Gross, Ross, Durant Jr, Morrow, Pearson, Kelley, Stutznegger and Flett, Scored the First Victories of 2017
The 1st Sunoco Race Fuels ET Series, Wilson’s NAPA High School, Jr Street, Pickup, and Volkswagen Event was run under early Spring weather with sunny skies and great track conditions made for a fantastic start to the season for the 190 plus racers in attendance. Here are a few highlights from the event.
SUPER PRO: In a field of 31 cars, it was Kurt Gross and Mark Pracht who went to the final round. To get there, Gross had a single in 1st round, then defeated Devon Hilton, Earl Griffith, and Steve Laskowske, while on the other side of the ladder, Pracht defeated Fred Nicholas, Tom Avgerakis, earned a single in 3rd round, and defeated Scott Nuciforo. In the finals, Gross had the starting line advantage with a .017 RT over Pracht’s .040 RT. At the stripe, both drivers broke out on their dial and the win went to Gross with an ET of 4.845 on his 4.85 dial over Pracht’s 6.251 ET on his 6.28 dial. Kurt Gross was also the #1 Qualifier. The A-1 Performance Package for the Points Winner: Stephanie Nass with a .004 package.
PRO: Alan Ross and David Bronec made it through a field of over 50 cars to meet in the finals. Ross defeated Tony Littleton, Pam Hitchcock, Mike Hansen, Carl Wilkerson and Phillip Lang to get to the final round, while Bronec defeated Jessica Miller, Dan Goates, Derrick Jackson, Joe Trejo Jr and earned a single in round 5. In the finals, Ross had the starting line advantage of .014 RT to Bronec’s .045 and didn’t look back. Ross took the win with a 10.544 on his 10.52 dial. Bronec ran 9.761 on his 9.76 dial. Joe Trejo Jr was also the #1 Qualifier. The A-1 Performance Package for the Points Winner: Thomas Jackson III with a .013 package.
SPORTSMAN: In a field of 48 cars, it was Jerry Durant Jr and Jerry Biscay who went to the final round. To get there, Durant Jr eliminated Scott Woodry, Jared Biscay, Josh Wilson, Tony Bombara and Ryan Conroy. On the other side of the ladder, Biscay eliminated Ramon Cooper, Dawn Dietrich, Tracy Herinckx, Harry Cole and earned a single in round 5. In the finals, both drivers broke out, and the win went to Durant Jr, when he ran a 13.179 ET on his 13.18 dial to Biscay’s 13.654 ET on his 13.69 dial. Brandon Robinson was also the #1 Qualifier. The A-1 Performance Package for the Points Winner: Shannon O’Leary with a .020 package.
VOLKSWAGEN: In an 11-car field, it was Mike Morrow and Bernd Arndt who went to the finals. To get there, Morrow defeated Eric Hagen, earned a single in round 2, and Thomas Major, while on the other side of the ladder, Arndt eliminated Mark Hunt, Ryan Cornelison, and earned a single in round 3. In the final round, both drivers broke out on their dial with the win going to Morrow who ran 14.396 on his 14.42 dial to Arndt’s 11.494 on his 11.53 dial.
PICK-UP: In a 14-car field, it was Matt Pearson and Tony Bombara who went to the finals. Pearson eliminated Jeff Bellikka, Jerry Biscay, and earned a single in the 3rd round while Bombara eliminated Mary Jo Canfield, Jerry Biscay and Jim Warren. In the final round, both drivers broke out and the win went to Pearson when he ran an 11.581 on his 11.62 dial over Bombara’s 12.109 ET on his 12.16 dial.
RUN TUFF: Run Tuff is a category for racers who have the misfortune of losing in the first round of competition. The finals were between Steve Kelley and Richelle Riedl. Kelley took the win over Riedl when the dreaded red light came on by -.049. Kelly had a .027 RT, and ran 13.097 on his 13.13 dial.
HIGH SCHOOL: Meeting in the final round was Jeff Stutznegger and Devon Dixon. Not only was this the first event for the High School class, but as it turns out, this was the first time Stutznegger had ever raced. Stutznegger defeated Jake Meithoff and Caleb Winn while Dixon eliminated Austin Varner and earned a single in round 2. In the finals, both drivers broke out and Dixon turned on the dreaded red light, giving the win to Stutznegger. Stutznegger ran a .353 RT, 12.33 dial, 12.360 ET at 106.90 mph.
JR STREET: NHRA Jr Street is a new race program for 13-16 year olds that will give teenage boys and girls the opportunity to race against their peers in full-bodied street vehicles with an adult co-driver as their teammate that combines racing and car safety. Ella Flett and Dylan Hough went head to head in the first Jr Street Race. Flett took the win over Hough, when Hough broke out on his dial.
Below are the final round results (driver name, hometown, vehicle year/model, reaction time, dial-in, elapsed time, and miles per hour)
Winner: Kurt Gross, Oregon City, OR, ’07 TNT, .017 RT, 4.85 dial, 4.845 ET, 143.10 mph
Runner-up: Mark Pracht, Beaverton, OR, ’70 Skylark, .040 RT, 6.28 dial, 6.251 ET, 108.49 mph
Winner: Alan Ross, Estacada, OR, ’65 Mustang, .014 RT, 10.52 dial, 10.544 ET, 18.35 mph
Runner-up: David Bronec, Hubbard, OR, ’72 Nova, .045 RT, 9.76 dial, 9.761 ET, 136.59 mph.
Winner: Jerry Durant Jr, Oregon City, OR, ’05 Dodge, .011 RT, 13.18 dial, 13.179 ET, 99.75 mph
Runner-up: Jerry Biscay, Toledo, WA, ’65 T-Bird, .055 RT, 13.69 dial, 13.654 ET, 99.52 mph
Winner: Mike Morrow, Lincoln City, OR, ’15 GTI, 0.34 RT, 14.42 dial, 14.396 ET, 98.83 mph
Runner-Up: Bernd Arndt, Tigard, OR, ’93 Corrado, .041 RT, 11.53 dial, 11.494 ET, 114.98 mph
Winner: Matt Pearson, Keizer, OR, ’77 Dodge, .137 RT, 11.62 dial, 11.581 ET, 110.82 mph
Runner-up: Tony Bombara, Sutherlin, OR, ’76 C10, .025 RT, 12.16 dial, 12.109 ET, 104.16 mph
Winner: Steve Kelley, Camas, WA, ’79 Chevy, .027 RT, 13.13 dial, 13.097 ET, 103.04 mph
Runner-up: Richelle Riedl, Oregon City, OR, ’63 Chevy II, -.049 RT, 11.58 dial, 11.527 ET, 116.45 mph
Winner: Jeff Stutznegger, Astoria, OR, ’78 Sunbird, 353 RT, 12.33 dial, 12.360 ET, 106.90 mph
Runner-up: Devon Dixon, Sweet Home, OR, ’57 Chevy, -.003 RT, 14.80 dial, 14.789 ET, 87.54 mph
Winner: Ella Flett, Tillamook, OR, ’98 Expedition, .002 RT, 10.55 dial, 10.706 ET, 62.79 mph
Runner-up: Dylan Hough, Junction City, OR, ’16 F150, .284 RT, 9.92 dial, 9.868 ET, 65.45 mph