The NHRA Summit Series sped into Barona again on June 25th and 26th, for the second 2-race weekend of the Summit Series. Saturday raced late in the night, using the cool of darkness to escape the hot summer sun, but there was plenty of heat on the track to go around.
Before we get into the NHRA Summit action, we'll start with the track regular, The Gambler on Saturday night. The finals came down to young gun Remy Reynolds and the old guard "Woody" Wood. Remy would get the head start, hey 8.63 dial giving her over two seconds of a head start over Woody's 6.54. After Remy launched with a .023 reaction time, Woody had to wait, slowly watching his tree count down as Remy sped in front of him. The wait would be too much, as Woody launched over 3 hundredths of a second before he had the green light, launching early, and giving Remy the Gambler win
Remy Reynolds (Far) lined up against Jim "Woody" Wood (Near), before Woody would red light, giving Remy the Gambler win.
Getting into the Summit series, we start with the Summit Super Pro on Saturday night, dominated by Meziere Enterprises dominating, with father Dave Meziere and son Chandler in the final, with other son Zach eliminated in the semi-finals. Both Meziere Enterprise dragsters were equally matched, both dialing in at 6.10 seconds, so it was a dead heat off the starting line. Dave would get off the line first at .014 seconds compared to Chandler's .035, leaving Chandler playing catch up. However, Dave ran a nearly perfect race, getting a 6.104 E/T on his 6.10 dial, giving up only 4 thousandths of a second wiggle room to improve on, while Chandler was already behind 21 thousandths, making victory impossible for the son, who broke out trying, with a 6.092 E/T. It was a powerful race, with both dragsters breaking 130 MPH by the finish line.
The Summit Pro Saturday came down to track regulars Rick Reynolds and Gary Harfield. Gary would be the one with the two second head start, his 7.99 dial lagging behind Rock's 5.37. But this time, as Gary raced ahead, Rick would not jump the gun, getting a respectable .043 start, giving him a time lead over Gary's .051. Both racers would power to the finish, Gary getting very close to his dial, a 7.999 only 9 thousandths off, but Rick was closer, his 5.373 only 3 thousandths off, with his better reaction time, giving him the Summit Pro win.
In the Summit Sportsman, the final came down to a pair of vintage 60s cars, Larry Brewer's 63 Chevy up against David Peutz's 68 Firebird. The two were near matches, David's Firebird being slightly faster, with a 7.63 dial against Larry's 7.72. David would get off the line a bit faster, too, a .085 R/T nearly half that of Larry's .168. He'd carry that small lead to the finish, where his 7.666 E/T was closer to his dial then Larry's 7.763, giving him the Sportsman win.
David Puetz (Near) lined up in the final against Larry Brewer (Far). David would race to the first of his two Summit Sportsman wins.
Saturday finished up with the Summit Motorcycles, as the two wheeled rocket bracket boiled down to Russ Collins Jr and his 08 Suzuki up against Joe Silva's 05 Busa. Joe would get the head start, leaving Russ hanging for a second and a half waiting. But that tension would be too much for Russ, as he bursts off the line 5 hundreths of a second early, giving Joe the Summit Motorcycle win.
And then, under the hot Sunday afternoon sun, we did it all again.
Sunday's Summit Super Pro looked a lot like Saturday's, with a pair of Meziere Enterprise dragsters lined up. This time it'd be the young brothers, Chandler and Zach partaking in a bit of sibling rivalry. Both racers were on their game, both launching off the line in under 2 hundredths of a second. Zach would finish with a 6.261 E/T on a 6.21 dial, but his 5 hundredths of a second of leeway would be too much, as Chandler's 6.158 on a 6.13 dial gave Chandler the win, by a scant few hundredths of a second.
The Summit Pro final came down to RJ Simrock and Trey Sommers. RJ's 70 Nova would launch first by tenth of a second, but Trey had an urge to go too, too big of an urge, as he launched 14 thousandths of a second before the green light dropped, giving RJ the Summit Pro win.
RJ Simrock in his 70 Nova, staring down the track on his way to winning the Summit Pro final on Sunday.
The Sunday Summit Sportsman final was a rematch of Saturday's final, as Davit Peutz's 68 Firebird lined up against Larry Brewer's 63 Chevy once again. This rematch would go a lot like the first race. This time, Larry would get a quicker jump off the line, getting a .058 R/T compared to David's .077, but David would nail his dial, getting a 7.602 on a 7.60 dial, as Larry's 7.793 on a 7.74 could not keep up, giving David Puetz a weekend sweep of the Summit Sportsman.
The last bracket of the weekend, the Sunday Summit Motorcycle's final came down to Gary Moore's 09 Busa against David Collins' 03 Kawasaki. David lined up his his 5.91 dial against Gary's 6.12. David would get off the line first, his .037 reaction beating Gary's .052. He'd carry that to the end, finishing with a 5.975 on a 5.91 compared to Gary's 6.238 on a 6.12, giving David the win.
With the Summit finished for the weekend, we look forward to Match Race Madness infecting the track on July 9th. See you there!