Reaves tops large Pro field, Lambert posts second runner-up in Auto Max USA Drag Race Series at Pacific Raceways
April 16, 2012 · Updated 10:16 AM
Martin Lambert continued an early season hot streak as the Pro driver from Everett picked up the runner-up trophy for the second time in two races at the Auto Max USA Drag Race Series event Sunday at Pacific Raceways.
Lambert's Chevy Monza was on a roll until he faced North Bend's Ken Reaves in the final round. Lambert's red light gave the Pro class win to Reaves.
Randy Walker and Ron Sears were Pro semifinalists.
Sunday's race drew a large field of 250 cars. In addition to a near perfect day of racing, a car show by Bracketsars.com drew over 50 car show participants.
In Super Pro, a coin flip after the race determined the winner's trophy and first-place points as the raceway's curfew ended the day before the final round could be completed.
Brandon Spitali, of Anacortes, won the coin toss over Mark Cavar. Both drivers were on top of their game all afternoon. Cavar forced Bremerton's Dave Barcelon to run too fast in the semifinal, while Spitali got the starting line jump on Tony Hopkins' 2003 Firebird.
In the second round, Lynwood's Chris Cannon destroyed his '66 Corvette roadster when he hit the wall after crossing the finish line. Cannon was uninjured in the accident.
Dan Funderburg put an end to Joe Lind's winning streak in Motorcycle. Lind, from Renton, won last week's season opener and followed it up the next day with a win at Bremerton. Federal Way's Funderburg ran a 9.413 at 119.52 to beat Lind's break-out pass of 9.238 on a 9.30 dial.
The mighty Pontiac of Northwest legend Don Elgin found the winner's circle in Sportsman as the Des Moines driver forced Gene Furman of Issaquah to breakout. Elgin coupled a .021 reaction time in the final and ran 12.376 on a 12.31 dial.
It was the first time out this season at Pacific Raceways for the Jr. Dragsters. The Thunder class was won by Katie Kapler of Tacoma, who beat a red-lighting Kelsee Gage of Granite Falls. Emily Lewis and Josh Schmanke were the semifinalists.
In the Lightning class, Covington's Jordan Calhoun picked up the winner's trophy with an 8.009 on a 8.00 dial. Shawn Callahan ran a 7.901 on a 7.91 dial in a losing effort. Shelby Meikle was the lone semi-finalist.
The Auto Max USA Drag Race Series takes a month off. Round No. 3 is an evening race scheduled for Saturday, May 19. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing action to 11 p.m.