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The 2016 edition of the SCSDA Mayhem at Soboba event is in the books after finishing up the weekend under sunny skies at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Jim Hammond was the big winner in the Top Alcohol category defeating multiple time class champion Gary Mink in the final round with a 2.48 ET. The ultra competitive Top Eliminator class featured many class champion Billy Morris up against first time TE finalist Jeff Liston. This was a great race with Billy scoring the hole shot win in a 3.00 to 2.97 decision. Robert Skidmore took the Fast Fours class victory defeating Art Cronin while Derek Balcunas singled to the Pro Mod Unlimited title. The Johnson brothers dominated the Pro Bracket classes on Sunday as Charlie scored the Pro 2 victory while Wes turned on the win light in the Pro 3 final round. Kevin Cambridge piloted his dad Bob’s Dragster to a weekend sweep as he took the Pro 1 victory to go with his Saturday Sportsman 1 class win. Taylor Holmes did a great riding job all day long to take the Motorcycle Pro 1 title while Caleb Mings got by veteran racer Mike Brock in a tough Motorcycle Pro 2 final round. Junior class winners on the day were: Conner Moore (Juniors), Dylan Gothard (Peewees), Luke Kemble (Junior Dragster), and Blaine Denunzio (Junior Dragster Mini’s). Keep checking back on NSDN for more photos and videos along with Run Sheets from this event in the days to come. **Run Sheets are now posted.**

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

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Alcohol
1st-Jim Hammond
2nd-Gary Mink
3rd-Pedro Villa
3rd-Derek Balcunas
Top Alcohol Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Alcohol Sunday Eliminations Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Gary Mink (W) 2.474/135.28 .132 def. Derek Balcunas 2.727 NS .170
Jim Hammond (W) 2.549/132.39 .166 def. Pedro Villa 2.599/NS .210

Final Round Eliminations
Jim Hammond (W) 2.486/NS .078 def. Gary Mink 2.526/129.87 .118

Top Eliminator
1st-Billy Morris
2nd-Jeff Liston
3rd-Paul Taylor
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Eliminator Sunday Eliminations Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Paul Taylor (W) 2.99 def. Wes Gilmore 3.22
Terry Crawford (W) 3.03 def. Christian Payne NT-DNS
Billy Morris (W) 2.90 def. Marc Whitmore NT-DNS
Jim Rossi (W) 2.94 def. Larry Snow NT-DNS
Jeff Liston (W) 2.99 def. Paul Graham 3.10

Round Two Eliminations
Paul Taylor (W) 2.977 .189 Bye
Billy Morris (W) 3.000 .074 def. Terry Crawford 3.021 -.242
Jeff LIston (W) 3.017 .109 def. Jim Rossi 2.984 .156

Round Three Eliminations
Billy Morris (W) 2.982 .039 def. Paul Taylor 3.019 .163
Jeff Liston (W) NT Bye

Final Round Eliminations
Billy Morris (W) 3.004 .025 def. Jeff Liston 2.975 .126

Fast Fours
1st-Robert Skidmore
2nd-Art Cronin
3rd-Mario Tavares
Fast Fours Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Fast Fours Sunday Eliminations Video

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Art Cronin (W) 3.034/NS .144 def. Mario Tavares 3.044/114.59 .220
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.805/115.17 .466 Bye

Final Round Eliminations
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.798/117.15 .234 def. Art Cronin 2.931/NS -.203

Pro Mod Unlimited
1st-Derek Balcunas
2nd-Jimmy Depasse
Pro Mod Unlimited Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet

Final Round Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Derek Balcunas (W) 2.893/NS .170 def. Jimmy Depasse NT-DNS

Pro 1
1st-Kevin Cambridge
2nd-Kenny Hayes
3rd-Tara Denunzio
3rd-Bill Meaney
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Justin Adamson
3rd-Joe Simeone
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Wes Johnson
2nd-Greg Tounget
3rd-Dennis Rieck
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Taylor Holmes
2nd-Brad Olson
3rd-Chris Carlson
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Caleb Mings
2nd-Mike Brock
3rd-Mark Ratliff
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

1st-Conner Moore
2nd-Tyler Hanrahan

1st-Dylan Gothard
2nd-Michael Serano

Junior Dragster 9-Over
1st-Luke Kemble
2nd-Levi Suggs

Junior Dragster Mini’s
1st-Blaine Denunzio
2nd-Blake Adamson


Saturday was an action packed day of racing at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA during the SCSDA’s “Mayhem at Soboba” event. Jimmy Depasse set the sand drag world on fire with a blistering 2.69 ET to earn the A/Pro Jeep record & earn the title of “First Jeep in the 2.6’s. The 2.69 would earn the #1 qualifying spot in Pro Mod Unlimited for Depasse. Another potential World Record could be set as Robert Skidmore ran an incredible 2.682 ET in his Fast Fours Dragster. He has to record a backup run within 1% during eliminations to lower his current ET record. Gary Mink continued to be “Bad to the Bone” even after missing the first two qualifying sessions and unloaded a huge 2.44 to earn the #1 qualifying spot in Top Alcohol. Top Eliminator qualifying was dramatic with Paul Taylor being the last car down the track and stealing the top spot away from Jim Rossi with a great 2.957 on the 2.95 class Index. There was some exceptional racing in the bracket classes on Saturday highlighted by the Larry Minor Jeep Shootout, where Steve Winn turned on the win light to take the $2000 first place purse. Justin Adamson piloted his Jeep to the Pro Gambler victory while Mark Ratliff turned on the last win light in the Motorcycle Gambler. Sportsman class winners on Saturday were Kevin Cambridge (Sportsman 1), Wes Gilmore Jr. (Sportsman 2), Joey Weaver (Motorcycle Sportsman 1), and Jack Vandigriff (Motorcycle Sportsman 2). Racing action wraps up on Sunday with eliminations in the Heads-Up and Pro Bracket categories. For more results and the NSDN Live Stream Links click “Read More”.

NSDN Live Stream Links
Saturday 1
Saturday 2
Saturday 3
Saturday 4
Saturday 5

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Gary Mink 2.446/139.43
2. Jim Hammond 2.487/136.91
3. Pedro Villa 2.509/138.29
4. Craig Mark 2.594/NS
5. Derek Balcunas 2.710/129.13
6. Jimmy Depasse 2.810/112.14
7. Chris Barlow 2.810/93.39

Saturday TA Highlight Video

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Paul Taylor 2.957
2. Jim Rossi 2.962
3. Terry Crawford 2.973
4. Billy Morris 2.984
5. Paul Graham 3.013
6. Jeff Liston 3.025
7. Marc Whitmore 3.126
8. Christian Payne 3.153
9. Larry Snow 3.176
10. Wes Gilmore 3.213

Saturday TE Highlight Video

Fast Fours
Final Qualifying Order
1. Robert Skidmore 2.682/118.99
2. Mario Tavares 2.840/121.53
3. Art Cronin 2.946/103.30
4. Don Minkel 3.370/94.82
5. John Cronin 3.854/93.65
6. Daniel King NT

Saturday FF Highlight Video

Pro Mod Unlimited
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jimmy Depasse 2.690/123.29
2. Derek Balcunas 2.763/NS

Saturday PMU Highlight Video

Larry Minor Jeep Shootout
1st-Steve Winn
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Charlie Johnson
3rd-Justin Adamson

Pro Gambler
1st-Justin Adamson
2nd-Dennis Rieck
3rd-Chris Ketron
3rd-Kenny Hayes
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Mark Ratliff
2nd-Austin Thomas
3rd-Joey Weaver
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 1
1st-Kevin Cambridge
2nd-Larry Sakaguchi
3rd-Kevin Williams

Sportsman 2
1st-Wes Gilmore Jr.
2nd-Austin Thomas
3rd-Bob Schaefer

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Joey Weaver
2nd-Mark Ratliff
3rd-Taylor Holmes

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Jack Vandigriff
2nd-Marcus Riedel
3rd-Grant Hutchinson
3rd-Tiffany Howard


The first day of racing action is complete at the Southern California Sand Drag Association “Mayhem at Soboba” event taking place at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Jim Hammond led the pack in Top Alcohol qualifying with a sizzling 2.49. But all eyes would be on the lane next to Jim as Craig Mark had a huge wheelstand turn into a big time incident in the shutdown area. Craig will be sore for the next few days, but thankfully escaped major injury. Paul Taylor ended up atop the list in Q1 of Top Eliminator with a 3.01 in a session that featured several breakouts on the 2.95 Index. Robert Skidmore kept his name in the #1 spot in Fast Fours qualifying with a strong 2.77 pass off the trailer. Jimmy Depasse earned the top spot in Pro Mod Unlimited qualifying by just .01 with a 2.85/108MPH blast. Charlie Johnson defeated his brother Wes to take home the Friday Gambler victory. More racing action is on tap for Saturday. To view the full rundown of the action along with the NSDN Live Stream Presented By Good Vibrations Motorsports links, click “Read More”. *Note: For Friday video please click the NSDN Live Feed links, we have some technical issues keeping us from posting the normal Highlight Videos tonight.*

Links to our NSDN Live Feed Videos from Friday
Friday 1
Friday 2
Friday 3

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Alcohol
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jim Hammond 2.492/135.82
2. Pedro Villa 2.555/124.41
3. Craig Mark 2.594/NS
4. Chris Barlow 2.810/93.39
5. Jimmy DePasse 2.993/108.91

Top Eliminator
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Paul Taylor 3.014
2. Jeff Liston 3.025
3. Paul Graham 3.091
4. Marc Whitmore 3.126
5. Christian Payne 3.334
6. Wes Gilmore 3.511
7. Jim Rossi 2.949
8. Larry Snow 2.939
9. Billy Morris 2.917

Fast Fours
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Robert Skidmore 2.775/113.07
2. Art Cronin 2.947/105.38
3. Don Minkel 3.707/87.18
4. Mario Tavares NT

Pro Mod Unlimited
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 4 Sessions)
1. Jimmy Depasse 2.851/108.22
2. Derek Balcunas 2.867/121.53

Pro Gambler
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Wes Johnson
3rd-Justin Adamson
3rd-Bill Meaney
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet


This weekend May 20-22 National Sand Drag News will be on-site at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA for the Southern California Sand Drag Association Mayhem at Soboba event. NSDN will have our normal race coverage including all the stats, results, news, and videos each night after racing action is complete. 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 Be sure to "Live Subscribe" for instant notifications each time the Live Stream goes online. We will also be posting our normal event updates on the NSDN Facebook page throughout the event at and on our Twitter Feed at the top of each page of NSDN or visit the Twitter Feed directly at This NSDN Daily Race Coverage is brought to you by Good Vibrations Motorsports, Hammer Down Racing (Dennis Rieck), Morris Family Racing, Rialto Trophy, MPC Racing, Kevin Williams Racing, and Flirtin’ With Disaster Racing (Kenny Hayes). Racing action kicks off on Friday with Test and Tune followed by Heads-Up Qualifying Session #1 & the newly added Friday Car & ATV Gamblers. 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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