BRANCH SOUTHWEST SUPERCHARGERS DOUBLE HEADER @ EL PASO
The Tate Branch Southwest
Superchargers ran a double race (sort of) November 3 @ Southwest University
Motorplex to finish out the convoluted 2018 racing season, and two different
winners made late points.
First off, the weather was as
perfect as you will ever have at this altitude. 5785' density altitude, clear
skies, mild breeze, 75 degrees as eliminations began, near perfect. With only 4
cars doing battle, the SWSC had plenty of time to have this race and finish the
semi-final and final rounds from Sept 18 race that was rained out here in El
Time trials/qualifying began
with Janna Skinner and Ricky Esparza starting the ritual burnouts to lay down
fresh rubber, heat the tires and clean everything for a great pass. Ricky's
slingshot jerked the frontrunners out of the beams, red light start on a
4.5778/155.60 to Janna's close-to-index 4.5153/154.22. Christian Leffew likewise
pulled the fronts up and went a soft 4.7035/147.78 to Joe Navar's better
Rd2 Qualifying was also the
semi-final round of our postponed September 18 race, so Joe Navar met Ricky
Esparza. Joe advanced to the final of that race by way of his superior
4.5380/151.21 to Ricky's red light initiated 4.4729/157.89, under index. BTW,
index for this El Paso race was 4.50.
Next pass was the first round of
eliminations for the current November 3 race. Same pairing as last pass. Joe
Navar again advanced to a final via his 4.5255/137.83 to Ricky's under index
pass of 4.4946/156.69. Looks like the Esparza's have a handle on the high
powered slingshot. Janna Skinner also advanced when she went 4.5044/149.60 to
Christian Leffew's 4.9484/114.62
Next up the SWSC ran the final
for that days race, another Janna vs. Joe kinda pass. There has been several of
these throughout the season. But first, a runoff between Ricky and Christian was
in order just for the spectators. Esparza arrived first on his 4.8481 to
Leffew's 6.8404. The final saw Janna Skinner take the "JERRY" based on her
4.5939 to Joes loose 7.3854. One final round in the history books.
In the final round for the Sept
18 race, Janna would again meet Joe. This time the tables were turned as Joe
Navar took home the winners share with 5.6874 as Janna lit the dreaded red bulb
and ran 4.6052.
Joe Navar won the Good
Vibrations Quick Light with a scary .003 light! Great Job!
As we in the Southwest Superchargers close out our 20th successful season, we would like to take a few minutes to thank our sponsors/partners who have been so helpful in our continued success. Tate Branch Family of Dealerships in Portales, Carlsbad and Hobbs, New Mexico. Andy Mears of Mears Mazda/Volvo, of Lubbock Texas. Good Vibrations/Drag Parts of Whittier, Calif, Thank you for sponsoring our Quick Light Award Bonus forever. TR Chassis, Las Cruces. Lyle Byrum of ATI Jet Executive Charter of El Paso, couldn't do it without your continued assistance. Micro Machine, Gary & Mark Jones, Gary Smith, Gary Hill, thanks again. Hope to see you in 2019.
Watch our website and Facebook page, the 2018 SWSC Awards banquet is in the planning stages We'll see you there!
Janna Skinner winner in El Paso and the 2018 SWSC Champion!!
Joe Navar runner up in El Paso.
Mears Mazda Winner
Mears Mazda Runner-Up
ATI Jet Quick Qualifier
TR Chassis Progressive Qual.
Good Vibrations Quick Light