Ellsworth wins 29th Super Eliminator
by Michael Giacone
Samoa – Dennis Ellsworth, Jr. won his third consecutive race and the 29th Super Eliminator title with his Wonder Brothers dragster. Dennis ran an 8.51 elapsed time at 152 mph to capture the major title and the Wally trophy.
Ellsworth beat Dale Waddell’s 1927 Ford roadster in the final round. Brad Schiewe’s 1974 Mustang II and Brad Seher’s 1971 Triumph Spitfire were the semifinalists.
John Antongiovanni took the Pro bracket championship win his 1965 Chevy II by defeating Scott Tucker’s 1968 Barracuda. Antongiovanni ran a right 12.47 at 105 mph to pull off the win. Ray Rapp was third in his 1971 Vega.
Troy Beck won the event title in Quick Street for the second straight year with his 1969 GTO. Beck ran 12.26 at 94 mph to best Troy Folkenberg’s 1972 Pinto while Nick Purcell took third place in his 1975 Torino.
Dave Smith was the top driver in the Street class in his 2003 Nissan Murano. He ran a time of 16.74 at 82 mph to claim the victory over Vernon Rossig’s 1967 Camaro. Brian Stone’s 1967 Firebird and Jim Brodersen’s 1997 Ford F150 were the semifinalists.
Tyler Hutton captured the Junior Dragster title with a 9.04 elapsed time. Tim Ellsworth finished second while Kara Pettit and Adam Smith were the third place racers. Robbie Waddell won the Consolation bracket with a time of 11.05 with Malli Blasdell finishing second.
The Gamblers bracket was won by Dan Simmons in his 1964 Chevy pickup. His 11.93 at 110 mph defeated the 1970 Dodge pickup of Arron Daniels. John Terry’s 1991 Taurus and Scott Anderson’s dragster were the semifinal losers.