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Friday, April 19, 2024

Houmard and Ventura Open Southern California Super Street Season with Wins at Bakersfield 

Ryan Houmard and Greg Ventura captured wins at the Southern California Super Street season opener at Famoso Dragstrip.

By Bob Johnson Famoso Dragstrip Bakersfield, Calif. March 16-17, 2024

BAKERSFIELD, CA- Defending series champion Ryan Houmard and 2023 Shootout champion Greg Ventura opened the new season with wins at Famoso Dragstrip as the Southern California Super Street Association presented by Able Wire EDM Inc., staged its first of three doubleheader weekend races of the year.  

Race #1

The 2024 season began with Dale Taros earning the Mechanix Wear number one qualifier award by posting a perfect 10.900 with his popular ‘72 Datsun Z. Brandon Hoover was second, .002 off the mark, and Hugh Mueller and Greg Ventura logged 10.909 times. Twenty-three cars qualified for the event. 

Southern California
Dale Taros, Mechanix Wear Number One Qualifier Race #1

Ryan Houmard went to the final round of the Valarie Houmard Memorial Race with wins over Fred Murphy, Mike Low, Melissa Zak and in the semifinal, he defeated James Brown. On the opposite side of the ladder, finalist PJ Giacalone defeated David Butler, Brandon Hoover, and Greg Ventura before getting a bye run into the final. In the final, Houmard drove his ‘62 Nova to a 10.95 second, 141.13 mph pass (.007 reaction time) on the 10.90 index, as Giacalone lit the redlight, losing with a 10.92, 140.16 (-.020 r.t.).

Southern California
Race #1 Final Round

Race #2

Pizazz Racing sponsored the second race of the weekend, and event sponsor PJ Giacalone was the number one qualifier with his ‘55 Chevy, running a 10.901 to earn the Mechanix Wear award. David Butler, Hugh Mueller, Dennis Paz, and Ted Kellner rounded off the top five of 22 qualifiers. 

Quarterfinal action began with Kenny Snow getting by Jody George (-.001 redlight), Dennis Paz stopped JB Brown 10.902 to a too quick 10.882, and Ventura ran 10.910 to beat Mueller who also red lighted.  In the semifinals, Ventura advanced as Dennis Paz broke-out by .006, and Snow got a bye with his ’87 Mustang. Ventura posted his first win of the season with a stellar final round .002 reaction time with his black Chevy Nova and 10.974, 132.19 as Snow’s Mustang finished second with a 10.972, 130.51 (.013 reaction).

Southern California
Race #2 Final Round

The season continues at Famoso Dragstrip on May 18th-19th, with Ventura leading the points chase with 1321 points, followed by Ryan Houmard at 1111, James Brown is third with 1106, and PJ Giacalone is fourth with 1027 points. The annual Super Street Shootout points leader is Hugh Mueller with 27 points, Dale Taros and PJ Giacalone are tied for second with 25 points, and Mike Low and Ted Kellner are tied with 22 points in fourth place.

Event Sponsors for the series include Pizazz Racing, Able Wire EDM Inc, RPM Racing, Houmard Racing, Corina Properties, RaceTrans.com, Dice Performance Converters, and Smith Motorsports. Contingency and Associate  sponsors include Mechanix Wear, Sanders Automotive, Crew Chief Pro, KN Filters, Auto Meter, Brandt Racing Ent., On the Stop Workshop, High Roller Tiki Lounge, Fuel Factory, PMR, and Foggit.

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