Rapozo, Acoba take Mana drag racing honors

Kyle Rapozo captured the top spot in Junior Dragster racing after Taylor Montemayor broke out on the final run Saturday night during the Kuhio Motors Muscle V8 Shootout hosted by the Garden Isle Racing Association and the Garden Isle Jr. Dragsters at the Kauai Raceway in Mana.

Sponsored by Kevin’s Repair & Racing, Snap On Tools and Kauai Vehicle Service Center, the young Rapozo shot off the line on a .083 light to reach an 8.988 ET (72.7 mph) on an 8.90 dial-in to capture the division crown.

Montemayor, sponsored by Matsuda Bros. Racing, GM Fabrication, Kaya Race Fuels, Altered Image and the evening’s title sponsor Kuhio Auto Group, picked up the Closest to Dial-In award for a run of 8.53 ET on an 8.50 dial-in. The run took place ahead of the finals against Rapozo where Montemayor broke out on a .120 light to run an 8.582 ET (73.53 mph) against an 8.65 dial in.

Devin Almarza took third place honors behind a sponsor package by Troy’s Place, Bamboo Grill & Sushi, Kevin’s Repair & Racing, and Nex Gen Diesel. Christopher Silva, sponsored by RC Fabrication, 420 Air, Don Silva, Ekolu Valpoon, Keola and Janil Ke, papa and mama and Kauai Vehicle Service, settled for fourth place.

Ryancie Sakamoto finished with a 0.010 reaction time to pick up the Best Reaction award. Ryant Sakamoto topped the Second Shot class behind a sponsorship package of Rapozo’s Auto Body, Philip and Rich Rapozo, Brick Oven Pizza, All Kauai Bail Bonds, Diamond D Ranch, Triple T Plumbing, PMS-Pauly’s Mobile Service and Half-Scale Dragsters. Nainoa Kanei finished second in the Second Shot class.

Top Gun

Michael Acoba shot off the light on a .133 reaction time to reach an 8.806 ET (151.42 mph) on an 8.8 dial in to claim the top spot over Manny Lawrence, sponsored by Purple Haze Racing, Manny’s Repair Service, Lawrence ‘Ohana, Barry Arruda Construction, Souza ‘Ohana, Kapena and Bobby Texeira, coming off a .452 light to run a 24.283 ET (24.08 mph) on a 7.87 dial in.


Mike Wellman, sponsored by Suzuki Kauai, topped the class on a .104 light to run a 10.279 ET (142.83 mph) on a 10.1 dial in, pursued by Dennis Stoner, sponsored by Suzuki Kauai, Napali Explorer, All Right Fitness, and Fat Clouds, who left on a .193 light to run a 10.856 ET (118.67 mph) on a 10.7 dial in.

Super Pro ET

Donaven Gomes, sponsored by K&D Services, Rob’s Towing, S&S Speed Shop, K&S Septic Supplies and the Ching Young Village, took off on a .050 light to run an 11.239 ET (115.09 mph) on a 11.1 dial in to hold off Keith Nonaka, sponsored by Brian Dela Cruz Photography and Puhi Industrial Parks and Bearings, who took off on a .286 light to run a 11.299 ET (117.54 mph) on an 11.35 dial in.

Muscle V8

Chris Bonilla, sponsored by Bonilla Motorsports, Auto Stylin’ and Performance, and Snap On Tools, controlled the class on a .062 light to run an 11.847 ET (101.55 mph) on an 11.74 dial in, challenged by Alma Koetje who shot off a .165 light to run a 12.308 ET (111.3 mph) on a 12.26 dial in.

Isaac Carvalho, sponsored by Kauai Auto Repair, took off on a .152 light to run a 12.278 ET (112.52 mph) on a 12.27 dial in for the No. 3 spot over My Loew, sponsored by Chris Loew, Uncle Tony, Wheatley Electric and Suzuki Kauai, who left on a .353 light to reach a 12.388 ET (110.66 mph) on a 12.17 dial in.

Pro ET

A break out and red light settled to top two spots for the class when Randy Lawrence, sponsored by Manny’s Repair and Ohana, Barry Arruda Construction, Purple Haze Racing, Souza Ohana Bobby Texeira and Kapena, broke out on a .248 light to run a 9.995 ET (130.73 mph) on a 10.0 dial in.

Jon Nakamura, sponsored by Manny’s Repair, red lighted by .0.08794.


Kerri Barros, sponsored by Konohiki, Bonilla Motorsports, Auto Stylin’ and Performance and Valdez Auto Detailing, topped the class on a .294 light to run a 15.239 ET (88.31 mph) on a 15.2 dial in.

Kalen Kaya, sponsored by Kaya Race Fuels, EFUM Fabrications, Uemura Racing, Matco Tools and NAPA, filled in the No. 2 spot on a .117 light to run a 16.032 ET (82.76 mph) on a 15.7 dial in.

Sport Compact

Bronson Tabios, sponsored by Frontbunch and HT Racing, took the class on a .047 light to run a 14.434 ET (95.83 mph) on a 13.0 dial in over Glenn Craven, sponsored by Car Craft, JB Auto Repair and Hamasaki Brothers, who red lighted by 0.1373.

The Garden Isle Racing Association and Garden Isle Jr. Dragsters host the next races July 1-2 at the Kauai Raceway track. Both events are night races.


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