Monday, July 22, 2024

Ryan Houmard Wins Super Street Finals and Street Championship—Murphy Wins Race #5 while Ventura takes the Shootout Title

Murphy, Houmard, and Ventura captured wins at the 2024 Southern California Super Street Association season finale at Famoso Dragstrip.

Written by Bob Johnson

BAKERSFIELD, CA- The 2024 Southern California Super Street Association season ended at Famoso Dragstrip with Fred Murphy winning the opening race of the weekend (race #5), and reigning champion Ryan Houmard won the season finale (race #6) and his second straight series championship.  Greg Ventura logged his second straight Mechanix Wear Super Street Shootout title.

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Race #5

The weekend opening race featured a 21-car field with Wes Anderson’s ’27 Roadster and Ted Kellner’s ’73 Vega recording 10.903 times to lead all qualifiers.  Kenny Snow, John Sapone, and Michael Boner filled the top five Mechanix Wear qualifiers.

Event winner and two-time series champion (2011 & 2018) Fred Murphy climbed his way to the final round of the Able Wire EDM-sponsored event with a double-breakout race with ’22 champ Kevin Houmard, in round two he defeated Hugh Mueller and in round three he stopped Kenny Snow, before getting a bye in the semifinals.  Facing Murphy in the final was Michael Boner, who got to the final with wins over ’24 rookie of the year Jordan Yeager, Steve Shearer, Peter Yoon, and David Beckwith.  The final was a pair of Chevy Vegas, with Murphy getting the win with a 10.921, 126.86 to a losing 10.960, 122.34 for Boner.

Fred Murphy, Race #5 Winner

Race #6

Jimmy Galante led qualifying for the Corina Properties-sponsored season final race with his ’67 Nova, logging a perfect 10.900 for the Mechanix Wear top qualifier award.  Following Galante were David Beckwith (10.903), Mike Boner (10.904), David Butler (10.904) and Fred Murphy (10.907).

Quarterfinal racing began with local racer Jody George using a .004 light to defeat David Butler, Ryan Houmard put an end to Fred Murphy’s great weekend and chance for a third SST championship, while John Sapone got a bye run.  In the semifinals, Sapone drove his ’64 El Camino to a 10.916, 119.53 mph win over George, breaking out with a 10.898, 116.71, and Ryan Houmard driving his dad’s orange ’70 Camaro, inched closer to his second championship with a bye run.  The final was decided on the closest of margins, as both drivers broke out.  Houmard got the win with a 10.835, 143.06 (.051 reaction time) to a losing 10.834, 129.53 (.031 r.t.) for Sapone.

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Ryan Houmard, Race #6 Winner and Points Champion
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Greg Ventura and Dale Taros, both challengers for the series championship met in the final round of the Mechanix Wear Super Street Shootout, with Ventura’s Nova scoring his second straight title.  Ventura won with a 10.962 (.007 r.t.) while Taros ’72 Datsun Z was second at 10.948 (.038 r.t.).  Ventura defeated David Butler in the semi and Taros stopped Kevin Houmard.

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Greg Ventura, Super Street Shootout Winner
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Congratulations to Ryan Houmard as he drove his dad’s ’70 Camaro to his second Super Street championship title!  Ryan finished the season with 3028 points, followed by Fred Murphy (2731), David Butler (2667), Greg Ventura (2659), and Dale Taros (2659).

SoCal Super Street Association is also proud to announce our 2024 “Rookie of The Year” Jordan Yeager. Jordan also finished in the #7 spot in the Super Series presented by Able Wire EDM Inc.

Jordan will be recognized for this achievement at the awards banquet later this year.

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Jordan Yeager, Rookie of the Year

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

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