CALIFORNIA NATIVES DOMINATE IN FONTANA NHRA LODRS DIV. 7 EVENT
Seven California racers took home wins from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway over the weekend. Racers from all over the state were represented in the final rounds making this a golden weekend for NHRA racing in California.
It was a brotherly dual in Super Comp where Val Torres, Chino Hills, Calif., faced off against his brother Gabriel Torres, La Puente, Calif. Gabriel was better off the line posting a 0.018 second reaction time and a winning run of 8.920 seconds, 166.25 mph. The more experienced brother, Val Torres, who has six wins in Super Comp alone, had a 0.032 second reaction time and posted a runner up finish of 8.910 seconds, 173.09 mph.
Riverside, Calif., competitor Ken Etter, took home the trophy in Super Stock after a near perfect reaction time of 0.001, off the tree. Etter, posted a winning run of 10.244 seconds, 126.79 mph over Gregg Luneak, Vista, Calif., 10.589 seconds, 125.05 mph runner-up finish. Luneak gave Etter a great fight to the finish running 0.009 to his dial-in.
In Super Street, it was Trey Vetter, Henderson, Nev., running 10.908 seconds, 129.19 mph and taking the hole shot win over Pete Zak, Torrance, Calif. Vetter was off the line first and held off Zak, who posted a 10.903 second, 134.28 mph runner- up finish.
Scott McClay, Tehachapi, Calif., took the Comp Eliminator win by posting a time of 7.371 seconds, 180.86 mph over Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz. Mozeris had a quicker run down the lane, running 7.019 seconds at 190.54 but McClay was away first and held his starting line advantage taking the hole shot win.
Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Randy Bowers, Riverside, Calif., in Super Gas, and Tim Seymour, San Dimas, Calif., in Stock Eliminator. In the division’s Top Sportsman class, it was Jeff Gillette, Benecia, Calif., taking the win, while Dave Cook, Novato, Calif., won in Top Dragster.
In the Sportsman Motorcycle class, Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, ran down his opponent to capture the win at the finish line.
Pacific Division racers will have a month off and then head to Sonoma Raceway for the fourth divisional race July 21-23.
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway:
Scott McClay, Tehachapi, Calif., '98 dragster, C/ED, 7.371, 180.86 def. Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz., '13 dragster, B/ED, 7.019, 190.54.
Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/LA, 10.244, 126.79 def. Gregg Luneack, Vista, Calif.,
'65 Nova Wgn, SS/KA, 10.589, 125.05.
Tim Seymour, San Dimas, Calif., '16 Camaro, FS/B, 9.424, 134.91 def. Ryan Mangus, Rialto, Calif.,
'67 Camaro, G/SA, 11.305, 115.67.
Gabriel Torres, La Puente, Calif., '01 Beckley, 8.920, 166.25 def. Val Torres, Chino Hills, Calif., '10 TNT, 8.910, 173.09.
Randy Bowers, Riverside, Calif., '69 Camaro, 9.887, 158.32 def. Evan Kowalski, Riverside, Calif.,
'05 Corvette, 9.876, 163.14.
Trey Vetter, Henderson, Nev., '77 Nova, 10.908, 129.19 def. Pete Zak, Torrance, Calif., '63 Falcon WGN, 10.903, 134.28.
Jeff Gillette, Benicia, Calif., '06 GTO, 7.131, 179.47 def. Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.495, 153.06.
Dave Cook, Novato, Calif., '07 TNT, 7.417, 181.42 def. Thomas Bayer, Alta Loma, Calif., '03 Undercover, 7.398, 168.47.
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki Gsxr, 8.476, 155.85 def. Brockman Roberts, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '10 Hayabusa, 8.591, 155.61.