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Mazda Rotary Power scores Championship and Victory at Nitto NHRA Sport Compact World Finals
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 7:39pm

Source: NHRA SportCompact.Com

POMONA, Calif. -- Jesus Padilla clinched the 2005 NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series world championships in the Honda Tuning All Motor All-Motor class on Sunday at the Nitto NHRA Sport Compact World Finals at Pomona Raceway.

Jesus Padilla (Kilo Racing) entered the season-ending event with a 110- lead in the standings, and put an end to the All-Motor class chase by qualifying for eliminations and winning his first round matchup. Padilla earned the $8,000 NHRA Xplōd payout for his third career world championship in his 1st generation Mazda RX-7.

Jesus Padilla
Padilla, who is the most prolific championship class event winner (14) in NHRA Xplōd Series history, all with Mazda Rotary Power, was eliminated in the second round by eventual event winner Shagday, who finished 2005 as the runner-up in NHRA Xplōd point standings to Padilla.

This is Padilla's third career world championship in the last four seasons in a 1st generation Mazda RX-7, making him the only three-time series champ in the history of the five-year-old sport compact series.

Dee Karagiannis
Karagiannis (Modified) earned the victory in his championship class at the $150,000 race, the last of 11 events in the $2.1 million NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series. He earned his first career victory in Modified, a day after collecting his first career low qualifier award from Sony Xplōd. Karagiannis covered the quarter-mile in his Powertrain Control Solutions (PCS), Malloy Mazda RX-7 in 7.86 at 169.13 to easily outrun final round opponent Ken Scheepers and his Mazda RX-8, which posted slower numbers of 9.52 at 119.49.

All Mazda Rotary Power Final Round in Modified Class

The modified class was a party of Rotary power as Rene Franco ended up 3rd in class with a 8.923/150.28mph blast in his all steel old-school Franco Mufflers RX-3!

Abel Ibarra
Ibarra and the Flaco Racing Toyo MazdaSpeed RX-8 PRO-RWD, finished off a very disappointing 2005, on the line with a broken turbo in the first round. Abel was very introspective about this whole season, the worst ever in Flaco Racing team history, and is vowing to try to bring Rotary power back to the top of the highest class in the NHRA Sport Compact Racing. Abel wanted to thank all fans of Flaco Racing and Rotary Power for the great support at all events this year, regardless of the teams challenges and lows. The team also wanted to thank Racing Beat for their support this year. Racing Beat will be back with Flaco Racing next year, so look out for the team at your local race.

Honorable mention also goes to First-time NHRA Xplōd PRO-FWD world champion Ed Bergenholtz and his MazdaSpeed-6 racer. Bergenholtz was not part of the Pro FWD field due to some unforeseen weather and mechanical problems in his turbocharged Mazda.

When the final round of qualifying was cancelled on Saturday due to weather concerns, Bergenholtz had yet to make a qualifying attempt because the team was working on the car, leaving him with no qualifying attempts and out of the field for eliminations. Regardless, Bergenholtz clinched the title at Englishtown, N.J. a few weeks ago, due in large part to him winning five of ten events and posting three runner-up finishes.

The running of the fifth annual Nitto NHRA Sport Compact World Finals completes the 2005 season for the NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series. The NHRA Xplōd world champions from Mazda are Jesus Padilla (Honda Tuning All Motor)and Ed Bergenholtz (Pro FWD). The 2006 season will get underway with the fourth annual South Florida NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park, April 1-2, 2006, in Jupiter, Fla. The entire 2006 schedule can be viewed by going to


Final round results from the fifth annual Nitto NHRA Sport Compact World Finals presented by at Pomona Raceway. The race is the final of 11 events in the $2.1 million NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series:

Brad Personett, Orlando, Fla., '05 Scion, 6.612, 214.45 def.
Ed Marx, Bakersfield, Calif., '05 Celica, broke.

Marty Ladwig, San Antonio, Texas, '05 Cobalt, 7.588, 168.70 def.
Jerrold Rhodes, Santa Clarita, Calif., '91 CRX, 9.709, 139.99.

Dee Koragiannis, Glenwood, Md., '95 RX7, 7.860, 169.13 def.
Ken Scheepers, Flower Mound, Texas, '05 RX8, 9.523, 119.49.

Ron Lummus, Anaheim, Calif., '05 Pontiac, 7.807, 186.00 def.
Stephanie Eggum, Elgin, Ill., '00 Acura, 16.206, 68.51.

Tony Shagday, Newark, Calif., '04 RSX, 9.639, 141.80 def.
Norris Prayoonto, Springfield, Va., '04 Honda, 9.893, 136.08.

John Ferguson, Charleston, S.C., '92 Civic, 9.922, 153.79 def.
Cortney Green, Midvale, Utah, '95 Honda, 9.916, 144.69.

Julie Stepan, West Hollywood, Calif., '05 WRX, 9.216, 150.00 def.
Alfred Rhee, Brea, Calif., '95 Supra, 10.897, 136.28.

Chris Dye, Colorado Springs, Colo., '02 RSX, 12.738, 109.05 def.
Loan Nguyen, Burke, Va., '99 Honda, 12.960, 113.70.

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Kilo Racing
December 5, 2005 - 6:45am
Congratulation to Kilo Racing with another championchip it was'nt easy but you work hard for it and without a big sponsor. so next year is going to be tuff but in Puerto Rico we are a 100% behind you so take care and good luck.
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October 24, 2005 - 10:48pm
Man that is sad to hear that this was Flaco Racing Team worst year ever. But no matter how bad he does I still go out there and support him as long as the other rotary powered racers. It is a rush watching them race and beat the competition. I know Abel and Flaco team will step it up to become the top racer once again and he will do it with the (8). They deserve it.
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