Lawrence surprises, Payne wins in Woodburn

7/15/2012


DIVISION 6
Woodburn Dragstrip
Woodburn, Ore., July 13-15, 2012 

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


Sunday

WOODBURN, Ore. – At the Les Schwab Challenge West Regional event at Woodburn Dragstrip, Gregg Lawrence came from the last spot in the field to take down championship contenders Joey Severance and Chris Demke for Top Alcohol Dragster honors, and all-time great Jay Payne outlasted a top-flight field of Top Alcohol Funny Cars for his second victory of the season and passed idle Frank Manzo for second place in the national standings.      

Lawrence upset Severance, the two-time defending event champion and pre-race favorite, in the opening round with a steady 5.55. Severance, a co-owner of the track, shook the tires off the starting line and slowed to an 8.57 after the chutes deployed. Lawrence soloed in the semifinals and met Demke, who set the track record (5.32) in qualifying, in the final.      

Demke, who ran a 5.33 in the first round and a 5.35 in a semifinal win over Megan McKernan, coasted to a 17.96 after a wire to the six-shooter became disconnected when the car rattled the tires in low gear. Lawrence, who got quicker and quicker in every round, scooped up the win with his best run of the weekend, 5.53.

"I saw his nose out there for a split second, and then he was gone," Lawrence said. "Like Bob Frey always says, that's why they don't run these things on paper. I expected to run a 5.40-something – that's what we were running last year, and we probably could have done it again. But it wasn't going to run a 5.30, so why go up in smoke trying? If Chris ran what he'd been running, there's nothing we could have done. But if he stumbled, a 6.0 would have been enough anyway. We had a long time to sit there and think about it, but we left things pretty much alone, and it all worked out."

It was Lawrence's third divisional/regional victory and his first in nine years. All three have come at Woodburn, his home track. Lawrence, who lives just 15 minutes from Woodburn in Salem, Ore., defeated Darren Nicholson in the 2002 final and Severance in 2003.

"This meant so much more to me and my team than it probably would have to Demke or Severance," Lawrence said. "Those guys are so good and have won so many times, it would have been just another win for them. Who knows how many more races they'll both win before this year is over, but to us, this weekend meant everything."       Alcohol Funny Car distilled to a fitting final between the drivers who tied for No. 1 in qualifying with matching 5.661s: Steve Gasparrelli, who got the top spot on the basis of his faster speed, 259.59 mph to 255.31, and Payne.       Low e.t. was reestablished three times in eliminations, first by Brian Hough, who ran a 5.63 to beat Jason Rupert's 5.79 in the opening round. Payne followed two pair later with a track-record 5.61 in a come-from-behind win over Sean Bellemeur, who was out first with a .004 reaction time.

Payne outdid himself in the semifinals with Woodburn's first 5.50, a 5.599 opposite Hough's game 5.65. Gasparrelli, who won the Mission event in his most recent regional appearance, defeated Shane Westerfield in the other semi, 5.67 to 5.73, and anything close to that would have been enough to win the final, where both drivers made their worst runs all weekend.

After leaving almost simultaneously with .060 lights, Payne got the best of a wild race, 5.76 to 5.80, leading by a full tenth at the 330-foot mark but by just four-hundredths at the stripe. Payne, who had raced just once since he edged Gasparrelli in the Houston final, has reached at least the semifinals in every outing this year and now trails leader Tony Bartone by just 20 points in the national standings.

The Comp Eliminator trophy went to Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., and his '09 GXP running 7.325 seconds at 176.47 mph to defeat Aaron Strong out of Auburn, Wash, while home state racer Ross Childers, Gladstone, Ore., took the win in Super Gas. Childers drove his '84 Thunderbird to victory over Steve Apted, Medford, Ore., after running several 9.90's on the 9.90 index in eliminations.

Brad Burton took another step closer to the NHRA Lucas Oil Stock National Championship with a win over Dave Barcelon. This is Burton's fifth win of the year increasing his points lead to more than 200. Mark Faul moved himself into the Top Five in the Super Stock National points chase with his first win of the year as he beat defending Northwest Division Stock Champion Jody Lang.

The Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson pitted two former division champions against each other with Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., coming out on top of Al Omond, Surrey, B.C. who fouled at the starting line with a red-light start.

Other winners this weekend were Larry Miner with his first win of the year in Super Street against Arron Spitzer; Gerald Devenpeck won his first ever over Andy Morris in Top Dragster; Mike Shannon won by about 12 inches in Super Comp over Mike Hiatt; Shane Molinari fell to Robert Strohm taking the win in Top Sportsman; Dave Sattem won in Super Pro; and Steve Stuart, Estacade, Ore., beat Grace Presser, Salem, Ore., in Pro.

Northwest Division racers will join the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at Pacific Raceways August 3-5, for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals before their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Pacific Raceways, Aug. 17-18.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
ROUND ONE
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.338, 265.87 was unopposed;

5) Gregg Lawrence, Salem, Ore., 5.553, 260.34 def.
2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 8.573, 84.23;

4) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.479, 263.54 def.
3) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.571, 261.24;

SEMI-FINALS
Lawrence, 5.536, 261.47 was unopposed;
Demke, 5.350, 267.45 def. McKernan, 5.396, 266.42;

FINALS
Lawrence, 5.530, 260.19 def. Demke, 17.969, 34.48.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE
4) Shane Westerfield, Lake Forest, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.690, 250.97 def.
5) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.708, 258.10;

3) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '09 Mustang, 5.631, 253.09 def.
6) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.793, 249.16;

1) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.645, 260.41 def.
8) Jim Peters, Molalla, Ore., '09 Impala, 5.929, 236.15;

2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.615, 258.76 def.
7) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.821, 253.73;

SEMI-FINALS
Gasparrelli, 5.674, 259.66 def. Westerfield, 5.731, 253.59;
Payne, 5.599, 260.86 def. Hough, 5.654, 254.95;

FINALS
Payne, 5.760, 256.99 def. Gasparrelli, 5.802, 259.14.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., '09 GXP, C/A, 7.325, 176.47  def.
Aaron Strong, Auburn, Wash., '05 Cavalier, G/A, 8.378, 158.87.

SUPER STOCK
Mark Faul, Tacoma, Wash., '98 Grand Am, GT/HA, 10.719, 121.24  def.
Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., '81 Malibu, GT/KA, 10.845, 117.38.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Brad Burton, Kirkland, Wash., '72 Formula, E/SA, 11.019, 114.95  def.
Dave Barcelon, Bremerton, Wash., '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.204, 115.48.

SUPER COMP
Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., dragster, 8.962, 171.49  def.
Mike Hiatt, Fallon, Nev., dragster, 8.959, 165.99.

SUPER GAS
Ross Childers, Gladstone, Ore., '84 Thunderbird, 9.913, 148.34  def.
Steve Apted, Medford, Ore., '67 Corvette, 9.942, 160.51.

SUPER STREET
Larry Miner, Sedro-Wolley, Wash., '69 Camaro, 10.913, 130.51  def.
Arron Spitzer, Arlington, Wash., '66 Chevy II, 10.969, 143.88.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Robert Strohm, Seattle, Wash., '00 Mustang, 7.840, 163.22  def.
Shane Molinari, Battleground, Wash., '68 Le Mans, 7.509, 182.18.

TOP DRAGSTER
Gerald Devenpeck, Gig Harbor, Wash., dragster, 7.372, 179.06  def.
Andy Morris, Olympia, Wash., dragster, 7.315, 176.15.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., '95 Suzuki, 8.022, 154.37  def.
Al Omond, Surrey, B.C., '97 Kawasaki, foul.

SUPER PRO
Dave Sattem, Camas, Wash., dragster, 7.793, 167.50  def.
Mike Hilsendager, Springfield, Ore., dragster, 7.523, 177.47.

PRO ET
Steve Stuart, Estacada, Ore., '66 Chevelle, 9.380, 129.34  def.
Grace Presser, Salem, Ore., dragster, 10.371, 125.00.



Saturday

WOODBURN, Ore. – Day two is complete for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip as fields were set for Sunday's eliminations in the 260 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes and the more than 400 racers competing this weekend in Woodburn.   

The event is the fourth of six in the Northwest Division with racers earning points toward national, regional and divisional championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $500,000.  Comp Eliminator, Stock and Super Stock are among the other classes also in action that kicked off on Friday and will conclude on Sunday with the winner's circle celebration. 

Gates open on Sunday at 8 a.m. with eliminations set to begin at 9 a.m. followed by round 1 of Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars at noon.  Tickets for the event are $25 for adults, children 6-12 are $5 and kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult.  Woodburn Dragstrip is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1.5 miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.  For more information call the track at (503) 982-4461, or visit www.woodburndragstrip.com.

The following are Saturday's results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.322 seconds, 269.86 mph
2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.359, 269.62
3) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.553, 260.41
4) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.557, 258.24
5) Gregg Lawrence, Salem, Ore., 5.605, 258.47

First round TAD pairings
1) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.322 seconds, 269.86 mph vs. Bye

2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.359, 269.62 vs.
5) Gregg Lawrence, Salem, Ore., 5.605, 258.47

3) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.553, 260.41 vs.
4) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.557, 258.24

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.661 seconds, 259.29 mph
2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.661, 256.48
3) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '09 Mustang, 5.737, 253.87
4) Shane Westerfield, Lake Forest, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.738, 253.66
5) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.751, 256.11
6) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.814, 251.04
7) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.818, 252.52
8) Jim Peters, Molalla, Ore., '09 Impala, 5.852, 246.50
Not Qualified
9) Jeff Ashwell, Keizer, Ore., '09 Mustang, 5.862, 243.50
10) Dave Germain, Toledo, Wash., '02 Firebird, 5.891, 245.23
11) Russ Parker, Salem, Ore., '05 Camaro, 5.995, 238.85
12) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.302, 169.49

First round TAFC pairings
1) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.661 seconds, 259.29 mph vs.
8) Jim Peters, Molalla, Ore., '09 Impala, 5.852, 246.50

2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '09 Mustang, 5.661, 256.48 vs.
7) Sean Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., '02 Camaro, 5.818, 252.52

3) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '09 Mustang, 5.737, 253.87 vs.
6) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.814, 251.04

4) Shane Westerfield, Lake Forest, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.738, 253.66 vs. 5) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.751, 256.11

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., '09 GXP, C/A, 7.309 seconds, -0.621 (under index)
2) Aaron Strong, Auburn, Wash., '05 Cavalier, G/A, 8.300, -0.610
3) Adam Bowdish, Oregon City, Ore., '05 Cavalier, B/SMA, 8.045, -0.575
4) Steve Graham, S. San Francisco, Calif., '06 Stratus, C/A, 7.414, -0.516
5) Pat Byron, Hoquiam, Wash., dragster, C/D, 6.862, -0.498
6) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '12 Cobalt, B/SMA, 8.127, -0.493
7) Craig Schuck, Springfield, Ore., dragster, C/ED, 7.369, -0.491
8) Tyler Hogan, Santa Maria, Calif., dragster, C/DA, 7.065, -0.485
9) Ryan Warter, Olalla, Wash., '92 Camaro, F/SM, 8.819, -0.431
10) Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.444, -0.396

SUPER STOCK
1) Jim Isherwood, Mission, B.C., '67 Belvedere, SS/DA, 9.291 seconds, -0.909 (under index)
2) Ken Etter, Jurupa Valley, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/GA, 10.025, -0.875
3) Vince Storms, Renton, Wash., '70 Challenger, SS/JA, 10.150, -0.850
4) Alan Falcone, Olympia, Wash., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.559, -0.841
5) Charlene Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '85 Cutlass, GT/JA, 10.490, -0.810
6) Tom Gaynor, Battle Ground, Wash., '05 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.719, -0.781
7) Jeff Davison, Las Vegas, Nev., '89 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.512, -0.688
8) Mike Parmenter, Portland, Ore., '55 Chevy, SS/P, 11.824, -0.676
9) Dan Cyr, Portland, Ore., '67 Nova, SS/CS, 9.658, -0.642
10) Troy Olsonoski, Federal Way, Wash., '66 Malibu Wgn, SS/NA, 11.540, -0.610

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Shawn Kvaas, Pitt Meadows, B.C., '88 Chrysler, DF/S, 14.601 seconds, -0.999 (under index)
2) Bill Edgeworth, Tacoma, Wash., '78 Firebird, H/SA, 11.227, -0.923
3) Bob Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '68 Nova, G/S, 11.005, -0.895
4) Kelly Thomas, Auburn, Wash., '94 Ram, M/SA, 11.958, -0.892
5) Daniel Cyr, Portland, Ore., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.359, -0.891
6) Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '69 Plymouth, B/SA, 10.361, -0.889
7) Will Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., '70 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.119, -0.881
8) John Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '98 Camaro, D/SA, 10.672, -0.878
9) Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Calif., '68 Firebird, C/SA, 10.536, -0.864
10) Jim Storms, Renton, Wash., '72 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.149, -0.851

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Curt Geise, Auburn, Wash., '09 GTO, 6.886 seconds, 205.99 mph
2) Stefan Kondolay, Chilliwack, B.C., '69 Camaro, 7.201, 189.47
3) Doug Watts, Syracuse, Utah, '08 GTO, 7.274, 198.45
4) Mike Williams, Tilley, Alb., '03 Corvette, 7.277, 189.07
5) Shane Molinari, Battleground, Wash., '68 Le Mans, 7.431, 183.07
6) Daryl Hemley, Burley, Wash., '02 Cavalier, 7.459, 186.02
7) Doug Arthur, Auburn, Wash., '90 Beretta, 7.487, 185.22
8) Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash., '67 Nova, 7.622, 179.56
9) Doug Bracey, Vallejo, Calif., '99 Monte Carlo, 7.658, 177.30
10) Steve Downs, Edgewood, Wash., '01 S-10, 7.665, 179.06

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Chris Marshall, McMinnville, Ore., '37 Fiat, 6.683 seconds, 208.23 mph
2) Jim Pappas, Roseburg, Ore., dragster, 6.846, 197.88
3) Shane Molinari, Battle Ground, Wash., dragster, 6.922, 198.15
4) Mike Quayle, Red Deer, Alb., dragster, 6.934, 195.01
5) Tom Koenen, Tucson, Ariz., dragster, 6.950, 195.48
6) Mark Colton, North Bend, Ore., dragster, 6.965, 193.54
7) Jake Morris, McKinleyville, Calif., dragster, 7.114, 189.67
8) Glen Hultberg, Medical Lake, Wash., dragster, 7.177, 190.88
9) Randy Pressel, Estacada, Ore., dragster, 7.203, 188.40
10) Jessica Juel, Spokane, Wash., dragster, 7.234, 184.46

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) Pete Miclette, Garberville, Calif., '97 GSXR, SMC, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Nick Stute, Milwaukie, Ore., '01 Harley, SMC, 0.000
3) Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., '95 Suzuki, SMC, 0.002
4) Al Omond, Surrey, B.C., '97 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.005
5) Miles Hauer, Seattle, Wash., '04 Suzuki, SMC, 0.006
6) Travis Patridge, Kennewick, Wash., '82 Suzuki, SMC, 0.009
7) Don DePeel, Gladstone, Ore., '74 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.009
8) Michael Gosselin, Silverdale, Wash., '99 Suzuki, SMC, 0.012
9) Nick Puhl, Port Orchard, Wash., '08 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.013
10) Ron Alves, Colusa, Calif., '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.015


Friday

WOODBURN, Ore. – Racing kicked off today for the NHRA Northwest division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip with racers in eleven classes looking to battle the quarter mile this weekend.  Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars made a pair of test runs today that will be followed by three rounds of qualifying on Saturday at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. 

The division's Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes are also in competition with opening qualifying sessions today and final qualifying tomorrow that will set the fields.  Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday with racing set to begin at 9 a.m. 

Admission tickets for the event are $25 for adults, children 6-12 are $5 and kinds 5 and under are free with a paid adult.  Woodburn Dragstrip is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1.5 miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.  For more information call the track at (503) 982-4461, or visit www.woodburndragstrip.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., '09 GXP, C/A, 7.317 seconds, -0.613 (under index)
2) Aaron Strong, Auburn, Wash., '05 Cavalier, G/A, 8.385, -0.525
3) Pat Byron, Hoquiam, Wash., dragster, C/D, 6.862, -0.498
4) Adam Bowdish, Oregon City, Ore., '05 Cavalier, B/SMA, 8.125, -0.495
5) Tyler Hogan, Santa Maria, Calif., dragster, C/DA, 7.070, -0.480
6) Craig Schuck, Springfield, Ore., dragster, C/ED, 7.394, -0.466
7) Ryan Warter, Olalla, Wash., '92 Camaro, F/SM, 8.841, -0.409
8) Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.585, -0.255
9) Steve Graham, S. San Francisco, Calif., '06 Stratus, C/A, 7.862, -0.068
10) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '12 Cobalt, B/SMA, 12.727, 4.107

SUPER STOCK
1) Alan Falcone, Olympia, Wash., '91 Calais, GT/CA, 9.559 seconds, -0.841 (under index)
2) Jim Isherwood, Mission, B.C., '67 Belvedere, SS/DA, 9.375, -0.825
3) Ken Etter, Jurupa Valley, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/GA, 10.076, -0.824
4) Charlene Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '85 Cutlass, GT/JA, 10.490, -0.810
5) Vince Storms, Renton, Wash., '70 Challenger, SS/JA, 10.211, -0.789
6) Tom Gaynor, Battle Ground, Wash., '05 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.739, -0.761
7) Jeff Davison, Las Vegas, Nev., '89 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.523, -0.677
8) Dan Cyr, Portland, Ore., '67 Nova, SS/CS, 9.670, -0.630
9) Troy Olsonoski, Federal Way, Wash., '66 Malibu Wgn, SS/NA, 11.540, -0.610
10) Shawn Blair, Everson, Wash., '68 Dart, SS/JA, 10.431, -0.569

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Shawn Kvaas, Pitt Meadows, B.C., '88 Chrysler, DF/S, 14.601 seconds, -0.999 (under index)
2) Bill Edgeworth, Tacoma, Wash., '78 Firebird, H/SA, 11.227, -0.923
3) Daniel Cyr, Portland, Ore., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.359, -0.891
4) Will Kelly, Walla Walla, Wash., '70 Barracuda, G/SA, 11.119, -0.881
5) John Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., '98 Camaro, D/SA, 10.672, -0.878
6) Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '69 Plymouth, B/SA, 10.375, -0.875
7) Bob Gullett, Calgary, Alb., '68 Nova, G/S, 11.029, -0.871
8) Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Calif., '68 Firebird, C/SA, 10.536, -0.864
9) Kelly Thomas, Auburn, Wash., '94 Ram, M/SA, 11.988, -0.862
10) Craig Bloom, Gresham, Ore., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.407, -0.843

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Curt Geise, Auburn, Wash., '09 GTO, 6.986 seconds, 202.74 mph
2) Stefan Kondolay, Chilliwack, B.C., '69 Camaro, 7.201, 189.47
3) Mike Williams, Tilley, Alb., '03 Corvette, 7.277, 189.07
4) Doug Watts, Syracuse, Utah, '08 GTO, 7.289, 194.97
5) Shane Molinari, Battleground, Wash., '68 Le Mans, 7.431, 183.07
6) Daryl Hemley, Burley, Wash., '02 Cavalier, 7.459, 186.02
7) Doug Bracey, Vallejo, Calif., '99 Monte Carlo, 7.658, 177.30
8) Steve Downs, Edgewood, Wash., '01 S-10, 7.665, 179.06
9) Rod Andreas, Silverton, Ore., '63 Corvette, 7.738, 180.79
10) Shawn Herbst, Selah, Wash., '63 Corvette, 7.786, 174.99

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Chris Marshall, McMinnville, Ore., '37 Fiat, 6.852 seconds, 202.83 mph
2) Jim Pappas, Roseburg, Ore., dragster, 6.878, 196.37
3) Shane Molinari, Battle Ground, Wash., dragster, 6.922, 198.15
4) Mike Quayle, Red Deer, Alb., dragster, 6.934, 194.25
5) Tom Koenen, Tucson, Ariz., dragster, 6.950, 195.48
6) Mark Colton, North Bend, Ore., dragster, 6.965, 193.54
7) Jake Morris, McKinleyville, Calif., dragster, 7.114, 189.67
8) Glen Hultberg, Medical Lake, Wash., dragster, 7.177, 190.88
9) Jessica Juel, Spokane, Wash., dragster, 7.234, 184.46
10) Clint Geise, Renton, Wash., dragster, 7.240, 186.14

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) Pete Miclette, Garberville, Calif., '97 GSXR, SMC, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Nick Stute, Milwaukie, Ore., '01 Harley, SMC, 0.004
3) Al Omond, Surrey, B.C., '97 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.005
4) Miles Hauer, Seattle, Wash., '04 Suzuki, SMC, 0.006
5) Travis Patridge, Kennewick, Wash., '90 Suzuki, SMC, 0.009
6) Michael Gosselin, Silverdale, Wash., '99 Suzuki, SMC, 0.012
7) Nick Puhl, Port Orchard, Wash., '08 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.013
8) Jeff Havens, Yakima, Wash., '95 Suzuki, SMC, 0.013
9) Jon Jenkins, Richmond, B.C., '84 Suzuki, SMC, 0.017
10) Dan Patridge, Kennewick, Wash., '03 Suzuki, SMC, 0.023


Preview

WOODBURN, Ore. –Les Schwab Tires Challenge NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event returns to Woodburn Dragstrip on July 13-15, 2012. The event is one of six events in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northwest Division. The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event is one of 43 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. The Northwest 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. 

Gates at Woodburn Dragstrip open at 8 a.m. every day.  Qualifying and time trials start Friday at 9 a.m. and continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have a pair of test sessions on Friday at noon and 4 p.m. followed by three qualifying runs on Saturday, at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.  Eliminations start Sunday at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the Les Schwab Tires Challenge event are $15 Friday, $25 Saturday and $25 Sunday. Children ages 6 to 14 are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult... 

Woodburn Dragstrip is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1½ miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.  For more information call the track, (503) 982-4461, or visit www.WoodburnDragstrip.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: Tires Les Schwab Challenge NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series the four of six events in Northwest Division competition where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  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: Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, Ore.  Track is located at 7730 Highway 219, 1½ miles off I-5 at Woodburn exit 271.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, 2012

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, July 13 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Time trials and qualifying are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car test sessions at noon and 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, July 14 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Time trials and qualifying are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying are scheduled at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 15 - Gates open at 8 a.m.  Eliminations start at 9 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car run round 1 at noon.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS -- $15 Friday, $25 Saturday, $25 Sunday.  Children 6 to 14 years old are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  For more information please call Woodburn Dragstrip, (503) 982-4461, or visit www.WoodburnDragstrip.com

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Joey Severance, Top Alcohol Dragster; Sean Bellemeur, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Jeff Lane, Comp Eliminator; Steve Wann, Super Stock; Mark Faul, Stock Eliminator; Emmett McKillop, Super Comp; Lloyd Flatum, Super Gas; Dudley Gee, Super Street; Robert Matthews, Top Sportsman; Paul Nero, Top Dragster; Jon Jenkins, Sportsman Motorcycle

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND
: a $519,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2012 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional, regional and national champions.  Regional awards include $10,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions with Divisional awards of  $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 point fund 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.  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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