The Crower Cup wrapped up last Saturday at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip. The racers were going late, and the points were wide open, as a strong performance tonight would be what would get you that Crower championship.
The Gambler was settled first, with a duel between long time track veterans "Woody" Wood and Gary Harfield, with a drone flying up in the sky recording the race. Jim had the faster car, dialing in a 6.42 time compared to Gary's 8.01. Both stayed patient at the light, getting off fast, and sped down the track. Gary finished with a 8.024, but it would not be close enough to beat Woody's 6.428, only missing his dial by 8 thousandths of a second, giving Woody the Gambler win.
The Gambler final from a drone shot, filmed by Tyler Herrman of Blue Line Media SD.
The Crower cup's championship was wide open. With the winners of the second race not even entering in the first, it was wide open. But as the drivers fell out, as Dan Schrokosch and Wayne Johnson dropped out in the semi-finals, the championship was wrapped up, as Pete Wrieden and his 1957 Bel Air takes the championship and it's Wally.
But there was still one last race to run, the finals, as Pete Wrieden had a race against Rick Reynolds and his 71 Pinto to finish, to turn this last round into a victory lap for the championship. Pete's 57 Bel Air would go first, launching off it's 6.76 dial with a .160 reaction time, as Rick launches a bit over a second later off his 5.48 dial with a .060 reaction time. Pete had a tenth of a second to make up, as he raced down the track, getting a 6.774 E/T. But it would not be enough to make up for that tenth of a second lost at the tree, as Rick's 5.507 E/T on a 5.48 would hold. Rick would win the Crower Cup bracket, but Pete would win the series.
Congratulations to Pete Wrieden, our 2016 Crower Cup champion, as well as all the other racers this weekend! We'll be crowning new champions in two weeks, as on the 20th and 21st we'll have Junior Dragsters race #5 and #6, wrapping up their series, and crowning a new Junior Champ! We'll see you there!