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R1320 is a club of more than 200
members, with at least two things in common, the same employer in
Tucson, AZ and a mutual interest in drag racing and cars. Our
vehicles of choice range from a turbo-charged inline 6-cylinder Falcon
who has had multiple magazine articles published about it, to a brand
new Shelby GT-500 Mustang
Next Event October 18th
- Gates open at 8A
R1320's September 13, 2014
Kudos to Drew & Carl Mapes
Congratulations are in order
for one of our R1320 racers, Drew Mapes, who, while at Wild Horse Pass
this last weekend, received a trophy for runner-up in the National
Dragster Challenge! Racing began at
6 p.m. on Saturday the 13th and
continued on until
4:30 a.m. on the 14th! Luckily, this
gave Drew enough points to qualify for the Race of Champions at Famoso
Raceway in California, where he and dad, Carl Mapes, are competing in
the NHRA ET Finals
September 18th - 21st. Congratulations
to Drew and good luck to you and Carl at the ET Finals!
Next Race Event
Our next bracket race event is
Saturday, October 18th @ 8 am @ SIR -
hope to see you out there!
Last Race Event Results
Sept. 13th's R1320 event
started off a little strangely. Shelby Breckenridge, the club's VP,
arrived at the track about 20 minutes after the gates opened and not
only were there no racers in line at the gate to get in, there were NO
R1320 racers there either! Luckily, shortly after Shelby arrived,
Clement De Large arrived. Both of them were a little baffled as usually
we have several racers changing tires and prepping to go to tech by the
time Shelby arrives. As Shelby and Clement stood around trying to
decide what to do if no one else showed up, another R1320 racer met up
with us; Steve Miller and his friend, Amanda, on his motorcycle.
Unfortunately, Steve didn't have all of the required safety equipment
in order to race, so he took a rain check for the next event. Then a few
more trickled in, Phil Rios, with friend Noel Graham, who was visiting
from Sidney, Australia, Jeff Wright, Clayton and Jody Jensen, Jamal
Brewer, Anthony and Gina Lopez, and Willie and Kateland Weissman.
So, on top of the late arrival
of some of the racers, we were delayed in the staging lanes for a short
clean up on the track before our first test pass that we were called up
for, and then, as we pulled around the staging lanes for our second test
pass, we were held up again as one of the dragsters had a brake and
parachute failure which caused him to run off the end of the track -
completely through the sand trap AND the catch net, finally coming to
rest in the desert beyond. Unfortunately this was not a quick fix and
we all pulled out of the staging lanes and back into the pits to wait
for the retrieval of the dragster and the repair of the catch net.
Luckily, the driver was uninjured, but the dragster was a mangled mess.
Since the track catch net
repair was expected to take an hour and a half to two hours, racer
Kateland Weissman and dad, Willie, decided not to wait around, and the
remaining R1320 racers took a vote and decided to wait it out. Just
about the time that we had taken the vote, it had been nearly an hour,
the track reopened, and we were called up for our second test pass with
the first elimination round in quick succession. At that point we had
an odd number of racers, so as always, the person with the best reaction
time in the previous round earns the solo "bye" run, which was Jamal
Bracket Race Results
Jamal Brewer - Bye
Clayton Jensen vs Jeff Wright
Shelby Breckenridge vs Clement
Phil Rios vs Tony Lopez
Jamal Brewer vs Jeff Wright
Clement De Large vs Phil Rios
Jeff Wright vs Phil Rios
Congratulations to Phil Rios
on his first place finish, and to runner up, Jeff Wright!
Current Points Standing
R1320's June 2014 Race
It's a heck of a way to start a race
event....get the car out of the trailer just to see that the alternator
light is on, and chances are you won't be able to run rounds on just
battery power! That's how Shelby Breckenridge started the evening.
Everyone else was up and ready to go when the first round of qualifying
runs was called at 6P. It was hot, but by the 3rd qualifying round
the sun had gone down and the air was nasty, with a virtual
altitude of 6600 feet causing every car to run slower than normal.
Jody Jensen had made her awesome hot dogs in
hot sauce so all racers and crews were chowing down and rejuvenating. We
were missing a good portion of our regular racers, Clement deLarge,
Kevin Hartnett, Angie Brown and Joe Basham, but we had a couple of the
newer crew, Kateland Weissman and Anthony.
Win big (kidding!) if you can
identify this car!
I forgot my notes in my trailer at the track,
so I'm not sure these results are correct. Stay tuned for updates!
Tim Burgess - Bye
Shelby Breckenridge vs Clayton Jensen
Anthony vs Phil Rios
Jamal Brewer vs Kateland Weissman
Tim Burges vs Clayton Jensen
Phil Rios vs Jamal Brewer
Phil Rios vs Clayton Jensen with Phil for the