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 Welcome to the latest issue of Arizona Extreme Motorsports Magazine! Glad to have you on board - but if you’re having difficulty finding our 4-times a year publication, please contact me directly at diggerboi2@gmail.com, and we’ll direct you to your nearest location where you can pick up this free publication.
We’ll start off with the latest news on AZ bracker racer Bryan Downing, who suffered a horrendous traffic accident recently. Here’s more from Victoria Griffey:
Bryan Downing’s journey started on Friday afternoon April 5. Bryan was at a stoplight on Greenway when his car was hit from behind by a speeding driver. Bryan has had surgery to fuse his broken neck vertebrae together. He is slowly working on gaining back movement in his arms and legs. His recovery will be one that will take only what Bryan has...faith, strength, humor and many people supporting him with continuous prayers and positive thoughts being sent his way.
[LATEST] Bryan now has a wheelchair setup that is giving him some mobility, and continues to make progress every day!
YOU are that Support Team along side with the wonderful Downing family. Bryan, his wife Silvana and the big beautiful Downing family are thankful beyond words for all the kind words they have received and from the support thus far.
The decal pictured above was made and donated by Dan Renyer, and Laurie Cox is donating the stamps for me to mail them out. God bless them both and thank you dear friends. If’ you’d like to get one, please contact Victoria at VictoriaTWHP@ aol.com.
RESULTS
CONGRATULATIONS are in order to Arizona’s Joe Mozeris, who finally won his very first NHRA Nationals at the recent Las Vegas 4-wide event. Mozeris, who has been racing Comp Eliminator
for 18 years, ran a 7-flat at 188mph in the final. He qualified 4th with a 7.03. His daughter Kayla competes in Stock Eliminator, lighted in round 1.
BJ Graham qualified #1 in Stock Eliminator, but broke out first round.
At the Las Vegas Divisional, Kevin Carter (son of 2-time World Comp Eliminator Champion Dean Carter), qualified 6th and then ran the table to win, 7.004 at 185.56. Mike Cotten took his G/SA to the win in Stock Eliminator, and his Super Stock I/Automatic to the runnerup spot in Super Stock. Good job!
At the Fontana Divisional today (as this is being written), kudos to Chad Webber of Kingman for his Super Comp win (on a holeshot!), also to his brother Cody for Runnerup in Super Street and to Mike DiCarolis for his Super Street win!
Finally, at last night’s Wally/Team Wild Horse race, the coveted Wally trophies went to Paul Lorton in Super Pro, Jeff Ford in Pro and Brandon Gant in Sportsman.
It’s been twelve years in the making, but the 31st running of the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston was when it all finally came together for long-time Arizona racer Matt Hartford, as he collected his first career Pro Stock victory beating former champ Erica Enders. Hartford, the head of engineering and vice president of Total Seal Piston Rings in Phoenix, made his Pro Stock debut at Reading, PA in 2006. He competed in Top Sportsman and Competition Eliminator with success at the divisional level, but
still sought victory in the ultimate doorslammer category. When not developing the latest in racing piston ring technology back home in Arizona, he’s been toiling away on a part-time basis in Pro Stock, going rounds but never quite able to get over the hump and score that elusive victory.
In 2018, with power from Richard Freeman’s Elite Motorsports camp, Hartford and his Total Seal-emblazoned Camaro jumped right into contention; at Houston, he was not to be denied, qualifying 11th in the field and disposing of heavy- hitters Chris McGaha, Tanner Gray, Jeg Coughlin, and Enders in his first-ever professional finale. In doing so, he became just the 66th winner in the history of the factory hot rod eliminator. “It’s been a long time coming. I started in Pro Stock in 2006 and it’s 2018. I’ve let the clutch out a few times and I’ve lost way more than I’ve won,” he said. “We struggled in qualifying and started in the back half of the field and had to work our way through. They asked me at the other end what I thought of the day and I said, ‘well they’ve always told me to be the best you’ve got to beat the best’ — Chis McGaha, Tanner Gray, Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders ... we earned this. And I didn’t leave on any of them. They all left on me, we just did a better job with our car today than the other teams.” Hartford credits his crew, all of whom are part-time and have day jobs through the week, for his success. “We’re some of the closest-kit people that you can bring together. We have a good time out here, and to us this is not work. We have a great time, we go out and have a couple beers, we get up and we’re excited to be here. Without those guys working as hard as they do, I wouldn’t be here. My driving is not why we won — that is a fact.”
Snapping a more than decade-long winless streak - and an 0-7 skid against one of the class’
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