WCPMA results from Salt Lake City June 14/15 2002. 'Arizona Animal' thrown off the Mountain by 'Poison Viper' West Valley City, Utah - For the second time in as many races, Dennis Radford drove his '00 Dodge Viper to the winner circle. This time...
WCPMA results from Salt Lake City June 14/15 2002.
'Arizona Animal' thrown off the Mountain by 'Poison Viper'
West Valley City, Utah - For the second time in as many races, Dennis Radford drove his '00 Dodge Viper to the winner circle. This time he did it at Rocky Mountain Raceways. As was the case 3 weeks earlier at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, Andy Neyer was his opponent. Neyer again succumbed to the venomous strike of the 'Poison Viper' in their matchup.
Radford, 44 of Baker City, Oregon and his Radford Trucking sponsored 00 Dodge Viper ran 6.634 at just 207 MPH to turnback the charge of Neyer who valiantly ran 6.65 at 211. Radford's ET tied the low e.t. mark set by Neyer in Qualifying. The defending WCPMA Red Line Oil Series Champion, Neyer was the picture of consistency throughout eliminations.
After qualifying in the number one slot with a great 6.634 ET, Neyer never ran slower in eliminations than 6.66 nor quicker than 6.65. He defeated Wayne Torkelson, who was getting assistance tuning his Chrysler powerplant from Kirk Kuhns. He easily beat Danny Rowe, who was trying to sort out the combination in his brand new 38 Chevy, in the semi's. In addition to his consistent e.t.'s Neyer was also consistenly fast running 211 and 212 MPH to secure his berth in the Money round.
Meanwhile Radford began soft and stepped up the power when he needed it. He disposed of Las Vegas runner up Dan Vogt in round one with a 6.71 and whipped John Scialpi in round two running 6.64 at 220 for Top Speed of the Meet. His run also gave him lane choice in the final albeit by the narrowest of margins.
On Paper at least, the smart money was on Neyer. But one thing is for certain, when these two race, the only certainty is that there will be one heck of a drag race. As in the past, Neyer and Radford were up to the task. Fans at the beautiful Rocky Mountain Raceways facility saw a great side by side run with Radford winning at 6.634 204.77 to Neyer's 6.65 211.31.
2002 is beginning to shape up into a very exciting season for both the Radford Trucking and the Nine's Mine Racing teams. Neyer is certainly doing his part to defend his 2001 Red Line Oil Championship. Radford is really coming on strong. Time will tell whether the 'Arizona Animal' can tame the threat from the 'Poison Viper'.
WCPMA Racers will compete at the fourth race of the 2002 WCPMA Red Line Oil Championship series June 22 and 23 at Mission Raceway Park in Mission, British Columbia Canada.