AA/FA - FUNNY CAR & TOP FUEL FINALS - WINNERS CIRCLE
PLUS:
2022 CHRR HONOREES

 

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AA/FA CHAMPION

 

Multi talentedJohnny West decided to come out to play in the "Plan A" in the popular AA/FA class and did what he's used to doing, winning. West and steady campaigner Tom Padilla in his Red Dragon. West left first by a bunch (0.166 to a 0.282) and never looked back. His 6.064 at 217 was more than enough to best Padilla's 6.705 at 150.08. It was West's first win in the class: old guys rule.

 


 

 

 

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FUNNY CAR CHAMPION

 

The funny car final was a dandy. Not a favorite in sight. Two first time finalists at a major meet. Billy Morris and Tony Jurado clawed their way through a tough 16 car field to meet in the final.

On paper it was a slight tip to Morris and it played out that way. He left first (0.108 to a 0.153) then covered the quarter mile in 5.589 at 251.29 for his first win. Jurado ran a game 5.662 at 262.18.

Congrats to both for a great show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FUNNY CAR CHAMPION SEASON CHAMPION

 

 

Sharing the funny car winners circle was the team of Austin & O'Brien and their franchise driver, Bobby Cottrell. They lost the battle here but did win the war. For an unprecedented fifth time the team wins the Heritage Series Funny Car Championship.

 

 

 

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TOP FUEL CHAMPION

 

Those who stayed for the nitro finals got their monies worth. After a close FC final the top fuel final was even better. The two biggest dogs on the property landed where they belonged, in opposite lanes for CHRR gold.

One or the other, mostly Hilton, had the top numbers every session/round. We had a new car debut and a tuner returning to the drivers seat after a six year hiatus. A little controversy, a lot of excitement. Early hemi or late model hemi? Either would be a popular win.

The hype was over, time to race. Kaiser got the jump (0.069 to a 0.118) leaving Hilton to play a little catch-up.


 

 

Catch him he did, Hilton took the win with a 5.645 at 238.22 to Kaiser who was right there with a 5.704 at 251.95. Factor in the RTs and Hilton's MOV: 0.0100 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

 

 

 

 

Father Bob is no stranger to top fuel or the drivers seat. He drove the "Great Expectations II" RED for his in-laws, Jim and Alison Lee. Handing him a hemi was no far stretch.

Son Tyler, has proven to be an accomplished shoe in his own right and deserves a medal for sitting behind a BBC test bed for the last five years. Fires, oil downs and parts tossing is hopefully behind this dynamic duo as they look forward to the 2023 Heritage season.

 

On to the Winners Circle where the team accepted a dualie - 2022 Heritage Series Top Fuel Champion and CHRR winner. Rewards for a long, devoted season.

 

 

 

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We simply cannot cover every other class but I can honor the winners, hope its enough.

 

OTHER CLASS WINNERS

 

Once again an A/Fuel final featured Kin Bates Sr. this time matched with Wayne Ramay who got a big jump at the gate (0.117 to a 0.234). This could have been Bates being cautious.


At the other end it was all Bates with a stunning 6.085 at 233.48! The fives are so close. Ramay clicked it to a 7.154 at 183.42.

 

 

The win was another double for team Bates, 2022 Heritage Series A-Fuel Champion and CHRR winner. What a roll.

 

 

 

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Call him "Double-Up Dustin" Lee who scored the event win capped with the 2022 Heritage Jr. Fuel Championship.

 

 

 

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I love this class, the 7.0 PRO winner was Joacim Ljungberg who survived the 32 car show beating Danny Schrokosch in the final with a 7.158 at 133.13 to a 7.146 at 168.03 on the 7.0PRO Index: 7.00. Obviously it was done on the tree.

 

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The AA-GAS crown went to Mike O'Connor who got the best of Scott White with a 6.730 at 196.90 to a 6.766 at 209.92.

 

 

 

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Dale Taros waded through 5 rounds of racing to capture the NE-1 trophy. He got past Dan Martin with a 7.612 at 166.48 to a losing 7.645 at 178.73. (NE1 Index: 7.60)

 

 

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The NE-2 title went to Wes Anderson who defeated Sam Tucker in a close one with a 8.627 at 154.10 to a losing 8.605 at153.44. (NE2 Index: 8.60).

 

 

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NE-3 was captured by Cameron Webb who defeated Rich Harrison with a 9.571 at 131.99 to a 9.557 at 139.78, another incredibly close race in a class that demands them. (NE3 Index: 9.60).

 

 

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The wild and wacky Pro Mod title went to Justin Wake who got the better of a red lighting Bret Williamson carding a 5.779 at 250.64.

 

 

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The A/GAS class saw another double champ. Mike Mossi topped a 32 car field to capture another CHRR win and more so, the 2022 Heritage Series A-Gas Championship. In the final he got the best of Ray Padgett with a 7.602 at 178.73 to a breakout 7.564 at 176.33.(AG Index: 7.60).

 

 

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B-GAS went to Mike Rabener (another 32 car show) with a win over Randy Armstrong. A 8.600 at 153.56 to a losing 8.582 at 157.06 got the job done. (BG Index: 8.60)

 

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Lee Roberts Jr. went home another double double. His CHRR C-GAS win capped a 2022 Heritage Series C/Gas Championship. His meet win was over Tom Christian running a 9.593 at 135.17 to beat a -0.125 red light.

 

 

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The D-GAS trophy was taken home by Steve Barta who got the best of a red lighting Beau Dyson. His 10.542 at 125.26 was the number.

 

 

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Finally the Hot Rod gold went to Jerry Brabander who survive 6 rounds of racing to defeat a red lighting Hurschel Ward in the final;

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

 

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AMID ALL THE NITRO THERE WAS ONE ASPECT OF THE "REVIVAL" PART LEFT,

2022 CHRR HONOREES Presented at the Double Tree Hotel
on Friday at 7:73.

 

GRAND MARSHALL - LARRY TORES

 

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Bob Beck was the host for the event.

 

Beck introduced David Kennedy, the new Director of the NHRA Motorsports Museum.

 

 

 

The first Honoree was David Leighton who was practically born into drag racing. His father “Gus” Leighton raced the Dragmaster B that finished in the Hot Rod magazine drag racing Top Ten in 1960. His mother Roberta was the first woman licensed by NHRA and won the J/Stock class at the 1962 U.S. Nationals. David started helping his mom with her race car at the age of seven. His aunt Phyllis was married to long-time NHRA official Bernie Partridge. A long-time member of the Dust Devils of Ridgecrest, David helped run the longest continuously operating drags strip at Inyokern until it was closed in 2005. He has raced successfully in the Comp, Super Comp and ET categories as well as serving as an NHRA track official.

 

 

 

 

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We apologize for the lack of photos of Inductee Roger Lamb of Lamb Components who since 1971 has been manufacturing top quality front suspension components and brake systems. It was Lamb who revolutionized Pro Stock racing when he installed the first Mac Pherson strut front suspension in the 1974 Grumpy’s Toy XI. He created carbon disc brakes in 1987 and his equipment is today used extensively in Pro Stock, Pro Mod and Comp racing. Since 1971 Roger Lamb of Lamb Components has been manufacturing top quality front suspension components and brake systems.

 

 

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Once Richard Schute announced his retirement at the beginning of 2022, the year turned into a cornucopia of well deserved awards including CHRR Honoree.

For more than 50 years Shute recorded the history of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet. A long time Southern Californian first shot drag racing with a simple 126 Instamatic and the hook was set. When he retired from shooting himself, he was using a state-of-the-art Nikon and his Auto Imagery studio had amassed a tremendous archive. Throughout the 1970s CJ Hart hired Rick to be the official Orange County International Raceway photographer. Together with Dave Kommel Auto Imagery shot all the National events and their photos appeared in Popular Hot Rodding, Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, Car Craft and Hot Rod. Through Leslie Lovett, National Dragster’s first photo editor, and Wally Parks, Rick was able to shoot commercially as long as he served as the backup for the NHRA photo department. To this day National Dragster’s images are available to the public through Auto Imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Rod reunion Grand Marshal: Larry Tores was a long-time successful racer in Super Stock and Comp Eliminator and was the Buick racing guru in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Finding a need in his own cars for dependable equipment, he came up with shaft mounted rocker arms which he has manufactured at his T & D Machine Products since founding the business in 1975 in his home garage. T & D rockers are used in all forms of competition from drag racing to NASCAR.

 

 

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On a night that was awkward at best, they forgot my buddy Settles. With the closing at hand, someone noted, you forgot sombody. Not one to be forgotten was one of those legendary Texas fuel racers, Dave Settles has been a driver in both Top Fuel and Funny Car as well as a crew chief and engineer for some of the biggest names in the sport. Driving for Candies and Hughes he won Top Fuel at the ’74 Gator Nationals and was runner-up to Don Garlits at the Super Nationals. He finished #2 in points that year behind champion Gary Beck and was the Division 4 Top Fuel champion. He drove for other Texans including the Carroll Brothers and Raymond Beadle. He was later a tuner for Connie Kalitta and Cruz Pedregon and is a member of the Arizona Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

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Your hero and mine, TV Tom in a room that only mimicks those of the past. No SRO, no full tables, even. Sad comes to mind.

 

 

 

 

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Moving on to the bar....

 

Adam Sorokin, Trevor Larkin and ????

 

Mike English, Bill Holland, Don Ewald, Simon Menzes, Donny Couch and Dave Settles. Only about 500 years of stories.

 

Champion Speed Shop gang including Ron Hampshire, Donnie Couch, Bob McLennan, and the Sorokins.

 

Simon Menzies, Henry Walther and Dave Settles.

 

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Yes, there was a last minute mini cackle in front of the Double Tree lobby. The croud used to be 15 deep. Front row now a given. Thanks to the Ewell, Bell & Stucker car and Sam Chastain in his "Iron Horse" for volunteering to do the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEXT: AA/FA and Other Cars

 

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PAGE LINKS

1: FC & TF Qualifying Session 1

2: FC & TF Qualifying Session 2

3: FC & TF Qualifying Session 3

4: FC & TF Round 1 Eliminations

5: FC Rounds 2&3 - TF Round 2

6: AA/FA, FC & TF Finals - Winners Circle All - 2022 CHRR Honoree Event

7: AA/FA Best Of plus Other Cars

 

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Nostalgia Race Coverage like this and more importantly the drag racing history on WDIFL will cease sooner than later if racers and fans don't start supporting WDFIL again. Thanks, Don

 

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