Pacific Street Car Association Spring Break Shootout Kicks Off 2009 Season!

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The Pacific Street Car Association opened their 2009 campaign at the Auto Club Dragway on March 13, 2009.  Friday the 13th brought good luck to competitors as record breaking performances were turned in during the test-n-tune.  Randy Walker set the pace in Pro Street in his “World’s Fastest El Camino” running a stout 6.29 seconds at 218 miles per hour!  The action continued on Saturday with qualifying in all classes and time trials for the bracket classes.  The great weather and the start of new season brought large crowds of racers and fans to this first stop on the 2009 PSCA tour.  Thanks in part to a new rule requiring engine diapers on all cars running 9.99 seconds and quicker, fans were treated to a smooth-running program and lightning-quick runs all weekend.  Leading the way in Pro Street qualifying was Clint Hairston in his bright orange GTO.  Clint and team managed to rattle off a record-shattering 6.230 at over 224 miles per hour to take the number one spot in the tough field.  While he was unable to back up his record-breaking performance for an official class record, the run was the one of the quickest ever in the class and made a strong statement of what is to come the rest of the season.  Other top qualifiers were Rich Zehring in Outlaw 10.5, Roger Holder in Xtreme Drag Radial, Craig Gustafson in Hot Street, David Schwartz in Wild Street, and Russ Delia Jr. in Limited Street. 

Sunday’s eliminations brought some fierce battles in all classes.  Taking top honors in Pro Street was former three-time champion, Ed Thornton in his new turbocharged 1963 Corvette.  Thornton ran a 6.786 with a blistering speed on 227.46 miles per hour to take the win over number one qualifier Hairston who slowed with problems to an 11.12 in the final.  In Outlaw 10.5 it was number three qualifier Doug Sikora taking the win over Lafayette Williams with a 7.04 blast at 206 miles per hour.  Sikora’s final round pass was basically for the fans enjoyment as his opponent broke in the semi-finals and was unable to make the call for the final.  Defending class champion, Ron Weems, was the lone semi-finalist.  In Xtreme Drag Radial it was Alen Stewart taking the win over Rich Hoyle with a 7.86 at 178 miles per hour.  Stewart and Hoyle both advanced to the final on bye-runs in the semi-finals.  Taking home the win in Hot Street was defending class champion, Craig Gustafson.  Gustafson used a record shattering 8.191 to take the win over John Mitchell’s valiant effort at 8.385.  Gustafson reset both ends of the Hot Street national record with his final round performance where he backed-up the new top speed mark at 167.22 miles per hour he set in the semi-finals.  Congratulations to Craig and team for the wire-to-wire victory!  In Wild Street, David Schwarz bested Kevin Young in the final round with his 7.860 blast at over 179 miles per hour.  Dee Pfnister and Armen Maghdessian were the semi-finalists.  Capping off the weekend’s pro classes was Russ Delia Jr. taking the big win in Limited Street.  Russ also reset both ends of the national record with an 8.778 at 160.54 miles per hour to take home all the cash over tough competitor Gary Brandt who couldn’t keep up with his 8.827.  Other winners on the weekend included Anthony Smith in the new Street Challenge class, Dick Krieger in Super Street, Chris Biggerstaff in Quick Street, Charles “Big Chuck” Jackson Jr. in Mean Street, Doug Crumlich in Open Comp, Steve Cox in Bracket One, and last but not least, Broc Broaddus in the Trophy class. 

The PSCA always puts on an awesome show but the record-shattering performances at this event made for an extra special weekend at the Dragway.  If you haven’t experienced a PSCA event in person, make it a priority to check out the next event at Auto Club Dragway on May 15-17!  Great job to the Auto Club Dragway crew and the PSCA for another outstanding event!

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