May 15, 2004
By: Alfonso Acevedo Jr.
The Young and Young-at-Heart Love the Races!
(Idalou, TX) Racers and fans were on hand Saturday to see the young racers
battle it out in the NHRA Jr. Dragster Challenge. As an added bonus,
spectators were treated to seeing Craig Hughes (Portales, NM.) break the
track record for a full-bodied car. Hughes 2001 Dodge Dakota blasted down
the track to a 7.430 at 184 mph.
Super Pro brought out all the heavy hitters from the surrounding areas. Mike
Lamberson (Amarillo,TX.) piloted his dragster to a win over Alan Bracey’s
(Lubbock, TX.) `67 Camaro. Lamberson had .031 light and 8.08 (8.07). Joe
Collier (New Deal, TX.) was the class semi.
Bobby Fira’s (Crosbyton, TX.) `69 Nova defeated `03 Track Champion, Jack
Robnett (Lubbock, TX.), to advance to the finals in Sportsman. Fira’s
quicker reaction helped him take the win from Gary Metcalf (Lubbock, TX.).
Metcalf ran an 11.787 (11.78).
Modified winner Brad Gore (Levelland, TX.) took care of business at the tree
with .001 in his `82 Camaro to beat previous winner David Warshauer
(Lubbock, TX.). Gregg Davis (Olton, TX.) and Tony Guerrero (Crosbyton, TX.)
were the class semis.
Warshauer’s `71 Camaro pulled double duty and it paid off for the win in
Street. In the semis, Ethan Villanueva’s (Ralls, TX.) `03 Mach 1 pushed
Danny Knox’s (Plainview, TX.) `82 S10 to a bigger break out.
Gerald Brown’s (Lubbock, TX.) `00 Hayabasu three peats in Motorcycle Class
with a 10.74 (10.70) at 114 mph.
Heath Kiser (Levelland, TX.) received top honors in the 8-11 bracket and
Sara Leek (Odessa, TX) was the winner in the 12-16 class in the O’Reilly’s
Kiser’s .042 and 12.70 (12.62) helped seal the win over Bradly Canady
(Odessa, TX.). Keiri Ferguson was the lone semi finalist.
Sara Cortez (Plainview, TX.) and Kallie Ferguson (Hereford, TX.) both had
respectable reaction times against their opponents in the semis. However,
they ran too fast for their dials, which set up a clash of two different
young ladies in the finals. Sonjia Cortez (Plainview, TX.) and Sara Leek
both have an excellent feel for the tree, despite an outstanding .035 light
and 9.44 (9.41), Sonjia was bested by Sara, who showed off her skills with a
.006 and an 8.01 (7.97).