GM Sport Compact Nationals.
The Rescheduled event cancel by rain at the season opener in April
Odds in Las Vegas!
Another Winning Las Vegas Weekend! Well that's what we had in mind
when we left Texas on Thursday morning. However even with the 5/7
odds the Las Vegas bookies had on us, the gremlins of racing were to win, our
Friday's weather was hot and windy. We had gotten to experience Las
Vegas's Monsoon season first hand with an afternoon sand storm. The
weather cleared in plenty of time for us to run the last two passes of
qualifying. We were hopping to continue our number one qualifier
position thru the day but by the end of the third session we had
dropped to the #2 position.
Saturday was another hot day and we were determined to stay on top of the
racing. We spent the better half of the day tweaking the car, making sure
everything was ready for the race. By first round of eliminations we
were ready to go.
Round #1 of eliminations paired us up against Tom Simon's 68' VW
Fastback. Tom had qualified with an 11.929 ET @ 110.32 MPH. Unfortunately
Tom never made it to the staging lanes and so we wound up with an
unopposed run which gave us a chance to run the car and see if our work
earlier in the day made a differences.
two we were up against Jeremy Lookofsky in his DVS Shoe sponsored 00'
Honda Civic. I staged Ken into the burnout pit and the officials gave us
the thumbs up to go. Ken began his burnout and found out that the line-lock
was not functioning. Unable to make a quick fix Ken hoped he would be able
to make up for the slow start on the top end of the track. However this
wasn't to happen and Jeremy took the win with a 10.978 ET @ 123.19 MPH to
our 11.434 ET @ 123.53 MPH.
Now it was time to help out or friend Jesus Padilla and see if we could
help him get into winners circle.
The 3rd round paired Jeremy Lookofsky up against fellow Mazda racer Jesus and his 85' Mazda RX-7. We
staged Jesus and waited for the tree to start the race. Jesus won with a
10.790 ET @ 124.88 MPH to Jeremy's 11.410 ET @ 119.52 MPH. Next it was
Leslie Durst and her 89' Honda CRX against Scott Mohler and his 98' Dodge
Neon. This was going to be a true drag race. Leslie has made some headway
this year and is running fast. We all sat back and watched the tree start
the race. They were neck and neck through the traps. Scott managed to
squeeze past Leslie with a 10.506 ET @ 130.38 MPH to Leslie's 10.526 ET @
128.82 MPH. What a race!
Final round brought Jesus up against Scott Mohler. This was going to be a
tough race for Jesus because he was still figuring out his new fuel
injection system and not happy with his performance thru the weekend.
Both Jesus and Mohler staged to the tree. The lights started and Jesus
leaped at the lights and managed to red light giving the race to Mohler
for the win.
Now its back home to Texas were we prepare for the Auto Trader Magazines
Texas NHRA Sport Compact Nationals in Ennis, Texas. August 8th-9th.
Despite wacky weather conditions, eliminations turned up a few shocking
results. The first upset in the All-Motor Class came when championship
leader Ken Scheepers was beaten in the second round by Jeremy Lookofsky.
Scheepers was slow to react with a .743 light and Lookofsky capitalized
on that to win with a 10.978 at 123.19 mph.
Lookofsky was beaten in a semifinal race against Jesus Padilla, while on
the other side of the ladder, Scott Mohler dispatched Leslie Durst in a
great race where Durst post a 10.526 against Mohler's
The final round was not a good one for the current champion, Jesus
Padilla. He lit the red, leaving Scott Mohler to win with a 10.708 at
129.97 mph. Mohler gained valuable ground in the points chase against
Ken Scheepers and was happy to claim a Wally for the Mopar squad.
"I really needed a win and luckily, Ken was out early in the event. Now
I need to continue this into the next couple of events. Then we will
have a real battle for the championship," said Mohler.