Presser’s Fantastic Junior Lightning Championship
Grace Presser won 30 rounds and earned the championship in the Woodburn Dragstrip Junior Lightning Series in 2011. That ties the record for most rounds won by any junior dragster racer at Woodburn Dragstrip on record since the year 2006. You may wonder whose record she tied. It was her own. Presser also won 30 rounds of racing in the Junior Lightning Series in the year 2009. No other junior racer can claim that accomplishment.
In a series in which 33 racers competed in 13 events, six racers won one event, two racers won two events and one racer, Grace Presser, won three events. Miranda Floyd took the first victory of the season over Meghan Molinari on April 2nd while Josh Schmanke defeated Jonah Bettger on April 9th for his first of his two victories. The third event went to Dustin Day over Taylor Toftemark but the following week, Toftemark was victorious over Cheyenne Helvey. Presser’s first victory of the series came on May 28th when she defeated Ruby Hosking in the final.
Lane Howard took the win over Katie Day on June 4th. Presser worked her way to the finals on July 2nd where she fell victim to Amanda Arthur. Kacee Pitts was the eighth winner in the series as she defeated Alyssa Madison on July 3rd. Dustin Day was the first to repeat winner when he downed Jonah Bettger on July 23rd. Presser accomplished the same mark as she earned her second victory in the series with a win over Dustin Day on July 30th. Katie Day won over Lane Howard on August 20th. Josh Schmanke defeated Miranda Floyd for his second victory on September 11th. Coming into the final event in the series, Grace Presser (640 points) held the top position over Dustin Day (610 points) for the championship. As it worked out, they would meet in the finals where Presser took the win and earned the title as 2011 Woodburn Dragstrip Junior Lightning Series Champion. Dustin Day finished in second place with his sister, Katie, in third followed in order by Taylor Toftemark, Lane Howard, Cheyenne Helvey, and Amanda Floyd.
This is now Grace’s fourth Junior Dragster Championship at Woodburn Dragstrip. We all congratulate her for her excellent racing success.