Drivers take off in year’s final drag races

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP PHOTO: Marcus Villaverde takes off from the starting line during the Valley Isle Timing Association drag races Saturday night at Maui Raceway Park in Puunene. Villaverde won in pro sportsman going 110.43 mph in 11.74 seconds in his Chevrolet Vega. • With her Mountain Girl car, Kayla Yamashita won the junior dragster division with a speed of 81.81 mph in 7.90 seconds (over a shorter 1/8th-mile course). • Jon Shirota won the fast gas category, reaching 182.12 mph in 7.19 seconds. • Zaylen Andrade rode his Kawasaki to a win in the bikes bracket with a speed of 140.67 mph in 9.07 seconds.

Bruce Wheeler photos