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The 2014 Avenal Sand Drags Spring race wrapped up on Sunday with an excellent day eliminations action. In the Top Alcohol class, Gary Mink made it happen again as he won the Top Alcohol class defeating David Morton in the final round 2.50 to 2.59. Paul Graham and “The Excavator” Buggy emerged victorious in the Top Eliminator class running a 3.03 in the final to defeat Jim Rossi. It was a special moment on Sunday as both of the late Clayton Record’s Jeeps took class wins in their first events with new owners as Kenny Hayes won Pro 1 and Chris Adamson won Pro 2. The Adamson domination continued as Justin backed up his Saturday Pro Gambler win with the Pro 3 class victory. Sonny Fricia topped a tough Motorcycle Pro 1 category while Jack Vandigriff turned on the win light in the final of Motorcycle Pro 2. Other winners on the day included Brian Chapman (Sport Gambler), Paul May (Pro 4), Levi Graham (Juniors), Rowdy May (Kids), and Jesse Wallis (Youth). A big thank you goes out to the Avenal Sand Drags crew for prepping a great track all weekend & running an extremely smooth race program. *Run Sheets are now posted.*

Top Alcohol
1st-Gary Mink
2nd-David Morton
3rd-Craig Mark
3rd-Jeff Hitchman
Top Alcohol Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Alcohol Sunday Eliminations Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
David Morton (W) 2.553/126.00 .091 def. Craig Mark 2.584/137.19 .078
Gary Mink (W) 2.489/139.76 .085 def. Jeff Hitchman 2.758/111.57 .051

Final Round
Gary Mink (W) 2.505/136.97 .082 def. David Morton 2.590/NS .047

Top Eliminator
1st-Paul Graham
2nd-Jim Rossi
3rd-Paul Taylor
3rd-Ron d’Artenay
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Eliminator Sunday Eliminations Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Jim Rossi (W) 2.990 .152 Bye
Ron d’Artenay (W) 3.019 .096 def. Marc Whitmore 3.395 -.041
Paul Taylor (W) 2.939 .152 Bye
Paul Graham (W) 2.963 .213 def. Sid Payne NT-No Show

Round Two
Jim Rossi (W) 2.953 .117 def. Ron d’Artenay 2.896 .066
Paul Graham (W) 3.059 .010 def. Paul Taylor 3.042 .049

Final Round
Paul Graham (W) 3.032 .040 def. Jim Rossi 3.162 .081

Pro 1
1st-Kenny Hayes
2nd-Christian Payne
3rd-Bob Cambridge
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Chris Adamson
2nd-Brian Chapman
3rd-Justin Adamson
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Justin Adamson
2nd-Al McKinney
3rd-Kevin Cambridge
3rd-Brandon Montgomery
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 4
1st-Paul May
2nd-Ron d’Artenay Jr.

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Sonny Fricia
2nd-Austin Rego
3rd-Jeff Coale
3rd-Gabriel Banducci
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Jack Vandigriff
2nd-Mark Ratliff
3rd-Jeff Coale
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sport Gambler
1st-Brian Chapman
2nd-Kevin Williams
3rd-Bill Meaney
Sport Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

1st-Levi Graham
2nd-Chaylene Pintor

1st-Rowdy May
2nd-Jayden Pena

1st-Jesse Wallis
2nd-John Brumley


The first day of action is complete at the Avenal Sand Drags Spring Race in Avenal, CA. David Morton leads a tough Top Alcohol category after qualifying with a stellar 2.48/128MPH blast. David is the only TA car so far this weekend with sub-1 second 60’ times with a best of a .973. Jim Rossi slid the Bad Toy Blown Alcohol Dragster into the top spot in Top Eliminator running a solid 2.959 on the 2.95 class Index. Those Adamson’s were back at it doing work in the Bracket classes. Justin Adamson took the win over a super competitive 31 entry field in the Pro Gambler class. Justin defeated a hard charging Brian Chapman in the final round. Justin, then came around to face off with his dad Chris Adamson in the Sportsman 1 final round. Chris would show the son how it’s done as he turned on the win light in his first race since acquiring his good friend the late Clayton Record’s Jeep. The Motorcycle Sportsman categories were tough as usual with Bryce Deaton taking the win over Austin Rego in MS1 & Austin Thomas turning on the win light over Jeff Coale in a final round with two of the best in MS2 lining up. Speaking of the best, 2013 Sportsman 2 class champion did a solid job taking the Sportsman 2 class win over first time finalist Jeff Wolfgang, who did a great job reaching the final round. Other winners on the day included Barbara Ervin (Sportsman 3), Christina Harrison (Junior Dragster), Eric Young (Juniors), and Margaret Adams (Youth). Eliminations are on tap for all classes on Sunday.

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. David Morton 2.483/128.95
2. Gary Mink 2.523/136.38
3. Jeff Hitchman 2.725/111.66
4. Craig Mark 2.845/119.77

Saturday TA Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jim Rossi 2.959
2. Paul Taylor 2.9652
3. Paul Graham 2.9657
4. Ron d’Artenay 2.977
5. Marc Whitmore 3.324
6. Sid Payne 3.398

Saturday TE Highlight Video

Pro Gambler
1st-Justin Adamson
2nd-Brian Chapman
3rd-Jim Smith
3rd-Andy Oliveira
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 1
1st-Chris Adamson
2nd-Justin Adamson
3rd-Bob Stafford
3rd-Mike Williams Sr.
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Kevin Cambridge
2nd-Jeff Wolfgang
3rd-Brett Neel-Cook
3rd-Chris Pintor
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 3
1st-Barbara Ervin
2nd-D. Hartman

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Bryce Deaton
2nd-Austin Rego
3rd-Ron Garnas
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Austin Thomas
2nd-Jeff Coale
3rd-Austin Ratliff
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Junior Dragster
1st-Christina Harrison
2nd-Chaylene Pintor

1st-Eric Young
2nd-Brody May

1st-Margaret Adams
2nd-Jesse Wallis


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