Saturday night, on the first of September, 2018, the 2018 Crower Cup series came to a close at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip in Lakeside, California. Going into the third and final race, Rick Reynolds had a commanding lead, with RJ Simrock, Todd Ferguson, and Paul Wagner having outside shots for the championship if Rick is eliminated early.
And there was good news on that front, as Rick dropped out early, entering the cash prize Gambler and making his way to the finals, matched up against Jeff Martin. Jeff's .085 reaction time wasn't bad, but Rick's .054 was better. And when Rick right on his dial, with a 5.933 E/T on a 5.93 dial, he made it impossible for Jeff to win. Jeff would break out, and Rick would take the Gambler cash prize.
The Gambler Final, with Rick Reynolds (Near) lined up against Jeff Martin (Far)
That just left the Crower final, where each of the three competitors would make a push to the final, but Pedro Valadez's 81 Camaro and Noel Cuevas' “Mexican Hulk” 71 Camraro were the last men standing. Both racers were nearly even off the starting line. With no clear leader, it was just two drivers trying to get as close to their dial as possible...as both go too fast, breaking out. Pedro's 6.558 E/T was closer to his 6.26 dial, only breaking out by a scant 2 thousandths of a second, beating Noel's 6.448 E/T on a 6.47 dial, giving Pedro the Crower Cup win for the night
In the Crower final, Pedro Valadez (Near) lined up against Noel Cuevas (Far).
But when the points are added up, RJ, Todd, and Paul could not get enough of a push, as Rick Reynolds and his 66 Fairlane take the Crower Cup! Rick takes home a Wally and some Crower merchandise for his troubles.
Now, come back in two weeks on the 15th for the return of the Renegade, as well as Member Track Madness! Races start at 4PM. See you there!