Figspeed West Coast Classic at Fontana, Calif.

Kyle Rizzoli

 

Sunday's program ended with multi-time NHRA Stock division champion Kyle Rizzoli beating Trey Sommers in the final round of the Lucas Oil Pro class, picking up a check for $3000 and enough round wins to be crowned the West Coast Classic-Lucas Oil point's champion. In the semifinal, Rizzoli's Bridgewater Performance Camaro beat Evan Kowalski and Sommers defeated Barron Barler.

Alexis Thompson's first major win was an emotional one for the Henderson, Nev., racer, as her dad, Shane, the 2014 Arizona Nationals Super Comp champion, was admitted to a local hospital with stomach pains on Saturday evening and ended up having gallbladder surgery. Shane wanted Alexis to race, and that she did, winning the eight-round Racepak Super Pro contest and stopping Brad Pierce in the final, 7.513, 179.40 (7.49 dial, .015 reaction) to Pierce's losing 9.603, 137.85 (9.57 dial and .000 reaction) for a .005 margin of victory win.

 

Thompson defeated Larry Spitali of Glendale, Ariz., in the semifinals. Thompson picked up a Racepak check for $5000 for her win, and Pierce earned runner-up money of $3000, plus the Racepak Super Pro point's title.

 

Some of the many notable awards offered during the weekend included the Hughes Best Package of the event to Bobby Dye Jr., Long Distance award to Steve Hamilton of Chicago, California Car Cover Best Appearing Car award to Marko Perivolaris' '63 Nova, the Aeromotive "000" reaction time during Saturday eliminations went to Daniel McClelland, and the Specialty Fasteners "000" award on Sunday was won by Jack Swanson in Pro and Carl Cannavo in Super Pro. The Lindsay Racing Products Sunday bounty went to Mark LaLonde for defeating Saturday Super Pro winner Randy Kersey.

 

Others sponsoring awards included: Clay Smith Cams, BTE, RB Components, DLRE, Autometer, Plourd Racing Products, Quick Fuel Technologies, Goodyear, Hoosier, Taylor Motorsports, and APD.

 

The inaugural Figspeed West Coast Classic was deemed a huge success by racers, promoters, and the Auto Club Dragway staff, and a second race is in the plans for 2016.