Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon
503-982-4461

Ramon Vincent ~ 2016 World of Speed Jr Thunder Champion

The World of Speed Jr Racing Series offers kids ages 5-17 the opportunity to experience the thrill of racing half-scale dragsters in a controlled racing environment. The Jr Thunder class is for racers 10-14 years old where they have a maximum dial-in of 8.90 and slower (racers 13-14 years old in this class have a maximum dial-in of 7.90 and slower).

During the 2016 Season, the Jr racing program was able to complete 11 out of the 13 scheduled races due to Mother Nature. At the first event held on April 9th, the featured racers in the final round were Ryan Bese and Ramon Vincent. The race was over before it began when Bese turned on the dreaded red bulb by -.008, resulting in Vincent taking the win. On April 17th, at the second event of the season, it was Cooper Chun and Cole Dickhoff in the finals. To get there, Chun defeated Adam Duncan-Robinson and Nicholas Karr, while Dickhoff had a single in round 1 and defeated Issac Woodard. In the finals, with the racers reaction time separated by only .003, it was Chun who took the win running 9.618 to his 9.58 dial, while Dickhoff ran an 11.977 to his 11.93 dial.

April 30th and May 1st was a double-header weekend for the World of Speed Jr Series. On Saturday, 30th, Ramon Vincent and Cole Dickhoff made it to the finals. To get there Vincent had a single in round 1, and defeated Nicholas Karr, while Dickhoff defeated Adam Duncan-Robinson and Ryan Bese. The finals were over before they began when Dickhoff turned on the red light by -.053, resulting in a win for Vincent. Sunday, May 1st, showcased Cooper Chun and Ramon Vincent in the final round. To get there, Chun had a single in round 1, and defeated Issac Woodard, while Vincent defeated Cole Dickhoff and Adam Duncan-Robinson. In the finals, it was Chun who took the win when Vincent broke out and ran an 8.865 on his 8.90 dial. Chun ran 9.314 on his 9.28 dial.

Unfortunately, due to Mother Nature, the races scheduled for May 14 & 15th were cancelled. The following weekend, May 28th, it was Issac Woodard and Adam Duncan-Robinson in the finals. To get there, Woodard defeated Ryan Bese and had a single in round 2. On the other side of the ladder, Duncan-Robinson had a single in round 1 and defeated Cole Dickhoff. In the finals, both drivers dialed 8.90 with Duncan-Robinson having the starting line advantage with a .055 reaction time to Woodard’s .108 reaction time. Woodard was able to drive around Duncan-Robinson and earned the win running an 8.996 to Duncan-Robinson’s 9.188.

At the next event on June 5th, it was Ramon Vincent and Alexis Kriek going to the final round. To get there, Vincent defeated Issac Woodard and had a single in round 2, while Kriek had defeated Ryan Bese and Cole Dickhoff. In the finals, the race was over before it began when Kriek turned on the red light by -.211, resulting in a win for Vincent.

The weekend of June 18th & June 19th was a double-header and also a Father’s Day Weekend for the World of Speed Jr Racers. On Saturday the 18th, it was Cole Dickhoff and Ramon Vincent again going to the final round. Dickhoff defeated Nicholas Karr and Ryan Bese while Vincent had a single in round 1 and defeated Duncan-Robinson. In the finals, Dickhoff had the starting line reaction time advantage of .051 to Vincent’s .121 but when they crossed the finish line it was a double breakout, giving the win to Dickhoff when he ran a 12.223 on his 12.26 dial to Vincent’s 8.817 on his 8.90 dial. On Sunday the 19th, it was Issac Woodard and Cole Dickhoff in the finals. Woodard had a single in round 1, then defeated Ramon Vincent and Nicholas Karr, while Dickhoff defeated Kaison Smith, Adam Duncan-Robinson and earned a single in round 3. The finals were over before they began when Dickhoff turned on the dreaded red light by -.024, resulting in the win for Woodard.

Jr racers had a busy weekend, with two races on Saturday, July 9th, (the Summit Racing Equipment Jr Dragster Challenge, where the Jr racers have a chance to win a Wally, and the World of Speed Jr Racing Series #11), and a third race on Sunday, the 10th, (the World of Speed Jr Racing Series #12). For the 1st race and going for the Jr Wally, it was a final round showdown between Ryan Bese and Issac Woodard. Bese eliminated Cole Dickhoff and Brit Bann to reach the finals while Woodard defeated Ramon Vincent and Nicholas Karr. Bese left with the advantage by .067 and claimed his career second Wally in the Jr Dragster Challenge event (which he also won last season). Bese ran a 9.156 on his 9.07 dial against Woodard’s 8.965 on his 8.90 dial. In the 2nd race of the day, Ryan Bese and Adam Duncan-Robinson went head to head in the final round. For Bese, in his second finals of the weekend, getting there meant eliminating Haylee Wilkins and Ramon Vincent. For Duncan-Robinson, it meant eliminating Brit Bann and Nicholas Karr. In the finals, Bese had the starting line advantage by .022 over Duncan-Robinson, and ran 9.096 on his 9.06 dial. At the stripe, Duncan-Robinson broke out running 8.988 on his 9.00 dial, resulting in the win for Bese. On Sunday, Father’s Day (June 10th), the final round showcased Ryan Bese (in his third finals appearance of the weekend), and Issac Woodard. To get to the final round, Bese eliminated Haylee Wilkins and Brit Bann while Woodard defeated Nicholas Karr and Cole Dickhoff. In the finals, Woodard had the starting line advantage with a .044 reaction time over Bese’s .089 reaction time. Woodard slowed down and Bese drove around him and took the win running a 9.091 on his 9.07 dial to Woodard’s 9.069 on his 8.90 dial.

The last event of the series was held on August 20th, with Ryan Bese and Ramon Vincent lined up in the final round. Bese had a single in the 1st round, then defeated Nicholas Karr while Ramon Vincent defeated Cole Dickhoff and had a single in round 2. In the finals, the race was over before it started when Vincent turned on the dreaded red light by -.057, resulting in a win for Bese.

With 470 Points, 2 Event Wins and 4 Runner-Up finishes, the 2016 World of Speed Jr Thunder Champion … Ramon Vincent!!

Top 4 Points Finishers (Driver Name, Hometown and Total Points)

1. Ramon Vincent, Stayton, OR, 470 Points
2. Ryan Bese, Keizer, OR, 470 Points
3. Cole Dickhoff, Maple Valley, WA, 440 Points
4. Issac Woodard, Westport, OR, 430 Points

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