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David Bronec ~ 2016 Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series – Pro Champion

The Sunoco Race Fuels ET Pro bracket category is similar in style to Sportsman, but with faster cars and more technology. In Pro, cars can travel as quickly as 9.00 seconds to 13.99 seconds in the quarter mile, and are given the assistance of Transbrake buttons, which allows the driver the ability to leave at full throttle. The Pro category had the highest car count of any class in the 2016 Season with 110 drivers.

The first event of the series was held on April 3rd, where Robert Jackson Jr and Hollis Runge went to the final round. Jackson Jr had eliminated Eli Tagho, Dom Andreotti, Nicholas Shepherd, and earned a single in rounds 4 & 5 to meet Runge in the final round. To get there, Runge eliminated Carl Wilkerson, Ted Hill, Alan Snyder, Tony Littleton, and Del McKamey. In the final round, Jackson had the starting line advantage with a .018 reaction time and kept going. Jackson ran 10.450 on his 10.45 dial to take the win. Runge ran 10.405 on his 10.24 dial. Bill McNeal was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .027 total package in his ’57 Chevy.

The 40th Annual NWDRA Classic held on April 10th, found Steve Stuart and David Flett in the final round. Stuart defeated Bob Cadwell, Lee Ennis, Matt Keilman, Jeff Staley and Kacee Pitts, while on the other side of the ladder, Flett defeated Mike Hansen, Steve Brower, Robert Jackson Jr, and Jim Goodman and earned a single in the semifinal round. In the final round, the race was over before it began as Flett turned on the dreaded red light by -.012, resulting in a win for Stuart. Alan Snyder was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .018 total package in his ’64 ½ Mustang.

The next series event held on April 17th, found Jeff Taylor and Ron Wirostek in the final round. To get there, Taylor eliminated Tony Price, had a single in round 2, Jessica Burnett, and Lee Ennis. Wirostek eliminated Dirk Douthitt, Pat Figini, Jim Goodman, Hollis Runge and had a single in the semifinal. In the finals, the race was over before it began as both driver turned on the dreaded red light: Taylor’s reaction time was -.075, and Wirostek’s was -.036, resulting in the win going to Taylor when he ran a 9.470 on his 9.44 dial to Wirostek’s run of 9.871 on his 9.90 dial. Mike Hansen was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .020 total package in his ’67 Camaro.

Due to Mother Nature, the event scheduled for April 24th was cancelled. The next event was held on May 1st, where the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #5 was completed and David Bronec and John Maul were showcased in the final round. Bronec took down Robert Lee Jr, Jeff Taylor, Dom Andreotti, Hollis Runge, and earned a single in the semifinal. On the other side of the ladder, John Maul eliminated Dean Tabert, Richard Potter, Jim Goodman, earned a single in round 4 and Tony Price. In the finals, Bronec had the starting line advantage with a .037 reaction time and didn’t look back as he ran 10.204 on his 10.20 dial. Bronec took the win when Maul broke out running 9.986 on his 10.04 dial. Ron Parks was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .012 total package in his ’65 Dodge Coronet. With four races completed, the current point’s standings were as follows: David Bronec and Hollis Runge with 230 points, and then a three-way tie for second with 220 points between Jeff Taylor, Robert Jackson Jr, and Steve Stuart.

Due to Mother Nature, the event scheduled for May 15th, was cancelled. Unfortunately Mother Nature also intervened at the next event on May 21st; we were unable to complete the race. Jeff Taylor was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .019 total package in his ’99 Dakota. The following day, Sunday, May 22nd, was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Halfway through the season, the next event was held on June 5th, where Steve Stuart and Dean Tabert were showcased in the finals. To get there, Stuart defeated Richard Beyea, David Bronec, Jeff Taylor, and Hollis Runge. Meanwhile, Tabert eliminated Del McKamey, Tony Price, Robert Jackson Jr, and earned a single in round 4. In the finals, Stuart had the starting line advantage with a .030 reaction time to Tabert’s .073, and it was a race to the finish with Stuart taking the win when he ran 9.273 on his 9.26 dial to Tabert’s 9.271 on his 9.25 dial. Steve Stuart was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .021 total package in his ’66 Chevy. After this event, the current point’s standings were as follows: Steve Stuart with 310 points, Hollis Runge with 290 points, and then a three-way tie for third place with Robert Jackson, Jeff Taylor and David Bronec each with 270 points.

June 11th & 12th brought the Sunbelt Rental/Bi-Mart 41st Annual Rose Festival Drags where on June 11th; it was Hollis Runge and Tony Price who faced off in the final round. Runge defeated Lee Ennis, John Maul, David Bronec and Dean Tabert, while Price defeated Bob Rea, Bryce Moilanen, Jessica Burnett and Robert Jackson Jr. In the finals, it was over before it began when Price turned on the dreaded red light by -.015. Runge ran a 10.115 on his 10.11 dial. Brandon Higgins was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .031 total package in his ’27 Altered. On Sunday, the 12th, with a 36-car field, it was David Bronec and Kacee Pitts in the final round. Bronec’s ’72 Nova battled through Mike Hansen, Dirk Douthitt, Morris Harvey and John Maul before earning a bye in the semifinal. For Pitts, her victories were over Pam Hitchcock, Billy Bilodeau, Richard Beyea, a single in round 4, and Ashley Thompson to reach the final round. In the final round Pitts had a .022 reaction time and ran close to her 9.29 dial with a 9.302, but with Bronec’s .006 reaction time, it was all for not. Bronec ran 10.180 on his 10.16 dial for the win. Bryce Moilanen was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .032 total package in his ’71 Chevy.

On June 19th, at the Sunoco Race Fuels Series #12, is where Dean Tabert and Jeff Taylor were showcased in the final round. To make it to the final Tabert had to defeat Matt Wieck, Steve Brewer, David Bronec, Robert Steffen before he earned a single in the semifinal round while on the other side of the ladder, Taylor defeated Del McKamey, Ted Hill, Kirk Hall, Suzie Uppendahl, and Ryan Schaefer. In the final round, Tabert had the starting line advantage of .003 over Taylor’s .025 but at the stripe both drivers broke out on their dials. Taylor ran a 9.076 on his 9.10 dial, and Tabert ran a 9.033 on his 9.05 dial, which resulted in a win for Tabert. Tony Price was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .017 total package in his ’63 Chevy. With three races left in the series, the top 6 drivers current points were: David Bronec with 470 points, Steve Stuart with 460 points, Hollis Runge with 450 points, Jeff Taylor with 430 points, Robert Jackson with 410 points and Dean Tabert with 390 points.

July 9th & 10th was a weekend full of Pro racing in the Sunoco Race Fuels Series #13 & #14. The first event on July 9th, told the story of a driver who had come alive when eliminations began. Tony Price had competition reaction times of a .009, .021, .018, .006, and a .026 in the final round. He used these reaction times to defeat Brandon Wilkinson, Ted Hill, Alan Ross, and Dean Tabert. Against Price in the final round, was Rick Sales Sr, who took down Greg Kielman, Pat Figini, Hollis Runge, before earning a single in the semis. In the final round, Sales Sr had the start line advantage of .023, but at the stripe, he broke out with a 10.194 on his 10.20 dial. Price ran right on his 10.23 dial with a 10.235 ET, taking the win. Rick Sales Sr was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .043 total package in his ’65 GMC. On the following day, July 10th, it was Jeff Taylor and Pat Figini going to the final round. To get there, Taylor eliminated Ron Wirostek, Jim Goodman, Dean Tabert and Morris Harvey, while on the other side of the ladder, Figini eliminated Ashley Thompson, Steve Marcus, Tony Price and earned a single in the semis. In the finals, Figini had the starting line advantage of .044 to Taylor’s .056 but broke out running 10.212 on his 10.22 dial, resulting in a win for Taylor. Taylor ran 9.259 on his 9.21 dial. Rick Sales Sr was the winner again of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .013 total package in his ’65 GMC.

Going into the last race (#15) on August 21st, of the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series, the top 6 drivers current points were as follows: Jeff Taylor with 550 points, Hollis Runge and Steve Stuart tied for second with 540 points, David Bronec with 530 points, Dean Tabert with 500 points and Tony Price with 490 points. It was David Bronec and Steve Stuart that faced off in the final round. For Bronec to reach the final round, it meant going through Dean Tabert, Pam Hitchcock, Rick Sales Sr and Ted Hill. On the other side of the ladder, Steve Stuart fought valiantly through Hollis Runge, Robert Jackson Jr, Jeff Taylor, and earned single in the semis to make it to the final round. However, the final round was over before it even began when Stuart turned on the red light by just -.030, securing the victory for David Bronec. Pat Figini was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .031 total package in his ’69 Ford. After a blistering day and with this final win, David Bronec had now leapfrogged into 1st place, ahead of Jeff Taylor, Hollis Runge and Steve Stuart, earning the 2016 Championship.

With 590 Points and 3 Event Wins, the 2016 Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series – Pro Champion… David Bronec!!

Top 6 Points Finishers (Driver Name, Hometown and Total Points)

1. David Bronec, Hubbard, OR, 590 Points
2. Steve Stuart, Estacada, OR, 590 Points
3. Jeff Taylor, Forest Grove, OR, 580 Points
4. Hollis Runge, Dallas, OR, 540 Points
5. Dean Tabert, Tigard, OR, 500 Points
6. Tony Price, Tigard, OR, 500 Points

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