NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Pacific Division 7
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
November 7-10, 2019
by Kirk Walton / Photos by Bob Johnson Photography
Finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The final race of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in Las Vegas, Nevada each November usually brings a big turnout from all over North America. This year was no exception with around 770 cars/bikes/snowmobiles. The weather was great all weekend long with temps in the low 70’s and light breezes.
Basically, Kahea Woods from Las Vegas had the 2019 NHRA Pacific Division wrapped up but everyone else needed to be decided.
The Sportsman Motorcycle class had a total of 33 bikes. Friday just had one pass for qualifying, two on Saturday, then eliminations on Sunday. Friday saw Ron Alves, Colusa, CA get a .007 to lead the way. Roy Barrera, Jr., Boise, ID, had the most exciting run of the weekend when his bike had mechanical issues right off the line which threw both hands off the handlebars. Then when he pulled over, a fire started. That bike was done for the weekend but he rode his backup Hayabusa the rest of the weekend. Here’s the video of it starting at 6:22:30 into the video from Dragracer.TV:
On Saturday, reaction times improved in qualifying. Gary Stoffer, Gardnerville, NV, jumped to #1 with a nice .003 on his ’85 Suzuki GS no bar bike. In the final qualifier, that wouldn’t hold up. Dave “Wheels” Wheeler got a perfect light, .000 to take the #1 spot. Brian Howey, Lemoore, CA, jumped up to the #2 spot with a .002 and Stoffer remained at #3. Kahea Woods also got a .003 for #4. Video from Saturday’s qualifying is here with round 2 at 6:13:00 into the video and round 3 at 9:19:00
- 77 Dave Wheeler, Murray UT, ’06 ZX14 0.000
- 7755 Brian Howey, Lemoore CA, ’06 ZX14 0.002
- 747F Gary Stoffer, Gardnerville NV, ’85 GS 0.003
- 7530 Kahea Woods, Las Vegas NV, ’95 GSXR 0.003
- 74 Ron Alves, Colusa CA, ’80 Kawasaki 0.007
- 765 Denny Alves, El Cerrito CA, ’78 Kawasaki 0.008
- 714 Sean Conner, Boulder City NV, ’95 GSXR 0.009
- 604 Al Omond, Abbotsford BC, ’07 ZRX 0.009
- 500 Donnie Durenberger, Dayton MN, ’81 Kawasaki 0.010
- 775 Leo Shaver, Las Vegas NV, ’87 Ninja 0.010
- 550 Jason Clampitt, Circle Pines MN, ’79 Z1R 0.012
- 532 Cameron Belisle, Columbus MN, ’00 ZX11 0.013
- 7002 Clayton Howey, Lemoore CA, ’06 ZX14 0.019
- 72 Rick Newport, Bluffdale UT, ’95 GSXR 0.021
- 15 702 Corey Brown, Eagle Mtn. UT, ’01 Polaris 0.026
- 330 Anthony Vanetti, Elk Grove CA, ’00 GS 0.037
- 538 Greg Underdahl, North Branch MN, ’99 GSXR 0.039
- 61 Miles Hauer, Camano Island WA, ’08 Suzuki RF 0.043
- 71 Larry Mota, Orem UT, ’15 ZX14 0.043
- 7115 Gary Oaks, Las Vegas NV, ’78 KZ 0.045
- 7130 Marlene Patterson, Tucson AZ, ’81 KZJ 0.046
- 793 Jeff Durfey, West Jordan UT, ’08 Kawasaki 0.047
- 751 John Austin, Las Vegas NV, ’12 Suzuki 0.047
- 771 Tom Medlin, La Mirada CA, ’93 GSXR 0.048
- 63 Danny Patridge, Kennewick WA, ’03 TL3000 0.063
- 6516 Cody Cumpton, Vancouver WA, ’08 Hayabusa 0.064
- 744 Wayne Taylor, Fairfield UT, ’94 Polaris 0.070
- 6777 Tom Misfeldt, Auburn WA, ’07 Hayabusa 0.073
- 6431 Roy Barrera Jr, Boise ID, ’00 Katana 0.102
- 7439 John Evans, West Valley City UT, ’08 Hayabusa 0.108
- 7048 Eric Danielson Sr, Las Vegas NV, ’00 ZX11 0.189
- 753 Reggie Mackay, Lemon Grove CA, ’06 Destroyer 0.254
- 754 D.J. Miclette, Garberville CA, ’93 Katana 0.395
Ron Alves used his .043 light against Marlee Patterson’s .067 to win running a email@example.com on the 8.12, Patterson ran firstname.lastname@example.org on the 10.35 dial in time.Reggie Mackay, Lemon Grove, CA gave Anthony Vanetti, Elk Grove, CA a big reaction time advantage (.155 to a .049) and broke out with a email@example.com on the 10.20 dial. Vanetti let off to a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 7.88.
Greg Underdahl, North Branch, MN also gave D.J. Miclette, Garberville, CA a starting line advantage (.134 vs .051). Both broke out but Miclette did it less running email@example.com on the 10.03, Underdahl ran firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.39 time. 754 D.J. Miclette
Clayton Howey, Lemoore, CA, had a .009 reaction time and was late against Roy Barrera, Jr’s .002. Barrera’s bike jumped out of the beam and caused him to slow to a email@example.com on the 9.45 dial. Howey coasted to a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.91.
John Austin, Las Vegas, NV, also had a wheelie but it was big enough to distract Sean Conner, Boulder City, NV in the other lane. Conner had a .327 light to a .119 but ended up still winning, running email@example.com on the 8.62. Austin ran firstname.lastname@example.org on the 10.55.
Miles Hauer, Camano Island, WA had a slower reaction (.164 to a .038) against Brian Howey. He ran right on with a email@example.com (8.96) but gave up too much at the start with Howey running firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.34 dial in time.
Las Vegas rider Leo Shaver also took a reaction time win (.027 vs .139), forcing Cody Cumpton to break out. Shaver ran email@example.com on the 8.98. Cumpton ran under his 9.67 dial with a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al Omond, Abbotsford, British Columbia, had the reaction time advantage (.035 vs .091) on Tom Medlin, La Mirada, CA but took too much of the stripe running email@example.com on the 9.42, Medlin running firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.30. The loss gave Don DePeel the Division 6 Northwest championship.
Denny Alves, El Cerrito, CA, had a great .001 reaction time to force Jeff Durfey, West Jordan, UT into a break out. Denny ran email@example.com on the 7.92 to Jeff’s firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.15.
Donnie Durenberger, Dayton, MN took the reaction time (.072 vs .149) against Danny Patridge, Kennewick, WA and the win running email@example.com on the 10.38 to a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.13.
Larry Mota, Orem, UT, practicing for the Summit ET finals next weekend in Pomona took on Gary Stoffer in the first round. He had the better light (.028 to a .075) and coasted to a email@example.com (9.13) to Stoffer’s firstname.lastname@example.org on his 8.99.
Jason Clampitt, Circle Pines, MN was also practicing for the Summit ET finals. He will be representing D5. He won this round when Wayne Taylor, Fairfield, UT redlighted his Polaris snowmobile by -.070 and ran a email@example.com (10.10). Clampitt cruised through at firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.63.
Cameron Belisle, Columbus, MN used his .060 reaction to Tom Misfeldt’s .151 to send the Auburn, WA rider home. Belisle ran email@example.com on his 9.25 to Misfeldt’s firstname.lastname@example.org on his 8.78.
In a race of Las Vegas riders, 2019 LVMS Summit ET champ, Gary Oaks was a bit slower in reaction (.046 vs .026) and couldn’t run the number of 8.77 running email@example.com. Woods winning time was firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.58.
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, UT took on longtime friend from West Valley, UT, John Evans in a heads up dial at 8.06. Newport had the reaction time (.029 vas .230) and ran a email@example.com to Evans’ 8.096@131mph.
Corey Brown, Eagle Mountain, UT took the competition bye win when Eric Danielson Sr. was a no show. He ran it right on with a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.53 on the Polaris snow machine.
#1 qualifier, Dave “Wheels” Wheeler ran it through on his bye run but was a bit slowed at email@example.com on the 9.07 dial.
In the first pair of the second round, Cam Belisle got the better reaction time (.026 vs .089) against Kahea Woods but took too much stripe and broke out with a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.25. Woods also broke out but ran email@example.com on the 8.60.
Same for the next pair, Tom Medlin had the advantage (.024 vs .167) against Anthony Vanetti but slowed way down to a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.25. Vanetti ran email@example.com on the 7.90 dial in time
D.J. Miclette ran dead on with a zero (firstname.lastname@example.org) but had the .110 light to Donnie Durenberger’s .031. Durenberger ran a email@example.com on his 10.38 dial for the win.
Leo Shaver had a slight reaction time advantage against Dave “Wheels” Wheeler (.011 vs .038) to take the win with a 9.042@14213mph on the 9.00, Wheeler ran firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.11.
In the battle of two turbo dragbikes, Rick Newport came out on top with a starting line advantage (.013 vs .071) against Denny Alves. Newport went email@example.com to Alves break out time of firstname.lastname@example.org on the 7.92 dial.
Sean Conner got the win against Corey Brown when Brown redlighted by -.020. Both ran it out though with Conner running a email@example.com (8.64) and Brown with firstname.lastname@example.org (9.55) on the Polaris.
Another redlight determined the next pair when Ron Alves left a bit too early (-.017 vs .012) against Clayton Howey. Howey ran dead on anyway with a email@example.com and Alves at firstname.lastname@example.org on a 8.12 dial.
Brian Howey got the single and ran it out with a .022 light and email@example.com on the 9.34 dial-in time.
Anthony Vanetti had a great run against Kahea Woods with a .006 package. He had a .006 light and ran dead on with a zero firstname.lastname@example.org. Wood ran a email@example.com on the 8.59.
Clayton Howey took the reaction time (.017 vs .036) against Donnie Durenberger and ran a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.95 to Durenberger’s email@example.com on the 10.35 for a MOV of just .0012.
Sean Conner beat Brian Howey after Howey got a big starting line advantage but couldn’t run the number (.123 vs .041) running firstname.lastname@example.org on a 8.64 dial to email@example.com on the 9.34 dial in time.
Rick Newport had a great light (.001 vs .020) to take the win over Leo Shaver, running firstname.lastname@example.org on a 8.04 to email@example.com on the 9.01 for Shaver.
Larry Mota had the bye and ran a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 9.13 and a -.013 light.
Anthony Vanetti ended up getting the bye run and ran it through with a email@example.com on a 7.89 dial with a -.003 reaction time.
Sean Conner got a big advantage off the starting line (.007 vs .068) against Clayton Howey but couldn’t run the number. Conner ran a firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.66 to Howey’s email@example.com on the 8.94.
Teammates Rick Newport and Larry Mota faced off again this season with Newport getting a nice .005 to Mota’s .029 and ran firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.05. Mota had a email@example.com on the 9.13.
Clayton Howey moved on to the final when Anthony Vanetti redlighted by -.071. Howey ran it out to run firstname.lastname@example.org on the 8.95. Vanetti ran email@example.com on the 7.89.
Rick Newport had the bye and just broke the beams.
Clayton Howey had a .027 light but Rick Newport redlighted by just -.001 to give Howey the win. Howey ran it out to a firstname.lastname@example.org on his 8.94 dial in time. Newport ran email@example.com on the 8.04 dial.
This was Howey’s second NHRA “Wally” at LVMS in a month. In October, he won the NHRA Summit ET team race. So this win is his first win in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, congratulations to Clayton!
Photos are available from Bob Johnson photography for this race at: https://bobjohnson.zenfolio.com/p617173163
The 2019 champion is Kahea Woods of Las Vegas. His teammates came in second and third (Rick Newport/Larry Mota). See the full points standings, click here.
Congratulations to Kahea on a great year!
The 2019 Newport/Woods Mota-Sports Race Season has been a really good year. I just got to say that our team really stand by each other and that’s what makes it fun racing with Larry and Rick. The 3 of us had a combined 4 divisional wins and 3 runner up. We finished 1, 2 and 3 in Division 7.
Thank you to our wives, Vicki Woods, Tiffany Donaldson Mota and Trisha Newport for keep the home front in check as we traveled.
Thank you to Our division director, Mike Rice and Team for always doing a incredible job at each and every event.
Jeff Foster, thank you for the time and dedication you put in for all the racer, giving us a safe and on point race track week in and week out.
Rick, Larry and I can not do this without the support of our Sponsors that stand behind us, Thank you so very much:
Ernie Soliz at Torco
Laurie Dunlap at Web Camshafts
Bill and Tim Robinson at Robinson Industries
Dave Conforti at Worldwide Bearings
Tom Bogner at Lucas Oil
Rick Primeau at Primo Customs
Rick Canning at CP-Carrillo
George Babor at BPM Racing Engines
Justin Bukovinsky, Sean Conner and Eddie Sharron. Thank you for your dedication.
What an amazing season!
2020 is just around the corner and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule is out already. Click Here to view.
I just wanted to add my thanks to all the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing series crew and NHRA Pacific Division staff for all their hard work. Believe me it does not go unnoticed! Thanks to Lucas Oil for sponsoring us so we have a series to race in NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle. And most of all, thanks to the racers, crews, families and you reading this thanks to Brandi at Dragbike.com, which makes this sport so much fun. See you all next year!
– Kirk Walton
#7151 NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle
Salt Lake City, UT