LAKESIDE, Calif. --
Mon, 07 Oct 2013, 19:19 PM
Lindstrom takes SoCal Super Street Championship, Rookie Honors
By Bob Johnson
Southern California Super Street Association newcomer Jeff Lindstrom knows how to make a statement:
Not only did he win the series Rookie of the Year honor, but also earned the series 2013
championship along with it.
After winning the first race of the five race series, Lindstrom won the final two events at Barona
Drag Strip, securing the 2013 championship and the Rookie of the Year bonus. Lindstrom credits his
father-in-law, John Parrino, for allowing him to drive the black '69 Mustang this season, and for
maintaining and dialing the car at the races. Lindstrom also thanks the association for a giving
the Super Street racers a place to compete for a championship, the series sponsors, and his friends
and family for their support.
John Sapone, the president of the series, finished second in the championship standings as he drove
his El Camino to two victories and the runner-up spot in the Super Street Shootout. Sapone won the
series second event, held at Bakersfield, and race three in early September at Barona. Rounding
out the top five finisher was Scotty Gearhart, John Castro, and Brian Mendenall.
The third and fourth races of the season were contested at Barona Drag Strip, where Val Houmard
qualified number one for the Denso Supply-sponsored event. In the semifinals, John Sapone defeated
Michael Boner, and Brian Mendenhall edged Kevin Houmard in a double-breakout race. In the final,
Sapone posted a .027 light and got the win as Mendenhall broke-out.
Sid's Auto Body sponsored race four, where Scotty Gearhart took the top qualifying honor for that
race. Lindstrom opened the semifinals with a .002 light to Mendenhall's .004 red-bulb, while Kevin
Houmard's blown Camaro stopped the T-Bird of Boner. In the final, Lindstrom was .008 off the
index, with Houmard settling for the runner-up honor.
Brian Mendenhall had the best qualifying number for the final race of the season, .003 off the 6.90
1/8 mile index. Dennis Blehm went to his first final of the year when he beat Sapone in the
semifinals, and Lindstrom got a bye into the final with his Mustang. Lindstrom banner season ended
with a victory over Blehm, as he red-lighted his chances away in the final round. RPM Racing
sponsored the event.
Rick Gunther captured the season-ending Super Street Shootout, as he defeated Tim Daniel in the
semifinals and Sapone in the final round. Sapone beat Dennis Blehm in the semi's to advance to the
Series sponsors for the Super Street Association include Denso Products, Sid's Auto Body, RPM
Racing, and Tim & Donna Daniel.
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