Koty Kaiakapu topped 142 miles per hour to win the Battle on the Beach on Saturday during the two-day Fourth of July drag races hosted by the Garden Isle Junior Dragsters and Garden Isle Racing Association at the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana.
Kaiakapu captured the special feature race, one of two held during the weekend, when his competitor, Kelsie Iida-Vierra broke out in the final run, topping 165 mph.
Iida-Vierra rebounded Sunday to top Da Rudy Challenge, after beating out Kelden Medeiros on speeds topping the 165 mph mark.
Kyle Rapozo and Layne Montemayor shared honors on the Junior Dragster strip, Rapozo claiming the Saturday title and Montemayor locking up the Sunday crown. Christopher Silva, getting the Best Package honor on Saturday, and Sanoe Kaluahine, nailing the Closest to Dial In honor on the opening day, were the consistent drivers in the middle of the Garden Isle Junior Dragster pack.
The next drag race will be a night race on Aug. 5 presented by the Garden Isle Racing Association and the Garden Isle Junior Dragsters.
Open Wheel/Door Slammer Shootout – July 1
Junior Dragster: Kyle Rapozo sponsored by Kevin’s Repair & Racing, Snap On Tools & Kauai Vehicle Service Center, leaving on a .126 light, runs an 8.925 ET on an 8.90 dial in reaching 73.29 MPH; Christopher Silva sponsored by RC Fabrication, 420 Air, Don Silva, Ekolu Valpoon, Keola & Janil Ke, Kauai Vehicle Service Center, Grandma, Papa & Mama, leaving on a .138 light, runs a 7.924 ET on a 7.90 dial in at 82.87 MPH; Sanoe Kaluahine sponsored by Charles of Maui, Teddy & Kalani Tom, Dwayne Muffly & Vierra Family; Taylor Montemayor sponsored by Matsuda Bros. Racing, GM Fabrication, Kaya Race Fuels, Altered Image & Kuhio Auto Group, leaving w/a .120 light, runs an 8.582 ET breaks out on an 8.65 dial in at 73.53 MPH.
Best Reaction: Christopher Silva (0.002); Closest to Dial In: Sanoe Kaluahina runs a 7.90 ET on a 7.90 dial in.
Best Package winners: Christopher Silva (.042), Sanoe Kaluahine (.093), Ryant Sakamoto (.249)sponsored by Rapozo’s Auto Body – Rich & Philip Rapozo, Triple T Plumbing, Brick Oven Pizza, PMS-Pauly’s Mobile Service, All Kauai Bail Bonds, Diamond D Ranch, and Half Scale Dragsters Inc.
Academic Exellence Award Top Honoree: T’Ryane Sakamoto, Taylor Montemayor, Sanoe Kaluahine
Academic Excellence Award Honoree: Ryancie Sakamoto, Ryant Sakamoto, Christopher Silva, Danika Braun, Devin Almarza
Top Gun (Door Slammer): Koty Kaiakapu sponsored by Western Motors, leaving on a .00348 light, runs a 9.225 ET on a
9.20 dial in at 140.73 MPH; Kelden Medeiros sponsored by Kauai Kustoms, leaving on .022 light, runs a 9.524 ET on a 9.48 dial in at 134.38 MPH.
Bike: Emilio Munoz sponsored by Kihei Moped Company, leaving on a .043 light, runs a 9.133 ET on a 9.00 dial in at 156.76 MPH; Kenneth Harmon sponsored by Kevin’s Repair & Racing, Rob’s Towing, KV Performance & Cycle City Maui, runs a 22.208 ET on a 9.4 dial in at 139.1 MPH.
Super Pro ET: Wendall Nonaka sponsored by Puhi Industrial Parts & Bearing, Nex Gen Diesel, Dan Suga Construction, Western Motors and Korey Wise, leaving w/a .066 light, runs a 10.768 ET on a 10.65 dial in at 124.12 MPH; Sam Fernandez red lights by 0.14717.
Muscle V8: Chris Bonilla, sponsored by Bonilla Motorsports, Auto Stylin’ & Performance & Snap On Tools, leaving w/a .071 light, runs a 11.603 ET on a 11.55 dial in at 106.44 MPH; Alma Koetje, leaving w/a .122 light, runs a 12.271 on a 12.23 dial in at 111.88 MPH.
Pro ET: Don Silva sponsored by RC Fabrication & Auto Repair Express, leaving w/a .031 light, runs a 10.910 ET on a 10.85 dial in at 122.15 MPH; Ricky Uemura sponsored by Efum Fabrications, Kaya Racing Fuels & Kalei’s Steel Works, leaving on a .069 light, runs a 11.464 ET on a 11.35 dial in at 122.99 MPH.
Street: Trenton Camat, leaving w/a .158 light, runs a 13.937 ET breaks out on a 14 dial in at 99.33 MPH; David Pacanas sponsored by Chris Tangonan, Kaya Racing Fuels, Uemura Racing & EFUM Fabrications, leaving w/a .048 light, runs a 16.288 ET breaks out on a 16.39 dial in.
Sport Compact: Brandon Fujishige, leaving w/a .061 light, runs a 12.950 on a 12.92 dial in at 108.7 MPH; Bronson Tabios sponsored by Frontbunch, HT Racin & HT Automotive, leaving w/a .053 light, runs a 12.997 ET breaks out on a 13 dial in at 98.45 MPH.
Battle on the Beach: Koty Kaiakapu sponsored by Western Motors, leaving w/a .00984 light, runs a 9.279 ET on a 9.2 dial in at 142.73 MPH; Kelsie Iida-Vierra sponsored by Koloa Fish Market, Tyler Taba, Kevin’s Auto Repair, Sport Craft, Next Gen Diesel, Mike Olivas & Bruno’s Auto Body, leaving w/a .142 light, runs a 7.889 ET breaks out on a 7.91 dial in at 165.77 MPH.
July 2 Junior Dragster: Layne Montemayor, leaving w/a .140 light, runs a 11.970 on a 11.90 dial in at 52.14 MPH; Sanoe Kaluahine sponsored by Charles of Maui, Teddy & Kalani Tom, Dwayne Muffly & Vierra Family; T’Ryane Sakamoto, sponsored by Rapozo’s Auto Body – Rich & Philip Rapozo, Brick Oven Pizza, Triple T Plumbing, PMS-Pauly’s Mobile Service & Half-Scale Dragsters Inc.; Christopher Silva sponsored by RC Fabrication, 420 Air, Don Silva, Ekolu Valpoon, Keola & Janil Ke, Kauai Vehicle Service Center, Grandma, Papa & Mama.
Best Reaction: Christopher Silva (0.020)
Closest to Dial In: T’Ryane Sakamoto runs a 7.923 ET on a 7.90 dial in.
Best Package winner: Christopher Silva (.065); Ryancie Sakamoto (.072) sponsored by Rapozo’s Auto Body – Rich & Philip Rapozo, Triple T Plumbing, Brick Oven Pizza, PMS-Pauly’s Mobile Service; T’Ryane Sakamoto (.103).
Top Gun: Riley Takayama sponsored by Kauai Auto Repair, Bobby Matsuda Race Cars, Kekaha Federal Credit Union, Reactor Flex Plates, Fuel Injection Ent. & Dennis Ridgeway Ent., leaving on a .121 light, runs a 7.595 ET on a 7.57 dial in at 173.14 MPH; John Ishibashi sponsored by Kauai Vehicle Service Center, Rapozo Auto Body & Al Amii Race Cars, leaving on a .163 light, runs an 8.567 ET on an 8.5 dial in at 146.57 MPH.
Bike: Karl Nakamura sponsored by Manny’s Repair, leaving on a .062 light, runs a 13.336 ET on a 13.15 dial in at 97.89 MPH; Sanny Molina, leaving on a .446 light, runs a 9.473 on a 9.3 dial in at 152.32 MPH.
Super Pro ET: Keith Nonaka sponsored by Brian Dela Cruz Photography, Puhi Industrial Parts & Bearings, leaving on a .095 light, runs a 11.06 ET on a 11.3 dial in at 110.67 MPH; Frank Higa, leaving on a .095 light, runs a 9.24 ET breaks out on a 9.26 dial in at 143.46 MPH.
Muscle V8: Alma Koetje, leaving w/a .102 light, runs a 12.240 ET on a 12.23 dial in at 112 MPH; Chris Bonilla, sponsored by Bonilla Motorsports, Auto Stylin’ & Performance & Snap On Tools, leaving on a .199 light, runs a 11.459 ET on a 11.54 dial in at 109.77 MPH.
Pro ET: Chris Loew sponsored by Wheatley Electric, Suzuki Kauai & Tony’s Repair, leaving on a .00504 light, runs a 10.523 ET on a 10.47 dial in at 124.33 MPH; Randy Lawrence sponsored by Manny’s Repair & Ohana, Barry Arruda Construction, Purple Haze Racing, Souza Ohana, Bobby Texeira & Kapena, leaving w/a .121 light, runs a 9.973 ET breaks out on a 10 dial in at 10.26 MPH.
Street: Sheldon Peralta, leaving w/a .131 light, runs a 14.057 on a 14 dial in at 88.69 MPH; Joshua Yokoyama sponsored by Coating Works Hawaii & Yuniku Racing, leaving on a .202 light, runs a 13.989 ET breaks out on a 14 dial in at 91.01 MPH.
Sport Compact: Brandon Fujishige, leaving on a .189 light, runs a 12.975 ET breaks out on a 13 dial in at 107.74 MPH; Bryson Fontanilla sponsored by JGB Fire Arms, Menehune Tree Service, red lights by 0.02737.
Da Rudy Challenge: Kelsie Iida-Vierra sponsored by Koloa Fish Market, Tyler Taba, Kevin’s Auto Repair, Sport Craft, Next Gen Diesel, Mike Olivas & Bruno’s Auto Body, leaving on a .165 light, runs a 7.887 ET on a 7.88 dial in at 165.23 MPH; Kelden Medeiros sponsored by Kauai Kustoms, leaving w/a .195 light, runs a 9.656 ET on a 9.57 dial in at 136.67 MPH.