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Tires ‘roast’ in Mana heat

MANA — Devin Almarza red-lighted, and the top prize in the Junior Dragster category belonged to Christopher Silva whose junior-sized dragster throttled down the junior-sized track on a 79.87-second Estimated Time, reaching 83.27 miles per hour, safely within his 7.93-second Dial-In the junior dragster had established during the time trials.

Almarza finished the finals with a 7.94 ET, his vehicle reaching 81.88 mph over his 7.95 dial-in.

The results of the most recent drag races presented by the Garden Isle Racing Association and the Kauai Junior Dragsters run at the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana are from the April 6 event where, in addition to the Junior Dragsters, winners emerged in Top Gun, Pro ET, Muscle V8, Sport Compact, Super Pro, Street, and Bike categories.

“This was a scorching day at the Kauai Raceway Park,” said Kerri Barros of the GIRA. “More than 70 race cars, bikes, and dragsters roasted their tires through the burnout box, and fans packed the spectator section at least two-deep, welcoming the cool, crisp Koke‘e night air and eager to fill their tanks with the thrill of speed.”

Both Silva and Almarza finished the night earning a tie for Best Reaction time honors by each posting a reaction time of 0.0217, and Ryancie Sakamoto, finishing third on the strip, took Closest to Dial-In with an 8.193 run on her 8.19 dial-in. Sanoe Kaluahine finished the night with a fourth, overall finish.

Winners of the Speed We Lust drawings included Ryant Sakamoto, Kyle Rapozo, Ryancie Sakamoto, Christopher Silva, Devin Almarza, and Christian Silva.

More red lights determined final placements on the quarter-mile track as M. Wellman red-lighted in the Bike ET class on a 10.61 ET, reaching 141.98 mph on his 14.50 dial-in to give the finals to L. Palmeira whose bike crossed on a 10.20 ET, reaching 138 mph on a 10.00 dial-in.

In the Muscle V8 class, C. Bonilla red-lighted on his 11.83 ET (108.44 mph) on his 13.40 dial-in to give top honors to K. Wataya whose car ran an 11.59 ET to reach 114.50 mph on his 11.64 dial-in.

R. Silva topped the Top Gun class when his vehicle outran K. Rapozo, Silva’s car going a 7.21 ET to reach 185.49 mph on a 7.20 dial-in over Rapozo’s 7.37 ET (179.71 mph) on a 7.36 dial-in.

C. Loew topped the Pro ET division when he punched the finals on a 10.51 ET (115.06 mph) on a 10.39 dial-in over D. Silva who finished with an 11.35 ET, reaching 115.73 mph on a 10.80 dial-in.

K. Saiki topped the Sport Compact class on a 13.00 ET, reaching 87.17 mph on an 11.87 dial-in over G. Gontanilla whose vehicle ran a 15.97 ET to reach 108.44 mph on a 13.40 dial-in.

D. Gomes captured the Super Pro class on an 11.097 ET to reach 120.84 mph on a 10.95 dial-in over K. Nonaka who finished with an 11.09 ET, reaching 121.15 mph on an 11.05 dial-in, and B. Boeder wrapped up the action in the Street class on his 16.53 ET, reaching 85.59 mph on a 16.44 dial-in over the efforts of K. Dotario who finished with an 14.61 ET, reaching 93.16 mph on a 14.50 dial-in.

The GIAC and Kauai Junior Dragsters will present the next drag races, May 4 at the Kauai Raceway Park in Mana.


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