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Pacific Division 7

by Kirk Walton / Photos by Bob Johnson Photography

Pacific Division 7 Season Finals

The NHRA Summit ET finals for the Pacific division 7 were held at Sacramento Raceway from September 30th to October 3rd, 2021. The numbers were down across all the classes but they didn’t mean we didn’t have some great racing and a great time!





First of all, thanks to the staff at Sacramento Raceway for being such great hosts. Also thanks to the NHRA D7 crew for all their hard work as well. It was a warm weekend with the high’s in the low 90’s most of the time. No rain or big windstorms though.

Thursday, September 30th started off with the test ‘n tune in the morning and early afternoon. The gambler’s race was started in the afternoon. I will have to apologize here for the lack of information. I didn’t get the results sheets from the tower each day because I was going to get the results off Dragracecentral.com like I usually do. However, they just had the Saturday team race done in it’s entirety so the rest I just have the final rounds from the Sacramento website. Sorry about that!

Hometown rider and track employee, Michael O’Neil won the Gambler’s race on his ’00 Suzuki Hayabusa dragbike over Aundrea Wilcox on her “06 Suzuki GSX-R 1000. Aundrea ran right on her number (9.454@143.70mph) but was just a bit slower in reaction time (.089 vs .018). Michael ran a 8.469 at 144.55mph on his 8.43 dial to take the win.

First race Gambler winner Michael O'Neil
First race Gambler winner Michael O’Neil. Photo credit Michael O’Neil

Friday was “Run for the Money” race. Those that entered in the lanes for the 2nd time trial would put a dial-in on the bike (no sleds this weekend!) and the top 16 closest to their dial would run off in the 1/8th mile later in the day. It was an all-local final when Don Caesar, Citrus Heights, CA defeated Ed Bradell, Rio Linda, CA. Ed red-lighted by just -.010 to give Don on his ’07 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 the victory. Both ran it out with Caesar running a 5.841@120.96mph on a 5.82 dial and Bradell a 5.891@121.09mph on his ’05 Kawasaki ZX-10R with the 5.86 dial.

The “Race of Champions” was a little different in that only the top riders from each track would race. In years past, it was the top 5 from each racetrack. In the final, it was a double breakout win for Clayton Howey (Hanford, CA) over Dj Miclette (Garberville, CA). Clayton dialed his ’06 Kawasaki ZX-14 in at 8.60 and had a .031 reaction then ran it out to an 8.542 at 158.78mph. Dj was just a bit slower on the reaction time with a .052 and ran a 9.730@130.80mph on his 9.83 dial-in time.

Clayton Howey (far lane) was the winner of the "Race of Champions" over Dj Miclette. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography
Clayton Howey (far lane) was the winner of the “Race of Champions” over Dj Miclette. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography

Saturday was the “Team” race and the winner gets the trip to Las Vegas to represent D7 in the Summit ET national finals. We had 32 bikes this year, down from our usual but still a six-round race.

Round 1

  • Edward Bradell def. Charley Blunt .027 9.174@144.47mph (Dial 9.09) to a .085 9.497 (9.45) 152.57mph
  • Michael O’Neil .041 8.577@134.7mph (8.44) def. Bill Combest .143 10.502@132.05mph (10.45)
  • Aundrea Wilcox .028 9.477@143.46mph (9.45) def. Rob Goode .255 9772@140.88mph (8.70)
  • Steven Puleo .020 12.671@106.24mph (12.30) def. Tommy Brown .057 10.303@140.85mph (9.19)
  • David Ochoa .064 9.109@136.76mph def. Gary Stoffer .050 9.177@138.84mph (9.09)
    Clay Pollitt .011 8.385@158.82mph (8.27) def. Terry Turner .077 8.779@142.09mph (8.78)
  • La Verk Harper .015 9.026@136.23mph (8.97) def. Ray Myers .134 8.376@161.92mph (8.36)
  • Paul Silvas .138 9.875@116.80 (9.30) def. Johnny Stringer 1.571 11.933@94.84mph (8.90)
  • Andrew Manning .030 8.969@149.90mph (8.96) def. Kenneth MacHost .057 9.080@146.42mph (9.08)
  • Dueane Miclette .038 9.832@125.62mph (9.70) def. Ladell Eutsey .068 9.618@144.80mph (9.30)
  • Brian Bognuda .074 7.876@161.65mph (7.86) def. Kirk Walton -.006 11.145@105.94mph (10.22)
  • Randy Ditgen .140 9.775@138.31mph (9.73) def. Bruce Lee .190 8.805@130.32mph (8.80)
  • Everett Everhart .113 8.971@142.00mph (8.94) def. Mathew Fredericks .150 9.112@139.27mph (9.08)
  • Anthony Vanetti .113 7.925@160.27mph (7.91) def. Clayton Howey .012 8.716@162.33mph (8.56)
  • Stephen Stone .197 10.017@140.05mph (10.03) def. Don Caesar No Time

Round 2

  • Andrew Manning .074 9.101@128.86mph (8.94) def. Rob Goode .170 12.704@90.66mph (8.67)
  • La Verk Harper .033 9.019@145.58mph (9.01) def. Edward Bradell .030 9.159@146.62mph (9.13)
  • Randy Ditgen .031 9.845@133.76mph (9.73) def. Dueane Miclette .070 9.900@135.35mph (9.82)
  • Brian Bognuda .038 8.029@143.43mph (7.85) def. Kenneth MacHost .093 9.407@138.61mph (9.13)
  • Mathew Fredericks .005 9.120@139.24mph (9.12) def. Don Caesar .013 9.096@142.13mph (9.11)
  • Anthony Vanetti .152 7.975@149.96mph (7.86) def. Aundrea Wilcox .099 10.652@134.32mph (9.45)
  • Michael O’Neil .046 8.680@135.89mph (8.43) def. Bill Combest .045 10.415@130.83mph (10.45)
  • Ray Myers .105 8.469@148.02mph (8.40) def. Ladell Eutsey .037 9.637@145.94mph (9.35)
  • Paul Silvas .070 9.491@128.70mph (9.45) def. Everett Everhart .124 9.037@145.86mph (8.97)
  • Clayton Howey .039 8.487@158.87mph (8.51) def. Stephen Stone -.050 9.934@135.01mph (10.03)
  • David Ochoa .016 9.127@137.47mph (9.05) def. Steven Puleo .030 12.415@106.48mph (12.30)
  • Clay Pollitt 0.006 8.261 163.10 (8.30) Bye

Round 3

  • Clay Pollitt .024 8.317@152.14mph (8.26) def. David Ochoa .029 9.156@148.79mph (9.07)
  • Anthony Vanetti .011 7.966@165.72mph (7.87) def. Randy Ditgen .153 9.769@135.80mph (9.83)
  • Andrew Manning .004 9.037@150.60mph (8.98) def. Michael O’Neil .014 8.501@151.09mph (8.42)
  • Clayton Howey .125 8.537@162.45mph (8.51) def. La Verk Harper .136 9.006@142.40mph (8.98)
  • Brian Bognuda .050 7.896@159.64mph (7.85) def. Ray Myers .063 8.439@161.23mph
  • Paul Silvas .013 9.475@142.51mph (9.45) def. Mathew Fredericks .029 9.146@137.75mph (9.12)

Quarterfinals

In the quarterfinals, Clay Pollitt defeated Paul Silvas when Silvas bogged it off the line. He had the starting line advantage (.008 vs. .033) and let off to cruise to the win with a 8.709 at 105.84 mph on the 8.26. Silvas got it going and ran 24.904@100.83 on the 9.45.

Clayton Howey won against Brian Bognuda when Bognuda went red by -.039. Howey ran it out to a 8.537 at 157.69mph on the 8.52 dial. Bognuda ran a 7.940 at 161.44mph on the 7.86.

Anthony Vanetti took a .045 to a .093 reaction time advantage for the win against Andrew Manning. Vanetti ran 8.035 at 150.36mph (7.95) to Manning’s 9.118@138.57mph (8.98)

Semi-finals
Clay Pollitt took his .003 reaction to beat Clayton Howey. Howey had a .040 light and ran a losing time of 8.557@158.33mph on the 8.52 dial. Pollitt ran a 8.305 at 154.12mph on the 8.26.

Anthony Vanetti had the bye run and ran it out to 7.998@166.15mph on the 7.93 dial-in time.

Finals
The final had a good start with Clay Pollitt getting the slight starting line advantage over Anthony Vanetti .010 to a .017. Vanetti couldn’t run his number of 8.00, running an 8.114 at 163.26mph to Pollitt’s 8.369@148.40mph on his 8.26. This is Clay’s first “Wally” and championship.

Clay added later, “First I’d like to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ. Next is my amazing crew chief and loving wife Jody Pollitt. Aaron Pine, Laverk Harper, Dave Miller, Ray Raines, Mike, and Bill Burkhart for the knowledge shared and mechanical support is given. My Best friend who always is sunny side up no matter what. Todd Ritter, I appreciate you more than you know.

Clay Pollitt defeats Anthony Vanetti in the team final to win a trip to Las Vegas in the Summit ET national finals. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography
Clay Pollitt defeats Anthony Vanetti in the team final to win a trip to Las Vegas in the Summit ET national finals. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography

Last but not least is my RFC family. Eddie and Kelly, Lane Harrison, and Lee Styer are my regular prayer warriors. Love you guys.”

Clay will represent the Pacific Division in the Summit ET national finals in Las Vegas.

Clay Pollitt with his first championship "Wally". Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography
Clay Pollitt with his first championship “Wally”. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography

Sunday’s Gambler
The last race of the weekend was another Gambler’s race on Sunday, October 3rd. Most everyone had either left or didn’t want to participate. There were only 5 entries. But Matt Fredericks had an interesting morning. He found out that his wheelie bars had been run over! Luckily, he had his wife’s bike in the trailer so he ran Dani’s streetbike. He ended up winning the race against Kirk Walton when he couldn’t run the number.

Sunday's Gambler winner, Matt Fredericks on his wife's borrowed bike. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography
Sunday’s Gambler winner, Matt Fredericks on his wife’s borrowed bike. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography

Walton had the advantage at the start, .020 vs a .067 but Fredericks ran a slowing 9.92@130.86mph on his 9.86 dial to a 10.619@140.56mph on Walton’s 10.47 dial.

Special Awards – Best Appearing Motorcycle
Congratulations go out to Dj Miclette for “Best Appearing Motorcycle.”

Best Appearing Motorcycle of Dj Miclette. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography
Best Appearing Motorcycle of Dj Miclette. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography

Special Awards – Best Appearing Crew
Congratulations go out to Anthony Vanetti for “Best Appearing Crew.”

Best Appearing Crew, Anthony Vanetti.
Sunday’s Gambler winner, Matt Fredericks on his wife’s borrowed bike. Photo credit, Bob Johnson Photography

Best Appearing Crew, Anthony Vanetti.

Again thanks to all involved for a great weekend of racing. Also thanks to DragRaceCentral.com and SacramentoRaceway.com for the results.

Check out the season photo galleries by Bob Johnson at  https://bobjohnson.zenfolio.com/

– Kirk Walton
NHRA #7151

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