Augustine Herrera Wins NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship
Becomes Auto Club Dragway's first national champion.
For the second consecutive year, an Auto Club Dragway motorcycle racer represented Division 7 in the Summit Racing Series National Championship race contested at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, CA. In 2008, John Gidcumb represented Auto Club Dragway as the track’s first racer in its five year history to race on the National stage. An early round exit, however, ended his bid for the championship that year. In 2009, Auggie Herrera completed the deal and hoisted the very first Summit Racing Series National Championship Wally for Auto Club Dragway!
Auggie’s championship journey began back in January at the first two Summit Racing Series races contested at the Dragway. Herrera had a great year winning races and going the necessary rounds to end the year as the Auto Club Dragway track champion by nearly eight rounds over his nearest competitor. Winning the track championship was no easy feat however, as the motorcycle competition at Auto Club Dragway is some of the toughest in Division 7. Auggie didn’t stop there though. In October, team Auto Club Dragway headed east to Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ where Auggie would face the top four riders from each track in the division in the Race of Champions. There, he made his way through eliminations with great reaction times and deadly consistency. In the semi-final round, Herrera drew Auto Club Dragway teammate and 2009 NHRA Harley Davidson Sportsman Motorcycle Series Champion, Gary Moreno. Auggie used a better reaction time and ran closer to his dial-in to take the win over Gary and move into the final round where he would go onto win the 2009 Division 7 Championship!
After beating the best of the best in Division 7, Auggie’s next stop was the Auto Club NHRA Finals where he would face the best-of-the-best in the nation from NHRA’s remaining six divisions. Through three rounds of tough competition, Auggie proved that he was the best-of-the-best using great reaction times and precision finish line driving to get the job done! In the semi-final round, Auggie ran an 8.520 on his 8.52 dial to take the win and move into the final round where he ran another dead-on-the-dial pass to become the 2009 Summit Racing Series National Champion! For his accomplishments in the Division 7 finals and the World Finals, Auggie banked nearly $10,000 in cash, prizes, and contingency, received two championship jackets, a championship ring, and two championship Wallys!
All of us at Auto Club Dragway couldn’t be more proud of our first ever Summit Racing Series National Champion, Auggie Herrera!!! Track manager Beth Rice is especially proud of her Summit Series motorcycle program which is one of the largest in the country and features some of the toughest competition around. Beth knew that she had a championship caliber bike team this year and is so proud of Auggie for showing the Nation who’s boss on two wheels! Auggie would like to thank his wife, Kim, his daughter Miranda and his son and crew chief, Gaige. Auggie would also like to thank all of those who support him, including Tom Medlin, Ray Broguiere from Broguiere's Dairy, Diamond Bar Choppers, Tim from Ultimate Design, PR factory store, Mickey Thompson Tires, Herrera's Transport Refrigeration, Medlin and Sons fabrication, and his mom and dad. He couldn’t have done it without the help of these people and all his friends at the race track.
Photos courtesy Bob Johnson Photography