Woodburn Dragstrip
7730 Hwy. 219
Woodburn, Oregon

Comeau Tops All in Hot Rod I

With one runner-up and three event wins, Paul Comeau, and “Old Gold”, the beautiful ’39 Chevy Sedan, were the class of the field in Hot Rod I at Woodburn Dragstrip in 2011. Launches with wheels in the air and running in the mid 9’s at 140+ mph were the standard fare for this car and driver as they worked their way to the championship.

Comeau took the victory over Rod Krebs and his ’57 Chevy at the first event in the series held May 28th. This would be the first of Krebs’ two runner-up finishes. Comeau was again victorious at the second event, the Oldies but Goodies held June 26th. He faced Jim Estes with his Henry J in the finals at this event and was very fortunate in that Estes red-lit prior to Comeau’s red light. By rule, the first red light gives the victory to your opponent. Ironically, Comeau can say, “I turned on the red-light in the finals and I broke out but I won the round because my opponent red-lit first.” Estes would come back at the following event on July 9 to take the victory over Rod Krebs.

After three events, Comeau held a 10-point lead over Jim Estes. The fourth event in the series, the Hot Rod Nationals saw Jim Sperline taking the win over Comeau with Pinky Garver and Jim Estes as semi-finalists. Comeau extended his points lead when he again met Jim Estes in the finals on Sept. 10th. This time, rather than red-lighting, both driver’s cut excellent lights. Comeau with a slight (.013 to .016) advantage took the win and the championship was his. Estes finished the year in second place with Marty Stewart, Pinky Garver, and Jim Sperline finishing 3rd through 5th respectively.

Twenty five racers competed in this class of the Nostalgia Hot Rod Series. Looking back, I see no racer attended all five events and only 2 racers attended four events. My advice is this. “If you have a car that can compete in Hot Rod I, you might want to compete in all the events in this class next year. But, if possible, you might want to avoid lining up in the lane opposite from Paul Comeau, due to the fact that in addition to his success at Woodburn, Paul earned the NHRA Northwest Division 2011 Race of Champions Pro ET honors and a runner-up finish at the Summit Racing National Championship in Pomona, California”. The guy knows how to race.

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