VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 2 - MAY- JUNE, 2018
MoparMax covers all automotive things Mopar. A new issue of MoparMax.com is published on or around the 15th of each month and is updated throughout the month.
CEO, Jeff Burk
Editor & Publisher, Richard Kratz
Managing Editor, COO Kay Burk
Contributing Editor, Chuck Green, Chris Holley, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong, Mark A. Posner
Contributing Writers, Jim Baker, Steve Magnante, Geoff Stunkard, Matt Strong, Mark A. Posner
Senior Photographer - Ron Lewis
Contributing Photographers - Tim Marshall, Dennis Mothershed
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MUSCLE CARS AT THE STRIP
Words by Jim Baker
Photos by Brad Baker
Jay Diedrich (far lane) of Firebaugh, CA, stopped a full field of Pro Mod cars to win the feature event at Phil Painter’s MUSCLE CARS AT THE STRIP at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 27-29. Jay’s winning time was a near record at 2200 feet of 5.93 seconds at 247.61 MPH. Mike Doushgounian (Green Camaro) ran a quicker semi-final time (5.90 @ 250.51) but lost on a hole shot, .017 to a losing .058.
Runner-up was the stunning ’53 Corvette of Ed Marx who had trouble in the final run after running a best of 6.16 secs. at 211.86 during the first round when #1 qualifier Roger Holder had to lift.
Holding onto top time for the Mopar brand was Sean Renteria from Hollister, CA, driving a ’65 Plymouth Valiant Pro Mod, a fan favorite, who lost in round one with a great 5.92 pass to Ed Thornton’s better 5.88.
A big added feature this year was Mel Roth’s PSCA ‘Small Tire’ Eliminator. Kevin Waller of San Diego won the No Time title over the Mustang of Frank Yee.
Small Tire Final: Kevin Waller (far lane) won over Frank Yee’s popular Mustang.
Waller had a great MCATS event too, as he finished runner-up in the Pony Car Wars category.
Regularly featured at MCATS is the popular Quick 16 Eliminator. The event always attracts fast cars from all over the US and Canada. None are more prevalent than the group from Ohio with their similarly painted (or wrapped) cars. This was another great year for the team as Chris Wheatcraft won the Quick 16 and Paul Peterson claimed the busy Super Pro Eliminator.
Notable Quick 16 qualifiers included: #1 Ron Leach at 6.648 secs.; #2 Western Fuel Altered 2017 Champion, Greg Holman at 6.78; #7 Chris Wheatcraft’s ’02 Dodge Neon at 7.40; #8 2013 Quick 16 Champ, Judy Radford at 7.45; and #10 Darren Williams from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at 7.47. The ‘bump’ was a respectable 8.24 by Ohio runner Ron Strayer, Jr.
One of the event’s largest and hotly contested categories, Super Pro, boiled down to the winner from the large Ohio group backing teammate Paul Peterson who got the best of Mr. Las Vegas, Mark Beavin (see my January ‘Then & Now’ column in DragRacingOnline).
Both drivers ran one hundredth over their dial, but Paul’s better .015 Reaction Time won the day as Mark recorded an off pace .063 RT. The ‘Beav’ and Mark did not feel too bad as they Won the Saturday Gambler race, and were semi-finalists in Pro Eliminator. Mark’s Clovis, CA, MOPAR Club celebrated big time as Adam Hinkle won the Pro title stopping local favorite Nick Ariotti of Boulder City, NV, in the final.
Capturing the largest field of the event, PRO Eliminator, was Adam Hinkle from the Clovis, CA, MOPAR Club. Hinkle went many rounds, defeating the event’s largest field, 54 runners to claim the title.
MCATS was the major event debut of MOPAR MAX publisher Richard Kratz’s new driver, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong and she was impressive! She went rounds in several contests and only turned on one red light. It was a great start for the new LIQUID GLOW pilot!
Lee Anderson ruled the day in the hotly contested A/FX category. The Grand Jct., Colo. racer bested a large field of 34 factory ‘hot rods’ to claim the title over R/up Rick Ulmer.
Other winners included:
Champion…..Jesse Sanderson South Jordan, UT 10.80 118.02
R/up…………Brian Sanderson South Jordan, UT 10.84 122.69
Champion…..Lee Anderson Grand Jct. CO 12.02 110.79
R/up…………Rick Ulmer Colo. Springs, CO 11.28 118.34
Champion…..Andre Crowe Sun City, CA 12.35 107.52
R/up…………Lonnie Bartley Murrieta, CA 12.45 109.32
Champion…..Robert Wood Laveen, AZ 10.11 137.36
R/up…………Al Viceacobos Riverside, CA NT
Champion…..Nick Ariotti Boulder City, NV 12.24 90.47
R/up…………Bryan Swanson Chino Hills, CA 17.35 77.44
Scat Pac 392…
Champion…..Jess Rose Ephrata, WA 10.67 136.72
R/up…………Rudy Lopez Downey, CA 11.64 91.97
Champion…..Kendall Garrard Lake Point, UT 15.64 94.32
R/up…………Clayton Ward Huntington, UT 14.75 98.02
Pony Car Wars…
Champion…..Phillip Irby Boulder City, NV 11.40 116.14
R/up…………Kevin Waller San Diego, CA 10.32 133.68
Champion…..John Irving Boulder City, NV 11.40 116.14
R/up…………Travis Waller San Diego, CA 12.52 108.07
Mopars vs the World…
Champion…..Aaron Huckfeldt Hay Springs, Ne 11.15 112.72
R/up…………Nick Ariotti Boulder City, NV 13.01 100.88
Champion…..Paul Peterson Suffield, OH 7.87 155.52
R/up…………Mark Beavin Clovis, CA 11.14 116.87
Champion…..Adam Hinkle Clovis, CA 11.69 114.68
R/up…………Nick Ariotti Boulder City, NV 12.98 103.30
Champion…..John Piller Lancaster, CA 17.73 61.90
R/up…………Don Faldowski West Point, UT 9.10
Champion…..Phillip Irby Boulder City, UT 11.36 116.91
R/up…………Mike Cortez Fresno, CA 10.77 124.49
MOPAR MAX MAGAZINE editor Richard Kratz was a busy man during the three-day event. He is shown here with his new writer for the magazine and driver of the Liquid Glow Dodge Magnum wagon, Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong.
The Super Pro title went to Paul Peterson from Suffield, Ohio, who out ran Mark Beavin in the final.
Todd Ishibashi’s wheel standing 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
John Piller, perennial winner at MCATS, won Stick Eliminator.
Nick Ariotti and Brian Sanderson
Darren Williams – Canada
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