Motorcyclist fine after spill at GIRA races

MANA — Jason Bryant’s spill from his motorcycle down the Mana Raceway Park sent him to the hospital.

But after giving fans a scare, Bryant recovered from his injuries and was back at work following the mishap at the June 7 drag races hosted by the Garden Island Racing Association.

Todd Canavan, piloting a Harley-Davidson V-Rod Destroyer, ruled the motorcycle class with a 121.62 -mph run, taking the class by just 23 feet over the efforts of Michael Texeira.

Calvin Costa, who brought back a trophy from the Maui Memorial Day races in late May, was tops in the Top Gun class after powering his .23 T-Bucket to 155.17 mph and taking the division after Riley Takayama broke out of his 7.95 (166.05 mph) dial-in.

Geoffrey LaBombard had set his sights on the trophy in the Junior Dragster competition, but when the dust from the five-racer field settled, Alexis Vasconcelles repeated her May race performance by beating out Courtney Brock for top honors in that division.

Junie Lawrence, whose granddaughter Zailea Lawrence is eagerly awaiting the arrival of August so she can be the third generation of Lawrence racers in Mana, topped the Pro ET division in her 1970 Chevy Vega.

Two Nakamuras, two Mustangs vyed for top honors in the Muscle V8 class, but it was Steve Nakamura meeting the challenge in a 2007 Ford GT when Jon Nakamura, driving a 2005 Mustang, red-lighted.

Daryl Domingo’s 1994 Honda Civic got the automatic win in the Street ET class when Larry Kalani also red-lighted in the finals of that division.

Michael Acoba’s buggy ruled the Sport Compact division over Gino Pegeder’s ‘98 Honda.

Villa said car and bike enthusiasts can look forward to two nights of speed, fuel-igniting, rubber-burning drag races when the GIRA hosts drag racing at the Mana Raceway Park on both July 4 and 5.

For more information, visit the GIRA Web site at www.dragrace-kauai.com or call Bill Turk, GIRA president, at 639-3965.

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