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Evans Nearly Pulls Off Perfect Weekend, Takes Home 10-12 Age Group Win
After a strong start to the weekend which saw Isaac Evans collect a Runner-Up finish in the 8.90 Index class, he was then able to come back around and collect the race win in the 10-12 Age Group.
In the semi's Isaac was able to get some revenge against friend Blaine Marsh. After Blaine defeated him in the 8.90 Index, Isaac was up for the challenge this time around. He was first off the line with a sizable lead, cutting a .029 to Blaine's .113. Isaac was able to parlay that into the win by running an 8.941 on his 8.90 dial.
The second semi final saw SEJRA newcomer Lindsey Schmidt taking on Bryanne Brock. Lindsey was first off the line with a nice .068 light to Bryanne's .176. Bryanne did everything she could by running closer to her dial, but Lindsey's 10.957 on her 10.89 dial was enough to take the win!
Isaac would again prove to be up for the challenge in the finals. When the ambers dropped he took the starting line advantage, cutting a .056 to Lindsey's .160. That would be all he needed to collect the win as his 8.924 on the 8.91 dial turned on the championship win light!
Congrats to Isaac and the entire Evans team on a great outing to start 2013!
Harris Opens 2013 Season Strong, Takes Home 13 & Up Age Group Win
After a great 2012 campaign in the 8.90 ranks of the SEJRA, TJ Harris made the transition to 7.90 competition look easy. In one of the biggest classes of the weekend, TJ was able to march his was through the field in his Tommy's Quality Used Cars hotrod to take the victory.
In the semi finals TJ found himself with a single into the finals based on his outstanding .002 reaction time from the previous round. This time he would push it a little to far, cutting a -.018 and running a 7.902 on the 7.90 dial.
The second semi final saw an all Huddleston Performance powered Halfscale affair. Mitchell Seymore brought his machine to the line to face off against 2012 7.90 Index Champion Brody Quick. Brody was first off the line with a .023 to Mitchell's .039. However, Mitchell was perfect with a 7.939 on his 7.93 dial to take the victory!
In the finals TJ was back on the tree. He took the early lead with a nearly perfect .009 light to Mitchell's nice .045. That would be enough to take the stripe as TJ was closer to his dial as well, running a 7.923 on his 7.90 dial to take home the race win.
Congratulations to TJ and the entire Harris team on a quick adjustment to 7.90 racing!
Maizie Martin Finds Victory Lane At Home Track In 8 & 9 Year Old Age Group
Maizie Martin has been on a roll in the SEJRA dating back to the end of 2012. After ending her season with multiple final round appearances, Maizie started off 2013 in Victory Lane.
In the first semi Maizie matched up with Tennessee racer Matthew Brock. Miss Martin took a big starting line advantage and never looked back. Her 13.003 on her 12.96 dial was enough to take the win.
The second semi final saw 12.90 Index winner Kole Sedlock earn a single into the championship round. He showed his strength running a great 12.921 on his 12.90 in preparation for the finals.
In the finals Maizie brought her Huddleston Performance Turn-Key car up to do battle with Kole and his Halfscale built ride. Both drivers were close on the tree with the slight edge going to Kole. However, at the finish line Kole pushed a little to hard running a 12.892 on his 12.90 dial to give Maizie the race win!
Congratulations to Maizie and the entire Martin team on their continued success!
Isenhower Starts Season in Familiar Spot, Takes Home $1,000 All-Run Victory
Nick Isenhower is one of the most feared Jr. Racers in the country. The number of wins and the money he has collected is astounding, and as such each racer knows they better bring their A game when facing him. Sunday at Beacon Dragway he again showed why he is one of the best.
In the semi's Nick earned himself a bye run on the strength of an .013 reaction time. He would prove again that he was ready for all comers on his single as he cut a nice .018 light and ran a 7.861 on his 7.90 dial.
The second semi final saw Dylan Kick out of Arkansas taking on 8.90 racer Kameron Keyser. This one was over before it got started as Dylan left the red light glowing, giving Kameron a berth in the finals. Kameron cruised to an 8.955 on his 8.90 dial.
The finals put young vs. older, as Kameron brought his 8.90 Motivational Tubing hotrod up against the experienced 7.90 Halfscale of Nick. When the green flashed Nick again was the picture of consistency, cutting a great .010 to Kameron's .064 light. That would be enough to push Kameron under his dial, as Nick completed the finals with a 7.910 on his 7.90 dial.
Congratulations to the Isenhower team, and Nick on collecting yet another SEJRA winner's trophy!
Wagner Uses Consistency At Both Ends To Earn Opening 7.90 Index Win of 2013
Jonathon Wagner has been a threat in the 7.90 Index class in the Midwest for a few seasons now. The SEJRA coming to Beacon Dragway allowed him to bring his talents further south and show everybody what he is capable of doing.
On the heels of a nice .032 light, Jonathon earned himself a single into the final round of competition. Knowing he'd have a tough competitor he opted to save his parts an cruise to the easy victory and prepare himself for his final round.
In the second semi final it was 7.90 juggernaut Devin Isenhower taking on the newcomer to 7.90 competition, Preston Tanner. Both drivers were killer on the tree, cutting identical .012 lights. At the stripe it would be just as close with Devin taking the win using his dead on 7.902 run.
The finals would be just as tight as both drivers have spent years battling each other. When the tree came down it was Jonathon out first, cutting a nice .012 to Devin's .040 light. Devin did all he could but it wasn't enough as Jonathon took the win with a 7.916.
Congratulations to Jonathon and the entire Wagner team on a hard fought victory!
Blaine "Frog" Marsh Collects First SEJRA 8.90 Index Win in Season Opening Event
Blaine "Frog" Marsh began traveling with the SEJRA during the 2012 season. After learning the ropes of series racing, the Marsh team made big changes to their program for 2013 and the positive results were immediate.
In the semi's Blaine met up with Michigan racer Noah Rambow. Marsh took the early lead with his .051 light to Noah's .115, and that would be the difference. At the stripe it was Blaine earning a spot in the finals with his 8.972 to Noah's 9.035.
The second semi final saw SEJRA 8.90 standout Isaac Evans taking on Midwest racer Alex Wagner. It was Isaac with the early jump cutting a .053 light to Alex's .117 reaction time. On the big end Isaac was able to back into the win with a pedaling 9.034 to Alex's 9.000.
The finals saw an all Huddleston Performance powered Halfscale Dragsters match-up as both drivers came to the line. As he had done all day, Isaac was first off the line with a sizeable lead cutting a .044 to Blaine's .114. However, to much finish line driving got him in trouble and his 9.057 wasn't enough to hold off Blaine's hard charging 8.981.
Congratulations to Blaine and the entire Marsh team on an outstanding beginning to their 2013 season!
Kole Sedlock Collects First SEJRA Trophy of 2013, Takes 12.90 Index Victory
Kole Sedlock had the car to beat in his debut at the newly finished Beacon Dragway. In a tough field of 12.90 competitors, Kole was up for the challenge and march his way right into Victory Lane.
In the semi finals Kole brought his Halfscale built dragster up again the Huddleston Performance machine of Maizie Martin. Maizie took a sizable starting line advantage but was unable to slow it down enough, as her 12.865 gave Kole and his 12.913 a berth in the finals.
The second semi final saw Mantez Thompson Jr. taking on Tori Bryan. When the tree dropped it was Tori taking the early lead. Tori led the way the entire race, but at the finish line her 12.894 was just under the index and gave Mantez the victory!
The finals saw a pair of SEJRA newcomers taking on one another. Mantez took the early lead by nearly 7 hundredths of a second. However that wouldn't be enough to take the win, Kole was able to drive around him on the big end with a race winning 13.007.
Congratulations to Kole and the entire Sedlock team on a great win at the new Beacon Dragway!
Photos Courtesy: Doug Price