Jackson Dominates Sport Compact Sportsman
In all honesty, the number of racers competing in the 2011 Woodburn Dragstrip Sport Compact Sportsman Series was down from previous years. Never-the-less, in order to become the champion, you still needed to bring it to the line and race it off. And that is exactly what Derrick Jackson did. For the fifth consecutive season, Jackson has earned the championship in this class. In fact, in the ten-year history of this class, Derrick has been champion a total of seven times. In addition, Jackson was the 2010 NHRA Northwest Division Sport Compact Champion. If these were his only accomplishments, it would be quite a testimony to his racing prowess. But there is so much more to be written when we recap the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman ET Series.
There were six events in the 2011 Sport Compact Series and Jackson won the first four. On April 30th, he took the win over Graig Osborne. He met and defeated Dave “Hoppy” Hopkins in the final of events number two, three and four. Jackson had a schedule conflict for event number five. Hopkins earned 80 points at that event to move within 10 points of Jackson’s total. The championship would be decided at the final event.
On September 24, Hopkins broke out by .03 in the semi-finals while Jackson advanced to the finals. Christina Presser took a .026 to .062 reaction time advantage over Jackson in the finals and earned the victory. Presser can lay claim to the honor of being the only Sport Compact racer to defeat Jackson in 2011 as this would be Jackson’s only round of competition he would lose in this series. His win-loss record in this class would be 10 rounds won and only one loss. By advancing one round more than Hopkins at the final event, Derrick Jackson and his consistent running Suzuki earned his 7th title as Woodburn Dragstrip Sport Compact Sportsman Champion. Hopkins finished in second place, while Michael Wallace, Christina Presser, and Gary Pace finished third through fifth, respectively.