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NHRA Wallys Awarded at Spokane County Raceway

The front wheels of this Super Stock drag racer lift into the air at the starting line at Spokane County Raceway on Sunday afternoon.bartr@spokesman.com (J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)
The front wheels of this Super Stock drag racer lift into the air at the starting line at Spokane County Raceway on Sunday afternoon.bartr@spokesman.com (J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)

Local winners walking away with the coveted Wally trophy included Mike Strickland, Moses Lake, Wash., in Top Sportsman and Sportsman Motorcycle racer Buff Kobs of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations


SPOKANE, Wash. (June 14, 2009) – Eliminations are complete and the winners have been crowned at the inaugural NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event hosted at the newly renovated Spokane County Raceway.  This wraps up the third of seven events in Northwest division competition in which racers are in search of divisional and national championships.  Local winners walking away with the coveted Wally trophy included Mike Strickland, Moses Lake, Wash., in Top Sportsman and Sportsman Motorcycle racer Buff Kobs of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

 

Strickland drove his beautiful '07 GT500 to the finish line at 7.161 seconds, 195.70 mph to defeat Todd Fricke of Pasco, Wash., to pick up his 1st NHRA Wally.  Kobs made a quick trip over the state line and drove his '95 Kawasaki right into the winner’s circle by defeating top qualifier Danny Lee Patridge of Kennewick, Wash., in the finals.

 

It is not uncommon in the sport of drag racing to see a father-son duo competing at the same event. The unique part of this occurrence was the Roseburg, Ore., residents were rookies and Jim Pappas grabbed the win light in Top Dragster and Tom Pappas was victorious in Super Comp. 

 

The Top Alcohol Dragster title went to No.1 qualifier Shawn Cowie of Delta, B.C., who picked up his fourth divisional win of the year. Cowie posted a lap of 5.495 seconds at 264.29 mph against the defending Northwest divisional champ, Joey Severance from Spanaway, Wash.  Ken Webster out of Red Deer, Alb., also the weekend’s No.1 qualifier, picked up his 1st NHRA Wally by defeating the Pacific division’s Ron August on a red light in the Top Alcohol Funny Car final.

 

Other Spokane County Raceway event winners included Comp Eliminator ace Doug Lambeck of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., picks up back to back divisional wins in Super Stock; and Greg Kielman from Vancouver, Wash., goes back to back in Stock. The Super Gas win went to Jerry Earp of Edmonds, Wash.; Jay Fulcher, Yakima, Wash., grabbed the light Super Street; and the Super Pro contest went to Dwaine Ringguth from Grande Prairie, AB.

 

The division’s next Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event is slated for June 19-21 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.

 

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division event at Spokane County Raceway:

 

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

 

Round 1

2) Joey Severance, Spanaway, Wash., 5.553, 259.16 def. 7) Doug Hegge, Vancouver, Wash., 5.808, 216.76; 1) Shawn Cowie, Delta, B.C., 5.448, 266.42 was unopposed; 3) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.512, 259.51 def. 6) Ashley Bart, High River, Alb., 5.626, 248.16; 5) Dale Carlson, Olympia, Wash., 5.581, 258.37 def. 4) Mike Austin, Medford, Ore., 5.773, 250.55;

 

Semifinals

Severance, 5.484, 260.46 def. Davis, 5.528, 259.11; Cowie, 5.483, 264.13 def. Carlson, 5.509, 259.41;

 

Final

Cowie, 5.495, 264.29 def. Severance, 5.564, 247.75.

 

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

 

Round 1

1) Ken Webster, Red Deer, Alb., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.740, 252.90 def. 8) Dave Germain, Toledo, Wash., '02 Firebird, 5.969, 239.02; 2) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.757, 251.49 def. 7) Jason Rupert, Yorba Linda, Calif., '02 Camaro, 6.236, 206.73; 3) Ron August Jr, Pleasanton, Calif., '08 Mustang, 6.124, 238.22 def. 6) John Evanchuk, Edmonton, Alb., '02 Firebird, 6.913, 149.12; 5) Trevor Lebsack, Slave Lake, Alb., '05 Camaro, 6.373, 207.37 def. 4) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., '06 Monte Carlo, broke;

 

Semifinals

Webster, 5.728, 252.19 def. Lebsack, broke; August Jr, 5.793, 250.18 def. Hough, broke;

 

Final

Webster, 7.574, 126.32 def. August Jr, foul.

 

COMP ELIMINATOR

Doug Lambeck, Corona Del Mar, Calif., '06 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.643, 158.04  def. Ray Hadford, Everett, Wash., dragster, A/ND, 7.093, 188.10.

 

SUPER STOCK

Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., '81 Malibu, GT/JA, 12.102, 86.87  def. Jackie Alley, Eagle, Idaho, '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.997, 134.58.

 

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Greg Kielman, Vancouver, Wash., '69 Camaro, H/SA, 12.205, 95.41  def. John Langdon, Dalton Gardens, Idaho, '71 Barracuda, E/SA, 11.202, 114.71.

 

SUPER COMP

Tom Pappas, Roseburg, Ore., dragster, 9.058, 176.77  def. Brian Preszler, Kennewich, Wash., dragster, 9.040, 171.40.

 

SUPER GAS

Jerry Earp, Edmonds, Wash., '66 Nova, 10.046, 150.23  def. Mark Resen, Spokane, Wash., '34 Chevy, 10.031, 151.78.

 

SUPER STREET

Jay Fulcher, Yakima, Wash., '67 Camaro, 11.095, 141.19  def. Gerry Epp, Abbottsford, B.C., '67 Mustang, 11.062, 145.19.

 

TOP SPORTSMAN

Mike Strickland, Moses Lake, Wash., '07 GT500, 7.161, 195.70  def. Todd Fricke, Pasco, Wash., '63 Corvette, 7.469, 184.27.

 

TOP DRAGSTER

Jim Pappas, Roseburg, Ore., dragster, 7.442, 177.81  def. Tom Koenen, North Bend, Ore., dragster, broke.

 

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

Buff Kobs, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, '95 Kawasaki, 7.869, 170.45  def. Danny Lee Patridge, Kennewick, Wash., '90 GSXR, 8.755, 145.74.




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