Summit Racing Winners Advance to NHRA Finals
09/17/03
Ashcroft, BC

n today's Summit Racing Finals Race of Champions held in Ashcroft, four drivers earned the right to compete in the prestigious NHRA Finals, which will take place in Pomona, Calif. in November. Competition was intense, but Rod Langley, John Korfiatis, Jerry Weber and Greg Westling advanced to the Finals in their respective categories.

 
Richmond, B.C. resident, John Korfiatis, took top honors in the Pro class, and will take his '70 Chevy Nova to the Finals. Korfiatis was the 2002 Northwest Division Sportsman Racer of the Year, and said, "We came so close the past few years and couldn't get to the Finals but this had to be the year. Thanks to everyone on my crew who helped me get here."

Greg Westling, who traveled from Calgary, Alta., won the Motorcycle/Snowmobile class. "This is our first time here at the Summit Finals, and we didn't expect to do anything like this. It's unreal," said Westling of his win.

Rod Langley, of Boise, Idaho, ran 7.354 seconds at 167.50 mph in his Dragster, to earn the Finals berth in the Super Pro category. In the winner's circle, Langley said, "This is the biggest thing I've won. I'm really excited, and looking forward to Pomona. I'm very happy to be representing the division."

Jerry Weber, of Albany, Ore., defeated Joe Adams, of Woodburn, Ore., in the final round of the Sportsman class. Weber described today's competition, "It's hard to stay focused when you know how much is at stake, but I am very excited and will do the best I can to represent the Northwest Division in Pomona."

The NHRA Finals will be held in Pomona, Calif., on Nov. 6-9, 2003. The winners from each of the seven divisions will compete for a national title and a purse of $5,000. Top racers from 18 racetracks across the Northwest division participated in today's Race of Champions.

The event also featured Jr. Dragster categories and a High School competition. Mike George won the trophy in the Jr. Thunder category, while Benjamin Hilton took the victory in Jr. Lightning. Adam Durham prevailed in the High School category.

Racing in Ashcroft continues tomorrow at 9 a.m. Nl'Akapxm Eagle Motorplex is located fourteen kilometers south of Cache Creek, on TransCanada Highway 1. For more information, contact the track at (250) 453-9310.

The following are final results from the NHRA Northwest Division Summit Racing Finals "Race of Champions":

SUPER PRO
Rod Langley, Boise, Idaho, Dragster, 7.354 seconds, 167.50 mph def.
Gary Ericksen, Portland, Ore., '74 Pontiac, 11.222, 120.96

PRO
John Korfiatis, Richmond, B.C., '70 Nova, 11.670, 109.44 def.
John Schwaller, North Bend, Wash., '70 El Camino, 11.116, 116.08

SPORTSMAN
Jerry Weber, Albany, Ore., '82 S-10, 14.959, 88.14 def.
Joe Adams, Woodburn, Ore., '99 Accord, 18.159, 76.21

MOTORCYCLE/SNOWMOBILE
Greg Westling, Calgary, Alta., '96 Kopijewski, 10.007, 127.35 def.
Bill Bourdon, Chilliwack, B.C., '02 Polaris, 9.966, 126.40

JR. THUNDER
Mike George, Portland, Ore., 11.209, 55.46 def.
Courtney Alley, Eagle, Idaho, 12.072, 33.33

JR. LIGHTNING
Benjamin Hilton, Vancouver, Wash., 8.973, 71.82 def.
Chad Bratt, Olympia, Wash., 9.092, 71.20

HIGH SCHOOL
Adam Durham, Tacoma, Wash., '72 Chevelle, 14.095, 85.68 def.
Traci Merritt, Oregon City, Ore., '66 Nova, 13.071, 103.06


Winning ways continue at Summit Racing Finals in Ashcroft

ASHCROFT, B.C. – The NHRA Northwest Division Summit Racing Series Finals at Nl’Akapxm Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft concluded today with four individuals at the top of their classes. Gary Hostetler, Zack Craig, Don Elgin and Mark Kosler earned the top prizes in their respective categories, as the best drivers from 18 racetracks in the Northwest Division wrapped up the exciting weekend event.

In the Super Pro class, Gary Hostetler, of Vancouver, Wash., notched the victory when he defeated Cheryl Wentz, of Toppenish, Wash., in the final round. Hostetler ran the quarter-mile in 9.885 seconds at 133.37 mph, compared to Wentz’s 10.529 at 135.56.

Pro class driver Zack Craig, from Olympia, Wash., earned his win with a 12.43-second, 106.93-mph run in his ’79 Malibu. Don “The Worm” Elgin, of Desmoines, Wash., won the Sportsman class, when he defeated LaVonne Goodman, of Canby, Ore., in the final elimination round.

The Motorcycle/Snowmobile class winner was Mark Kosler, from Keizer, Ore., who ran 9.893 seconds at 130.71 mph to defeat Rich Pedroza, of Boise, Idaho.

Racers from Team Woodburn, of Woodburn, Ore., were awarded the team championship, earning the most wins during the event. This marks Team Woodburn’s tenth Team Championship award in the Northwest Division Summit Racing Series.

The Northwest Division Champions were decided yesterday during the Race of Champions. Rod Langley, John Korfiatis, Jerry Weber and Greg Westling will represent the Northwest Division in the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. The NHRA Finals will be held on Nov. 6-9, 2003. The winners from each of the seven divisions will compete for a national title and a purse of $5,000.

Nl’Akapxm Eagle Motorplex is located fourteen kilometers south of Cache Creek, on TransCanada Highway 1. For more information on their racing schedule, contact the track at (250) 453-9310. For more information regarding the NHRA Finals, please call (626) 914-4761.

The following are final results from the NHRA Northwest Division Summit Racing Finals:

SUPER PRO
Gary Hostetler, Vancouver, Wash., ’71 Chevelle, 9.885 seconds, 133.37 mph def.
Cheryl Wentz, Toppenish, Wash., ’80 Mazda RX7, 10.529 seconds, 135.56 mph

PRO
Zack Craig, Olympia, Wash., ’79 Malibu, 12.43, 106.93 def.
Kyle Saucy, Beavercreek, Ore., ’68 Valiant, 10.873, 122.13

SPORTSMAN
Don Elgin, Desmoines, Wash., ’74 Pontiac, 12.891, 98.41 def.
LaVonne Goodman, Canby, Ore., ’75 Corvette, 14.097, 95.74

MOTORCYCLE/SNOWMOBILE
Mark Kosler, Keizer, Ore.,’84 Suzuki, 9.893, 130.71 def.
Rich Pedroza, Boise, Idaho, ’03 Polaris, 9.173, 135.25

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