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|45th Annual Governors Cup Championships|
Hall Bros., Bockover, and Buzdas Star at Sacramento Raceway’s 45th Annual Governor’s Cup
Mark Hall won the Kenny’s Rod Shop 7.60 Shootout with wins over Danny Valencia, Greg Means, and in the final round, his son, Bryan.
Sacramento Raceway opened its gates in October 1964 and has been in continuous operation since. This is the second longest streak for drag strips in California after Division 7 neighbor Redding Drag Strip. The Governor’s Cup has always been the signature event for the vintage track and its 45th edition turned out to be another success. With a marquee lineup of exhibition vehicles that included four jet dragsters, four nitro Harley drag bikes, AA/Gas, Pro Mods, a match pitting a top fuel dragster against an NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car, and the California Independent Funny Cars (CIFCA), the packed house did not want for sustained action and entertainment.
With the exhibition vehicles racing to 1000’, the top fuel dragster versus funny car race featured brothers Rick Williamson in the Mike Craig’s top fuel dragster against sibling Bret in his AA/FC funny car. Bret got the jump on Rick at the start, and the funny car just nosed out the dragster in a very close 5.08/225.90 to 5.01/238.56 race. Mike Ruggiero recorded the best time for the nitro Harleys with his 173 cid, 900 horsepower, Top Fuel Harley (6.16), and Mike Troxel won the CIFCA 30-Year Reunion event.
Sharing the stage with the exhibition cars were full fields of 7.0 Pro, Top Comp, Nostalgia Eliminator 1, West Coast Pro Gas, and NorCal Drag Bikes. With a $1000 up for the winner, Kenny’s Rod Shop 7.60 Shootout attracted competitors from throughout California, including NHRA Heritage series top ten racers Jason Barta and Bryan Hall. Barta, the #1 qualifier (7.601), found himself paired against Hall in the semi finals. Jason’s dragster left first, but with Bryan’s 392 cid Chrysler-powered Bantam roadster roaring after him, Barta had to stay on the throttle and broke out by the closest of margins (7.5995). In the final round, it was a Hall Bros. Racing family affair with Bryan up against his dad’s ’23 T BBC long body altered roadster. Bryan broke on the burnout, and Mark let it fly out the back door with a winning 7.56/180.67.
7.0 Pro had its largest field of the year, a tribute to longtime class stalwart Bob “Superman” Murphy. Bob, who died earlier this year after a lengthy illness, was known for his wheels up launches and no lift attitude when a race was tight. Highly esteemed by his fellow racers, the pits were a mass of blue Superman t-shirts worn in celebration of his memory. Kenny Buzdas, driving Jay Smith’s immaculate Radio Flyer front engine dragster, overcame a tough field of competitors that included Jason Richey’s twin blown alcohol dragster (aptly named “Sixteen Candles”) to win the event. In the final round, it was Buzdas up against Fox Hunt winner Todd Ellingson. Kenny cut a .004 light, Todd spun the tires, and Buzdas sped away to a winning 7.12/171.09. West Coast Pro Gas completed their 2014 season at the Governor’s Cup. Brent Bockover, and Chris Rea doubled up, winning both the Governor’s Cup and the 2014 West Coast Pro Gas titles.
Other winners were:
Top Comp: David Myhre 8.07-170.43 def. Jim Johnson 7.36-191.13
A/G: Brent Bockover 7.67-166.05 def. Ted Kellner 7.55-175.08 <BO>*
B/G: Roy Castagnetto 8.64-143.85 def. Kevin McClain 8.59-163.71 <BO>*
C/G: Chris Rea 9.59-136.20 def. Danny Anderson 9.54-138.56 <double BO>*
D/G: Chaysse Trimp 10.61-121.74 def. Dan Ficher 10.63-119.96
E/G: Larry Heseman 12.14-87.00 def. Vinnie Schenck 12.17-110.69
Drag Bikes: Michael O’Neil 9.51-125.46 def. Mike Scott 8.28-153.13 <BO>*
Jay Smith’s nostalgia dragster is both pretty and fast. In 7.0 Pro, Kenny Buzdas drove the beauty to the winner’s circle with wins over Billy McDevitt, Mike Cross, Jason Richey, and Todd Ellingson.
It was an “all in” race for the West Coast Pro Gas A/G title when Brent Bockover (far) met Jim Godec (near) in round #1 of the Governor’s Cup. Bockover prevailed and would go on win defeat Ted Kellner in the final round to double up.
The view Roy Castagnetto’s competitor’s saw of his ’65 Chevelle at the Governor’s Cup; Roy won B/G over West Coast Pro Gas titlist Kevin McClain.
Chris Rea survived a double breakout race over Danny Anderson (9.59 to 9.54) to win C/G.
Chaysse Trimp won a closely contested final round against Dan Ficher to take D/G. Chaysse’s 10.61 (on a 10.60 dial in) was just enough to stop Dan’s 10.63.
Larry Hessman’s ’71 Pinto won E/G over Vinnie Schenck.
David Myhre won the Top Comp class over Jim Johnson.
Michael O’Neil won Drag Bike when Mike Scott broke out (8.28 on a 8.30 dial in) attempting to run down the quick leaving O’Neil.
Mike Troxel won the California Independent funny Car Association’s (CIFCA) 30th Anniversary reunion Race.
Jason Richey’s twin blown SBC 7.0 Pro dragster is a true throwback to the 1960s when dual-engine dragsters were commonplace.
Mike Ruggiero’s Top Fuel Harley had the quickest run (6.16) for the nitro Harleys, but it was a consistent Greg Justice (pictured) that got to the finish stripe first in his two runs against the Ruggiero brothers.
“The Mob” fuel altered was back on the track after a lengthy absence with Kurt Cruise at the controls.
Rick Williamson in Mike Craig’s top fuel dragster match raced against brother Bret’s NHRA AA/FC. Rick’s 5.01 was not quite quick enough to catch his brother’s 5.08.
Steve ”Hollywood” Cooke and the “Secret Weapon” jet tank was a huge crowd pleaser.
CIFCA Alcohol Funny Car Reunion: Ron Ward "Urban Legend", Harvey Williams "Rough N Ready", Andre Pegues "Windjammer", Kevin Sarginson "Sarginson Racing", Dan Whiteman, Joe Powell "Rheinhardt's Rocket", Mike Morel, Bobby Sanguino "Sanguino Racing", Mike Troxel "No More Alimony", Don Hosford
Brother VS Brother Nitro Match Race:
AA/Super Charged: Howard Anderson, Bill Fitting, Gary Reinero, Mike Molea
Jeff Atamian's "The Beast" , Derek Snelson's "Warhawk",
7.0 Pro Dragsters and Altereds, Pro Gas Door Slammers 7.00, 7.60, 8.60, 9.60, 10.60, 11.60, Drag Bikes, 7.60 Dragsters, Nissan GTR's, Top Comp, Nitro Harleys: Steve Ruggiero Racing
GENERAL ADMISSION SPECTATORS INFO FOR SATURDAY ONLY
RACERS/CREW INFO FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
PHOTOGRAPHS: Only Hard Card photographers are allowed in the restricted area(beyond the red line, starting line, spectator side of dragstrip, push road, return roads) If your crewmember is found taking photographs in this area they will be asked to leave the facility. You can contact one of our track photographers to obtain photographs of your car. Jeff Lane, Tom Finale Steve Justice