California natives dominate in Fontana

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.
17 May 2017
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FONTANA, Calif. — 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 with Val Torres, Chino Hills, Calif., facing off against his brother, Gabriel, La Puente, Calif. Gabriel was better off the line, posting a .018-second reaction time and a winning run of 8.920 seconds, 166.25 mph. The more experienced brother, Val, who has six wins in Super Comp alone, had a .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 .001. Etter posted a winning run of 10.244 seconds, 126.79 mph to defeat Gregg Luneak, Vista, Calif., who ran 10.589 seconds, 125.05 mph. Luneak gave Etter a great fight to the finish running .009 off his dial-in.

In Super Street, Trey Vetter, Henderson, Nev., ran 10.908 seconds, 129.19 mph to take the holeshot 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 against 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 holeshot 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, and 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:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
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

SUPER STOCK
Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/LA, 10.244, 126.79
def. Gregg Luneack, Vista, Calif., '65 Nova wagon, SS/KA, 10.589, 125.05

STOCK ELIMINATOR
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

SUPER COMP
Gabriel Torres, La Puente, Calif., '01 Beckley, 8.920, 166.25
def. Val Torres, Chino Hills, Calif., '10 TNT, 8.910, 173.09

SUPER GAS
Randy Bowers, Riverside, Calif., '69 Camaro, 9.887, 158.32
def. Evan Kowalski, Riverside, Calif., '05 Corvette, 9.876, 163.14

SUPER STREET
Trey Vetter, Henderson, Nev., '77 Nova, 10.908, 129.19
def. Pete Zak, Torrance, Calif., '63 Falcon wagon, 10.903, 134.28

TOP SPORTSMAN
Jeff Gillette, Benicia, Calif., '06 GTO, 7.131, 179.47
def. Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.495, 153.06

TOP DRAGSTER
Dave Cook, Novato, Calif., '07 TNT, 7.417, 181.42
def. Thomas Bayer, Alta Loma, Calif., '03 Undercover, 7.398, 168.47

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki GSX-R, 8.476, 155.85
def. Brockman Roberts, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '10 Hayabusa, 8.591, 155.61.

SATURDAY

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Scott Hedlund, Irvine, Calif., '13 Cobalt, A/SM, 7.740 seconds, -0.710 (under index)
2) Scott McClay, Tehachapi, Calif., '98 Dragster, C/ED, 7.321, -0.609
3) Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '08 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.373, -0.607
4) Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., '32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.706, -0.594
5) Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz., '13 Fritz, B/ED, 6.969, -0.581
6) Tony Mandella, Eastvale, Calif., '01 S-10, C/TA, 8.459, -0.581
7) Ed Sigmon, Chatsworth, Calif., '34 Chevrolet, C/SR, 8.498, -0.552
8) Randy Goff, Las Vegas, Nev., '02 S-10, B/T, 8.401, -0.399
9) Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '92 Camaro, I/SM, 9.986, 0.406

SUPER STOCK
1) Larry Zavala, Montebello, Calif., '86 Camaro, GT/IA, 9.776 seconds, -0.874 (under index)
2) Fred Moreno, La Verne, Calif., '69 Mustang, SS/GA, 9.703, -0.847
3) Eddie Leabo, Alta Loma, Calif., '98 Firebird, SS/JA, 10.185, -0.815
4) Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/LA, 10.270, -0.780
5) Bob Fordyce, Vista, Calif., '90 Calais, GT/FA, 9.472, -0.778
6) Tom Armanino, San Mateo, Calif., '68 Camaro, SS/GA, 9.789, -0.761
7) Darren Smith, Palmdale, Calif., '68 Dart, SS/FA, 9.707, -0.743
8) Charlene Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '85 Cutlass, GT/MA, 10.458, -0.742
9) Doug Broaddus, Anaheim Hills, Calif., '97 Firebird, GT/DA, 9.271, -0.729
10) Rodger Comstock, Ft.Lauderdale, Fla., '16 Mustang, FSS/C, 8.953, -0.697

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) BJ Graham, Tempe, Ariz., '76 Maverick, U/SA, 13.688 seconds, -1.162 (under index)
2) Earl Blake, Las Vegas, Nev., '68 Barracuda, F/SA, 10.966, -0.884
3) Bob Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '68 Nova, F/S, 10.936, -0.864
4) Lonnie Cox, Rosamond, Calif., '77 Camaro, I/SA, 11.445, -0.855
5) Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '69 Camaro, AA/SA, 9.853, -0.847
6) Paul Haszlauer, Las Vegas, Nev., '69 Dart, D/SA, 10.710, -0.840
7) Bob Mazzolini, Riverside, Calif., '67 Belvedere, A/SA, 10.161, -0.839
8) Chuck Rayburn, Castro Valley, Calif., '64 Belvedere, AA/SA, 9.863, -0.837
9) Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Calif., '68 Firebird, C/SA, 10.569, -0.831
10) Chuck Echmalian, Huntington Beach, Calif., '69 Camaro, H/SA, 11.355, -0.795

SUPER COMP
1) Cameron Ferre, Huntington Beach, Calif., '11 M + M, S/C, 8.901 seconds, 0.001 (over index)
2) Brian Fischle, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '02 Worthy, S/C, 8.902, 0.002
3) Tom McBride, Lakeside, Calif., '05 Victory, S/C, 8.904, 0.004
4) Taylor Vetter, Henderson, Nev., '02 Worthy, S/C, 8.904, 0.004
5) Mark Potts, Las Vegas, Nev., '05 Quay, S/C, 8.905, 0.005
6) Mike Lane, Shafter, Calif., '05 Undercover, S/C, 8.909, 0.009
7) Bill Woodard, Bakersfield, Calif., '02 Worthy, S/C, 8.913, 0.013
8) Brian Calvin, Cucamonga, Calif., '09 Innovative, S/C, 8.915, 0.015
9) Zach Meziere, Escondido, Calif., '11 Mullis, S/C, 8.916, 0.016
10) Val Torres, Valinda, Calif., '15 TNT, S/C, 8.916, 0.016

SUPER GAS
1) Bob Mendenhall, Lakeside, Calif., '27 Ford, S/G, 9.902 seconds, 0.002 (over index)
2) Aaron Kinard, Temecula, Calif., '63 Corvette, S/G, 9.904, 0.004
3) Rodney Scarlett, Granada Hills, Calif., '62 Corvette, S/G, 9.904, 0.004
4) Brad Pierce, Riverside, Calif., '58 Corvette, S/G, 9.905, 0.005
5) Randy Bowers, Riverside, Calif., '69 Camaro, S/G, 9.905, 0.005
6) Joe Galati, Acton, Calif., '64 Nova, S/G, 9.905, 0.005
7) Loreen Rogers, Seligman, Ariz., '94 Grand Prix, S/G, 9.906, 0.006
8) Marko Perivolaris, Petaluma, Calif., '67 Camaro, S/G, 9.906, 0.006
9) Larry Scarth, Manhattan Beach, Calif., '57 Corvette, S/G, 9.909, 0.009
10) Mark Fenton, Helendale, Calif., '27 Ford, S/G, 9.912, 0.012

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Gary Ross, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., '69 Camaro, 6.623 seconds, 208.62 mph
2) David Armstrong, Mesa, Ariz., '88 Camaro, 6.740, 212.39
3) Raul Perez, Buena Park, Calif., '05 Grand AM, 6.865, 201.46
4) Don Meziere, Escondido, Calif., '09 Cobalt, 6.990, 199.82
5) Gary Forkner, Temecula, Calif., '12 Camaro, 7.013, 195.90
6) Jeff Gillette, Benicia, Calif., '06 GTO, 7.028, 197.59
7) Kelly Harper, Peoria, Ariz., '07 GTO, 7.030, 195.08
8) Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.059, 196.02
9) Doug Crumlich, Irvine, Calif., '63 Corvette, 7.086, 193.79
10) Ken Ratzloff, Idaho Falls, Idaho, '53 Studebaker, 7.102, 196.02

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Brian Fitzpatrick, Lake Havasu, Ariz., '98 C & F, 6.008 seconds, 233.84 mph
2) Denny Hills, Gilbert, Ariz., '95 Yancer, 6.211, 223.69
3) John Richardson, Santa Clarita, Calif., '14 Sarmento, 6.216, 226.92
4) Bobby Ray McMahan, Lodi, Calif., '08 TNT, 6.424, 219.33
5) Errol Sharron, Las Vegas, Nev., '02 Stirling, 6.545, 213.74
6) Russell Suyenaga, Bellflower, Calif., '03 Victory, 6.571, 190.51
7) David Morgan, Concord, Calif., '12 Sarmento, 6.639, 203.80
8) George Prather, Sacramento, Calif., '07 Sarmento, 6.654, 198.76
9) Moe Trujillo, Happy Valley, Ore., '12 Sarmento, 6.677, 197.88
10) Tony Jardino, San Dimas, Calif., '05 Spitzer, 6.690, 201.82

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.002 seconds reaction time
2) Noah Penright, Colton, Calif., '07 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.002
3) Tony Pelletera, Alta Loma, Calif., '03 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.002
4) Jay Thompson, Wittmann, Ariz., '73 Kawasaki KZ, SMC, 0.007
5) Brockman Roberts, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '10 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.024
6) Kahea Woods, Las Vegas, Nev., '95 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.025
7) Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., '93 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.028
8) John Coburn, Mesa, Ariz., '96 Buell S1, SMC, 0.044
9) Freddie Camarena, Placentia, Calif., '98 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.044
10) Bill Burkhart, Anaheim, Calif., '98 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.045

FRIDAY

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Scott Hedlund, Irvine, Calif., '13 Cobalt, A/SM, 7.768 seconds, -0.682 (under index)
2) Scott McClay, Tehachapi, Calif., '98 Dragster, C/ED, 7.321, -0.609
3) Clint Neff, Arvada, Colo., '23 Ford, K/AA, 7.706, -0.594
4) Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '08 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.395, -0.585
5) Ed Sigmon, Chatsworth, Calif., '34 Chevrolet, C/SR, 8.498, -0.552
6) Joe Mozeris, Phoenix, Ariz., '13 Fritz, B/ED, 7.022, -0.528
7) Randy Goff, Las Vegas, Nev., '02 S-10, B/T, 8.401, -0.399
8) Tony Mandella, Eastvale, Calif., '01 S-10, C/TA, 9.004, -0.036
9) Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '92 Camaro, I/SM, 9.986, 0.406

SUPER STOCK
1) Fred Moreno, La Verne, Calif., '69 Mustang, SS/GA, 9.712 seconds, -0.838 (under index)
2) Eddie Leabo, Alta Loma, Calif., '98 Firebird, SS/JA, 10.204, -0.796
3) Larry Zavala, Montebello, Calif., '86 Camaro, GT/IA, 9.869, -0.781
4) Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/LA, 10.270, -0.780
5) Tom Armanino, San Mateo, Calif., '68 Camaro, SS/GA, 9.789, -0.761
6) Bob Fordyce, Vista, Calif., '90 Calais, GT/FA, 9.492, -0.758
7) Charlene Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '85 Cutlass, GT/MA, 10.520, -0.680
8) Gregg Luneack, Vista, Calif., '65 Nova Wgn, SS/KA, 10.590, -0.660
9) Tim Hall, Beaumont, Calif., '74 Dart, SS/JA, 10.345, -0.655
10) Brett Brown, Anaheim Hills, Calif., '65 Malibu, SS/NA, 11.496, -0.654

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) BJ Graham, Tempe, Ariz., '76 Maverick, U/SA, 13.688 seconds, -1.812 (under index)
2) Bob Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '68 Nova, F/S, 10.936, -0.864
3) Earl Blake, Las Vegas, Nev., '68 Barracuda, F/SA, 11.003, -0.847
4) Paul Haszlauer, Las Vegas, Nev., '69 Dart, D/SA, 10.710, -0.840
5) Chuck Rayburn, Castro Valley, Calif., '64 Belvedere, AA/SA, 9.864, -0.836
6) Brian McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., '69 Camaro, AA/SA, 9.892, -0.808
7) Ryan Mangus, Rialto, Calif., '67 Camaro, G/SA, 11.224, -0.776
8) Rick Kolber, Glendale, Ariz., '72 Duster, E/SA, 10.928, -0.772
9) Mark Kirby, Bakersfield, Calif., '73 Duster, F/SA, 11.089, -0.761
10) George Thomson, Acton, Calif., '72 Cutlass, G/SA, 11.249, -0.751

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Gary Ross, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., '69 Camaro, 6.640 seconds, 205.63 mph
2) David Armstrong, Mesa, Ariz., '88 Camaro, 6.740, 212.39
3) Raul Perez, Buena Park, Calif., '05 Grand AM, 6.865, 201.46
4) Don Meziere, Escondido, Calif., '09 Cobalt, 6.990, 199.82
5) Gary Forkner, Temecula, Calif., '12 Camaro, 7.013, 195.90
6) Jeff Gillette, Benicia, Calif., '06 GTO, 7.028, 197.48
7) Kelly Harper, Peoria, Ariz., '07 GTO, 7.030, 195.08
8) Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.059, 196.02
9) Richard Okerman, Torrance, Calif., '89 Beretta, 7.123, 193.43
10) Ken Ratzloff, Idaho Falls, Idaho, '53 Studebaker, 7.125, 196.02

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Brian Fitzpatrick, Lake Havasu, Ariz., '98 C & F, 6.008 seconds, 233.84 mph
2) Denny Hills, Gilbert, Ariz., '95 Yancer, 6.211, 223.69
3) John Richardson, Santa Clarita, Calif., '14 Sarmento, 6.216, 226.92
4) Bobby Ray McMahan, Lodi, Calif., '08 TNT, 6.446, 212.29
5) Russell Suyenaga, Bellflower, Calif., '03 Victory, 6.571, 190.51
6) David Morgan, Concord, Calif., '12 Sarmento, 6.639, 203.80
7) George Prather, Sacramento, Calif., '07 Sarmento, 6.654, 198.06
8) Moe Trujillo, Happy Valley, Ore., '12 Sarmento, 6.677, 197.88
9) Tony Jardino, San Dimas, Calif., '05 Spitzer, 6.690, 201.82
10) Andy Spiegel, Acton, Calif., '12 Spitzer, 6.694, 200.65

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.002 seconds reaction time
2) Jay Thompson, Wittmann, Ariz., '73 Kawasaki KZ, SMC, 0.021
3) Kahea Woods, Las Vegas, Nev., '95 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.025
4) Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., '93 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.032
5) Tony Pelletera, Alta Loma, Calif., '03 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.036
6) Steve Kaplan, Acton, Calif., '04 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.048
7) Brockman Roberts, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '10 Hayabusa, SMC, 0.065
8) Dave Miller, Whittier, Calif., '95 Suzuki Gsxr, SMC, 0.080

 

PREVIEW

FONTANA, Calif. - The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be at Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway this weekend, May 19-21, as the NHRA Pacific Division will host its third of seven events in the 2017 racing season.

Racing categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Series will also be run in conjunction with the event. Tickets are $20 each day; children 12 and under are free.  The schedule is as follows: 

FRIDAY, May 19 – Single day ticket $20
Spectator & Pit Gates Open at 7 a.m.
Time Trials & Qualifying begin at 8 a.m.

SATURDAY, May 20 – Single day ticket $20
Spectator & Pit Gates Open at 7 a.m.  
Sportsman qualifying and time trials begin at 8 a.m. 
Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Round 1 at 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 21 – Single day ticket $20
Spectator & Pit Gates Open at 8 a.m.  
Eliminations continue for all classes at 8:30 a.m. 
*Schedule Subject to change

The Auto Club Dragway is located on the grounds of Auto Club Speedway at 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana. For more information call the track, (909) 429-5067, or visit www.AutoClubDragway.com.