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The 2018 Phoenix Drag Race & Hot Rod Reunion from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Chandler, ARIZ. (February 18, 2018) – The 2018 Phoenix Drag Race & Hot Rod Reunion was held Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.  Along with a car show, the event included racing in A/FX, Nostalgia 1, Gas Combo, Trophy, Electronics and Non Electronics classes.  The track was also open for testing for those looking to dial in their rides for future events.

Over the years, Steve Barcak has done a great job putting the Phoenix Drag Race & Hot Rod Reunion together.  The event has grown and attracts racers from across the Southwest.  It was nice to see some new cars running down the quarter mile at Wild Horse Pass.

In A/FX, Albuquerque, NM’s Sidney McDaniel running his ’63 Savoy met up with Golden, CO’s Mike Pippin and his ’67 Nova in the final round of eliminations.  McDaniel got off the line first with a .077 light against Pippin’s .234 and went on to run a 9.844 at 124.09 mph for the win.

Nostalgia 1 say Avondale’s Paul Flies and Gilbert’s Jim Maroney meeting on the line in the finals.  Driving his ’68 front engine dragster, Maroney took the win with a 8.658, 152.81 mph pass against Flies’ 9.136, 136.61 mph pass.

Gas Combo would be an all Las Vegas shootout as Bill Perri in his ’65 GTO and Ken Spears in his ’54 Chevy 3100 headed to the tree for the final round of eliminations.  Spears got off the line first with a .097 light and took the win with a 8.675, 154.26 mph pass.  Perri left on a .149 light and ran a 9.563, 136.61 mph pass.

In the Trophy class, No. 1 qualifier out of Duncan’s Mark Pelkey in his ’65 GTO would race Phoenix’s Rick Unterseh in his ’80 Firebird Formula.  When the tree dropped, Pelkey went red by -.047, handing the win to Unterseh.  Unterseh ran a 12.792 at 105.50 mph.

Only one car would make it to the line for the Electronics class.  Chandler’s Ken Weyel and his ’64 Chevelle took an easy win running 10.570 at 124.24 mph.

Non Electronics had Gilbert’s Raul Vargas in his ’76 Aspen running against Mesa’s Ryan Richards in his ’63 International Scout.  Vargas cut a better light with a .007 against Richards’ .047, but Richards’ 10.126, 128.85 mph pass would take the win.

Local racer Brett Hewson took advantage of the test and tune, running a personal best of 9.86 at 132.42 mph in his ’56 Ford pickup.  Congratulations Brett!

Scroll down to check out some shots from the track during the 2018 Phoenix Drag Race & Hot Rod Reunion.

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