Kaua‘i’s Garden Island Racing Association will hold the year’s final pair of drag races this weekend at the Mana racetrack with back-to-back events Friday and Saturday nights.
With off-season bragging rights at stake, this is the final opportunity for competitors to earn championship points. Friday night winners will compete for the King of the Track trophy in a special three round elimination race Saturday afternoon during time trials. King of the Track eliminations will have three rounds of racing at 4 p.m., with Round 2 at 5 p.m. and the final at 6:30 p.m. Bracket racing for cash and points starts at 7:30 p.m.
Although the GIRA finale should be a good one, the Oct. 7 races are a tough act to follow. At that event, bike class winner Mike Hawkes, riding a 1300cc turbo-charged Harley-Davidson V-Rod, used a starting line advantage to beat Matt Kaleiohi aboard a 2003 Suzuki. Although Kaleiohi’s blistering 9.763-second/145.63 mph pass was faster than Hawkes’ 10.754-second/128.94 mph run, a leisurely reaction time of 0.757 seconds was no match for the Harley rider’s 0.651 reaction time.
In Muscle V8, a double break-out resulted in a win for Calvin Costa. Driving a 1988 Toyota pickup, Costa left with a 0.596 light running a 116.58 mph with an elapsed time of 11.603 seconds on an 11.65 dial-in. Fortunately for Costa, his opponent, Walt Barnes, broke out even more. At the wheel of a 1994 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L convertible, Barnes left the line with 0.658 starting line reaction time and ran 93.95 mph in 13.576 seconds on a 13.7 dial-in. As Barnes broke out by a greater amount, Costa was declared the victor.
Pro Et, the final race of the night, was a showdown between a pair of rear-engine dragsters. Kevin Sakamoto’s 0.581 second reaction time on a 166.67 mph, 7.675 second pass with a 7.64 dial-in gave him the win over Kevin Rapozo, who cut a 0.919 light, ran a 7.972 on a 7.51 dial-in at 157.89 mph.
Time trials run today and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Gates open at 11 a.m. for racers. Tech and registration will be open noon to 3 p.m. both days.