Bell Racing USA Launches Social Media Photo Contest

Bell Racing USA launched a Social Media based photo contest on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The contest began August 1 and will conclude on October 8. Bell Racing USA utilizes the same name on all three social media outlets: bellracingusa.

The contest will consist of three prizes for the most unique or unexpected Bell Auto Racing Helmet photo as judged by the staff at Bell Racing USA and the number of likes, shares or retweets from the users after a final 10 photos are chosen.

“Bell is looking for unique and creative photos that encompass the lifestyle a racer leads off the track while traveling, at home, relaxing, on vacation or anywhere the racer goes,” said Bell Racing USA’s Social Media Coordinator Toby Hallett. “The 2014 Bell Photo Contest offers racers a great way to express their personality, sense of humor and passion for the sport. There are several times a year a racer is in an unfamiliar place, unique situation or historic venue and we would love to see a Bell helmet in these unexpected settings.”

The top prize for the contest which is open for submissions from August 1 through September 22 at 11:59 pm CST will be the winner’s choice of either a Bell Racing USA RS.7 Carbon valued at $1299.95 or a cash prize of $1000. The final 10 photos will appear on all Bell Helmets Social Media outlets beginning on September 23 and will be open for shares, likes and retweets until October 5 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

The podium-style finish will create three winners with second place receiving a choice of any one Bell Racing USA Pro Series Helmet such as the GP.2, GTX.2 or the GT.5 Touring models all valued at $599.95 or a cash prize of $500. Third place will have the choice of any one of the Bell Racing USA Racer Series helmets or a cash prize of $250.

Maple Grove crowns Simpers as King of the Track

GarySimpers_MGR-2014-King-of-the-TrackGary Simpers (right) of North East, Md., won the 2014 NHRA King of the Track competition Aug. 2 at Maple Grove Raceway following the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series eliminations (Gary’s father is at left).

Simpers defeated Brent Long of Center Valley, Pa., in the final round of King of the Track competition. The final-round winners of the four Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series classes squared off to determine the new King of the Track.

In the first round, Long, who won the Street final, defeated Top Bike class winner Danny Boyer of York, Pa. Simpers, winner in the Super Pro class, met and defeated Pro class winner Todd Thoman of York, Pa. Simpers then met Long in the final round of King of the Track eliminations.

Simpers is no stranger to MGR’s victory lane: he won the Stock/Super Stock class final at MGR on July 5.
Other Saturday winners were Todd Thoman (Pro), Brent Long (Street), Danny Boyer (Top Bike), Jessie Rothenberger (Jr. Dragster), Hunter Zajac (NHRA Jr. Street) and Charles Augustine (Trophy).

Sunday’s show was stopped by rain before all classes could complete eliminations. Drivers in the Super Pro, Pro and Street classes will split the purses and will be awarded Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail points for the last round of eliminations completed. Drivers/riders in Top Bike, Trophy, Jr. Street and Jr. Dragster classes were able to complete their eliminations.

Sunday winners were Wayne Pyfrom (Top Bike), Vincent Branca (Jr. Dragster), Dale Greenly (Trophy) and Robert Weidenhammer- Jr. Street). (John Bisci photo)

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Family remembers cartoonist Pete Millar

millarkey-headerTog, editor of Eurodragster.com, tells the Agent that fans of Pete Millar of Chicken Coupe and Drag Cartoons fame will enjoy an interview with Pete’s widow, Orah Mae, and daughter Robin.

In a wide-ranging feature which could easily be published as an official biography, Orah Mae and Robin told Eurodragster.com about Pete’s racing career, his cartooning and publishing, and the travails of getting payment for his work, Pete’s famous reluctance to let others set the agenda, the truth about Pete and Wally Parks, the export of the Chicken Coupe to Europe, the family’s extensive travels around Europe and eventual return to the USA, and their current work to preserve Pete’s legacy.

You can check out the interview at www.eurodragster.com/petemillar.

Perhaps best known for his Isky ads back in the 1960s and ‘70s, Millar even had a cartoon column on sister site DRO when it first began in 1999. On our Table of Contents do a search for ‘Millarkey’ or ‘Pete Millar’ to find some of his work in our archived pages. He died Feb. 28, 2003.

Severance, Gordon Score at Pacific Raceways

Joey Severance and Doug Gordon took home big wins this weekend in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Pacific Raceways for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals.

2014SW1_SeveranceSeverance, Woodburn, Ore., met up with Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., for what would be a great final round matching up numbers 1 and 2 in the national points standings for Top Alcohol Dragster as well as the one and two qualifiers for the event. Severance had been running in the 5.20’s all weekend, as was Demke other than a 5.31 in his round 1 win over Johnny Ahten. Severance then ran low e.t. of the event in the final posting a 5.238 second lap at 273.11 mph to Demke’s 5.251 which was his event best as well. The win moved Severance closer to Demke who held on to the top spot in the points.

2014SW1_GordonGordon, out of Paso Robles, Calif., scored his fifth NHRA national event win and his third at Pacific Raceways taking out Sean Bellemeur in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final. Bellemeur, Tustin, Calif., qualified third as was out front of Gordon, the No. 1 qualifier, but Gordon ran him down crossing the finish line in 5.609 seconds at 256.55 mph to Bellemeur’s 5.650, 254.38.

In Comp Eliminator, it was local runner Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., picking up his first win as did second generation driver Tim Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., in Stock. It was Huhtala’s third final round appearance as he posted a run of 7.600, 146.89 in his Pontiac GXP to beat Ryan Warter, Olalla, Wash., and his Chevy Camaro. This was Fletcher’s first final round as he was better at both ends of the track to close the deal on Mike Alley, Eagle, Idaho, with a run of 11.148, 110.09.

Marc Heritage, Spanaway, Wash., and Kyle Colletti, Snohomish, Wash., also scored their first NHRA national event wins this weekend with Heritage beating Rodger Comstock, Las Vegas, in a double breakout in Super Comp and Colletti winning over John Ermish, Renton, Wash., in Super Street. Heritage was out first then broke out by just .001 seconds with Comstock running 8.884, breaking out by .016. Colletti went 10.899 at 147.52 mph after Ermish rolled the beam with a red light foul start.

Mike Shannon rounded out the list of winners as he bagged his second win in his third final at the Seattle event. Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., CAN., drove his Chevy Corvette to a 9.920 at 145.66 to end Sparks, Nev., racer Tanner Hiatt’s day who ran 9.914 at 159.51 in his losing effort. Shannon won here back in 2009 as well.

NHRA Northwest Division racers will return to Pacific Raceways in two weeks for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Region event, August 15-17.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Joey Severance, 5.238, 273.11 def. Chris Demke, 5.251, 273.00.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Doug Gordon, Ford Mustang, 5.609, 256.55 def. Sean Bellemeur, Chevy Camaro, 5.650, 254.38.

COMP ELIMINATOR
Brandon Huhtala, Pontiac GXP, 7.600, 146.89 def. Ryan Warter, Chevy Camaro, foul.

SUPER STOCK
Terry Anderson, Chevy Nova, 10.076, 131.28 def. Alan Falcone, Chevy Cavalier, 9.380, 134.97.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Tim Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 11.148, 110.09 def. Mick Alley, Camaro, 10.488, 126.27.

SUPER COMP
Marc Heritage, Dragster, 8.899, 174.17 def. Rodger Comstock, Dragster, 8.884, 176.51.

SUPER GAS
Mike Shannon, Chevy Corvette, 9.920, 145.66 def. Tanner Hiatt, Corvette, 9.914, 159.51.

SUPER STREET
Kyle Colletti, Chevy, 10.899, 147.52 def. John Ermish, Chevelle, broke.

COX WINS FIRST WALLY, MCPHILLIPS WINS SECOND

In the final results from Atco Dragway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., and D.J. Cox Jr, Whiteford, Md., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

McPhillips, worked his way through the field and beat Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., first round and Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., in the semi-final round. In the final, McPhillips faced off against Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., and ran 5.323 seconds at 276.29 mph for his victory. Morris was late on the tree but it ended up being a great side by side race against McPhillips. Morris clocked in at 5.335 seconds, 269.19 mph for his runner-up finish.

McPhillips has made a very good appearance so far in the Northeast Division. This is his second Wally of the year. He received his first at the Regional event at Maple Grove Raceway and also had a runner-up finish last month at New England Dragway. This weekend he also posted the lowest ET and top speed of the event, 5.320 seconds at 276.92 mph.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Cox faced off against Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., and posted a winning run of 5.712 seconds, 252.61 mph. Ferro drove to a 5.843 second, 253.95 mph lap for his runner up finish. Right off the line Ferro’s rear tires shook drifting him towards the right and ran close to the wall, then he moved to the left and came close to taking out the finish line blocks. With Ferro’s car having issues down the track, Cox had the smoother ride and took his car down the track for his first ever career win in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Due to rain being an issue this weekend at Atco Dragway, not all the classes were able to complete their final rounds as the rain ended racing for the weekend. This race will be completed at Cecil County Dragway, Friday, August 15th. The MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Series presented by Select Performance were close to completing their final rounds. In Top Dragster, Scott Albrecht, Jackson, N.J., will be facing off against James Larro, Vineland, N.J., and in Top Sportsman, Michael Cerro, Mineola, N.Y., and Michael Daniele, Wantagh, N.Y. will be facing each other in the final when they return to Cecil County Dragway to complete the event.

Northeast Division racers head to Cecil County Dragway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 15-17.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Atco Dragway:

Top Alcohol Dragster

Round 1
6) Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., 5.431, 265.69 def. 3) Dan Mercier, LaPrairie, Quebec, 5.424, 264.75;
5) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.320, 276.92 def. 4) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.564, 260.51;
2) Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., 5.329, 269.08 def. 7) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., 5.477, 260.41;
1) Jeff Veale, Stoney Creek, Ont., 5.396, 276.01 def. 8) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 15.085, 63.71;

Semi-Finals
Morris, 5.410, 263.05 def. Stalba, 5.441, 265.06; McPhillips, 5.369, 275.67 def. Veale, 14.934, 62.52;

Finals
McPhillips, 5.323, 276.29 def. Morris, 5.335, 269.19.

Top Alcohol Funny Car

Round 1
3) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., ’10 Monte Carlo, 5.701, 257.14 def. 6) Marie Ferriolo, Allentown, N.J., ’02 Camaro, 5.916, 201.10;
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., 5.590, 261.83 def. 8) Todd Veney, Indianapolis, Ind., ’14 Camaro, 5.710, 249.07;
2) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., ’11 Monte Carlo, 5.606, 260.21 def. 7) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., ’10 Mustang, 5.724, 252.57;
5) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., ’11 Monte Carlo, 5.726, 253.14 def. 4) Matt Gill, W Bridgewater, Mass., ’08 Mustang, 5.845, 253.99;

Semi-Finals
Cox Jr., 5.738, 251.16 def. Bartone, 13.117, 96.91; Ferro, 5.612, 259.01 def. Pomponio, 5.962, 245.23;

Finals
Cox Jr., 5.712, 252.61 def. Ferro, 5.843, 253.95.

FLETCHER REPEATS IN SONOMA

Dan Fletcher worked his way through eliminations in not just one but two classes at the 27th Annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., defended the title from last year in Stock Eliminator by beating Brent Calvert, Lancaster, Calif. This final round was a rematch from last year and Calvert was looking to take the win here this year. Calvert had the starting line advantage but Fletcher had the better pass to take the win. This is Fletcher’s 89th National event win and his 25th in Stock. Fletcher also had the chance to double up at this event in Comp Eliminator when he faced Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah. Ellis, who is also the 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Comp National Champion, posted a winning run of 6.574 second lap, 205.29 mph to take the win over Fletcher. Both had good lights, just nine thousands apart but Ellis had the power to drive on by Fletcher to take the win.

In Super Stock, Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., faced off against Tommy Gaynor, Battle Ground, Wash. Gaynor had a strong 0.004 light and runs a 9.666 second, 135.48 mph lap but it was Taylor who had more power and takes the win in his ’10 Cobalt. Taylor posted a winning run of 9.564 seconds, 132.91 mpg, to receive his 43rd career win, his 29th in Super Stock.

In the Super Comp final it was Chad Langdon, La Mirada, Calif., taking home the Wally. Langdon faced off against Matt Constant, Stockton, Calif., and posted a winning run of 8.911 seconds, 172.83 mph. Constant had a great reaction time with a 0.004 light but it was Langdon who pulled away to take the win. Langdon has two other career wins, one in each Stock and Super Gas. This win was his first in Super Comp. Langdon nearly shared the winners circle with his son Shawn who advanced to the final round in Top Fuel before falling to teammate Khalid alBalooshi.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Thomas Bayer, Fontana, Calif., in Super Gas; Ted Kellner, San Jose, Calif., in Top Sportsman; and Bobby Ray McMahan, Lodi, Calif., in Top Dragster.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway:

Comp Eliminator — Alan Ellis, ’23-T Ford, 6.574, 205.29 def. Dan Fletcher, Chevy Cobalt, 8.002, 167.91.

Super Stock — Jeff Taylor, Chevy Cobalt, 9.564, 132.91 def. Tommy Gaynor, Chevy Cavalier, 9.666, 135.48.

Stock Eliminator — Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, 10.984, 115.39 def. Brent Calvert, Ford Mustang, 8.694, 155.10.

Super Comp — Chad Langdon, Dragster, 8.911, 172.83 def. Matt Constant, Dragster, 8.934, 175.48.

Super Gas — Thomas Bayer, Chevy Corvette, 9.921, 145.47 def. Michael Miller, ’27-T Ford, 9.889, 156.61.

Top Dragster — Bobby Ray McMahan, Dragster, 6.579, 205.85 def. Andy Spiegel, Dragster, 6.638, 200.02.

Top Sportsman — Ted Kellner, Pontiac Firebird, 7.549, 178.33 def. Curt Geise, Pontiac GTO, 7.132, 189.18.

DRISKELL SCORES SECOND IN TOP DRAGSTER

Matt Driskell paired up with fellow Kansas racer Todd Piper in the Fineline / Madcap Top Dragster final with Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., taking the win at Heartland Park Topeka and his second in a row in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. John Fitzpatrick from Park City, Kan., took the win in the Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson while a three other home state racers advanced to the final rounds. Driskell, who recently won at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, clocked in at 6.727 seconds, 194.10 mph for the win as Piper, Wamego, Kan., was out front early but broke out by just .002 seconds.

John Fitzpatrick beat out Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., as both riders were too quick at the strip with Fitzpatrick running closer to his dial for the win at 9.246 (9.25 dial) to Martin’s 9.612 (9.66).

Local runner Bruce Wiedmaier, Topeka, Kan., Jason Wettstein, Garnett, Kan., and A.J. Patterson, Augusta, Kan., each advanced to their respective final but fell short of taking home the hardware. Wiedmaier met up with Kevin Dyck, East St. Paul, Manti., in Super Comp that was close at the start with Dyck taking the win light in 8.911, 182.70. Wiedmaier was too quick at 8.898 on the 8.90 dial as was Wettstein by .005 seconds in his Super Street final round match up with Jeff Landholm. Landholm covered the quarter mile in 10.923 at 147.46 for the win. The Super Stock final saw Patterson and Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., square off with Swinehart taking the starting line advantage and never looking back running 9.782, 131.47 mph to Patterson’s 10.149, 128.27.

Bruno Massel picked up his first win of the year in Comp Eliminator when Clark Smiley hurt his car in the semifinal as was unable to make the final round. Massel won this event last year and had a runner-up finish in Brainerd, Minn., earlier this year. Brainerd’s Jerry Haas Race Cars Top Sportsman winner J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., returned to the winner’s circle with his ’06 Mustang with a 6.892 second lap at 197.80 mph to defeat Larry Larson, Oak Grove, Mo.

Austin Williams advanced to his fourth final round of the year and took home his second trophy in Stock as he knocked out California racer Duane Dickens, and Steve Collier, Benton, La., was better at both ends of the track in his ’72 Vegas to down Dale Evens, St. Cloud, Minn., in Super Gas.

West Central Division racers are back here at Heartland Park Topeka for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 22-23, when they will be joined by the 260 mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars of the Central Region Lucas Oil Series.

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The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Heartland Park Topeka:

COMP ELIMINATOR
Bruno Massel, Woodridge, Ill., ’10 Cobalt, DD/AT, broke def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, broke.

SUPER STOCK
Jared Swinehart, Piedmont, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/AA, 9.782, 131.47 def. A.J. Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’67 Nova, SS/HA, 10.149, 128.27.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’72 Duster, F/SA, 11.473, 109.19 def. Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.822, 109.95.

SUPER COMP
Kevin Dyck, E. St. Paul, Manit., dragster, 8.911, 182.70 def. Bruce Wiedmaier, Topeka, Kan., dragster, 8.898, 155.17.

SUPER GAS
Steve Collier, Benton, La., ’72 Vega, 9.904, 158.84 def. Dale Evens, St. Cloud, Minn., ’91 Daytona, 9.906, 157.89.

SUPER STREET
Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 10.923, 147.46 def. Jason Wettstein, Garnett, Kan., ’66 Chevy II, 10.895, 126.30.

TOP DRAGSTER
Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.727, 194.10 def. Todd Piper, Wamego, Kan., dragster, 6.948, 185.23.

TOP SPORTSMAN
J.J. Heber, Centennial, Colo., ’06 Mustang, 6.892, 197.80 def. Larry Larson, Oak Grove, Mo., ’00 Firebird, 7.167, 190.54.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’10 Kawasaki, 9.246, 141.92 def. Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, 9.612, 134.78.

CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Racing for the first time at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by ViperizerRacing.com, Royal Purple Raceway made a strong initial impression, taking team championship in dramatic fashion. The team title came down to the outcome of the final race of the event, and when Brooke Heckel turned on the win light in the 16-17 class final, she not only earned individual honors but lifted her team to the top.

Royal Purple Team 1 entered the final rounds one point behind Maple Grove Raceway Team 2. When Heckel won, that put the two teams in a tie at 30 points. The tiebreaker is number of event champions. Royal Purple had one, Heckel, while Maple Grove had none, giving the Houston, Texas, track top honors.

Royal Purple Team 2 finished third with 29 points, followed by Bristol Dragway Team 1 with 28 and Lucas Oil Raceway Park Team 1 and Virginia Motorsports Park Team 2 tied for fifth with 26 points apiece.

Joining Heckel as an individual champion were Lizzie Martel (age 8-9), Chelsea Ozell Brown (10), Arabella Maitland (11), Jarrod Kissinger (12), Devin Kiser (13), Derek Raymond (14), and Camryn Frederickson (15). All were first-time winners at the event that is one of two national-level competitions for racers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

Martel, a Milan, Mich., resident who was representing Milan Dragway, outlasted Des Moines, Iowa’s Camren Laffoon, a member of the Beacon Dragway team, to earn the 8-9 age group Wally. In the final, Martel got off the starting line first, .095 to .221, and wheeled her dragster to a 12.15 (12.05 dial) to beat Laffoon’s closer but losing 12.05 (12.02).

Renick, W.Va., runner Brown chalked one up for host track Bristol when she paired a .074 light with an 8.91 (8.90) to turn on the win light over Ethan Hubbard in the 10-year-old class final. Hubbard, who made the trip from Princess Anne, Md., and represented U.S. 13 Dragway, broke out by .009-second in his runner-up effort.

The 11-year-old class final was decided on the starting line when Bristol regular Kaden Haynes, who hails from Mount Carmel, Tenn., went red. That gave the automatic nod to Maitland, a Brenham, Texas, racer who was part of the third-place Royal Purple team. Maitland had a .019 light and ran right on her 9.02 dial on her victory pass.

The 12-year-old age group came down to a pair of Pennsylvania racers, Kissinger, who is from Sinking Spring, and Benjamin Spotts, from Douglassville. Kissinger, who was part of the Cecil County Dragway team, had the better light and ran closer to his dial, posting an 8.93 (8.90) to get the win. Spotts, a Maple Grove racer, settled for runner-up honors with a 9.00 (8.92).

Bristol team member Kiser, who lives in Corryton, Tenn., got the better of National Trail Raceway’s Nicholas Altenbach in the 13-year-old bracket. Kiser had a starting-line advantage of more than a hundredth in the final, and he turned it into an 8.05 (7.98) to 7.92 (7.94) win against Altenbach, who is from Westerville, Ohio, and is a former Eastern Conference Finals champion.

South Lyon, Mich., racer Raymond made one of the best runs of eliminations in the 14-year-old class final to earn top honors. Raymond who was part of the Mid-Michigan Motorplex team, cut a .003 light then ran .009-second over his 8.02 dial to turn on the win light against Cullman, Ala., runner Mitchell Seymour. Seymour, who represented Montgomery Motorsports Park, cut a .032 light and ran a 7.97 (7.93).

After putting together the best package of eliminations in the quarterfinals to win his age group’s Battle of the Best: East vs. West trophy, Palm Harbor, Fla.’s Frederickson went the distance in the 15-year-old bracket, outlasting Severn, Md., competitor Brad Keyton. In the final, Keyton, who was on the Mason-Dixon Dragway team, had the better light, but Frederickson, an Orlando Speed World Dragway racer, drove around him and won on an 8.44 (8.41) to 8.16 (8.09) count.

The 16-17 class final was the last race of the weekend, and it was also one of the best with the final outcome decided by just .004-second. Both Heckel and Rachael Whitney, a Virginia Motorsports Park competitor who lives in Newport News, Va., dialed 7.90s for the final. Heckel, a Baytown, Texas, resident, had a .001-second advantage on the Tree, then ran .003-second closer to the 7.90 target in the great 7.931 to 7.934 match.

During the event, drivers were also competing for special Battle of the Best: East vs. West trophies, which were awarded driver with the best package of eliminations in each age group. In addition to 15-year-old champion Frederickson, whose .014 package was the best of that age bracket, other Battle of the Best champs were Gavin Roth (age 8-9, .052 package), Alex Kish (10, .028), Haynes (11, .015), Madi Pennington (12, .009), Charlotte Mallow (13, .015), Garrett Freeman (14, .010), and Christopher Dovenbarger (16-17, .007).

Dovenbarger’s .007-second package was the best package recorded at both the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western and Eastern Conference Finals, making him the overall champion on the Battle of the Best. Dovenbarger will receive a custom-painted helmet from Brando Custom Paint, which did the piston-adorned trophies given to each age-group champ at each event.

The Team Spirit award was again hotly contested with several teams making strong cases for winning it. In the end, Maple Grove Raceway was awarded the honor, outlasting the efforts of Bristol Dragway, National Trail Raceway, Summit Motorsports Park, Atlanta Dragway, and others. Other special-awards winners were Jackson Core (Brando Custom Paint Best Overall Appearing Car), Katie Hall (Brando Custom Paint Best Appearing Theme Car), Trinity Marshall (Brando Custom Paint Coolest Car), and Crossroads Dragway (Best Appearing Track).

The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Eastern Conf. Finals from Bristol Dragway:

8-9 YEAR OLDS
Lizzie Martel, Carleton, Mich., .095, 12.156, 12.05 def Camren Laffoon, Des Mointes, Iowa, .221, 12.059, 12.02

10 YEAR OLD
Chelsea Ozell Brown, Renick, W.Va., .074, 8.916, 8.90 def Ethan Hubbard, Princess Anne, Md., .097, 8.951, 8.96

11 YEAR OLD
Arabella Maitland, Brenham, Texas, .019, 9.024, 9.02 def. Kaden Haynes, Mount Carmel, Tenn. -0.38, 8.981, 8.95

12 YEAR OLD
Jarrod Kissinger, Sinking Springs, Pa., .052, 8.938, 8.90 def Benjamin Spotts, Douglassville, Pa., .067, 9.005, 8.92

13 YEAR OLD
Devin Kiser, Corryton, Tenn., .016, 8.054, 7.98 def. Nicholas Altenbach, Westerville, Ohio, .133, 7.924, 7.94

14 YEAR OLD
Derek Raymond, South Lyon, Mich., .003, 8.029, 8.02 def. Mitchell Swymour, Cullman, Ala., .032, 7.972, 7.95

15 YEAR OLD
Camryn Frederickson, Palm Harbor, Fla., .047, 8.443, 8.41 def. Brad Keyton, Severn, Md., .021, 8.161, 8.09

16-17 YEAR OLD
Brooke Hekel, Baytown, Texas, .043, 7.931, 7.90 def. Rachael Whitney, Newport News, Va., .044, 7.934, 7.90

Ferre set to make Top Alcohol Dragster debut at Seattle

CameronFerre-TAD-cockpitAt this weekend’s O’Reilly NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, 29-year-old Cameron Ferre will be competing in the Top Alcohol Dragster category for the first time.

Ferre has had success throughout his career beginning in Jr. Dragster, where he was the 2002 Western Conference Finals champion, through the LODRS classes where he captured a Super Comp victory at the 2012 NHRA Finals.

Ferre made three runs behind the wheel of Larry Miersch’s nitro-burning A/Fuel dragster at Auto Club Famoso Raceway to upgrade his competition license. His last attempt was a 5.60-second, 262-mph pass.

Ferre made three runs behind the wheel of Larry Miersch’s nitro-burning A/Fuel dragster at Auto Club Famoso Raceway to upgrade his competition license. His last attempt was a 5.60-second, 262-mph pass.

“I’m pretty stoked,” said Ferre. “I can’t wait. That thing is a kick in the pants. It picks up and trucks on the back-half.”

The Huntington Beach, Calif., resident began talks with Miersch about driving long ago and received the chance to learn the mechanical side of the car prior to getting into the cockpit. Miersch gained additional confidence in Ferre’s ability to wheel his 5.2-second, 270-mph dragster last season when he watched him drive nitro veteran Twig Zeigler’s 5.7-second AA Funny Car.

“I’ve been talking to Larry about it for a long time and learning the ropes by working with him,” said Ferre. “After seeing me driving the Nostalgia Funny Car last year, he decided it was time. I was able to put the sponsorship together to get my license and do a couple races, so here we are.

“We’re set for Seattle and potentially beyond,” said Ferre. “I hope to continue to try to put something together for Las Vegas and Pomona at the end of this year and work on the 2015 season. I also have a new Top Dragster coming out this year. The ultimate goal is to drive in Top Fuel one day. I’m slowly progressing, working hard, paying my dues, and seeing what can happen.”

PBIR hosts ‘Street Racing Made Safe’ series

PBIR-Boost-is-cool-illustStreet Racing Made Safe returns to the Palm Beach International Raceway on Saturday, August 16, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Street Racing Made Safe is an alternative to illegal street racing developed with one goal in mind: saving the needless loss of lives to an illegal street race. The concept is one of providing a controlled environment in a neutral place to simulate a street racing environment, but with safer and sanctioned conditions that ensure the safety of racers and fans.

Night of Fire Sets Records for Performance at Woodburn

The 4th Annual Baxter Auto Parts/Sunbelt Rentals/Bi-Mart Night of Fire was held July 25-27 at Oregon’s Woodburn Dragstrip. On the bracket side of racing, this weekend was a true family experience, with familiar names in the winner’s circle.

FRIDAY
ET Bracket Triple Crown Electronics Race #1: Rayce Kidd, .012 (7.56) 7.454 def. Charlie Dietrich, .013, (7.45) 7.457

Non-Electronics Race #1: Brad Burton won a double-breakout against Nicholas Shepherd in the Non-Electronics Race. In the Door Car Shootout the two met up again and Shepherd got that win when Burton broke out by .031.

Non-Electronics Race #1: Brad Burton won a double-breakout against Nicholas Shepherd in the Non-Electronics Race. In the Door Car Shootout the two met up again and Shepherd got that win when Burton broke out by .031.

The Dragster vs Door Cars class brought Rayce Kidd and Tom DeBartolo into the finals. Kidd again slammed the tree with a .015 to Tommy D’s .014. At the finish line, Kidd earned the win after DeBartolo broke out by just .004 at the finish line. With roughly the same number of Door Cars and Dragsters signed up, the landslide victory went in favor of the DRAGSTERS, winning 36 points to 19 at this year’s running of the Yukon Gear & Axle Dragster Vs Door Car Shootout.

SATURDAY
ET Bracket Triple Crown Electronics Race #2: Dan Shepherd def. John Chitwood

ET Bracket Triple Crown Non-Electronics Race #2: Ron Sears def. Casey Allum (broke out)

In Dragster vs Door Cars, Richard Dietrich’s flyin’ ’41 Chevy downed dragster after dragster after dragster before finally eliminating last year’s Sunday winner in Tom Malicki. On the Non-Electronics side, Richard’s wife Dawn Dietrich was also fighting for a win. The possibility of a husband-wife winner’s circle was shot down in the semis by the deadly number one qualifier Zach Craig, who would face off against Dustin Ward in the finals. Separated by only .002 on the starting line, it would all be determined at the finish line stripe. Running a 10.690 on the 10.68 was good for Ward, but Craig’s incinerating 9.851 on the 9.85 showed that he was going to win at Woodburn Dragstrip for the second consecutive year.

ET Motorcycle: Roger Wolff defeated Joseph Lind

Harley Eliminator: class sponsor Gary Tokos was able to “reclaim the money” after getting the win over John Conley via a slight .005 red light start.

SUNDAY
The final day meant Race #3 of the K&N Filters ET Bracket Triple Crown, as well as point’s finals for Dragster/Roadster and NW Drag Bike competitors.

Electronics showcased Tom Avgerakis (shown) and Dennis Kooker in the final round. Avgerakis made it into the final by leaving Mike Hilsendager, Bill Heard, David Secondi, Paul Nero, and David Thornton to earn a semi in the singles.  Meanwhile, Kooker defeated Richard Dietrich, a competition single, Traci DePeel, David Chun Jr., Bill King, and Andy Schlenker. In the finals, Avgerakis had the reaction time advantage and was able to get the win after a double-breakout finish.

Electronics showcased Tom Avgerakis (shown) and Dennis Kooker in the final round. Avgerakis made it into the final by leaving Mike Hilsendager, Bill Heard, David Secondi, Paul Nero, and David Thornton to earn a semi in the singles. Meanwhile, Kooker defeated Richard Dietrich, a competition single, Traci DePeel, David Chun Jr., Bill King, and Andy Schlenker. In the finals, Avgerakis had the reaction time advantage and was able to get the win after a double-breakout finish.

The Non-Electronics category showed off David Chun Jr and Jarod Anderson in the finals. Chun Jr ripped into the finals after defeating Nicholas Shepherd, Pat Figini, Casey Allum, Hollis Runge, Jerry Weber, and Michael Pliska to reach the finals. For Anderson: Carl Meinig, Richard Beyea, Nicholas Shepherd, Frank Pettit, a single, and Brad Burton were the defeated racers. In the finals, it was Chun Jr. with the reaction time advantage and the win after a breakout for Anderson.

Dragster/Roadster eliminations brought a final round between Gary Hogansen and Mike Ekerson. Hogansen’s battle to the finals was through David Cookman, John Hamilton, and Tom Stanford, while Ekerson eliminated Scott Utter and Keifer Eickmann to earn the semi-final round single. In the finals, mechanical issues plagued Ekerson, meaning that Hogansen would score his first victory at the biggest event of the year.

The ET Motorcycle brought a final round between Gary Tokos and Jim Werre. Tokos made it into the finals after defeating Mark Adams, Mike Graver, and Shane White, while Werre defeated Ted Brown, a single, and Roger Wolff. In the finals, Tokos had the reaction time advantage and took that into the winner’s circle.

Other Motorcycle winners were Jeff Marsh (Pro Mod), Kerry Drost (Pro Street), and Shane White (Quick 8).

First-time winners highlight sportsman champs at Denver

Brenda Grubbs got her first national event Wally for the Stock win.  (Ron Lewis photo)

Brenda Grubbs got her first national event Wally for the Stock win. (Ron Lewis photo)

Four drivers scored their first ever NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national event win July 20 for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Brenda Grubbs, Jeremy Demers, Branden Rhodes and Ryan Julius all celebrated in the winner’s circle as they took home their first national event Wally trophies.

Grubbs, Magnolia, Texas, advanced to her second national event final round and closed the deal on local racer Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., for the Stock title as did Demers, Carroll, Iowa, to Mitch Mustard, Arvada, Colo., in the Super Comp final. Burton left early with a red-light foul start as Grubbs ran it out to an 11.113 second pass at 119.57 mph while Demers took the starting line advantage and held on with a lap of 9.524, 160.29 to Mustard’s quicker 9.515, 166.60.

Eighteen-year-old Branden Rhodes, Sterling, Colo., had to run down George Slatten, Santa Fe, N.M., who took the early lead in the Top Dragster final round and Ryan Julius, Brighton, Colo., posted a .022 package against George’s brother Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., in Top Sportsman for his first win. Rhodes covered the quarter mile in 6.747 seconds at 204.60 mph to run down George’s 7.055, 193.05. Julius, in his first national event final round, got the holeshot and forced Dave to breakout by .001 seconds as Julius clocked in at 7.885, 173.96.

Jackie Alley, the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Stock National Champion and 2011 Denver event champion, joined in on the fun beating Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., in a double breakout Super Stock final round. Alley, out of Eagle, Idaho, went 10.175 on her 10.18 dial to Wudarczyk’s 11.186, 11.20.

Super Stock: Jackie Alley, Chevy Camaro, 10.175, 132.40 def. Tyler Wudarczyk, Camaro, 11.186, 112.90.

Stock Eliminator: Brenda Grubbs, Chevy Camaro, 11.113, 119.57 def. Scott Burton, Pontiac Firebird, foul.

Super Comp: Jeremy Demers, Dragster, 9.524, 160.29 def. Mitch Mustard, Dragster, 9.515, 166.60.

Super Gas: James Kunkel, Chevy Camaro, 10.487, 145.17 def. Bradley Johnson, Camaro, 10.482, 153.11.

Super Street: Brian Percival, Dodge Dart, 11.504, 129.14 def. Chris Bombard, Ford Mustang, 11.495, 138.17.

Top Dragster: Branden Rhodes, Dragster, 6.747, 204.60 def. George Slatten, Dragster, 7.055, 193.05.

Top Sportsman: Ryan Julius, Pontiac GTO, 7.885, 173.96 def. Dave Slatten, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.229, 191.95.

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NHRA Provincial Championship event returns to Toronto this weekend

Matt Costabile was the 2012 winner in Super Pro and Quick 16 at Toronto.  (Stacee Kenington photo)

Matt Costabile was the 2012 winner in Super Pro and Quick 16 at Toronto. (Stacee Kenington photo)

Sportsman drag racers all over New York, Ontario, Quebec and even Alberta will be converging on Toronto Motorsports Park this weekend as the DSE Sportsman Series holds not only its third of six events in the series, but will also host the NHRA Provincial Championships.

Designed to afford local and regional sportsman drag racers the ability to compete for NHRA-sanctioned championships without having to follow the divisional or national tours, the NHRA State/Provincial Championships is a single race, tournament style championship that is awarded to one track in each state and province in North America.

After hosting the Inaugural NHRA Ontario Provincial Championships in 2012, the event has returned to the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series and Toronto Motorsports Park.

The classes competing at this event include Super Pro, Modified, Quick 16, Jr Dragster, Super Gas and Super Bike/Sled.

As an added bonus the Provincial Championship winners in Super Pro, Modified and Super Gas will all be taking home $1,000 for their victories, and combined with the $1,100 to win in Quick 16, racers can expect to see the richest payout in the history of this event.

As well, 2013 winners of the NHRA Ontario Provincial Championships will receive a complimentary entry into the Saturday race if they choose to attend and defend their title during at the 2014 Edition of the event.