Recap of the 2016 Phoenix Drag Racer Reunion at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Chandler, ARIZ, (December 18, 2016) – Drag racers from the Valley and beyond gathered at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Saturday to share a common interest, their love and remembrance of Phoenix’s drag racing history. It was a great chance for those who are part of Arizona drag racing heritage to get together and share stories of days gone by.
The Phoenix Drag Race Reunion was put together by Steve Barcak and was one part of three days of drag racing at Wild Horse Pass. With the Reliable Diesel Drags on Friday Night, the Phoenix Drag Racers Reunion on Saturday, the weekend was capped off with Pontiac Heaven on Sunday.
Saturday’s drag racing featured four classes of racing on the dragstrip. Reunion Money Electronics, Reunion Money Non-Electronics, Reunion Trophy and AFX.
Goodyear’s John Lister and his ’80 Monza and Chandler’s Allen Smith and his ’67 Chevelle met in the final round of eliminations in the Reunion Money Electronics class. As the tree dropped, Lister went red by -.346 giving the win to Smith. Smith got off the line first with a .035 light and went on to run a 9.743 at 136.40 mph.
In the Reunion Money Non-Electronics class, Yucipa, California’s Tim Rankin and his 66 Pontiac GTO met Phoenix’s Dale Newnham and his ’65 VW Bug on the starting line. Newnham left first with a .127 light against Rankin’s .180. Newnham ran a 11.040, 123.44 mph pass for the win.
The Trophy Class would see Glendale’s Emily Sramek and her ’68 Olds 442 meeting Tempe’s Bruce Burger and his ’69 Camaro at the tree. When the tree dropped, it was Sramek who left first with a .196 light against Burger’s .263. Emily ran a 13.112, 102.79 mph pass for the win.
It was an all Prescott Valley, all Campbell family final round of elimination in the A/FX class as Bill Campbell and his ’65 Dodge Coronet and JD Campbell and his ’68 Dodge Dart paired for the finals. Bill not only got off the line first with a .149 light against JD’s .732, he also took the win with a 12.425, 75.05 mph pass.
Congratulations to all of Saturday’s race winners.
With the racing complete, vintage dragsters made their was down the return road, giving the fans in the stands their nitro fix. Robert Winefsky closed the show with one final pass in his WFA Altered.