Severance and Hough win big at Champion Raceway

9/11/2011


DIVISION 6
Champion Raceway
Medford, Ore., Sept. 10-11, 2011 

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go to Drag Race Central


Sunday

MEDFORD, Ore. Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., won his third Northwest division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Top Alcohol Dragster this past weekend at Champion Raceway.  Severance, who also won last month at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, met Ray Martin, Anchorage, Ala., in the final round.  Although Martin had a quicker ET and speed, 5.527 seconds at 258.22 mph, Severance got off the line quicker and was able to claim the victory with a final pass of 5.550 seconds, 245.14 mph.

Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., also experience good fortune in threes.  His win at Champion Raceway over the weekend in Top Alcohol Funny Car was his third straight Lucas Oil Series event win at the track in three years.  Hough also is currently third in Northwest division points.

In Comp Eliminator, Randy Jones held off Dale Giroux in the final round to earn the trip to the Winner's Circle.  Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., raced his '01 S-10 against Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb., and his '04 Cavalier to earn his 4th place position in Northwest division points. 

Currently second place in national point standings and first in division for Super Stock, Jackie Alley had a win over the weekend to help her get there, her second divisional win of the season.  The Eagle, Idaho, resident drove a '69 Camaro against the '68 Camaro that had Tom Armanino, San Mateo, Calif., behind the wheel.  Off to a good start, Alley's reaction time set her off faster than Amanino and helped secure her winning pass of 9.848 seconds at 128.15 mph.

Other California drivers dominated several classes over the weekend as well.  In Stock Eliminator, Mike Loge, Antioch, Calif., came out strong and defeated Jim Devine, Yakima, Wash., in the finals.  Kyle Rizzoli, San Luis Obispo, Calif., took home the win in Super Comp over Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C.  Rizzoli's pass of 8.927 seconds at 156.94 mph earned him his second consecutive Northwest divisional win this year.  Valinda, Calif., driver Val Torres, met Medford, Ore., driver Steve Apted in the finals.  Both driving Corvettes, Torres outran the '67 version with his '63 during his final run of 9.926 seconds at 163.45 mph.  In Sportsman Motorcycle, Garberville, Calif., rider John Widmann, took home the win to cap off California winners. 

Also taking homes wins over the weekend were a pair of Washington drivers and an Oregon resident.  Josh Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., raced his '67 Camaro against Travis Ringguth, Grand Praire, Alb., in the Super Street finals.  Dalrymple ended up victorious with a 10.962 second run with a top speed of 143.37 mph.  In Top Sportsman, Randy Johnson, Snohomish, Wash., defeated Mike Williams, Tilley, Alb., with a run of 7.716 seconds at 169.57 mph.  Springfield, Ore., resident Mike Hilsendager, won in Top Dragster to bring home the final win of local drivers.

Northwest Division racers now head for Woodburn, Ore., and Woodburn Dragstrip for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the rain delayed event, September 16.  The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Northwest Championships at Champion Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
1) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.684, 243.24 def.
6) Ashley Bart, Calgary, Alb., 6.602, 124.50;

2) Mike Austin, Medford, Ore., 5.601, 252.00 def.
5) James Butler, Prescott, Ariz., 5.992, 196.73;

3) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.539, 237.71 def.
4) Kenny Buzdas, Yuba City, Calif., 5.692, 251.81;

SEMI-FINALS
Severance, 5.513, 256.89 was unopposed;
Martin, 5.540, 255.10 def. Austin, broke;

FINALS
Severance, 5.550, 245.14 def. Martin, 5.527, 258.22.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
3) Jeff Ashwell, Keizer, Ore., '09 Mustang, 6.012, 237.38 def.
4) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '04 Camaro, 6.352, 230.61;

1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '11 Mustang, 5.875, 243.46 was unopposed;

5) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '11 Monte Carlo, 5.958, 240.04 def.
2) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '11 Monte Carlo, 6.211, 187.18;

SEMI-FINALS
Hough, 5.902, 242.98 def. Ashwell, 6.055, 236.13;
Thompson, broke was unopposed;

FINALS
Hough, broke was unopposed;

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '01 S-10, C/TA, 8.661, 154.05  def. Dale Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb., '04 Cavalier, B/AA, 7.265, 192.60.

SUPER STOCK
Jackie Alley, Eagle, Idaho, '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.848, 128.15  def. Tom Armanino, San Mateo, Calif., '68 Camaro, SS/IA, 10.299, 128.19.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Mike Loge, Antioch, Calif., '79 Volare, H/SA, 11.978, 110.61  def.
Jim Devine, Yakima, Wash., '72 Duster, G/S, 11.811, 102.73.

SUPER COMP
Kyle Rizzoli, San Luis Obispo, Calif., dragster, 8.927, 156.94  def.
Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., dragster, 8.918, 169.38.

SUPER GAS
Val Torres, Valinda, Calif., '63 Corvette, 9.926, 163.45  def.
Steve Apted, Medford, Ore., '67 Corvette, 9.931, 164.77.

SUPER STREET
Josh Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., '67 Camaro, 10.962, 143.37  def.
Travis Ringguth, Grand Praire, Alb., '86 Camaro, 10.891, 137.64.

TOP DRAGSTER
Mike Hilsendager, Springfield, Ore., dragster, 7.713, 170.49  def.
Paul Nero, Eugene, Ore., dragster, 7.344, 182.08.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Randy Johnson, Snohomish, Wash., '04 Cavalier, 7.716, 169.57  def.
Mike Williams, Tilley, Alb., '03 Corvette, 7.758, 167.32.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
John Widmann, Garberville, Calif., '98 Kawasaki, 8.688, 152.49  def.
Miles Hauer, Seattle, Wash., '04 Suzuki, broke.


Saturday

MEDFORD, Ore. The NHRA Northwest division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is back at Campion Raceway this weekend for the annual Northwest Championship.  The event is one of six events in the division and one of 42 that will take place throughout the year from coast to coast. More than 300 of the best racers from the region took to the track today in hopes of grabbing valuable points leading toward national and divisional championships.  Division points leaders Joey Severance, Top Alcohol Dragster and Steve Gasparrelli are looking to increase their lead as Severance looks for his 4th win of the year while second generation driver Gasparrelli hopes to grab his third in the division.

Racers made qualifying and time trial runs today which featured the 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars along with the highly competitive Comp Eliminator class.  Sunday's action will include eliminations for all classes beginning at 9 a.m. with the alcohol classes set to run first round at noon. 

Gates open on Sunday at 8 a.m.  Tickets are $20 for adults, children 11-14 are $10 and kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult.  Champion Raceway is located at the Jackson County All Sports Park at 6900 Kershaw Road, just outside White City and 15 minutes from downtown Medford.  For more information call the track, (541) 830-DRAG or visit www.ChampionRaceway.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Northwest Championships at Champion Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.483 seconds, 260.71 mph
2) Mike Austin, Medford, Ore., 5.554, 255.05
3) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.558, 257.09
4) Kenny Buzdas, Yuba City, Calif., 5.754, 250.55
5) James Butler, Prescott, Ariz., 7.480, 184.30
6) Ashley Bart, Calgary, Alb., 8.738, 95.21

First round TAD pairings
1) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.483 seconds, 260.71 mph vs.
6) Ashley Bart, Calgary, Alb., 8.738, 95.21

2) Mike Austin, Medford, Ore., 5.554, 255.05 vs.
5) James Butler, Prescott, Ariz., 7.480, 184.30

3) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.558, 257.09 vs.
4) Kenny Buzdas, Yuba City, Calif., 5.754, 250.55

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '11 Mustang, 5.928 seconds, 242.71 mph
2) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '11 Monte Carlo, 6.044, 242.98
3) Jeff Ashwell, Keizer, Ore., '09 Mustang, 6.093, 236.09
4) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '04 Camaro, 6.210, 239.02
5) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '11 Monte Carlo, 9.911, 88.22

First round TAFC pairings
1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '11 Mustang, 5.928 seconds, 242.71 mph vs. Bye

2) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '11 Monte Carlo, 6.044, 242.98 vs.
5) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '11 Monte Carlo, 9.911, 88.22

3) Jeff Ashwell, Keizer, Ore., '09 Mustang, 6.093, 236.09 vs.
4) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '04 Camaro, 6.210, 239.02

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '01 S-10, C/TA, 8.615 seconds, -0.465 (under index)
2) Brian Fitzpatrick, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., dragster, H/D, 6.512, -0.458
3) Rob Harrison, N. Vancouver, B.C., '05 Escort, J/A, 7.803, -0.437
4) Mike McKeigue, Fort St. John, B.C., '06 Stratus, C/AA, 7.560, -0.400
5) Dale Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb., '04 Cavalier, B/AA, 7.239, -0.331
6) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '11 Cobalt, B/SMA, 8.313, -0.317
7) Aaron Strong, Auburn, Wash., '05 Cavalier, F/A, 8.317, -0.263
8) J.D. Zink, Chico, Calif., dragster, B/ND, 7.477, -0.033
9) Randy Goff, Las Vegas, Nev., '01 S-10, B/T, 10.399, 1.699

SUPER STOCK
1) Jim Isherwood, Mission, B.C., '67 Belvedere, SS/DA, 9.416 seconds, -0.784 (under index)
2) Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '69 Barracuda, SS/HA, 9.839, -0.761
3) Alan Falcone, Seattle, Wash., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.739, -0.661
4) Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '05 Cavalier, SS/DM, 9.112, -0.638
5) Jackie Alley, Eagle, Idaho, '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.611, -0.589
6) Tom Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '05 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.915, -0.585
7) Charlene Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '85 Cutlass, GT/JA, 10.730, -0.570
8) Jim Sherry, Folsom, Calif., '97 Firebird, GT/FA, 10.280, -0.520
9) Tony Mandella, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '87 Camaro, GT/DA, 10.006, -0.494
10) Larry Zavala Jr., Montebello, Calif., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.937, -0.463

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '70 Camaro, E/SA, 11.020 seconds, -0.680 (under index)
2) Jim Storms, Renton, Wash., '72 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.396, -0.604
3) Brian Stewart, Medford, Ore., '90 Firebird, K/SA, 12.059, -0.591
4) Will Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., '70 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.425, -0.575
5) Craig Bloom, Gresham, Ore., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.687, -0.563
6) Cody Lane, North Bend, Wash., '71 Corvette, A/SA, 10.458, -0.542
7) Mark Maez, Olympia, Wash., '66 Belvedere, H/SA, 11.752, -0.398
8) Mike Loge, Antioch, Calif., '79 Volare, H/SA, 11.798, -0.352
9) Greg Kielman, Vancouver, Wash., '69 Camaro, H/SA, 11.799, -0.351
10) Don Elgin, Des Moines, Wash., '74 Grand Am, N/SA, 12.669, -0.331

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Curt Geise, Auburn, Wash., '09 GTO, 6.902 seconds, 204.32 mph
2) Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., '06 Cobalt, 6.945, 198.96
3) Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., '68 Camaro, 7.062, 195.51
4) Jeffrey Gillette, Benicia, Calif., '96 Firebird, 7.140, 194.44
5) Gary Zellner, Scio, Ore., '53 Corvette, 7.245, 189.39
6) Daryl Hemley, Burley, Wash., '02 Cavalier, 7.458, 185.38
7) Larry Scarth, Manhatten Beach, Calif., '04 Cavalier, 7.524, 182.82
8) Darryn O'Connor, Fort St. John, B.C., '04 Cavalier, 7.538, 183.94
9) Mike Williams, Tilley, Alb., '03 Corvette, 7.611, 181.72
10) Randy Johnson, Snohomish, Wash., '04 Cavalier, 7.665, 179.11

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., dragster, 6.760 seconds, 197.86 mph
2) Joe Roubicek, Westlake Village, Calif., dragster, 6.843, 199.35
3) George Prather, Sacramento, Calif., dragster, 6.851, 190.30
4) Tony Jardino, San Dimas, Calif., dragster, 6.855, 196.44
5) George Nann, Novato, Calif., dragster, 6.971, 195.70
6) Geneva Nash, Visalia, Calif., dragster, 7.012, 197.16
7) Tom Pappas, Roseburg, Ore., dragster, 7.021, 193.43
8) Mark Colton, North Bend, Ore., dragster, 7.125, 188.81
9) Randy Pressel, Colton, Ore., dragster, 7.243, 188.83
10) Paul Nero, Eugene, Ore., dragster, 7.294, 183.82

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) John Widmann, Garberville, Calif., '98 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Al Omond, Surrey, B.C., '97 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.002
3) Jon Jenkins, Richmond, B.C., '84 Suzuki, SMC, 0.011
4) Miles Hauer, Seattle, Wash., '04 Suzuki, SMC, 0.013
5) Wayne Cox, Eureka, Calif., '07 Kawazuki, SMC, 0.017
6) Katie Sullivan, Corning, Calif., '91 Suzuki, SMC, 0.033
7) Scott Pollacheck, Medford, Ore., '00 Suzuki, SMC, 0.094


Preview

MEDFORD, Ore. - The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northwest Championship will take place Sept.10-11, 2011 at Champion Raceway. The event is one of six events in the Northwest Division where drivers across the country earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  The division's Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event. 

The Northwest Championship will kick off when the gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. at Champion Raceway.  Time trials begin at 9 a.m.  There will also be three rounds of qualifying for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.  Eliminations start Sunday at 9 a.m. and first round for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at noon.

Tickets for the Champion Raceway event are $20 each, Saturday and Sunday and every ticket includes a Pit Pass. Children 11-14 are $10 each Saturday and Sunday and children ages 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Champion Raceway is located at the Jackson County All Sports Park, at 6900 Kershaw Road, just outside White Clay and 15 minutes from downtown Medford.  For more information call the track, (541) 830-DRAG, or visit www.ChampionRaceway.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northwest Championship - where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The event is the one of six in Northwest Division competition. The division's Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Champion Raceway, Medford, Oregon.  Track is located at the Jackson County All Sports Park, at 6900 Kershaw Road, just outside White City and 15 minutes from downtown Medford. 

WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, 2011

SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, Sept. 10 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Time Trials are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying are scheduled at 1, 3:30, and 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 11 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Eliminations start at 9 a.m. Round one of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car is scheduled for noon.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday. All tickets include a Pit Pass. Children 11-16 are just $10 and children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Champion Raceway, (541) 830-DRAG or visit www.ChampionRaceway.com.

2010 EVENT WINNERS: Shawn Cowie, Top Alcohol Dragster; Brian Hough, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Aaron Strong, Comp Eliminator; Dallas Glenn, Super Stock; Joe Sorensen, Stock Eliminator; Chuck Hawk, Super Comp; Mike Ferderer, Super Gas; Bill Gee, Super Street; Wayne Newman, Top Sportsman; Gene Heaton, Top Dragster; Jeff Hevens, Sportsman Motorcycle

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND
-- a $561,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional champions and national champions.  Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions; $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 purse from Jegs High Performance.  The 2012 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.  The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2012 Jegs Allstars during the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in, 2012.  Points are based on in-division races only. 

The winning division's team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, $5,000 to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a "double up" bonus to Jegs Allstars participants.  Any 2012 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA's Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $14,000 champions' purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES: The Northwest Division Top Sportsman Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Northwest division's Top Sportsman class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $3,500 champions' purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.

NORTHWEST DIVISION TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: The Northwest Division Top Dragster Series, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in the Northwest division's Top Dragster class to earn points toward divisional championships.  The $3,500 champions' purse will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers.


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