NSDN Daily Race Coverage - Soboba Apr '17


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Sunday

Final eliminations were full of epic battles at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA during the SCSDA 2017 April Fuels Day event. Case in point was the Top Fuel final round between Dennis Rieck and Marcus Norris. Rieck turned on the win light in an incredible 2.32 to 2.33 side-by-side battle by just .025 at the stripe. Jim Hammond put the April’s Dream Dragster in the Top Alcohol Winner’s Circle defeating a red lighting Jake Morton in the final round. Kris Lauffer was the Fast Fours winner in a bizarre final round where Robert Skidmore had an uncharacteristic stage foul eliminate him. Derek Balcunas got the job done in the Pro Mod class defeating Dave Huffman with a 3.13ET. The Top Eliminator Finalists, Marc Whitmore & Ron D’Artenay elected to Split the final round after a Timing System glitch took place during their final round battle. In the Pro Bracket classes, Mark Ratliff was the biggest story as he doubled up taking both the Motorcycle Pro 1 and 2 class victories. Jim Larry nearly doubled up himself as he took the Pro 3 class win over Chris Adamson, but came up on the short end of the Pro 2 final round against George Amos. Craig Durning piloted “Eugene the Jeep” to the Pro 1 victory over Kenny Hayes. The Junior class competitors did great battle on track with the winners ending up being: Sunny Graham (Junior Dragster 9+), Delaney Browning (Juniors 9+), Nixon Acevedo (Mini Junior Dragster) & Madysen Holden (Peewees). We hope everyone enjoyed our coverage this weekend. Run Sheets & Recap Videos are now posted.

NSDN Live Stream Links
Sunday 1
Sunday 2
Sunday 3
Sunday 4
Sunday 5
Sunday 6

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel
1st-Dennis Rieck
2nd-Marcus Norris
3rd-Matthew Ludlow
Top Fuel Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Fuel Sunday Video Highlights

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Dennis Rieck (W) 2.312/146.62 .177 def. Matthew Ludlow 2.389/NS .232
Marcus Norris (W) 2.324/138.86 .244 Bye

Final Round Eliminations
Dennis Rieck (W) 2.321/157.82 .218 def. Marcus Norris 2.338/156.02 .226

Top Alcohol
1st-Jim Hammond
2nd-Jake Morton
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) NT Bye
Derek Balcunas (W) NT def. Jimmy Depasse NT-No Show
Jake Morton (W) NT Bye
Chris Barlow (L) NT-No Show

Round Two Eliminations
Jim Hammond (W) 2.615/131.62 .257 def. Derek Balcunas 3.001/115.75 .166
Jake Morton (W) 2.607/128.16 .143 Bye

Final Round Eliminations
Jim Hammond (W) 2.662/124.87 .044 def. Jake Morton 2.582/118.37 -.322

Top Eliminator
1st Place Split-Marc Whitmore & Ron D’Artenay
3rd-Billy Morris
3rd-Paul Taylor
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Eliminator Sunday Video Highlights

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Ron D’Artenay (W) 2.996 .173 def. Larry Snow 3.150 .158
Billy Morris (W) 3.129 .086 def. Jeff Liston 3.235 .122
Paul Taylor (W) 2.987 .184 def. Tommy Zavala 3.032 .178
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.184 .087 def. Paul Graham 3.171 .113

Round Two Eliminations
Ron D’Artenay (W) 2.957 .185 def. Billy Morris 3.041 .102
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.047 .112 def. Paul Taylor 2.990 -.343

Final Round Eliminations - Split Due to Timing System Glitch
#773 Ron D’Artenay
#786 Marc Whitmore

Fast Fours
1st-Kris Lauffer
2nd-Robert Skidmore
3rd-Lance Kaaina
3rd-Mario Tavares
Fast Fours Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Fast Fours Sunday Video Highlights

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Kris Lauffer (W) 2.786/114.20 .501 Bye
Lance Kaaina (W) NT def. Daniel King NT-No Show
Mario Tavares (W) 7.103/23.06 .277 Bye
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.778/117.55 .320 def. Sally Rasmussen NT/NS .571

Round Two Eliminations
Kris Lauffer (W) 2.840/114.01 .243 def. Lance Kaaina NT-Stage Foul
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.845/114.59 .265 def. Mario Tavares NT-No Show

Final Round Eliminations
Kris Lauffer (W) 4.032/45.79 .114 def. Robert Skidmore NT-Stage Foul

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) 3.136/114.39 .184 def. Dave Huffman 3.326/95.35 .266

Pro 1
1st-Craig Durning
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Kevin Cambridge
3rd-Anthony Islas
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet
Pro 1 Final Round Video

Pro 2
1st-George Amos
2nd-Jim Larr
3rd-Brian Baird
3rd-Mike Williams Sr.
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet
Pro 2 Final Round Video

Pro 3
1st-Jim Larr
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Israel Quintero
3rd-Brandi Schlater
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet
Pro 3 Final Round Video

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Joey Weaver
3rd-Taylor Holmes
3rd-Christy Garnas
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet
Motorcycle Pro 1 Final Round Video

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Caleb Mings
3rd-Nate Huff
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet
Motorcycle Pro 2 Final Round Video

Juniors
1st-Delaney Browning
2nd-Ryan Rodriguez

Peewees
1st-Madysen Holden
2nd-Madison Foster

Junior Dragster 9-Over
1st-Sunny Graham
2nd-Christian Myers

Junior Dragster Mini’s
1st-Nixon Acevedo
2nd-Blaine Denunzio

Saturday

Day two of the 2017 SCSDA April Fuels Day event was jam packed with action at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. The Top Eliminator field was the only class that had major shake ups in the Heads-Up Qualifying order. Ron D’Artenay piloted his “Red Warrior” to a nearly perfect 2.954 on the 2.95 class Index to lead the TE field into race day. Friday’s Top Qualifiers held on to the top spot with no improvement including: Marcus Norris (Top Fuel), Jim Hammond (Top Alcohol), Kris Lauffer (Fast Fours), and Jimmy Depasse (Pro Mod Unlimited). The Bracket classes put on a great show all day long. David Den Hartog turned on win lights with a nice string of 3.6-second wheels up passes to take the Pro Gambler class victory over Kenny Hayes. In the Motorcycle Gambler, Joey Weaver put down some nice laps to score the win defeating Taylor Holmes in the final. The Sportsman classes featured tight racing all day long with the winners being Chris Pintor (Sportsman 1), Forrest Hudson (Sportsman 2), Christy Garnas (Motorcycle Sportsman 1) and Levi Graham (Motorcycle Sportsman 2). Sunday will feature eliminations in the Heads-Up & Pro Bracket categories.

NSDN Live Stream Links
Saturday 1
Saturday 2
Saturday 3

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel
Final Qualifying Order
1. Marcus Norris 2.274/163.89
2. Matthew Ludlow 2.375/152.19
3. Dennis Rieck 2.444/NS
Top Fuel Saturday Video Highlights

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jim Hammond 2.513/142.93
2. Jake Morton 2.573/129.62
3. Chris Barlow 2.583/142.04
4. Derek Balcunas 2.837/120.88
5. Jimmy Depasse 3.285/NS
Top Alcohol Saturday Video Highlights

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Ron D’Artenay 2.954
2. Paul Taylor 2.970
3. Marc Whitmore 2.973
4. Billy Morris 2.987
5. Jeff Liston 3.033
6. Paul Graham 3.062
7. Tommy Zavala 3.107
8. Larry Snow 3.141
9. Dave Huffman 3.829
Top Eliminator Saturday Video Highlights

Fast Fours
Final Qualifying Order
1. Kris Lauffer 2.778/114.39
2. Mario Tavares 2.810/126.96
3. Robert Skidmore 2.843/NS
4. Daniel King 2.880/NS
5. Lance Kaaina 3.300/99.53
6. Sally Rasmussen 3.427/NS
Fast Fours Saturday Video Highlights

Pro Mod Unlimited
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jimmy Depasse 2.836/116.55
2. Derek Balcunas 2.945/125.79
3. Dave Huffman 3.324/NS
Pro Mod Unlimited Saturday Video Highlights

Pro Gambler
1st-David Den Hartog
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Forrest Hudson
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet
Saturday Pro Gambler Final Round Video

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Joey Weaver
2nd-Taylor Holmes
3rd-Eddie Partida
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet
Saturday Motorcycle Gambler Final Round Video

Sportsman 1
1st-Chris Pintor
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Bill Meaney
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Ladder
Sportsman 1 Final Round Video

Sportsman 2
1st-Forrest Hudson
2nd-Tony Denunzio
3rd-Luz Malan
3rd-Darren Den Hartog
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Ladder
Sportsman 2 Final Round Video

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Christy Garnas
2nd-Joey Weaver
3rd-Grant Hutchinson
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Ladder
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Final Round Video

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Levi Graham
2nd-Mark Ratliff
3rd-Marcus Riedel
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Ladder
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Final Round Video

Friday

The SCSDA April Fuels event kicked off on Friday at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA with early round Heads-Up Qualifying & Gambler classes for the bracket racers. Marcus Norris picked up where he left off at the Season Opener as he holds the #1 Qualifying spot heading into Saturday with a strong 2.27/163MPH blast off the trailer. Also a top qualifier in January, Jim Hammond leads the pack again in Top Alcohol with a 2.51 ET to start the weekend. Ron D’Artenay in his first appearance of the season piloted his “Red Warrior” Dragster to the top spot in TE with a solid 2.991 lap. The Fast Fours class was led by Kris Lauffer in the VW Paradise / “Sand Hater” Dragster with a strong 2.77/114MPH blast. Jimmy Depasse holds the Provisional top qualifying spot with a nice 2.83 run in the Pro Mod Unlimited category. The Pro Gambler final round saw John Huff’s “Hangin’ Loose” defeat Chris Adamson’s “Bounty Hunter” in an all-Jeep battle. Grant Hutchinson started off the weekend on the right foot by taking the Motorcycle Gambler victory over Eddie Partida. Qualifying for the Heads-Up categories continues Saturday afternoon with eliminations for the Sportsman & Gambler categories also on top for Saturday.

Links to our NSDN Live Feed Videos from Friday
Friday 1
Friday 2
Friday 3 - Q2 for TF, TA, TE & PM
Friday 4 - Q2 for FF

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Marcus Norris 2.274/163.89
2. Matthew Ludlow 2.375/152.19
3. Dennis Rieck 2.523/160.80
Top Fuel Friday Video Highlights

Top Alcohol
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jim Hammond 2.513/142.93
2. Jake Morton 2.573/129.62
3. Chris Barlow 2.583/142.04
4. Derek Balcunas 2.837/120.88
Top Alcohol Friday Video Highlights

Top Eliminator
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Ron D’Artenay 2.991
2. Paul Taylor 3.030
3. Marc Whitmore 3.086
4. Larry Snow 3.141
5. Tommy Zavala 3.257
6. Paul Graham 3.329
7. Dave Huffman 3.829
8. Billy Morris 2.948
Top Eliminator Friday Video Highlights

Fast Fours
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Kris Lauffer 2.778/114.39
2. Mario Tavares 2.810/126.96
3. Robert Skidmore 2.873/117.35
4. Daniel King 3.022/105.21
5. Lance Kaaina 3.623/69.93
Fast Fours Friday Video Highlights

Pro Mod Unlimited
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jimmy Depasse 2.836/116.55
2. Dave Huffman 3.427/100.41
3. Derek Balcunas 3.723/103.93
Pro Mod Unlimited Friday Video Highlights

Pro Gambler
1st-John Huff
2nd-Chris Adamson
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Grant Hutchinson
2nd-Eddie Partida
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet
Friday Motorcycle Gambler Final Round Video

Preview

National Sand Drag News will be on-site this weekend March 31-April 2 at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA for the SCSDA April Fuels event. 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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