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Cruisers race for cash at High Desert Challenge

Cruisers race for cash at High Desert Challenge

Two days of high-speed action at the Lakeview dragstrip highlighted the weekend, with the Wally Races and High Desert $1,000 Challenge bringing out the top local racers Aug. 16-17.

Separated into three classes of Pro, SuperPro and Sportsman, drivers vied for top times on the quarter-mile drag adjacent to the Lake County Airport in Lakeview.

In Saturday’s Wally Races Melvin Dick was the points winner for Sportsman, while Jesse Alexander and Eric Warner took top honors in Pro and SuperPro respectively.

Saturday’s races were for trophies, Sunday brought an added level of intensity with cash prizes on the line. Alexander continued his winning ways, earning the top time in Pro with 7.485 seconds, earning $200. Ryan Yates finished second among Pro racers, earning $100.

Jeff Lillibridge was the top SuperPro driver at 5.917 seconds, Paul Melsness finishing second, both earning $200 for their efforts. Among Sportsman drivers it was Brantley Cobian proving victorious with a top time of 10.99 seconds, Wayne Reed placing second. Cobian earned $200, while Reed walked away with $100.

“If it’s running the way it is now, I’m not touching it all winter,” laughed Jesse Alexander regarding his 1975 Camaro. With Alexander’s wins on both days it places him squarely in the lead as the 2014 points winner, and as long as nothing breaks in the final races he plans no tweaks to his car.

The annual Lakeview drag racing season is organized by the Desert Cruisers car club. The final event of the season will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21 with the King of the Track and Gambler’s Races.


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