NHRA Story
Woodburn takes Division 6 team title; four heading to national championship
Friday, August 31, 2012


Saturday

KENT, Wash. – The team from Woodburn Dragstrip combined for 68 points to capture the Northwest Division NHRA Summit Racing Series team championship at Pacific Raceways, and two sets of individual champions were crowned beginning with the Race of Champions, who will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship in Pomona.

A total of 15 teams were in competition this weekend. Woodburn was followed by Portland Int'l Raceway and Bremerton Raceway, which took second and third in the team standings with 64 and 63 points, respectively.

Leading the ROC winners was Larry DeYoung of Livingston, Mont., who took the Super Pro title in his ’55 Bel Air over Portland, Ore., resident Greg Rollin in his ’67 Oldsmobile. DeYoung covered the quarter-mile in 9.23 seconds at 150 mph for the win.

Robert Steffen and Derrick Jackson won in the Pro and Sportsman categories and will join DeYoung at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Steffen, of Olympia, Wash., held off Mark Kidd, of Twin Falls, Idaho, for the trophy with a big starting-line advantage. His .012-second reaction time combined with a lap of 10.55 at 126.18 mph was enough to hold off the hard-charging Kidd, who clocked in at 9.18, 135.13 in his ’55 Chevy. McMinnville, Ore., racer Jackson beat Duston Wurtz, of Meridan, Idaho, to the finish line in 12.85 seconds at 96.97 mph.

Jeff Havens, of Yakima, Wash., will round out the four-man team representing the Northwest in Pomona. He took out Zak Pedraza, of Boise, Idaho. Havens went 7.96 seconds at 158.06 mph on his ’95 Suzuki to Pedraza’s 9.88 at 123 mph.

Woodburn was led by Karl Hart, who advanced to the Sportsman final for the division championship before falling to Jerry Durant Jr. with a near-perfect reaction time of .004. Durant, of Oregon City, Ore., recorded a lap of 13.96 seconds at 86.11 mph.

Rob Asbury, of Yakima, Wash., and Scott Lang, of Beaverton, Ore., grabbed Northwest championships as well. Asbury beat Gary Ericksen, of Portland, in Super Pro when Ericksen left early with a foul start, and Lang put his ’76 Ford Pinto in the winner’s circle by defeating Nicholas Shepherd, of Tigard, Ore. 

Jon Jenkins was victorious in the Bike/Sled class over Jack Havens. The Richmond, B.C., racer rode his ’84 Suzuki past Havens, of Mill Creek, Wash., for the win in 8.72 seconds at 86 mph.

Brandon Rieken won the division championship in High School by beating Kenny McGarry in the final. Rieken, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, drove his '71 Maverik to an 11.569 to 11.447 victory over McGarry in the final.

In the division’s Jr. Drag Racing League competition, Ryan Widhalm, of Yakima, defeated Lane Cavar, of Puyallup, Wash., for the Jr. Lightning title, and Kyler Pitts beat Cameron Calhoun in the Jr. Thunder class.  Widhalm went 8.05, 78.26 to beat the quicker Cavar at 8.02, 79.36. Pitts, of Lebanon, Ore., clocked in at 9.00, 71.06, followed by Calhoun, of Covington, Wash., at 9.06, 71.95.

SUMMIT TEAM STANDINGS
Woodburn Dragstrip 68
Portland Int’l Raceway 64
Bremerton Raceway 63
Firebird Raceway 60
Pacific Raceways 50
Mission Raceway 40
Renegade Raceways 37
Spokane County Raceway 24
Madras Dragstrip 22
Walla Walla Drag Strip 22
M.H.D.R.A. Dragstrip 17
Coos Bay Speedway 7
Champion Raceway 7
Lost Creek Raceway 5
Lewistown Raceway 1


The following are final round results from the NHRA Northwest Division Summit Racing Series at Pacific Raceways:

RACE OF CHAMPIONS
SUPER PRO

Larry DeYoung, Livingston, Mont., ‘55 Bel Air, 9.237, 150.80 def.
Greg Rollin, Portland, Ore., ‘67 Olds, 11.251, 114.36

PRO
Robert Steffen, Olympia, Wash., ‘78 Nova, 10.559, 126.18 def.,
Mark Kidd, Twin Falls, Idaho, ‘55 Chevy, 9.189,    135.13

SPORTSMAN
Derrick Jackson, Mc Minnville, Ore., 12.851, 96.97 def.
Duston Wurtz, Meridan, Idaho, 11.995, 109.79

BIKE/SLED
Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., ‘95 Suzuki, 7.968, 158.06 def.
Zak Pedraza, Boise, Idaho, Ultra, 9.881, 123.00

NORTHWEST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
SUPER PRO
Rob Asbury, Yakima, Wash., ‘80 Camaro, 11.218 seconds, 119.01 mph def.
Gary Ericksen, Portland, Ore., ‘76 Astre, 11.222, 122.72

PRO
Scott Lang, Beaverton, Ore., ‘76 Pinto, 12.133, 104.42 def.
Nicholas Shepherd, Tigard, Ore., ‘62 Chevy II, 10.669,  116.01

SPORTSMAN
Jerry Durant Jr., Oregon City, Ore., ‘05 Dodge, 13.966, 86.11 def.
Karl Hart, Woodburn, Ore, ‘84  Trans Am, 13.436, 94.61

BIKE/SLED
Jon Jenkins, Richmond, B.C., ‘84 Suzuki, 8.727, 145.38 def.
Jake Havens, Mill Creek, Wash., ‘08 Hayabusa, 8.902,   144.09

HIGH SCHOOL
Brandon Rieken, Coeur d Alene, Idaho,  ‘71 Maverick, 11.569, 113.33 def.
Kenny McGarry, Philomath, Ore., ‘74 Nova, 11.447, 116.97

JR LIGHTNING
Ryan Widhalm, Yakima, Wash., 8.053, 78.26 def.
Lane Cavar, Puyallup, Wash., 8.020, 79.39

JR THUNDER
Kyler Pitts, Lebanon, Ore., 9.001, 71.06 def.
Cameron Calhoun, Covington, Wash., 9.060, 71.95


Friday
NHRA Summit Series tackles Firebird Raceway
KENT, Wash. – Racing kicked off today with nearly 500 racers for the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals at Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.  Racers will be competing for both team and individual honors in the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, High School, and Jr. Dragster classes.

Today’s racing consists of time trials with racers representing 17 tracks across the Northwest including three from Canada.  The team from Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, is looking to defend their team championship from a year ago although the host team from Pacific Raceways is looking to defend their turf.  Racing continues on Saturday at 9 a.m. with gates opening at 7:30 a.m.  Following morning time trials will be the Race of Champions pitting the top point’s earners from each track in head to head action.  The Race of Champions winners will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where they will face off with the Summit division champions from the six other NHRA divisions.

Eliminations for the division championship get underway on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.  Up for grabs on Sunday are a cash purse, contingency postings, the NHRA Wally trophy, and bragging rights of being the NHRA Northwest Division Summit Racing Series Champion.


Pacific Raceways hosts the 2012 NHRA Northwest Division Summit Series Finals

Preview

Gates at Pacific Raceways will open at 8 a.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. on Sunday. Time trials will start Friday morning at 9 and continue Saturday at 9 a.m. Eliminations will start Sunday at 9 a.m.

Saturday’s action will also feature the Race of Champions where the best of the best in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will compete for top honors and a chance to compete for a national championship at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November. They’ll run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a $5,000 winner-take-all purse.

Pacific Raceways is located at 31001 144th Ave SE, in Kent. For more information call the track, (253) 639-5927, or visit www.PacificRaceways.com.

Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Northwest Division compete in seven classes for individual and team honors. Competing classes are: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, High School, and two categories of Jr. Dragster. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earners from each participating track run head-to-head for individual honors, will run on Saturday. Winners of the Race of Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will advance to a national run-off at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in California.

WHERE: Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. Track is located at 31001 144th Ave, SE in Kent.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, August 31 – September 2, 2012.

SCHEDULE: Schedule for the Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals:

FRIDAY, Aug. 31 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Time trials begin at 9 a.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 1 -- Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Final time trials begin at 0 a.m.
Race of Champions is slated for 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 2 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

PURSE: The Summit E.T. Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle will compete for cash awards of more than $15,000.

The winners of the Race of Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November. They will each receive $3,500 for competing in the Finals, and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000.

Participants in the High School and Jr. categories compete for trophies.

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Firebird Raceway – Boise, Idaho, team champion; Dave Barcelon, Super Pro; Steve Stuart, Pro; Derrick Jackson, Sportsman; Bob Henrie Havens, Motorcycle

FEATURES: Nearly 500 drivers in seven racing categories: Super Pro (cars running 7.00 seconds to 12.29 seconds), Pro (9.00-14.29), Sportsman (12.00 and slower), Motorcycles (7.00 and slower), High School (11.00 and slower), Jr. Thunder (Ages 13 to 17), and Jr. Lightning (Ages 8 to 12)