NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series | Division 7 – Race 4&5 at Sonoma Raceway

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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Series

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Pacific Division 7
Sonoma Raceway
July 18-21, 2019

by Kirk Walton

Division 7 – Race 4&5 at Sonoma Raceway

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division (D7) had a doubleheader in Sonoma, California on July 18th through July 21st. The weather was great in the low 80’s and the always-changing wind, but it wasn’t too gusty. We had 22 bikes (no sleds) the first race (fourth in the season series) and 23 qualify for the second race (race 5).





Race #4

The first race qualifying wasn’t as tight as it usually is with this group but that changed at the end of the final session. Kahea Woods, Las Vegas, NV, took the #1 spot with a perfect .000 reaction time. Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah was second with a .003. Also with a .003 was Don Caesar, Turlock, California. Ron Alves, Colusa, California with a .009 and Tom Medlin, La Mirada, California rounded out the top five with a .011. Here’s the full list of qualifiers.

1 7530 Kahea Woods, Las Vegas NV, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.000

2 72 Rick Newport, Bluffdale UT, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.003

3 731 Don Caesar, Turlock CA, ’07 Suzuki GSXR 0.003

4 74 Ron Alves, Colusa CA, ’80  Kawasaki 0.009

5 771 Tom Medlin, La Mirada CA, ’93 Suzuki GSXR 0.011

6 7002 Clayton Howey, LeMoore CA, ’06 Kawasaki ZX-14 0.019

7 71 Larry Mota, Orem UT, ’15 Kawasaki ZX-14R 0.022

8 714 Sean Conner, Boulder City NV, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.026

9 T764 Terry Turner, Bakersfield CA, ’86 Katana 0.028

10 7115 Gary Oaks, Las Vegas NV, ’78 Kawasaki KZ 0.032

11 7777 Manny Taylor, Bakersfield CA, ’83 Suzuki GS 0.035

12 61 Miles Hauer, Camano Island WA, ’08 Suzuki RF 0.038

13 701B Brian Jennings, Martinez CA, ’99 Suzuki GSXR 0.039

14 765 Denny Alves, El Cerrito CA, ’78 Kawasaki 0.044

15 7001 Pete Miclette Jr., Garberville CA, ’05 Hayabusa 0.046

16 75 Eric Jaquith, Queen Creek AZ, ’06 Hayabusa 0.047

17 775 Leo Shaver, Las Vegas NV, ’87 Ninja 0.048

18 7847 Trace St. Germain, San Jose CA, ’78 Kawasaki Z1R 0.051

19 6516 Cody Cumpton, Vancouver WA, ’08 Hayabusa 0.053

20 6756 Don DePeel, Gladstone OR, ’74 Kawasaki 0.055

21 77 Dave Wheeler, Murray UT, ’06 Kawasaki ZX-14 0.058

22 76 Kirk Walton, Salt Lake City UT, ’12 Kawasaki

ZX-14R 0.075 First Round: Larry Mota, Orem, UT won the first pair of the weekend when Sonoma regular, Trace St. Germain, San Jose, CA on his ’78 Kawasaki Z1R redlighted by -.014. Larry ran out the Kawasaki ZX-14R to run to 9.037 at 145.53 on the 9.07 dial. Trace slowed to a 9.607 at 135.66mph (9.47). Kirk Walton, Salt Lake City, UT on his ’12 Kawasaki ZX-14R beat Manny Taylor, Bakersfield, CA on his ’83 Suzuki GS on the reaction time (.047 vs .147). Walton let off to run 10.27 at 125.13mph on his 10.10 dial to Taylor’s spin off the line at 9.114 at 142.79mph on the 8.70 dial. Denny Alves, El Cerrito, CA was on his new bike this weekend, a ’78 Kawasaki turbo and beat Don Caesar, Citrus Heights, CA, on his ’07 Suzuki GSXR-1000. Alves ran 7.924 at 152.61mph (7.88) to Caesar’s 9.074 at 152.40mph (9.04). Defending Division 6 champion, Miles Hauer, Camano Island, WA took the win over #1 qualifier, Kahea Woods. The reaction times were only .003 apart but Hauer ran his ’08 Suzuki RF closer to his dial of 7.82 running 7.830 at 163.43mph to Woods 8.436 at 149.50mph on the 8.40. Pete Miclette, Jr. Garberville, CA, on his ’05 Suzuki Hayabusa, used a big reaction time advantage (.035 vs .171) to beat Ron Alves, Colusa, CA on his ’80 Kawasaki. Pete ran off the throttle, a 8.682 at 133.51mph on his 8.65 dial. Ron ran it out to a breakout time of 8.184 at 164.67mph on the 8.22. Cody Cumpton, Vancouver, WA ran his ’08 Suzuki Hayabusa to a win over Sean Conner, Boulder City, NV. Only .003 difference in reaction time, Conner ran off his number running a 8.590 at 149.71mph on the 8.53. Cumpton ran a 9.563 at 134.54mph on the 9.53 to take the win. Yet another race with a .003 difference in reaction time was between Clayton Howey, Lemoore, CA and Leo Shaver, Las Vegas, NV. Howey took the win with an 8.999 at a slowing 130.77mph on his ’06 Kawasaki ZX-14. Shaver had problems and ran 8.961 at 136.29mph on his 8.82 dial. Don DePeel, Gladstone, OR on his ’74 Kawasaki beat Fontana race 3 winner, Terry Turner, Bakersfield, CA. Both had what the PA announcer said was “cricket like” reaction times. But even with the disadvantage, DePeel won with running 8.406 at 155.26mph on the 8.37 to Turner’s 9.011 at 139.95mph on the 8.85. Rick Newport, Bluffdale, UT had a great run to beat Brian Jennings, Martinez, CA on their Suzuki GSXR dragbikes. Newport ran right on his number of 7.95 with a 7.958 at 147.79mph with a .018 light to Jennings .037 reaction, running 9.018 at 140.42mph on the 8.99. Gary Oaks, Las Vegas, NV and Dave “Wheels” Wheeler, Murray, UT had an interesting race. With multiple missed shifts between the two, Oaks missed one less and took the win. The numbers were a .007 vs. .025 advantage for Wheeler but Oaks ran 8.756 at 141.43mph (8.66) to Wheeler’s 9.222 at 127.44mph (8.99). Tom Medlin, La Mirada, CA defeated Eric Jaquith, Queen Creek, AZ by a redlight of -.028. both slowed on the dials, with Medlin running 8.207 at 162.74mph on the 8.05, Jaquith a 9.392 at 132.62mph on his 9.20. Second Round: Miles Hauer started off the second round with the bye run. He ran right on his number with a 7.839 at 164.93mph (7.83). Pete Miclette Jr. took an advantage of the reaction times (.022 vs .044) to defeat Don DePeel. Pete dialed an 8.63 and ran 8.655 at 150.70mph to Don’s 8.402 at 156.01mph on the 8.37 dial. Cody Cumpton had a .017 package to defeat Denny Alves. Cumpton ran 9.504 at 138.22mph with a .013 light. Alves ran a .027 light and dialed in at 7.86 but ran 7.921 at 168.85mph on the 7.86. Gary Oaks had a big starting line advantage over Tom Medlin (.030 to a .159) and coasted to a 8.767 at 142.82mph on his 8.66 dial in time. Medlin ran an 8.128 at 163.85mph on the 8.04. Clayton Howey had a bad reaction time against Kirk Walton (.112 vs .005) but took the win with Walton wheeling a couple of times. Clayton ran 8.940 at just 125.06mph off the throttle on his 8.79. Kirk ran a 10.492 at 143.31mph on the 10.10. Teammates Rick Newport and Larry Mota had to meet and Newport got the advantage off the line (.074 vs. .094) and ran it out to a 7.936 at 147.49mph on the 7.90. Mota ran a breakout time of 8.985 at 146.60 on his 9.02 dial in time.

Quarterfinals:

All three races in the quarterfinals were decided by redlights. First pair out was over when Pete Miclette, Jr. had a -.052 red to give Miles Hauer the win. Miclette ran it out to see how close to his 8.63 dial was and ran 8.705 at 149.95. Hauer ran it out on his 7.83 dial at a 7.875 at 163.81mph.

The next race was over when Rick Newport redlighted by -.023 which made it even more frustrating when he ran dead on his 7.91 dial in time with a 7.914 at 163.49mph. His opponent, Gary Oaks had a .028 light and a 8.696 at 150.93mph on the 8.68 dial.

Clayton Howey was the next to see red with a -.008 against Cody Cumpton. Clayton ran 8.775 at 161.85mph (8.76) to Cumpton’s 9.505 at 141.55mph (9.49).

Semifinals:

Two D6 racers from Washington were against each other in the first semifinal. Cody Cumpton had the reaction time advantage over Miles Hauer (.030 to a .119) and coasted to a win with a 9.683 at 133.59mph (9.56). Miles ran a 8.122 at 154.12mph (7.87).

Gary Oaks had the bye to the final and ran it out with a .005 light and 8.942 at 148.49mph on the 8.80 dial.

Gary Oaks (far lane) beat Cody Cumpton (near lane) in Friday’s race #4.

Final:

Gary Oaks won when Cody Cumpton redlighted. Gary was a bit distracted by the red and had a .134 light and ran 8.882 at 148.17. Cody ran it out with a 9.600 at 138.64mph on the 9.62.

Gary Oaks in the winners circle

Race #5

Race #5 qualifying would only have one hit at the track on Saturday, July 20th. We added one more rider for a total of 23 for race 5. With only one hit, a bunch took a big swing and missed. Seven redlights out of twenty three entered. When it was over, Cody Cumpton, Vancouver, Washington, had the #1 spot with a .005. Clayton Howey, Lemoore, California, was right behind with a .006. Kahea Woods with a .007 was third. Brian Jennings, Martinez, California, was fourth with a .017 and Miles Hauer, Camano Island, Washington, was fifth. The field looked like this after the single pass.

1 6516 Cody Cumpton, Vancouver WA, ’08 Hayabusa 0.005

2 7002 Clayton Howey, Lemoore CA, ’06 Kawasaki ZX-14 0.006

3 7530 Kahea Woods, Las Vegas NV, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.007

4 701B Brian Jennings, Martinez CA, ’99 Suzuki GSXR 0.017

5 61 Miles Hauer, Camano Island WA, ’08 Suzuki RF 0.025

6 T764 Terry Turner, Bakersfield CA, ’86 Katana 0.026

7 72 Rick Newport, Bluffdale UT, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.029

8 775 Leo Shaver, Las Vegas NV, ’87 Ninja 0.032

9 7115 Gary Oaks, Las Vegas NV, ’78 Kawasaki KZ 0.035

10 765 Denny Alves, El Cerrito CA, ’78 Kawasaki 0.038

11 6756 Don DePeel, Gladstone OR, ’74 Kawasaki 0.041

12 71 Larry Mota, Orem UT, ’15 Kawasaki ZX-14 0.043

13 714 Sean Conner, Boulder City NV, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.056

14 75 Eric Jaquith, Queen Creek AZ, ’06 Hayabusa 0.149

15 G779 Gaston Evans, Oakland CA, ’02 Hayabusa 0.173

16 7847 Trace St Germain, San Jose CA, ’78 Kawasaki Z1R 0.324

17 731 Don Caesar, Turlock CA, ’07 Suzuki GSXR -0.002

18 76 Kirk Walton, Salt Lake City UT, ’12 Kawasaki ZX-14R -0.008

19 7001 Pete Miclette Jr., Garberville CA, ’05 Hayabusa -0.011

20 77 Dave Wheeler, Murray UT, ’06 Kawasaki ZX-14 -0.013

21 771 Tom Medlin, La Mirada CA, ’93 Suzuki GSXR -0.018

22 74 Ron Alves, Colusa CA, ’80 Kawasaki -0.021

23 7777 Manny Taylor, Bakersfield CA, ’83 Suzuki GS -0.026

First Round:

Kahea Woods started off race 5 with a win over Eric Jaquith when Eric redlighted by -.090. He ran it out to 9.177 at 143.60mph on the 9,20. Kahea ran a .092, 8.385 at 152.73mph on his 8.43.

Sean Conner won by a redlight as well over Clayton Howey. Clayton missed it by just -.004 running 8.871 152.06mph on the 8.79. Sean ran it out on his 8.59 dial with a 8.516 at 155.20.

Ron Alves won in a double breakout race against Don DePeel. Don had the starting line advantage with a .048 vs Ron’s .072 but Ron was a bit closer to his 8.18 dial running 8.177 at 156.95mph. Don ran 8.383 at 150.06mph on a 8.40 dial in time.

Rick Newport had an easy win against Kirk Walton with a reaction time advantage of .022 vs .089 and ran 8.130 at only 140.88mph on the 7.92. Walton really fell off at 10.313 at 150.06mph on a 10.15.

Don Caesar had even a bigger advantage over Terry Turner (.049 vs .203) and ran 9.123 at 145.70mph on his 9.08. Terry ran well under his 8.99 dial at 8.894 at 144.33.

Trace St. Germain had a slightly better light against Miles Hauer (.020 vs .029) and ran closer to his number of 9.56, running 9.596 at 136.59mph to Miles 7.884 at 154.35 on his 7.84.

Leo Shaver forced Pete Miclette, Jr. into a breakout with a .047 reaction to Pete’s .132. Leo ran a 8.881 at 140.58mph to Pete’s 8.608 at 147.71mph on the 8.64 dial.

Denny Alves defeated Tom Medlin when Medlin had mechanical issues and shut it down. Denny ran it out most of the way at 7.936 at 144.122 on the 7.90.

Dave Wheeler beat Gary Oaks in a double breakout race. Gary was way under his dial of 8.68 with a 8.565 at 151.56mph on a 8.68. Wheels ran 8.915 at 150.97mph on the 8.94. Oaks had the reaction time of .009 to a .072 as well.

In another breakout, Larry Mota beat Manny Taylor. Reaction times were close with Larry getting a .025 vs a .035 for Manny. Larry ran dead on with a one (8..971 on his 8.97) at 142.84mph. Manny breaks out with a 8.882 at 139.47mph on the 8.87.

Brian Jennings won when Gaston Evans, Oakland, CA, didn’t show with his ’02 Suzuki Hayabusa. Brian ran with a .034 light, a 9.020 at 144.15mph on the 8.97 dial.

Cody Cumpton ran the bye run with a .039 light and a 9.464 at 142.79mph on the 9.51.

Second Round:

Ron Alves had to overcome a reaction time of .050 to Trace St. Germain’s .016 to win. He ran 8.383 at 164.05mph on a 8.14 but Trace brokeout with a 9.539 at 135.01mph at 9.56.

Leo Shaver beat Sean Conner when Conner couldn’t run the number. Leo ran 8.937 at 143.87mph on the 8.86. Conner’s 8.738 at 154.23mph on a 8.51.

Rick Newport had a .007 light to beat Cody Cumpton (with a .111) with a 8.010 at 150.03mph on the 7.90. Cody ran 9.522 at 139.03mph on the 9.49.

Larry Mota won by a redlight by Don Caesar (-.008). Larry slowed to a 9.092 at 126.01mph on his 8.99. Don just coasted through.

Kahea Woods took out Dave Wheeler with a starting line advantage of .024 vs .087 and ran a 8.437 at 148.94mph on the 8.40 to Wheels 8.994 at 140.89mph on the 8.91.

Denny Alves had a little better light against Brian Jennings (.004 vs .019) and ran a 7.911 at 154.26mph on the 7.84. Brian ran a 9.068 at 140.85mph on the 9.00.

Quarterfinals:

Ron Alves overcame a starting line disadvantage of .079 to Leo Shaver’s .056 to win with a 8.450 at 145.95mph on the 8.38. Leo slowed more running 8.961 at 144.57mph on the 8.86.

Denny Alves took out Rick Newport with no advantage at the reaction (both had .027) running 7.903 at 168.62 on the 7.86. Rick ran 7.956 at 164.49mph on the 7.91.

Larry Mota had to take on another teammate in Kahea Woods and beat him with an advantage of .018 vs .047 and Kahea slowed running a 8.521 at 148.64 on the 8.41. Larry ran a 9.069 at just 128.82mph at the 8.99.

Semifinals:

Denny Alves used a .006 reaction time to Larry Mota’s .034 to help put him in the final against his father Ron Alves. Denny ran a 7.951 at 152.12mph on a 7.90 to Larry’s 9.020 at 146.50mph on his 8.97.

Ron Alves used the bye run to get it dial in (8.11) and ran a 8.124 at 163.24mph.

Ron Alves (near lane) beats his son Denny Alves with a .015 package.

Finals:

Ron Alves didn’t take it easy and ended up beating his son Denny in the final. He had a .009 and ran 8.116 at 159.04mph on the 8.11 for a .015 package. Denny had a .039 light and ran a 7.865 at 168.18mph breakout on the 7.90.

Ron said “We decided before the race to split the money so we were just racing for the “Wally”. So no pressure, just for fun!” It was a popular win since Ron has struggled lately getting his bike to run.

Ron Alves winner race #5

Here are the current points standing in the NHRA D7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, click here.

The next race is in October in Chandler, AZ at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

The video of the races are available on Dragracer.TV on YouTube.

A big thank you to all the racers and crews that made it to wine country in California. Sonoma Raceway and their workers from Kyle and Victoria Seipel to everyone on the crew. Thanks as always, to Mike Rice and all the NHRA crew for doing a great job as usual. Bob Johnson Photography for some great photos. Those are available at: https://bobjohnson.zenfolio.com/p748363156

Also to DragRaceCentral for the round by round recaps. www.dragracecentral.com

The next race is in October in Chandler, AZ at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Denny Alves joins his father in the winners circle.