Ryan Herem, aka “High Gear” Herem, earned his sixth NHRA national event win on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Herem’s win came in the Super Street class at the Sonoma Nationals.
SONOMA – Ryan Herem won Super Street for the first time on Sunday after defeating Mark Simonian in the final round. Herem, driving the ’69 Camaro his dad drove to high school, was near-perfect in the final round posting a .015-package to seal the deal.
Over the course of the six round race, Herem was .014 or better at the tree in four of his six races. He dipped below the 10.90 index only once during eliminations when he posted a 10.854 on his semifinal solo pass.
Ryan used his quick reactions at the tree to take the advantage of his competitors mistakes. In round two, his .009, 10.913 was enough to overcome John Bycroft’s .000 and four above effort.
In round three, Herem used a .030 to .098 reaction time advantage to defeat Francesca Giroux. His closest win of the day came in his round four match up with super class legend Ted Seipel.
With a .011 to .019 advantage, Herem earned the .013 win after both competitors posted .04 over 10.94 elapsed times. This sent Ryan to his 13th final round as his semifinal opponent, Chris Cannon II, was a no-show.
In the final, Herem grabbed a .006 to .022 reaction time advantage and never looked back. His dead-on 10.909 forced Simonian into a 10.882 breakout effort. Ryan Herem now has a Super Street Wally to add to his impressive trophy case.