While this could have been Mathew Keller's day, as he easily beat Zachary Visconti in the first round, Keller found that racing has its woes while matched against the Honda CRX of Jason Hunt. When the light turned green, Keller's engine died and Hunt was charging to the finish. In fact, by the time Keller got the engine running again, Hunt was just crossing the finish line, thus proving a small glitch can take you out in a heartbeat.

However, Hunt would not be lucky twice in a row when matched against Leone in the finals. Hunt did manage to run a low 10-second pass, but Leone was on his game and blasted a 9.416 at 155 mph, beating Hunt by almost a second. This gave Leone the IDRC national points boost he needed to nearly lock up the 2002 IDRC national championship.

APEX Integration Outlaw Class presented by Import Racer magazineThe Outlaw Class was jam packed, sporting a full 16-car field headed by local favorite Carlos Montano and his Pepe Loco '71 Datsun featuring rotary power. One other name we haven't heard of much this year is Brent Rau. Why should we be hearing that name in the Outlaw Class? It seems Rau has been working feverishly on a new project. Brent brought out his new back-halved Eclipse that was so new, the paint was still soft and there were no stickers to be seen. In fact, word has it the only real testing this car has seen was on the street in front of his shop in Minnesota. New car or not, Rau's competitive spirit kept his foot to the floor in the first two rounds, moving him into the semis against Carlos Montano.

Montano made it easily into the semis as in his first two rounds, both competitors broke. In fact, that seemed to be common as the people who actually made it into the semis were the ones that could keep their cars together. But Montano knew he would have his hands full against Brent Rau. Rau caught a superb .468 reaction, getting a great start on Montano, but Montano was fast on his heels and gaining. It wasn't until the very end when Montano's lane lit up with an 8.449 to Rau's 8.636 that you knew who would move into the finals.

Jose Mendez was moving through the rounds as well with his 1980 Toyota Corolla. His consistent reaction times, as well as fairly low 9-second e.t.s, were enough to move him into the finals. Looking at all of the eliminations, it was consistency that brought Carlos Montano and Jose Mendez together in the finals. But a consistent mid 8 beats a consistent low 9. And with both competitors leaving the line at the same time, it was a matter of Montano having more horsepower and crossing the finish first, clinching the IDRC Tri-State win.

Drag Sport Magazine Pro ClassWith only two competitors in the field, there wasn't much racing going on, but that's not to say what little racing there was wasn't exciting. David Buschur, driving his tube frame Eagle Talon, was laying down the rubber in qualifying, posting his best time to date with a 7.894 at 171 mph-not bad for a four-banger!

Carlos Torres and his 1990 Nissan Sentra wanted to show Buschur he was up to the task. And with Buschur sleeping at the light, Torres just might have taken home the dough, but Buschur knew what his car could do. By half-track, Buschur's Talon was passing Torres, giving the IDRC Pro class win to David Buschur.

Rumor has it Buschur may be changing to a stand-alone computer system and running methanol. There is no doubt he has a good shot at winning the 2002 IDRC points championship.

The IDRC is entering the home stretch of its 2002 season and there are a number of classes still undecided. Also, the IDRC is offering regional championships to keep racer costs down. For more on the season championship races, check out importdrag.com.