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First-time champions crowned at Sonoma Raceway

John Richardson and Ken Ratzloff celebrated with their teams in the winner’s circle after scoring their first national event win during the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
30 Jul 2018
Posted by NHRA.com staff
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John Richardson and Ken Ratzloff celebrated with their teams in the winner’s circle after scoring their first national event win during the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

Richardson, Santa Clarita, Calif., worked his way through the field in Top Dragster and ran 28.098 seconds 192.66 mph in his final round victory over Andy Spiegel, Acton. Calif.

Ratzloff, Idaho Falls, Idaho, faced off against Ted Kellner San Jose, Calif., in Top Sportsman with an impressive reaction time of .004 seconds, posting a winning run of 7.230 seconds, 191.35 mph in his ’53 Studebaker. Kellner drove to a 7.314 seconds, 187.29 mph pass for his runner up finish.

Don Keen, Palmdale, Calif., was victorious in a close final round in Super Stock against Mark Kirby, Bakersfield, Calif. Keen had a great reaction time of .021 with a run of 10.315 seconds, 127.86 mph against Mark Kirby, Bakersfield, Calif., who had a close follow up finish of 10.242 seconds, 136.07 mph.

In Super Comp Robert Naber, Ontario, Calif., had the starting line advantage and a good reaction time of 0.011 with a final round pass of 8.911 seconds, 177.84 mph. Making this his 5th National event career win.

The other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Leo Glasbrenner in Stock Eliminator and Matt Blodgett, Signal Hill, Calif.

The following are the final results from the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sanoma Raceway:

SUPER STOCK
Don Keen, Ford Mustang, 10.315, 127.86 def. Mark Kirby, Plymouth Duster, 10.242, 126.07

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Leo Glasbrenner, Pontiac Firebird, 10.595, 120.23 def. Jody Lang, Chevy Malibu, 12.224, 97.68

SUPER COMP
Robert Naber, Dragster, 8.911, 177.84 def. Matt Woodard, Dragster, 8.920, 175.43

SUPER GAS
Matt Blodgett, Chevy Nova, 9.908, 141.50 def. Ron Mackenzie, Chevy Corvette, Foul - Red Light

TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY RACING RVS 
Ken Ratzloff, Studebaker, 7.230, 191.35 def. Ted Kellner, Pontiac Firebird, 7.314, 187.29.

TOP DRAGSTER PRESENTED BY RACING RVS
John Richardson, Dragster, 28.098, 192.66 def. Andy Spiegel, Dragster, Foul - Red Light.