The 2020 Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip season started off with the first race of the Renegade series, and we started not just with that, but also a round of Member Track Madness, with the winner claiming a trophy and two free tickets to a NHRA event.
The Renegade Electronics bracket came down to RJ Simrock's dragster and Paul Wagner's 65 Valiant. Paul got off to the faster start with a .062 reaction time, compared to RJ's .079, but RJ had every intent on running this out, getting a near perfect 5.999 E/T on a 5.98 dial. Paul had .036 seconds of wiggle room to win and with a small lead on the way to the finish line, he let off the gas for a quick moment. But with a 6.819 E/T on a 6.82 dial, he was still one thousandth of a second too fast, breaking out and giving RJ the Renegade Electronic win.
RJ Simrock (Far) against Paul Wagner (Near) in the Renegade Electronics final.
In Renegade Non-E, John McKinney brought his 77 Camaro, matched up with Rick Reynold's 66 Fairlane. Rick would get a decent head start, with a .047 reaction time, over .08 seconds better than John's .133. Thus, when John finished with a very strong 6.746 E/T on a 6.74 dial, Rick was still able to slow down and finish with a 5.941 E/T on a 5.93 dial. John's final total package was .139, while Rick's was .058, giving Rick the Renegade Non-E win.
Rick Reynolds (Near) against John McKinney (Far) in the Renegade Non-E Final
Finally, Member Track Madness had the winners have one last run off to determine the day's champ, and the Member Track Madness winner. RJ's Dragster lined up against Rick Reynold's 66 Fairlane. RJ's was a faster car, so Rick needed the best start he could possibly get. But when the lights dropped, Rick launched a tenth of a second early, getting a red light, fouling out, and giving RJ the Member Track Madness win.
RJ Simrock accepting the Member Track Madness trophy from track owner Rick Reynolds.
Congrats to RJ Simrock, and all of our racers. Next race is on Friday the 7th, where it's an open ticket to the Street Legal Drags! See you there!