PHOENIX – After a cold and rainy start, sportsman racers finally hit the track on Saturday morning at the 2019 Magic Dry NHRA Arizona Nationals.
With cold temps and standing water in the pits, Friday’s qualifying and time trials sessions were postponed. After a delayed start on Saturday morning, due to cold temps, sportsman racers received one shot at the track before eventually moving into first round of eliminations.
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The revised schedule included one round of eliminations for Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, and Super Gas. While Competition Eliminator, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster received one qualifying shot for the day and will move into eliminations on Sunday.
Arizona Nationals Saturday Sportsman Results
Ralph Van Paepeghem drove his A/EA Altered to the number one spot with a -.524 under 7.286. He was followed by Todd Miller who posted a -.498 under 6.492 in his AA/PM Altered. Jarrod Granier rounded out the top 3 with a -.449 under 8.651 lap in his E/SM ’08 Cobalt.
Cody Lane took the top spot in qualifying with a -1.030 under 8.620 blast in his beautiful SS/BS ’05 Cavalier. Kayla Mozeris drove her GT/LA ’93 Daytona to the second spot with a -.993 under 10.057 pass. Last week’s Winternationals runner-up Rick McKinney qualified third in his SS/LA ’84 Cutlass with a -.819 under 10.631 lap.
Team DragChamp was 2 for 3 in the first round. Jody Lang took out number 1 qualifier Cody Lane and Kyle Rizzoli defeated number 2 qualifier Kayla Mozeris. Mike Cotten fell in the first round.
Jody Lang will have a bye run in round two while Kyle Rizzoli will match up with world champ Justin Lamb.
Tom Ferruggia took his FS/C ’13 Camaro to the top spot with a -1.077 under 9.223 lap. Mike Cotten was second with a -.995 under 10.855 lap in his F/SA ’73 Duster. Rock Kolber rounded out the top 3 with a -.948 under 10.752 effort in his E/SA ’72 Demon.
Team DragChamp went 2 for 3 in round one. Phil Mandella Jr. and Randi Lyn Shipp both moved into the second round while Tibor Kadar lost in round one.
Shipp will take on Winternationals champ Doug Gibson in round two.
In Super Comp, Jeff Beckman claimed the number one qualifying spot with a perfect 8.900 lap in the first round. He was followed closely by Trey Vetter and Chad Webber who posted 8.902 and 8.905 laps respectively.
Once again, Team DragChamp was 2 for 3 with Robert Naber and Aaron Kinard advancing to round two. Ken Mostwich fell in round one.
Mike Wiblishouser’s near-perfect 9.901 pass earned him and his ’07 Corvette the number one spot in Super Gas. Brad Pierce was a close second with his 9.906 and Clint Fishel was third on the qualifying ladder with a 9.908.
Our Super Gas picks didn’t pan out as Trevor Larson was the only pick to make it out of the first round. Ryan Giacone and Greg Ventura both fell in the first round.
Kansas racer Phil Unruh drove his ’18 Corvette to the number one spot with a 6.429, 226.85 mph blast. Phil Dion’s 6.433, 225.67 mph effort in his ’17 Corvette was a close second. Qualifying in third with a 6.635, 207.72 mph lap was Joe Roubicek in his ’68 Camaro.
Team DragChamp picks Ray Martin and Ted Kellner qualified sixth and 21st respectively.
After only one qualifying attempt, John Richardson found himself at the top of the charts with a 6.168 lap at 225.60 mph. Bobby Ray McMahan was second with a 6.213, 223.54 mph effort. Recent Winternationals runner-up Zach Sackman qualified third with a 6.231 pass at just 193.05 mph.
Team DragChamp picks Moe Trujillo and Paul Nero were 10th and 20th after qualifying.
If the weather cooperates, Sunday will be a busy day for the sportsman classes. Check back with DragChamp for final sportsman race results after the event.