July 27 - Friday Night of Fire
David Biancalana could not be detained on Friday of the Triple Crown as he went 13 rounds in two races and pocketed $6800 with his ’70 Cuda. Dave’s consistent ‘Cuda ran between 8.52 and 8.58 in each of those 13 rounds. Aaron Spitzer used a .005 reaction time to defeat Biancalana in round two of the Electronics class, but Dave bought back in and went four more rounds to meet Dustin Hentges in the finals. Biancalana took a .010 to .024 lead at the tree and ran 8.553 on his 8.53 dial-in to take the win. Dan Lafferty and Kevin Heffington took semi-final honors.
Yukon Gear & Axle added $1000 bonus payout to Door Car vs. Dragster Shootout. In the semi-finals, David Biancalana defeated Brad Craig while Devon Hilton downed Brad Swinford to set up the winner-take-all finals. Biancalana’s outstanding .007 reaction time was too much for Hilton to overcome, even though he ran 8.214 on his 8.21 dial-in.
Steve Kelly met Steve Stuart in the finals of the Non Electronics class. When Stuart went red by .005, Kelly cinched the victory, running 10.534 at 116 mph. Chris Stone won the Cash Bash over Tim Miller. Chris’s much better reaction time paved the way to his win, running 10.336 on his 10.30 dial-in. Nicholas Shepherd and Paul Comeau earned semi-final honors.
In the evening, the crowd was treated to two rounds of BB Funny Car qualifying, with Greg Howland running 6.804 and 6.838. Royce Taylor and Don Harter also ran 6.83’s in anticipation of Saturday night’s finals. Ed Jones, with his wheel-standing stage coach, wowed the crowd with a full pass on the rear wheels and then tossed out Jelly Belly treats to the crowd. Justin Brenneman made a 159 mph pass with his A/FX Dodge after his patented smoky burnout and Gary Eickmann brought the crowd to life with his nitro Funny Car. The Incinerator and Black Rat jet dragsters driven by Richard Smith and Scott Ariaga brought the evening to a close with blasts down track at 290 mph after a raucous fire and thunder show at the starting line.
Final results for Friday are listed for each class, giving the driver’s name, city, car, reaction time, elapsed time, miles per hour and dial-in
W: David Biancalana, Springfield, OR ('70 Cuda) .010, 8.553, 157.15 (8.53 dial).
R/U: Dustin Hentges, Olympia, WA ('10 Mullis) -.024,7.734, 183.00 (7.65 dial).
Semi's: Dan Lafferty, Wendell, ID; Kevin Heffington, Moxee, WA
W: Steve Kelly, Vancouver, WA ('67 Camaro) .038, 10.534, 116.58 (10.49 dial).
R/U: Steve Stuart, Estacada, OR ('66 Chevelle) - foul.
Semi's: Paul Comeau, Vancouver, WA
W: Chris Stone, Mission, BC ('69 Dart) .022, 10.336, 120.14 (10.30 dial).
R/U: Tim Miller, Sweet Home, OR ('67 Fairlane) .122, 10.049, 130.79 (10.07 dial).
Semi's: Paul Comeau, Vancouver, WA; Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard, OR
Door Car vs. Dragster Shootout
W: David Biancalana ('70 Cuda) .007, 8.573, 156.73 (8.55 dial).
R/U: Devon Hilton ('38 Chevy) .049, 8.214, 159.12 (8.21 dial).
Semi's: Brad Craig, Olympia, WA; Brad Swinford, Salem, OR
July 28 – Night of Fire Results
Day number 2 of the Baxter Auto Parts/Sunbelt Rentals 2nd Annual Night of Fire was, in one word, huge. The parking lot was filled to the limit and the crowd was full of life as Scott Arriaja and Richard Smith brought the show to a close with their jet dragsters blasting down track at speeds of 295 mph. Jim Obalek, driving Twig Ziegler’s Nitro Funny Car, blasted through the traps in 6.05 seconds with Gary Eickmann’s Nitro Funny Car on his tail at 227 mph. The Top Alcohol Funny Cars of Molalla’s Jim Peters and Keizer’s Jeff Ashwell ran 6.12 and 5.85 at 220 and 245 mph respectively. Justin Brenneman made a 162 mph blast in his A/FX Dodge and Garry Fauble’s ’39 Chev attracted lots of attention. Ed Jones brought smiles to everyone’s faces with his wheel-standing 1875 Concord Stage Coach and Jelly Belly treats. Two more rounds of BB/Funny Car action culminated with Don Harter’s ’78 Corvette winning over Matt Driscol’s ’72 Plymouth.
Earlier in the day, Randy Pressel downed Sadie Floyd in the finals of Electronics, earning him the $3000 top prize. Mike Pliska met, and defeated Brad Craig in the finals of Non-Electronics and earned $1500 for his efforts. The K & N Filters Non-Electronics Ultimate Gambler worth $1600 was won by Rick Welter. The K & N Filters Electronics Gambler came down to Danny Wargnier and Mike Hilsendager meeting for $3400. Hilsendager launched with a perfect light and ran 7.525 on his 7.50 dial-in to claim the win.
Final results are listed with the driver’s name, city, car, reaction time, elapsed time, miles per hour, and dial in.
W: Randy Pressel, Estacada, OR ('01 Morrison) .008, 7.508, 148.09 (7.07 dial).
R/U: Sadie Floyd, Happy Valley, OR ('01 Hadman) - foul.
Semi's: Jeremy McGhee, Vancouver, WA
W: Michael Pliska, Happy Valley, OR ('73 Vega) .016, 9.257, 139.16 (9.19 dial).
R/U: Brad Craig, Olympia, WA ('67 Camaro) .061, 9.731, 124.87 (9.66 dial).
Semi's: Theodore Sailly, Gig Harbor, WA; Douglas Hagen, Suquamish, WA
Ultimate Electronics Gambler
W: Mike Hilsendager, Springfield, OR ('03 Dragster) .000, 7.525, 172.51 (7.50 dial).
R/U: Danny Wargnier, Keizer, OR ('08 GTO) .032, 7.898, 173.54 (7.87 dial).
Semi's: Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, NV
Ultimate Non-Electronics Gambler
W: Rick Welter, Port Ludlow, WA ('67 Belvedere) .040, 10.281, 129.96 (10.25 dial).
R/U: Brad Craig, Olympia, WA ('67 Camaro) .056, 9.647, 135.46 (9.647 dial).
Semi's: Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard, OR; Gregg Heriford, Vancouver, WA
July 29 – Triple Crown Day #3 Results
The third day of the Baxter Auto Parts/Sunbelt Rentals Triple Crown was also a Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series points day for Woodburn Racers in addition to the bonus payout in Electronics and Non-Electronics. The winners of the 10 bonus points in the A-1 Performance Transmissions & Converters “Package for the Points” were: Super Pro – Dan Lafferty (.004); Pro – Sherry Wilson (.003); Sportsman – Jeremy Sears (.037).
In Electronics, Kevin Heffington’s stellar .006 reaction time and 7.403 et in the finals earned him the win over Mark Dawson and the $3000 payout. Sadie Floyd and David Pracht completed their day with a semi-final finish. In Non-Electronics, Chris Stone took the win and the $1500 payout when Lucky Long turned on the red light. Steve Stuart was the lone semi-finalist.
The 10.5 Outlaw Pro Street racers put on an outstanding show running the eighth-mile distance. Apple Valley, CA racer, Doug Sikora, was the top qualifier with a 4.291 at 177 mph. much to the delight of the fans and racers who had never seen this kind of performance. Eric Halverson met Barry Hobson in the finals after Paja Agatonovic and Jeff Dungey had lost in the semi-finals. Barry took a .007 starting line advantage but was the victim of Eric ‘s 4.529 blast at 171 mph. Needless to say, we would love to see more of this.
In the Dragster/Roadster class, 2011 champion Ron Austin earned another victory. He met Ron Wirostek in the finals and used a .023 starting line advantage to earn the victory. Christina Presser earned the semi-final finish.
Casey Ladd defeated Dustin Day in the semi-finals of Jr. Fast but fell victim to Charlie Dietrich in the finals. It was a unique race, with both racers dialed at 7.90. Both racers fouled at the start, but the win went to Charlie, -.005 to Casey’s -.010. In Jr. Lightning, Boyd Eickmann earned the victory in a double-break-out finish – Eickmann (.002 break-out) to Katie Day (.020 break-out). In Jr. Thunder, Trevin Walberg got his first win of the season, defeating Maria Marroquin in the finals. Trevin would like to thank Jerry Ehlers with Snap-On Tools of Eugene for his assistance and support this season. Walberg ran 10.131 for the win.
In the Northwest Heads-Up classes, it was Derek Losey over Framm Acosta in the Double Index class, Rick Conley, Sr. over Trevor Frye in the Real Street class, Glenn Losey over Randy Varnell in the Modified Street class, and John Carper over Chris Kittleson in the Hot Street class.
Listed here are the final results for each class giving driver’s name, city, car, reaction time, elapsed time, miles per hour, and dial-in.
W: Kevin Heffington, Moxee, WA ('09 Mullis) .006, 7.403, 178.46 (7.38 dial).
R/U: Mark Dawson, Sutherlin, OR ('27 Roadster) .026, 8.836, 145.44 (8.83 dial).
Semi's: Sadie Floyd, Happy Valley, OR; David Pracht, Hillsboro, OR
W: Chris Stone, Mission, BC ('68 Dart) .061, 10.316, 127.75 (10.32 dial).
R/U: Lucky Long, Molalla, OR ('72 Demon) - foul.
Semi's: Steve Stuart, Estacada, OR
10.5 Outlaw Pro Street
W: Eric Halverson, Kelso, WA ('70 Camaro) .045, 4.529, 171.23.
R/U: Barry Hobson, Seattle. OR ('06 GrandAm) .038, 4.570, 154.82.
Semi's: Paja Agatonovic, Beaverton, OR; Jeff Dungey, Grayland, WA
Dragsters & Roadsters
W: Ron Austin, Medford, OR ('48 Fiat) .006, 8.819, 139.34 (8.79 dial).
R/U: Ron Wirostek, Brush Prairie, WA ('23 Ford T) .029, 10.018, 133.92 (9.98 dial).
Semi's: Christina Presser, Salem, OR
W: Charlie Dietrich, Battle Ground, WA ('07 Motivational) -.005, 7.947, 82.57 (7.90 dial).
R/U: Casey Ladd, Welches, OR ('09 Halfscale) -.010, (7.90 dial) - foul.
Semi's: Dustin Day, Estacada. OR
W: Boyd Eickmann, Turner, OR ('09 Eickmann) .075, 8.168, 79.15 (8.17 dial).
R/U: Katie Day, Estacada, OR (Jr. Dragster) .094, 11.430, 54.73 (11.45 dial).
Semi's: Justin Harmon, Bay City, OR; Jerold Mix, Aumsville, OR
W: Trevin Walberg, Junction City, OR ('04 Fluge) .129, 10.131, 62.38 (10.07 dial).
R/U: Maria Marroquin, Wood Village, OR ('99 Dragster) .197, 9.862, 66.85 (9.80 dial).
Semi's: Tommy Tallan, Molalla, OR
W: Derek Losey, Tacoma, WA, (Camaro) .048, 8.613, 146.05
R/U: Framm Acosta, Portland, OR, (’68 Camaro) .196, 9.102, 148.93
W: Rick Conley, Sr. Shelton, WA (’70 Nova) .081, 12.115, 104.84
R/U: Trevor Frye. <pmtesamp. WA (’67 Camaro) .181, 12.018, 112.06
W: Glen Losey, Fife, WA (Camaro) .169, 10.853, 116.00
R/U: Randy Varnell, Portland-, OR (’86 Blazer) .137, 10.961, 123.11
W: John Carper, Orting, WA (’65 Nova) .077, 8.742, 155.22
R/U: Chris Kittleson, Federal Way, WA (’70 Nova) .075, 9.063, 156.68