NSDN Daily Race Coverage - Avenal April '18



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Sunday

Sunday Race Day was filled with incredible action all day long as the winners were crowned at the 2018 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals in Avenal, CA. The Top Alcohol category featured the quickest cars on the property at this event, and some of the closest racing. In the final round, it would be Jake Morton pulling off a hole shot win recording a 2.48 to defeat Jim Hammond’s Low ET of the weekend 2.43. The Top Eliminator 2.95 Index class saw much of the same with incredibly close races all day long. Vickie Hall would score her second TE win of the season with an incredible performance recording 8 runs between 2.953-2.998 over the course of the event. In the Pro Bracket classes, Tommy Zavala was the huge story as he scored a double-up victory on Sunday defeating Kenny Hayes in the Pro 1 final before edging out Chris Helmuth to take the Pro 2 victory. Another great story on Sunday was Justin Adamson loaning his “Raped Ape” Jeep to his dad Chris to stay in points contention after the “Bounty Hunter” Jeep broke on Friday. Chris showed how solid of a racer he is as he put the borrowed ride in the Pro 3 Winner’s Circle defeating Jimmy Depasse in the final round. Taylor Marchant made it back-to-back Final Rounds in the Motorcycle Pro 1 class, but this time he emerged victorious defeating Blake Maness in the final round. The Motorcycle Pro 2 final saw Caleb Mings take home top honors on his 3-wheeler defeating Marcus Riedel. Junior class winners on Sunday were Hayden Brayntor (Juniors), Cruz Liston (Junior Dragster) and Sky Chaffin (Youth). **Run Sheets 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 Alcohol
1st-Jake Morton
2nd-Jim Hammond
3rd-Gary Mink
Top Alcohol Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log
Top Alcohol Sunday Eliminations Highlight Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Jake Morton (W) 2.463/NS .068 def. Gary Mink 2.478/142.01 .079
Jim Hammond (W) 2.444/NS .068 Bye

Final Round Eliminations
Jake Morton (W) 2.487/NS .059 def. Jim Hammond 2.433/NS .130

Top Eliminator
1st-Vickie Hall
2nd-Craig Brewster
3rd-Paul Taylor
Top Eliminator Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log
Top Eliminator Sunday Eliminations Highlight Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Vickie Hall (W) 2.995 .064 def. Mark Punos NT-No Show
Andy Olivera (W) 3.032 .057 def. Aaron Bailey 3.061 .076
Craig Brewster (W) 2.992 .080 def. Marc Whitmore 3.006 .097
Jeff Liston (W) 3.073 .149 def. Ron D’Artenay 2.943 .228
Paul Taylor (W) 2.976 .131 def. Ron Moran NT-No Show
Damon Hall (W) 3.274 .089 def. Jim Rossi 3.081 -.057

Round Two Eliminations
Vickie Hall (W) 2.976 .102 def. Andy Olivera 3.088 .107
Craig Brewster (W) 2.986 .116 def. Jeff Liston 3.640 -.050
Paul Taylor (W) 2.985 .109 def. Damon Hall 3.133 .115

Round Three Eliminations
Vickie Hall (W) 2.998 .079 Bye
Craig Brewster (W) 3.029 .050 def. Paul Taylor 2.958 .123

Final Round
Vickie Hall (W) 2.979 .136 def. Craig Brewster 3.012 -.026

Fast Fours
1st-Sally Rasmussen
Fast Fours Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Sally Rasmussen (W) 20.822/NS .556 Bye

Pro Mod Unlimited
1st-Dave Huffman
Pro Mod Unlimited Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Dave Huffman (W) 3.233/100.78 .209 Bye

Pro 1
1st-Tommy Zavala
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Chris Adamson
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Tommy Zavala
2nd-Chris Helmuth
3rd-Charlie Johnson
3rd-KC Springer
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Chris Adamson
2nd-Jimmy Depasse
3rd-Tony Soares
3rd-April Soares
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Taylor Marchant
2nd-Blake Maness
3rd-Mark Ratliff
3rd-Shane Wallis
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

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

Juniors
1st-Hayden Brayntor
2nd-Tyler Tschacher

Junior Dragster
1st-Cruz Liston
2nd-Nixon Acevedo

Youth
1st-Sky Chaffin
2nd-Scottlyn Acevedo

Saturday

The 2018 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals continued on Day Two with plenty of great 300’ sand drag racing action. The Top Alcohol class saw no change in the qualifying order as Jim Hammond stayed atop the list with his 2.44 from Friday, while Jake Morton had the Best Run of both Saturday qualifying sessions. The Top Eliminator class also didn’t see much change in the order as Vickie Hall stayed atop the list with her 2.953 from Friday. Vickie also had the Best run of Q3 with a 2.961 while Paul Taylor was the best of Q4 with a 2.959 to move him into the #3 qualifying position. Kevin Williams is having quite a weekend with his Orange Larry Minor Motorsports-built Jeep as he backed up his Friday night 3.95 Index victory with the Saturday Pro Gambler class title defeating Grant Fraysier in the final round. Another great story was Anthony Gazzeny in his second ever race winning the Sportsman 1 class in his Grandpa Mike’s Dragster. Other big winners in today’s Sportsman bracket class action were Paul May (Sportsman 2), Mathew Wilson (Sportsman 3), Joey Weaver (Motorcycle Sportsman 1) and Dylan Holmes (Motorcycle Sportsman 2). Racing action wraps up on Sunday with Eliminations in all remaining classes.

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

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jim Hammond 2.444/135.96
2. Jake Morton 2.457/136.71
3. Gary Mink 2.498/138.00
Top Alcohol Saturday Qualifying Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Vickie Hall 2.953
2. Craig Brewster 2.958
3. Paul Taylor 2.959
4. Jim Rossi 2.967
5. Ron D’Artenay 2.968
6. Andy Olivera 3.027
7. Aaron Bailey 3.072
8. Jeff Liston 3.077
9. Damon Hall 3.108
10. Ron Moran 3.139
11. Marc Whitmore 3.195
12. Mark Punos 3.208
Top Eliminator Saturday Qualifying Highlight Video

Fast Fours
Final Qualifying Order
1. Sally Rasmussen 3.241/93.08

Pro Mod Unlimited
Final Qualifying Order
1. Dave Huffman 3.034/113.23

Pro Gambler
1st-Kevin Williams
2nd-Grant Fraysier
3rd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Tommy Zavala
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 1
1st-Anthony Gazzeny
2nd-Jimmy Depasse
3rd-Kenny Hayes
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Paul May
2nd-Tony Soares
3rd-Curtis Ridenour
3rd-John Chapman
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 3
1st-Mathew Wilson
2nd-Chaylene Pintor
3rd-Juan Anguilo

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Joey Weaver
2nd-DJ Noerr
3rd-Brock Rushing
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Dylan Holmes
2nd-Mark Ratliff
3rd-Tessa Nunes
3rd-Jesse Wallis
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Friday

The 2018 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals got underway on Friday under sunny skies with a strong turnout of racers participating in 300’ sand drag racing. Jim Hammond put down quick time of the day in Top Alcohol recording an excellent 2.44/135MPH pass. Vickie Hall’s first trip to Avenal got off to a great start as she leads Day 1 qualifying in Top Eliminator with a 2.953 ET on the 2.95 class index. The always entertaining 3.95 Index class saw Kevin Williams put his Jeep in the Winner’s Circle defeating Wes Johnson on a hole shot in the final round 4.008 to 4.006. The Friday Pro Gambler was a repeat final of last month’s SCSDA event as Charlie Johnson and Kenny Hayes squared off, but this time around it was Johnson scoring the win in an incredibly close race. DJ Noerr topped a tough Motorcycle Gambler class field defeating Tessa Nunes in the final round. More great racing action is on tap Saturday with the final rounds of heads-up qualifying as well as Pro Gambler & Sportsman class eliminations.

NSDN Live Stream Links
Friday 1 - TA/TE/FF Q1
Friday 2 - Pro Gambler Round 1
Friday 3 - TA Q2 / Early TE Q2
Friday 4 - Late TE Q2 / FF & PMU Q2 / Pro Gambler Finals
Friday 5 - 3.95 Index Eliminations

Top Alcohol
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jim Hammond 2.444/135.96
2. Jake Morton 2.457/136.71
Top Alcohol Friday Qualifying Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Vickie Hall 2.953
2. Craig Brewster 2.958
3. Jim Rossi 2.967
4. Ron D’Artenay 2.968
5. Paul Taylor 2.995
6. Jeff Liston 3.077
7. Damon Hall 3.108
8. Ron Moran 3.139
9. Aaron Bailey 3.163
10. Marc Whitmore 3.195
11. Mark Punos 3.208
12. Andy Olivera 3.220
Top Eliminator Friday Qualifying Highlight Video

Fast Fours
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Sally Rasmussen 3.241/93.08

Pro Mod Unlimited
Qualifying Order (After 2 of 4 Sessions)
1. Dave Huffman 3.034/113.23

3.95 Index
1st-Kevin Williams
2nd-Wes Johnson
3rd-Dennis Rieck
3.95 Index Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro Gambler
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Chris Wells
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-DJ Noerr
2nd-Tessa Nunes
3rd-Austin Rego
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Preview

National Sand Drag News is heading to Avenal, California this weekend (April 20-22) for the 2018 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals. 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. 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 Avenal Sand Drags, d'Artenay Motorsports / Red Warrior Racing & Good Vibrations Motorsports. Racing action kicks off Friday early round Heads-Up Qualifying & Pro Gambler action as well as the 3.95 Index category. 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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