T’Rayne crowned Princess of the Track

PUHI — T’Ryane Sakamoto did not have a crown on her head Saturday as she toiled at the Garden Island Junior Dragster fundraising food truck.

A part of the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School craft fair, Sakamoto exchanged the steering wheel of her junior dragster for a scooper, distributing dollops of apple, azuki bean, or traditional hamburger fillings onto slices of bread for flying saucers.

T’Ryane Sakamoto, sponsored by Rapozo’s Auto Body — Rich and Philip Rapozo, Triple T Plumbing, Pauly’s Mobile Service and Half-Scale Dragsters, Inc., was named the 2016 Princess of the Track during the last drag race of the year Nov. 13 at the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana.

T’Ryane was also named the top honoree in the academic excellence award over Zailea Lawrence-White, and Ryancie and Ryant Sakamoto, who finished in a tie for third-place in that division presentation.

Danika Braun was named honoree in the academic excellence announcements.

Following T’Ryane on the track, Devin Almarza, sponsored by Troy’s Place, Bamboo Grill & Sushi, Kevin’s Repair & Racing, and Nex Gen Diesel, took the first-place trophy, followed by Lawrence-White getting the runner-up award. Lawrence-White also walked off with closest to dial-in honors by running the course in 8.09 seconds over her dial-in of 8.09.

Almarza walked off with the best reaction honor on his 0.05 reaction.

Braun, sponsored by Aloha Kia, finished in third, with Christopher Silva in fourth place.

Kelsey Kai took top honors in the “Second Shot,” with Kyle Rapozo getting runner-up honors. Rapozo was also named tops in points in the junior class.

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