By Jim McCombe 

Racers attending the 4th of July Summit ET bracket races in Sonoma were pleased to find great track conditions with temperatures in the low 80-degree range throughout the day.

The day’s big  winners included Artie Paiva in Super Pro, Dennis Paz (Pro ET), Brian Kam (Sportsman) and Randy Monte (Motorcycle) in the Summit ET classes

Joining the list of winners were Will Harrison (Top Comp), Doug Bracey (Top Sportsman), Kenny Moorhead (Pro Sportsman), Chad Axford (Super Comp), Jason Brink (Super Gas), Mickey Curry (Pro Street), Mike Mossi (B/Gas), Chris Rea (C/Gas), Jack Nilson (D/Gas), Ron Nickels (E/Gas) and Scott Sterley in Trophy

The Super Pro final pitted the ‘70 Chevy Camaros of Artie Paiva of Sacramento and Tim Koehler from Lodi. Both drivers nailed the tree with perfect .000 reaction times that saw Paiva getting the win with a 9,403 ET (9.39 dial in) at 141.91 mph to Koehler's too quick 9.322 (9.34) 146.07. Steve Casner of Sheridan took his dragster into the semi's before losing to eventual winner Paiva.

Pro ET started off with a field of 56 entries. Entering into the semi finals were Fred Scheuing's ‘55 Chevy from Sonoma, North Highlands’ Danny Cole in a ‘69 Camaro, Wednesday Night Drags regular Willie Woo and his Moraga based ‘84 Corvette and Stockton's Dennis Paz who won the Super Stock class at the just held Lucas Oil Series Divisional at Top Gun Raceway in Fallon, Nev.

Cole eliminated Scheuing which then saw Paz in his ‘65 El Camino getting around Woo and the final round meeting with Cole. Paz put up a .032 RT which Cole almost equaled with a .034 light that resulted in a double breakout and the win to Paz 11.456 (11.47) 114.76 to Cole's further under 11.406 (11.42) 116.18

Pacifica's Brian Kam took his ‘98 Camaro the distance in Sportsman, dropping defending track champ Maryo Mendez of San Jose "Sears Auto Center" backed ‘69 Ford Torino in the final. Mendez with better on the tree, a .013 light to Kam's .048 but was unable to match his 17.23 dial in and slowed to a 17.288 at 72.60. Kam posted a winning 12.765 (12.75) at 103.81 to claim his first ever Sportsman class win. Concord's Robert Ward in a ‘67 Dodge Charger was good enough to earn semi final money.

In Motorcycle, just three riders remained coming into the semi finals. Vallejo's Terry Hill on board a ‘91 Harley Sportster eliminated the ‘02 Kawasaki of San Jose's Trace St. Germain, which gave Petaluma's Randy Monte American Muscle ‘96 Buell a single and a berth in the final.

Monte took the early lead with a .050 RT to Hill's tardy .116 RT then held on with a winning 10.835 (10.55) 124.93 forcing Hill into a break out with a 9.947 (10.09) 120.39

Here are the final round pairings and results including semi finalists for each of the non Summit ET classes:

Top Comp
Winner: Will Harrison (Tracy) 03 Herrison Dragster .008 RT 7.121 (7.06) 178.19
Runner-up: Tom Malpede (Fremont) 03 Race Tech .062 RT 7.465 (7.44) 178.42
Semi Finals: John Brewer (Modesto) 94 Dragster; Carl Hagan (Napa) 00 Dodge Avenger
# 1 Qualifier: Melissa Westerman (Sonoma) 6.669

Top Sportsman
Winner: Doug Bracey (Vallejo) 99 Monte Carlo .074 RT 9.183 (7.68) 102.61
Runner-up: Jeff Gillette (Benicia) 96 Pontiac foul -.004 RT 9.481 (7.03) 97.17
Semi Finals: Dean Hall (Guerneville) 62 Impala; Chris Esrick (San Bruno) 57 Chevy
# 1 Qualifier: Jeff Gillette 6.982

Pro Sportsman
Winner: Kenny Moorhead (Suisun City) 65 Valient .028 RT 8.153 (8.14) 159.76
Runner-up: Gary Ryan (South San Francisco) 32 Austin Bantam .028 RT 8.366 (8.19) 133.59
Semi Finals: Paul Risso (San Carlos)27 T Ford Roadster
#1 Qualifier: Gary Ryan .0005 RT

Super Comp (8.90 index)
Winner: Chad Axford (Carmichael) 03 Undercover .012 RT .8.904 161.30
Runner-up: Dan Boscacci (Shingle Springs) 02 Undercover .015 RT 8.892 break out 167.47
Semi Finals: Kyle Rizzoli (San Luis Obispo 00 undercover; Glenn Kern (Modesto) 99 Yancer
# 1 Qualifier: Glenn Kern 8.903

Super Gas (9.90 index)
Winner: Jason Brink (Benicia) 63 Corvette .027 RT 9.908 159.42
Runner-up: Greg Zucco (Volcano) 58 Corvette .028 RT 9.895 break out 162.59
Semi Finals: Shawn Steele (Tracy) 98 Firebird; Joe Greco (San Jose) 69 AMX
#1 Qualifier: Bob Hefley (Napa) 02 Corvette 9.903

Pro Street (10.90 index) 
Winner: Mickey Curry (Vacaville) 69 Camaro .013 RT 10.911 133.13
Runner-up: James Ernest (Napa) 71 Monte Carlo .047 RT 10.856 break out 125.71
Semi Finals: Joe Sebastiani (South San Francisco) 65 Malibu
#1 Qualifier: Chris Bracey (Vallejo) 67 Camaro 10.910

B/Gas (8.60 index) 
Winner: Mike Winston (Orangevale) 67 GTO .009 RT 8.621 146.30
Runner-up: Mike Mossi (Napa) 67 Camaro .034 RT 8,804 159.44
Semi Finals: Kevin McClain (Rocklin) 69 Camaro
# 1 Qualifier: Kevin McClain 8.602

C/Gas (9.60 index) 
Winner: Chris Rea (Elk Grove) 64 Chevy Nova .270 RT 9.620 135.06
Runner-up: Jim Finn (Rancho Cordova) 73 Vega .046 RT 9.934 120.26
Semi Finals: Joe Coppola (Elk Grove) 66 Mustang; Doug Schaffer (Hollister) 66 Nova
# 1 Qualifier: Jim Finn 9.613

D/Gas (10.60 index) 
Winner: Jack Nilson (Redwood City) 53 Chevy Nova 10.568 124.51
Runner-up: Don Fournier (Sunnyvale) 48 Anglia .066 RT 10.534 break out 127.15
Semi Finals: Michael Corradi (Stockton) 73 Vega Wagon; Tim Chappell (Lockeford) 66 Malibu
#1 Qualifier: Jack Nilson  10.605

E/Gas (11.60 index) 
Winner: Ron Nickels (Livermore) 64 Olds Cutlass .065 RT 11.575 108.27
Runner-up: John Victorino (Novato) 73 260Z Datsun .047 RT 11.573 break out  113.73
Semi Finals: Ken Parks (Oakley) 65 Chevy C-10 Truck; Carl Rumble (Stonyford) 34 Ford Truck
#1 Qualifier: Ron Nickels  11.611

Trophy
Winner: Scott Sterley (San Rafael) 71 Camaro .067 RT 12.143 (12.14) 112.44
Runner-up: Steve Wellman (Petaluma) 63 Nova .055 RT 10.295 break out (10.32) 129.38
Semi Finals: Brian Kam (Pacifica) 98 Camaro

The next scheduled Summit ET Bracket event will be a two-race weekend, Aug. 18-19