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Monday, July 22, 2024

Bakersfield Super Street Tripleheader Wins to R. Houmard, K. Houmard and D. Blehm

Ryan Houmard, Kevin Houmard, and Dennis Blehm were the winners of the Southern California Super Street Association events number two, three, and four, of the 2023 series sponsored by Able Wire EDM at Famoso Dragstrip. 

After four of the six scheduled races, Ryan Houmard has a comfortable lead over second place Kevin Houmard, 2729 points to 2132.  Greg Ventura is third and Blehm is fourth. Dennis Blehm holds a one-point lead over second place Jimmy Galante in the Super Street Shootout standings (45 to 44).

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The rain-delayed second race of the season was contested after the originally scheduled event on Saturday.  Jody George earned the Mechanix Wear #1 qualifier award for the makeup race with a perfect 10.900 with his ’57 Morris, followed by Jimmy Galante’s ’67 Nova with a 10.906 to pickup the “You just missed it” bonus from Pizazz Racing.  Race winner Ryan Houmard drove his ’64 Nova to round wins over Victor Blehm, former series champions Fred Murphy and PJ Giacalone, and beat top qualifier Jody George in a double-breakout semifinal match.  Mel LeForbes reached the final round with his ’68 Chevelle by stopping Mike Blodgett Jr., as he ran 10.902 to defeat Galante, and 10.901 to beat Greg Ventura before getting a bye into the final.  The final was decided at the starting line, as LeForbes drew a -.006 redlight and lost with a 10.891, 143.95 as Ryan Houmard got his second series win of the season with a 10.878, 145.96 (.030 r.t.) and a $2,000 check from Pizazz Racing. 

Smith Motorsports sponsored the third event of the Super Street season, and Dennis Blehm led the 25-car qualified field with a 10.902 with his ’67 Nova to earn the Mechanix Wear qualifying bonus.  The Pizazz Racing #2 qualifier award went to Kristine Cloud at 10.904.  Race winner Kevin Houmard won his first two rounds on double-breakouts against Mark Simonian and Mel LeForbes, before defeating Craig Whelen in round three and then stopping his son and current points leader Ryan Houmard in the semifinal, 10.905 (.012 r.t.) to a 10.923 (.017 r.t.).  Jim Goble wheeled his ’70 Mustang to the final round with wins over Danny Valdez, Dennis Blehm, Greg Ventura, and red-lighting Jeff Jones.  Goble’s sub-par reaction time was all 2019 and 2022 series champ Kevin Houmard needed in the final round as his blown-’90 Camaro took the win and $1,500 check with an 11.10 at 135.35 to Goble’s quicker, but losing 10.94, 1236.82.

The third and final race of the weekend was sponsored by long-time Super Street supporter RPM Racing (Richard & Christine Meyer). Dennis Blehm dominated the day as he drove his Nova to the Mechanix Wear number one qualifier (10.901) and had a clean sweep of the five rounds of eliminations.

After a first-round bye, Dennis defeated Mike Blodgett Jr in round two with a 10.905 and used a .006 reaction to beat points leader Ryan Houmard in round three.  In the semifinal he won a double-breakout race with Kevin Houmard.  Mark Simonian drove his Camaro to the final with wins over Mike Boner, John Sapone, he ran 10.900 in the third round to beat Mel LeForbes before getting a bye into the final.  The final was again a double-breakout match, with Blehm getting the win light at 10.899, 151.78 to Simonian’s 10.892.

The series championship will be decided on June 17 & 18, 2023 at Famoso Dragstrip for the final two events of the season and the Super Street Shootout championship event.  Sponsors for the 2023 Southern California Super Street Assoc., series include: Able Wire EDM, RPM Racing, Smith Motorsports, Crew Chief Pro Software, On the Stop Workshop, High Roller Tiki Lounge, Auto Meter, K&N Filters, Lucas Oil, PMR, RaceTrans.com, Pizazz Racing, and Sanders Automotive.

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