ONeil Seals Sentimental Win at Samoa Dragstrip

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James Surber’s High Stakes Motorcycle Shootout
July 14-15, 2018
Samoa Dragstrip, Eureka, CA

ONeil Seals Sentimental Win at Samoa Dragstrip

Samoa Dragstrip was home again to James Surber’s High Stakes Motorcycle Shootout. Featuring breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and near-perfect weather at sea level, Samoa has long been a hidden gem for drag racers throughout the West Coast. This has been the 6th year in which James Surber has hosted a motorcycle only bracket race offering some of the largest payouts for dragbike racers throughout the West Coast.

Again this year, James offered to pay up to $10,000 if the turnout exceeded 60 entries. If not, it would be 100% payback to the racers.

Saturday featured two heads up “arm drop” style races for Harley Davidsons and a “Real Street” bracket class for stock, factory style motorcycles.

Winner of the Harley Dyna class was Robert Sifford and the Harley Bagger class winner was Michael McClellan. The “Real Street” winner was unknown and not pictured.

Harley Dyna winner Robert Sifford (left) and Harley Bagger winner Michael McClellan (right) both with Flag Girl Tracie Barcelos.

Following, was a ggambler style bracket shootout with $360 up for grabs. The win went to Clayton Howey (Hanford, CA) over runner-up finisher DJ Michlette (Garberville, CA).

Gamblers Bracket Winner Clayton Howey

Sunday was the main event. After a lower than expected turnout, James was able to include all gate fee and crew money towards the pot on top of entry fee money. This was all thanks to the sponsors who helped enough to cover all the operating expenses for the event. After a late donation by Allen Fong of All Things Wood, the total pot up for grabs was $4,500.

The Semi-Finals consisted of Michael ONeil (Sacramento, CA) against Ron Carlton (Fort Bragg, CA) and Jason Garza (Eureka, CA) against DJ Michlette (Garberville, CA). Garza got the win over Michlette and ONeil won over Carlton.
The final round (5th round) was again to be decided by a Sacramento vs. Eureka showdown. Garza got the head start with his 9.39 dial-in and ONeil had to run him down with his 8.94 dial-in. Both riders ran through the stripe on a double breakout, and the win went to Michael ONeil, running 8.931 on his 8.94 dial. The two finalist decided to tighten the pot and ONeil won $2,100 and Garza won $1,800. The two semi-finalist were awarded with $300 each.

High Stakes Shootout Winner Michael ONeil with the Redwood Wally and $2,100 cash!

The win was extremely special to Michael, as he was awarded his first ever coveted “Redwood Wally” and $2,100 in cash. He stated that his Dad lived in the Humboldt throughout his childhood and he spent many summers as a kid around Humboldt Bay and the Samoa Dragstrip.

ONeil and the rest of the “Team Sacramento” riders after his win!

James Surber, Michael Pires, and the Samoa Dragstrip staff would like to thank all of their sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event another success:

  • Greg Pfau of Humboldt Performance Cycle
  • Roger Kirpatrick of Humboldt Motorsports
  • Bob at Diamond Bar Choppers
  • Allen Fong of All Things Wood
  • Kosman Specialties