Home team is 2005 Pacific Division champions at Speedworld Raceway Park
NORTHWEST PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The home team from Speedworld Raceway Park took An overwhelming victory at the Pacific Division Summit Racing Series Finals Sunday. They amassed a total of 88 points (representing round wins), while the defending champions from Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif., finished second with 65 points. In fact, the event was dominated by Arizona racers. Right behind Famoso's team were Southwestern Int'l Raceway in Tucson (63) and Firebird Int'l Raceway in Phoenix (62). Rounding out the Top Five was Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., (61).
Individual titles also nearly fell totally to Arizona racers as wins went to Chris Lindsey, of Peoria, Ariz., in Pro; Mark Simonian, of Sanger, Calif., in Sportsman, Ray Baumgardner, of Phoenix, in Street, and Ken Van Buren, of New River, Ariz., in Motorcycle.
The winners now qualify to compete at the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Finals in November during the NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals at Pomona Raceway. In Pomona the Pacific Division champs will join champions from NHRA six other geographic regions to compete for national championships. Peter Conogai, of Tucson, won the High School title.
In Saturday's Race of Champions, Jay Nakamura in Pro, Ryan Smith in Sportsman, Doug Gibson in Street and Joseph Smith in Motorcycle/Snowmobile. Also, Clayton Nickels, a student from Livermore, Calif., took the trophy for winning the High School Race of Champions. The Race of Champions is a competition amongst the top few racers from each category.
The following are Sunday's final results from the Summit E.T. Racing Series NHRA Pacific Division E.T. Finals:
Mark Simonian, Sanger, Calif., '69 Camaro, 10.661, 125.54 def.
Ray Baumgardner, Phoenix, Ariz., '78 Trans-Am, 12.018, 112.57 def.
Ken Van Buren, New River, Ariz., '84 Kawasaki, 9.012, 151.54 def.
Peter Conogai, Tucson, Ariz., '41 Ford, 15.147, 91.08 def.