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Qualifying was filled with stellar performances and excitement but today is game day as racers battle it out under the Florida sunshine at the Tenth annual US Street Nationals.
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Petey pulls the 7.50 Index class racers around the corner this morning. That’s John Wilson in the Camaro, he is a multi time class winner here at Bradenton.
Final Qualifying Results
It was a big block Chevy-powered Fox Mustang with Kevin Neil making it past Scott Husted in round 1 of eliminations. Husted had to abort the run, handing Neil the win.
Rob Briscoe made a full pass in round 1 of Outlaw 632, but that’s because Alexander Padilla was in the other lane. Briscoe got the win with 4.48 at 153 mph over Padilla’s 4.68, also at 153 mph.
Keith Berry made it past Kevin Neil in round 2. Looks like Neil had the holeshot, but Berry came around for the win.
Don Lamana gets past Mike Cantu in round 2 of X275.
Patrick Clenney gets past Jamie Stanton in round 2 of X275 with a 4.68 at 154 mph to a 4.72 at 153 mph for Stanton.
Mike Freeman takes the 2nd round win over Don Cruz’s Grand National. Freeman ran a 4.71 to Cruz’s off-pace 5.28.
Dillon Voss met up against Rob Briscoe in an Outlaw 632 heavy-hitter match-up. Briscoe had just run a 4.48 the previous round, so it shaped up to be a barn-burner. Unfortunately for Briscoe, he had troubles at the start, and the race was over pretty quick, with Voss taking the win.
Jimmy Keen makes it past round 2 with a 3.91. Keen had engine issues yesterday with a broken rocker and lifter, but the team looks to have that issue fixed.
Will Stevenson is running well this weekend recording a 4.19 in qualifying. He did his job on the tree vs. Rick Thornton but didn’t have enough to stay in front of his opponents 4.12. Thornton is doing well in the first weekend with radials.
Agostino is also new to radials and loving it so far, his 4.10 is low of round two.
Steve Adams turned the red bulb on against James Horvath in OL632 round two. He is another racer on the MT 275 Pro Tire and doing well running 4.70’s.
Troy Blake put up a 4.52 at 159 for his round win over Al Dito,
Ken Cruz broke the rear on the hit against Johnny Pilcher in Outlaw Pro Mod. Pilcher went on to a 4.05 at 179.
Kevin Rivenbark went low of the round on Outlaw Pro Mod, running a 3.870 at 193. He was paired with the 2014 OPM Champion Frank Cersosimo who shut off before staging with issues.
Like his dad is in Outlaw 632, Troy Pirez, Jr is headed to the final of Ultra Street to race Mike Fratena. Pirez will have his work cut out for him since Fratena ran a 5.01 in the semis to get past Eugene Rodriquez.
In X275, who would’ve thought we would have Mike Freeman against Patrick Clenney. The two scraped and clawed their way to the final against more-favored foes. Freeman and Clenney both worked hard on their set-ups, and everything came together in the semi-finals for both racer. Freeman defeated Don Lamana, and Clenney took out number 1 qualifier Jared Johnston.
Keith Berry relied on a quicker reaction time than Rick Thornton to get him into the final. Berry ran a 4.07 compared to Thornton’s 4.04. In the other semi-final match-up, David Demarco squeaked by Nick Agostino to earn his spot in the final. So it’s Demarco vs Wooooo Nation in the final of Pro Drag Radial.
It’s going to be Camaro on Camaro, Troy on Troy for the final of Outlaw 632. Difference is Troy Pirez brings an ’88 Camaro running a set of the new 28×10.5 pro Bracket Radials, while Troy Blake pilots a ’69 Camaro. Pirez had an outstanding .416 light against Dillon Voss to take out the number 1 qualifier, while Blake had to overcome getting tree’d by James Horvath to get the round win.
If anything stands out from the US Nationals, it’s that the most consistent racers won their class. In a class like Outlaw Pro Mod, where there are so many variables, you’d think racers would be all over the place. However, Kevin Rivenbark proves you can have a consistently fast hot rod. Rivenbark ran 3.80s in the 2nd, 4rd, and final round to get the win. Jimmy Keen was Rivenbark’s competition for the final, but a 3.96 wasn’t enough for the hometown Keen. “It was a pretty good pass, the first time it didn’t shake through the middle on a run today. Thanks to Earl Wells and Galot Motorsports, Todd Tutterow and all my crew and those who helped this weekend.” – Kevin Rivenbark
Always one of the top guys in Pro Mod competition, Todd Tutterow ran the table in Xtreme Pro Mod. He qualified in the top spot and ran a 3.60 at 207 mph to get the win over Adam Flamholc in the final. Flamholc had engine troubles during the weekend, but was still able to keep competing. Just after the launch in the final, Flamholc took a hard left, and he had to abort the run.
In Outlaw 632, Troy Pirez was trying to make it a double win for the Pirez family against Troy Blake’s ’69 Camaro. Pirez was out first with a .456 light, but shortly after the launch Pirez ran into mechanical maladies breaking an input shaft and handing the win to Blake, who ran a 4.50 at 159 mph. Blake’s Camaro was on a string of 4.50s all day on Sunday, and it was enough for the win. “We struggled in qualifying and had some help from Hank Hill getting the suspension set up this morning. Also I would like to thank Jimmy V and my family for supporting me out racing.” – Troy Blake.
It was bound to happen. It seemed like David Demarco and Keith Berry would meet in the final, and as it turned out, that’s exactly what happened. Both Demarco and Berry took care of their respective side of the ladder, setting up a turbo LS vs Roots-blown Hemi match-up. The race was even out of the gate, but Berry was able to power it to the finish with a 4.06 at 191 mph, to Demarco’s 4.12 184 mph. Demarco was at Bradenton the whole week prior to the event testing out his new combo, which shows great promise, but it was winner winner, chicken dinner for Wooooo! Nation.
First and foremost I want to thank the Lord for keeping us all save my family and my sponsors and my crew. Crew chief Ryan Rakestraw, Proline, Fuel Tech and Joey Bell for keeping the car prepared. We wanted to show we aren’t a fluke, it’s gonna be a long season for everybody else” – Keith Berry
In a battle that maybe no one saw coming in X275, Patrick Clenney and Mike Freeman squared off in the final round. Clenney was out first with a .450 light, compared to Freeman’s .478, and the big block machine of Clenney took over from there. Freeman ran a 4.73 again, like he did in his 1st round bye, and he ran 4.70s like his car was on cruise control, but once Clenney figured out what his car liked, he was consistently in the 4.60s every round. On this day, Clenney’s 4.66 took the win.
In Ultra Street, Troy Pirez, Jr had his problems this weekend, but he kept working on the car to make the next round. His 5.08 at 139 mph was the first time he was in the 5.0s on Sunday, and it was good enough to get past Mike Fratena’s turbocharged Camaro in the final. However, it was only because of Pirez’s holeshot .459 light because Fratena ran a 5.03, to a winning 5.08.
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