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Hula-X Returns on Sunday, June 12th, 2011!

Get ready for another spectacular Hula-X event as we get down to business on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at Kalaeloa Raceway Park!  Once again, we're gearing up to see our favorite competitors take it to the max. 

Can Mike Ward extend his already substantial lead in his battle-hardened Subaru WRX?  Will Davin Kubo get his car together in time to keep in the points race for the Time Attack Championship?  Can Landon Paras and Team Randy's NAPA Service take the podium again?  I bet Cy Thomas has something to say about that!   The word is we've got some serious contenders lining up for this event...including some new entries who have put some hardcore vehicles together! 

The track is being prepped as this article is written...with more jumps and a free-flowing style similar to the last event with much wider turns and more room to maneuver so it should be just as spectacular as our last event.

In addition to Hula-X, we'll be holding our first ever MOTO-X!  We've got some motocross guys that are screaming to take their bikes to the Hula-X track in what is sure to be a pretty awesome spectacle.  We've put in a few more jumps specifically for them...this should be really good.  Plus, apparently, Rodney Villanueva and the drag racers want a piece of the Hula-X pie...so join us for a DRAG RACERS HULA-X EXHIBITION!  It's sure to be a great time for family and friends, so bring your coolers, your tents, and join us at Kalaeloa Raceway Park this weekend!

HulaCross

 

Huge HulaCross Event! Including Rally Rigs, Demolition Derby, and more!

Get ready for the biggest HulaCross event of 2011!

That's right, we'll have HulaCross, Hulagan Racing, Demo Derby, & Rally Rigs at our May HulaCross event!  We're talking major action and carnage that you simply don't want to miss! 

In addition to our normal bouts of HulaCross Time Attack & Wheel2Wheel, we'll also be holding a special Post-Mother's Day Demolition Derby.  $25 to enter, WE DO NOT PROVIDE THE CAR! Winner takes all! To enter, simply email or contact me at 782-7432 or support@kalaeloaracewaypark.com If you cannot find a vehicle, we have a source, no worries!  You'll have time in the coming weeks to prep your vehicle at the park.  This event is open to both males and females!  Please remember that all vehicles entered must be of the mid-size or smaller variety, ie, mini-van on down.  Any questions, give us a call!

Also, we're going to have a special Rally Rig race going knuckle-to-knuckle.  That means big, heavy duty, semi-rigs battling it out...we've got even more semi's competing so you don't want to miss this!.  You've never seen racing like this on Oahu!  

Once again, we've have HulaCross Beaters for rent...these vehicles are available to race all day for a $200 rental fee that includes your run card!  So there is no excuse now...come on out and join the action! To reserve yours call 782-7432!

Come join us at our May 15th HulaCross!  Also, new, and in effect permanently is our Military Discount!  Just present your military ID and receive an instant discount your spectator entry!  It's gonna be awesome!

 

 

HulaCross - April Results!

HulaCross Results for Sunday, Apr 10th have been posted! 

As always, you can check out all of the photos from the event at our official Facebook page!

Click the following link to view the results or follow the navigation by going to Motorsports - Hula-X - Results - 2011 - February.

HulaCross - April 10th, 2011 Results 

Story to come soon!

Michael Kitchens
Track Coordinator
Kalaeloa Raceway Park 

 

Get ready for the April HulaCross!

That's right...it's on!  Come on out to our next HulaCross to be held on April 10th, 2011!  It's sure to be an epic off-road battle as the top three contenders bring out their extreme rally-prepped vehicles and get DIRTY!  Once again, we'll have more HulaBeaters available for rent.  The $200 rental fee includes your $50 run card, and allows you to run all day or until the vehicle is a total loss, whichever comes first.  We will also have our tire guy on hand, ready to change your tires if needed.  We have 8 vehicles available for rent!  There's no excuse, come bring it!

 

HulaCross - March Results!

Sunday, Mar 13th was another incredible day of HulaCross.  Although the amount of competitors was low due to some scheduling and vehicle conflicts, the entire day was an exciting testament to how much fun HulaCross is!

As always, our competitors simply don't know what to expect track-wise when they come to the park.  In an effort to give the spectators a bit more action to watch, the entire event occurred directly before them.  We're really trying to make an effort to show the general public just how incredible HulaCross is, so this is a great start to draw them in.

With the loss of one jump came the addition of another one as well as the huge straight-away created in plain view of the spectators.  We received a ton of positive comments about this new addition, and plan to retain some semblance of it in coming events.  An effort was made to give at least 3 to 4 passing opportunities on the track to provide enough incentive to pass as well as providing everyone with a decent chance at competing for the points.  The course for this event was very demanding, and many of our drivers came out huffing and puffing at the end of their time attack and most definitely during the wheel 2 wheel.


Time Attack was faster than ever, with the top three finishers breaking the sub 1-minute barrier.  Mike Ward, once again led the charge, claiming Fastest Time of the Day with a scorching 00:55.29.  He was followed closely by an absolutely on-fire and pumped up Landon Paras who cranked out a 00:56.77 in his increasingly prepared Acura Integra.  Davin Kubo, whose car is definitely starting to resemble a typical HulaCrosser, belted out a very close 00:57.74 cementing himself in the second place position for the Championship. 

Peter Crouch, our resident Hawaii Performance Mustang member, had an incredible day, showing that a properly driven Suzuki Sidekick has a great shot at competing.  What he lacked in raw speed, he more than made up for in cornering and traction ability.  He's in 4th place for the title championship.  Our points system rewards frequent and reliable competitors...with SCCA Autocross dates conflicting with HulaCross...he might have a shot at the title if any of our top competitors fail to make our events.


As always, HulaCross Time Attack set up the Heat positions for our Hulagan Racing portion of the event.  Two heats were held that pitted the majority of our competitors...Davin Kubo opted to save his vehicle for the next Hula-X, and David Rodrigues' ride went out in typical HulaCross fashion, ie, it broke.  The rest had similar problems and were unable to compete, cutting our fields down to 6 and 5.  A new change to the ordering offered the slower competitors a chance to make it into the final Main. 

Heat 1 started with Mike Ward squaring off against Cy Thomas, Chad & Sheldon Moniz, newcomer Kalani Jaentsch, and Bobby Carrick.  HulaCross can sometimes be considered a war of attrition as beater vehicles give-way to the rough and tumble course...this heat was no exception and the top 4 moving into the final heat were Mike Ward, Cy Thomas, Kalani Jaentsch with the Moniz bros. and Bobby Carrick unable to compete in the final main.  Gilbert Valdez was competing in a "new" VW Corrado, but simply couldn't compete without more prep to his vehicle.  We expect him to return for the next event with a much-improved vehicle.


The second heat was led by our ever resourceful, Landon Paras going against Peter Crouch, John Flores, Koa Alameda, and Keahi Keliinoi.  Landon and Peter went toe-to-toe from the beginning and were able to make it to the final main.  Another amazing battle was taken up by John Flores vs. Koa Alameda.  These two went at it for the majority of the race in an exciting contest of speed and guts...with neither getting the clear advantage...that was until they collided on the back straight.  Koa was out of commission, leaving John soldiering on with a ruptured radiator and taking the top spot followed by Keahi.


The final main always causes the upset...as all the driver's pick their numbers randomly.  Peter Crouch grabbed the number one position and held it immediately against Landon Paras.  Landon, whose vehicle was constantly banging off the rev-limiter in 1st gear really had to fight for the top position, but was eventually able to eek by Peter on the straight-away thanks to his faster speed, holding it For the second time in a row, Mike Ward was relegated to the back field...but what seems as a problem for Mike, ends up being one of the most exciting moments for the crowd.  Once again, Mike battled his away from the back, passing vehicles as the opportunities present themselves. 

John Flores was limping badly thanks to his ruptured radiator...we'll never see the Saturn on the track again, that's for sure, and was passed from the onset by Mike.  John had hear though, and made it all the way to the end of the race.  Immediately, after, Mike took out Keahi on the same straight, using his AWD advantage.  Astrovans are RWD, if you didn't know, and Kalani simply showed what a RWD van can do if you hold the gas pedal down hard enough.  The van was slipping and sliding through the turns, but was eventually caught up by Mike and passed on the straight-away once again.  Cy Thomas was his usual, power-sliding self, and really gave the crowd something to cheer about...with a bit more power on the straights, his truck would be an immediate contender thanks to his driving skill.


In the end, Mike Ward was only just able to catch Peter Crouch after a tremendous effort, showing just how formidable a weapon an AWD STi is in off-road conditions.  As a side note, Mike won the Sand Drags Modified 4-Cylinder class this past weekend, too!  But the victory for Sunday went to the one and only, Landon Paras, an avid motocross rider who just happens to like doing it on 4-wheels as well.  Straight from the source, himself, Landon claims he has something special coming down the pipe for the next HulaCross.  We can't wait to see it.  Final placement was Landon Paras, Mike Ward, and 3rd place went to Peter Crouch who has been one of our staunchest supporters.  Here's a big shout-out to Poppa and his wife for joining us for each and every event as well!


We were certainly missing some of our regulars like Steven Chong, Stephen Oliberos, and Cliff Wicklund...we completely understand everyone isn't going to be able to make every event due to the wear and tear the vehicles go through.  We were pleased to see some of last year's fastest competitors, Chad & Sheldon Moniz back in action once again.  We hope we'll see them at the next HulaCross on Apr 10th! I'm personally rooting for Steve Oliberos to get his blown engine put back together as soon as possible, as he was one of our fastest competitors, and is still hanging in there in the points. 

We hope you'll join us as well.  We have tons of spare beaters for anyone interested to try it out. Plus, we allow a freebie drive during our lunch time event, as long as you have the proper equipment and safety gear!  Until next time, keep it off the streets, on the track, and we'll see you on Sunday, April 10th!

As always, you can check out all of the photos from the event at our official Facebook page!

Click the following link to view the results or follow the navigation by going to Motorsports - Hula-X - Results - 2011 - February.

HulaCross - March 13th, 2011 Results 

Mahalo until next time!

Michael Kitchens
Track Coordinator
Kalaeloa Raceway Park 

Congratulations to our winners!

Fastest Time of the Day - Mike Ward - 0:55.29

2nd Fastest Time of the Day - Landon Paras - 0:56.77

3rd Fastest Time of the Day - Davin Kubo - 0:57.74



1st Place - Hulagan Racing - Landon Paras

2nd Place - Hulagan Racing - Mike Ward

3rd Place - Hulagan Racing - Peter Crouch



   

Hula-X - Fantastic video of the final race!

You have to watch this awesome roof cam view of Mike Ward in the final heat...he goes from 8th place all the way up to second! Simply awesome view of the Hula-X event! It was so exciting to watch! Thanks to Jim Mueller for this fantastic video using the GoPro! Guys and girls, this is what you're missing if you haven't been to Hula-X yet

 

   

HulaCross - Sunday, March 13th! Join us for some off-road action!

Hello Hulagans!

We're set for our third Hula-X event for the year!  Join us on Sunday, March 13th as off-road extreme action gets is mud on once again at Kalaeloa Raceway Park!  A big mahalo to everyone that has continued to support this event with their, time, money, and passion! 

Our last event was incredibly good fun...and probably one of the most exciting events we've had yet.  The W2W action was fast and furious, and the times were super-quick.  We also have had a great turnout of new competitors as well as some incredible rides put together for the event.  The Randy's Services Team was a great example of what we'd like to see for our entrants...it gives our spectators something to watch, makes identification easier, and makes the entire event look a bit more professional.  Plus, stickers give like an extra 5HP each, so how can you go wrong?  Big ups to everyone coming out with fully-prepped vehicles like Kelii Pontin, Cy Thomas, Koa Grace, Keahi Keliinoi, Steve Oliberos and the rest who have really put a ton of work into their vehicles.  It really shows, and we appreciate the dedication, as well as the added safety factor.

HulaBeaters!

Once again, we'll have more HulaBeaters available for rent.  The $200 rental fee includes your $50 run card, and allows you to run all day or until the vehicle is a total loss, whichever comes first.  We will also have our tire guy on hand, ready to change your tires if needed.  We have 7 vehicles available for rent!  Thanks to the guys that came out and rented our HulaBeaters!  We hope you had fun!

We would like to encourage everyone to help spread the word about this event.  It's a spectacular show, and we think people will really enjoy the commitment and dedication all of you put into it.  We appreciate your support, and hope to continue to improve the event for your satisfaction.  We hope everyone is checking out the photos and articles we put up on the official website!  If there are any typos or name corrections needed, please let me know!

I hope to see all of you there once again!  We're expecting a big turnout, drivers wise, so it should be exciting!  See you on Sunday!

   

Another awesome HulaCross! The best wheel 2 wheel in a long time!

Once again, HulaCross defined what thrilling motorsports is all about.  Another event under the belt, and one that had some great surprises.

Sunday morning broke with a beautiful day coming on the horizon.  With it, came some really spectacular, Hula-X prepped vehicles.  Of notable mention were Team Randy's Services in their fully gutted and be-decked chariots.  They say a sticker adds +5HP and these guys must have been pushing max HP today.  They looked professional, with uniform paint jobs, and were straight up race the entire day.  We love to see vehicles like this...they're great for the camera and the crowd, and look fantastic.  We'd like to thank everyone that came out and put some work into their rides and invite everyone else to join in on the fun!

 

As we predicted, HulaCross is constantly being modified this year in order to improve the event.  This event was modified by shortening practice down by an hour in order to improve the condition of the track during the HulaCross and Hulagan Racing event runs.  At the previous events, we found that two hours of straight practice really tore up the track, and made it much more difficult for vehicles to compete fairly due to the rapidly detoriating course.  It appears to have worked, as the casualty rate due to ruts and blown tires was much lower than previous events.  Practice went on without a hitch, and all of the vehicles made it through to the HulaCross Time Attack portion.

HulaCross kicked off and our guys jumped on the track set, and ready to show their stuff.  Unfortunately, a small snafu with the timing system disrupted the first 4 competitor's runs, but soon after we were back on track and everyone reported good times after that.  With the amount of people needed to manually time each vehicle, the timer systems are a life-saver when it comes to this portion of the event.  Even our dune buggies were able to participate thanks to the clever creation of some protective cases for the timers created by Cliff Wicklund and Cavan Medeiros.

 

This month's course was fast and furious...and extremely quick in comparison to last month's technical challenge.  The times were incredibly fast with the mid-range starting in the 1:15s.  Fantastic news for this event was that every HulaCrosser entered was able to compete in Time Attack, which is a first!  As the first timers came in, we knew it was going to be a fast day...Peter Crouch popped off a scorching 1:10.10 and we were blown away by his performance in his Suzuki Sidekick.  Soon after, the times started to drop even further as our Hula-X regulars began to hit the track. 

The top tiers were dominated by the lighter, sportier AWD vehicles such as the Imprezas driven by Mike Ward, Thomas Carter, and Davin Kubo in addition to relative newcomer Landon Paras who blew out a scorching time in his prepped Integra.  Steven Oliberos, always a fighter, was right there in speedy fashion amongst the fastest group.  David Rodrigues showed that the V8 Cherokees still have alot of spirit, and came in 6th place with a 1:09.58.  And what seems like a regular occurrence, Mike Ward blew everyone away with a 1:02.4 which was nearly 4 seconds faster than the closest competitor.

 

After a short break to tally the results, a quick driver's meeting was held to discuss the Hulagan Racing portion of the event, as well as award our top three HulaCross drivers.  Mike Ward, Landon Paras, and Davin Kubo placed 1st, 2nd, & 3rd respectively.  Landon was particularly excited by his results after only spending a nominal amount to prep a quickly purchased Integra with a busted motor.  We were amazed at his great driving, and the awesome performance of the car, and adivse anyone looking to get into HulaCross, to check out Integras as your base model starting point! 

Hulagan Racing got off to an exciting start with the fastest lineup taking the first heat of three.  Mike Ward immediately led the charge with Landon Paras, Davin Kubo and Steve Oliberos hot on his heels.  David Rodrigues and Peter Crouch were simply unable to catch up, leaving the top 4 free to enter the final main.  Gilbert Valdez was excited to race, but disappointed in the performance of his Infinit J30...even with RWD, the vehicle was simply too heavy for the track, causing him to trudge through particular sections of the track.  This enabled the remaining field of Heat 2 to advance past him.  Cy Thomas, Randall Char, Kelii Pontin, and our HulaBeater rental driven by newcomer Yun Wei were all available to compete in the final heat.  Heat 3 was a simple battle of attrition as many of the vehicles entered were taken out by punctures and problems.  Making it to the final heat were Alfonso Puma, Hano Campos, Mic Quinn, and John Flores.

 

For the final heat, 12 vehicles were ready and able to compete.  In typical fashion, the drivers drew numbers from a hat to determine their placement.  Mike Ward, usual frontrunner of the group, drew a middle of the pack # while Landon Paras, his closest competitor, drew the holeshot with the pole position.  The field was set, and with the green flag thrown by Chris Messer, the race was on! 

Landon and Cy battled to the first corner, with Landon coming out ahead followed closely by Alfonso Puma and Mic Quinn.  Mic was then bashed out of the way by an unforgiving charge by Kelii Pontin, losing his position in the process.  Mike Ward wisely hung back through the altercation but took advantage of Mic's spin and passed him on the outside.  Mike later was given an extremely nasty broadside by Kelii on the back straight-away during an unfortunate traffic jam but was able to slide past Kelii for fourth place position.   Landon Paras took advantage of the situation, putting an ever increasing lead on Cy Thomas who was followed closely by Alfonso Puma. On the following Yun Wei's Honda Accord blanked out on the crowd-side straightaway leading into the first corner.  This created a huge traffic jam which allowed several cars to pass.

 

Yun's dead Accord created a red flag situation in which everyone was brought together for a restart.  Landon Paras in first, Cy Thomas in second, with Mike Ward in third...the green flag was thrown again and Mike immediately got the jump on Cy Thomas and passed him on the inside of the first corner.  Cy fell back to third to battle it out with Kelii Pontin.  What resulted from this pass was one of the most epic battles HulaCross has witnessed thus far.  For the remaining 3 laps, Mike Ward and Landon Paras went toe-to-toe.  Landon's Integra was remarkably quick, his FWD configured vehicle was able to really take advantage of the turns and proved why in the dirt, FWD is a formidable weapon against AWD.  Mike had alot of power, but couldn't seem to make a comfortable pass on Landon.  Mike would dip his nose into Landon's path, only to have Landon flip right around the upcoming corner in a muddy powerslide blocking Mike's exit. 

It wasn't until the final lap where Landon encountered the lap traffic of #531 John Flores was Mike able to take advantage of the situation for a clean pass on the front straight-away in front of the roaring crowd.  Both of our MC's, Rodney and The Kap'N were hooping and hollerin with the crowd at this amazing battle.  Mike was able to speed ahead in attempt to put more space between himself and Landon with the passing of #351 Randall Char in his Kia Sophia, whom Landon promptly passed as well in his pursuit.  The battle was still close until more back traffic blocked Landon, and allowed Mike to scoot past Hano Campos.  Soon after many of our competitors were knocked out by attrition...Kelii Pontin, Steve Oliberos and finally Alfonso Puma broke down on the last lap causing a red flag, and signalling the end of the race.  What a spectacular battle this was, and incredible to watch!  We were extremely pleased with this event's wheel 2 wheel action, and we can't wait for more next March 13th!

Before closing this article up, I'd like to impart a bit of knowledge about driver courtesy and professionalism.  We understand that there are going to be bumps and bruises, and we expect that.  It's fun, it's great excitement for the crowd, and our drivers are out there to win.  Thats why we encourage everyone to compete with vehicles other than their Daily Drivers.  This is not an event geared for anyone afraid of receiving collateral damage.  If you are afraid of getting your car dirty, as well as the possibility of going home with several large dents, broken tail-light housings, or lost bumpers then this is simply not the event for you.  

Unfortunately, there were several examples in February's event where driver's vehicles were involved in some altercations with other vehicles that were not your normal run and gun.  There's a saying that "Rubbing is Racing" and although we do believe in that rule, what we don't encourage or condone is over-agressiveness and rude conduct on the track.  Drivers that intentionally ram or blindside opponents during the Time Attack portion will be immediately black-flagged and removed from the course.  The HulaCross Time Attack is strictly a no-contact event.  Hulagan Racing, our wheel 2 wheel portion, is a bit more forgiving but again, anyone seen intentionally causing excessive damage to another person's vehicle will be black-flagged and removed from the course as well.  At our upcoming Driver's Meeting for March, we will be discussing this very topic as we feel it is extremely important.

 

This last event was simply incredible...it was fun, exciting, and most definetly the best wheel 2 wheel action Oahu has seen in a very, long time.  If you have never witnessed or attended HulaCross, we encourage you to check it out. It's an exciting day for the entire family...so bring your coolers, your tents, and your appetite for awesomeness with you to Kalaeloa Raceway Park. Our next HulaCross is on March 13th, so we welcome you to join us!  Once again, thank you to all of our drivers, volunteers, and spectators for making this a fantastic event! 

As always, you can check out all of the photos from the event at our official Facebook page!

Click the following link to view the results or follow the navigation by going to Motorsports - Hula-X - Results - 2011 - February.

HulaCross - February 13th, 2011 Results 

Mahalo until next time!

Michael Kitchens
Track Coordinator
Kalaeloa Raceway Park 

Congratulations to our winners!

Fastest Time of the Day - Mike Ward - 1:02.4


2nd Fastest Time of the Day - Landon Paras - 1.06.38

 


3rd Fastest Time of the Day - Davin Kubo - 1.07.08


1st Place - Hulagan Racing - Mike Ward


2nd Place - Hulagan Racing - Landon Paras


3rd Place - Hulagan Racing - Cy Thomas

 

   

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