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Tim Burgess, President
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
Watch for the 2015
Quarter Mile for a Cure Nov. 8, 2014
Every year, Will and Kelly McLearran host
the Quarter Mile for a Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen charity, and
every year the R1320 Drag Racing Club participates in the charity
"Gambler" race. A Gambler race is no more that a regular bracket race
with the exception that you pay a fee to participate, and in the end the
winner gets half the pot, the charity gets the other half. This year
was no different regarding our participation with McLearran Racing and
the charity, but this year R1320 had such a good turnout, that 9 of the
21 participants were are R1320! Not only were we the dominating team,
we took it right to the end with our own, Clayton Jensen, coming in 2nd
in the finals! Congratulations Clayton!
We were really glad to see so many racers
show up for this, the last R1320 race, especially since this is a
charity event, and we contributed a full $180 to the charity ourselves!
Our champion team consisted of:
Shelby and Patrick Breckenridge
Drew Mapes and girlfriend, Kristen
Phil and Crystal Rios, daughter Tiffany
and grandkids Mason and Logan
Kevin and Bonnie Hartnett with Mom, Renee
and body guard, Hunter the dog.
Anthony and Gina Lopez
Clayton and Jody Jensen
The wind was a factor on Saturday as
though it was pretty calm in town, out at the track it was howling!
Trying to keep a canopy tied down became a challenge! Tying it to a
trailer with tires as weights, so that the easy up wouldn't blow away
only marginally worked, as the canopy was still blowing and was dragging
the tires along with it! At
9am it was 17.1 mph with gusts up to 22
mph with a temp of 64.2 F and a corrected altitude was 4054 ft. but by
2pm winds were at 20 mph with gusts up
to 24 mph and the temp was 78.8 F with the corrected altitude was 5023
This made it difficult to estimate our
dial in times for the elimination runs as there was a 2 hour wait from
the last qualifying run to the actual first elimination run. Though the
rule of thumb is adjust your dial times by .1 sec for every 1000 ft in
elevation change, it's still a bit of a guessing game.
Going into the first round of Gambler, it
was a random pairing, and R1320 racers, tried to avoid pairing up
against each other, thinking it's more fun to race someone you haven't
raced in the past, and that was right!
Six R1320 racers won the first round,
Shelby Breckenridge, Jamal Brewer, Kevin Hartnett, Anthony Lopez, Carl
Mapes and Clayton Jensen.
Four won the second round, Jamal Brewer,
Carl Mapes, Anthony Lopez and Clayton Jenson, but only one won the third
and fourth rounds, Clayton Jensen. After the finals, we were so excited
as we rushed back to the pits to congratulate Clayton on the 2nd place
finish but he didn't show up and didn't show up....we were just getting
ready to head to the end of the track to find him when his wife got a
call. Just as Clayton pulled off the track he blew a tranny hose and
was stranded. Next thing we know, here comes Clayton, in his scary fast
GTO being towed by, no kidding, a golf cart! He's never gonna live that
On top of the fun we had for the race, we also had a
racer who clocked her personal best E.T., Angie Brown with a 13.58 @
Thanks to all who participated the event and congratulations to Phil
Rios who is our overall points winner for the year!
2014 Final Points Standing:
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
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