Drag racing season comes to a close in Mana

MANA – The Garden Isle Racing Association held the final NHRA Championship Drag Racing event of the season Saturday at Kauai Raceway Park in Mana, the westernmost quarter mile drag strip in the world.

In Street ET competition, Bryson Nishimoto won first place running 17.43 on 17.4 dial-in in his 1995 Honda Accord, beating Cornel Lum Jr. who turned a 16.99 on a 16.90 dial-in driving his 1991 Honda Accord sponsored by STI / DKD Productions.

The 2002 Street ET Points race was won by Matt Pancho with 695 points, followed by Bill Winningham with 655 points, Nestor Cabatan with 530 points, and Brad Chikahiro with 495 points.

In King Auto Center’s Super Street ET Jason Alfiller in his G-Sport Racing Toyota MR2 took first place with a 12.83 on his 12.79 dial-in. Michael Farias placed second in his 1970 Chevrolet Nova running 12.87 on a 12.75 dial-in.

Riley Takayama finished first with 645 points in the 2002 King Auto Center Super Street ET points race, followed by Jay R Smith with 545 points, Jason Alfiler with 495 points, and Walt Barnes with 455 points.

The Pro ET bracket sponsored by PSD Napa ended in a four-way tie for first place between Jim Rosa sponsored by Manny’s Repair, Wayne Costa sponsored by D & W Services, Anson Panui sponsored by PS&D Napa, and Wendall Nonaka sponsored by Garage Door Specialties.

Finishing first in the 2002 Pro ET points competition is Jim Rosa with 720 points followed by Wayne Costa with 500 points. In Jr ET bracket racing, eleven year old Sheldon Costa sponsored by D & W

Services finished first running 8.876 on an 8.70 dial-in, beating his brother, twelve year old Calvin Costa sponsored by D & W Services who ran 8.525 on ET on an 8.70 dial-in. Finishing in Third Place was eleven year old Wayne Parraga, Jr.

The fastest dragsters competed in Saturday’s heads-up Top Gun competition. Myles Togioka driving the M & S Marine A/F dragster sponsored by Pennzoil ran a blazing 206 MPH, 6.901 second quarter mile to win Top Gun first place, beating Tyler Taba in the Matsuda Bros & Taba dragster sponsored by Pembrook Industries, Hadama Service, and Triple Nickel Racing Togioka set the meet’s quickest ET with a 6.648 ET at 209.30 MPH during qualifying.

Keala Tom of Maui driving the R. E. Dragster sponsored by M & S Marine and Martin Steel Constructors placed third.

NHRA Championship Drag Racing will return to Kauai Raceway Park in Mana next spring. For more information about GIRA and drag racing on Kauai call 808.823.6246.


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