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The 2016 SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA wrapped up on Sunday with exciting action across the board. It was an awesome sight to see the Nitro-burning Top Fuel Dragsters make the trip to Soboba for this event. Matt Ludlow set Low ET of the day with a pair of great looking 2.32 passes at over 160MPH. Gary Mink stole the show in Top Alcohol with a string of consistent 2.4-second passes capped by a 2.449 for Low ET of eliminations in the final against David Morton. Marc Whitmore had a dream weekend qualifying #1 with a perfect 2.950 on the Top Eliminator 2.95 Class Index, then he put his Blown Altered in the Winner’s Circle on race day defeating Paul Taylor in the final round. The Fast Fours final was wild with Art Cronin taking the win despite having troubles off the line while Kris Lauffer ran the 2nd Quickest ET in Four-Cylinder history with a 2.679 but he left too soon turning on the red light. Jimmy Depasse lowered his A/Pro Jeep World Record with an incredible 2.644 ET on the way to the Pro Mod Unlimited class win. There were no double or triple up winners in the ultra competitive Pro Bracket classers. Here is a rundown on the winners that took home the big cash on Sunday night: Bill Meaney (Pro 1), Jim Larr (Pro 2), Mike Record (Pro 3), Heather Taylor (Motorcycle Pro 1), and Craig Wright (Motorcycle Pro 2). The Junior racers also put on a great show as always, winners included: Delaney Browning (Juniors), Maddox Pena (Peewees), Cole Liston (Junior Dragster 9+), and Blake Adamson (Junior Dragster Mini’s). **Highlight Videos & Run Sheets are now posted!!**

NSDN Live Stream Links
Sunday 1 - TE Round 1
Sunday 2
Sunday 3
Sunday 4
Sunday 5
Sunday 6

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel

Top Fuel - Sunday Best Passes

Matt Ludlow 2.325/160.80
Dennis Rieck 2.362/154.25
Top Fuel Weekend Data Log
Top Fuel Sunday Video Highlights

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

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Gary Mink (W) 2.474/140.87 .133 Bye
Pedro Villa (W) 2.538/138.86 .178 def. Chris Barlow 2.657/NS .172
Jim Hammond (W) 2.577/135.55 .149 def. Derek Balcunas 5.254/43.42 -.260
David Morton (W) 2.514/128.40 .280 def. Jimmy Depasse 3.168/70.50 .188

Round Two Eliminations
Gary Mink (W) 2.463/NS .283 def. Pedro Villa NT-RL
David Morton (W) 2.498/133.95 .168 def. Jim Hammond 2.571/137.46 .148

Final Round Eliminations
Gary Mink (W) 2.449/145.37 .101 def. David Morton 2.471/134.21 .152

Top Eliminator
1st-Marc Whitmore
2nd-Paul Taylor
3rd-Tommy Zavala
3rd-Ron D’Artenay
Top Eliminator Qualifying Data Log & Eliminations Run Sheet
Top Eliminator Sunday Video Highlights

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET RT)
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.184 .612 Bye
Billy Morris (W) 2.971 .152 def. Jim Rossi 2.934 .264
Tommy Zavala (W) 3.110 .211 def. Wes Gilmore 3.242 .184
David Straub (W) 3.027 .304 def. Jeff Liston 4.119 .116
Carey Mahoney (W) 3.986 .201 def. Dave Huffman NT-No Show
Paul Taylor (W) 3.022 .232 def. Larry Snow NT-DNS
Terry Crawford (W) 2.987 .383 def. Paul Graham 3.340 .133
Ron D’Artenay (W) 3.056 .139 def. Mark Punos 3.068 .150

Round Two Eliminations
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.078 .112 def. Billy Morris 3.080 -.004
Tommy Zavala (W) 3.088 .092 def. David Straub NT-RL
Paul Taylor (W) 2.988 .206 def. Carey Mahoney 6.036 -.035
Ron D’Artenay (W) 2.956 .236 def. Terry Crawford 2.976 .350

Round Three Eliminations
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.080 .055 def. Tommy Zavala 3.116 .075
Paul Taylor (W) 2.945 .185 def. Ron D’Artenay 3.480 -.199

Final Round Eliminations
Marc Whitmore (W) 3.036 .107 def. Paul Taylor 2.945 .171

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

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Robert Skidmore (W) 2.709/122.85 .313 Bye
Art Cronin (W) 7.352/29.83 .213 def. Daniel King NT-No Show
Mario Tavares (W) 2.953/123.07 .248 def. Don Minkel 3.118/104.89 .328
Kris Lauffer (W) 3.033/109.09 .341 def. John Cronin 3.340/78.01 .259

Round Two Eliminations
Art Cronin (W) 3.480/75.42 .185 def. Robert Skidmore 3.853/54.58 .205
Kris Lauffer (W) 3.028/120.25 .162 def. Mario Tavares 3.507/72.45 .141

Final Round Eliminations
Art Cronin (W) 4.170/42.03 .176 def. Kris Lauffer 2.679/122.40 -.025

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

Round One Eliminations (Driver ET/MPH RT)
Jimmy Depasse (W) 2.644/123.96 .081 def. Dave Huffman NT-No Show
Derek Balcunas (W) 2.717/NS .153 def. Tracy Malan NT-No Show

Final Round Eliminations
Jimmy Depasse (W) 4.547/41.88 .302 def. Derek Balcunas NT-No Show

Pro 1
1st-Bill Meaney
2nd-Keith Ahart
3rd-Justin Adamson
3rd-Craig Durning
Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 2
1st-Jim Larr
2nd-Justin Adamson
3rd-Shawn Thompson
3rd-Alejandro Garcia
Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

Pro 3
1st-Mike Record
2nd-Joe Simeone
3rd-Chris Adamson
3rd-George Amos
Pro 3 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 1
1st-Heather Taylor
2nd-Ron Garnas
3rd-Jaclyn Wehrer
3rd-Danny Wehrer
Motorcycle Pro 1 Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Pro 2
1st-Craig Wright
2nd-Caleb Mings
3rd-Marcus Riedel
Motorcycle Pro 2 Eliminations Run Sheet

1st-Delaney Browning
2nd-Dylan Hegwood

1st-Maddox Pena
2nd-Michael Serrano

Junior Dragster 9-Over
1st-Cole Liston
2nd-Levi Suggs

Junior Dragster Mini’s
1st-Blake Adamson
2nd-Taylor Cameron


The SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals wrapped up Day 2 of action at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA with some incredible 300’ sand drag racing action during the “Saturday Night of Thunder” show. Dennis Rieck and the Hammer Down Top Fuel team was the star of the show as they were able to reset their TF World Record recording a 2.202 ET backed up by a 2.210. Congrats to the Hammer Down team on that incredible feat. In the Top Alcohol class, Gary Mink once again set the bar for the competition recording a 2.45 ET to lead the pack into race day. Another team that put on an unreal show during Night of Thunder was Jimmy Depasse & the Otis Express team. Jimmy recorded a 2.668 ET to not only record the top spot in Pro Mod Unlimited qualifying, but it also reset his A/Pro Jeep World Record in the process backed up by a later 2.68 run. Marc Whitmore ended up as “Mr. Perfect” recording a perfect 2.950 ET in the Top Eliminator 2.95 Index class to earn the top spot in qualifying. Robert Skidmore held off the contenders in the Fast Fours class for the #1 qualifying position on the strength of Friday’s strong 2.71 pass. Charlie Johnson led the bracket class winners as he earned a big win in the Pro Car Gambler topping a 27-entry strong field to take the big bucks home. Other winners on the day included Jared Azevedo (Motorcycle Gambler), Chris Calafiore (Sportsman 1), Tom Crail (Sportsman 2), Ron Garnas (Motorcycle Sportsman 1), and Marcus Riedel (Motorcycle Sportsman 2). Action wraps on Sunday with eliminations in all categories at the SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals.

NSDN Live Stream Links
Saturday 1
Saturday 2
Saturday 3
Saturday 4
Saturday 5
Saturday 6
Nostalgia Display Tour

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Top Fuel
Final Qualifying Order
1. Dennis Rieck 2.202/163.89
2. Marcus Norris 2.314/166.70
3. Matt Ludlow 2.758/79.93
Top Fuel Saturday Video Highlights

Top Alcohol
Final Qualifying Order
1. Gary Mink 2.456/141.45
2. Jim Hammond 2.501/138.58
3. David Morton 2.524/130.61
4. Chris Barlow 2.537/136.91
5. Pedro Villa 2.561/135.82
6. Jimmy Depasse 2.686/123.51
7. Derek Balcunas 2.763/130.86
Top Alcohol Saturday Video Highlights

Top Eliminator
Final Qualifying Order
1. Marc Whitmore 2.950
2. Carey Mahoney 2.951
3. Terry Crawford 2.966
4. Tommy Zavala 2.969
5. David Straub 2.971
6. Ron D’Artenay 2.974
7. Larry Snow 2.978
8. Billy Morris 2.986
9. Jim Rossi 3.007
10. Paul Taylor 3.012
11. Mark Punos 3.053
12. Jeff Liston 3.137
13. Wes Gilmore 3.234
14. Paul Graham 3.295
15. Dave Huffman 5.214
Top Eliminator Saturday Video Highlights

Fast Fours
Final Qualifying Order
1. Robert Skidmore 2.717/121.75
2. Mario Tavares 2.802/125.10
3. Kris Lauffer 2.811/122.40
4. Art Cronin 2.886/111.40
5. Daniel King 2.952/105.05
6. John Cronin 3.068/106.86
7. Don Minkel 3.093/97.96
Fast Fours Saturday Video Highlights

Pro Mod Unlimited
Final Qualifying Order
1. Jimmy Depasse 2.668/126.49
2. Derek Balcunas 2.754/134.74
3. Tracy Malan 3.271/94.46
4. Dave Huffman 5.411/45.56
Pro Mod Unlimited Saturday Video Highlights

Pro Gambler
1st-Charlie Johnson
2nd-Steve Winn
Pro Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Jared Azevedo
2nd-Mike Brock
Motorcycle Gambler Eliminations Run Sheet

Sportsman 1
1st-Chris Calafiore
2nd-Mike Ghan

Sportsman 2
1st-Tom Crail
2nd-Keith Tront

Motorcycle Sportsman 1
1st-Ron Garnas
2nd-Joey Weaver

Motorcycle Sportsman 2
1st-Marcus Riedel
2nd-Craig Wright


The SCSDA Hammer Down Nationals at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA got off to a great start on Friday with a huge turnout of racers on hand to get dialed in for this weekend’s action. Marcus Norris stole the show in Top Fuel by recording a 2.31 at a booming 166MPH lap to top the field after Day 1. Jim Hammond kept up where he left off from May as he earned the top qualifying spot with a 2.56 ET. Robert Skidmore also stayed atop the pack in his category, Fast Fours with a strong 2.71 lap. Derek Balcunas led the pack in Pro Mod Unlimited with a stellar 2.75 at over 134MPH to earn the #1 qualifying position. First time Top Eliminator class racer David Straub stunned everyone by taking the top spot with a great 2.971 on the 2.95 class index. In Gambler action tonight, Mike Record earned the Pro Car Gambler class victory while the Motorcycle Gambler was won by Craig Wright. Racing continues on Saturday with the “Saturday Night Thunder” Heads-Up qualifying sessions as well as Pro Gambler & Sportsman class eliminations.

Links to our NSDN Live Feed Videos from Friday
Friday 1
Friday 2
Friday 3 -- Featuring Top Fuel & Top Alcohol Q1
Friday 4

NSDN Live Stream Presented By: Good Vibrations Motorsports

Top Fuel
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 3 Sessions)
1. Marcus Norris 2.314/166.70
2. Dennis Rieck 2.515/121.53
3. Matt Ludlow 2.758/79.93
Top Fuel Friday Video Highlights

Top Alcohol
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 3 Sessions)
1. Jim Hammond 2.560/131.37
2. Pedro Villa 2.561/135.82
3. David Morton 2.596/135.01
4. Chris Barlow 2.601/136.36
5. Jimmy Depasse 2.809/119.40
Top Alcohol Friday Video Highlights

Top Eliminator
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 3 Sessions)
1. David Straub 2.971
2. Paul Taylor 3.012
3. Ron d’Artenay 3.016
4. Carey Mahoney 3.029
5. Tommy Zavala 3.129
6. Jeff Liston 3.137
7. Wes Gilmore 4.266
8. Dave Huffman 5.214
9. Terry Crawford 2.935
10. Jim Rossi 2.934
11. Billy Morris NT
12. Marc Whitmore NT
Top Eliminator Friday Video Highlights

Fast Fours
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 3 Sessions)
1. Robert Skidmore 2.717/121.75
2. Art Cronin 2.905/113.63
3. Mario Tavares 2.914/124.87
4. John Cronin 3.068/106.86
5. Don Minkel 3.093/97.96
6. Kris Lauffer 3.191/111.95
7. Daniel King 4.426/83.35
Fast Fours Friday Video Highlights

Pro Mod Unlimited
Qualifying Order (After 1 of 3 Sessions)
1. Derek Balcunas 2.754/134.74
2. Jimmy Depasse 2.908/103.77
3. Tracy Malan 3.271/94.46
4. Dave Huffman 5.411/44.56
Pro Mod Unlimited Friday Video Highlights

Pro Gambler
1st-Mike Record
2nd-Chris Adamson
3rd-Scott Whipple

Motorcycle Gambler
1st-Craig Wright
2nd-Nikki Bailey


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