John Cardinale Sears Point Raceway (707) 938-8448, X107 Brentwood's Santos on Familiar Ground on Sears Point Raceway Drag Strip SONOMA, Calif. - Each year it seems impossible that Rick Santos can keep up the winning pace that has made him the...
John Cardinale Sears Point Raceway (707) 938-8448, X107
Brentwood's Santos on Familiar Ground on Sears Point Raceway Drag Strip
SONOMA, Calif. - Each year it seems impossible that Rick Santos can keep up the winning pace that has made him the three-time, defending Federal-Mogul Dragster national champion.
But the 41-year-old Santos is on a roll again, having won six out of the eight NHRA national and divisional events he has entered. He is currently leading both national and divisional point standings entering The Fox 101.7/Team Chevrolet Festival of Fire at Sears Point Raceway this weekend (June 30-July 2).
So far this season, the Brentwood resident has a perfect record in Pacific Division competition, scoring wins at the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series events at Southwestern International Dragway in Tucson (Ariz.), Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield and Sacramento Raceway. He has been the No. 1 qualifier at each event as well. In national event competition, Santos has won at Pomona Raceway, Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix and the Texas Motorplex in Dallas.
In 1999, Santos was all but unbeatable, winning five out of six Pacific Division events and six out of nine national events.
Although he has faced some early competition from Jay Meyer of Channelview, Texas, Santos has the points lead and does not look like he will give it up.
"All of these guys are tough," said Santos. "You can't take anything for granted. There is a lot of competition in this class so every race we just run our race. So far, it's worked for us."
Santos hopes to drive his Jack O'Bannon-owned, Oakwood Homes-backed machine to victory on his home track at the Festival of Fire.
"It's a nice track and it's always been good to me," Santos said. "I'm close to home and I always have a lot of friends come to this one. I hope I do well."