This weekend, Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th, Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip fans were treated to a pair of exciting events. Race two of the three race Crower Cup series, and and the Diego Bus Doorslammer series, for a set of heads up racing excitement! And to round it off, the Gambler was there for anyone and everyone who wanted their chance at some cash.
Starting off with the Gambler, there were a number of new entries brought into town for the Doorslammers, and that was apparent when the Enlisted 2010 Dragster, driven by Matt Funkhouser, pulled up to the Gambler final. Opposite him, was Barry Brown's 66 Chevelle, both beasts ready to break 100 MPH as soon as the green light dropped. Barry even moreso, which may be why he left 36 thousandths of a second early, getting a red light and giving Matt the Gambler win and Gambler money.
Matt Funkhouser's '10 Dragster (Near) up against Barry Brown's Chevelle in the Gambler final (Far).
Next would be the AFX bracket, where Don Ruble meeting up with Kevin Bisbee in the final. Kevin's 73 Duster pulled up to the line, and launched off. Don's 67 Nova would do the same, the difference being Don did it over 3 tenths of a second too soon, red lighting and giving Kevin the AFX win.
And now comes the Doorslammers. First would be the 6.50 class, with a heads up race with both racers dialed in at 6.50 seconds. Fastest without going under wins. The final would go down to Noel Cuevos's 71 Camaro and Kevin Bisbee's 73 Duster. Noel would get off the line quicker, and run down the track for a 6.591 E/T, beating Kevin and getting the 6.50 win.
Noel Cuevos' 71 Camaro (Near) against Kevin Bisbee (Far) in the 6.50 final.
Going a second faster is the 5.50 class. Joe Bernier brought his 72 Vega to the track, with Tommy Azarella throwing down with his 64. Chevy Nova. Both were ready as the heads up lights dropped, but Joe got the faster start off the line, and the faster E/T, taking the 5.50 win.
Joe Bernier (Near) against Tommy Azzarella (far) in the 5.50 Doorslammer final.
And the last Doorslammer event was the Pro Outlaw. A simple heads up race, with no dials. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins, no breakouts, and no limits. Track regular RJ Simrock had a beast to run the streets, and he was matched up against Bill Knudsen's 88 Camaro. And when it came to a pure heads up race, RJ's experience got him off the line quicker, and RJ's car only pushed that lead more, as he broke 150 MPH on his way to a 4.750 E/T and the big Pro Outlaw win.
RJ Simrock's Ford Focus (Near) against Bill Knudsen's 88 Camaro (Far)
Special thanks to Snowcap Electric, Diego Party Bus & Limo, RPM, County Motor Parts, and Blue Skies Heating & Air Conditioning for sponsoring the Doorslammers, and for Crower parts for once again sponsoring the Crower Cup, our last race to cover today.
The second race on the Crower Cup series was all that was left, as it was between Gary Harfield and Dan Schrokosch. Gary's 09 Corvette got a slight lead off the line, but Dan's 70 Nova was close behind. But in the end, Gary's 7.961 on a 7.95 beat Dan's 7.617 on a 7.60, as Gary takes Crower Cup #2.
Gary Harfield (Far) right before taking the Crower Cup final against Dan Schrokosch (Far).
And now, we let the track cool down for two weeks, as the Summit Series comes back over July 8th starting at 4PM and the 9th starting at 10AM. We'll be there waiting! See you there!