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  • LEGENDS THE SERIES: FRANK HAWLEY - I COULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN A BETTER SCRIPT

     

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    Diamond P announcer Steve Evans might have best summed up Frank Hawley's career when he proclaimed, "Frank Hawley, is arguably drag racing's greatest rags to riches story."

    An aspiring drag racer, Hawley, applied by mail and was hired by veteran team owner Austin Coil. Coil was tough on his youthful driver but very insightful, and the lessons learned crafted the Canadian-based competitor into not only a champion, but also one of drag racing's more talented instructors.

    In this episode of Legends: The Series, Hawley laughingly describes the Coil tutelage, his childhood of exploration and his desire to do what it took to earn a top driving gig. Hawley also discusses his fateful appointment to drive for a paralyzed Darrell Gwynn, as well as developing his popular driving school. 

    Hawley talks about his career and how it would have been worthy of a Hollywood script.

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  • ADAM ARANA EMBARKS ON NEWEST LIFE JOURNEY

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    Past ProtectTheHarvest.com Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Adam Arana recently graduated from the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J., and will begin his full-time service later this week.
     
    Seaman Apprentice (E-2) Arana, 23, will serve on the USCGC Cheyenne, a river-buoy tender, based in St. Louis. He is due to report there March 6. 
     
    "Boot camp was intense but the experience was worth it," Arana said. "The days were long, very long, for about a month. I was averaging four hours of sleep and waking up at 5-5:30 in the morning -- and getting woken up by a whistle. Getting woken up by a whistle is the worst way to get woken up.
     
    "They yelled at all times and we had to yell at all times. There is no talking normal to them. Every time you talk, it was yelling. And it wasn't talking loudly: They would watch your face, and if they didn't see veins popping out of your neck and you straining every single muscle in your face, you weren't talking to them loud enough. I lost my voice."
     
    But Arana fought through and was one of a class of 49 who graduated. Eighty-five started in Arana's company.
     
    "I never thought I wanted to quit because I knew this was what I wanted to do," Arana said. "If there was any doubt in your mind, there would be a good chance you would end up quitting. If you weren't mentally committed to doing this, they would break you and you would want to quit because it wasn't easy."
     
    Arana was joined by his family -- father Hector Arana Sr., mother Grace Arana, brother Hector Arana Jr., and sister Abigail Arana -- and girlfriend Jessica Outten at graduation last Friday.
     
    "Going into it, I thought it would be like every other graduation," Arana said. "But it was not like anything I had ever gone through, so it meant a lot."
     
    USCGC Cheyenne serves the Mississippi, Missouri, and Kaskaskia rivers in Illinois and Missouri, servicing buoys and other navigation aids, as well as tendering some law-enforcement search and rescue activities.
     
    Arana will serve aboard the Cheyenne for an undetermined amount of time before moving to Coast Guard "A" School, where he will learn a specific trade.
     
    The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season starts for Pro Stock Motorcycle next weekend in Gainesville, Fla., and Arana admitted he's missing the rush to get ready, but he's also excited about his new position.
     
    "It has hit me a little bit that I won't be racing," Arana said. "It kinda stinks, to be honest. I was looking at some pictures and thought, 'Man, I'm going to miss this more than I thought I was.' But I'll be going from one exciting profession to another, so it'll be good."

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  • DID YOU MISS WFO RADIO?

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    This week on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro: Pro Stock rookie Drew Skillman stops by for his first WFO interview. Skillman talks about his Lucas Oil Series career, his decision to move to Pro Stock, and his plans for the remainder of the season. Danny Pomponio III talks about tuning his families Top Alcohol Funny Car and going for three in a row at Gainesville. zMAX Dragway GM, Christian Byrd gets the WFO audience ready for the 4-Wide Nationals. @TinaStullRacing returns for another edition of Twitter How-To, and Carly Jo Ellingson, a finalist in the #TeamChampion online contest stumps for votes.

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  • VETERAN NITRO FC DRIVER DIEHL EYES IMPROVEMENT

     

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    Nitro Funny driver Jeff Diehl knows when he shows up at NHRA national events the odds are stacked against him.

    Diehl, who resides in Monterey, Calif., runs a limited schedule on a tight budget, competing against the likes of powerhouse teams such as Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing.

    For the second season in a row, Diehl is trying to maximize what he can accomplish by competing at more NHRA national events in the Midwest and East Coast.

    “If I base my schedule out of Indiana it is only like 700 to 1000 miles for all those races (in the Midwest/East Coast),” Diehl said. “I bought a new truck and trailer last year to better hold my stuff so I can do something like that.”

    Diehl made his 2015 debut at Phoenix Feb. 20-22. He qualified No. 16 with a 4.866-second pass and then was upended in first round by eventual race winner Matt Hagan of the DSR stable.

    “We went to Phoenix untested basically with the same car we had in 2014,” Diehl said. “That left us a little behind, but we got in the show. We weren’t really going to start up until Houston (April 24-26), but I went to Pomona (the Winternationals, Feb. 5-8) to help out Rob Wendland and I was entered for Phoenix about 15 minutes after I was at Pomona.”

    Wendland is in his first season as Top Fuel driver/owner Terry McMillen’s crew chief.

    “I went to Pomona to help Rob with Terry’s car,” Diehl said. “I worked all weekend with Rob and since then we’ve kind of teamed up. I’m parking next to (McMillen) at races and I’m helping Rob watch over Terry’s car and Rob is still watching over my car. Last year, Rob helped get my car back to where it needed to be and I made a career best run (of 4.12 seconds at Reading, Pa.) with his help. Now, that he has helped me put a tune-up in that car I’m just trying to keep it the same. The races I don’t run, I will help Rob with his guys on Terry’s team. What was really nice is that I went down to Pomona and helped out Terry and I wasn’t really expecting anything. Terry and I know each other a little bit and after the weekend he really opened the door for us, and I’m really thankful for that.”

    Diehl’s next race behind the wheel will be at the Gatornationals March 12-15 in Gainesville, Fla.

    “I’m going to kind of stay away from the West Coast races because it seems like the guys I’m racing against for that No. 16 (spot) are some of the best guys in the world,” said Diehl, who spends time doing automotive restoration when he isn’t competing at NHRA events. “It seems like at the West Coast races, they get the top numbers. I’ve run 4.19 twice at Pomona and not qualified. I’m not saying it’s easier to qualify back East by no means because it’s tough, but it makes for a better business thing because there are more races back there for me to run and I just want to make my program better for me business-wise.”

     

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  • JIFFY-TITE NAMED OFFICIAL QUICK-CONNECT FLUID FITTINGS OF IHRA

     

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    The International Hot Rod Association has named Jiffy-tite as their Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings.
     
    "We are pleased to welcome Jiffy-tite as our Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings of the IHRA," said IHRA President Scott Gardner. "We are looking forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship with this innovative and respected partner."
     
    Headquartered in Lancaster, New York, Jiffy-tite (www.jiffy-tite.com) has been the preferred manufacturer of fluid connectors for the industry and original equipment sector of the automotive industry since 1963.  There are in excess of 400 million Jiffy-tite devices in more than 20 brands of vehicles worldwide, including:  Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson and Caterpillar.  Proven by years of research and development in the lab, on the track and on the dyno, Jiffy-tite proudly offers a full line of motorsports quick-connect fittings that are second to none, offering by far the quickest connection in the industry.  Designed for racers by racers, these revolutionary quick-connect fluid fittings provide unsurpassed performance under extreme racing conditions and can replace nearly any fitting in any location. Made of light-weight, high-quality aircraft aluminum with brass valves and stainless steel ball bearings, Jiffy-tite fittings are lightweight and corrosion resistant for long life.
     
    "We are proud to be the Official Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings of IHRA," said Jiffy-tite Motorsports Manager Duane LaFleur. "There has been a tremendous buzz in the drag racing community since the IHRA press conference at the PRI Show and we are excited about what we have been hearing.  After meeting with IHRA executives, we decided to partner with them.  We are excited about the IHRA's new direction and the opportunities it offers."

     
    The next IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event will be held March 13-14 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana. The IHRA Nitro Jam Mardi Gras Nationals will feature AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car presented by Aeromotive, U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock, Nitro Harley-Davidson and Jet Dragster competition.

     

     

     

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  • ENDERS-STEVENS RACER OF THE YEAR, DRAG RACER OF THE YEAR FROM RACER MAGAZINE

     

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    Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton named Rookie of the Year

    The accolades continue to pour in for Erica Enders-Stevens, 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world champion, as she has been named RACER of the Year and Drag Racer of the Year by the readers of renowned RACER magazine. This is the first time that either award has been presented to a female racer.

    The magazine also announced today that NHRA Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton was voted Rookie of the Year by its readers.

    Enders-Stevens claimed nearly half of the votes (48.9 percent) from fans for the RACER of the Year title, compared with 6.2 percent for NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick and 5.4 percent for F1’s Lewis Hamilton. She earned 66 percent of the fan vote to win the highly competitive Drag Racer of the Year title. Funny Car series runner-up John Force received the second-most votes in the Drag Racer of the Year voting at 14.6 percent.

    Enders-Stevens is the second NHRA driver to ever be named RACER of the Year. John Force accounted for the other two, winning the award in 2010 and 2013.

    “Erica Enders-Stevens’ championship victory in Pro Stock grabbed headlines for NHRA far beyond drag racing, and her victory in RACER of the Year voting really ticked the boxes for all those of us who love that category for its sexy cars,” said David Malsher, RACER’s editor.

    The 2014 season was a breakthrough season for the veteran Enders-Stevens who was in her first season at the controls of her 200 mph Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro. Enders-Stevens clinched her first championship when she defeated rival Jason Line, her nearest competitor in the points, in a winner take all final-round at the season-ending event in Pomona, Calif.

    “The RACER of the Year award has been won by a drag racer only twice before – both times John Force – and Mrs. Enders-Stevens just blew aside Mr. 16-Time Champ in the voting this year,” Malsher said. “To do that for the Drag Racer of the Year award was one thing. But in winning the overall award, she also defeated NASCAR champ Kevin Harvick, Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton and IndyCar champ Will Power. Just like in NHRA Pro Stock, where she had to beat a driver as tough as double-champ Jason Line, she’s beaten the best of the best to earn this award. And this time it’s through people power rather than horsepower.”

    Enders-Stevens team raced to six victories and one runner-up finish. She also became the first winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge, an NHRA Pro Stock specialty race in Las Vegas. She also set both ends of the Pro Stock national record with an elapsed time of 6.464 seconds and a speed of 215.55 mph last season at Englishtown, N.J.

    “I am truly honored to receive this award, and I have to thank my team and all my fans for voting,” Enders-Stevens said. “I have always said my fans are the best, and they proved it one more time. Thank you all so much. I'm so thankful for my team owner Richard Freeman, my crew chiefs Rick and Rickie Jones and everyone at Elite for making 2014 so special. We were fast all year, thanks to our tremendous horsepower from Jake Hairston and Nick Ferri, and we were fortunate to win six races. What an honor, and I am so humbled and thankful to represent drag racing and all the women racers out there. To young aspiring people out there struggling and being told you can't reach your dreams, please remember me, a regular 8-year-old kid with big dreams who never quit trying and believing. If I did it, so can you! Do your best, and let God to the rest.”

    Crampton is the third NHRA driver to earn RACER’s Rookie of the Year, following Funny Car driver Courtney Force in 2012 and Top Fuel driver Brittany Force in 2013.

    Crampton raced to two victories in 2014, the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in New Jersey and the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.  He also was named NHRA’s Auto Club Road to the Future Award winner.

    “Richie Crampton as our Rookie of the Year is a great feel-good story,” Malsher said. “The kid from Adelaide, Australia, has followed the wheel tracks of stars like Medlen, Dunn, Hight and Neff who went from respected crewmen to the cockpit of a 300-mph-plus car and became winners.”

    Crampton joins a distinguished list of past winners of the award, including the Force sisters, Hamilton, Joey Logano, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Dungey.

    “I am ecstatic that I won the 2014 RACER Rookie of the Year award,” Crampton said. “It really just puts the cheery on top of an already amazing rookie season. I couldn't be more blessed that I got the opportunity to drive for Morgan Lucas Racing and work with such a great a group of guys. Without them, my sponsors and my family I would have never been in this position to begin with.”

     
    RACER of the Year

    1995 Jacques Villeneuve
    1996 Jacques Villeneuve
    1997 Tommy Kendall
    1998 Jeff Gordon
    1999 Juan Pablo Montoya
    2000 Michael Schumacher
    2001 Michael Schumacher
    2002 Michael Schumacher
    2003 Paul Tracy
    2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    2005 Tony Stewart
    2006 Michael Schumacher
    2007 Lewis Hamilton
    2008 Kyle Busch
    2009 Jimmie Johnson
    2010 John Force
    2011 Tony Stewart
    2012 Ryan Hunter-Reay
    2013 John Force
    2014 Erica Enders-Stevens
     

    RACER Drag Racer of the Year
    1995 Scott Kalitta
    1996 Blaine Johnson
    1997 Joe Amato
    1998 Joe Amato
    1999 John Force
    2000 John Force
    2001 John Force
    2002 John Force
    2003 Kenny Bernstein
    2004 John Force
    2005 Tony Schumacher
    2006 John Force
    2007 John Force
    2008 John Force
    2009 Tony Schumacher
    2010 John Force
    2011 Del Worsham
    2012 Antron Brown
    2013 John Force
    2014 Erica-Enders Stevens

     

    RACER Rookie of the Year

    2006 Colin Braun
    2007 Lewis Hamilton
    2008 Joey Logano
    2009 Ben Spies
    2010 Ryan Dungey
    2011 James Hinchcliffe
    2012 Courtney Force
    2013 Brittany Force
    2014 Richie Crampton

     
     

     

     

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  • HALE RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS THIS WEEKEND IN BAKERSFIELD
     

    John Hale will return to familiar territory. The rookie NHRA Mello Yello Series driver will return to his roots behind the wheel of a nitro-burning nostalgia Funny Car during the Good Vibrations March Meet in Bakersfield, Ca.

    Hale will debut his One Bad Texan paint scheme this weekend and said he plans to compete in as many as ten nostalgia events in 2015. 

     

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    John Hale will return to familiar territory. The rookie NHRA Mello Yello Series driver will return to his roots behind the wheel of a nitro-burning nostalgia Funny Car during the Good Vibrations March Meet in Bakersfield, Ca.

    Hale will debut his One Bad Texan paint scheme this weekend and said he plans to compete in as many as ten nostalgia events in 2015. 

    "The March Meet is one of the biggest events on the nostalgia circuit, and to be bringing out a brand new paint scheme this weekend is something I'm really proud of," Hale said. "We have worked hard this off-season to make everything possible, but without the help from Worsham Racing, Steve Shuck and RJ and Tyson at Car Wrap City we would not have made it in time for the event."

    Hale is no stranger to the Bakersfield winners circle, having won the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in 2011 and 2013.

    "We have had the same guys on our team for the past few years and I think that consistency is key." Hale said. "So with their hard work and dedication, and the knowledge of my crew chief, Guy Tipton, I feel very confident that we can win this race. The March Meet has not been kind to us and we plan to change that this weekend."

    The 2015 Good Vibrations March Meet kicks off Friday, March 5th with one round of Nitro qualifying at 3:15 p.m, PST.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • NC DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2015 CLASS
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    Severe weather could not deter the growth of the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Severe weather could only threaten but not deter the induction of the latest class since the tradition began back in 2007.

    Deat Buckner, Jake King, Stuart Mcdade, Don Plemmons, and Bob Harris were all welcomed to the exclusive group with no problem. Bob Oseiki was named the inaugural Pioneer Award while Jerry Pierce, founder of the Hot Rod Barn, took home the Jeff Byrd Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Introduced by former boss, Buddy Martin, King finally took his place with Ronnie Sox and Buddy Martin in the Hall of Fame. Stories were told of King’s attention to detail and some humorous stories, in what many believed was a long overdue induction.

    Farmington Dragway icon Mark Joyce presented Deat Buckner, one of the winningest sportsman drivers with over 500 event wins and national awards such as the prestigious Car Craft All-Star award. Now guiding the career of son, Colt, Buckner shared two new cars are on the way, one to be driven by his son and the other by him.

    NC Drag Racing Hall of Fame Executive Director Jim Turner presented Harris, who earned the nickname Big Daddy during the popular Big Dog Shootout events he and Turner created at Piedmont Dragway. Harris shared a passionate description of being a full-time big money bracket racer supporting a family with winnings. Harris used those winnings to buy in as a co-owner with Turner of Piedmont Dragway. Harris now serves as director of the PDRA and father of Jason Harris, 2014 PDRA Pro Nitrous Champion.

    Gary “Hooter” Hoots presented Don Plemmons, founder of the Carolina-based Quick 8 Pro Mod series, and an owner of Farmington Dragway. Plemmons' message was simply in, “He just loved drag racing.” 

    Oseiki's Pioneer Award was largely due in part for his being on the cutting edge of the beginnings of Carolina drag racing with a touch of dirt track competition. Founding one of the first drag strips in the Carolinas in Chester, SC, Oseiki is credited to have designed and built the first electronic timing system on the East Coast. He is also credited, as a founding member of the NASCAR drag racing series in the mid-1960s. Oseiki was also Art Malone’s car owner when “Big” Bill France put up $10,000 to the first man to turn a lap over 180 MPH at the new Daytona Speedway in 1959. 

    Pierce was presented by Bill Blair and Roy Hill, in an introduction which included many stories from past racing events. Pierce presented all in attendance with a complete copy of his speech with a simple two-word message, “Thank you.” His message was brief and feeling it would take much longer to accomplish this, Pierce delivered his appreciations to the audience on a sheet of paper to read for themselves.

    Don Miller, director of the NC Auto Racing Hall of Fame, closed the ceremony by announcing a drag racing team would finally be given a place in the Auto Racing Walk of Fame in Mooresville, NC.  Sox & Martin will be recognized and the Pro Mod Comet of Sox drove in the inaugural season will appear on display at the facility in Mooresville.  The date has yet to be announced. 

     

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  • SEVERANCE, WESTERFIELD SCORE NHRA DIV. 7 LODRS VICTORIES AT WILD HORSE
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    Joey Severance and Shane Westerfield both came from the No. 2 qualifying position to take the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

    Severance, Woodburn, Ore., took out Aaron Olivarez and Shaw Cowie in rounds one and two, then recorded low elapsed time of the event on his final round single as No. 1 qualifier Chris Demke had to shut off after the burn out with mechanical problems.  Severance clocked in at 5.239 seconds at 271.90 mph for the win and his 17th trophy in the Lucas Oil Regional Series.  Demke, Tujunga, Calif., defeated Ross Stickler, Gilbert, Ariz., and Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, Calif., in his early rounds.

    In a great funny car final, Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., took the hole shot win over veteran racer Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif.  Westerfield was nearly a tenth of a second quicker off the line and ran his quickest pass of the weekend to hold off the quicker Payne in 5.603 seconds, 260.01 mph to Payne’s 5.597, 264.03.  The win was Westerfield’s third regional as he ousted Brian Hough, Junction City, Utah, and Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., on his way to the final.

    Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, took home his second NHRA Wally trophy in as many weeks knocking out Doug Bracey, Vallejo, Calif., for the Top Sportsman title.  Olpin had a big head start over Bracey winning in 7.308 seconds at 180.72 mph.  Olpin also drove his ‘68 Camaro to the win last weekend at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals also held at Wild Horse. 

    Four racers captured their first Lucas Oil divisional event win as Andrew Durham, Monrovia, Calif., led the way with a win in Super Stock over Mike Graham, Tempe, Ariz.  Graham had the early lead but Durham ran him down and forced him to breakout.  Durham clocked in at 9.216, 146 mph in his ’11 Challenger.

    Bobby Mirizio, Perter Zak, and David Kiesel also notched their first wins as Mirizio, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., beat Steve Williams in Super Comp; Zak knock out Williams, who was looking for the double-up, in Super Gas; and Kiesel won over Robert Pancer in Super Street.  Williams, Beaumont, Calif., had the early lead on Mirizio but gave it back at the finish line as Mirizio went 8.939 at 64.11 mph for the win.  In Super Gas it was Zak, Torrance, Calif., out first with a great .002 second reaction time posting a .019 second package covering the quarter-mile in 9.917, 144.44.  Kiesel, Desert Hills, Ariz., and Pancer, Mesa, Ariz., both had great starts with Kiesel taking the slight advantage in his ’76 Vega and securing the win in 10.92 seconds.

    Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., in Comp Eliminator with his 43rd divisional win; Jimmy DeFrank, Thousand Oaks, Calif., in Stock who also scored his 43rd; Jesse Adams, Yuba City, Calif., in Top Dragster; and Mike Burkhart, Huntington Beach, Calif., in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson.

    Next up for Pacific Division racers are back to back weekends in Las Vegas beginning with the Summitracing.Com NHRA Nationals April 10-12 followed by the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional event April 17-19. 

     

    TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

    Round 1

    5) Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, Calif., 5.334, 260.06 def. 4) Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 5.583, 222.80
    2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.326, 270.10 def. 7) Aaron Olivarez, Sandy, Utah, 5.448, 251.1
    6) Shawn Cowie, Delta, B.C., 5.454, 268.28 def. 3) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 10.180, 5.7
    1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.305, 269.94 def. 8) Ross Stickler, Gilbert, Ariz., 6.002, 172.50

    Semifinals

    Severance, 5.304, 271.57 def. Cowie, 5.349, 268.87
    Demke, 5.275, 273.27 def. Ahten, 5.348, 258.07

    Final
    Severance, 5.239, 271.90 def. Demke, broke

     

    TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

    Round 1

    1) Mike Doushgounian, San Martin, Calif., '13 Monte Carlo, 5.611, 247.00 def. 8) Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., '15 Camaro, 15.973, 55.15
    2) Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., '11 Monte Carlo, 5.664, 258.96 def. 7) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '15 Camaro, 6.828, 114.70
    3) Terry Ruckman, Grand Junction, Colo., '11 Monte Carlo, 5.620, 255.53 def. 6) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '15 Camaro, 5.627, 259.71
    5) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '14 Camaro, 5.543, 264.03 def. 4) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '14 Mustang, 6.242, 179.18

    Semifinals

    Westerfield, 5.604, 260.66 def. Ruckman, 5.900, 206.54
    Payne, 5.535, 264.55 def. Doushgounian, 5.601, 257.58

    Final Westerfield, 5.603, 260.01 def. Payne, 5.597, 264.03.

     

    COMP ELIMINATOR
    Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '10 Cobalt, B/SMA, 9.815, 93.37  def. Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, '32 Bantam, A/EA, foul.

    SUPER STOCK
    Andrew Durham, Monrovia, Calif., '11 Challenger, FSS/E, 9.216, 146.00  def. Mike Graham, Tempe, Ariz., '00 Mustang, GT/HA, 10.454, 126.39.

    STOCK ELIMINATOR
    Jimmy DeFrank, Thousand Oaks, Calif., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.690, 122.23  def. Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '62 Fury, A/SA, 10.281, 127.78.

    SUPER COMP
    Bobby Mirizio, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., '15 Spitzer, 8.939, 164.11  def. Steve Williams, Beaumont, Calif., '14 TNT, 8.966, 164.41.

    SUPER GAS
    Peter Zak, Torrance, Calif., '27 Ford, 9.917, 144.44  def. Steve Williams, Beaumont, Calif., '63 Corvette, 9.923, 170.67.
     
    SUPER STREET
    David Kiesel, Desert Hills, Ariz., '76 Vega, 10.929, 125.22  def. Robert Pancer, Mesa, Ariz., '55 Chevrolet, 10.942, 135.43.

    TOP SPORTSMAN
    Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.308, 180.72  def. Doug Bracey, Vallejo, Calif., '99 Monte Carlo, 7.640, 176.07.

    TOP DRAGSTER
    Jesse Adams, Yuba City, Calif., '02 Davis, 6.132, 225.90  def. Jr Lobner, Gardner, Kan., '08 Mullis, 6.748, 194.58.

    SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
    Mike Burkhart, Huntington Beach, Calif., '97 Suzuki Gsxr, 8.158, 160.18  def. John Coburn, Mesa, Ariz., '96 Buell S1, 10.812, 119.38.

     

     

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  • SONOMA RACEWAY REPAVES DRAG STRIP

     

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    The Sonoma Raceway season-opener has been delayed until March 18, due to repaving of the facility’s drag strip. Wednesday Night Drags was originally slated to begin on March 4.

    More than a decade has passed since the drag strip was last paved, and with nearly 50 days of drag racing scheduled for 2015, including the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Sonoma Raceway will take this opportunity to refurbish the second half of its quarter-mile drag strip. The main focus of the improvements is to provide a first-class racing surface and improve drainage around the track.

    The process, which will take more than a week to complete, will begin on Tuesday, March 3. The existing asphalt will be removed before the 660-foot stretch is covered with cement and two one-and-a-half inch layers of high-grade asphalt over the following days. The 660-concrete launch pad will not be affected.   

    In addition, a new drainage system will be installed around the drag strip, both above and below ground, to redirect water away from the racing surface.

    Continuing its commitment to reusable resources, the asphalt grindings from the drag strip will eventually be placed around the property on roads and parking lots.

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