Cam Belisle Heads to Pomona for the Summit National Championship

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Cam Belisle Heads to Pomona

Hello all it has been quite a while since I last wrote anything here but I am about to head out in a few short weeks for a trip I’m very excited for. I have won the opportunity to race in Pomona, CA at the Auto Club Finals for a Summit National Championship. Every season since 2010 the best bracket racers in the country have meet in Pomona to battle it out for the coveted NHRA #1. For those of you that are not familiar with the Summit program I’ll break it down for you.

The NHRA is spit into 7 divisions and each season each division holds an event called the ET Finals. It’s an event where you go race at your local track and meet the guidelines for qualifying to race for your track. If you go to the ET Finals and win you advance to the Auto Club Finals. Over the last couple seasons (since 2015 I believe) there has also been a Wild Card racer for each class to make it an 8 entry field with no bye runs. For more detailed info check out www.nhra.com

My home division is 5 The High & Mighty! However a group of us head down to Tulsa Osage Raceway to do some bracket racing. Running 2 points races and entering the points program qualifies us to race in the Division 4 ET Finals as well as Division 5. This year that paid dividends when we a few fellow racers and I traveled to the Texas Motorplex for the Division 4 ET Finals event. It was the kind of day most of us dream of having.

The Bike I was riding belongs to Mike Voss and we call it the “White Knight”. This thing was deadly consistent which made my job a little easier. We went into RD 1 on Sunday feeling pretty good. At these events Rd 1 can be challenging as you don’t get any time trials, it’s just wake up and race. My crew chief, a.k.a. my wife Kim, and I looked at the weather and compared it to runs from throughout the weekend and decided we would dial a 5.71 (1/8 mile racing). We were over by .010 running a 5.72 but my opponent broke out so it was good enough. The rest of the day the weather was consistent with very little change at all and the bike ran 5.71-5.72 all day long.

We all show up to win but it seems there is a round in every event that can be pivotal in our confidence level of achieving this goal. That moment came in the 3rd Rd for me when I had to race Derek Dorey who was the runner-up the year before and contending for the Division 4 Sportsman Motorcycle Championship. I went up to the line ready to really get a good light as Derek is no slouch. I ended up having a .000 perfect light and got the round win and a bye run to the finals where I would race a fellow Division 5 racer and Minnesotan Mike Voss.

On my bye run I had a decent reaction time with a .020 light and ran dead on the dial with a 5.716 this really boosted my confidence. In the final it was the closest race of the day for me. I had a small advantage against Mike with a .013 to his .020. Mike ran dead on going 5.904 on a 5.90 and I was 5.720 on a 5.71 taking the victory by .001 or about 2 inches. It was bittersweet as I know how bad Mike wanted to win and go to Pomona and I was riding a bike that he owns and we had worked on together to make it this good but that’s racing.

Our plan now is to head to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the weekend before Pomona to race the Division 7 race, which is always a big event, along the way. Then we’ll head to Pomona to Chase the Dream. I will try to send an update after Vegas and for those of you heading there I look forward to seeing everyone and enjoy some warmer weather. It’s starting to get a little chilly here in Minnesota. As always I need to say a BIG Thank You to my wife Kim and my Team NIT-WIT teammates Mike Voss and Jason Clampitt. Without these people I would not be able to travel and have the success I’ve had.

In the Winners Circle with some of the other D5 competitors that were racing in Ennis with me, Les Knakk-Patrick “RutRoh” Roetto- Kim & Myself – Tempe & John Fitzpatrick – “ “The Big Kid” Jason Clampitt & “The Legend” Mike Voss

 

The “White Knight” of Voss Enterprises

 

On the way down we stopped for some refreshments and Dinner in “Bricktown” Oklahoma City, OK If you get the chance I would suggest stopping in to any of the great establishments along the waterfront where they have Cold drinks and Warm food!

 

Another stop was memorial for the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995 that claimed the lives of 168 individuals. There was something very peaceful about seeing this at night.

 


Myself and Mike Voss in the Final at the Texas Motorplex with a trip to Pomona on the line.

Cam Delisle

photos by Extreme Photography

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