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Derrick Jackson ~ 2016 Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series ~ Sportsman Champion

The Sportsman class is for foot brake (or clutch) vehicles that run 12.00 seconds and slower. The 2016 season had 15 events scheduled (12 races were completed) and over 70 racers that made up the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series Sportsman category.

At the first event, on April 3rd, it was Derrick Jackson and Tony Bombara that went to the final round. To get there, Jackson defeated Lawrence Herndon, Elvon Kauffman, Angelo Palamaris, and Jerry Weber. For Bombara, it was Stephanie Biscay, Jerry Durant Jr, Ron Parks, and Lucky Long. In the finals, Jackson had the starting line advantage of .009 and didn’t look back. Bombara broke out when he ran a 12.103 on his 12.17 dial, resulting in the first win for Jackson. Billy King was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .013 total package in his ’91 Toyota pickup.

April 10th, at the 40th Annual NWDRA Classic, it was Jerry Weber and Dan Stokes who went to the final round. Weber eliminated Lori Winberg, James Heriford, and Paul Warner, earned a single in round 4, and eliminated Earl Eberly to meet Stokes in the finals. Meanwhile, Stokes eliminated Steve Majerak, Jimmy Heriford, Adam Tabor, and Lucky Long and earned a single in round 5. In the final round, it was Weber with a near perfect light of .001 who took the win running 14.693 on his 14.67 dial, while Stokes ran 12.066 on his 12.02 dial. Jerry Weber was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .024 total package in his ’82 Chevy.

On April 17th at the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #3, it was father and son who did battle to see who would win the trophy. Tim Stromberg amassed wins against Elvon Kauffman, Tony Bombara, Garry Heinrich and Lucky Long, while on the other side of the ladder, his son, Tim Stromberg III, defeated Rene Crunelle, Karen Kalsch, Derrick Jackson, and Angelo Palamaris. In the finals, it was Stromberg III who had the starting line advantage but at the stripe it was Tim Stromberg who took the win running 12.433 on his 12.41 dial to his son’s 12.535 on his 12.50 dial. Ashley Thompson was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .022 total package in her ’79 Malibu.

April 24th, the fourth event of the season succumbed to rain. However, the following weekend event on May 1st brought a new race day where Derrick Jackson and Tony Bombara in the final round again. Jackson eliminated Tim Stromberg, had a single in round 2, Jerry Weber, Rene Crunelle, and earned a single in round 5 to meet Bombara in the final round. Meanwhile, Bombara eliminated Dan Stokes Stephanie Biscay, Mark Tabert, and earned a single in round 4. In the final round, Jackson left with a .010 reaction time, gaining enough of an advantage which he used to secure the victory with a close finish. Jackson ran a 12.240 on his 12.20 dial to Bombara’s 12.127 on his 12.12 dial. Earl Eberly was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .045 total package in his ’88 Chevy S10.

The event on Sunday, May 15th was cancelled due to Mother Nature, The following weekend, on Saturday, May 21st, due to inclement weather, the race was unable to be completed but, Angelo Palamaris was named the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .009 total package in his ’09 Challenger. The next day, the 22nd, the event was also cancelled due to Mother Nature.

At the next event held on June 5th, it was Derrick Jackson and Karen Kalsch (a new visitor to finals this season). Jackson defeated Earl Eberly, Angelo Palamaris, Elvon Kauffman and Tony Bombara, while Kalsh defeated Stephanie Biscay, Wesley Williams, Lucky Long, and earned a single in round 4. In the finals with near matching reaction times of .071 & .072 for Jackson and Kalsch, it was Jackson who took the win after Kalsch broke out running 13.974 on her 14.00 dial. Jackson ran 12.645 on his 12.55 dial. Robert Glafka was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .055 total package in his ’70 Torino.

The Sunbelt Rental/Bi-Mart 41st Annual Rose Festival Drags were held on June 11th and 12th. On Saturday, the 11th, there were two new visitors to the finals with Jerry Durant Jr facing off with Lucky Long. Durant Jr’s trip to the finals included wins over Karen Kalsch, Robert Glafka, and John Nelson before earning a single pass in the semis. Lucky Long, on the other side of the ladder, had a single in the first round, and then eliminated Jerry Biscay, Derrick Jackson, and Amy/Jim Fields. In the finals, Lucky Long had the starting line advantage of .024 to Durant Jr’s .045 but he slowed down and Durant Jr was able to go around him and take the win running 13.901 on his 13.89 dial to Long’s 12.474 on his 12.41 dial. Elvon Kauffman was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .085 total package in his ’90 Corvette.

Derrick Jackson continued to show why he is a force to be reckoned with as he scored the victory in the Sportsman category over Tony Bombara. The event on Sunday, 12th, in the Sportsman competition had two of the heavy hitters battling with Derrick Jackson and Tony Bombara going to the final round for the 3rd time this season. Jackson eliminated Garry Heinrich, Jerry Weber, Tim Stromberg III, and Elvon Kauffman. For Bombara; Jerry Biscay, John Nelson, Jerry Durant Jr and James Heriford II, were the drivers he defeated. In the final round, Jackson had a significant starting line advantage of .006 to Bombara’s .065 and he never looked back. Jackson took the win running 12.275 on his 12.19 dial, while Bombara ran 12.192 on his 12.11 dial. Jerry Biscay was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .024 total package in his ’40 Ford.

June 19th at the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #12, it was two newcomers to the final round: Marty Arrigotti and Jon Letsom. Arrigotti defeated Elvon Kauffman, Earl Eberly, and earned a single in round 3, and Garry Heinrich. On the other side of the ladder, Letsom defeated Angelo Palamaris, Brandon Price, Kathy Figini, and Jerry Biscay. In the final round, Letsom tried too hard resulting in a -.080 red light start. Marty Arrigotti went on to take the victory, running a 12.874 on his 12.63 dial. Kathy Figini was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .038 total package in her ’76 Maverick. After eight races, Jackson held the point’s lead with 570 points—averaging 71.25 points per race. In second place, Tony Bombara and Jerry Weber were tied with 440 points, holding a ten point lead over Lucky Long in third place with 430, and a 150 point lead over Jerry Durant Jr in fourth place.

The Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #13 & #14 were held on July 9th & 10th. On the 9th, Jerry Biscay took Derrick Jackson out in round 2, opening the door for two racers in their first final round appearance of the season. Going head to head were Stephanie Biscay and Garry Heinrich. Biscay eliminated Karen Kalsch, Marty Arrigotti, earned a single in round 3, and Jerry Biscay. On the other side of the ladder, Heinrich eliminated Angelo Palamaris, Lori Winberg, Jerry Durant Jr, and earned a single in round 4. In the finals, both drivers broke out with Biscay running a 12.122 on her 12.14 dial, and Heinrich running a 14.088 on his 14.22 dial, which resulted in Stephanie Biscay taking the win. Jerry Biscay was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .014 total package in his ’40 Ford. On the following day, the 10th, it was Jerry Durant Jr and Robert Glafka going to the final round. To get there, Durant Jr defeated Jerry Weber, Stephanie Biscay, and Jerry Biscay while Glafka defeated Lucky Long, Elvon Kaufmann and Karen Kalsch. In the final round, both drivers broke out with Durant Jr running a 13.905 on his 13.92 dial while Glafka ran 12.024 on his 12.06 dial, which resulted in Durant Jr taking the win. Robert Glafka was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .033 total package in his ’70 Torino.

The last event of the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series #15 was held on Sunday, August 21st at the Bi-Mart 23rd Annual Nitro Motorcycle Nationals where in the Sportsman category, it was Tony Bombara and Earl Eberly as the last two competitors to line up.
Bombara had to face off with Karen Kalsch, Angelo Palamaris, and Garry Heinrich to reach the final. Eberly went through Elvon Kauffman, Bill Barron, and Derrick Jackson, to make it into the final round. In the final, Bombara had the starting line advantage of .077 to Eberly’s .216, and it was enough for the win. Bombara ran 12.190 on his 12.12 dial while Eberly ran a 12.187 on his 12.18 dial. Tony Bombara was the winner of the A-1 Performance Trans and Converters Package for the Points with a .061 total package in his ’76 Chevy.

With 640 Points and 4 Event Wins, the Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series Sportsman Champion… Derrick Jackson!!

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

1. Derrick Jackson, McMinnville, OR, 640 Points
2. Tony Bombara, Sutherlin, OR, 530 Points
3. Jerry Weber, Albany, OR, 470 Points
4. Jerry Durant Jr, Oregon City, OR, 460 Points
5. Lucky Long, Molalla, OR, 460 Points

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