Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon
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Dennis Weddle ~ Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series ~ Super Pro Champion

In the Super Pro category, racers are allowed the assistance of delay boxes and throttle stops to enhance their vehicles. These vehicles can run as fast as 7.00 seconds down to 11.99. Super Pro is also by far the most diverse of the Sunoco series held at Woodburn Dragstrip. In its history, dating back to the late 1970’s, no driver has ever earned back-to-back championships.

In the first race held on April 3rd, in a 35-car field, it was Tom Avgerakis and Dustin Hentges in the finals. To get there, Avgerakis eliminated Becky Lindsey, Dennis Weddle, Debbie Dawson, and earned a single in round 4, and Tony Burton. On the other side of the ladder, Hentges eliminated John Sefton, Devon Hilton, Gary Palmateer, Andy Taylor, and earned a single in round 5. In the final round, Avgerakis had starting line advantage with a perfect .000 light, and kept going. At the stripe, Hentges broke out running 7.445 on his 7.45 dial, while Avgerakis ran 8.573 on his 8.53 dial, taking win. Scott Nuciforo was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .010 total package in his ’80 Monza.

The 40th Annual NWDRA Classic held on April 10th, found Dennis Weddle and Mike Nicholson in the final round. Weddle defeated Justin Hofeldt, Mark Pracht, Debbie Dawson, and Robert Glembocki, while on the other side of the ladder, Nicholson defeated Mike McManus, Loretta McCool, earned a single in round 3, and Tom Avgerakis. In the final round, Weddle had the starting line advantage of .013, and ran a 9.118 on his 9.10 dial, while Nicholson ran under, running a 8.510 on his 8.52 dial, resulting in a win for Weddle. Steve Laskowske was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .013 total package in his ’67 Nova.

The next series event (#3) was held on April 17th, where it was John Chitwood and Dave Sattem in the final round. To get there, Chitwood eliminated Debbie Dawson, Devon Hilton, Don Budd, and Gary Wargnier. Sattem eliminated Matt Claussen, Fred Nicholas, Gary Palmateer and Dan Shepherd. In the final round, these two drivers left with identical reaction times of .032 before they both charged down the quarter mile. At the stripe, it was Chitwood who took the win when he ran 7.579 on his 7.56 dial to Sattem’s 8.196 on his 8.16 dial. Ken Heard was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .005 total package in his ’86 Mustang.

Due to Mother Nature, the event scheduled for April 24th was cancelled. The next event was held on May 1st, where the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #5 was completed and it was Dennis Weddle and Mike McManus who were showcased in the final round.
For Weddle, his victories were against Dave Sattem, Tony Schroeder, Devon Hilton, and Earl Griffith. For McManus, it was Stephanie Nass, Loretta McCool, Jeff Barnes, and a bye in the semis. In the finals, McManus had the starting line advantage with a .016 reaction time to Weddle’s .021 reaction time. At the stripe, both drivers broke out with Weddle taking the win when he ran a 9.118 on his 9.12 dial, and McManus ran an 8.529 on his 8.55 dial. Gary Wargnier was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .016 total package in his ’67 Chevelle.

Due to Mother Nature, the event scheduled for May 15th, was cancelled. Unfortunately Mother Nature also intervened at the next event on May 21st; and we were unable to complete the race. Mark Dawson was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .023 total package in his ’71 Datsun. The following day, Sunday, May 22nd, was also cancelled due to inclement weather.

Halfway through the season and the next event was held on June 5th, where Bill Heard and Earl Griffith were showcased in the finals. To get there, Heard defeated Devon Hilton, Tony Schroeder, had a single in round 3 and Gary Palmateer. Meanwhile, Griffith had a single in round 1, then eliminated Bill McNeal, Wallace Cronin, and Dave Sattem. In the finals, Heard had the starting line advantage with a .008 reaction time to Griffith’s .037. Heard took the win running 9.485 on his 9.42 dial. Griffith ran 10.407 on his 10.34 dial. Dennis Weddle was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .016 total package in his ’67 Chevy II. After this event, the current point’s standings for the top 7 racers were as follows: Dennis Weddle with 280 points, Tom Avgerakis with 250 points, Dave Sattem and Gary Palmateer tied for 3rd with 230 points, Dan Shepherd with 220 points and John Chitwood and Devon Hilton tied for 5th with 210 points.

The weekend of June 11th & 12th brought the Sunbelt Rental/Bi-Mart 41st Annual Rose Festival Drags. On June 11th, it was Devon Hilton and Al Salchenberg who faced off in the final round. Hilton defeated Bill Heard, Justin Hofeldt, Danny Wargnier, and Kyleah Taylor, while Salchenberg defeated Don Budd, Debbie Dawson, Gary Palmateer, and Mike McManus. In the finals, it was over before it began when Salchenberg turned on the dreaded red light by -.007. Devon Hilton was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .015 total package in his Dragster. On Sunday, the 12th, with a 37-car field, it was Mark Dawson and Bill Heard in the final round. Dawson’s ’71 Datsun battled through Gary Palmateer, Kirby Olmsted, Fred Nicholas, and Dennis Weddle and earned a single in the semis. For Heard, his victories were over Randy McCool, Dan Shepherd, Tom Avgerakis, and a single in round 4, and Brent McKinney to reach the final round. In the finals, it was over before it began when Heard turned on the dreaded red light by -.003. David Pracht was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .002 total package in his ’71 Vega.

On June 19th, at the Sunoco Race Fuels Series #12, is where Kurt Gross and Stephanie Nass were showcased in the final round. To make it to the finals, Gross had to defeat Johnathan Hillstrand, Fred Nicholas, Larry Kelley, and Matt Kielman, while on the other side of the ladder, Nass defeated Earl Griffith, Mark Dawson, Bill Heard, and Dennis Weddle. In the final round, Gross had a slight starting line advantage of .015 to Nass’ .021 reaction time and a close race was on. Gross took the win running a 7.701 on his 7.70 dial, and Nass ran a 8.017 on her 7.99 dial. Bill McNeal was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .017 total package in his ’57 Chevy. With three races left in the series, the top 7 driver’s current points were: Dennis Weddle with 430 points, Tom Avgerakis and Devon Hilton now tied for 2nd with 360 points, Bill Heard, Mark Dawson, Dave Sattem and Gary Palmateer all tied for tied for 4th with 340 points.

July 9th & 10th was a weekend full of Super Pro racing in the Sunoco Race Fuels Series #13 & #14. The first event was on Saturday, July 9th, where Paul Nero and Bill King went to the finals. Nero defeated Dave Sattem, had a single in the 2nd round, Tony Schroeder and Tom Avgerakis, while King defeated Kyleah Taylor, Stephanie Nass, Bill Heard and Tom Avgerakis to meet in the final round. The final round was over before it began when Bill King turned on the dreaded red light by -.009. Nero ran right on his 7.00 dial with a 7.000 ET, taking the win. Kurt Gross was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .010 total package in his ’07 TNT. On Sunday, July 10th, it was Gary Ericksen and Justin Budd going to the final round. To get there, Ericksen eliminated Tony McNeal, Debbie Dawson, Justin Hofeldt, and earned a single in the semis. On the other side of the ladder, Budd, eliminated Robert Glembocki, Ken Sweo, Bill Heard and Devon Hilton. The final round was over before it began when Budd turned on the dreaded red light by -.010. Ericksen ran 10.961 on his 10.96 dial, taking the win. Gary Wargnier was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .015 total package in his ’67 Chevelle.

Going into the last race (Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #15) on August 21st, the top 5 drivers current points were as follows: Dennis Weddle with 500 points, Devon Hilton and Tom Avgerakis tied for second with 450 points, Bill Heard with 440 and Gary Palmateer with 420 points. The last race of the series showcased Tony Schroeder and Bill McNeal in the final. Schroeder eliminated Kyleah Taylor, Mark Pracht, Debbie Dawson, and Tom Avgerakis. On the other side of the ladder, McNeal eliminated Bill Heard, Robert Glembocki, Earl Griffith, and earned single in the semis to make it to the final round. In the finals, McNeal had a slight .007 advantage, but Schroeder flew down the track at over 143 mph to run an 9.421 on his 9.42 dial, while McNeal ran under, running a 10.325 on his 10.33 dial. Tom Avgerakis was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .017 total package in his ’95 Beretta.

It should come as no surprise as the voting for the 2016 Driver of the Year went to Dennis Weddle for the amazing season he had in Super Pro. It is also no surprise that the award for Crew Member of the Year goes to his wife…Jane Weddle!

With 510 Points and 1 Event Win, the 2016 Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series – Super Pro Champion…Dennis Weddle!!

Top 5 Points Finishers (Driver Name, Hometown and Total Points)

1. Dennis Weddle, Keizer, OR, 510 Points
2. Tom Avgerakis, Newberg, OR, 490 Points
3. Bill Heard, Portland, OR, 470 Points
4. Devon Hilton, Vancouver, WA, 470 Points
5. Tony Schroeder, Boring, OR, 450 Points

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