The 2023 Pacific Division Jr. Championship Series kicked off at Irwindale Dragstrip the first weekend of February, and when the dust settled, Caden Olivera and Justice Brown walked away with two Wallys for the weekend efforts. Olivera swept the 6-9 age group, while Brown won the 13-14 age-group title Saturday and Jr. Comp on Sunday. Joining Olivera and Brown in Saturday’s winner’s circle were Jace Renoll (age 10-12), Kayslee Price (15-17), and Blake Crandall (Jr. Comp). Fellow Sunday winners were Cole Gutierrez (10-12), Gavin Rodriguez (13-14), and Kade Renoll (15-17).
Following the first two races of the 12-race series, Caden Olivera (6-9), Jace Renoll (10-12), Justice Brown (13-14 and Jr. Comp), and Kayslee Price (15-17) are series points leaders.
Here are final-round results/photos from the weekend:
Caden Olivera celebrated the first of his weekend wins when he paired a .008 light with an 11.967 to defeat Malachi Phillips’ 12.031.
Jace Renoll earned Saturday’s 10-12 class Wally when he got past a red-lighting Logan Olivera in the final. Renoll posted an 8.909 en route to victory.
Justice Brown earned Wally No. 1 of the weekend after besting Christian LaPierre, 7.920 to 7.883, in the 13-14 age-group title round.
Kayslee Price claimed top honors in the 15-17 bracket, defeating Katelyn Torres in the final, 7.892 to 7.992.
Blake Crandall turned a .028 to .050 reaction-time advantage into a 6.916 to 6.953 win against Carlie Ball in the Jr. Comp final.
Caden Olivera completed the weekend sweep in the 6-9 age group when he topped a red-lighting Zade Wasso in Sunday’s final round. Olivera posted an 11.954 on his way to the win.
A foul start also determined the outcome in the 10-12 class title round. This time, Caden Sumpter left early, turning the win light on in Cole Gutierrez’s lane. Gutierrez clocked a winning time of 8.918.
Gavin Rodriguez turned a starting-line lead of .032 to .060 into a 7.946 to 7.926 win against Jake Hodges in the 13-14 category final.
Kade Renoll notched weekend win No. 2 for the Renoll family when he won the 15-17 bracket title on Sunday. In the final, Renoll cut a .002 light then ran an 8.110 to stop Abbigail Rogers’ 7.907.
Justice Brown’s second win of the weekend when he outlasted Cali Rouse in the Jr. Comp class. In the final, Rouse went red, turning on the win light in the lane of Brown, who posted a 6.880 en route to victory.