NSDN Daily Race Coverage - Soboba Jan '17


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Sunday

The 2017 SCSDA Season Opener is in the books after an incredible day of eliminations at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Jake Morton got the job done in the Top Alcohol final recording a 2.53 to defeat #1 qualifier Jim Hammond’s 2.56 in a great wheel-to-wheel battle. The Top Eliminator final saw #1 qualifier Billy Morris use a great .069 RT and 3.01 ET to defeat Paul Graham’s great 2.98. The story of the weekend was Michigan’s Adam Roe making the cross-country trip to sweep the weekend in the Fast Fours class. Roe qualified #1, set the new Fast Fours World Record with a 2.705 ET, and won the race in a great final round with Robert Skidmore 2.75 to 2.79. Derek Balcunas emerged the winner of the Pro Mod Unlimited class recording a 3.08 ET to defeat Dave Huffman in the final round. Moises Roano nearly doubled up on Sunday as he piloted his beautiful Ford Truck to the Pro 2 class victory before earning a runner-up finish in the Pro 3 class to Forrest Hudson. Kevin Cambridge made it 2-for-2 in the Pro 1 class while driving his dad Bob’s Dragster. Kevin scored the final round win over Craig Durning. Joey Weaver made it a double-up weekend with the Motorcycle Pro 1 class title to go with his MS1 win from Saturday. Caleb Mings got the job done in Motorcycle Pro 2 defeating the always tough Mark Ratliff in the final round. Junior class winners on Sunday included Ryan Rodriguez (Juniors), Ella Burch (Peewees), Troy Adamson (Junior Dragster Advanced), and Taylor Cameron (Mini Junior Dragster). *Note: Highlight Videos & Run Sheets are NOW posted!!*

NSDN Live Stream Links
Sunday 1
Sunday 2
Sunday 3
Sunday 4
Sunday 5

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel - Weekend Best Passes
Marcus Norris 2.256/171.74
Matthew Ludlow 2.273/146.31
Dennis Rieck 2.684/162.72
Top Fuel Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Fuel Sunday Video Highlights

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

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Jim Hammond (W) 2.530/140.00 .160 def. Derek Balcunas 2.929/126.73 .176
Jake Morton (W) 2.513/128.40 .136 def. Chris Barlow 2.590/134.74 .147

Final Round Eliminations
Jake Morton (W) 2.535/135.82 .138 def. Jim Hammond 2.560/140.00 .135

Top Eliminator
1st-Billy Morris
2nd-Paul Graham
3rd-Mark Punos
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Eliminator Sunday Video Highlights

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Billy Morris (W) 3.010 .154 def. Terry Crawford NT-No Show
Larry Snow (W) 3.097 .181 def. Tommy Zavala NT-DNS
Jeff Liston (W) 3.100 .238 def. Dave Huffman 3.258 .207
Paul Graham (W) 3.049 .341 def. Shawn Thompson 3.490 .234
Mark Punos (W) 3.110 .423 def. Marc Whitmore NT-No Show
Paul Taylor (L) NT-Stage Foul vs. Wes Gilmore NT-No Show

Round Two Eliminations
Billy Morris (W) 3.032 .101 def. Larry Snow 3.056 .211
Paul Graham (W) 3.041 .137 def. Jeff Liston 2.931 .156
Mark Punos (W) Bye

Round Three Eliminations
Paul Graham (W) 2.991 .140 def. Mark Punos 3.192 -.252
Billy Morris (W) 2.990 .124 Bye

Final Round Eliminations
Billy Morris (W) 3.011 .069 def. Paul Graham 2.983 .174

Fast Fours
1st-Adam Roe
2nd-Robert Skidmore
3rd-Daniel King
3rd-Lance Kaaina
Fast Fours Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Fast Fours Sunday Video Highlights

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Adam Roe (W) 10.089/24.30 .835 Bye
Lance Kaaina (W) 3.779/64.38 ..838 def. Mario Tavares NT-No Show
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.899/115.75 .069 def. John Cronin 3.208/104.57 .160
Daniel King (W) 3.021/99.53 .154 def. Kris Lauffer NT-DNF .258

Final Round Eliminations
Adam Roe (W) 2.759/122.40 .151 def. Robert Skidmore 2.796/120.25 .302

Pro Mod Unlimited
1st-Derek Balcunas
2nd-Dave Huffman
Pro Mod Unlimited Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Pro Mod Unlimited Sunday Video Highlights

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Derek Balcunas (W) 3.088/124.41 .160 def. Dave Huffman 3.699/99.82 .204

Pro 1
1st-Kevin Cambridge
2nd-Craig Durning
3rd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Greg Tounget
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Moises Roano
2nd-Jim Larr
3rd-Charlie Johnson
3rd-Tata Garcia
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Forrest Hudson
2nd-Moises Roano
3rd-Justin Adamson
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Joey Weaver
2nd-Robert Garnas
3rd-Brad Olson
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

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

Juniors
1st-Ryan Rodriguez
2nd-Tessa Nunes

Peewees
1st-Ella Burch
2nd-Michael Serrano

Junior Dragster 9-Over
1st-Troy Adamson
2nd-Christian Myers

Junior Dragster Mini’s
1st-Taylor Cameron
2nd-Cruz Liston

Saturday

The 2017 SCSDA Season Opener continued on Saturday with incredible racing action start to finish. The Saturday Night Thunder Show in front of packed house included some amazing performances. Marcus Norris and the Pat Norris Racing/Worldwide Insurance Specialists team held on to the top spot in Top Fuel with their Friday number, and backed up that performance with a great 2.26 ET to stand for Low ET of Saturday’s Qualifying sessions. Jim Hammond hung on to the top spot in Top Alcohol with his phenomenal 2.411 ET from Friday’s qualifying. Billy Morris also held on from his Friday 2.961 in Top Eliminator to lead the pack into race day. Michigan’s Adam Roe made the long haul worthwhile recording a tremendous 2.705 ET to earn the #1 Qualifying spot in the Fast Fours category. Derek Balcunas emerged as the #1 qualifier in Pro Mod Unlimited. Saturday night’s Pro Gambler victory went to Joe Simeone who defeated Chris Adamson in the final. Mark Ratliff had a great Saturday taking wins in both the Motorcycle Sportsman 2 & Motorcycle Gambler categories. Other winners on the day included Kenny Hayes (Sportsman 1), Anthony Lopez (Sportsman 2), and Joey Weaver (Motorcycle Sportsman 1). This event wraps up on Sunday with eliminations in all remaining categories.

NSDN Live Stream Links
Saturday 1
Saturday 2
Saturday 3
Saturday 4
Saturday 5

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel
Final Qualifying Order
1. Marcus Norris 2.256/171.74
2. Matthew Ludlow 2.273/146.31
3. Dennis Rieck 2.684/162.72
Top Fuel Saturday Video Highlights

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jim Hammond 2.411/132.13
2. Jake Morton 2.488/127.20
3. Chris Barlow 2.558/131.87
4. Derek Balcunas 2.656/135.38
Top Alcohol Saturday Video Highlights

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Billy Morris 2.961
2. Jeff Liston 2.975
3. Mark Punos 2.987
4. Paul Taylor 2.989
5. Paul Graham 3.020
6. Larry Snow 3.042
7. Tommy Zavala 3.053
8. Shawn Thompson 3.202
9. Wes Gilmore 3.310
10. Marc Whitmore 3.422
11. Dave Huffman 3.724
12. Terry Crawford 2.885
Top Eliminator Saturday Video Highlights

Fast Fours
Final Qualifying Order
1. Adam Roe 2.705/119.61
2. Robert Skidmore 2.708/120.25
3. Kris Lauffer 2.812/105.54
4. Mario Tavares 2.857/121.53
5. Lance Kaaina 3.003/98.24
6. Daniel King 3.018/103.93
7. John Cronin 3.437/68.38
Fast Fours Saturday Video Highlights

Pro Mod Unlimited
Final Qualifying Order
1. Derek Balcunas 2.726/133.95
2. Jimmy Depasse 3.284/70.58
3. David Huffman NT
Pro Mod Unlimited Saturday Video Highlights

Pro Gambler
1st-Joe Simeone
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Bill Meaney
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Marcus Riedel
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 1
1st-Kenny Hayes
2nd-Don Minkel
3rd-Johnie Belville
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Anthony Lopez
2nd-Ron Hess
3rd-Tom Crail
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Joey Weaver
2nd-Isaac Conchas
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Kenny Cameron
3rd-Caleb Mings
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Friday

Despite cool weather, the 2017 Southern California Sand Drag Association started off the new season with hot racing action on track. Marcus Norris laid down an incredible 2.256 blast in his Top Fuel Dragster to earn the #1 qualifying spot so far. Both Norris and Matt Ludlow (2.273) recorded Personal Best ET’s & their first ever trips into the 2.2x-second zone. Jim Hammond showed Top Alcohol could keep up with the Personal Best ET’s as he recorded a beautiful 2.411 lap in Q1 to lead the pack. Billy Morris and the Morris Family Racing team started off 2017 on a strong note with a great 2.961 on the 2.95 class Index to lead the Top Eliminator class qualifying sheet headed into day two. Robert Skidmore earned the top spot in Fast Fours with a stellar 2.71 lap followed by Michigan’s Adam Roe, who ran an impressive 2.80 in his first cross country race trip to the west coast. Derek Balcunas shoed the Larry Minor Motorsports Jeep to the top spot in Pro Mod Unlimited with a 2.72. In Friday Pro Gambler action, Charlie Johnson kept up his Gambler class domination by taking the victory over Chris Adamson. Racing action continues Saturday with Sportsman & Pro Gambler class eliminations as well as final qualifying in the Heads-Up categories.

Links to our NSDN Live Feed Videos from Friday
Friday 1
Friday 2
Friday 3
Friday 4
Friday 5

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Marcus Norris 2.256/171.74
2. Matthew Ludlow 2.273/146.31
3. Dennis Rieck 2.684/162.72

Friday TF Highlight Video

Top Alcohol
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jim Hammond 2.411/132.13
2. Chris Barlow 2.609/NS
3. Derek Balcunas 2.721/124.41
4. Jake Morton 2.989/126.02

Friday TA Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Billy Morris 2.961
2. Paul Taylor 2.989
3. Larry Snow 3.042
4. Tommy Zavala 3.053
5. Shawn Thompson 3.202
6. Wes Gilmore 3.310
7. Paul Graham 3.364
8. Marc Whitmore 3.422
9. Dave Huffman 3.724
10. Jeff Liston 2.937

Friday TE Highlight Video

Fast Fours
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Robert Skidmore 2.719/111.59
2. Adam Roe 2.802/114.20
3. Kris Lauffer 3.088/112.69
4. Mario Tavares 3.099/87.75
5. John Cronin 3.437/68.38
6. Lance Kaaina 3.611/65.12
7. Daniel King 3.642/109.97

Friday FF Highlight Video

Pro Mod Unlimited
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Derek Balcunas 2.726/133.95

Friday PMU Highlight Video

Pro Gambler
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Moises Roano
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Preview

National Sand Drag News is heading to the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA to kick off the 2017 sand drag season at the SCSDA Season Opener January 27-29. NSDN will have our normal race coverage including all the stats, results, news, and videos each night after racing action is complete. The National Sand Drag News Live Stream will be presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports at this event; the Live Stream can be accessed on the NSDN Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/NationalSandDragNews. Be sure to "Live Subscribe" for instant notifications each time the Live Stream goes online. We will also be posting our normal event updates on the NSDN Facebook page throughout the event at www.Facebook.com/NationalSandDragNews and on our Twitter Feed at www.Twitter.com/NSDN This NSDN Daily Race Coverage is brought to you by Southern California OTR Recycling/Greg Tounget Motorsports, Good Vibrations Motorsports, Hammer Down Racing (Dennis Rieck), Morris Family Racing, Fast Track Construction, Rialto Trophy, MPC Racing, and Kevin Williams Racing. Racing action kicks off on Friday with two Heads-Up Qualifying Sessions as well as the Friday Car & ATV Gamblers. 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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