Labor Day STP Bracket Drags Results
By Jim McCombe
More than 270 drag racers embarked on Infineon Raceway for the Labor Day STP Bracket Drags, Sept. 5, which marked the final Summit ET point series event of the 2011 season.
Class winners who took home Wally trophies included Kathy Ball (Super Pro), Jeff LaSalle (Pro ET), Mark Scheuer (Sportsman), Chelsea Murdock (High School), and Jeff St. Germain (Motorcycle), who also won the King Of The Track showdown over Art Hoover.
Heading into the Super Pro semifinal rounds were Napa's Kathy Ball's 1969 Camaro, John Broucaret's San Francisco-based ‘63 Nova and Carmichael’s Chad Axford's 98 Uyehara dragster. Ball got the nod when Axford fouled by a mere -.001 RT setting up the final round meeting with Broucaret. Ball took the early lead with a .004 RT to Broucaret’s .097 and survived the double breakout affair with a 11.744 (11.77) 120.34 mph to Broucaret's too quick 10.648 (10.70) 125.23.
In the Pro ET class final, Santa Rosa's Jeff LaSalle topped the 62 car field and outdueled Alan Rutter of Willows in his 72 Duster. LaSalle's 67 Dodge ET used a .026 RT to Rutter's .044 and then ran an on-the-dial 10.389 to Rutter's 10.183 (10.17). Semifinal round money went to Novato's Steve Wellman in his 63 Nova and Sacramento's Brett Olson piloting his 67 Firebird.
With three cars left in the Sportsman semifinals, Rodeo's Doug McCay in his 2011 Ford truck made a single which was followed by Santa Rosa's Mark Scheuer in his 83 Mustang downing Oroville's Glen Terry's "Old Timer" 70 Duster. McCay left first with a .065 RT to Scheuer's .035 light and the win to Scheuer with a 12.201 (12.15) at 106.98 mph to McCay's 15.191 (15.15) at 90.36 mph.
The Motorcycle class pitted San Jose’s Trace St. Germain in his 78 Kawasaki against his son Jeff in his 02 ZX9 Kawasaki. The elder St. Germain fouled sending Jeff on to the win with a 9.455 (9.37) 133.67 to a losing 8.939 (8.87) 142.9. San Rafael's Richie Love took his 90 Kawasaki Zephyr to a semifinal round finish
In the High School semi finals, Napa's Justin Flanagan in his 79 Chevy truck got the win over Petaluma's Marko Perivolaris, who fouled in his 94 Camaro. Then it was Napa's Chelsea Murdock's 57 Chevy truck over San Ramon's Jesse Erven's 04 Ford truck setting up the Flanagan/Murdock final round meeting. Flanagan's late .105 RT was no match for Murdock's better .034 RT as Murdock drove around for the victory with an on-the-dial 12.798 at 90.51 to Flanagan's slowing 16.725 (16.51) 66.94.
The West Coast Super Gas Association featured 21 cars led by low qualifier Jason Brink's 63 Corvette with a solid 9.901 second run. In the semi's, Stockton's Dennis Paz's popular 41 Willy's truck took out Tracy's Shawn Steele's 98 Firebird while Placerville's Bruce McPartland 57 Corvette opted to sit the round out. In the run for the money, Paz was slightly better at the start with a .016 light to a .036 then finished off McPartland with a index-matching 9.901 at 126.83 forcing McPartland to run under with a 9.851 at 156.43.
In the all-Napa Trophy class final, family bragging rights were on the line with Chris Ellicock's 75 Camaro squaring away with his father Andy's 67 Camaro. Chris held a slight starting line advantage, .052 to a .069 RT which had both drivers going under and Chris taking the win with a closer 10.815 (10.93) 121.00 to Andy's 12.322 (12.48) 106.11. Trophies were awarded to both Kevin D'Adamo of Napa in his 09 Pontiac and Altaville's Chris Conway behind the wheel of Christopher Martin's 07 Corvette for the semi final round appearances.
Pleasanton's Rick Duemling's 69 Corvette capped off the day with a club victory to claim ICRA honors over a red lighting Bob Van Popering of Castro Valley in a 09 Pontiac. Eric Duemling from Dublin took his 96 Chevy Impala into the semi's before being sidelined.
The STP Bracket Drags returns to the Infineon Raceway drag strip on Sunday, Nov. 27. Gates open at 8 a.m., with racing spanning from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost for spectators is $15, while cost for competitors is as follows: High School and Trophy ($25); Association classes ($35); Sportsman or Motorcycle ($40); Pro or Super Pro ($60). For more information, CLICK HERE.