Kahea Woods - 1995 SUZUKI GSXR 1100
Torco products used: Engine: SR-5r 5W-30
| NHRA Summit ET Pacific Division Finals from LVMS
The NHRA Summit ET finals for the Pacific Division (D7) were held October 5th to October 8th at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Sunday winner of the “Summit Showdown” would earn the chance to go to Pomona in November to the 2017 NHRA World Finals to compete against the seven other divisional winners (and a wild card). Also on the line Saturday was the team competition and “Wally”. Friday was the conclusion of the “gambler’s race” and also “run for the money” 1/8 mile race
After it was all done on Saturday, Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA won the team championship with 68 points. Just behind with 67 was Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sacramento Raceway with 59, Rocky Mountain Raceway (Salt Lake City) with 54, and Auto Club Dragway (Fontana, CA) with 50 to cap off the top five.
Sunday went directly into the “Summit Showdown” or race of champions. In the Pacific Division, this race determines who makes it to Pomona as the D7 champion. In this race, the top 5 points placers for the season are invited with one more 100% attender added. If someone can’t make the race, the next one in line steps up. Also with the 45 entries, some tracks had two teams and some had none, so that’s why the numbers are a little different.
In round 3, Kahea Woods had the best run of the group with a .001 and firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.91 vs Shannon Wisdom’s .089 and email@example.com on the 8.64. Other winners were, Rick Newport, Don Caesar, Dave Miller, Ken MacHost, Kirk Walton.
The quarterfinals in round 4 Kahea Woods beat Dave Miller with a .016 light and a firstname.lastname@example.org run on the 8.86 to a email@example.com on the 8.22 dial for Dave.
In the final round, it was the two teammates. Rick Newport races for Rocky Mountain Raceway and lives in Bluffdale, Utah and Kahea Woods races for Las Vegas Motor Speedway and lives in North Las Vegas. But Kahea is Rick’s engine builder so a lot of the racers were joking around that Rick might “have problems” in the final. But it was a breakout for Kahea that gave Rick Newport the win and his first trip to Pomona for the World Finals. Rick had the advantage off the line with a .033 vs .068 reaction time. Rick ran right on with a firstname.lastname@example.org (8.47) to Kahea’s email@example.com mph (8.87).
Text source: www.dragbike.com
by: – Kirk Walton, Team RMR
Photos by Bob Johnson Photograph
| Summit ET finals at Fontana |
So it been a roller coaster week going in to the Summit ET finals at
Fontana. We lost the patriarch John "Woody" Woods for our Torco Oil, Mickey
Thompson Tire backed GSXR 1100. Our leader, friend and dad lost his fight to
cancer the week before the race.
One does not know how to go on needless to say go out and race, but became
very clear. One of the last things my dad said to me was "concentrate and go
out and race". So off to Fontana we went. It was awesome seeing our racing
family. It was good for the soul.
On Thursday we ran the quickest pass our Torco Suzuki ever went. 8.47 @ 158
mph in the standing 1/4 mile but in the proses we blistered a tire. Having
to change a rear slick and starting eliminations on a green tire did not
look good. Our confidence and consistently was not very high going in to the
first round. I have to say that my riding was not the best that weekend. We
ended up going 6 of the toughest rounds and bring home the win with a
average et of 8.54 @ 153 mph. I would like to thank all the gang at Torco
USA for there continued support.
Winning this race in honor of my dad is something I won't soon forget.
Until we see each other again pop's that one is for you.