Nitro Night visited Lakeside California on the night of Saturday, June 8th at Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip. With it, came the AFK bracket, the So Cal Doorslammers, and the start of the Crower Cup series. After a night of super fast, nitrous filled fire spitters made the stands shake and the parking lot erupt with alarms, we had some brackets to take care of.
In the SoCal Doorslammer 6.50 bracket, Carlos Rivas and his 72 Z28 was matched up against Jeff Martin and his 74 Datsun in the finals. Carlos had a faster reaction time, but the defining factor was Jeff going against the nature of the 6.50 bracket but getting a 6.49 E/T, breaking out and giving Carlos the win.
Carlos Rivas (Near) against Jeff Martin (Far) in the 6.50 Final
The SoCal Doorbuster 5.90 bracket had track regular Rick Reynolds bring his 66 Fairlane against J.A. Vargas' 74 Vega. Rick got off the line faster, with a .137 reaction time over J.A's .394, and with an E/T of 5.948 on a 5.90 dial, there was no way for J.A. to make up those tenths of a second, giving Rick the 5.90 win.
The 5.50 finals was a matchup between Joe Bernier and his 72 Vega and Larry Middlebrook and his 87 Corvette. Larry was hot off the line, launching 11 thousandths of a second early and getting a red light foul, giving Joe the 5.50 win.
And finally with the SoCal Doorslammers, Run What You Brung, the open race with no dials between the fastest cars on the track. Duncon Patternson' 69 Camaro broke 140 MPH on it's way to a 4.750 E/T, beating Andy Ralls and his 68 C-20 and it's 4.867 dial.
Duncon Patterson (Far) against Andy Ralls (Near) in the Run What You Brung Final.
The AFX ran as well, as Ken Moveland and his 67 Chevelle made it's way to the finals against David Franklin and his 61 Ford. David got the faster start off the line, forcing Ken to play catch up. And with a 6.692 on a 6.80 dial, Ken would break out, and give David the AFK win.
And finally, in the first race of the Crower Cup series, Jeff Martin and Todd Ferguson faced off in the final. Todd got off the line faster, with a .033 reaction time compared to Jeff's .102, but he let off at the finish, getting a 6.562 on a 6.46 dial. With a .069 reaction time gap to make up, and a 6.54 dial, Jeff would need to finish under 6.609 to take the win. And with a 6.568 E/T, he did and stole the Crower Cup win.
Jeff Martin (Near) against Todd Ferguson (Far) in the Crower Cup final.
Next week, there's a big weekend planned, as the 1st Annual Barona Summer Bash hits, Friday's track rental leading to a weekend of Junior Drags and Big Money Team Races! Gates open at 9AM! See you there!