NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series • Race 8 • Sacramento Raceway Sacramento, Calif.
White, Kay claim Governor’s Cup titles
Rick White ran three straight 5.7s on race day to claim the Top Fuel
title at the 40th annual Governor’s Cup event at Sacramento Raceway.
White posted a 5.72 in the final round to defeat Adam Sorokin.
by Eric Arnett the Champion Speed Shop small-
photos by Steve Wallace and block Chevy with a 5.889 after
Dave Hulford Williamson fouled out with the
Berger & Schwartz entry.
T he 40th annual Governor’s Cup
Championships, the third NHRA
Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series event
Harris began the semifinals with
a monster run of 5.693 to easily run
away from Sorokin but did it at the
contested at Sacramento Raceway, expense of the 1,000-foot timer. The
served as the track’s traditional major Nitro Thunder team made an
event season finale and produced track unexpected exit, and Sorokin went to
records in Top Fuel and Pro Modified. the final. White became the other
Unseasonable heat did little to finalist with a great run of 5.711 to
slow the nine nitroburner drivers hold off Murphy, who made his best
who attempted to qualify. After the pass of the event, a 5.831, 260.69.
two sessions were complete, Brett Carrying a near-two-tenths deficit
Harris had reset the track e.t. record into the final, Sorokin knew he had to
at 5.707, and Rick White bumped up hit the Tree and came up .01-second
the speed record to 264.30. Those short and fouled away a 6.067, 210.95. After qualifying No. 1 with a 5.707, Brett Harris ran into trouble in the shutdown
numbers were produced side by side Points leader White would have been area. Harris was not hurt but lost in the semifinals after making contact with a
on the first qualifying pass, and very hard to catch anyway because he timing block during his race against Sorokin.
Harris and White came back in the reset the speed record again, winning
second session to run times of 5.71 with a 5.720, 264.95. All told, including put on a show equal to the fuel cars 6.356 or better with the bump at 6.527.
and 5.76, respectively. Jim Murphy qualifying, eight 260-plus-mph runs with 17 entries gunning for the eight Taking the top spot and resetting both
(5.902), Adam Sorokin (5.929), and were recoded by the three hitters. open spots. When qualifying was ends of the track record for the second
Rick Williamson (5.940) rounded out The West Coast Outlaw Pro Mods complete, seven of the eight were at time in two events was Randy Kay and
the five-second runners. They were his Alan Johnson-powered ’63 Corvette
followed by Mike McLennan (6.013), with a 6.104, 241.27.
Brendan Murry (6.060), and Mark Lee Smith started eliminations in
Malde’s bump-sitting 6.276. Just his ’58 Corvette with a 6.306 over Marc
missing the field with a 6.318 was Meadors’ tire-rattling 8.111. Jay
the Cheetah IV entry of Terry Cox. Diedrich, who ran his first 6.2 elapsed
White opened eliminations with a time in qualifying (6.281), ran
consistent 5.773, 249.30 to cover considerably slower with his ’57 Chevy
Malde’s shutoff 7.05. Harris followed with a skating 7.047 that just held off
behind and lowered the e.t. record to the equally troubled 7.310 of Troy
a 5.701 over Murry’s decent 6.152.
Murphy stepped up to a 5.861 to Sorokin qualified fourth in the tough Top
stop McLennan’s 6.027 in a race Fuel field and reached the final round after
that featured both drivers ending beating Rick Williamson and low qualifier
their runs in huge clouds of smoke. Brett Harris. Sorokin ran a 5.88 best
Sorokin ended the round winning in during the event.
108 ✦ National DRAGSTER
(Below) Randy Kay qualified No. 1
in the Pro Mod field with a 6.10 2009 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Schedule
and then drove his supercharged March 6-8 Aug. 13-16
’63 Corvette to victory on race Bakersfield March Pepsi NightFire
day, beating Lee Smith in the
final. (Left) Kay and his Reno,
Nev.-based crew celebrated their Auto Club Famoso Firebird Raceway