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The 2015 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals final day of eliminations was contested with sunny skies and mild temps in Central California. The Top Eliminator final round is one for the ages. Carey Mahoney took the TE class victory defeating Ron d’Artenay in a close 2.954 to 2.955 race on the 2.95 Index. Carey had a .04 starting line advantage and that was the deciding factor. Gary Mink put the power to the ground and won the Top Alcohol class with a weekend best 2.48 in the final round. The Three Jeeps ended up in the Winner’s Circle at Avenal with Kenny Hayes (Pro 1), Justin Adamson (Pro 2), and Chris Adamson (Pro 3) all getting their respective class wins. Timothy Wilson (MP1) and Jack Vandigriff (MP2) were the ATV Pro Bracket class winners on Sunday. Junior class winners were Chaylene Pintor (Juniors), Jayden Pena (Kids), and Cheyenne Hartman (Youth). Run Sheets are now posted (4-29).

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

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Gary Mink (W) 2.487/140.99 .096 def. Craig Sines 2.630/139.13 .007

Top Eliminator
1st-Carey Mahoney
2nd-Ron d’Artenay
3rd-Paul Taylor
3rd-Christian Payne
Top Eliminator Sunday Eliminations Video
Top Eliminator Eliminations Run Sheet & Qualifying Data Log

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Carey Mahoney (W) 2.965 .128 Bye
Paul Taylor (W) 2.995 .141 def. Marc Whitmore 3.247 -.056
Christian Payne (W) 3.118 .040 def. Adam Ross 3.252 -.117
Ron d’Artenay (W) 3.033 .291 def. Jim Rossi 3.506 -.383

Round Two
Carey Mahoney (W) 2.984 .073 def. Paul Taylor 2.938 .090
Ron d’Artenay (W) 2.963 .124 def. Christian Payne 3.076 .062

Final Round
Carey Mahoney (W) 2.954 .088 def. Ron d’Artenay 2.955 .129

Pro 1
1st-Kenny Hayes
2nd-Bill Meaney
3rd-Curtis Helmuth
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Justin Adamson
2nd-Chris Pintor
3rd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Chris Helmuth
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Chris Adamson
2nd-Bob Glass
3rd-Mike Williams
3rd-April Soares
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Timothy Wilson
2nd-Sonny Fricia
3rd-Robert Garnas
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Craig Wright
2nd-Jack Vandigriff
3rd-Steve Taylor
3rd-Christopher Wells
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

1st-Chaylene Pintor
2nd-Kolton Wolfgang
3rd-Jesse Wallis

1st-Jayden Pena
2nd-Brody May
3rd-Tessa Nunes

1st-Cheyenne Hartman
2nd-Ryder Dye


The 2015 Avenal Spring Nationals kicked off on Saturday with qualifying action in the heads-up classes at Avenal Sand Drags in Avenal, CA. Dennis Rieck and the Hammerdown Top Fuel team ran a best of 2.32/162MPH in the qualifying rounds. Gary Mink is still Bad to the Bone taking the top spot in Top Alcohol with a nice 2.48. Washington’s Carey Mahoney ran a solid 2.97 off the trailer to take the #1 qualifying spot in Top Eliminator. There was also a full slate of bracket classes in competition on Saturday. Kevin Williams nearly doubled up as he took the Pro Gambler victory over Brian Chapman, however he lost a close battle in the Sportsman 1 final to Tom Ince. Tony Soares took the Sportsman 2 victory over Mike Williams in Kenny Hayes’ Flirtin’ with Distaster Jeep. Other winners on the day included Austin Rego (Motorcycle Sportsman 1), Jack Vandigriff (Motorcycle Sportsman 2), and Mathew Wilson (Sportsman 3). Eliminations in the remaining categories are on the slate of action for Sunday.

Top Fuel
Final Qualifying Order
1. Dennis Rieck 2.328/162.00

Saturday TF Highlight Video
Top Fuel Qualifying Data Log

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Gary Mink 2.483/NS
2. Craig Sines 2.608/140.95

Saturday TA Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Carey Mahoney 2.976
2. Christian Payne 2.997
3. Jim Rossi 3.001
4. Marc Whitmore 3.027
5. Paul Taylor 3.028
6. Ron d’Artenay 3.141
7. Adam Ross 3.447

Saturday TE Highlight Video

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

Sportsman 1
1st-Tom Ince
2nd-Kevin Williams
3rd-Brandon Montgomery
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Tony Soares
2nd-Mike Williams
3rd-Bob Glass
3rd-Jack Weddle
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 3
1st-Mathew Wilson
2nd-Joe Shiffrar
3rd-Barbara Ervin
3rd-Christina Nelson

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Austin Rego
2nd-Sonny Fricia
3rd-Timothy Wilson
3rd-Alvin Rego III
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Jack Vandigriff
2nd-Eduardo Solario
3rd-Nikki Bailey
3rd-Kevin Ruiz
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet


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