By Jim McCombe

Summit ET Bracket Drag Racing returned to the Infineon Raceway drag strip, Feb.5, for the season opener. Clear skies and warm temperatures provided for beautiful condition out at the track.

Claiming opening day class wins were Concord’s Art Hoover, Lodi's Mark Warmouth, San Rafael's Scott Sterley and Richie Love, Napa’s Chelsea Murdock and San Leandro's Eric Coker.

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Hoover, a businessman from Concord and the defending 2010 track champ picked right up where he left off from last year nabbing a class win in the Super Pro class. Hoover's 08 Sarmento-built dragster got the win right on the starting line when final round opponent, Sean Eling of Rohnert Park drew a -.005 red light in his MP Motorsports backed 71 Datsun. Hoover would have been tough to beat using a .005 RT and then ran a winning 7.328 (7.33 dial) at 183.59. The lone semi finalist was Sonoma's Melissa Westerman in a 66Mustang

More than 50 cars made the call for the first round of the Pro ET class and by the time the semis rolled around only Petaluma's Matt Brians 68 Camaro, Sacramento's Melissa Wright's 73 Nova,  Pacifica's Steve Cloud's 67 Ford Fairlane and Lodi's Mark Warmouth's70 Olds 442 remained. Wright sent Brians to the sidelines while Warmouth held off  Cloud  to set up the final. Warmouth was slightly better on the tree using a .043 RT to Wright's .064 light; then survived the double break out  encounter running a 10.786 (10.79) at 117.58 to Wright's losing and too quick 10.771 (10.80) at 120.12

Tyler Brayton Racing teammates Vince Cardinale of San Francisco and San Rafael's Scott Sterley survived five tough rounds of competition to race for the Sportsman class championship. Cardinale's 82 Mercury Capri took the early lead using a .051 RT to Sterley's better .040 RT in his 71 Camaro with the win light going to Sterley with a right on the dial effort of 12.104 at 105.31.  Cardinale also matched his dial-in in an effort that fell short with a 12.707 run at 103.28. Glen Ellen's Bob Norrbom 69 Pontiac received semifinal money after being defeated earlier by Cardinale.

Going into the semifinal rounds in Motorcycle were Petaluma's Randy Monte's 96 Buell, Chico’s Denny Alves on board his 78 Kawasaki and Ritchie Loves  07 Triumph out of San Rafael. Love received the bye which was followed by Alves taking the win over Monte heading into the fina roundl. In the final, Love got a break after Alves fouled with a -.017 RT sending Love on the way to the win with a 12.586 (12.60) 100.81 and a disappointing  right on the dial 10.330 at 123.36 for Alves.

Chelsea Murdock powered her 57 Chevy truck to a class win in High School  stopping Justin Flanagan's 79 Chevy Cheyenne truck in the all-Napa final. Flanagan pulled the trigger a bit early and drew a -.028 red light then put  up a 18.498 at 62.68 mph sending Murdock home with the class trophy after  posting a .089 RT and a victorious 12.687 (12.73) at 101.69 First time racer Marko Perivolaris from Petaluma behind the wheel of his 94  Camaro picked up the semi final trophy.

San Leandro's Eric Coker's 98 Pontiac Trans Am topped the 40 car field in the Trophy class eliminating the 70 Nova of Rodeo's John Terry in the final. Coker was a tad better on the tree with a .030 RT to Terry's .032 forcing Terry into a break out with a too quick 14.754 (14.84) 89.16 to Coker's  slightly under but better 13.216 (13.22) 103.93.  Novato's John Victorino and his newly acquired Chevy powered 72 Datsun 240Z  roadster was good enough for semi honors.

The next race in the Summit ET Bracket Drag Racing Series is set for President's Day, Monday, Feb. 21. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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