Friday, September 29, 2023

Steve Galileo wins Top Sportsman at Sonoma Nats

Steve Galileo drove his beautiful red Corvette to his first NHRA national event win at the Sonoma Nationals. The Top Sportsman victory came in his first national event final round appearance.

SONOMA – Steve Galileo outlasted the Top Sportsman field at Sonoma Raceway to claim his first NHRA national event win. Galileo defeated Richard Okerman in the final round.

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To reach his first final round, Galileo worked his way through a talented group of racers including former world champ Mike Ferderer and national event winner Don Meziere.

After receiving a competition bye in round one when Paul Snell was a no-show, Galileo has an ultra-close race against Ferderer. Galileo took a small .017 to .019 lead at the start which ended up being the difference in the race when both racers posted .024 over elapsed times.

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Galileo then used a .020-pack to dispose of Meziere in round three. Meziere was .019 at the tree but broke out by -.005 at the to end. Steve then took out national championship contender Joe Mellof in the semifinals to move to his first final round.

In the final, Galileo faced off with perennial Top 10 finisher Richard Okerman. Galileo won the double-breakout final by .003 when his -.001 under 6.959 was closer to his dial than Okerman’s -.004 under 7.126.

Galileo joined an elite group of NHRA national event winners.

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