Gary Riley wins his first NHRA national event in his first final round appearance. Riley earned the Mile High Nationals trophy in Stock Eliminator.
DENVER – Gary Riley squared off against his good friend Dwaine Davis in the Stock Eliminator final round at the Mile High Nationals. Riley, a longtime competitor at Bandimere Speedway, earned the win after Davis was tardy off the line.
In the final round, Riley grabbed a huge advantage at the tree with his .018 reaction. Davis missed the tree posting a .179 reaction time. This advantage allowed Riley to cruise to a .073 over 13.243 for his first national event win.
Driving his N/SA station wagon, Riley was .018 or better on the tree in every one excluding the semifinals. His lights in the first three rounds were .010, .010, and .000.
To make the win even more impressive, Riley had to cope with drastically different weather throughout the event. After the weekend started with 100 degree heat, the density altitude dropped over 2,000 feet when storms blew through on Saturday.
As a result, Riley’s elapsed times ranged from a 13.12 to a to 13.32 during the three-day event. Congratulations to Gary Riley for mastering the mountain at the NHRA Mile High Nationals.