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Flintstones in Paradise

By Sarah Gee
Photos by Mike Thompson

Ricky Kamitani's six-second Mountain Man digger. Photo by Mike Thompson
Ricky Kamitani's six-second Mountain Man digger won the Top Gun Shootout.
Photo by Mike Thompson

PUUNENE, MAUI ~ Valley Isle Timing Association's 6th Annual George "Flintstone" Andrade Memorial Drags was a huge success, once again breaking spectator attendance records. Racers came from outer islands to compete in this awesome event.

Maui Raceway Park kicked off the weekend with Imports, Motorcycles and Bracket 3 on Friday Night. With big cash pay outs and special NHRA coveted Wally Parks Trophies going to the winners, competition was tough. Winning the Wally in Bracket 3 (13.60 and slower) was John Martos out of Honolulu taking out John Hultquist from Kihei. Wally went home with Lon Tucker from Pukalani when he came up with the win in Imports against Pukalani's Nelson DeRego. And Bruno Hoppe got his first win ever and got to get a Wally to celebrate his win in the Bike Class against Rookie, JoJo Bento out of Kahana. Saturday night was a great night that had Racers competing in front of a full house. Spectators enjoyed dozens of giveaways from supporters like Alexander's Fish & Chips, OutBack Steakhouse, Snap On Tools, National Dragster Magazine, Cheeseburgers Mai Tai's and Rock n Roll Wailea, Hapa's Kihei and Haleakala ATV Tours. And a fun burnout contest sponsored by 1320 Performance.

The Friday Import Winner. Photo by Mike Thompson
The Friday Import Winner. Photo by Mike Thompson

Winners in Saturday's Pro Gas programs were: Michael Saito out of Kahului came up on top of 7.90's against Haiku's Bob Doucette. In 8.90's, Lei Takahashi from Kahului beat out Rusty Mederios from Makawao. Once gain in 9.90's Howard Martin went uncontested. Raymond Freitas out of Wailuku came out to win in 10.90's and pulled it off against Runner up Freddy Valdez from Makawao. Undefeated in 11.90's is still Bill Fernandez out of Kula, pulling off another win against Kahului's Eric Saito. And in 12.90's Kihei's John Hultquist came up winner against Pukalani's Thomas Hussey. And Dan Shaffer out of Lahaina won over JoJo Bento from Kahana getting his second Runner up trophy of the weekend. Outback Steakhouse came out Saturday night to do a benefit cookout for RAD -- Racers against Drugs -- an event we will be coordinating in October. Mahalo to Outback Steakhouse in Kihei for their support.

Bruno Hoppe took his first bike title ever on Friday night. Photo by Mike Thompson
Bruno Hoppe took his first bike title ever on Friday night. Photo by Mike Thompson

On Sunday, our big Top Gun Shootout sponsored by VITA, TMC Trucking, Container Home Supply, Hamai Appliance and Wayne's Carpet was what the crowd was waiting for. Going heads up for a $5000 1st place prize and that awesome Wally Trophy was Myles Togioka from Kauai driving M&S Marine, Ricky Kametani from Kula driving Mountain Man, and Steve Kear from Kihei driving Lethal Speed 2. Theses fast crowd pleasers were roaring down the track all weekend in preparation of this race. In round one, Steve Kear red lighted giving Ricky Kametani the automatic advance. And then in the finals, Ricky got the win once again but this time it was Myles that went through the lights on red giving the Top Gun Title for the 2nd year in a row to Ricky Kametani in Mountain Man.

Kris Shirota won Bracket 1 on Sunday. Photo by Mike Thompson
Kris Shirota won Bracket 1 on Sunday. Photo by Mike Thompson

Bracket 1's winner was Kris Shirota out of Kahului, taking the win in a double breakout race, against Rusty Mederios out of Makawao. Eric Saito came back out on Sunday to take the win this time in Bracket 2 against Pukalani's Roger Nakamura. And winning street again was Durene Hultquist from Kula, against Kihei's Robert Miskae. Big Mahalo's to Maui's Classic Cruisers for providing an awesome half time parade featuring Maui's finest classic cruisers and several from outer islands. Mahalo to the NHRA and National Dragster for allowing Maui Raceway Park to participate in their National Dragster Challenge! Thanks to all those that shipped their cars over for this event!

VITA's next event is scheduled for June 21 & 22. Cost of admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors/students and kids under 10 are free. For more information, please contact us at 281-1273 or on-line at www.mrp.org.

Written by Sarah Gee
Photos by IslandRacer.com - Mike Thompson
Maui Raceway Park
vita@mrp.org

 

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