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Sun, 14 Oct 2001, 02:04 PM

The Best of the Best Square Off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

LAS VEGAS -- In the Race of Champions, a Summit Racing Series race within a race, the best drivers from each of the 16 participating tracks went head-to-head today. They were running for a share of the $4,800 purse. The team from Speedworld Motorplex in Wittman, Ariz., earned the most points with 15. They will take home the Champion's Crown for that event.

The individual Race of Champions winners were David Johnston in Pro, Mike Zimmerman in Sportsman, Danny Cole in Street and Trace St. Germain in Motorcycle. Johnston, who represented Speedworld Motorplex, defeated Southwestern International Raceway's Noel Zweigler while Firebird International Raceway's Zimmerman beat Famoso Raceway competitor Michael Andrada. Cole, from Sacramento Raceway Park, overthrew Warren Gaede from Los Angeles County Raceway. Sears Point Raceway's St. Germain beat out Joseph Smith from Southwestern International Raceway.

Eliminations in the Pacific Division's Summit Racing Series Finals begin Sunday at 8 a.m. The individual winners in Pro, Sportsman, Street, and Motorcycle will compete against the winners from NHRA's other six divisions at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. Each driver will receive $3,500 and a chance at the $5,000 winner-takes-all purse for each class.

Gates at Las Vegas Motor Speedway open at 7 a.m. For more information contact the track, (702) 644-4444 or visit the web site at

Following are the Pacific Division racetracks participating in the Summit Racing Series Finals:

Adams Raceway Park; Rialto, Calif.
Baja Raceway; Mexicali, B.C., Calif. 
Famoso Raceway; Bakersfield, Calif. (2 teams)
Firebird International Raceway; Phoenix
Inyokern Dragstrip; Inyokern, Calif.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Las Vegas (2 teams)
Los Angeles County Raceway; Littlerock, Calif. (2 teams)
Redding Dragstrip; Redding, Calif.
Rialto Raceway; Rialto, Calif.
Rocky Mountain Raceway; Salt Lake City (2 teams)
Sacramento Raceway; Sacramento, Calif.
Samoa Dragstrip; Eureka, Calif.
Sears Point Raceway; Sonoma, Calif. (3 teams)
Southwestern International Raceway; Tucson, Ariz. (2 teams)
Speed World Motorplex; Wittman, Ariz. (2 teams)
Top Gun Raceway; Fallon, Nev.

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