Infineon outlasts 12 teams to claim crown
by the National DRAGSTER staff for Pomona include Sacramento Raceway Park’s Rob against prolific Super Street
photos by Bob Johnson Knoles (Super Pro), Irwindale Dragstrip’s Mark campaigner Dwight Downing’s ’79
Miyashiro (Pro), Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip’s Gary Arrow in a classic contest. Phelps
TOP GUN RACEWAY, NHRA Summit Racing Hairfield (Sportsman), and Auto Club Dragway’s combined a .016 light and (+.001) 8.541 to best the
Series Finals (Div. 7) — Team Infineon Raceway was John Gidcumb (Motorcycle). The Race of Champions (+.005) of Downing, who had a .054 reaction time.
just too strong for the rest of the Division 7 field; it High School winner was Infineon’s Chris Simas. The Motorcycle action was dominated by the
racked up an impressive overall victory during Infineon, led by team manager Georgia Seipel, Fontana team as it accounted for all four riders who
Sunday’s eliminations to claim the overall team scored its hard-earned team championship during made it to the semi’s. In the end, Dustin Vagedes
championship. The Infineon gang scored a total of 69 Sunday’s action, which included one win and a runner- turned a great (+.005) 9.305 with his ’08 Kawasaki to
points, well ahead of runner-up Sacramento Raceway’s up finish for the winning track. Dave Varner, of defeat finalist Gary Moreno’s ’06 Harley-Davidson,
57, and the team from Auto Club Dragway at Auto Modesto, Calif., scored the big victory for Infineon which turned a (+.094) 10.454.
Club Speedway was a distant third with 49 points. when he drove his ’83 Camaro to a (+.031) 10.891 In other action, the popular Gamblers bracket
The competition was intense in all of the categories conquest of Marvin Wolfmeier’s ’74 Vega from Team competition on Thursday and Friday produced Steve
as racers from the greater Western region took part Southwestern Int’l Raceway, which recorded a (+.122) Parsons in the High Roller category, and the Low
during the four-day weekend of competition, in which 11.182. Varner won the 1986 E.T. Finals in Bakersfield. Roller honors went to veteran Tibor Kadar, who
both individual and team honors were determined. Rik Morgan also racked up quite a few points for the finished No. 2 in the Stock national points standings in
A big highlight of Saturday’s racing was the running Infineon roster with his Sportsman final-round 2006 and was a Division 7 Race of Champions winner
of the Race of Champions categories, with each winner appearance. Gary Ratcliffe from the Barona Dragstrip in 2004. Complete coverage of the Division 7 NHRA
in the four main categories earning the privilege of team won that contest with is ’63 Chevelle by turning a Summit Racing Series Finals begins on page 76.
representing Division 7 at the NHRA Summit Racing (+.016) 12.946 to Morgan’s too
Series National Championships, which will be held at the quick 12.672 on a 12.70 dial.
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in In an all-Speedworld Super Pro Pro Mitch Whorton John Tobias
Pomona, Nov. 13-16. Dragstrip final, Chuck Phelps Jim Ambroselli Ken Briggs Willie Woo Gary Vellenwoeth Sr.
Kathy Ball Lisa Caldwell John Victorino
This year’s Race of Champions winners headed took the Super Pro final Steve Caldwell Sportsman
Larry Ball Vince Cardinale Motorcycle
Dave Cook Don Creed Stephen Coffey