Bateman, Gasparrelli take final wins of season at Woodburn
Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., and Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively in the final results from Woodburn Dragstrip and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Bateman, who has four career wins and two runner-ups, worked his way through the field and ran 5.225 seconds at 272.31 mph in his final round victory over local racer Joey Severance of Woodburn, who clocked in at 5.264 seconds, 266.11 mph. Bateman was off the line first and powered down the track to run his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend in the win. Severance also had his best pass of the weekend, but couldn’t make up for the starting line advantage of Bateman. Severance made his fifth divisional final of 2015, with four wins and one runner-up, including a win at Woodburn earlier this year.
Gasparrelli faced off against Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., and posted a winning run of 5.632 seconds, 260.26 mph in his ’15 Camaro. Whiteley drove a 5.600 second, 264.08 mph lap for her runner up finish in TAFC. Gasparrelli had a big starting line advantage and held off a quicker Whiteley for the holeshot win. Whiteley won in Woodburn earlier this year, and has ten career wins and three runner-ups. Gasparrelli has twenty wins and eighteen runner-up finishes, as far back as 1999. His last win was in 2013 at Mission Raceway in British Colombia.
Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., picked up his fourth career win in Comp taking out local racer Brian Hyerstay, Eugene, Ore Huhtala, who won at Woodburn in 2013, went 7.260 at 189.27 mph to Hyerstays 9.033 second pass at 141.28 mph.
Additional racers in the winner’s circle were Jim Isherwood, Mission, B.C., who earned his first win this season in Super Stock; Dave Jung, Surrey, B.C., won in Stock Eliminator; Chris Cannon, Bothell, Wash., in Super Gas; Josh Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., in Super Street; and Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., added another win to his collection, making it seven career wins in Super Comp.
In the Summit E.T. series races Kirby Olmsted, McMinnville, Ore., took home the trophy for Super Pro; Steve Stuart won Pro ET; and Gary Howe Jr., Gig Harbor, Wash., took home the win in Sportsman ET.
This was the final event for the Northwest division.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Bateman, 5.225, 272.31 def. Severance, 5.264, 266.11.
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Gasparrelli, 5.632, 260.26 def. Whiteley, 5.600, 264.08
COMP ELIMINATOR: Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., ’10 GXP, C/A, 7.260, 189.27 def. Brian Hyerstay, Eugene, Ore., dragster, G/D, 9.033, 141.28.
SUPER STOCK: Jim Isherwood, Mission, B.C., ’67 Belvedere, SS/DA, 9.497, 140.16 def. Shawn Blair, Everson, Wash., ’68 Dart, SS/JA, 10.285, 122.36.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Dave Jung, Surry, B.C., ’81 Malibu, L/SA, 15.844, 51.02 def. Dave Barcelon, Bremerton, Wash., ’69 Camaro, H/SA, foul.
SUPER COMP: Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., ’15 American, 8.949, 162.39 def. Jeff Connelly, Mesa, Ariz., ’06 Racetech, 8.901, 170.90.
SUPER GAS: Chris Cannon, Bothell, Wash., ’63 Corvette, 9.938, 167.59 def. Rodney Souza, Eugene, Ore., ’57 Chevrolet, 9.926, 162.63.
SUPER STREET: Josh Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., ’67 Camaro, 10.940, 144.83 def. Allen Macham, Everett, Wash., ’67 Nova, 10.851, 147.49.
TOP SPORTSMAN: Don Sefton, Port Orchard, Wash., ’00 S-10, 7.701, 177.30 def. Barry Hobson, Seattle, Wash., ’06 Grand AM, 7.109, 182.37.
TOP DRAGSTER: Andy Morris, Olympia, Wash., ’10 Mullis, 7.461, 180.50 def. Kyle Seipel, Pleasanton, Calif., ’01 Undercover, 7.635, 174.62.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Ted Brown, Beaverton, Ore., ’09 Kawasaki, 9.519, 142.40 def. Cody Cumpton, Vancouver, Wash., ’95 Suzuki, foul.
SUPER PRO: Kirby Olmsted, McMinnville, Ore., ’68 Camaro, 9.170, 149.22 def. Bruce White, Everett, Wash., ’69 Nova, foul.
PRO ET: Steve Stuart, Estacada, Ore., ’66 Chevelle, 9.250, 135.62 def. David Bronec, ’72 Nova, 10.346, 124.84.
SPORTSMAN ET: Gary Howe Jr., Gig Harbor, Wash., ’71 Skylark, 12.300, 97.91 def. Bill Barron, Canby, Ore., ’12 Mustang, 14.895, 95.59.
TOP SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT: Danny Wargnier, Keizer, Ore., ’08 GTO, 7.584, 181.34 def. Robert Matthews, Gig Harbor, Wash., ’67 Nova, 7.478, 180.97.
TOP DRAGSTER SHOOTOUT: Clint Geise, Renton, Wash., ’14 Spitzer, 6.868, 189.79 def. Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park, Alb., ’15 TNT, 6.835, 198.98
SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT: Jolene Scott, Graham, Wash., ’09 Mullis, 8.922, 171.75 def. Michael Dalrymple, Sunnyside, Wash., ’09 Mullis, 8.942, 172.94.
SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT: Ken Heard, Ridgefield, Wash., ’86 Mustang, 9.908, 161.52 def. John Whitmore, Myrtle Creek, Ore., ’05 Cavalier, foul.
SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT: Steve Lowe, Langley, B.C., ’68 Camaro, 10.976, 133.03 def. Tom Brown, Sedro Valley, Wash., ’66 Chevy II, 10.844, 140.33.