With beautiful weather and a great fan turn out you couldn’t have asked for anything more this weekend as Bandimere Speedway played host to the NHRA Mountain Madness event.
Although the times were off pace due to the high altitude at Bandimere, we would still see some close action out of the Honda Tuning All Motor class this weekend. By the end of qualifying Jeremy Lookofsky had managed to pull off a 10.321@ 131 followed closely by Norris Prayoonto with a 10.471@117. First round of eliminations saw Saul Salceda’s Clutch Masters Integra taking out Scott Kelley and Prayoonto being eliminated by Vince Tiaga. Prayoonto seemed to have some trouble at the line and it hurt the rest of his run. Tiaga got the bye in round two and Lookofsky took out Salceda while running another 10.3 pass in the process. Jeremy Lookofsky took the win in the finals and took home the Wally while maintaining his points lead for the class.
Stephane Beauregard took the top qualifying position in the hot rod class with an 8.4@ 162 but the competition was close on his heels with the next three qualifiers within a couple tenths. With some close races in round one of eliminations, we would see Ron Lummus, Chuck Seitsinger, and Mike Crawford taking their wins along with Beauregard getting the bye. Seitsinger would take round two when Beauregard red lit and Lummus took Crawford at the tree to move on despite a slower ET. In the final Lummus had the whole-shot on Seitsinger but chuck passed him after the 60-foot and maintained his lead to win with an 8.615 @ 168. This gives Chuck his first Wally.
In the Modified class, Paul Efantis took the number one qualifying with the only 7 second pass in the qualifying rounds. After breaking something in the first round, Justin Humphreys qualified in last place. First round of eliminations, Dee Karagiannis in his ’95 RX-7 made an impressive 7.9 pass to eliminate Tom Shambaugh and another 7.9 pass in round two to take out Mike Lowe who was the number two qualifier. Round two for Efantis put him up against Ken Scheepers who left the tree to early giving the win to Efantis. Karagiannis got lane choice for round three and held off Efantis with a 7.93@ 165 to Paul’s 8.20@ 170. This was an important win for Karagiannis after finishing runner-up in the last two events.
ProFWD was an all-GM class with qualifying positions two through six only being separated by three tenths of a second. The number one spot however was taken by Jason Hunt with a 7.58 @ 193. The thin mountain air didn’t seem to have any effect on Jason’s car as he was right on par with his normal times. In round one of eliminations, Hunt blasted off another 7.5 against Ron Townsend to advance to the next round but this time at a speed of 196. That car is flyin’! Gardella took the win against Bergenholtz due to what looked like some tranny issues for the Bergenholtz team. Marty Ladwig also moved on after Brian Jimenez had some engine trouble around half-track. Round two was Ladwig versus Gardella and after a few games with the staging lights Marty took the hole shot and continued to pull on Gardella for the win. After Hunt’s bye run in round two and the insanely fast times he was running all weekend, it looked like this was going to be an easy one for Hunt, but this is drag racing and anything can happen. Hunt had problems from the start of the race and Ladwig took him out for the victory with a 9.1@ 183 to Jason Hunt’s 12.1@ 106.
Brad Personett was off to a blistering pace and a number one qualifying spot after qualifying in the ProRWD class. He ran 6.68@ 213 setting a new ET and speed record for this racetrack. Round one of eliminations put Matt Scranton against Gary Lee White. Both of these drivers really wanted the win as White red lit by -.005 and Scranton almost pulled off a perfect light with a reaction time of .001. Even though Personett had the bye run he still went all out and ran a 6.749@ 213. In the final round Scranton didn’t quite have what it took to hold off the hard-charging Titan Scion and Personett took the win with another 6.7 @ 213. What a great weekend it was for Brad Personett. He set two track records, won the race, and extended his winning streak to four in a row and five out of six wins for the year. See you guys next month for what’s sure to be a great race in beautiful Las Vegas.