The Big Island Auto Club held its third annual VW Bug-In as well as an April points race April 21-22 at Hilo Drag Strip a benefit for the Hawaii Island Food Basket. Next up is the Memorial Day Drag Races, May 26-27.
8.90 index: Winner, Gary Mizuno (Hilo) in a ‘55 Chevy Bel-Air (8.90 seconds/147 mph). Runner-up, David Francis (Paauilo) in a Camaro (8.96/155).
9.90: Winner, Davy Watanabe (Hilo) in a Chevelle (9.93/132). Runner-up, Jonathon Santiago (Keaau) in a Roadster (9.96/133).
10.90: Winner, Raycen Wong (Hilo) in an Olds Starfire (11.05/132; Wong wins on a hole shot). Runner-up, Chad Fiesta (Pepeekeo) in a Nova (10.98/132).
11.90: Winner, Dave Crowl (Keaau) in a Nova (12.03/113). Runner-up, Kaike DePonte (Keaau) in a Camaro (12.14/124).
12.90: Ian Bernard (Papaikou) in a Toyota (13.30/79; Bernard wins on a hole shot). Runner-up, Gary Prose (Hilo) in a Mazda Pickup (13.18/103).
Pro Gas motorcycle: Winner, John Malson (Hilo) on a Honda (9.72/140). Runner-up, Sheldon Asejo (Hilo) on a Suzuki (10.83/134). Sunday ET Bracket
Junior dragster: Winner, Kaimi Francis (Hilo) (9.75/63). Runner-up, Sydney Koga (Mt. View) (11.26/54).
Bracket I: Winner, Raycen Wong (Hilo) in an Olds Starfire (10.28/99). Runner-up, Jonathan Santiago (Keaau) in a Roadster (Santiago tripped the light too early).
Bracket II: Winner, Laurence Cacabellos (Papaaloa) in a Vega (11.74/110). Runner-up, Keenan Francis (Honokaa) in a Nova (12.18/112).
Bracket motorcycle: Winner, Sheldon Asejo (Hilo) on a Suzuki (9.86/139). Runner-up, John Melson (Hilo) on a Honda (red-lighted, 9.86/133).
Sports compact bracket: Winner, Kimo Kamanu (Hilo) in a Honda (12.48/100). Runner-up, Kevin Adlic (Pahoa) in a Honda (13.59/118).
“Bug” bracket: Winner, Danny Namihira (Keeau) in a VW bug (10.55/111). Runner-up, Terry Enos (Hilo) in a VW digger (12.07/107).
Fastest car on the track: “Pyro” Pete Comandini (Waikoloa) in a jet-powered car (7.00/231).