Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip was host to the NHRA Summit Series races #5 and #6 on Saturday, June 19th and Sunday, June 20th. With the Summit series over the hump, racers are gearing up for the home stretch, getting themselves into the best position possible to push for a NHRA Summit championship.
On Saturday, Summit Motorcycle came down to Aundrea Wilcox against Joe Silva. Both racers would head a little too fast on a double breakout, but Aundrea's 6.527 e.t. was closer to her 6.54 dial than Joe Silva's 10.516 e.t. was to his 10.70 dial, earning Aundrea the Summit Motorcycle win.
In Summit Sportsman, Brian Stirrat's 20 Tesla was matched up against Steve Watkins' 00 Corvette. Steve's .023 reaction time gave him a good advantage over Brian's .143 start. And with Brian's 8.284 e.t. on a 8.25 dial, he'd lock out any chance for Brian to come back, getting himself the Summit Sportsman win.
Steve Watkin's 00 Corvette (Far) against Brian Stirrat's 20 Tesla (Near) in the Summit Sportsman final.
Summit Pro came down to a match up between Tracy Perez's 55 Chevy and Gary Harfield's Corvette. Tracy's .005 reaction time put Gary in a position where he'd have to play catch up, as he pushed for whatever space he could get. Gary's 7.810 e.t. would be a bit too fast for his 7.82 dial, as Gary breaks out, giving Tracy the Summit Pro win.
Tracy Perez' 55 Chevy (Near) lined up against Gary Harfield's Corvette (Far) in the Summit Pro finals.
Finally, Summit Super Pro came down to Remy Reynolds' 71 Pinto and Jeff Martin's 74 Datsun. Both were close off the line, with Jeff's .039 reaction time having a minor advantage over Remy's .044. Both racers forced to push to the last inch, both trying to cross the finish line first, but not fast enough to break out. However, all that lead to in this case was a double break out, as Jeff's 6.502 e.t. on a 6.53 dial was close, but still a little too fast. Remy's 5.849 e.t. on a 5.85 dial, however, was only a thousandth away from dead on, as she takes the double breakout Summit Super Pro win.
Remy Reynolds (Far) against Jeff Martin (Near) in Saturday's Summit Pro final.
On Sunday, all four brackets ran again as NHRA Summit Series race #6 took place. Starting off with Joe Silva trying to earn redemption in Summit Motorcycle, this time matched up against Donte Rarenell. Donte had the faster bike, nearly hitting 120 MPH on his 6.152 e.t. run. However, with a 6.19 dial, that'd be a little too fast, as Donte would break out and give Joe Silva the Summit Motorcycle win.
Summit Sportsman had Steve Watkins going for the weekend sweep, with fellow Corvette Gary Harfield standing in his way. Gary had a good run, a 7.910 e.t. reasonably close to his 7.89 dial, but Steve Watkins crossed the finish line first. Unfortunately, he did so with a 8.441 e.t. on a 8.45 dial, breaking out and giving Gary the Summit Sportsman win.
Steve was not done yet, though, as he took his 00 Corvette to the Summit Pro final too, where he'd be matched up with Remy Reynolds' 71 Pinto. Remy was a little too eager to start, though, as her -.032 red light foul would disqualify her, and get Steve his second win of the weekend.
Steve Watkins and his 00 Corvette, counting and flaunting his prize money as he takes Sunday's Summit Pro win.
Finally, in Summit Super Pro, Jeff Martin's 74 Datsun would find himself up against the other Reynolds, father Rick Reynolds and his 66 Fairlane. Jeff would get a better shot at this one, though, as his 6.547 e.t. on a 6.53 dial would be closer than Rick's 5.996 e.t. on a 5.95 dial, getting Jeff the Summit Super Pro win.
With the Summit Series done for tonight, we finish up and look forward to this Sunday, June 27th as we RPM “You Asked For It” Drags hit up Barona 1/8th Mile Dragstrip with some Traditional Hot Rod races, no dragsters newer than 1964 allowed! Racing starts at 9 AM! See you there!