NSDN Daily Race Coverage - Victorville Oct '15



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Sunday

Sunday was another great day of sand drag racing to finish off the SCSDA Racin’ For A Cure event at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA. Another World Record was broken as Derek Balcunas piloting the Larry Minor Motorsports Jeep carded a 2.754 setting the A/Pro Jeep ET record en route to the Pro Mod Unlimited class win. Gary Mink and his “Bad to the Bone” hot rod came out on the winning end of an extremely close Top Alcohol class final round nipping Jake Morton at the stripe. Another extremely close battle saw Paul Taylor emerge victorious in the Top Eliminator final reaching the finish line first by just three-thousandths (.003) of a second. MPC Racing’s Mark Ratliff nearly finished off an astonishing double double up weekend as he won two classes on Saturday, then went on to with the Motorcycle Pro 1 category on Sunday before turning on the red light in Motorcycle Pro 2 handing the win to Randy Mings. Craig Durning was flat out on his game on Sunday as he piloted “Eugene the Jeep” to the Pro 1 victory defeating Michigan racer Nick Beaudoin in the final round. Other winners on the day included Joe Simeone (Pro 2), Charlie Johnson (Pro 3), Luz Malan (Powderpuff Cars), Heather Taylor (Powderpuff ATV), Troy Adamson (Junior Dragster), Derek  Partida (Juniors), and Braydon Myers (Peewees). **Sunday Videos and Run Sheets are now posted.**

Top Fuel Sunday Passes
E1: Dennis Rieck: 2.232/160.05 .933 60’
Test: Marcus Norris: 2.766/86.74 1.013 60’
Test: Dennis Rieck: 3.392/61.53 1.004 60’
Top Fuel Event Data Log
Top Fuel Sunday Highlight Video



Top Alcohol
1st-Gary Mink
2nd-Jake Morton
3rd-Jim Hammond
3rd-Derek Balcunas
Top Alcohol Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log
Top Alcohol Sunday Eliminations Video



Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Gary Mink (W) 2.664/125.10 .624 Bye
Derek Balcunas (W) 2.853/113.63 .549 def. Pedro Villa 3.063/91.76 .739
Jake Morton (W) 2.488/135.55 .572 Bye
Jim Hammond (W) 2.737/100.12 .701 Bye

Round Two Eliminations
Gary Mink (W) 2.552/136.63 .641 def. Derek Balcunas 3.090/102.68 .006
Jake Morton (W) 2.504/133.16 .577 def. Jim Hammond 2.715/119.82 .590

Final Round Eliminations
Gary Mink (W) 2.515/140.00 .448 def. Jake Morton 2.468/131.87 .519

Top Eliminator
1st-Paul Taylor
2nd-Billy Morris
3rd-Larry Snow
Top Eliminator Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log
Top Eliminator Sunday Eliminations Video



Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Billy Morris (W) 3.158 .515 def. Bruce Taylor 4.478 .755
Paul Graham (W) 3.180 .542 def. Terry Crawford 3.169 .740
Paul Taylor (W) 3.003 .704 def. Jim DePasse NT-No Show
Jim Rossi (W) 2.991 .625 def. Jeff Liston 3.139 .244
Louis Floquet (W) 3.134 .537 def. Ron D’Artenay 3.059 .714
Larry Snow (W) 3.090 .579 def. Mark Punos 3.207 .379

Round Two Eliminations
Billy Morris (W) 2.977 .574 def. Paul Graham 3.038 .529
Paul Taylor (W) 2.973. 565 def. Jim Rossi 2.908 .583
Larry Snow (W) 3.172. 614 def. Louis Floquet 3.216 .251

Round Three Eliminations
Billy Morris (W) 3.035 .551 Bye
Paul Taylor (W) 2.958 .581 def. Larry Snow 3.082 .568

Final Round Eliminations
Paul Taylor (W) 2.990 .512 def. Billy Morris 3.016 .489

Pro Mod Unlimited
1st-Derek Balcunas
2nd-Jim DePasse
Pro Mod Unlimited Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log
Pro Mod Unlimited Sunday Eliminations Video



Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Derek Balcunas (W) 2.754/121.75 .638 def. Jim DePasse NT-No Show

Pro 1
1st-Craig Durning
2nd-Nick Beaudoin
3rd-Bill Meaney
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Joe Simeone
2nd-Wes Gilmore
3rd-George Amos
3rd-Charlie Johnson
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Jim Larr
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Ron Garnas
3rd-Mike Brock
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Randy Mings
2nd-Mark Ratliff
3rd-Marcus Riedel
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Powder Puff Car
1st-Luz Malan
2nd-Felisha Cullum

Powder Puff ATV
1st-Heather Taylor
2nd-Jaclyn Wehrer

Junior Dragster
1st-Troy Adamson
2nd-Leonardo Villa
3rd-Ryan Rodriguez

Juniors
1st-Derek Partida
2nd-Jayden Pena
3rd-Elena DeNunzio

Peewees
1st-Braydon Myers
2nd-Blaine DeNunzio

Saturday

It was a record breaking Day 2 of the 2015 SCSDA Racin’ For A Cure event at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA. Dennis Rieck and the Hammerdown Top Fuel team were able to set a new Top Fuel World Record with a 2.208 ET backed up by his earlier 2.212. Congrats to Dennis & the whole Hammerdown team on this amazing accomplishment, these guys have worked incredibly hard to make this happen. Speaking of another team that makes the amazing look easy, Gary Mink and the Bad to the Bone had their hot rod tuned up enough to take the #1 Qualifying spot in Top Alcohol with a solid 2.47 at 134MPH. Yet another of the perennial favorites earned the top spot as Billy Morris shoed the 2 Dolla’ Bill Dragster to a great 2.957 on the 2.95 Index in Top Eliminator. Derek Balcunas is on the verge of a World Record recording a 2.788 in Pro Mod Unlimited qualifying. Derek’s Larry Minor Motorsports Jeep could set the A/Pro Jeep record with a backup run quicker than 2.843 on Sunday. The Fast Fours racers decided to determine their champion for the weekend on Saturday night. The winner would be Robert Skidmore with a 2.98 to defeat Mario Tavares. A huge story on this weekend is Hawaii’s Junior Alimoot flying in to race his friend Kenny Hayes’ Jeep and taking the Pro Gambler class win defeating absolute bracket killer Charlie Johnson in a race decided by just .006 at the stripe. Making this win all that much sweeter is Kenny Hayes also was a winner on the day taking the Sportsman 1 class win. If all of the above wasn’t enough, there was the big story line of MPC Racing’s Mark Ratliff doubling up on Saturday as he won both the Motorcycle Sportsman 1 and Motorcycle Gambler class victories. Other class winners on the day were Brandon Montgomery (Sportsman 2) and Caleb Mings (Motorcycle Sportsman 2). This weekend’s racing activities wrap up on Sunday with eliminations in all remaining classes.

Top Fuel
Final Qualifying Order
1. Dennis Rieck 2.208/162.72
2. Marcus Norris 2.335/155.66

Saturday TF Highlight Video



Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Gary Mink 2.477/134.48
2. David Morton 2.489/129.87
3. Jim Hammond 2.567/129.13
4. Pedro Villa 2.750/120.88
5. Derek Balcunas 2.856/126.02

Saturday TA Highlight Video



Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Billy Morris 2.957
2. Paul Taylor 2.98
3. Ron D’Artenay 3.00
4. Mark Punos 3.038
5. Jim Rossi 3.039
6. Terry Crawford 3.063
7. Paul Graham 3.090
8. Jeff Liston 3.114
9. Larry Snow 3.133
10. Louis Floquet 3.146
11. Jim DePasse 3.152
12. Bruce Taylor 3.206

Saturday TE Highlight Video



Fast Fours
1st-Robert Skidmore
2nd-Mario Tavares

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.986/117.15 .479 def. Mario Tavares 3.173/108.74 .534
Final Qualifying Order
1. Robert Skidmore 2.757/119.82
2. Mario Tavares 3.054/119.19

Fast Fours Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log
Saturday FF Highlight Video



Pro Mod Unlimited
Final Qualifying Order
1. Derek Balcunas 2.788/122.85
2. Jim DePasse 3.223/99.10

Saturday PMU Highlight Video



Sportsman 1
1st-Kenny Hayes
2nd-Ty Larson
3rd-Nick Shultzman
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Brandon Montgomery
2nd-Jim Larr
3rd-Stan Priest
3rd-Craig Priest
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Chris Spitali
3rd-Christy Garnas
3rd-Chris Carlson
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Caleb Mings
2nd-Mike Brock
3rd-Marcus Riedel
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro Gambler
1st-Junior Alimoot
2nd-Charlie Johnson
3rd-Bill Meaney
3rd-Donna Huff
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Mike Brock
3rd-David Hale
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Friday

Day one is complete at the 2015 SCSDA Racin’ For A Cure event at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA. The talk of the track after Q1 tonight was about Dennis Rieck’s great Top Fuel pass where he recorded a 2.23 ET at only 143MPH shutting off a tad early. That would easily serve as a backup for a World Record, so we may be in for a treat to see if Dennis can make that happen with an ET quicker than the current record of 2.221. The big story in the Top Alcohol class is Jake Morton continuing his momentum from his win at the May race running a strong 2.48 to lead the pack. Paul Taylor ran a 3.01 in the Outta Control Dragster to lead the strong Top Eliminator field. Two of the quickest Fast Fours cars are on the property with Robert Skidmore recording a 2.87 ET to hold down the provisional top spot. Jimmy DePasse ran a 3.34 to lead the Pro Mod Unlimited class on Day 1. Saturday will be an action packed day with Sportsman and Gambler eliminations as well as the final Qualifying sessions for the heads-up categories.

Top Fuel
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Dennis Rieck 2.23

Friday TF Highlight Video



Top Alcohol
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jake Morton 2.48
2. Jim Hammond 2.56
3. Pedro Villa 2.79
4. Derek Balcunas 2.92

Friday TA Highlight Video



Top Eliminator
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Paul Taylor 3.01
2. Billy Morris 3.02
3. Terry Crawford 3.07
4. Mark Punos 3.09
5. Ron D’Artenay 3.10
6. Paul Graham 3.13
7. Jeff Liston 3.14
8. Louis Floquet 3.16
9. Larry Snow 3.24
10. Jim DePasse 3.55

Friday TE Highlight Video



Fast Fours
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Robert Skidmore 2.87
2. Mario Tavares 3.05

Friday FF Highlight Video



Pro Mod Unlimited
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jim DePasse 3.34

Preview

National Sand Drag News is heading to Victorville, CA for the first time to present coverage from the 2nd Annual SCSDA Racin' For A Cure event at the San Bernardino Country Fairgrounds October 2-4. NSDN will have our normal race coverage including all the stats, results, news, and videos each night after racing action is complete. Be sure to check our Twitter Feed at the top of the each page or visit the Twitter Feed directly at www.Twitter.com/NSDN. Also, we will be updating the NSDN Facebook page throughout the event at www.Facebook.com/NationalSandDragNews. This NSDN Daily Race Coverage is brought to you by Turbosmart and Morris Family Racing. Also a huge thank you goes out to all of the racers that chipped in to ensure coverage from this event. Racing action kicks off on Friday with Test and Tune followed by Heads-Up Qualifying Session #1. For any questions throughout the race weekend or to inquire about future Daily Race Coverage sponsorship opportunities, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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