by Dave Delgado
Guam - This year's Smokin Wheels event kicked off on Friday night with the drags at the drag strip. Fans showed up in full force to watch who had the fastest bike, car or truck in the quarter mile. Taking first in the motorcycle class was Juan Yoshida with a time of 11.31 seconds clocking in at 124.91 miles on his Suzuki GSXR 600.
In the 11 second class Joshua Naputi pushing his Toyota Corolla clocked in at 11.7 seconds with a speed of 114.42 miles per hour. 2nd went to Joel Tamagos in his Corolla at 12.41 seconds with a speed of 112.13 miles per hour. 12 second class winner was Ron Taitano in his Ford Mustang pushing 12.89 seconds at 107.89 miles an hour. 13 second class winner was Ryan Meddler with his Nissan Pickup with a winning time of 14.04 seconds and a speed of 91.73 miles and hour. 14 second winner was Jimmy Mendoza in his Nissan 240sx.
There was a little something for everyone at the event, everything from R.C. rock climbing for those who didn't take it to the extreme and chilled out to those grillers whipping up their best recipes filling the air with some good ole barbeque in the 3rd Annual Smokin Grill BBQ Competition. There was even a Bully Dog Show as the 671 Bully Club Latte Cup went up for grabs with an off island judge coming in to judge the competition.
In the Cars Plus Tuff Rig Challenge as Guam's Joe Quichocho looked to hold it down at home. JQ fell short of taking first place at this year's event finishing in 2nd place with his best time out of three runs being 2:30:29. Winning the Tuff Rig Challenge was off island participant Shane Vizenor from North Dakota in his rig dubbed Lil Nasty. Vizenor is a vet in the game and has been building and racing for 25 years and pulled off the win with a time of 2:10:13.
Taking 3rd was fellow off island competitor Leo Kuether in his rig called Fat Girl. Kuether clocked in with a time of 2:32:85.
Last but not least congratulations to Guam's cycling and triathlon standout Chiyo Lombard who competed in a UCI World Cycling Tour 2011 qualifying event in Perth Australia over the weekend. Finishing first in her age group in both the 12 mile individual time trial event and the 70 mile circuit road race qualifies Lombard to compete in cycling's prestigious world championship to be held in Belgium this September testing her skills against some of cycling's best riders while she vies for the world title.
Bob Bucek contributed to this report