Alta Loma, Calif.-based McClanahan finished fifth in the division's Super Stock chase in 2009 and improved upon that by a bunch last season by scoring his first championship in the Pacific and earning the Super Stock national title as well. The former Jr. Drag Racing Series competitor raced hard all year in two categories; in Stock Eliminator, he placed fourth in the division and seventh in the national standings after opening the season with back-to-back final rounds that included a win at the Division 7 event in Tucson.
McClanahan managed a couple of Super Stock rounds at Tucson's Southwestern Int'l Raceway, and then at Top Gun Raceway in Fallon Nev., he got the win light in his SS/BM Cobalt when opponent Wes King fouled in the final. The title round would be the first of three for McClanahan in the category.
The two came face to face in the last round at the delayed Phoenix meet, and the outcome would set the tone for the rest of the season; McClanahan cut a killer .006 light to Mandella's -.005 red. The eventual champ would win rounds at each of the remaining four races he would attend and go as far as the final at the last race of the season in Las Vegas, while Mandella would make it to the semifinals in Bakersfield and record early exits at the remainder of the events he attended. The final count was 409 McClanahan, 345 Mandella.
There was just one event all season where Hall didn't win at least one round, and that was the Bakersfield match at Famoso Raceway where Ryan Mangus raced to victory and Leo Glasbrenner challenged in his second final of the year.
Toby Lang steadily hauled points into his basket throughout the season despite a delayed launch, starting off out of the Pacific Division but near his home in Auburn, Wash., where he went to the quarterfinals at the Division 6 meet in Woodburn, Ore. In Sonoma at the Phoenix make-up, Lang was runner-up to Larry Gilley in his G/SA Chevelle, and he added a couple of semifinals performances and a round win to his final tally.
Naber, hailing from Ontario, Calif., earned the Super Comp crown by just a single point, and he did it all in the second half of the season and by attending just six events total. He started the year in July, traveling north to Infineon Raceway for his first race. Stockton, Calif., competitor Greg Boutte was the winner of the Sonoma event, and Naber didn't win a round, but at the next race, he definitively put himself on the board.
Super Comp racing at the points meet at Famoso included matches still left to contest from the Phoenix meet. Naber raced to the semifinals in the make-up, and the next day, he won the Bakersfield final when opponent Brian Fischle broke out of the 8.90 index by two-hundredths. At each of the next three events he raced, Naber went at least one round, squeaking past Boutte at the last Division 7 meet of the year at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
While in 2009 Val Torres Jr. took top honors in the Super Gas category, in 2010, father wrestled the division crown from son. Torres Sr., a resident of Valinda, Calif., went to the quarterfinals in his first race of the season in Tucson. Though he was unsuccessful in garnering round wins at the next two events at Top Gun Raceway and in Sonoma, the Phoenix Super Gas make-up in Bakersfield was a high point for the '63 Corvette pilot. Torres was dead-on the 9.90 index and went 165 mph to best Rick Beckstrom's breakout 9.889 in the final.
The victory would bring the championship into range for Torres, , who finished third in the national standings, and a semifinals at the out-of-division match in Reynolds, Ga., paired with a trip to the final at the last race for the Pacific Division helped him close in on the Super Gas honors.
Riverside, Calif., resident Randy Bowers missed the top spot by just 30 points and put together a very respectable season that included two wins in three final rounds. A first-round loss in Las Vegas was the end of Bowers' championship quest. Travis Balough, Ed Olpin, and Torres Jr. rounded out the top five.
Glendale, Ariz., racer Downing, driving a '79 Arrow, went to the final round at the first race of the year and then won the Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana. In Sonoma, Downing was a semifinalist, and the Phoenix make-up in Bakersfield produced a pair of round wins. The season ended on a relatively high note for Downing, who took on Henderson, Nev., racer Jeff Jackson in the Las Vegas final. Downing clocked a solid .013 light but Jackson bettered it with a quick .006 and was closer to the dial to win their double-breakout match. Downing lost the round by a smidge but already had possession of the championship; Blodgett bowed out in the second round.
Trailing second place Blodgett by 23 marks was Phoenix, Ariz.'s Ryan Giacone, with Jackson ending the year fourth and Ted Kellner, of San Jose, Calif., fifth.
Newport, of West Valley, Utah, rode his '90 GSXR to the money round at the Northwest Division's race in Boise, Idaho, and then plodded through the next three events without much fanfare before winning the Sonoma title. He went to the semis at the Division 6 race in Seattle and rounded out his season with a pair of round wins at the Las Vegas event.
La Mirada, Calif.-based Pine started on a high note aboard his '94 GSXR, beating Sean Conner in the final round of competition at the Pacific SPORTSnationals. He consistently went rounds throughout the remainder of the season but was unable to reclaim the lead after Newport's victory in Sonoma.
Tony Pellettera had an early advantage when he won the Tucson race as the season got under way, and he looked good in Bakersfield, scoring another win. Pellettera was third at final count, and Conner was fourth with Pete Miclette Jr. coming in fifth.
Division Seven Super Stock Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Ryan McClanahan 409 8 2 Tony Mandella 345 8 3 John Winslow Sr. 247 6 4 Steve Wann 245 6 5 Josh Edwards 235 5 6 Jim Rau 227 6 7 John Calvert 224 5 8 Bill Blakeney 214 5 9 James Butler 202 6 10 Chuck Stubeck 183 7 Division Seven Stock Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Rusty Hall 365 7 2 Toby Lang 332 8 3 Leo Glasbrenner 322 7 4 Ryan McClanahan 321 8 5 Chad Loge 267 7 6 Larry Gilley 255 5 7 Jeffrey Jerome 245 6 8 Mark Lelchook 235 6 9 Steve Wann 233 6 10 Kayla Mozeris 214 4 Division Seven Super Comp Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Robert Naber 319 6 2 Greg Boutte 318 8 3 Bradley Hawk 297 6 4 Andrew Madrid 296 6 5 Matthew Woodard 285 7 6 Thomas Bayer 275 8 7 Steve Williams 266 9 8 Justin Morgan 265 5 8 Ken Mostowich 265 7 10 Aaron Kinard 257 5 Division Seven Super Gas Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Val Torres 384 8 2 Randy Bowers 354 6 3 Travis Balough 317 6 4 Ed Olpin 307 7 5 Val Torres Jr. 305 6 6 Thomas Bayer 297 8 7 Rick Beckstrom 286 5 8 Ken Mostowich 267 7 9 Jim Hughes 264 8 10 Steve Williams 254 9 Division Seven Super Street Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Nik Downing 388 8 2 Matthew Blodgett 323 8 3 Ryan Giacone 300 8 4 Jeff Jackson 280 6 5 Ted Kellner 257 5 6 Gary Reust 248 5 7 Seth Polvadore 246 5 7 David Kiesel 246 5 9 Justin Renoll 237 6 10 Bernie Polvadore Jr. 225 5 Division Seven Sportsman Motorcycle Top Ten Point Standings Pos Driver Points Events 1 Rick Newport 305 8 2 Aaron Pine 294 6 3 Tony Pellettera 283 8 4 Sean Conner 262 5 5 Pete Miclette Jr. 252 8 6 Thomas Medlin 251 6 7 Douglas Schumann 250 6 8 Augustine Herrera 219 5 9 Gary Oaks 219 5 10 Jordon Miclette 186 6