Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip was host to a new addition to the weekend fun: The Race Legal drags. Last Friday, the 16th of August, the Street Legal drags ran, the quickest way for anyone to hit the track, and have a few runs as quickly as possible. With other 450 spectators and over 100 entries, it was a smashing success. One that we hope to have become a regular event
Mohan GC and his 2017 Dodge Challenger, one of the over 100 cars that showed up to the Street Legals on Friday.
But the weekend was host to other racing under the Lakeside sun, as Summit Races #5 and #6 ran on Saturday and Sunday of the 17th and 18th. With only two more races to go, racers jockeyed for position to be in the right spot for the home stretch.
Saturday, in the Summit Motorcycles bracket, Brian Stirrat's 18 Busa found itself matched against David Collins and his 83 Kawasaki in the finals. Brian got off the line fast, but David got off the line faster. 61 thousandths of a second before the green light faster. Unfortunately, that's illegal, giving him a red light foul and giving the Summit Motorcycle win to Brian.
The Summit Sportsman came down to Gary Harfield and David Stoddard. It was a heads up race, with both of them rocking 7.84 dials. Gary got off the line first, with a .047 reaction just edging out David's .097. That'd be the difference, as Gary's 7.977 E/T was a hair slower than David's 7.964 E/T, but not enough to make up those 5 hundredths of a second lost at the start. Gary Harfield gets the Summit Sportsman win.
Summit Pro's final was between Remy Reynolds and Jeff Martin, with Remy getting the faster jump off the line with a .017 reaction time. Jeff was behind with a .083, but was doing his best to catch up. However, Remy matched her 5.90 dial perfectly with a 5.906 E/T, making any hope of a comeback impossible, sealing the Summit Pro win for herself.
Jeff Martin (Near) against Remy Reynolds (Far) in Saturday's Summit Pro final.Summit Super Pro was where RJ Simrock would meet up with Chandler Meziere, dueling dragsters looking for that top spot. Both of them would be eager to start, with Chandler getting a short head start, his 6.43 dial a bit slower than RJ's 5.99. The starting lights fell, and as they did, RJ would win without doing anything, as Chandler launched 31 thousandths of a second early. And after that, it didn't matter that RJ launched 4 thousandths early; he already took the Summit Super Pro win.
Sunday, the warm evenings gave way to a hot afternoon of racing, as the Summit started once again, with winners looking to double up, and losers trying to cash in their second chance for glory.
Summit Motorcycle had a new pair of racers in it's final, but they were very familiar with each other. Cathy Silva and Joe Silva , a family rivalry, met up for this duel. Cathy was slower off the line, her .210 reaction a healthy deal behind Joe's .192, but Joe was not able to push all the way to the finish, running a 6.996 E/T on a 6.65 dial, giving just enough space for Cathy to take the win with a 10.116 E/T on a 9.91 dial.
Summit Sportsman was a match up between Kyle Phillips and Gary Harfield. Both were nearly even off the starting line, so it would come down to the 1/8th mile. And there, Gary's 7.987 E/T on a 7.92 dial would just edge out Kyle's 7.856 E/T on a 7.78 dial, taking the Summit Sportsman win.
ummit Sportsman's final, with Gary Harfield (Far) against Kyle Phillips (Near)
Sunday's Summit Pro bracket came down to Wayne Charbonneau's 62 Ranchero and Kyle Phillips' 56 Wagon. Kyle would get a head start, with a dial over a second slower than Wayne's, but instead of building a big head start, he'd just hand the win over to Wayne, launching 174 thousandths of a second early, fouling and gifting the Summit Pro win to Wayne
Sunday's Pro final, between Wayne Charbonneau's 62 Ranchero (Near) and Kyle Phillips' 56 Wagon (Far)
Finally, the Summit Super Pro bracket came down to a finale between Chandler Meziere and Richard Sullivan. Chandler's dragster is back after a loss in the finals on Saturday, looking for redemption. And redemption was achieved at the green light. A .003 second reaction time was Chandler's secret weapon. Richard's .040, while otherwise good, would be his death kneel here, as Chandler's 6.476 E/T on a 6.45 dial would make a comeback impossible, as Chandler makes up for his finals loss on Saturday with a Summit Super Pro win on Sunday