Chandler, AZ – The 2019 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Summit ET Racing series kicked-off in style this past weekend. More than 180 drivers competed in five categories over the two-day bracket racing event, highlighted by Dave Johnston’s impressive double-up in the highly competitive Super Pro division. The Cave Creek, AZ Super Pro driver parlayed ten consecutive round wins to capture races one and two of Team Wild Horse Pass’s 2019 Summit ET Racing Series 2019 season and take an early point lead.
Johnston’s 1996 light blue Chevrolet Beretta was simply put; unstoppable at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. He opened up the weekend’s racing festivities by defeating John Dexter from Surprise, AZ in his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. Johnston left the starting line with an impressive 0.003 reaction time, and drove the top end to near perfection, running an 8.324-second elapsed time on his 8.32-second dial-in to Dexter’s 10.547 ET effort. In race number two on Sunday, Johnston continued his dominance by defeating young Bobby Marcheski driving his 01’ Racetech rear-engine dragster from Mesa, AZ by running dead-on his 8.330-second dial-in.
In the Summit ET Racing Series Pro division, 81 of Arizona’s finest non-electronics bracket racers paired up in the opening stanza during Saturday’s race. At the end of the day, a final-round pairing of Robert Glass from Litchfield Park, AZ and Ray Bondy from Phoenix, AZ met to decide the first events Pro winner. Both drivers left the starting line separated by a mere 0.002-seconds, with Glass driving his red 68’ Camaro chasing down his competitor to take home the hardware. Sunday’s event saw Phoenix’s Tibor Kadar defeat Peoria’s Seth Polvadore to capture the second race Pro title.
The Summit ET Racing Series Sportsman division gives racers with street-legal cars to compete against strip-only competitors without the assistance of electronic delay boxes. Saturday’s race witnessed an all Mesa, AZ battle, with Jeff Ford behind the wheel of his 70’ Challenger versus Jason Kintzel driving his 98’ Trans Am. Ford took home the trophy besting Kintzel’s 14.479 ET with a solid 12.144 ET of his own. Ford had an opportunity to take home a double-up of his own, reaching the final stanza against Glendale’s Brandon Gant and his familiar flat black 73’ Dart. Unfortunately for Ford, Gant’s 12.342 ET and 0.023 reaction time spoiled Ford’s weekend sweep effort.
The Motorcycle division is a split-tree bracket race, with riders who prefer a full tree racing side-by-side against pro tree competitors. On Saturday, Marty Layton with his 01’ Suzuki Bandit battled Alan Layton 01’ Valkyrie. The two Mesa-based drivers navigated the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park quarter-mile quickly, with Marty’s 11.695 chasing down Alan’s game 12.087 effort. Sunday’s motorcycle final Eric Jaquith raced Matt Bluett, with Jaquith’s 06’ Hayabusa taking home the trophy.
The final category in the Summit ET Racing Series is one of the most exciting. The Jr Street division provides children ages 14 to 17 without a driver’s license and opportunity to race side-by-side with a parent occupant. The Jr Street category competes on the same racing surface, with its finish line set at 660-feet. Saturday’s event saw Rebecca Bopp hold off Tripp Breitkreitz in the final round, while Ryan Edwards defeated Breitkreitz to take home Sunday’s Jr Street victory.
Team Wild Horse’s Victory Griffey will be compiling points for the first two Summit ET series events of 2019. The next Team Wild Horse Summit ET bracket racing event(s) are scheduled for February 9th and 10th. For more information about the Summit ET Racing Series, and Team Wild Horse, please visit Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park website at http://www.racewildhorse.net.