Sept. 8, 2015

 

BOISE, Idaho – Local racer Ed Cutler led the list of winners for the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Race of Champions at Firebird Raceway that will advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship.

Cutler faced off with Firebird Raceway teammate Sam Northup in the Super Pro final as both drivers worked their way through the field for the chance to race for the coveted NHRA Wally trophy. The pair left the line together but it was Cutler edging out Northup at the strip with a 9.129 second, 143.55 mph lap on the 9.12 dial. Northup made it a close race clocking in at 10.967 on his 10.95 dial.

In the Pro class it was Robert Steffen of Bremerton Raceway facing off with another Firebird runner in Levi Burlile. Steffen took an early two-hundredths lead and ran a stellar 10.714 (10.71 dial) to force Burlile to break out with a 10.197 on his 10.2 dial.

Portland International Raceway drivers Adam Tabor and Tom Loos battled for the Sportsman title with Tabor taking the win at the start as Loos left early with a red light foul start. Tabor ran it out to a 12.264- second, 109.79-mph pass to Loos’ 12.842 at 104.96.

Joseph Lind had a big starting line advantage over Chris Benda in the Motorcycle class which proved to be the difference. Lind covered the quarter-mile in 9.008 seconds at 139.85 mph to Benda’s 9.486 at 144.35.

The four will now advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship where they will face off with drivers for the other six NHRA divisions at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November during the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals

The High School trophy went to Ryan Widhalm of Renegade Raceway who out ran Jacob McGarry from Woodburn Dragstrip. Widhalm went 13.287 at 99.41 to McGarry’s quicker 11.658, 112.98.

In the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League it was Cooper Chun taking the win and the trophy in Jr. Thunder while Jake Jones hoisted the trophy in Jr. Lightning. Chun of Portland International Raceway defeated Alisha Miller representing Woodburn Dragstrip. Chun went 9.946 at 66.67 mph to Miller’s 9.103, 72.75. Jones out of the Rocky Mountain Raceways’ camp ended Emily Lewis’ day with a 7.948 second, 82.80 mph lap. Lewis, Pacific Raceways, crossed the line in 7.964, 81.65.

In addition to individual championships, racers were competing for the team championship with host track Firebird Raceway amassing 59 points to take home the Race of Champions Team Championship. Woodburn followed in second at 54 while Portland International Raceway held on to third with 44 points.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Drag Racing Series Northwest Division Race of Champions at Firebird Raceway:

SUPER PRO ROC
Ed Cutler, Meridian, Idaho, '72 Vega, 9.129, 143.55 def.
Sam Northup, Boise, Idaho, '82 Firebird, 10.967, 124.87.

PRO ROC
Robert Steffen, Tumwater, Wash., '78 Nova, 10.714, 124.10 def.
Levi Burlile, Nampa, Idaho, '63 Falcon, 10.197, 128.65.

SPORTSMAN ROC
Adam Tabor, Vancouver, Wash., '66 Nova, 12.264, 109.79 def.
Tom Loos, Brush Prairie, Wash., '70 Chevelle, foul.

MOTORCYCLE ROC
Joseph Lind, Maple Valley, Wash., '14 Kawasaki, 9.008, 139.85 def.
Chris Benda, Auburn, Wash., '08 Kawasaki, 9.486, 144.35.

JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTING ROC
Jake Jones, West Jordan, Utah, dragster, 7.948, 82.80 def.
Emily Lewis, Maple Valley, Wash., dragster, 7.964, 81.65.

RACE OF CHAMPIONS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Firebird Raceway 59
Woodburn Dragstrip 54
Portland Int'l Raceway 44
Bremerton Raceway 40
Pacific Raceways 30
Renegade Raceway 29
Rocky Mountain Raceways 29
MHDRA Dragstrip 16
Madras Dragstrip 15
Mission Raceway 9
Nl'Akapxm Eagle Motorplex 8
Champion Raceway 7
Lost Creek Raceway 4
Coos Bay Speedway 4
Lewistown Raceway 2
Lakeview Dragstrip 1

The following are Sunday's final results from the 2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals:

SUPER PRO
Al Chinn, Auburn, Wash., '64 Nova, 9.780, 126.67 def.
Lane Cavar, Puyallup, Wash., Mullis-Chevy, foul.

PRO
David Bronec, Hubbard, Ore., '72 Nova, 10.482, 125.49 def.
Paul Jordan, Butte, Mont., '70 Duster, 11.571, 115.67.

SPORTSMAN
Brian Seaberg, Belfair, Wash., '72 Comet, 13.747, 96.05 def.
Gary Howe Jr., Gig Harbor, Wash., '71 Skylark, 12.394, 104.72.

BIKE/SLED
Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki, 8.378, 147.44 def.
Riley Toth, Medicine Hat, Alb., '02 Kawasaki, 8.965, 137.93.

JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTNING
Yeshua Wilcox, Bonney Lake, Wash., dragster, 7.876, 81.30 def.
Zach Toth, Medicine Hat, Alb., dragster, 7.970, 80.65.

JR. DRAGSTER THUNDER
Tanner Gaetz, Medicine Hat, Alb., dragster, 8.995, 71.43 def.
Cole Dickhoff, Maple Valley, Wash., dragster, 12.114, 54.60.

Team final points for Sunday

Woodburn Dragstrip 71
Firebird Raceway 71
Pacific Raceways 58
Portland Int'l Raceway 51
Rocky Mountain Raceways 49
Renegade Raceway 46
Bremerton Raceway 44
MHDRA Dragstrip 26
Nl'Akapxm Eagle Motorplex 15
Madras Dragstrip 14
Mission Raceway 7
Lost Creek Raceway 7
Lewistown Raceway 7
Champion Raceway 4
Coos Bay Speedway 4
Lakeview Dragstrip 1



Preview

BOISE, Idaho. – NHRA’s top drag racers from tracks across the Northwest division will be at Firebird Raceway to square off in head-to-head competition at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals, Sept. 4-6. Drivers in seven classes -- Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, High School and two Jr. Dragster classes -- will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors at the event.

Gates at Firebird Raceway will open at 7 a.m. Friday thru Sunday. Gambler Race will start Friday morning at 9, with Time Trials to follow. Time Trials continue Saturday at 8 a.m. Eliminations will start Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday’s action will also feature the Race of Champions where the best of the best in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will compete for top honors and a chance to compete for a national championship at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November. They’ll run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a $5,000 winner-take-all purse.

Firebird Raceway is located at 8551 Hwy 16, Eagle, ID 83616. For more information call the track, 208-938-8986, or visit www.firebirdonline.com .

SUMMIT RACING SERIES NORTHWEST DIVISION FINALS: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Northwest division compete in seven classes for individual and team honors. Competing classes are: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, High School, and two categories of Jr. Dragster. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earners from each participating track run head-to-head for individual honors, will run on Saturday. Winners of the Race of Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will advance to a national run-off at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Calif.

WHERE: Firebird Raceway, Boise, Idaho. Track is located at 8551 Hwy 16, Eagle, ID 83616.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, September 4 – September 6, 2015.

SCHEDULE: Schedule for the Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals:

FRIDAY, Sept. 4 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Time trials begin at 9 a.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 5 -- Gates open at 7:00 a.m. Final time trials begin at 9 a.m.
Race of Champions is slated for 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 6 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Eliminations begin at 8:30 a.m.

PURSE: The Summit E.T. Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle and Sport Compact will compete for cash awards of more than $15,000.

The winners of the Race of Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November. They will each receive $3,000 for competing in the Finals and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000.

Participants in the High School and Junior categories compete for trophies.

2014 EVENT WINNERS: Woodburn Dragstrip – Woodburn, Oregon, team champion; Steve Laskowske, Team Portland, Super Pro; David Bronec, Team Woodburn, Pro; Karl Hart, Team Woodburn, Sportsman; Terry Holloway, Team Renegade, Motorcycle

2014 RACE OF CHAMPIONS: Norm Braedt, Team Pacific Raceways, Super Pro; Nicholas Shepherd, Team Woodburn, Pro; Gordon Rust, Team Pacific Raceways, Sportsman; Jeff Havens, Team Renegade, Motorcycle

FEATURES: Nearly 500 drivers in seven racing categories: Super Pro (cars running 7.00 seconds to 12.29 seconds), Pro (9.00-14.29), Sportsman (12.00 and slower), Motorcycles (7.00 and slower), High School (11.00 and slower), Jr. Thunder (Ages 13 to 17) and Jr. Lightning (Ages 8 to 12)

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