Justin and Stephanie Cooper Claim Golf Cart World Championship at Woodburn Dragstrip
The always exciting Golf Cart World Championship was run last night, with wins claimed by Justin and Stephanie Cooper, as well as Torry Hadley and Rick Green (Buy-Backs). This once annual event, held on Friday night of the Les Schwab Challenge, part of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is presented by Lori Weber and the Woodburn Dragstrip Booster Club. Other volunteers of the day were Gary Wargnier (staging), Jerry Weber (starter), Laura Stuart (time slips), Loretta McCool (buyback), Tommy Gaynor (announcer), Nicholas Shepherd (announcer)), and Jonathon Adams (clock reader).
To reach the final round, Justin and Stephanie Cooper had to battle through SEVEN rounds of eliminations, and through names such as the teams of Even/Randy Sides, Jeralyn Tallman & Scott Sandvigen, David/Cooper Chun, a single, Layne/Wayne Linder, and Robert/Christina Strohm. Meanwhile, the team of Derek McMasters and Jessica Chapman defeated the teams of Tom Koenen & Dee LaComp, Peggy Myers & Becky Phillips, Alexis & Madison Whedon, Vince Storms & Erika Field, Jim Glenn & Walter Heaton, and Briana/Kenzie/Ashley Lindsey to reach the final round. In the finals, Cooper had the reaction time advantage of a .020 to a .107, and in the double-breakout race separated by .013, the win went to the Cooper Clan. Coopers ran a 14.573 on the 14.58 dial.
In the Buy-Backs, the team of Torry Hadley and Rick Green were the last contestants standing after being defeated in the quarterfinal round. While they and the team of Layne & Wayne Linder were defeated in the same round, Hadley/Green’s reaction of a .024 earned the advantage over Linder&Linder’s .151.
Special congrats should go to Todd and Shayla Fricke, who had a perfect .000 reaction time in the second round of eliminations .