FOUR HEADING TO POMONA FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Blake Williams, Seth Polvadore, Dave Muller, and Scott Hewitt were all crowned NHRA Pacific Division Summit Super Series Showdown Champions and will now advance to the Summit Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
The four, along with Garrett Parsons in the High School Class outlasted their fields today to take home the trophies. They were led by Blake Williams, Chandler, Ariz., in the Super Pro class and Dave Muller in Sportsman, who had to win Saturday’s Division Championship to advance to Sunday’s Summit Showdown, that matches up the top points earners from each of the tracks in the division for the chance to advance to Pomona.
Williams, representing Firebird Int’l Raceway drove his ’07 dragster to a 7.787 second pass at 167.70 mph to defeat Larry Hass, Yorba Linda, Calif. Muller, who went deep into elimination rounds on Saturday, won on a double breakout with Ryan Mangus, Rialto, Calif. Muller went 12.452 (12.47 dial) in his ’74 Camaro to Mangus’ 12.708 (12.74) in his ’71 Nova.
Williams’ teammate Polvadore from Sun City, Ariz., outlasted Charles Sturdevant, Draper, Utah, in the Pro class for the win and the trophy. Polvadore went 11.471, 114.10.
Local favorite Hewitt, Bakersfield, Calif., raced to the win aboard his ’95 Suzuki in 8.676 seconds at 147.50 mph beating Denny Alves, El Cerrito, Calif.
Monroe, Utah, resident Parsons, took his ’67 Cutlass all the way to the winner’s circle in High School as Gage Cameron, Bakersfield, Calif., turned on the red-light giving Parsons the automatic win. Parsons ran it out at 12.217 seconds, 109.42 mph.
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway took home the Team Championship for the second day in a row. Las Vegas was followed by Sacramento Raceway in second with Speedworld Dragstrip and Auto Club Famoso Raceway tied for third.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Finals at Auto Club Famoso Raceway:
Blake Williams, Chandler, Ariz., ‘07 dragster, 7.787, 167.70 def. Larry Hass, Yorba Linda, Calif., '97 dragster, 7.905, 170.88
Seth Polvadore, Sun City, Ariz., '72 Nova, 11.471, 114.10 def. Charles Sturdevant, Draper, Utah, '09 dragster, 8.342, 161.75
Dave Muller, MESA, Ariz., '74 Camaro, 12.452, 106.77 def. Ryan Mangus, Rialto, Calif., '71 Nova, 12.708, 103.58
Scott Hewitt, Bakersfield, Calif., '95 Suzuki, 8.676, 147.50 def. Denny Alves, El Cerrito, Calif., 10.155, 122.66
Garrett Parsons, Monroe, Utah, '67 Cutlass, 12.217, 109.42 def. Gage Cameron, Bakersfield, Calif., '66 El Camino, 12.390, 106.29
Summit Super Showdown Team Championship
1 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 1 29
2 Sacramento Raceway Park 1 26
3 Speedworld Drag Strip 25
3 Auto Club Famoso Raceway 1 25
5 Auto Club Dragway 23
6 Firebird Raceway Park 22
7 Sonoma 1 20
8 Barona Drag Strip 17
9 Samoa Drag Strip 10
10 Toyota Irwindale Drag Strip 9
11 Albuquerque Intl Raceway ; 6
12 Top Gun Raceway 3
13 Maui Raceway 0
THE STRIP AT LVMS TAKES SUMMIT SERIES TEAM TITLE
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The team from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway took home the Team Championship title and the trophy on Saturday for the NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Finals at Auto Club Famoso Raceway while four racers also captured individual Division Championships.
The Strip accumulated 55 points to hold off host track Auto Club Famoso Raceway who landed in second with 51 points and Sonoma Raceway in third at 48. Each track in the division is allowed to send up to 3 teams of racers to compete in both team and individual competition.
Leading the charge for Las Vegas was Doug Schumann out of Hesperia, Calif. in the Motorcycle class on his ’98 Suzuki. Schumann took on Doug Love, Novato, Calif., running for Sonoma in the final. Schumann clocked in at 8.660 seconds at 148.18 mph to defeat Love and his ’01 Triumph.
Barona Dragway had a pair of winners in Zack Meziere and CW Hoefer. Meziere won in Super Pro with a lap of 7.742, 161.63 in his ’11 dragster. The Escondido, Calif., racer beat Marc Power, Santa Rose, Calif., who was running for Sonoma in his ’68 El Camino clocking in at 10.267, 127.47. Hoefer, Calimesa, Calif., took his ’91 Firebird to the winner’s circle, knocking out Johnny Burke from the Firebird Int’l Raceway team in Pro, running 12.308, 109.87. Burke, Mesa, Ariz., left early with a red-light foul start.
Representing Sacramento Raceway was Mike Spellman taking the win in Sportsman with his ’72 Challenger over Dwayne Opperman, Napa, Calif. The Elk Grove, Calif., racer went 12.651 seconds on a 12.65 dial at 102.56 mph for the win over the quicker Opperman at 12.071 in his ’67 Camaro.
The four winners will advance to Sunday’s Summit Super Showdown competition which pits the top point’s earners from each track in head to head competition. Sunday’s Summit Super Showdown winners will advance to the Summit Racing Series National championship at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona where they will face off with the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a purse of more than $100,000.
The following are the Saturday’s results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Finals at Auto Club Famoso Raceway
1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway 1 55
2. Auto Club Famoso Raceway 1 51
3. Sonoma 2 48
4. Sacramento Raceway Park 1 44
5. Sonoma 1 42
6. Barona 38
7. Auto Club Famoso Raceway 35
8. Firebird Raceway Park 24
9. Toyota Irwindale Drag Strip 20
10. Speedworld Drag Strip 19
11. Auto Club Dragway 18
12. Top Gun Raceway 15
13. Samoa Drag Strip 12
14. Albuquerque Intl Raceway 5
14. Redding Drag Strip 5
16. Auto Club Famoso Raceway 3 3
17. Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2 1
17. Sacramento Raceway Park 2 1
19. Maui 0
19. Sonoma 3 0
Zach Meziere, Escondido, Calif., '11 dragster, 7.742, 161.63 def. Marc Power, Santa Rosa, Calif., ‘68 El Camino, 10.267, 127.47
CW Hoefer, Calimesa, Calif., '91 Firebird, 12.308, 109.87 def. Johnny Burke, Mesa, Ariz., '75 Camaro, 11.656, 114.35
Mike Spellman, Elk Grove, Calif., '72 Challenger, 12.651, 102.56 def. Dwayne Opperman, Napa, Calif., '67 Camaro, 12.071, 110.54
Doug Schumann, Hesperia, Calif., '98 Suzuki, 8.660, 148.18 def. Doug Love, Novato, Calif., ‘01 Triumph Bonn, 13.051, 100.38