths of a second reaction time to get a 6.286 on a 6.27 dial, with Mark Whynaught jumping the gun and red lighting against him. The Sunday final was fast too, too fast even with both Jim Wood and Todd Ferguson breaking out, Jim's eight thousandths edging out Todd's thirty-one, giving Woody the win.
For the Summit Sportsman, Gary Harfield took the win in his Aprlion Corvette over David Peutz, by running a 8.289 on a 8.24 compared to David's 7.561 on a 7.61, but the outcome was reversed on Sunday, with David's 68 Firebird staying strong on his 7.588 on a 7.57, while Harfield broke out, just 6 thousandths too fast on his 8.20 dial.
And finally, for the Summit Motorcycles Saturday had Brockman Robert's HD Destroyer rocketing down the line at 126 MPH, taking the stripe with a 5.429 on a 5.38 to Joe Silva's breakout, with a 6.232 on a 6.28. On Sunday, Aundrea Wilcox, who won the Second Chance Finals two weeks ago, came up just short against Shane Crostini's 6.632on a 6.39, despite her 06 Suzuki hitting an impressive 111 MPH.
And after that hot day of racing, we can't wait for the start of the Crower Cup, April the 4th. That and the test and tune Gamblers will be running the track. Can't wait to see you there!
MARCH 7, 2015
Mustangs took over the track on Saturday, as the 8th Annual Mustangs vs The World rocked the strip. Thanks to the Wicked-Stangs National Mustang Club, Southland Clutch, Dante Modular Performance, Perry Ford of National City, and all the volunteers who helped make this possible!
The racing was fast and frequent and went on deep into the night as numerous winners were crowned and races run.
In the Open Comp division, our own RJ Simrock driving Bob Hughes' mighty blue Nova took the winner light on a 6.511 on a 6.49, while Rick Reynolds in the '71 'Chick Magnet' Pinto broke out with a 5.300 on a 5.34 dial. In the Second Chance bracket, Aundrea Wilcox on her 06 Suzuki took the top cash with a 6.382 run on a 6.27 dial, while Pete Wagner also broke out in his '70 Dart with a 7.595 on a 7.63.
Aundrea Wilcox's '06 Suzuki (near), before winning against Pete Wagner's '70 Dart (far) in the Second Chance Open Comp Finals
In the Street division, the winners are listed below.
True Street 7.0:
Tony Thompson (Grand National Turbo)
True Street 7.5:
Emilio Valdez ('09 Mustang GT500)
True Street 8.5:
Ethan Bartel (Cherokee SRT8)
True Street 9.0:
Jared Sweeney ('15 Mustang GT)
True Street 9.5:
Eric Stellick ('06 Mustang GT)
True Street 10.0:
Kenneth Moore ('02 Mustang)
The Mustangs did not stop us from running our Renegade brackets either, with Rick Reynolds in his Pinto taking the stripe in the Non-E after RJ Simrock left a thousandth early, and in the Renegade Electronics, Paul Geis in his vintage '52 Chevy Pickup truck ran a 6.842 on a 6.76 dial, beating "Woody" Wood's '63 Corvette's 6.993 on a 6.56.
Paul Geis's '52 Chevy Pickup (Near) going against Jim Wood's '63 Corvette (far) in the Electronics Final
See you when the Summit starts! It's only two weeks away!
- Sam Wagner
FEB 7, 2015
Congratulations to our winners Saturday Night! In the Renegade Electronic Finals, Dan Geis in his 64 Nova went against RJ Simrock, with Simrock crossing the line 15 thousandths of a second too fast, running a 6.465 on a 6.48 dial and giving the win to Dan Geis' 6.318 on a 6.31 dial. Rick Reynolds, who earlier won the Run For The Money on a perfect 5.240 E/T on a 5.24 dial, finished in the Semi-Finals.
Dan Geis, on the way to winning the Renegade Electronics final. He would run a 6.318 on a 6.31 dial. (photo by Pete Liebig, Track Photographer)
Meanwhile, in the Renegade Non-E Finals, both Jim "Woody" Wood and Roy Sommers fouled out, but Jim pushing his 63 Corvette off the line 32 thousandths of a second too early let Roy throttle out his 55 Chevy Coupe to a 5.880 E/T on a 5.90 dial but his .004 reaction time was the key to him taking a win all the way back to Escondido!
It was a fun night racing, with the weather being perfect and everything finishing before night! Hope to see you in two weeks! - Sam Wagner, Official Track Reporter
Roy lining up in his 55 Chevy Coupe. He would break out in the final on a 5.880 E/T on a 5.90 dial, but he would win on an opponent's red light.(photo by Pete Liebig, Track Photographer)
JAN 24, 2015
The first race night of the first year wraps up with two exciting finishes in the Renegade Electronics and Renegade Non-E classes!
In the Electronics class, Thomas Reed's 67 Nova outruns his dial by one and a half hundredths of a second, going 6.224 on his 6.24 dial and letting Paul Wagner and his 73 Valiant cruise to the win with a 7.001 ET on his 6.93 dial, with Joe Crozer and Rick Reynolds finishing in the Semis.
And in the Renegade Non-E class Chad Karaginides and his 70 Challenger went against Run For The Money winner RJ Simrock's 70 Nova, with Simrock fading down the line running a 9.396 E/T on his 6.47 dial, giving Chad the win on his 6.803 E/T on a 6.71 dial.
It was an exciting race weekend, and we can't wait to see you in two weeks! - Sam Wagner, Official Track Reporter
Renegade Non-Electronics Final, Chad Karagindes (near) lines up against RJ Simrock (far) line up to go.
Renegade Electronic Final, Paul Wagner (right) and Thomas Reed (left) wait for the race to start.
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