Kim Parker, Jay Payne, and Bryan Hyerstay all celebrated in the winner’s circle with their teams following their final-round victories at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle.
Local Top Alcohol Dragster runner, Parker of Graham, Wash., squared off against Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., in the final round. The defending Lucas Oil champion, Severance, came out of the gate hot but let off the throttle as he experienced mechanical issues. Parker overtook Severance to take home her first national event Wally, recording a run of 5.748 seconds, 246.48 mph.
California Top Alcohol Funny Car racers Steve Gasparrelli from West Covina and Payne of Claremont dueled in the final round. Payne powered his way down the strip, hitting 5.526 seconds at 266.00 mph, to take the victory.
Hyerstay, Eugene, Ore., knocked off local Washington Comp Eliminator driver Ryan Warter of Olalla in the final round. Hyerstay held off Warter down the stretch, completing his victory pass in 8.692 seconds at 146.08 mph.
Andy Morris, Olympia, Wash., cruised to victory in the final round of Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs after as Kyle Seipel, Pleasanton, Calif., fouled at the starting line. In the final round of Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs, local racer Don Sefton of Port Orchard came from behind to upend Bryan Warr, Riverton, Utah; registering a victory pass of 7.239 seconds, 170.86 mph.
Canadian Top Fuel Harley racer, Kevin Boyer of Edmonton, A.B., invaded and pulled off the mild upset when defending world champion Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., broke shortly after launch. Boyer had his share of mechanical issue as well but was able to surpass Turner for the victory, crossing the finish line at 7.788 seconds, 150.46 mph.
The other drivers visiting the winner’s circle were Jeff Lane in Super Stock; Jody Lang in Stock; Randy Beck in Super Comp; Dan Davis in Super Gas; and Tom Brown in Super Street.
The Following are the final results from the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Kim Parker, 5.748, 246.48 def.
Joey Severance, 7.822, 120.43
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Jay Payne, Chevy Camaro, 5.526, 266.00 def.
Steve Gasparrelli, Camaro, 5.646, 260.06
Brian Hyerstay, dragster, 8.692, 146.08 def.
Ryan Warter, Chevy Camaro, 8.818, 151.51
Jeff Lane, Chevy Cavalier, 8.771, 149.96 def.
Justin Lamb, Chevy Cobalt, 8.744, 155.58.
Jody Lang, Chevy Malibu wagon, 12.322, 104.24 def.
Justin Lamb, Chevy Camaro, 9.685, 133.96.
Randy Beck, dragster, 8.935, 167.20 def.
Greg Taylor, dragster, 8.933, 164.59.
Dan Davis, Ford Probe, 9.924, 163.99 def.
Gene Kelly, Chevy Camaro, 9.929, 161.21.
Tom Brown, Chevy Nova, 10.855, 141.52 def.
Larry Miner, Chevy Camaro, foul
TOP DRAGSTER PRESENTED BY RACINGRVS
Andy Morris, dragster, 7.516, 177.49 def.
Kyle Seipel, dragster, foul
TOP SPORTSMAN PRESENTED BY RACINGRVS
Don Sefton, Pontiac GXP, 7.239, 170.86 def.
Bryan Warr, Chevy Corvette, 7.277, 175.43
TOP FUEL HARLEY
Kevin Boyer, Harley, 7.788, 150.46 def.
Jay Turner, Dixie, 15.485, 76.88