BATON ROUGE, La. (March 13, 2013) – David Latino knows a thing or two about winning at State Capitol Raceway.
The Donaldsonville, Louisiana native has won an event at the Baton Rouge facility in each of the past three seasons, slowly accumulating more and more trophies each time he visits. He won there once in 2011, added two more Ironman trophies to his collection last season and now Latino has added a three-win weekend to his career.
Louisiana native David Latino won three times in one weekend at his home track of SCR
Quite frankly there isn’t much left for Latino to conquer at SCR.
Latino swept Super Stock behind the wheel of his 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and added a win on Saturday in Stock Eliminator in his 2002 Firebird to take home an Ironman triple at the Division 4 season opener on the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL double-header over the weekend at State Capitol Raceway.
Other winners from the Renegades season opener were Kamron Wright and Ricky Miller (Top Sportsman), Matt Levatino and David Johns (Top Dragster), David Latino (Super Stock), David Latino and Jody Simoneaux (Stock), Jake Levatino and Laramie Reid (Quick Rod), Buddy Wood and Clayton Nance (Super Rod), Mike Frederick and Tommy Costales (Hot Rod), Jackson Core and Cory Gulitti (Junior Master), Bryant Huesers and Ty Casey (Junior Advanced) and Carson Russell (Junior Beginner).
Latino defeated two Louisiana heavy hitters to sweep the Super Stock category with wins over Larry Cummings and Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., while his Stock victory came over Baton Rouge’s own Kenny Doughty. Latino was killer on the tree in all three finals with lights of .005, .018 and .030, essentially making easy work of his three final round opponents. Cummings and Doughty were much later on the tree in their losses, while Hidalgo broke out by -.015.
Latino collected two wins in Super Stock and another in Stock to dominate the IHRA Division 4 season opener
Other multi-finalists from the Renegades season opener included Hidalgo who visited the Super Stock and Stock finals on Sunday, losing both. Clayton Nance also reached two finals over the weekend, splitting in the Super Rod category.
Kamron Wright highlighted the weekend’s quickest categories by taking over where his father left off. Kamron’s father Glenn had won a race at SCR in each of the past three seasons, and while Glenn did not reach a final over the weekend, Kamron’s win makes it four straight for the Wright family. Wright defeated Matt Crisp behind the wheel of his 2010 GXP.
Matt Levatino and Jake Levatino, the father and son duo from LaPlace, Louisiana, won in Top Dragster and Quick Rod respectively on Saturday. Matt defeated Austin Cowan, while Jake took down Dale Scates.
Renegades Division racers head to San Antonio Raceway for their next IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour event April 5-7. The event will be run in conjunction with Nitro Jam.
Kamron Wright continued the Wright family tradition of wins in Baton Rouge
The following are the final results from the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL double-header at State Capitol Raceway:
The following are Saturday’s final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Renegades Division 4 day one at State Capitol Raceway:
TOP SPORTSMAN – Kamron Wright, Odessa, Texas, ’10 GXP, 6.632, 200.71 def. Matt Crisp, Castroville, Texas, ’09 Mustang, 7.469, 181.41.
TOP DRAGSTER – Matt Levatino, LaPlace, La., dragster, 7.258, 178.07 def. Austin Cowan, San Antonio, Texas, dragster, 7.133, 185.52.
SUPER STOCK – David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., ’06 Cobalt, GT/DA, 9.546, 120.75 def. Larry Cummings, Hammond, La., ’05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.823, 151.59.
STOCK ELIMINATOR – David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., ’02 Firebird, A/FIA, 10.173, 116.05 def. Kenny Doughty, Baton Rouge, La., ’68 Chevelle, H/SA, 11.349, 111.66.
QUICK ROD – Jake Levatino, LaPlace, La., dragster, 8.921, 170.51 def. Dale Scates, Center, Texas, ’88 Monte Carlo, 8.888, 118.82.
SUPER ROD – Buddy Wood, Sulphur, Okla., ’64 Corvette, 9.926, 151.00 def. Clayton Nance, Anson, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.948, 157.34.
HOT ROD – Mike Frederick, Beaumont, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 10.888, 148.56 def. Dennis Clark, Pasadena, Texas, ’68 Camaro, foul.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTERS – Jackson Core, Crowley, La., dragster, 7.978, 76.27 def. Shallon Broussard, dragster, 7.941, 83.46.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Bryant Huesers, Rayne, La., dragster, 8.989, 73.11 def. Blaze Leblanc, dragster, 8.931, 75.93.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Carson Russell, dragster, 12.209, 53.53 def. Jacob Hickey, dragster, 12.135, 55.30.
The following are Sunday’s final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Renegades Division 4 day two at State Capitol Raceway:
TOP SPORTSMAN – Ricky Miller, Odessa, Texas, ’08 Monte Carlo, 7.711, 177.83 def. Rowdy James, Odessa, Texas, ’00 Corvette, 7.377, 183.59.
TOP DRAGSTER – David Johns, Floresville, Texas, dragster, 7.206, 180.25 def. Joe ‘Rusty’ Baxter, Beckville, Texas, dragster, 7.335, 181.96.
SUPER STOCK – David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., ’06 Cobalt, GT/DA, 9.537, 134.54 def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’98 Camaro, SS/HA, 10.105, 119.69.
STOCK ELIMINATOR – Jody Simoneaux, Napoleonville, La., ’67 Nova, E/SA, 11.371, 116.08 def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’04 GTO, C/FIA, foul.
QUICK ROD – Laramie Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, dragster, 8.918, 156.57 def. Bart Nelson, La Porte, Texas, dragster, 8.935, 160.31.
SUPER ROD – Clayton Nance, Anson, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.924, 159.01 def. Jason Richey, N. Richland Hills, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.937, 154.40.
HOT ROD – Tommy Costales, Manvel, Texas, ’66 Corvette, 10.907, 132.60 def. Dillion Bontrager, Wylie, Texas, ’69 Camaro, foul.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTERS – Cory Gulitti, Spring, Texas, dragster, 7.847, 82.08 def. Regan Jordan, Ft. Worth, Texas, dragster, foul.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Ty Casey, Van Vleck, Texas, dragster, 9.057, 69.31 def. Christian Powell, dragster, 13.000, 49.25.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Carson Russell, Rockwall, Texas, dragster, 12.021, 55.06 def. Trace Casey, Van Vleck, Texas, dragster, 11.948, 55.21.
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