Drag Racing in Paradise
By Sarah Gee
Photos by Mike Thompson
John Hultquist had a good race: runner up in Bracket Two on Friday
and a win in 12.90's on Saturday. Photo by Mike Thompson
Puunene, Maui - Maui Raceway Park's 3rd event of the season was a long
one. Plagued both nights with oil downs and more, racers ran into the wee
hours of the night. But a lot of exciting races were had and it was a
great event both with large spectator and racer turn out. Friday Night was
Bracket Night also with Import and Motorcycle Classes. Kauai's Tony King
came up winner in Bracket One (10.99 and faster) against Kihei's own Neal
Van Slyke. In Bracket Two (11.00-13.59) Pukalani's Jay Nakamura beat
Kihei's John Hultquist.
Ricky Kamatani brought the six-second "Mountain Man" out for testing.
Photo by Mike Thompson
Board of Director Freddy Valdez out of Makawao, took time out from his
work Friday to come up with the win in the Bracket 3 (13.60 and slower)
finals against Makawao's Chris Sierra. Kahului's Jeremy Pascual won in
Imports over Matt Higa also out of Kahului. And Les (Crack Jr) Fevella out
of Kihei came up on top in the Motorcycle Class shutting out Darryl Murphy
also out of Kihei. Pukalani's Neil Dixon was the Lucky Winner of the
Dinner for two from Cheese Burgers- Mai Tai's - & Rock n Roll in
Saturday, a late afternoon downpour threatened the races but soon
cleared up and they were able to get the track dried off and races under
way. The crowd got to see a local favorite run - Upcountry's Ricky
Kamatani came out to test and tune "Mountain Man" his 6 second
Dragster getting ready for May's Fast Gas Program. Steve Kear was also
trying to license "Lethal Speed 2" his alcohol Funny car. He
made a few good runs and may soon be on his way to licensing the
Kris Shirota's pretty dragster took the 8.90 title on Saturday.
Photo by Mike Thompson
Saturday night was Pro Gas racing and Street Legal Bracket. VITA is
working hard to encourage the kids in off the streets and come race at the
track, and it must be working! 57 street cars lined up to compete down the
1/4 mile. Working his way through the pack and coming up on top once again
was Kihei's Robert Miskae taking the win over Kula's Irene Hultquist. In
12.90's Kihei's John Hultquist and Kahului's Thomas Hussey met with John
taking the win.
Another Board of Director came out to win; Kula's Bill Fernandez took
the win in 11.90's over Kahului's Eric Saito. In 10.90's, Pukalani's
Scott Hirata came up on top over Wailuku's Roy Kato. Kahului's Kris
Shirota took the win in 8.90's over Makawao's Rusty Mederios. And winning
the Motorcycle Class was Lahaina's Wade Jacobsen over Kihei's Bruno Hoppe.
Winning the Snap On Tools Best Reaction time was Pukalani's Kathleen
Hoopai with an awesome .502 on a perfect .50 light.
Bill Fernandez took the 11.90 crown on Saturday. Photo by Mike Thompson
Maui Raceway Park's next week will be the largest event of the season,
their annual George "Flintstone" Andrade Memorial Day Drags -
May 24, 25 & 26th. A lot of awesome races, off island cars, spectator
giveaways, double race payouts, great food, souvenirs and more. Cost of
admission is $7.00/Adults, $6.00/ Students & Seniors and all kids
under 10 are Free. Pit Area admission is $2.00. For more information call
281-1273 or online at www.mrp.org.
Sarah Gee, Secretary VITA
Photos: Mike Thompson