July 22-24, 2016
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While we at SpeedZone understand the thought process for having 1/8th mile in the class (shorter tracks or bad surfaces), there really is no reason to have it at tracks like Mission Raceway. It is long is it smooth and in talking to most racers runnin ght e class, not one was excited about going 1/8th mile racing. for heads up small tires classes maybe, but if this is something that is only done at select races and a couple times a year, I think at tracks where it is not necessary don't do it. All that being said Questin hambers was a machine all weekend going to the semi finals Saturday and finishing the deal Sunday. His car ranged no less that .03 all weekend and was actually within .01 for 90% of his runs. In the Sunday race, he went .001 on two occasions including the semis and final rounds. James Bast has a good consistent car on the weekend, but when you are .05 back on the tree there is little hope.
Open Comp has been a class Kevin McNicol has done real well at since its inception over a decade ago. He ran well in Super Pro as well on Sunday. In the finalhhe ran one of his best buddies Doug Ludwig. Niether had lights worthy of conversion but they were close, so it would be a good race to the stripe. McNicol did a better job and took home the Wally.
In Combo, Ryan Warter had the chance to double up as he was in the Pro final as well. He did not get it done there, broke out by a bunch) but he got it done in this class against Brian Seacburg, driving one in of the slowest Stock classes, U/SA.
Al Hampton hasn't raced too much in the last couple years, but this weekend he was on his game overall (he also won the S. Comp shootout at Woodburn last weekend). He didn't win this race against #2 in the world Mike Shannon, but he won Super Comp Saturday. A win and a runner-up is a pretty good weekend. In the bright sun in the early evening it slowed his RT while Shannon was pretty much on. Hapton was much closer to the 8.90 index, only .002 off but the .04 deficiency on the starting line was too much to overcome.
Chris Cannon is Mike Shannons US teammate and he took the win in Super Gas,
Gary Gandee and Don 'the worm' Elgin.
((sorry the results weren't on the finals sheet, but I think Gandee got the win.