Auto Club Raceway takes team title, five heading to national championship after full weekend at The Strip at LVMS
The team from Auto Club Raceway at Auto Club Dragway combined for 74 points to capture the Team Championship at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Finals in Las Vegas, and Bobby Dye, Sacha Hoefer, Garrett Hoefer, Rick Newport and Zach Meziere took individual titles and now advance to the NHRA Summit National Championship.
Auto Club Dragway racers topped the list of 19 teams as they outscored the teams from Sonoma Raceway in Northern Calif., and Rocky Mountain Raceway out of West Valley City, Utah, who took second and third, respectively, with 65 and 55 points.
Dye, of Ontario, Calif., grabbed the hole-shot lead on Jeremy Rapp then laid down a lap of 7.507 on the 7.50 dial to take the win in Super Pro running 177.32 mph. Rapp, of Las Vegas, was right behind with a nice 7.365-second pass at 181.74.
Sacha and Garrett Hoefer kept with their family tradition of winning and advancing to the Summit National Championship next month in Pomona, Calif. Sacha drove her '91 Firebird to a hole-shot win in Pro over Kevin Houmard of San Dimas, Calif.
Sacha's .009-second reaction time was too much for Houmard to make up in his '70 Camaro as Sacha covered the quarter-mile in 12.041 to Houmard's quicker 9.475.
Garrett, Sacha's nephew, had an even better .001 hole shot on Mike Williams in the Sportsman class. Garrett then ran 12.345 on the 12.34 for a .006 package with Williams breaking out with a 12.084 on the 12.17 dial.
Garrett's father, Willie, is a former Summit National Champion, and Sacha's husband, C.W., is a three-time division champion.
Rick Newport, running for Rocky Mountain Raceways, ran down Larry Mota, also out of RMR, for the win in Motorcycle. Mota left first, but Newport's 8.416 at 146.16 was too much for Mota's 9.297 and 133.32.
Meziere will join these four in Pomona, Calif., via his win on Saturday in Super Pro and a wild card drawing earlier in the year to determine which of the seven NHRA Divisions would send an extra racer to fill out the eight-car fields in each class. Meziere's starting-line advantage forced Lonnie Grace of Fallon, Nev., to run too quick and break out as he chased Meziere down the track.
Meziere, of Escondido, Calif., clocked in at 7.748, 163.04 in his '11 dragster for the win.
In the High School class, Savanna Kidd from Marana, Ariz., grabbed the early lead on Thomas Maynard of Mesa, Ariz., and held on for the win in a double breakout.
In Saturday's action for the Pacific Division Summit Finals, Scott Joines, Henry Roberson and Don Caesar also took home championship wins. Joines and Bobby Mirizio left the line together in the Pro final round as Joines took the win in 10.851 at 119.73 mph.
David Rudd left early with a foul start in Sportsman, handing the win to Roberson, who cut a nice .008 reaction time then ran it out to a 12.341, 105.30 in his '84 Mustang. Caesar and Dave Miller squared off in Motorcycle, and both Suzukis broke out with the win going to Caesar of Citrus Heights, Calif., running 9.385 at 143.47.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
SUMMIT SHOWDOWN - RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Bobby Dye Jr., Ontario, Calif., '15 American, 7.507, 177.32 def. Jeremy Rapp, Las Vegas, '15 Racecraft, 7.365,181.74
Sacha Hoefer, Calimesa, Calif., '91 Firebird, 12.041, 102.10 def. Kevin Houmard, San Dimas, Calif., '70 Camaro, 9.475, 135.84
Garrett Hoefer, Yucaipa, Calif., '95 Camaro, 12.345, 102.10 def. Mike Williams, Gilbert, Ariz., '64 Fury, 12.084, 109.06
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki GSXR, 8.416, 146.16 def. Larry Mota, Orem, Utah '15 Kawasaki ZX14, 9.297, 133.32
Savannah Kidd, Marana, Ariz., '95 Firebird, 12.853, 101.36 def. Thomas Maynard, Mesa, Ariz., '77 Mustang, 15.063, 91.34
SUMMIT PACIFIC DIVISION FINALS EVENT CHAMPIONS
Auto Club Dragway--74 points
Rocky Mountain Raceways--55
Las Vegas Motor Speedway--52
Auto Club Dragway 2--46
Auto Club Famoso Raceway-45
Wild Horse Pass MSP--39
Wild Horse Pass MSP 2--38
Rocky Mountain Raceways 2--33
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2--30
Top Gun Raceway--28
Barona 1/8 Mile Dragstrip--20
Auto Club Famoso Raceway 2--8
Zach Meziere, Escondido, Calif., '11 Mullis, 7.748, 163.04 def. Lonnie Grace, Fallon, Nev., '02 Cavalier, 8.547, 157.71
Scott Joines, Eastvale, Calif., '74 Camaro, 10.851, 119.73 def. Bobby Mirizio, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '72 Nova, 12.490, 101.67
Henry Roberson, North Highlands, Calif., '84 Mustang, 12.431, 105.30 def. David Rudd, Wilton, Calif., '71 Nova, 13.750, 99.95
Don Caesar, Citrus Heights, Calif., '07 Suzuki GSXR, 9.385, 143.47 def. Dave Miller, Whittier, Calif., '95 Suzuki GSXR, 8.215, 159.42