STP Summit ET Bracket Drag Racing Results (Sept. 3)
By Jim McCombe
The raceway hosted the Labor Day STP Summit ET Bracket Drags, the last in the 2012 point series, Sept. 3. There was a lot at stake with track championships yet to be decided in addition to drivers looking for a top five finish in each class in order to secure them a spot in the Race of Champions at the Division 7 Summit ET Finals in Bakersfield.
Earning class wins were Dean Hall in Super Pro who powered his Kenwood Vineyard's dragster to a huge victory over defending track champ Art Hoover in the final.
Pro ET had some 63 entries that eventually came down to defending Division 7 Champ Steve Parrish and Ron Nickels. Nickels got the break he needed, securing a berth into the Race of Champions with his hard fought victory over Parrish.
In Sportsman, Richard Hardy ended a long drought and held off Bob Hanson for class honors in a field that began with 44 entries. Denny Alves riding his Alves Farms Kawasaki capped off his season with the 2012 track championship stopping Michael O'Neil for Motorcycle bragging rights.
In the non-Summit ET classes, Don Gatlin of Bakersfield held off a fast closing Melissa Westerman in her Girl Power dragster to claim the win in Top Comp. Westerman's win in round three and Wally Jack's loss to Mike Yeoman broke up the tie giving Westerman the 2012 Nor Cal Top Comp Association title.
In Super Comp, veteran Glenn Kern got the nod after opponent Adam Liberatori fouled out in the final round. Mitchell Gately broke his 64 Nova early in the day but was able to borrow Nicole Sterley's Chevelle to close out the day with a victory in the Trophy class eliminating Mark Scheuer's Mustang for class honors.
Weather permitting, there will be one more non points STP ET Bracket event scheduled for Sunday, November 25 which will close out the 2012 Sonoma drag racing season.
Listed below are the complete final round results including semifinalists for each class:
Winner: Dean Hall (Guerneville) 03 Sarmento .016 RT 7.319 ET (7.13 dial in) 147.20 mph
Runner-up: Art Hoover (Concord) 08 Sarmento .005 RT BROKE
Semi Finals: Tom Malpede (Fremont) 03 Race Tech dragster
Winner: Ron Nickels (Livermore) 64 Olds Cutlass .293 RT 12.032 (11.67) 94.32
Runner-up: Steve Parrish (Richmond) 55 Chevy Wagon .022 RT 11.199 (10.44) 99.13
Semi Finals: Len Schneider (Grass Valley) 83 Ford TBird
Mike Kopping (Placerville) 65 Mustang
Winner: Richard Hardy (Tracy) 99 Pontiac .232 RT 16.544 (16.41) 83.27
Runner-up: Bob Hanson (Fairfield) 67 Barracuda foul BROKE
Semi Finals: Scott McKenna (Dublin) 68 Camaro
Winner: Denny Alves (El Cerrito) 79 Kawasaki .043 RT 9.851 (9.74) 130.78
Runner-up: Michael O'Neil (Sacramento) 91 GSXR Suzuki .058 RT 9.141 (9.02) 144.09
Semi Finals: Terry Hill (Vallejo) 91 Harley Sportster
Nor Cal Top Comp Association
Winner: Don Gatlin (Bakersfield) 01 Undercover .048 RT 7.388 (7.37) 176.07
Runner-up: Melissa Westerman (Sonoma) 93 Uyehara .096 RT 6.744 (6.70) 196.27
Semi Finals: Mike Yeoman (Napa) 02 Uyehara
Low Qualifier: Schon Messier (Walnut Creek) 07 Sarmento 6.567 Top Speed: 207.62
West Coast Super Comp Association (8.90 index)
Winner: Glenn Kern (Modesto) 99 Yancer .021 RT 8.937 (8.90) 175.34
Runner-up: Adam Liberatore (Palo Alto) 91 Fry foul -.015 RT 9.933 (8.90) 163.16
Semi Finals: Marc Guerrette (Elk Grove) 95 Meyer
Carol Spernak (Marysville) 95 RED
#1 Qualifier: Bob Van Poppering (Castro Valley) 08 Harrison 8.901
Winner: Mitchell Gately (Petaluma) 67 Chevelle .065 RT 12.954 (12.82) 103.41
Runner-up: Mark Scheuer (Santa Rosa) 83 Mustang .092 RT 11.709 (11.60) 103.11
Semi Finals: Jorge Valencia (Santa Rosa) 75 Chevy Luv Truck