Happy Holidays from the 1320!!
By Annette Barton
Pullman, Washington - a chill is in the air and the Northwest tracks are closing drag racing for the season, the 2018 track banquets and award programs are completed or impending. Not a sad thing because our racers need time to rebuild their equipment and the hard-working track operators need time to coordinate their schedules.
Stepping back to Boise's Firebird Raceway and the Summit ET Finals/Race of Champions over Labor Day weekend - Devin Froud, Spanaway, WA is the ROC Sportsman Champion and is Pomona bound for Team Bremerton; Pat Osmundson, Pasco, WA, took home the Super Pro ROC trophy; In Pro, Matt Kielman, Vancouver, WA took home the hardware; Jr. Lightning was a tough series with Kyle Wagenaar, Redcliff, Alberta taking home the trophy; the Jr. Thunder ROC winner was Lindsey Miller out of Yakima, WA. Great job everyone!
Our hats are off to the New Crew who provided a great track for racers from four states and three Canadian provinces. In the Track Managers Cup final, Woodburn took the challenge and the Cup over Firebird Raceway with Renegade Raceway coming in 3rd. The final team standings had Portland International Raceway taking the Team Finals with 86 points over Firebird (81) and Woodburn (70). Congrats Team PIR! First time in 12 years that they have taken home the gold!
Woodburn Dragstrip pulled out all the stops for the 33rd Annual Fall ET Series with great fall weather for the more than 260 plus racers competing at the Annual Fall Classic! Entertainment was at its best with racing from the NW BB/ Funny Cars, Pro Nostalgia, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw 8.5, Jet Cars, Nostalgia Hot Rod Series #8 (Top Gas, Hot Rod, Street Machine, Street Rod, Inline/Flathead, Stick Shift, Gasser), Run Tuff (Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman).
World of Speed Fall Jr Racing Series #4 (Jr Lightning, Jr Thunder), Dragster/Roadster #9, NW Dragbike (Pro Mod, Quick 8 & ET Motorcycle), Harley #6, Pacific Northwest Super Comp Association Super Comp/Super Street, Super Stock/ Stock, and exhibitions by Justin Taylor in the Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty TAFC along with a couple of BB/FC license passes, according to the Woodburn Dragstrip website. One of the great family friendly tracks in the Northwest!
The Handler's Racing Association has announced they will again host drag racing events at Bremerton Raceway in the 2019 season! Dennis Boley has been voted in as President of the Handlers taking over the reins for Gordon and Barbara Howell, who have been operating the drag strip for more than 20 of the 60 years this great NW track has been in operation. Dennis, a retired Navy Chief, was a Handler in the late 80's to the mid 90's, worked with the NHRA for more than 10 years at other Northwest race tracks, including Pacific Raceways, PIR and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Be watching the Bremerton Raceway's and Handler's Facebook page and website for the 2019 schedule! Thank you SO much for your dedication to NW drag racing and the racers who make it great, Gordon and Barbara!! And I would like to offer congratulations to the 2018 King of the Track Thomas Vickers, a humble young man who takes his racing very seriously.
Congratulations to the Medford Dragstrip and their new racing surface! Not an easy task to secure funding and pull the work off during a short weather window and they did it! They are still accepting tax deductible donations to help with the new surface through track operator Justin Goodlett at Goodlett Automotive in Central Point, Oregon. Great job guys and gals!
Congratulations to the Renegade Raceway 2018 Champions David Chun, Jr in Pro, Andy Schlenker in Super Pro & Quick 8, Mike Setterland in Sportsman, Stacy Hesch in Bike/Sled, Mark McKenna in Mopar, Steve Stormo in Street Bike, Bob Bundy in AFX, Damien Chinn in High School, Jazzy McGrew in Jr. Lightning and Cole Dickhoff in Jr. Thunder. Well done!
Speaking of Renegade racers, congratulations to Bernie Plourd of Quincy, WA on his win in NE-1 at the 27th Annual California Hot Rod Reunion! Bernie won the trophy over Jim Sievers of Nine Mile Falls, WA. Amazing NE-1 runs with Renegade team members Derek Snelson, Doug Pool, Randy Stafford making the trek south to support their track members.
The NHRA Toyota Racing Vegas Nationals in LV on November 4 was huge for Northwest racers. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, the Disturbed Racing Team had an amazing weekend in Vegas with a Regional Championship and a new track record turning a 5.473 @ 268.01. Woodburn's own Joey Severance also had a huge weekend, winning his 4th Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster World Championship in a row and the event Wally with his J & A Service dragster. One more World Championship and he ties the record! Paul Nero, Eugene, Oregon, came into the November 4 weekend leading the points in Top Dragster over Mark Jones who needed to win the event to overtake Nero. Jones lost in round two and Nero was awarded the World Championship Wally. Nero started the season strong with national and divisional event wins in Phoenix, then added a win at the NHRA Northwest divisional at Mission Raceway Park in June and a final round finish at Woodburn Dragstrip in July on his way to the Top Dragster Championship.
Justin Lamb nailed another Lucas Oil Super Stock National Championship at Vegas while driving his Silver State Plumbing Chevrolet. Great job for the 25-year-old Lamb, who nailed his 9th National event win just in this season! Scotty Wear, Spokane, WA got the call announcing he is the 2018 NHRA Land of the Leaders Champion. Congratulations Scotty! Looking forward to seeing the Hotsy-sponsored Vega on the track in 2019!
2018 NHRA World Finals, Pomona, California - North Bend, WA resident Jeff Lane flipped his Hancock & Lane Chevy onto its roof during the Nov. 8 race. Lane was able to get out with minor scrapes, the car not so much. This is the second time that Pomona Gremlins have struck the Hancock & Lane team - last year a devastating trailer fire just outside of Pomona destroyed cars and trailer. I am certain the team will be back on track soon!
TF driver Leah Pritchett set fire to the old AAA Pomona track record, setting the bar with a 3.649 @ 329.34 mph on Nov. 9. Pritchett started driving Jr. Dragster then moved on to shoe the Plueger/Gyger Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car, then moved to Pro Mod and is now a star driver for the Schumacher team in Top Fuel. Also, NHRA Pro Matt Smith finally breaks the 200 mph barrier in Pro Stock Motorcycle at Pomona with a 6.774 @ 200.65 and backed the ET up with a 6.79. He was running 6.93's in Vegas! Hector Arana Jr. was the first to pass 200 in March 2018 with a 200.25.
Your 2018 Legends of Nitro Rookie of the Year is none other than Billy Morris who drives the 'Problem Child' AA/ FC for Top Fuel Hydro Pro Eddie Knox. Another Young Gun who brought home a World Championship in A/Fuel this season is Drew Austin, son of the very fast and famous Pat Austin. And another notable chip off the ol' block Randy Beck, out of Tacoma, WA, won the Division 6 Super Comp Championship driving his dragster with tuning assistance from his dad, the formidable Gary Beck of NHRA Top Fuel Champion ranks. Well done! Pat Osmundson, Pasco, WA, took the National Championship win in Super Pro with an 8.806 @ 169.53 over Jeremy Hancock's 7.087 @ 182.38. Great job, Pat! Digging that dragster!
Sean Bellemeur took home the Lucas Oil TAFC National Championship driving his Hussey Performance Funny Car while your NHRA Division 6 2018 TAFC Champion is Chris Marshall. Surrey, B.C.'s Shawn Cowie took home the 2018 Division 6 Championship TAD Wally and rolled in #2 in National points behind Joey Severence!
Our Division 6 Champions include Jeff Lane, Comp Eliminator; Jody Lang, Stock Eliminator; Chris Cannon won Super Gas (Super Shootout Champion too); Justin Cooper took Super Street and Super Shootout Championships; Shawn Herbst won Top Sportsman; Miles Hauer won Sportsman Motorcycle and Paul Nero won the Top Dragster World Championship as reported above. The NHRA Northwest Division 2018 Land of the Leaders Champion's Award Ceremony & Banquet on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton - Seattle Airport in Seattle, Washington.
The Winter Rod and Speed Show in Albany, OR will be held January 18-19 at the Linn County Expo Center. The 1967 Batmobile, movie characters and the one and only Kenny Youngblood will be at the show along with a few hundred amazing classic hot rods and drag cars! C'Mon Rollin Oldies Car Club and Woodburn Dragstrip Booster Club! The Club Participation award is currently at $500.99 according to Rich Bailey (his .99). I hope to make this great 2-day show this year. The raffles, the participant enthusiasm and the brilliant cars and trucks make this show a must-see!!
Please be sure to thank your regional race track, NHRAaffiliated or not, for hosting safe racing for all by ATTENDING THEIR EVENTS and utilizing their sponsors. HAPPY HOLIDAYS and we will see you at the track in 2019!! AND I am proud to announce that the Spokane County "Sugarbear" Clark Memorial bench stolen back in July was located in Lincoln County and returned! 509 Metalworks, with donations from SCR racers, had already built a replacement bench which will also proudly sit on the SCR property for friends and family to enjoy.
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