Toyota Motorsports weekend summary 2002-06-17

Toyota Drag Racing Report NHRA POWERade Series in Columbus, Ohio Bruce Sarver continued his impressive string of qualifying efforts by earning the second position overall in the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car this weekend in Columbus. His...

Toyota Drag Racing Report

NHRA POWERade Series in Columbus, Ohio

Bruce Sarver continued his impressive string of qualifying efforts by earning the second position overall in the White Cap Toyota Celica Funny Car this weekend in Columbus. His 4.860 et/308.28 mph was second only to Whit Bazemore's 4.798/320.36.

Sarver drove the White Cap Celica to consistent victories in the final rounds Sunday over Frank Pedregon, Scotty Cannon and Johnny Gray. In the Finals, both Sarver and Ron Capps smoked the tires at the start, but Capps took the victory with a 6.027- to 6.942-second run.

This was the second final-round appearance for Sarver and the White Cap Toyota Celica in the last four races, a span that also includes two top qualifying spots in three weeks. Sarver is now 16th in the overall Funny Car standings having only raced in four of the 11 events after taking over for Gary Scelzi in May.

The next event is the 6th Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis, June 28-30.

NHRA Summitt Sport Compact Drag Racing Series in Reading, Pa.

Toyota racers dominated the weekend by winning four of the six classes. Matt Scranton (Pro V8 class), George Ioannou (Pro), Alex Dieguez (Modified), and Mark Mazurowski (Street Tire) all raced their respective Toyotas to victory this weekend at the K&N Filters Sport Compact Nationals.

Scranton drove his twin-turbo V8 Celica to a fifth consecutive event victory in 2002. He and Craig Paisley continued their rivalry as Scranton (7.036 et/200.68 mph) edged Paisley's nitrous V8 Toyota Tundra (7.779 et/174.35 mph). Scranton's Celica was the first import drag racing vehicle in history to reach the 200-mph barrier (202.55 mph in May), and he reached 200 mph again in the finals at Reading.

Ioannou made a final-round pass of 7.191 et/190.03 mph in his turbo I-6 Toyota Solara to take his second win of the season. He is now fourth in the overall Pro Class standings behind Grand Downing and his turbo I-6 Toyota Tundra, who qualified second to Ioannou but lost in the first round due to intercooler problems.

Alex Dieguez's victory in a turbo I-4 Toyota Corolla moved him up to fifth overall in the competitive Modified Class standings. He also set a new national record time of 8.050 seconds. Mark Mazurowski's Supra earned its second win of the season to give him a commanding lead in the Street Tire Class standings (354-195).

The next event is Aug. 9-10 at the 2nd Annual BFGoodrich Tires NHRA Sport Compact Nationals in Dallas, Tx.

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Series Drag , NHRA
Drivers Bruce Sarver , Frank Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon , Johnny Gray , Matt Scranton