The winner is no surprise: Thornton claims PSCA Summer Nationals victory at The Strip

Ed Thornton of Chino Hills, Calif., won the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) Summer Nationals Pro Street finale Saturday night at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Thornton's turbocharged 1957 Chevrolet made repeated passes in excess of 202 mph Saturday night and saved the best for last when he met Clinton Hairston of Alta Loma, Calif., in the final round. Thornton blazed the quarter mile with a pass of 212.43 mph to Hairston's respectable 202 to claim the grand prize.

Artis Houston of Compton, Calif., set a new PSCA class record of 167.09 mph en route to victory over Tyler Whipple of Mesa, Ariz., in the Wild Street final.

Eric Lenore of Seal Beach, Calif., won the Outlaw Street category.

Jimmy Mock of Yorba Linda, Calif., won the X-Treeme Street final by outrunning Bill Hikok, 176.90 mph to 170.75 mph.

Rich Hoyle of Palmdale, Calif., won the Real Street category.

Tim Rigby of Tehachapi, Calif., claimed the Hot Street win when opponent Jon Bundrant of Hemet, Calif., broke on the starting line.

Lonnie Patrick of Inglewood, Calif., won the True Street class and Roger Renfrow of Tempe, Ariz., won the Heavy Street category.

Craig Williams of Los Angeles won the Limited Street class and Joe Bennett of Hemet, Calif., defeated Tom Easterday for the Paxton Index class win.

Willie Robinson of Sun City, Calif., won the Open Comp finale.

Local heroes were not shut out of the winner's circle: Dale Howard of Las Vegas won the Borla Trophy class and Bryan King of Henderson won the Bracket 1 final over Colt Dwyer.

Drag racing resumes at The Strip on Friday, July 8, with a Test 'n' Tune session followed by BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem.