NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series | Division 7 – Race 6 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Series

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Pacific Division 7
Sonoma Raceway
October 18-20, 2019

by Kirk Walton / Photos by Bob Johnson Photography

Race 6 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Race #6 of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was October 11-13, 2019 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. The champion was crowned with the win by Kahea Woods. He seals the championship with the win with one race (race 7 in Las Vegas in November) to go.





After Friday’s qualifying, it was Tom Misfeldt, Auburn, WA, leading the reaction time based qualifying with a .013. Two other riders also had the same reaction time but later. Ron Alves, Colusa, CA and Marlee Patterson, Tuscon, AZ rounding out the top three. Here’s the rest of Friday’s qualifiers:

  1.  6777 Tom Misfeldt, Auburn WA, ’07 Hayabusa 0.013
  2. 74 Ron Alves, Colusa CA, ’80 Kawasaki 0.013
  3. 7130 Marlene Patterson, Tucson AZ, ’81 Kawasaki 0.013
  4. 71 Larry mota
  5. ,, Orem UT, ’15 Kawasaki ZX14R 0.022
  6. 330 Anthony Vanetti, Elk Grove CA, ’00 Suzuki GS 0.026
  7. 72 Rick Newport, Bluffdale UT, ’95 Suzuki Gsxr 0.028
  8. 7530 Kahea Woods, Las Vegas NV, ’95 Suzuki GSXR 0.032
  9. 604 Al Omond, Abbotsford BC, ’07 Kawasaki ZRX 0.056
  10. 7666 Patty Bluett, Chandler AZ, ’01 Buell X1 0.078
  11. 755 John Coburn, Mesa AZ, ’96 Buell S1 0.081
  12. 61 Miles Hauer, Camano Island WA, ’08 Suzuki RF 0.105
  13. 753 Reggie Mackay, Lemon Grove CA, ’95 Buell 0.114
  14. 715 Tom Patterson, Tucson AZ, ’00 Kawasaki ZX 0.189

Saturday’s qualifying saw Kahea Woods jump to the #1 spot with the James Bond .007 reaction time. Ron Alves and Marlee Patterson stayed in second and third but improving with a pair of .009 reaction times. The final qualifying order:

  1. 7530 Kahea Woods, Las Vegas NV, ’95 Suzuki Gsxr 0.007
  2. 74 Ron Alves, Colusa CA, ’80 Kawasaki 0.009
  3. 7130 Marlene Patterson, Tucson AZ, ’81 Kawasaki 0.009
  4. 6777 Tom Misfeldt, Auburn WA, ’07 Hayabusa 0.013
  5. 61 Miles Hauer, Camano Island WA, ’08 Suzuki RF 0.015
  6. 7666 Patty Bluett, Chandler AZ, ’01 Buell X1 0.015
  7. 71 Larry Mota, Orem UT, ’15 Kawasaki Zx14 0.017
  8. 330 Anthony Vanetti, Elk Grove CA, ’00 Suzuki GS 0.025
  9. 72 Rick Newport, Bluffdale UT, ’95 Suzuki Gsxr 0.028
  10. 715 Tom Patterson, Tucson AZ, ’00 Kawasaki ZX 0.041
  11. 604 Al Omond, Abbotsford BC, ’07 Kawasaki ZRX 0.056
  12. 755 John Coburn, Mesa AZ, ’96 Buell S1 0.069
  13. 753 Reggie Mackay, Lemon Grove CA, ’95 Buell 0.114
  14. 7969 Matt Bluett, Chandler AZ, ’00 Buell 0.122

Kahea Woods took the #1 qualifier with a .007.

Sunday’s Eliminations

Round 1:

Kahea Woods took on Elk Grove, CA resident, Anthony Vanetti. Woods had the jump at the reaction time (.077 vs .142) as Vanetti ran 7.976 at 157.01mph on his 7.91 dial. Woods let off at the end running a 8.563 at 141.59mph on the 8.45 dial in time.

Reggie Makay, Lemon Grove, CA caught a huge break in the battle of the Buell’s when hometrack racer Patty Bluett cut a trip zip .000 against his .165 but slowed to a 11.244 at 109.19mph on her 10.86 dial. Mackay ran a 10.22 at 130.20mph on the 10.10 dial.

Marlee Patterson got the competition bye run when her Dad, Tom Patterson was a no show. She ran it out anyway with a 10.286 at 124.89 on the 10.23.

Miles Hauer, Camano Island, WA, coasted to the win (9.038 at 129.12mph on the 8.93) when John Coburn, Mesa, AZ, had a slow reaction time and slowed to a 11.742 at 109.66mph on the 11.51 dial in time.

Rick Newport, Bluffdale, UT took out Ron Alves, Colusa, CA with a slight reaction time advantage of .005 vs .016. Newport ran 8.048 at 159.40mph (8.01) to Alves 8.125 at 166.01mph (8.08) for the .0180 margin of victory.

Larry Mota, Orem, UT had a good light of .009 to hometown racer Matt Bluett’s .032 and forced Bluett to break out with a 10.198 at 127.22 on the 10.20. Mota ran 9.126 at 138.83mph on the 9.10 dial.

Al Omond, Abbotsford, British Columbia, ended up winning over fellow D6 competitor Tom Misfeldt, when Misfeldt redlighted by -.034. Omond ran it out to a 9.365 at 137.50mph on the 9.35, Misfeld ran 8.771 at 155.06mph on the 8.70 dial in time.

 

Quarterfinals:

Rick Newport had the best reaction time of the round with a nice .001 vs Miles Hauer’s .080 and ran a 8.141 at 151.32mph on the 8.03 to Hauer running 9.014 at 141.45mph on the 8.96.

Larry Mota and Al Omond might have the closest race of the event. .0004 was the margin of victory. Mota with his .050 light to Omond’s .039. Mota ran 9.146 at 141.50mph on the 9.11 to Omond running 9.417 at 136.52mph on the 9.37.

Marlee Patterson got past Reggie Mackay when Mackay slowed to a 10.353 at 130.83mph on his 10.10 to Patterson’s 10.377 at 123.09 on the 10.26 dial.

Kahea Woods had the bye run and ran .049 at 8.552 at 151.05mph on his 8.49 dial in time.

Marlee Patterson (far lane) had a great weekend getting to the semis here against Woods.

Semifinals:

With three of the four left from Newport/Woods/Mota-sports, two were going to have to race each other. Rick Newport and Larry Mota faced off in one semifinal. Mota had the reaction time advantage of .031 vs Newport’s .068 to force a breakout. Mota ran 9.137 at 142.57mph on the 9.10 and Newport ran 8.087 at 159.42 on the 8.10.

Kahea Woods defeated Marlee Patterson in the other semi. Patterson got the slight advantage with a nice .009 vs Woods’ .017 but
couldn’t run her number (10.31), running 10.393 at 125.06mph. Woods ran a 8.584 at 140.37 on the 8.55 dial in time.

Mota and Woods in the final

Final:

Kahea Woods got the jump on teammate Larry Mota with a .012 light to a .049, and ran 8.572 at 144.58mph on the 8.55 dial. Mota broke out by just -.007 with a 9.113 at 145.70mph on the 9.12.

Congratulations to Kahea on the win and the 2019 championship! There is still a fight for points heading into the final race (#7)
at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway November 7-10th. CLICK HERE to view points standings after six races.

Thanks to Bob Johnson Photography for all the photos and see all of them here: https://bobjohnson.zenfolio.com/p58060610

The finale in Las Vegas is always a fun race and usually the biggest one of the year. Hopefully, you all can make it!

– Kirk Walton
NHRA #76

Newport/Woods/Mota-sports winners circle