LAS VEGAS – Auto Club Famoso Raceway captured the team championship while the husband and wife team of C.W. and Sacha Hoefer each grabbed wins at this weekend’s NHRA Pacific Division Summit Racing Series Championships. The Hoefers will be joined by Katelyn Whynaught, Ryan Mangus, and Rick Newport in advancing to the NHRA Summit National Championship at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November.
Sunday’s Summit Showdown final round produced three of the four winners from California. Sacha Hoefer of Calimesa, booked her trip to Pomona by outlasting Tim Arnswalf of Indio, Calif., in the Sportsman final round. Hoefer recorded a victory pass of 12.182 seconds, 103.57 mph.
Super Pro runner Whynaught of Oceanside, outran fellow Californian Tony Trimp of Wilton. Katelyn trumped Trimp running 7.765 seconds, 172.52 mph to capture the Summit Showdown Wally trophy.
Magnus of Rialto, ran 12.655 seconds, 100.11 mph to successfully hold off John Schurr, Peoria, Ariz., for the Pro ET final round victory. Schurr registered a runner up pass of 10.892 seconds, 120.20 mph.
Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, upended local Vegas runner Kahea Woods, in the motorcycle final round, clocking in at 8.472 seconds, 149.95 mph. Remy Reynolds of San Diego rounded out the Summit Showdown winners defeating Michael Earleywine of Winchester, Calif., in High School.
C.W. took home a pair of wins on Saturday winning in both the Pro and the Sportsman categories, as he led the team from Auto Club Famoso to a one point win over host track Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Team Championship. Hoefer‘s Sportsman win gave him the birth in to the national championship as the wild card entry.
Hoefer, out of Calimesa, Calif., met Brandon Umberger, Grand Junction, Colo., in the Pro ET final round. Hoefer was able to outlast Umberger for the victory, running 12.215 seconds, 103.77 mph. Umberger came in second at 8.965 seconds, 135.27mph. In the Sportsman final round, Hoefer eliminated fellow Californian runner David Dodwell of Lancaster. Hoefer peaked at 12.245 seconds, 94.60 mph.
Travis Theobald, Washington, Utah, squared off against Pedro Valadez, Fullerton, Calif., in the Super Pro final round. Theobald outran Valadez, scoring a victory pass of 7.522 seconds, 173.90 mph. Valadez followed up at 10.449 seconds, 124.60 mph.
Local Vegas rider, Leo Shaver had an easy motorcycle final round as Aaron Pine, La Mirada, Calif., fouled at the starting line. Shaver hit a final stride of 8.963 seconds, 145.91 mph.
The following are Sunday’s final results from the 2017 NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Summit Showdown:
Katelyn Whynaught, Oceanside, Calif., '00 Undercover, 7.765, 172.52 def.
Tony Trimp, Wilton, Calif., '02 Undercover, 8.735, 152.38.
Ryan Mangus, Rialto, Calif., '71 Nova, 12.655, 100.11 def.
John Schurr, Peoria, Ariz., '69 Valiant, 10.892, 120.20.
Sacha Hoefer, Calimesa, Calif., '91 Firebird, 12.182, 103.57 def.
Tim Arnswald, Indio, Calif., '67 Camaro, 12.266, 108.12.
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki GSXR, 8.472, 149.95 def.
Kahea Woods, Las Vegas, Nev., '95 Suzuki GSXR, 8.842, 149.81.
Remy Reynolds, San Diego, Calif., '67 Ranchero, 13.976, 94.45 def.
Michael Earleywine, Winchester, Calif., '73 Vega WGN, foul.
The following are Saturday’s results from the 2017 NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Team Finals:
|Auto Club Famoso Raceway||68|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||67|
|Rocky Mountain Raceways||54|
|Auto Club Dragway||50|
|Wild Horse Pass MSP||48|
|Auto Club Dragway||46|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2||43|
|Wild Horse Pass MSP 2||22|
|Barona 1/8 Mile Dragstrip||18|
|Rocky Mountain Raceways 2||12|
|Top Gun Raceway||11|
|Auto Club Famoso Raceway 2||11|
|Western Colorado Dragway||11|
|Sacramento Raceway 2||6|
Travis Theobald, Washington, Utah, '14 Mullis, 7.522, 173.90 def.
Pedro Valadez, Fullerton, Calif., '87 Camaro, 10.449, 124.60.
C.W. Hoefer, Calimesa, Calif., '87 Firebird, 12.215, 103.77 def.
Brandon Umberger, Grand Junction, Colo., '77 Chevette, 8.965, 135.27.
C.W. Hoefer, Calimesa, Calif., '87 Firebird, 12.245, 94.60 def.
David Dowdell, Lancaster, Calif., '03 Corvette, 12.651, 100.11.
Leo Shaver, Las Vegas, Nev., '87 Kawasaki, 8.963, 145.91 def.
Aaron Pine, La Mirada, Calif., '15 Kawasaki ZX14, foul.
LAS VEGAS – The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the 2017 NHRA Pacific Division Summit Racing Series Finals, Oct. 6-8.
Top drivers from NHRA Member Tracks across the Pacific Division will compete in five classes for individual and team honors. Classes include Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle and High School. The event will also feature the Summit Super Showdown, a race within a race where the top points earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition. Summit Super Showdown winners in the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle categories will advance to the Summit Series National Championship against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November.
More than 500 participants are expected to compete for cash awards of more than $30,000. Competitors in the High School class will earn trophies and savings bonds. Drivers who advance to the Summit Series National Championship in Pomona will race for a purse of more than $100,000.
Gates at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway open at 7 a.m. each day. Time trials begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and continue throughout the day. First round of eliminations for all NHRA Summit Racing competitors will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. On Sunday, the Summit Super Showdown eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m.
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located on 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, Ca, 89115. For more information call the track, (702) 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com/dragstrip