Demke, Bellemeur lead winners in Northwest

*JD_ChrisDemke-helmet-shot-LVMS-R1-JD4 131Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Sean , Placentia, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively at Pacific Raceways near Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 23.

Demke came from the No. 3 qualifying position and worked his way through the field, running 5.294 seconds at 273.55 mph in his final round victory over No. 1 qualifier Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., who and an identical 5.294 at 271.41. Demke’s .037 second reaction time proved to be the difference.

Bellemeur faced off against Randy Parker, Puyallup, Wash., and posted a winning run of 5.597 seconds, 259.41 mph in his ’06 Monte Carlo. Both drivers left together but Bellemeur made a strong pass while Parker, slowed to an 8.486 second, 131.51 mph lap for his runner up finish.

Two series hitters faced off in the final of Comp Eliminator with Jeff Land and Justin Lamb going to battle in a close race from start to finish. In the end it was Lane, North Bend, Wash., taking the win in his ’10 Cobalt. Lamb, Henderson, Nev., also advanced to the final in Super Stock where he met up with Alan Falcone, Olympia, Wash. Lamb took the starting line advantage but was unable to run down Falcone and his ’05 Cavalier. Falcone won with a lap of 9.271, 142.42.

In the RH Racecars Top Sportsman, Don Sefton and Lee Goranson were just .003 seconds apart at the start but Sefton was better at the strip, taking the win with his ’00 S-10 in 7.685 seconds at 175.64 mph.

The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series was also in action at Pacific Raceways this weekend with Janette Thornley, Mocksville, N.C., taking the win in Pro Fuel over Dennis Fisher. The win moves Thornley closer to Fisher in the points battle as the pair sit one and two in the standings.

Other winners in the Lucas Oil Series were Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., over Jerry Stein in Stock; Brian Preszler, Kennewick, Wash., beat Jerry Dean, Olathe, Kan., in Super Comp; Todd Sims, Puyallup, Wash., upended Justin Sibley, Puyallup, Wash., in Super Street; and Mike MacBrair, Napa, Calif., took out Robert McMahan, Lodi, Calif., in the Rig Rentals Top Dragster class.

Also winning in the Harley-Davidson Series were Lance Bonham, Sunnyvale, Calif., in Pro Gas; Charles Robbins, Puyallup, Wash., in Hot Street; William Rowe, Hellentown, Pa., won in both Draggin’ Bagger and Screamin’Eagle Performance; and Don DePeel, Gladstone, Ore., won in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson.

Pacific Raceways also ran their Pro classes with Joel Dalke taking the win.

Racing was stopped on Sunday night prior to the final rounds in Super Gas and Super Pro due to local curfews. The Super Gas final will be run at the next Lucas Oil event in Woodburn, Ore., with Kike Shannon taking on Dave Kelly. The final for Super Pro will see has not been rescheduled but will see Dave Jackson take on the winner of the semifinal matchup between Nick Axtman and Casey Depeel.

Northwest Division racers head to Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, Ore. for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Sept. 18-20.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
Round 1

5) Casey Grisel, Orangevale, Calif., 5.388, 267.32 def. 4) Shawn Cowie, Delta, B.C., broke;
3) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.302, 271.57 def. 6) Johnny Ahten, Santa Clarita, Calif., 5.329, 264.96
2) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.261, 276.41 def. 7) Jeff Ashwell, Salem, Ore., 5.465, 260.66
1) Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., 5.395, 260.97 def. 8) Kim Parker, Graham, Wash., 5.444, 258.37

Semifinals
Bateman, 5.386, 260.61 def. Grisel, 5.467, 268.81
Demke, 5.302, 273.11 def. McKernan, 5.341, 273.05

Final
Demke, 5.294, 273.55 def. Bateman, 5.294, 271.41

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
Round 1
2) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., ’15 Camaro, 5.575, 263.26 def. 7) Dave Germain, Toledo, Wash., ’10 Monte Carlo, 7.314, 204.94
6) Randy Parker, Puyallup, Wash., ’04 Mustang, 5.800, 244.34 def. 3) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., ’06 Monte Carlo, 9.176, 103.10
1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., ’10 Mustang, 16.067, 66.88 was unopposed
4) Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.623, 258.86 def. 5) Chris Marshall, McMinnville, Ore., ’06 Mustang, 5.721, 252.05

Semifinals
Parker, 5.836, 245.05 def. Gordon, 6.033, 184.40
Bellemeur, 5.621, 258.02 def. Hough, 5.657, 255.43

Final
Bellemeur, 5.597, 259.41 def. Parker, 8.486, 131.51

COMP ELIMINATOR: Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., ’10 Cobalt, B/SMA, 7.913, 169.66 def. Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., ’10 Cobalt, B/SMA, 7.898, 169.44.

SUPER STOCK: Alan Falcone, Olympia, Wash., ’05 Cavalier, GT/AA, 9.271, 142.42 def. Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., ’10 Cobalt, SS/BM, 8.720, 151.39.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Tommy Gaynor, Vancouver, Wash., ’92 Corvette, C/SA, 10.416, 119.13 def. Jerry Stein, Brentwood, Calif., ’69 Dart, C/SA, 10.547, 122.76.

SUPER COMP: Brian Preszler, Kennewick, Wash., ’08 TNT, 8.890, 176.24 def. Jerry Dean, Olathe, Kan., ’00 Worthy, 8.880, 166.03.

SUPER STREET: Todd Sims, Puyallup, Wash., ’66 Nova, 10.920, 136.93 def. Justin Sibley, Puyallup, Wash., ’68 Camaro, 10.914, 119.50.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Don Sefton, Port Orchard, Wash., ’00 S-10, 7.685, 175.64 def. Lee Goranson, Gresham, Ore., ’97 Olds Cutlass, 7.486, 184.09.

TOP DRAGSTER: Michael MacBrair, Napa, Calif., ’09 Sarmento, 6.897, 161.85 def. Robert McMahan, Lodi, Calif., ’08 Dragster, 6.857, 204.88.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Don DePeel, Gladstone, Ore., ’74 Kawasaki, 8.444, 153.42 def. Jake Havens, Edmonds, Wash., ’95 Suzuki, 8.145, 157.85.

PRO: Joel Dalke, Olympia, Wash., ’68 Camaro, 9.962, 131.91 def. Jeff Warnke, ’69 Nova, foul.

PRO FUEL HARLEY: Janette Thornley, Mocksville, N.C., ’15 Hawaya, 7.399, 174.82 def. Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio, ’11 Harley, 7.664, 166.05.

PRO GAS HARLEY: Lance Bonham, Sunnyvale, Calif., ’96 Kosman, 8.664, 150.92 was unopposed.

DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY: William Rowe, Hellentown, Pa., ’06 Road King, 14.538, 87.78 was unopposed.

HOT STREET HARLEY: Charles Robbins, Puyallup, Wash., ’02 Buell, 12.124, 110.58 was unopposed.

William Rowe Jr., Hellentown, Pa., ’06 Harley, 10.627, 114.63 def. Sue Bistline, Boise, Idaho, ’93 Harley, 10.773, 120.36.