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Avenal Sand Drags in Avenal, CA witnessed some great racing action on Sunday in all classes. Dennis Rieck set a new track record with a 2.245 on his Sunday morning qualifying pass. Unfortunately Dennis was unable to set the new World Top Fuel record, but he definitely put on a great show for the Avenal fans. Another crowd pleaser was Gary Mink coming back from a broken transmission on his one qualifying attempt to win a close battle with David Morton 2.56 to 2.60. Top Eliminator didn’t disappoint with an out of control final round seeing Paul Taylor edge out Jim Rossi 2.97 to 2.98. Bob Cambridge made his first trip to Avenal pay off with his Pro 1 Dragster as he took the class win over Steve Foster Sr., and bagged the Quality Aircraft Care/Hammer Down $500 Bonus Bucks award. Another big winner was Charlie Johnson as he ended up on top in the conclusion of Saturday’s 38 entry strong Pro Gambler class. Other winners on the day included Oregon’s Jim Smith (Pro 2), Eric Moran (Pro 3), Ron Garnas (Motorcycle Pro 1), Taylor Holmes (Motorcycle Pro 2), Bill Meaney (Sportsman Gambler), Marcus Lancaster (Pro 4), Ryan Rodriguez (Junior Dragster), Preston Boespflug (Juniors 1), and Cheyenne Hartman (Juniors 2). Run Sheets are now posted from this event. (4-30-13)

Top Fuel
1st-Dennis Rieck
Top Fuel Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Fuel Sunday Eliminations Video

Final Round (Driver ET RT)
Dennis Rieck (W) 2.449/128.43 .380 Bye

TF Final Qualifying Order
1. Dennis Rieck 2.245/157.51

Top Alcohol
1st-Gary Mink
2nd-David Morton
Top Alcohol Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Alcohol Sunday Eliminations Video

Final Round (Driver ET RT)
Gary Mink (W) 2.566/139.93 .080 def. David Morton 2.606/NS .117

TA Final Qualifying Order
1. David Morton 2.508/137.87
2. Gary Mink 2.737/91.58

Top Eliminator
1st-Paul Taylor
2nd-Jim Rossi
3rd-Marc Whitmore
3rd-Adam Ross
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Eliminator Sunday Eliminations Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Jim Rossi (W) 3.054 .239 def. Adam Ross NT-Broke
Paul Taylor (W) 2.997 .127 def. Marc Whitmore 3.209 -.056

Final Round
Paul Taylor (W) 2.974 .110 def. Jim Rossi 2.988 .171

TE Final Qualifying Order
1. Jim Rossi 2.979
2. Marc Whitmore 2.999
3. Paul Taylor 3.001
4. Adam Ross 4.248
Broke. Ron D’Artenay 3.232

Pro 1
1st-Bob Cambridge
2nd-Steve Foster Sr.
3rd-Scoty Burris
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Jim Smith
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Mike Williams Sr.
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Eric Moran
2nd-Tom Newton
3rd-Chris Adamson
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 4
1st-Marcus Lancaster
2nd-Wesley Adams

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Ron Garnas
2nd-Brad Olson
3rd-Christy Garnas
3rd-Josh Wolford
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Taylor Holmes
2nd-Jeff Coale
3rd-George Amos
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro Gambler (Conclusion of Saturday’s class)
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Don Boespflug
3rd-Keith Ahart
3rd-Dean Becker
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sport Gambler
1st-Bill Meaney
2nd-Nick Young
3rd-April Soares
3rd-Scoty Burris
Sport Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Junior Dragster
1st-Ryan Rodriguez

Juniors 1
1st-Preston Boespflug
2nd-Ian Ortiz

Juniors 2
1st-Cheyenne Hartman
2nd-Brian O’Tool


Avenal Sand Drags in Avenal, CA is the host of this weekend’s shootout as they present their 2013 Spring race. Racing action was excellent on track as day one of the race commenced. Dennis Rieck in the Hammer Down Top Fueler ran a best pass of 2.34 @ 133MPH lifting early. Dennis is shooting for the record and early indications are that Sunday could be the day. David Morton ran the best in Top Alcohol on Saturday with a 2.50. Gary Mink is also ready for Top Alcohol action and will make the final qualifier held on Sunday morning. Marc Whitmore led the Top Eliminator field with his first ever trip into the 2 second zone as he ran a 2.999. Bill Meaney earned a substantial point’s lead with his Sportsman 1 victory. Other Sportsman class winners on the day included Oregon’s Jennifer Smith (Sportsman 2), Matt Wilson (Sportsman 3), Alvin Rego III (Motorcycle Sportsman 1), Steve Lackey (Motorcycle Sportsman 2), and Preston Boespflug (Juniors). The Pro Gambler race was unable to be finished Saturday with the remaining six competitors finishing up eliminations for that class on Sunday.

Top Fuel
After 2 of 3 Qualifying Sessions
1. Dennis Rieck 2.345/133.06

Saturday TF Highlight Video

Top Alcohol
After 2 of 3 Qualifying Sessions
1. David Morton 2.508/137.87

Saturday TA Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
After 2 of 3 Qualifying Sessions
1. Marc Whitmore 2.999
2. Paul Taylor 3.001
3. Jim Rossi 3.016
4. Ron D’Artenay 3.232
5. Adam Ross 4.248

Saturday TE Highlight Video

Pro Gambler
Will be finished on Sunday.

’A’ Half Semi-Finals will be:
Keith Ahart vs. Clayton Record
Don Boespflug Bye

’B’ Half Semi-Finals will be:
Dean Becker vs. David Parker
Charlie Johnson Bye

Sportsman 1
1st-Bill Meaney
2nd-Steve Foster Sr.
3rd-Mike Williams Sr.
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Jennifer Smith
2nd-Tom Newton
3rd-Chris Pintor
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 3
1st-Matt Wilson
2nd-Cory Breckler
3rd-Marcus Lancaster

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Alvin Rego III
2nd-Josh Crampton
3rd-Craig Wright
3rd-Jason Sanchez
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Steve Lackey
2nd-Jeff Coale
3rd-Steven Andrich Jr.
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

1st-Preston Boespflug
2nd-Chaylene Pintor


National Sand Drag News will be on-site at Avenal Sand Drags in Avenal, CA for their Spring race this weekend April 27-28. 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 Also, we will be updating the NSDN Facebook page throughout the event at This NSDN Daily Race Coverage is brought to you by Hammer Down Racing, Morris Family Racing/Heavy Metal/2 Dolla' Bill Racing, and Avenal Sand Drags. Racing action kicks off on Saturday with Heads-Up Qualifying as well as Sportsman/Pro Gambler Eliminations. 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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