Long Beach¿s Blodgett wins Friday's $5,000 Super Pro finale;

B&M Vegas Bracket Championship continues Sat. and Sun.


Mike Blodgett of Long Beach, Calif., became the first big winner of the weekend when he defeated Larry Spitali of Glendale, Ariz., in the $5,000-to-win Super Pro finale Friday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Friday opened The Strip¿s  three-day B&M Vegas Bracket Championship and attracted entries from as far away as Idaho.


Bob Coulter of Las Vegas won the final round of Pro competition and John Irving of Boulder City claimed Street honors.


Run-for-the-Money winners included: Bob Coulter (Pro), Ed Dialogue (Super Pro) and Ron Landram (Street).


Results:  (Driver, hometown, car, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time (E.T.) and top speed)


SUPER PRO -- $5,000-to-win

Winner: Mike Blodgett (Long Beach, Calif.)  1972 Vega  .520  12.25  12.273 sec./123.14 mph

Runner-up: Larry Spitali (Glendale, Ariz.)  1967 Camaro  .523  9.87  9.840 sec./127.98 mph



Winner: Bob Coulter (Las Vegas) 1964 Falcon  .537  12.17  12.110 sec./110.05 mph

Runner-up: Alan Hoefer (Calimesa, Calif.)  1965 Cutlass  (foul) .468  10.06  10.282 sec./106.42 mph



Winner: John Irving (Boulder City) 2002 Camaro  .515  13.35  14.765 sec./54.70 mph

Runner-up: Chad Boyd (Henderson)  1970 Camaro (broke)