2008 May

BONNE TERRE, MO – Sand drag fans experienced an emotional roller coaster as Big River Sand Drags hosted their first two-day show of the 2008 season. But, emotions weren’t the only things caught in a corkscrew.  Once again, BRSD fought a harsh battle with the unexpected weather.  Everything from un-forecasted cloudy skies on Saturday, which could have limited the overall turn out, to a perfectly gone bad Sunday evening with severe winds and damaged equipment.


The Tenth Annual ASDA Heartland Nationals is complete from the Atoka Motorsports Park in Atoka, OK. David Hauser was the big winner in the Top Alcohol class defeating John Moreland in an all Missouri final round. Joyce Risher drove her “Straightwinder” dragster to the Top Eliminator class win with a Margin of Victory being just .006 over Van Watson in the final round. Kevin Wilson doubled up on the weekend adding to his Friday Quick 16 win with the Pro 1 Cars victory. Robert Fauske was victorious in Pro 2 Cars while Nick Allen was the champion of the Pro 1 Quads class.

BONNE TERRE, MO - After the wicked storms of last week’s dreaded rain out, racing returned to normal with the conclusion of the "Racing for Seth" benefit and King's Construction night at Big River Sand Drags.  Sixty-seven racers participated in this pre-holiday points race all while little Seth Barnes and his family had a blast watching and welcoming fans by throwing T-shirts to the crowd.  Seth also made the day for 18 lucky people by drawing their winning tickets from the 12 raffles.  Items were donated by several businesses showing their support for Seth.  Special thanks to John King of King's Construction, Cody Tee's, Graphic Options, Surdyke Yamaha, Dave Mungenast Honda, Air Gas, Fox Racing, Motorcycle Stuff, Parts Unlimited, Monterey Mushroom, Tucker Rocky, Shawn Jasper and Bobby Cunningham.  If anyone was forgotten, I apologize.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thunder Valley Sand Drags in Grain Valley, MO held their 2008 season opening event on May 17. Once again, TVSD reporter Kody Teters is right on the money with results from this event. Click “Read More” to see who the winners were.

 Phoenix Race Fuels in Arizona and Torco Race Fuels - Decatur Michigan have teamed up to manufacture and distribute Mach Series race fuels in the Western Region.  Jody Davis from Phoenix Race Fuels says: “We are excited for this opportunity; manufacturing the popular Mach series fuels at our state of the art facility in Arizona will allow us to keep pricing down to our customers” “In these times of rising fuel costs, we are taking a proactive step to keep the escalating price of racing in check” Packaging should begin by July 2008.  Phoenix Race Fuels offers a full line of Torco Race Fuels and related products through out the western half of the U.S.  For more information visit their web site at www.phoenixracefuel.com.

 The NSDA’s second visit to the Soboba Casino in 2008 was a memorable one for absolutely spectacular racing throughout the weekend. C3 Productions (www.c3productions.net) always does a great job of capturing the action through their photos, so let’s take a look back at some of the winners and great pictures from the event.

BONNE TERRE, MO – What began as a partly sunny, 68-degree day in Bonne Terre soon brought soggy sorrows of a botched benefit and an abrupt end to racing action at Big River Sand Drags.

The track was in great shape.  Work had been completed to ready the Port-a-Tree timing system printer and 60 ft. sensors, which had previously been out of service.  New two-way radios had even been purchased to improve track communication.  Fifty-one competitors turned out to show their support for 5-year old Seth Barnes of Valle Mines.  He was diagnosed with leukemia last November.  An induction ceremony was held to welcome Seth into the Big River Sand Drags racing family as showers slowly fell from above.  Raffles and racing were well underway when Mother Nature came knocking this Mother’s Day weekend.

Click “Read More” to view Dome Valley’s May 30-31 Race Flyer.


NSDA’s fifth point series event concluded on Sunday at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Scott Whipple made it four out of five race wins in the 2008 Top Fuel season. Scott ran a great 2.267 in the final round to defeat Jeff Janoe. Mike DeNunzio made it another Team Canidae TF/TA sweep with his second Top Alcohol class win of the season.  Billy Morris took home his first ever Top Eliminator class victory with a final round win over Tiffany Januik. Pro bracket winners on the day were Ray Islas (Pro 1), Rocky Randolph (Pro 2), Brendan Root (Pro 3), Brooks Ryan (Motorcycle Pro 1), and Randy Mings (Motorcycle Pro 2).

Race Recap

 The Terrible’s Primm Valley Resorts Spring Nationals turned out to be the largest ever race for the National Sand Drag Association with 451 entries competing at the race in Primm, Nevada. The influx of part-time racers made for some great competition and a mixing up of the NSDA point series battles. Mild temperatures and sun, with a windy Saturday mixed in, greeted everyone and made for a great weekend of racing. Let’s move on to the recap of the weekend’s racing action.


 Another Primm race is in the record books. What a great weekend of racing. An NSDA record 451 entries turned out for the biggest race of the Spring. All of the west coast regulars were there along with a lot of cars we haven’t seen in a while, and a few cars that came in from far distances away. The racing on the track was safe, despite a couple wild rides. Fortunately, Dan Allen and Charlie Brown were none the worse for wear after their incidents. It was a great weekend for the sport with all of the racers coming together and putting on a show that was second to none.


 Alright then, well after reading the previous story I wrote after it was posted it up, I realized it just wasn’t fair to the other MSBA members and all those who put in time and effort to make sure the hill climb went off smooth as silk. I want to make sure I give credit where it is due, so along with the results I can remember, I want to make sure that those who made the hill climb happen are recognized.

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