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The 2016 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals in Avenal, CA wrapped up on Sunday with some amazing 300’ sand drag racing action. In the Top Alcohol class final round, Washington’s Craig Mark made the long haul pay off taking a hole shot victory over many time class champion Gary Mink in a 2.48 to 2.47 decision. The Top Eliminator final round saw Jim Rossi put the “Bad Toy” in the Winner’s Circle in a race decided by just .003 at the finish line defeating top qualifier Paul Taylor on a hole shot 2.97 to 2.95. A great story on the weekend was seeing Steve Foster back at the track after a few years away and he certainly didn’t forget how to race as he took the Pro 1 victory over Chris Wells. Kevin Williams broke his own Jeep on Saturday, but jumped in good friend Bill Meaney’s Jeep on Sunday & raced his way to the Pro 2 victory over Chris Adamson. Charlie Johnson backed up his strong Saturday night Pro Gambler Runner-Up with the Sunday Pro 3 class victory getting around Al McKinney, who redlighted by a mere .001 in the final. Michael Johnson (Motorcycle Pro 1) and Austin Thomas (Motorcycle Pro 2) were the Sunday ATV class champions. The Junior classes were won by Destiny Burris (Juniors), Jayden Pena (Intermediate), and Karsyn Cress (Peewees). **Run Sheets are now posted!!**

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

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Craig Mark (W) 2.485/142.03 .037 def. Gary Mink 2.479/139.97 .069

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

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Paul Taylor (W) 3.036 .082 def. Tracy Malan NT-DNS
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.074 .202 def. Paul Graham 3.106 -.346
Jim Rossi (W) 2.978 .113 def. Wes Gilmore 3.563 .177
Larry Snow (W) 3.061 .126 def. Ron D’Artenay NT-DNS

Round Two Eliminations
Paul Taylor (W) 2.951 .097 def. Marc Whitmore 3.080 -.159
Jim Rossi (W) 2.965 .057 def. Larry Snow 3.006 .094

Final Round
Jim Rossi (W) 2.972 .073 def. Paul Taylor 2.952 .096

Pro 1
1st-Steve Foster
2nd-Chris Wells
3rd-Bill Meaney
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

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

Pro 3
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Al McKinney
3rd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Bob Glass
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Michael Johnson
2nd-Taylor Holmes
3rd-David Markle
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Austin Thomas
2nd-Nikki Bailey
3rd-Kevin Ruiz
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

1st-Destiny Burris
2nd-Jesse Wallis
3rd-Blake Adamson

1st-Jayden Pena
2nd-Ian Ortiz
3rd-Cole Tschacher
3rd-Tessa Nunes

1st-Karsyn Cress
2nd-Eric Young
3rd-John Brumley
3rd-Maddox Pena

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


Saturday was an action packed day of racing at the 2016 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals in Avenal, CA. Great weather greeted a solid turnout of racers for 300’ sand drag racing. Gary Mink was “Bad to the Bone” laying down a huge 2.44 ET in the final qualifying session to lead the Top Alcohol class in Eliminations. An even more “Outta Control” number was recorded by Paul Taylor, who ran a Perfect 2.950 in the first qualifying session for Top Eliminator. The big winner in the huge 40 entry Pro Gambler class was April Soares defeating the always tough Charlie Johnson in the final round. Ladies night continued with Stacy Bolton taking the Sportsman 2 class win over Jarrod Cass and Barbara Ervin taking the Sportsman 3 title. Brian Chapman (Sportsman 1), Taylor Holmes (Motorcycle Sportsman 1), and Jeff Burian (Motorcycle Sportsman 2) rounded out the Saturday class winners. Action wraps up on Sunday with Eliminations in the Heads-Up, Pro Bracket, and Junior categories.

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Gary Mink 2.447/139.36
2. Craig Mark 2.473/137.54
3. Jake Morton 2.488/133.36

Saturday TA Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Paul Taylor 2.950
2. Jim Rossi 2.956
3. Ron D’Artenay 3.002
4. Paul Graham 3.022
5. Marc Whitmore 3.035
6. Larry Snow 3.154
7. Wes Gilmore 3.453
8. Tracy Malan 3.529

Saturday TE Highlight Video

Pro Gambler
1st-April Soares
2nd-Charlie Johnson
3rd-Steve Winn
3rd-Brady Menzenberg
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 1
1st-Brian Chapman
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Austin Thomas
Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 2
1st-Stacy Bolton
2nd-Jarrod Cass
3rd-Nick Shiffrar
3rd-Michael Abatti
Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 3
1st-Barbara Ervin
2nd-Charles McDonald
3rd-Christy Amos

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Taylor Holmes
2nd-Michael Johnson
3rd-David Markle
3rd-Angel Mora
Motorcycle Sportsman 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Jeff Burian
2nd-Matt Lindsey
3rd-David Markle
3rd-Josh Wolford
Motorcycle Sportsman 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

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


The 2016 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals kicked off on Friday with an Early Bird Pro Gambler class. The track crew had everything ready to go early so they decided to start the weekend early & 14 competitors got in on the fun. When it was all said and done Richard Ross took home top honors defeating Al McKinney in the final round. Full event action kicks off Saturday with Sportsman & Gambler action along with Qualifying for the Heads-Up categories.

Early Bird Pro Gambler
1st-Richard Ross
2nd-Al McKinney
3rd-Mike Williams
Early Bird Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

NSDN Live Stream Links
Friday 1
Friday 2

BREAKING NEWS! The Avenal Sand Drags crew has the track up & ready to go early for this weekend's race. So the plan is to offer Early Bird Pro Gambler classes for Cars & ATV's on Friday afternoon. $75 entry, $20 first round only buyback. Minimum 20 entries to run. Tentative start time would be 3PM. A lot of racers are planning on coming in early, so spread the word about the Friday racing & hope to see some great Early Bird Gambler action. 


National Sand Drag News will be in Avenal, CA presenting Daily Race Coverage from the 2016 Avenal Sand Drags Spring Nationals on April 23-24. 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 Another feature through our NSDN FB Page is our 'NSDN Live Stream' feature with Live Video & commentary direct from the track. This NSDN Daily Race Coverage is brought to you by Avenal Sand Drags, d'Artenay Motorsports/Red Warrior Racing, Flirtin' With Disaster Racing, and Hammerdown Racing. Racing action kicks off on Saturday with Heads-Up Qualifying as well as Sportsman/Gambler bracket 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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