2019 Fall-Winter

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NSDN is saddened to report the recent passing of longtime sand drag racer Mike Dzek after a lengthy illness. “Motorcycle Mike”, as he was known by most, lived in New Mexico and has been a staple of west coast sand drags since the 80's. Mike's trademark Motorcycle featured a unique setup with one large Skat-Trak style paddle tire on the back of it. Mike won many races in the Motorcycle-powered categories on the west coast, eventually traveling to tracks as far away as Oklahoma and Michigan. In recent years, Mike had moved over to a more traditional vehicle with a Big Block Chevy-powered Dragster that had previously been owned by longtime racing friend Keith Ahart. Just like with the bike, it didn't take long for Mike to find success. Mike will not only be remembered for his on track performance, but also what an amazing guy he was off the track. After a long day of racing, Mike was often found in fellow racer's pit areas helping get them back on track. “Motorcycle Mike” will be greatly missed by all. We send our condolences to Mike's family & racing friends in this difficult time.
Race Recap

The 2019 Avenal Sand Drags Fall Nationals wrapped up another great season of sand drag racing on the west coast with three days of sand drag racing in Central California. The weather gods were on the side of the racers with Warm & Sunny conditions all three days, the only inclement weather was some pretty heavy wind Sunday afternoon but nothing that caused too much trouble. This event was ever important with prestigious Fall Nationals trophies on the line as well as 2019 California Sand Drag Challenge (CSDC) points battles up for grabs. A great turnout blessed the Avenal Sand Drags crew with nearly 270 weekend entries staging up. Continue on for a look at the weekend highlights, and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page to view this event's photo gallery.

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The 2019 Avenal Sand Drags Fall Nationals is in the record books after a great Day 3 of 300' sand drag racing in Avenal, California. Jim Hammond was the Top Alcohol winner recording a 2.63 ET in the final round. Terry Crawford wheeled his “Yabba Dabba Doo” Dragster to the Top Eliminator winners circle after getting a solo to the win as Craig Brewster was unable to start in the lanes. Nick Shultzman was the Pro Mod winner while Sally Rasmussen turned on the final win light in Fast Fours. Kenny Hayes not only took the Pro 1 class victory over Robert Watanabe, but he also earned the CSDC points championship. This was Kenny's second final round win of the day as he was victorious in the conclusion of Saturday's Pro Gambler over Bill Meaney. Chris Adamson was almost another double winner on the day as he took the win in Pro 2 defeating this season's class champion Tommy Zavala. Then in the Pro 3 category, this year's class champion Adamson reached his 4th final of the season, but came up just short in the final to winner April Soares. Tyler Hanrahan scored the Motorcycle Pro 1 class victory as well as earned the points championship with a clutch final round win over Jayden Pena. Tyler Berg got the job done in the Motorcycle Pro 2 class defeating this year's champion Randy Mings in the final. Junior class winners on the day were Troy Adamson (Junior Dragster), Maddox Pena (Juniors) and Easton Moran (Youth).

SCSDA September Shootout
Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, CA
September 27-29, 2019

Sunday Update 5

SCSDA's September Shootout wrapped up on Sunday with a ton of great 300' sand drag racing. Jim Hammond scored the Top Alcohol victory defeating Cory McClenathan, piloting the Larry Minor Motorsports Pro Mod Jeep. Wes Gilmore scored his first Top Eliminator class win piloting his Jeep to victory over class points leader Vickie Hall. Robert Skidmore laid down some nice laps en route to the Fast Fours victory over Sally Rasmussen. “Wheelie King” Nick Shultzman earned the Pro Mod Unlimited victory defeating Cory McClenathan. Tommy Zavala finshed off an incredible weekend, where he scored 5 victories in 5 classes entered, including both the Pro 1 and Pro 2 classes today. The Adamson Family Racing team was well represented in the Pro 3 final where Chris Adamson defeated son Justin in the final round. Be sure to read on for the full rundown of winners from today's racing action.

Top Eliminator Final Round
Wes Gilmore (W) 3.16 over Vickie Hall 3.16 RL

Sunday's Winners
Top Alcohol – Jim Hammond over Cory McClenathan
Top Eliminator – Wes Gilmore over Vickie Hall
Fast Fours – Robert Skidmore over Sally Rasmussen
Pro Mod Unlimited – Nick Shultzman over Cory McClenathan
Pro 1 -Tommy Zavala over Kenny Hayes
Pro 2 – Tommy Zavala over Joe Simeone
Pro 3 – Chris Adamson over Justin Adamson
Motorcycle Pro 1 – Tessa Nunes over Tyler Hanrahan
Motorcycle Pro 2 – Randy Mings over Caleb Mings
Junior Dragster – Nixon Acevedo over Jax Gazzeny
Juniors – Maddox Pena over Bailee Blevins
Peewees – Jolene Dawson over Peyton Peterson

The 2019 Avenal Sand Drags Fall Nationals will be taking place October 25-27 in Avenal, California. This will also be the Season Finale for this season's California Sand Drag Challenge points series. NSDN will be on-site with Daily Race Coverage from this event. For more info on Avenal Sand Drags, go to www.AvenalSandDrags.com.

2019 Avenal Fall Nationals Race Weekend Schedule (PDF File)


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